September 27, 2009 – Stiles

This morning we headed out to Britton Springs to pick up Stiles. When we arrived a little after 8, there were already others there picking up there horses too. Soon came our turn, and they brought Stiles out.

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He went through the Britton Springs chutes for his last time to receive some final treatments and to have a halter put on.

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Next he was loaded onto the trailer, which really wasn’t that hard for him at all.

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Stiles was a little nervous in the trailer once he was loaded, but he rode well.

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For this first part of his journey, he went to an area just outside of Lovell where he will stay for a short while before heading to New Mexico. Stiles unloaded easily and went into the round pen that he will be staying in here.

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In the area next to the round pen was put a very kind old gelding named Dollar who has been used in therapeutic work. He came up to Stiles, and the two became very good friends from the start. There was no hostility shown between them at all.

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There are two other horses in pens nearby to Stiles too, and he has also shown an interest in them. One is another gelding, and there is also a colt foal.

Life has quickly changed for Stiles, but he is handling it very well. The one thing that he wasn’t quite sure about was the sound of a train whistle in the distance. A dog that was watching him with us didn’t seem to phase him nor did some of the resident cats who also watched him with us. He did start to get a little upset when Dollar walked away momentarily to get some food, but he was fine when he figured out that he could still see him. Soon he will be back in the wild where he will form many more new relationships and live a wonderful life.

I’d really like to thank all of you who have been generous in providing donations for us to get Stiles his new home. Thanks also needs to go to S-9 Quarter Horses; they were in charge of this morning’s transportation and are also providing Stiles with this temporary home before New Mexico. Also, we have to give many thanks to photographer Lynne Pomeranz for all of her work on this project that started in its earliest stages and will continue for years to come. For more information on his new home, please visit the Monero Mustang Sanctuary’s web site.

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  1. How wonderful to see Stiles adapting so well. While touring the pens, I noticed that most of the horses were comfortable around people, no doubt the result of their habituation over the years. This works in their favour when and if the day comes they are put up for adoption.
    Keep up the glorious effort, Mustang Centre, and all those involved in caring for these horses, both in the wild and in their new homes.

  2. Thanks to all for this wonderful narrative and photos and for this happy ending for Stiles.

    He is a beautiful unique looking horse and apparently shows a great line of breeding due to his quietness, and intelligence in taking in his new home. He is going to be a great addition anywhere, I would think!

    He’ll be tucked in safe and sound before the winter winds blow.

  3. We just went and visited Stiles for a while this afternoon. He was still nice and calm there. He didn’t ever get too far from Dollar, but he seems like he is doing just fine.

  4. Stiles almost looks like he’s smiling in that last picture…

    And he’ll for sure be happy when he can be right in with other horses at his new home. I can’t help remembering the day on the mountain when he almost came right up to us up on Cheyenne Flats. I guess he hadn’t read the rule about people and the horses not being in really close proximity. I think he will take easily to being where he will be, and that the transition won’t be terribly hard. Happy life to you, Stiles!

    My experiences with these horses, altho limited, have given me the feeling that they almost ENJOY having people stand around and watch them swat flies, or whatever. The stallions may get a little agitated if there is too much distraction when there are other stallions around too, when their mares are in heat, but otherwise, I think we entertain them, too, just a little.

    From the first time one of them looked at me and our gazes met, I’ve felt as tho these horses are wild, yes, but not CRAZY wild. And that definitely IS A GREAT PLUS for them to survive, no matter what. They’ve got PERSONALITY!

    It is so great to hear about all the support that was mustered in response to this threatening situation. I just hope everyone stays vigilant for the future, and keeps the help coming.

    I know I will do what I can. And, I know that there are many people who really know what needs to be done to make it possible for most of them to stay right there on the PMWHR where they really belong, and are working diligently to accomplish those things. Way to go!

    Linda D

  5. Thanks for the information on Stiles. Why did he not go with the other older horses? I read about where he is going and am happy their is ahappy ending for him and a very good new life…free. What a gorgoous horse. I think I would like visit him in New Mexico.

  6. We happened to be on the mountain that day when Coronado’s colt was left with Stiles and his mare. We watched them for some time, the mare keeping an eye out for the baby and Stiles in his guard position. We were taken with how beautiful he was at that time and were saddened to hear that he had been removed from his home. Your update of Stiles is so great to see and read, and since I live in Colorado, he won’t be far away. I may just have to go visit him there too. Thanks Matt for your keeping everyone up on the events–this was a great photo/essay of Stiles!

  7. Matt- Did Stiles not get adopted due to his hernia? Are they planning on gelding him? Just wondering. Glad to hear that he is adapting to all the changes. Thanks!

  8. Linda D- I left a note, with a link to the Green Horse Society on Sept 17th comments, regarding Sable Island and the wild horses there. (Because they don’t have predators, they are not particularly wild…)

    Stiles is beautiful, I was looking at him again the other night with his mare and the lost foal- feeling a little sad for him… but I look forward to reading about his new life, and the lives of the other horses that were adopted.

  9. Thank you Heather, for the glimpse into what looks like an almost unbelievably BEAUTIFUL and peaceful place. I’m glad it’s horses who are living there, because they truly are special creatures.

    Those horses do even look like they could be relatives with the mustangs. There just doesn’t seem to be as much of the dun coloring and striping that resembles the very early horse species. I am going to read more about them, but I know I will NEVER get any closer than I am now to seeing them, except maybe on TV. I hope, somehow, you can get someone to fly you out there. I’m sure it would be worth it whatever the cost.

    The Pryor Mt. mustangs are almost like family to me now, so I am always yearning to return to their range and be among them. It’s a strange thing in some people’s eyes, but I am really hooked on them, and like it.

    Friends in support of the horses. Linda

  10. I see you haven’t posted recently soI am assuming you are busy, but I would like ot ask you a question. Please answer if and whenyou have time. I see many claims that the BLM is “zeroing Out” wildhorses in favor of various energy production-solar oil adn uranium. Maybe there is a basis to that, I don’t know. But my question is this; why would hte horses impede the production of wind, solar or other forms of energy? If deer and elk can co exist with mining and other human enterprises, why can horses not co exist? Wild horses in Nevada live very close to housing developments, the most intrusive of human development, so why couldn’t they graze freely alongide a solar array? If you have any thoughts or knowledge that you could share on this question, I would be grateful. I am trying ot learn more about the issues behind teh removal of the horses, and so far degraded range isn’t the best explanation, so what is? Betty

  11. To answer some questions here…

    Stiles isn’t with the other older horses because we were working to get him and perhaps a few other older horses to the Monero Mustangs sanctuary. Basically what happened was there were a few groups each wanting to place these older horses in wonderful areas. In the end, we were able to only get Stiles. He was also our “priority” horse to get into the sanctuary.

    Stiles likely was removed due to his hernia and the possibility that it could be passed on. Other than his hernia, Stiles has a great Spanish phenotype and is from a smaller line on his father’s side. We are planning to have the story of Stiles on the Monero web site; his story is definitely worth knowing.

    Heather, thank you for your information on the wild horses of Sable Island. It is always great to hear of herds who are so well documented. It is also good to know that the herd is able to be naturally managed without any negative effects on its genetic health.

    In regard to the question about whether or not Stiles is related to Pierre, this is a question I can’t answer for certain yet as Pierre is one of the few horses I don’t know a whole lot about. I think I will eventually know more about where he falls in though. Stiles does look very, very similar to his father.

    To answer the question about wild horses being removed for energy development, I can’t answer this too well as this isn’t something that the Pryor horses are really faced with. There are very few mineral resources on East Pryor Mountain. Uranium was found to the west of the PMWHR on Big Pryor, but there really wasn’t ever found on East Pryor. East Pryor also has protection that virtually prohibits any mining activities from occurring on the PMWHR. This is rare, though. If you went to the nearby McCullough Peaks HMA, you would see petroleum development. This is a matter of controversy there. Like you, I think that wild horses can definitely coexist with development as this already occurs. I’d have to take a look at the specifics on potentially effected HMAs to better understand it though.


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