Top of the Mountain 10-13

On Saturday morning, my mom, my dad and I started the trek up the mountain. We went through Bridger and Custer National Forest so I could show them the sights. They had never been up the mountain. We came to the top of the mountain and signs of horses were everywhere, tracks and stud piles. We parked about half a mile past the welcoming sign and get out to take in the view. There was tracks and piles everywhere but no horses. We quickly got back in the car and drove to Kruger’s cabin still having no luck.Image

Kruger’s

As we got back in the car we saw a dark colored horse in the distance. We drove towards the horse and Pens Cabin (from the distance they looked close), as we approached Pens we couldnt see a single horse. I walked out over the ridge on the opposite side of the road from the cabin and directly below me I spotted Galaxy and his band (Galaxy, Hera, Limerick, Ireland, Maia and Pococeno)

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As I looked back to the north I spotted Cloud and his band

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Cloud and Feldspar

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We came over the hill they had disappeared behind and came upon six more horses.

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Feldspar and Mica

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There was a large group of 4 wheelers that caught their attention.

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From our vantage point on top of the hill we saw a couple of bands go running across the meadow.

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The next harem I saw go across the valley was Teton’s band

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Phoenix

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Missoula

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War Bonnet

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Teton snaking his band away from the two bachelors that were dogging him.

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The bachelors (Jasper and Garay) were dogging Tetons band all the way up and over the hill and then some. He ran out and scared them off a few times but they stayed 75 feet or so behind them. Trotting when they trotted.

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Teton is staring down the bachelors who are just almost out of the frame. In the distance you can see another band, I think it is Galaxy’s. They were there earlier.

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The boys are turning away as if to hide.

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The bachelors interest was temporary peaked by these guys…

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But not for long, they went right on harassing Teton again.

As the horses moved out of view we continued down Sykes Ridge, we had about 2 or so hours till night and didnt want to get stuck on the top. We saw one more band on the way down. It was Coronado’s band. They were about 4 miles down sykes.

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After that I didn’t see any other horses but I did see some Bighorn Sheep about 5 miles down the road.

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The rest of the trip was very uneventful. I hope to go out to the dryhead this weekend and see who is out there.

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The welcome committee

The first group I saw while riding my mare CC in the mountains was Seneca, Hightower, Jesse James and Hickok. This was shortly after Admiral and Climbs High’s (Kaptain) untimely demise to a drunk driver. (below is the link to the article in the local paper)

http://www.powelltribune.com/news/item/8566-alleged-drunk-driver-kills-two-pryor-mustangs

We had road well into the canyon from the Sykes ridge access point by the fish hatchery. We were on our way back and my filly was getting a little bored so we went up and down some hills. On the valley between two of the hills, my boyfriend stopped me and pointed up to the top of one of the hills 100 meters away. There they were, all four of them. I quickly caught the girls eyes. I quickly rode to the top of the adjoining hill and spend a good couple of minutes just staring at them. Jesse James watched us with interest in his eyes, this was just the beginning of a series of connections between him and I. I think in a past life he was a model 🙂

This is the first of many times I would run into this little unorthodox group.  They are still the welcome committee to the park although I can tell there is much more caution, especially from the mares. Its a beautiful thing to be able to see this group most the times I am in the dryhead and I hope they manage to stay together for a long time to come.

Last time I was out there (weekend of march 10/11) they were all still together although I noticed Fiero was dogging them as he had Seattle (who now has a bigger band).

My first mustang.. Seattle

My blog is best started where I did, with the first wild mustang I ever saw, Seattle.  I was new to the area in August and taking my first trip up the paved highway into Big Horn Recreation Area. I had dragged my boyfriend into the car and along with my Aussie, Lilly, we were off. We drove into the park and I became discouraged when immediately their weren’t droves of horses for me to see. Silly me! Eventually we came to the turn for Devils overlook, we drove to the parking lot and did the tourist thing. Much to my chagrin I still didn’t seen any horses. As I we started back to the main road, my boyfriend suddenly stopped the car. I looked up to see what was up and saw my first mustang, Seattle. He was standing on the slope of the hill on the north side.

Just beyond him to the west was Sacajawea and her son. He looked a little thin and his knee was big. Later on I learned that he had lost his original family some time ago ( to Blizzard) and in the fight is probably where his knee was injured. Sacajawea looked fat and happy and her son was in good shape to. Seattle knew how to take care of his family. I quietly inched a little further, desperate to get a good shot with my little red Coolpix camera.

 

I spent close to 20 minutes staring at the horses before Lilly barked and broke the silence. Seattle now started to take closer notice of me. He quickly snaked his little family together and pushed them further away from me. I decided that i didnt want to be a further bother to him and jumped back in the car. I went the rest of that trip with out seeing another horse and didnt run into Seattle again till the weekend of March 4th 2012.

He was out on Mustang Flats, his little family still in tact. He had no noticeable limp and even engaged in some play time with Sacajawea 2 year old son. Sacajawea look healthy… maybe even pregnant. Time will tell that one. I find it unusual that there are some many horses still up in the mountains that haven’t come down yet. The mild winter has been playing to their advantage. This is probably helping Seattle out immensely. With little competition for food or for his band (Fiero has been spotted in the area), he concentrated on gaining weight and getting healthy. I am excited for his future 🙂

My trips

I find myself often gazing at the Pryor mountains and planning my next trip. I am very fortunate to live so close to what I love ( although I doubt my fat lazy horses love being hauled up to the mountains so I can have some fun). I visit the mountains and the rec area at least once a week. Sometimes I drive the treacherous Sykes ridge road, other times I stay on the paved highway or sometimes I get real adventurous and drive in by Bridger. Either way discover something new every time I venture into the land of the Pryor mustangs. In this blog I will write about the new discoveries I make and the horses I come to call friends.