Another Arctic blast is currently hitting the Pryor Mountains . This winter has definitely been one of snow, wind, and cold. The Pryor horses have endured winter for hundreds of years. However, when a year like this hits, we can only trust in their history and their perseverance for them to endure. Several organizations have been out observing the horses this winter. This post will use the information gathered and reported by The Mustang Center, The Cloud Foundation, and Wild in the Pryors. A special thanks to Ginger and Sandy for providing this information on The Cloud Foundation newsletter and the Wild in the Pryors blog. The Mustang Center has used their information, along with our own observations, to do an informal survey to determine the horses seen during these winter months. This post will report the bands of horses not seen. Typically we don’t like to make speculations about the horses, but this post does make some predictions on where the horses might be based on past winter behavior.
Duke: Duke is a strong, bay stallion with a large band. During other winters he has been spotted in Area Q (aka Hell n Gone) and/or on Jim’s Farm. These are extremely difficult areas to access in the winter (or any time of the year for that matter). Chances are this is where Duke and his band are spending this winter.
Gringo: Gringo has taken after his sire (likely sire), Duke, in color and strength. Gringo has assembled a band of mares including Jacinta, Beulah, Galadriel, and Ketchikan. Stallion, Tecumsah, kept close to Gringo’s band all through the summer.Since he grew up in Duke’s band, it may be possible that Gringo is in Area Q as well.
Garay: Garay has been with the mare, Quelle Colour, and her 2010 filly, Kohl. Garay is one of the Forest Service stallions that managed to move into the horse range before the rest of the Forest Service horses were removed. Quelle Colour is a seasoned mare and definitely has years of winter experience behind her. As a bachelor, we had spotted Gary in Area Q during the winter months.
Horizon: Young band stallion, Horizon was last seen with Juniper, the buckskin filly, and older mare, Tonapah. Chances are Horizon is on Sykes Ridge.
Custer: This one I’m not 100% sure on. It seems that The Cloud Foundation saw him in early winter (maybe around November). We have not spotted him yet. Last we knew, Custer had the veteran mare, Winnemucca and the young mare, Fiasco, with her 2013 colt, Nodin. Winnemucca, born in 1988, will be 26 this year. In past winters, Custer has been spotted out on the big island in Big Coulee, Burnt Timber, or Sykes.
As you can see, the majority of the bands have been spotted this winter. There has been some interchange, which is not highly uncommon in the winter months. A number of bachelors have been seen, but have not been included in this survey. We will continue to monitor the range and will keep you posted about the herd dynamics. If you have spotted any of these bands during the winter months, please contact the Mustang Center through email or Facebook.