September 17, 2009 – Dryhead Updates

I’ve been really wanting to resolve a couple things with the Dryhead horses. One recent event concerns the stallions Cappuccino and Exhilaration. You’ll recall that these two stallions were given mares during the gather so that the mares would be away from their fathers. Duke’s daughter Galadriel was put with Cappuccino while Cloud’s daughter Damsel was put with Exhilaration. When the BLM went to load them to transport them for release, Cappuccino’s mare Guinevere would apparently not load up with Galadriel. They thus put her with Exhilaration too. They took them out and released them at the bottom of the Sykes Ridge Road separately. Nonetheless, Cappuccino took off after Exhilaration, and he was eventually able to get the mares from him. The four of them can currently be seen on Mustang Flats. They’re mostly being sighted on the northwestern part of the flats. Though Cappuccino and Guinevere now live in the Burnt Timber area, they were both originally from the Dryhead area. The two new mares are new to the area though.

I have also been really wanting to figure out what happened with Beauty, who was separated from Seattle’s harem during the gather. I hiked most of eastern Mustang Flats last night, and was able to scope much of the western side. Still, I couldn’t find any horses except for some that I wouldn’t have expected to see. Tony and Lone Wolf were the first I’d seen. These two, along with the other old bachelors, weren’t seen during gather operations at Britton Springs. This was because the BLM had told the helicopter to not bring in any single horses like the old bachelors. Tony (19 years old) and Lone Wolf (20 years old) are the two old bachelors of the Dryhead. Tony is Beauty’s first offspring, and Lone Wolf is Beauty’s younger half brother. Their mother was removed in the 1992 roundup. Both are showing their age, but I really am worried about Lone Wolf’s condition. He just hasn’t been putting on any weight at all this summer. Tony is the black and Lone Wolf is the grulla.

I also saw the young bachelor Fiero shortly after seeing Tony and Lone Wolf.

I was out until dark and didn’t see any other horses on Mustang Flats. I headed back out this morning to see if I could have any luck. I saw Blizzard’s harem on southern Mustang Flats, and Cappuccino’s harem was near where I’d previously seen them. I also was excited to see Seattle’s  harem walking down toward the water. They were all split up, which isn’t uncommon. I kept watching with binoculars, and I eventually saw Beauty with them too. I waited until they walked past me so I could get a good look at her. She looks good and didn’t really act like anything had happened.

It was great seeing that she was okay. I will be heading out some more to make sure Exhilaration is fine, and I am sure he is. He isn’t as mature as Cappuccino, so I would guess he didn’t try to fight too much for the mares. My best guess now is that he just went back to the area he tends to hang out around. There are lots of places for him to hide in there, but I’ll keep looking.

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September 17, 2009 – Mountain Updates

I have made trips to the mountain on the 11th, 15th, and 16th. There are only two harems I’ve not yet seen up there since before the gather, and they are two harems that weren’t ever gathered. I will continue to look for them. I thought I would post some photographs and information on some of the things I’ve thought are of interest.

As has been mentioned, Baja’s mare Bacardi and her filly foal were not brought in by the helicopter due to the foal’s small size. The two ended up being taken in by Coronado. Below is Bacardi and her foal with Coronado’s harem.

Just a day or two after this, Bacardi and her foal rejoined Baja. I don’t find this too surprising at all really. Halcyon’s foal, who is pictured in above too, is doing pretty well. The first time I saw her after the gather, she was a little tender on her feet; but I think she is doing very well after having saw her last on Tuesday.

Brumby, the mare that tied up, is also doing very well now. Her foal, along with a few other foals, is still a little tender; but I think they will be just fine.

Something I’ve noticed that I find very interesting is a relationship the bachelor Fiesta has developed with Flint’s harem. When I first saw him on the 11th, he was with the other bachelors. However, this week he almost seems to be acting as a satellite bachelor for Flint. Sometimes bachelors will follow a harem around, but Fiesta actually seemed to be working with the harem. Satellite bachelors are one of my favorite things to observe, and so I will be interested to see where this goes with these two.

I’ll be posting specifics on the gather later, likely today; but I’d still like to talk a little about horses that were never gathered. These were horses that the helicopter couldn’t really push down the mountain. From what I understand, they would just slip away. It’s likely that they could have been gathered, but I understand that the BLM did not want to have any accidents occur from pushing the horses as hard as would have been required. Below are Doc and Custer’s harems (Doc’s grulla mare is just out of the photograph). They, along with a number of other horses, never went through Britton Springs. Some of the horses that were never gathered would have been removed had they been gathered. Horses that had been gathered were removed in place of these individuals. The yearlings in each of these photographs would have likely been removed had they been gathered.

I’ll be heading up to the mountain again tomorrow, and I hope to see the two harems I’ve not seen. There was a new foal reported in by the BLM during the gather operations, and so finding this foal is one of my main priorities right now.

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September 16, 2009 – Adoption Info

I’ve been up on the mountain twice this week, and I plan to put up a post with photographs of what I’ve seen tomorrow. For now, I just want to post a link to this PDF. The PDF has some information on the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Adoption, including a map and directions to Britton Springs. You can see the PDF by clicking here.

I’ll be back tomorrow with some specific information on the horses.

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September 11, 2009 – Trip to the Mountain

I made a trip to the mountain today before going out of town for the weekend. I will be leaving soon, and so I have to cut this short and hold off putting any photographs up.

I was able to see many horses on the mountain today. Some of these were ones that had been gathered, but I also saw some for the first time since the gather had taken place. Some of the foals are still looking a little tender when they walk, but I really think that they will be fine. I found that Bacardi and her foal, who had been separated from Baja during the gather, are now with Coronado. It will be interesting to see if they end up staying with him or if they will end up back with Baja eventually. I spent some time watching Brumby, and she seems to be all the way back to normal. It’s definitely different being up there with so many horses absent.

I really am sorry for not being able to answer any emails sent to the Center. I just have not had a chance. I have received a number of inquiries on adopting a horse from here. This is great to see this much interest! To get more information on adopting a wild horse from here, there are a couple things I would recommend. Going to the National Wild Horse Adoption Day Web Site (http://www.nationalwildhorseadoptionday.org) will provide you with some specific information on adopting a wild horse from the BLM. Also, you can call the BLM’s adoption coordinator, Nancy Bjelland, at (406) 896-5222 for further information, applications, and the like. 54 horses will be up for adoption. 3 of these are mares that will also have foals with them. The adoption will be on September 26th at Britton Springs, and so there is still time to prepare to adopt a Pryor horse at that time.

I will post more updates next week. Thank you for all of your time and support!

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