A Special Dryhead Day (by Nancy)

A phone picture with three horses came to me on Saturday afternoon. Kate, a friend and fellow board member of the Mustang Center, was asking, “Who is this with Fools Crow?” The picture made it fairly easy to see the unique face marking and colors of Jewel and Mercuria. We jumped in my Jeep and headed toward the Range. Fools Crow had himself a new family. Big news for the day that was definitely worthy of a last minute trip. It sure turned out to be a special day for us.

Fools Crow, Jewel, and Mercuria were grazing right near the road on Mustang Flats. Other visitors were equally captivated by the trio.

Fools Crow, Jewel, and Mercuria

Fools Crow, Jewel, and Mercuria

The older horses remained fairly aloof, while Mercuria showed her typical filly curiosity.

Fools Crow

Fools Crow

Jewel

Jewel

Mercuria

Mercuria

Earlier, another photographer had told Kate that Hidalgo and his band were down in the area just below Mustang Flats. We hiked out there but did not see any other horses. It sure would be interesting to know the events that led to this interchange between Hidalgo and Fools Crow. Perhaps, someone witnessed it, but for us, it is just one of those mysteries.

As we were heading out of Mustang Flats, Fools Crow, Jewel, and Mercuria were walking towards water at Layout Creek.

Jewel & Mercuria... Playful mother and daughter

Jewel & Mercuria… Playful mother and daughter

My son, Matthew, and his wife, Kimberly had the privilege of finding Fools Crow on the day of his birth. From that day, he has had a special place in our hearts. So it was exciting to see him today with a new family. Only time will tell if the band will stay together long. But for now we will enjoy this new stage of his life.

Pryor Mountain Wild Horses: Fools Crow, Jewel, and Mercuria

Pryor Mountain Wild Horses: Fools Crow, Jewel, and Mercuria

As we were heading home, we had yet another special experience. As we turned one of the corners in the curved part of the road between Booz Canyon and Sullivan’s Knob, two grullo horses were walking down the road. It was Merlin and Johnston.

Merlin

Merlin

Johnston

Johnston

We pulled off right near a mud puddle created by the week’s rain. Well, to us it might be a mud puddle, but for the horses it was a water source.

Water is precious on the Dryhead

Water is precious on the Dryhead

These two horses, for me, represent the past and the future. Merlin is a legend on the Range. Johnston is an up and coming powerhouse.

Merlin

Merlin

Johnston

Johnston

Another portrait of Johnston

Another portrait of Johnston

An added bonus for the day was seeing a band of Big Horn Sheep in the same vicinity of Merlin and Johnston. The ewes and the lambs were resting quietly in the deep ditch below the road.

Big Horn Ewe and Lamb

Big Horn Ewe and Lamb

"Little Big Horn"

“Little Big Horn”

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  1. Yay for Fools Crow! Thanks Nancy!

    • You are very welcome, Sandy! Thanks for your support!!

  2. Thanks, Nancy. It’s great to know Fool’s Crow has Jewel and Mercuria back. He really is special. And determined. 🙂

    • Oh…I love that adjective to describe Fools Crow…determined. Thank you!

  3. Thanks for the update, and I’m glad for all the GOOD news. 🙂 I’m hoping that Fool’s Crow will continue to be more visible than he used to be by hanging out down on Mustang Flats, at least until I’ve gotten out there again. It sure was exciting when Joy and I saw him out there in June, and then Durango besides!

    I’m thinkin’ there may be a lot of interesting developments out there on the Dryhead in the months and years ahead.

  4. Good to hear from you, Linda. And I think you are right about the interesting developments….I think the number of bachelors will keep things active!

  5. It’s great to know there are actually going to be a few more females out there. 🙂

  6. I’m so glad he has some of his girls back! I hope he’ll keep them. I think he will since he had them for awhile before. I was so happy when he first took them last year because it represented a chance for him to father future offspring on the range since she would be coming into her non-pzp years soon. I wonder if he’ll go back to try to get some of the other girls. I know he had Icara and her filly for awhile before his and Hidalgo’s bands merged and they started swapping back and forth between who was controlling the band. I bet he could sire some stunning blue roans out of Jewel or Icara. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens! I also think Belle Starr left Hidalgo looking for Fools Crow and that’s when Hidatsa picked her up. I think he’s trying to keep her hidden haha so it will be interesting to see what happens with that situation too.

  7. Thank you, Nancy for the photos and update on the new developments. And it is always so good to see Merlin again!!

  8. Great news Nancy! Thanks for keeping us up to date. I have not been out to the range for a while now, but am planning on going out this week. Fools Crow is special and deserves his own little family.
    Love the word “determination” to describe him. Mercuria sure is a pretty little filly, and I am also happy to see there will be a few more mares and hopefully more foals in the DH!!!


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