August 7th, 2014

The morning of the 7th found most of the horses down in the meadow across from the Little Ice Cave road.  There were a few new bands here that I didn’t get to see the night before very close. Boulder and Hernando are the two that come to mind, plus some bachelors.

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For the most part it was peaceful, but as we wandered through the trees checking groups out we would hear commotion now and then.  When we got back tot he area that the bachelors were in, we found that it was them disturbing the quiet.  Lobo was at the center of it.  There was some minor jousing with Mica.  Jasper stepped in, and of course the action had to happen in the trees so that you could tell what was going on but not get pictures of it.

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They did move into the opening eventually, and we saw some minor skirmishes with them.

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The majority of the sparring took place between Lobo and Moorcroft.  I pulled my favorite shots out of the encounters to share.

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August 6th, 2014 – Pryor Mountain

Having been a while since I had been to the Pryor range, Ahnya and I decided to spend a night on the mountain.  The first horses we encountered as we approached the top were Jupter and Demure. Jupiter is solidly built and I believe he will command a much larger harem in years to come.

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Some of the changes on the mountain this year are still hard for me to accept as being more than short term, but it is far enough into the summer to discount them like some of the March and April events.  It is still tough for me to think of Jackson’s band as someone elses. The next band I saw was another change that is still sinking in.  In both cases things could return to how I have known them, but there is just as good a chance that they won’t.  Dove was the easiest to spot in the band, but I did not even see Coronado dogging the band.  Irial is the current band stallion.  I think this is a pretty large group for his experience level.  

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I may have remained with this group a little longer, but I could see Galaxy and Cloud’s bands to the left …

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and foals trump all else if they are ones I have not been able to observe.  First was Ohanzee with Cloud, Inocentes and Feldspar.  

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Right behind them was Galaxy’s band with little Oro.

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As we drove toward Penn’s Cabin we found that a few bands were in the meadow just above the pond.  I saw Bolder over toward the cabin and some more horses down along the road before it heads into the woods on its way to Sykes, but decided to go for the nearby horses as I could see 2 foals.  They were Okomi, who I had seen before, and Olivia, who I hadn’t. She was very active during the time I watched.  While *Doc’s band*, Mescalero’s, and Blue Moon’s was present, the best discovery was of a new foal with Baja’s.  

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BCNRA sign dedication

As many of you know, one of my pictures was used on a sign at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area.  Ahnya and I got back from our Pennsylvania trip in time to run over for the new sign dedication and talk with all of the other contributors but one. The ones I knew I hadn’t seen in a while, and some I had talked to on blogs and facebook, but was finally able to meet in person for the first time.  There was also an informative presentation by the artist-in-residence.  Ahnya took pictures of some of the ceremonies. 

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Since we arrived early, we did have time to run out to the Dryhead and see some horses.  It was the first I saw Orion and Oak.

Closer to the road was Hidalgo’s band with Oak

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Way out from the interpretive site was Corona’s band with Orion

DSC_3502 DSC_3504 DSC_3511The only other horses I saw on this trip besides the greeters was Fiero’s band.  Oregon looked so comfortable sleeping that we did not hike down to get a closer look at them, but we did see them all pass by on the way to Layout Creek during the “meet the artist” part of the day.

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