‘Its meaning is Earth’

5 05 2009
Houdini and Terra

Houdini and Terra

A name for Houdini and Grey/Traveler’s daughter didn’t come easily.

Mama and baby

Mama and baby

She’s a stunning little girl and Traveler’s first baby since his return to Spring Creek Basin. In fact, she’s the only (so far) foal I can confirm is his offspring. I kinda stumbled on the name Terra, but when I read the definition – “its meaning is Earth” – I knew it was the one.

Mama and daughters

Mama and daughters

New big sister Iya looked like she didn’t quite know what to think of this little creature that suddenly appeared with the family.

Curious

Curious

Twister was very curious, too.

Two Boots and Jif were content to stay close to Traveler – as was I.

Twister

Twister

Cute ‘n’ curious.

Roach was still circling Steeldust’s band. I came upon Kootenai and Mona … and Kreacher … and Poco?! just off the road by the double ponds a little later while I was looking for Bounce, Alegre and Gaia.

Together ... alone

Together ... alone

There’s a wide but fairly shallow arroyo between Kreacher and the girls and Poco. The girls eventually crossed the arroyo back to the left, which Kreacher wasn’t particularly wild about.

Wait for me

Wait for me

Poco trotted after them, but soon he’d come back.

Git

Git

Kreacher hot on Poco’s heels. If it looks like he was running flat out, he was.

Fightin over little ol us?

Fightin over little ol us?

The girls watched for a couple of minutes before they took off.

Coming

Coming

Followed by Kreacher …

Me, too

Me, too

… followed by Poco – again.

I continued on down and up onto the roller-coaster ridge, where I spotted Seven, his girls and his baby boy just below the ridge on the northwestern end.

Nap

Nap

Ze naps while Seven grazes nearby. Baby picked his head up for just a moment, but otherwise, he was flat out.

Up

Up

Roja might have thought Seven was too close to her baby because she moseyed over between them. Seven didn’t seem concerned. Molly was a little farther to the right, and boy is she shedding. I took a couple of pix of her, too, but she hardly lifted her head from her grazing. I was sitting up on the ridge.

Roja suddenly got really nervous, which made ME nervous because she knew I was up there in plain sight … She ran away from Seven and Molly – Ze right at her side – and crossed the arroyo. Seven went after her, but Molly ignored both of them. Then I realized what was bothering them: Here came Mona and Kootenai, racing west along the base of Knife Edge, followed by Kreacher, followed by Poco! They totally ignored Seven’s band and kept right on going. They eventually ended up over on the east-west hill, where they passed below Grey/Traveler. At some point even later, Comanche and Mouse got Roach cornered down in the arroyo, and he decided enough was enough. He and Poco ended up back together up on the crest of the hill.

I eventually found Bounce and the girls – no foal – so I went on around to where I had seen Duke, Raven and Corona north of the second intersection, and found Lynn and Kathy watching them! We talked a bit, they went back to the west-side road to watch the bands, and I headed out to take pix of baby Corona. But by the time I got going, the horses had moved out of sight. I ended up on a trail through the trees above the road, but then I saw them down below the road, quite a bit farther away. We had talked about where they were getting water; it turned out they went all the way back down to Spring Creek to drink. By the time I got down there, they were coming back from the arroyo.

Mama kisses

Mama kisses

Raven, as all the mares – even the first-timers – is proving to be an excellent mother.

Baby kisses

Baby kisses

The light was pretty high and harsh by this time.

What a sweetheart!

What a sweetheart!

Pretty big girl. I’m going to go with a Sunday, April 26, birthday for the girl.

Instant family

Instant family

Did Duke find Raven before or after she had her foal?

Corona

Corona

She’s a cutie, all right. Still not one hundred percent sure of her color, and we may have to wait a little bit to know more. Maybe roan (?). Maybe dun … maybe palomino. My family has a 24-year-old mare at home that is dusky palomino in her summer coat and almost white in her winter coat.

The rest of the day was just watching. Some of the stallion drama calmed down toward the end of the day. Hollywood chased Aspen away, but then he had to squabble with Chrome and Hook (which involved a funny little twist on “ring around Piedra, Sage and Baylee” with Hook) to assert his position.

Saturday – rain. It stopped raining long enough for me to slip into the basin and find Alegre – spoiler again – no foal. The girl has to be close. She has a great big belly and for about the first time is looking uncomfortable lugging around that weight.

Bounce

Bounce

They were back by Lizard Mesa.

Alegre and Gaia

Alegre and Gaia

They followed Bounce out of the trees to graze on the yummy grass back in that area.

A good roll

A good roll

What must that baby think?

Rest

Rest

She had to rest between rolls, poor thing.

Up we go

Up we go

Gaia seems to be intrigued by how hard it is for Mama to get up.

Heave!

Heave!

Oh … one last oomph, and the girl was back on her feet.

The spot

The spot

Then Alegre patiently waited (rested) while Gaia rolled in the exact same spot.

And shes up!

And shes up!

When Gaia got to her feet – after she rolled all the way over, then all the way back over, then all the way BACK over – she immediately went to bucking and rearing and kicking.

Airborn

Airborn

Mama is not supremely impressed … but I was!

And that’s the last I know. I saw Grey/Traveler’s band, Hollywood’s band (and Aspen, Chrome and Hook were back with them) and Seven’s band on my way out – oh, and I had seen Duke, Raven and Corona again in a green meadow by the second intersection on my way in. I made it to the county road in the rain. Not following my own advice, I know, but it was worth it to get a glimpse of the most-close-to-due girl. Surely by next weekend??

Just Alegre, Jif (due date unknown) and Mahogany (mid-May) to go.


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7 responses

5 05 2009
Kathy

TJ
Great Pictures!!! You are right… every new baby is the MOST BEAUTIFUL you’ve ever seen! Guess we understand now how hard it is for you to put the days basin experience into ‘WORDS’!! Pretty hard to capture the emotion of seeing the ‘action’ and ‘interaction’ up close and personal. What a joy it was to be there. Thank you so much for all you’ve taught us and for making our trip to the basin such a joy!

5 05 2009
TJ

And it’s getting harder to edit the pictures. Sometimes the “prettiest” pictures don’t make it in favor of ones that show some behavior or other. It is certainly an oasis from (most of) the outside world there.
Hard to believe those babies grow up so fast! And again, thank the horses – they’re the joy-makers! 🙂
TJ

5 05 2009
Lea Williams

Oh your pictures make my heart glad. Baby Corona is beautiful. Maybe roan? And Terra is precious as are all new babies. LOVE love love your pictures.

5 05 2009
Billie

Corona really is light colored! Love Terra’s face, just beautiful. As always, beautiful photos of beautiful horses. Keep up the good work, difficult as it is to have to be out there with these horses! LOL

6 05 2009
TJ

Babies and green grass – it doesn’t get much better than that! Being out there makes my heart glad … and knowing they’re there makes my heart glad.
I can wait to see them grow up … and I mean CAN wait! It was so fun to see Gaia buck and play and romp the other day. I think they sometimes put on their serious manners when I’m around watching them, so it’s nice to see them let loose!
TJ

2 01 2010
Rochlia

Great pic of Twister! I can really see his personality!

2 01 2010
TJ

He’s a lucky little guy. I miss seeing him with Grey/Traveler’s band since he left or was kicked out … especially since he went with Cinch and Bruiser after hanging out with Hook for so long.

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