Before today’s post, I thought I’d post some information on the domestic sorrel mare that is on the Range as there has been discussion about her. Jared from the BLM is definitely taking this seriously. The BLM can take action as they have already gone through the proper steps; there are just some obstacles that are preventing immediate action. Given his observations of her, Jared is pretty sure that the mare had been on the Range for a while before I saw her, which makes sense given that it had been a while since I’d been able to get into the Lower Sykes area due to snow. As such, he thinks that it is probable that the mare would have already transmitted any diseases she may have been carrying – We aren’t seeing any sick horses out there. However, Wyoming has issued strict orders on horses crossing the state line due to the recent EVH-1 (equine herpes) risks. This, of course, makes things difficult as the Range (especially the part she is in) can currently only be accessed through Wyoming. Jared has further concerns with how the mare would be caught. I have most often seen her in some areas that are difficult to get into – The only real feasible way to catch her would be on horseback. This has a lot of risk too, both to her and to any of the Pryor horses she may be with. Thus, this is a very tricky situation that is being seriously considered. I’ll be sure to provide any updates as I learn them.
I was able to head up Sykes Ridge Saturday; a big rainstorm moved in but didn’t get up as far north as the Pryors. On the way up I first saw Corona and Waif near Merlin’s harem. It had been a while since I’d seen these two up close, though I have often been able to see them spotting from a distance.