October 9, 2009 – Mountain Update

It’s been really unpleasant here this week. It has been cold, windy, and snow has been falling all around the area. We had a semi-decent day yesterday, which has turned out to be the literal calm before the storm. (There’s a big Canadian cold front moving through now, and it’s even more unpleasant!)
I took advantage of yesterday and headed out to the range to get some observations in. It ended up being a very successful, though chilly, day out there.

I started out by doing some scoping into the Burnt Timber area. The first harem I saw was Doc’s.

This is the best I could do with my camera, but I actually can get right in on them with my spotting scope. Many cold-weather observations are done through my scope as this is the most efficient way to do it. Also, I can see just about everything I need to see with the scope. If I see anything that seems off about a horse through the scope, then that may warrant a trip where I get closer to that particular horse.

During this scoping, I also saw Baja and Two Boots’ harems. Here was a case where something was off; I noticed that Two Boots’ colt foal wasn’t visible. I then headed over to Burnt Timber itself. This would allow me to get a closer look at Two Boots’ harem while also letting me find more horses in Burnt Timber while being able to go to some vantage points from which I could scope out Sykes.

The first horses I saw on Burnt Timber were Lakota’s harem.

Nearby was Prince and Ireland, and just up from there were Mescalero and his two mares. Down from Mescalero was Santa Fe and his harem. Scoping out into Burnt Timber again, I could see Duke’s harem and the bachelor Ferdinand. Further in was Jackson’s harem; Littlefoot was down the ridge from them. Jackson’s mare Brumby is one I get a lot of inquiries on; she is the mare who tied up during the roundup. She and her foal are doing quite well now.

I hiked down to Two Boots to see them next.

I just want to once again express how impressed I am by Two Boots. Would you ever guess that he’s 20 years old? As I got down there and walked around the harem, I saw that the colt foal really was missing. I’d last seen him with the harem on September 23rd. It’s hard to say why he disappeared. Maybe it was weather related, it isn’t uncommon for young horses to disappear during big storm events. The foal’s mother is the mare Sequoyah.

Her daughter in the harem also had a foal this year, and she was looking pretty good yesterday.

Scoping to Sykes, I was able to see the harems of Blue Moon, Custer, White Cloud, and Coronado. Some of these horses were really high on Sykes while some where nearly to the lower, arid parts of the ridge. All seemed to be just fine, even the tiny foal in Coronado’s harem.

The last horses I saw were the bachelors Galaxy and Fiesta. They looked pretty intent on getting whereever they were headed. By this point, the sun was pretty low; and it was getting a lot colder.

Besides the blue paint and missing family members, you’d not really know these horses have recently been through a huge roundup. I’m not really seeing any soreness, and the horses are acting like you’d expect them to act this time of year. I really like being able to get a large set of observations in this time of year. It was only six harems and one bachelor I was unable to find in Burnt Timber and Sykes, so that is a pretty good day considering the weather. I’m going to be out of town for the next week, and so I look forward to getting back to the mountain to see how all of the horses are doing.

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