Baja and the Bachelors

Baja is a quintessential Pryor dun: golden tan, stripes, a frosted mane and tail, and even at 20 powerfully built. He has no problem defending his band, but he’s also smart. Baja and his mares Washakie and Bacardi keep away from conflicts with other bands, but it also means potential to run into bachelors.

Handsome Baja moves closer to bachelors.

Handsome Baja moves closer to bachelors.

The mares don’t care, but Baja never balks from a fight. Nor does the bachelor London. He’s growing up much like his sire Doc, and I think it’s only a matter of time before he has a band of his own. As London and his group of younger bachelors crept closer, they eventually crossed the invisible line that was Baja’s tolerance.

Baja greets Nighthawk, and London.

Baja greets Nighthawk, and London.

Although he approached Nighthawk first, London was quick to move closer. The move made me smile. London spent his younger bachelor years with the dun roan Knight, and here he was with the dun roan Nighthawk. The conformation with Baja was brief, and soon the bachelors were grazing near one another.

The two bachelors grazed together.

The two bachelors grazed together.

Baja moved back to his mares as if nothing happened. As much as I enjoy seeing bachelors mature, I’m glad Baja can still hold his own. He’s had the same loyal mares for years, so I hope he has a few more seasons of being a band stallion left.

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