Reds and golds

25 09 2016

Sorrel foal at sunrise in Sand Wash Basin.

This sweet sorrel foal was a beautiful subject at sunrise in Sand Wash Basin. Love those backlit whiskers!

On alert

24 09 2016

Sand Wash Basin stallion Kiowa.

This is stallion Kiowa, I think. His band and Cosmo’s band were close together and with a few other bands the couple of mornings I was fortunate to visit with them. He’s a pretty hunky guy – don’t you love that studly profile?!

Harvest moon

23 09 2016

The full harvest moon rises over Sand Wash Basin.

The full, magnificent, phenomenal, gorgeous, spectacular, astoundingly amazing and very full moon rose over Sand Wash Basin the night before SWAT’s/GEMS’ Rendezvous.

Wow! Magic.

Gosh, so golden

22 09 2016

Dun mare in Cosmo's band.

A pretty mare in Cosmo’s band walks through sagebrush golden with the rising sun in Sand Wash Basin.

Watching the sun come up

21 09 2016

Stallion Cosmo in Sand Wash Basin.

Over the next however many days, we’ll be sharing some of the wild beauties that call Sand Wash Basin home. I may or may not know their names, but one thing is for sure: They are beautiful, and they are incredibly healthy … and they are loved by many, many people around the world.

This is stallion Cosmo in the first light of a beautiful September morning.

Sand Wash Basin advocates get ’er done

20 09 2016


This handsome hunky stallion is Star, and he lives with his family in Sand Wash Basin, in northwestern Colorado. He posed extremely considerately Sunday morning with the setting full moon.

This past weekend, Michelle Sander, Aleta Wolf, Stella Trueblood and others with Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary and Sand Wash Advocate Team, along with Gina Robison with BLM’s Little Snake Field Office in Craig, hosted about 50 people who came from near and far (including Texas, Missouri and Toronto, Canada) to help with work projects that directly and indirectly benefit those gorgeous mustangs.

SWAT members are directly responsible for the successful PZP program in Sand Wash Basin. In place for just about three years now, it’s having a direct impact on slowing the population growth of this popular herd. BLM plans a bait-trapping operation there later this fall, with which SWAT and GEMS will be intimately involved. BLM plans to remove 50 horses. They’ll go to Cañon City for “processing” (brands, vaccinations, gelding, etc.), then to GEMS, in northeastern Colorado, to be gentled and offered for adoption through GEMS’ partnership with BLM as a TIP storefront.

Read more about the great weekend of camaraderie, work projects and MUSTANGS in this Craig Daily Press article.

SWAT and GEMS and all the folks associated with these groups are doing phenomenal work for this beautiful herd. Any chance you get, please send out your thanks to these ladies and gents. They are compassionate and passionate, considerate, caring and vastly knowledgeable.

In short: They rock.🙂


19 09 2016

Copper and Ty

Ty and Copper have a chat in the sunset forest.