October 21, 2009 – Mountain Update

On the 21st we headed out to the range. After seeing only Sitting Bull and his harem in the Lower Sykes area, we decided to head up Burnt Timber. The snow had melted a lot since I was last there, and nearly all of the puddles in the mid-slope were dried up. Scoping to the top of the mountain, we could see that there was still a good amount of snow up there still. However, there was also a good amount of horses up there too. Drifts blocked our way, so we had to walk in to the horses.

Going down the cirque, the first horses we saw were Starman’s harem as his daughter Isadora peeked out at us.

Up from them was Two Boots and his harem. The colt foal was still missing, and so I think that he is probably gone. As we continued to walk in, we came upon Lakota and Baja’s harems. The black colt in Baja’s harem is definitely striking, much like Isadora is above.

This foal, like the others, is getting big and is growing in his first fuzzy winter coat. Crossing over the hill, we came upon a number of horses – the harems of White Cloud, Teton, Bolder, Blue Moon, and Mescalero. Custer and Coronado’s harems could be seen in the distance.

There was a little interchange up there. White Cloud’s black mare Pococeno wasn’t with the harem, but his two year old daughter was back from Morning Star. I couldn’t see her with any of the harems I saw.

There really was a good amount of snow on the ground, and there’s not a whole lot of available forage in some of the areas the horses were in due to these seasonal conditions. The snow does provide water for them; and, judging from a lack of water in the mid-slope, I guess that was a big reason the horses were up there. Not all of the horses were up on top, though many were. Some, like Jackson below, had their harems down there still. I’m not exactly sure where they watered, but they are definitely able to take advantage of the great forage that is present in these areas right now.

Also, I have been receiving a number of inquiries on the health of some particular horses. White Cloud and Firestorm are the topic of many of these inquiries. While up on the mountain this day, I took some short video clips of them moving around so you can see how you think they are looking. You’ll also see Exhilaration there walking; there will be more on him in the next post on the Dryhead horses. To view this movie, please click here. (Note: I disabled comments on this video so that any relevant comments can be put here so that it is easier for others to read them.)

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  1. Thanks so much for the video and photos. Hope that you will have access to the horses through the winter. Too bad Exhilaration has been hurt. I am sure you will look out for him. Be well, be careful, Marilyn Wargo

  2. Matt, thank you for the updates and the video, it is good to see the horses fat and moving well going into winter, I hope Exhileration’s wound is not serious and heals soon; that black colt is a beauty,
    take care, and let us know how all are doing, you included,

  3. Matt ~ Thank you so much for the videos and the head’s up you sent me in the mail. These are just great, and Both Cloud and Firestorm look very good. Watched it twice and I couldn’t notice any problem with either one.

    I certainly could see poor Exhilaration’s limp though. I sure hope his wound doesn’t turn out to be serious either. I know you will keep an eye on him as best you can with winter coming on up there.

    Take care, and thanks again for the updates!

  4. matt, any news about Stiles? I think of him, going by himself to a whole new place,

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