Bandit is one of our favorite horses on this range. He is loved by many across the whole world. He went off the range last winter and didn’t put himself back on as usually happens come spring. He was seen June 2, 2013 with his entire band which consists of 5 mares and his 3 year old son. I was on the range on June 18 and saw three of his mares with another stallion and then on June 21 I saw the other two with a different stallion and his son was with the bachelors. No sign of Bandit. I haven’t given up hope yet. He may have been injured and is off “licking” his wounds and will come back soon. So, keep your fingers crossed that he appears soon!! Anyone who goes to the range, please keep on the lookout for him and if you see him PLEASE let me know. Thank you.
New blog I found about a young lady who just adopted a mustang from the Extreme Mustang Makeover. Give it a read.
Here is a link that you should check out. Sounds like a win-win situation for all.
All the HMA’s in Colorado are getting a piece of this money! This would be a good time to sign up with your local BLM as a volunteer. Get out there, help the land, help the horses and make yourself feel better too! People always ask, “what can I do to help”. Well, here is a good way to help. No matter what your age or limitations, there is always something for you to do. So come on everyone, let’s get out there and volunteer!
I have made corrections to the post titled “Bachelor Antics”. I was mistaken in identifying Yuma. Turns out it is really Rimrock! I haven’t seen him in a while and did not recognize him. I apologize for the error.
Oh what a day! It was warm and sunny with a bit of wind, but totally glorious!
Hiked to the potholes and was surprised to see a horse I hadn’t seen for a while and did not recognize right away. I thought it was Yuma, but someone else figured out that it was Rimrock! That is what happens when you don’t see these horses all the time. He was hanging out with Adobe and Briscoe. They were slowly grazing their way towards the potholes when Diamond Rio, Choca and Ajax appeared from the other side of the potholes. Things quickly escalated from there. Both groups met on the trail and there was so much squealing, stomping, pushing and shoving going on! Being in a canyon it sure echoed. They carried on for a bit and finally headed to water. It didn’t stop there though. They still had the whole shoving, pushing, squealing, stomping and they added splashing to the mix. What fun to watch and hear! Even after they left you could hear them squealing in the distance.
I went to Main Canyon yesterday and was lucky enough to find Laramie and Gideon’s bands. They were close together so I just found myself a rock and sat with them. Beautiful day, gorgeous blue skies, no clouds, no breeze and temperatures in the upper 40’s to lower 50’s. Darn near perfect!
Most of the snow is gone, but still enough melting that the ground was pretty muddy in places. Lots of water in Jerry Creek, tiny shoots of green beginning to appear as well.
As I was sitting with these bands, just enjoying them, the sunshine, the silence and solitude, along came a flock of Mountain Bluebirds. They were such a deep, vivid blue! Absolutely gorgeous. Even the finches seemed brighter and more vivid. Could also hear chukkars too, but did not ever see them.
Laramie and his band were pretty photogenic, but Gideon has Fish in his band and she is not very friendly usually. So, not very good pictures of Gideon’s band. No matter, it was still great to see them and just share their company.
On the way out, I was lucky enough to spot 10 big horn sheep, thanks to a friend who told me where she had just seen them! I stopped and sat and watched them for almost an hour. What a great experience that was. They ate, played, butted heads a few times (behind a bush where I couldn’t get a good picture though, darn it!) and just stood around. I love when they feel relaxed enough around me to eat and play without being too wary.
All in all, I would have to say it was a pretty special day. It’s not every day that the big horns show themselves and the birds fly in like they did. Definitely a day to remember.
I just want to thank all of you for reading and following this blog. I hope to be a bit better about posting entries this year. Please continue to come back often! Here’s to a great 2012! Happy New Year everyone!
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,700 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.