Jackson is an easily recognizable stallion, and many people find him to be among their favorite of the Pryor Mountain Wild Horses. Jackson had put together a nice harem, consisting of him, three mares, a 2006 filly, a 2007 colt, and a 2008 filly. I last saw this full harem together during the last week of January. However, when I was in the area in early February, I found that something wasn’t quite right.
Lakota’s harem was on a hill, and it was easy to see that there was a new member with them – A young dun. Lakota has a dun 2007 colt, and the dun standing beside this colt looked to be the same age. The two can be seen standing behind one of Lakota’s foals.
A closer look at this horse revealed it was Hayden, Jackson’s 2007 colt. It’s pretty atypical to see a young colt in a harem that isn’t its birth harem.
I couldn’t see Jackson this day, and it wasn’t until a week later when I did. Jackson was down in a canyon, and the black 2006 filly was still with him in some junipers. The other members of his family weren’t there.
Later that day, I found some of them – Two of the mares and the filly foal. (The sorrel mare is just out of view in the picture.) I was surprised to see them with the young stallion Doc. On New Year’s Eve, I found Doc had started his first known harem with a young filly. The two were together for a while, but apparently he had lost her and picked up this new harem from Jackson since I’d last seen him.
Still though, the status of Jackson’s grulla mare Brumby, Hayden’s dam, was still unknown to me. Just last week, I went up to the mountain; and one of my goals was to see Jackson. The first horse I saw was in fact Jackson, and Brumby was back with him.
Jackson no longer had the black filly, but it was great to see him back with Brumby. As for the black filly, it looks as if she is now with Doc as well. I had a chance to see Jackson and Brumby together this week as well. Jackson had a fresh wound on his neck, and Brumby was there to groom him and clean it.
There have been some other stories with other wild horses that continue to unfold, and some of these are also well-worth sharing in the future.