Pryor Mountains May 25, 13

After the excitement of Yellowstone I was eager to explore The Pryors. I love Yellowstone, but nothing compares with the beauty of seeing wild horses in their environment. especially the mountain landscape in the Pryors. The challenge is getting up the roads and although I had been warned about Burnt Timber’s deteriorating state since I had been up there in 2011 with my dad I was in no way prepared for the gut jarring experience in the UTV.

Yet, as usual the experience was rewarding and we quickly found horses. The bands of Cloud, Diamond, and Duke were all nearby, but Ginger and I were content to watch Cloud. With so many bands in one area it was inevitable that some of them would get close and that was the case with Cloud.

For a yearling Mato Ska is pretty handsome, although I think I could say the same for all of them.

For a yearling Mato Ska is pretty handsome, although I think I could say the same for all of them.

Feldspar kept on creeping closer as she grazed.

Feldspar kept on creeping closer as she grazed.

No mention of Cloud's band is complete without a picture of him.

No mention of Cloud’s band is complete without a picture of him.

As the bands got nearer to each other, the yearling colts Mato Ska and Missoula decided to play. Which was  to the dismay of Cloud and Diamond who had to compete to see who possessed the most bravado before escorting their two boys home.

The two yearlings play

The two yearlings play

Cloud and Diamond spar while Missoula and War Bonnet act bored in the background.

Cloud and Diamond spar while Missoula and War Bonnet act bored in the background.

Once the action died down Ginger and I headed to the mountain top. It was odd seeing it so deprived of snow, especially since there had been more snow the last time I was there. Highlights include seeing the grullo stallion Garay try to keep his newly won mares Quelle Coulour and Kohl, and seeing the handsome trio made up of the two stallions He Who, and FIddle, as well as the mare Jewel. Jewel looks thin, but she’s young and has the whole summer a head of her to pick up weight.

It appears that the grullo will need to work hard to keep these two.

It appears that the grullo will need to work hard to keep these two.

Jewel in her mountain top home.

Jewel in her mountain top home.

Ginger and I had already had a long day, but exciting. I couldn’t wait to see what the next day would bring as we began are jarring journey down the mountain.

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3 Comments »

  1. Joy Said:

    Wow, Jewel/Juniper really does look thin since the last photo I have seen of her her! Thanks for the report and good job. The photo of the two bros sparring is really great 🙂

  2. Sarah Griffin Said:

    Haha Diamond and Cloud always amuse me with their antics 🙂 I love to watch the brothers (Diamond, Cloud, and Red Raven) bicker with each other. I think growing up together they know how to push each others buttons! Haha they always make me laugh!


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