We had an amazing trip to the mountain yesterday….saw every mountain band with the exception of Hernando and Cappuccino. It is always exciting to see the beautiful Baja and his band. When we first arrived to the mountain top we spotted them off on the next ridge to the west, a place called either BLM Island or Cloud’s Island. By the time we got near the crossroads, we were surprised to see the band had arrived there before us and were moving across the road towards the snow-fed pond. Lots of horses were on those upper meadows, but Baja just seems to keep his group away from the crowd!
Baja has such a unique look to him. He is the son of the legendary Looking Glass and the classic mare, Tonapah.
Baja’s 2013 son, Nahwa, was born later in the year. He bears a striking resemblance to his sire, Baja, with the distinct two-toned mane. They is a trait also shared with Baja’s mom, Tonapah. He is a sturdy colt and his still shedding off his winter coat.
Baja’s mares, Washakie and Bacardi, have been with him for many years. Washakie is actually Bacardi’s mom. My observations show that mare bonds like this seem to contribute to band stability.
Topper Too is a more recent addition to Baja’s band. Yet, she definitely took the lead today. She was the first one to come up the ridge to the crossroads. She was the first to lead out across the meadow.