Horizon’s Adventure…From 2007

A large group of horses were grazing in the Cirque. Nancy and two friends from Massachusetts were sitting down on the bottom of the Cirque watching the horses. Morning Star’s band was close by as was Prince’s band. Horizon, Felina’s foal, discovered a new possible playmate in Heather, Ireland’s 2007 foal.

Horizon and Heather

Horizon and Heather: 2007 Look-Alike Duns

After a short time with Heather, Horizon headed off on an adventure.

Horizon heads off...

He walked quite a ways from his family.

Horizon

Horizon

Horizon went as far as the other side of the Cirque. Bolder snaked his band away. A 2013 note, Sapo’s 2007 filly, Hataalii, is now with Morning Star.

Bolder and his band, including Sapo's 2007 filly, Hataalii.

Bolder and his band, including Sapo’s 2007 filly, Hataalii.

When he got too far away from his family, Horizon came running back in a frenzy. The interesting thing is the whole time Horizon was running to find his family, Felina kept a close eye on him. But she made no attempt to let him know where she was at first. It’s almost like she was teaching him a lesson of the perils of roaming too far away from her.

Running back...

Running back…

But he couldn’t find his family, so he kept running…

Running...

Running…

After running and running, Horizon stopped. He had a very fearful look on his face..lost!

Where is Everybody

Stopping to Look

At one point he came quite near us and just looked at us with that sad look of helplessness.

Still Looking

Still Looking

Finally, Felina decided he had had enough. She raised her head and gave a quiet whinny.

Felina calls to Horizon

Felina calls to Horizon

In a flash, he recognizes her call and comes dashing back to her.

Horizon dashes back

Horizon dashes back

Horizon finds his mother and his band.

Horizon joins his band.

Horizon joins his band.

Horizon and Felina…reunited.

Felina and Horizon

Felina and Horizon

And now six years later, Horizon has grown into a strong and beautiful Pryor stallion. He has a band of a young mare, Juniper and the veteran mare, Tonapah.

Horizon...September 2013

Horizon…September 2013

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  1. Love the double post, with extra photos here. Great job! Is the other dun mare Fettucine?

    Also like the updated Recent News — lookin’ good 🙂

    • Thanks Joy! It was such a fun memory that twice was better! And we appreciate you taking a look at the Recent News updates!

  2. Great post and pictures-as usual! Do you know what happened to Heather? Is their a chance we could be expecting a foal from Jupiter? Also what part of the mountain is this on? Is it where the horses cant get to know because of the fence that was put up? I’ve been on the mountain before but just over the past few years during spring/summer so all the horses are on top and we don’t really have to explore to find them so I’m not real familiar with the territory. Sorry this was so long and so many questions!

  3. Love these stories! So cute that little Horizon. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Love that story Nancy! I do believe that animals are much smarter than most people realize (: teaching their young many lessons needed in order to survive. Thanks for sharing that. Horizon is a beautiful stallion indeed.

  5. I also like the new information and photo’s on the “news” part of the website! Thank you for keeping everyone up to date.

    • Thanks Lori! I hope you, and the others that support this blog, let me know if there is anything new for us to add to the News page!!

      • Will do for sure Nancy!!

  6. What a Wonderful Story! THANK YOU!!!!!! Beautiful Pictures!!!

  7. Hello,

    I am doing a senior seminar project based on the unique genetics of several populations of wild/feral horses. I was wondering firstly if you have any particular sources you would recommend for information on the unique genetics of the Pryor Mountain horses.

    Secondly, I am very intrigued by the colour genetics of the herd. In particular the mare Firestorm has always fascinated me. I think she is beautiful and have always wondered at her colour. I came across your comment in an archived post that “The best answer I have heard, given by horse color expert Dr. Phil Sponenberg, was that she may be some rare type of bay roan.” I was wondering if the public has access to Dr. Sponenberg’s conclusions on the colours of the horses? I would love to take a look at that information! Additionally, might it be possible that she is a flaxen chestnut roan with the sooty gene? I am by no means an expert like Dr. Sponenberg but I thought I might ask. I believe she was a bright chestnut when born so it would seem that her base colour is chestnut. As for the sooty gene, horses related to her, such as Bolder, have expressed it.

    I would be grateful for any information you could provide, thank you!

    P.S. This post is very cute, Horizon is such a handsome stallion these days but it’s fun to see him as a little foal!


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