Baby girl hurt

15 07 2009

Don’t panic. But it’s been on my mind and will be till I see her again. Terra-love was limping on her right hind leg this weekend. I couldn’t see any obvious injuries or swelling, but binoculars never give you a close-enough view when that’s what you want to see.

Stiff

Stiff

Not a good image, of course, but can you see how “humped” she looks? Think good thoughts for our little girl, people. Thanks-a-bunch.

Artist Karen Keene Day was back in the basin to visit the horses. While she was inspired by the wild ones for future artwork, her husband put inspiration to canvas during our weekend trip.

It was another good day for seeing horses. We even saw David and Shadow! The horses are staying close to the water, in this case Wildcat Spring. The small pond off the road to the old trap site still has water from the latest rains, but I haven’t seen horses drinking there. Kreacher and the girls are taking full advantage of the catchment, but they seem to be the only ones. Wildcat Spring is the current “neighborhood watering hole.” Bruiser and Cinch are still up with the northern gang.

It’s warm, and afternoon rain is always something to be aware of. The bugs are out – but not as bad as last year. They seem worse in the south than in the north. The cheat grass also doesn’t seem as sticky. Something to look forward to, I guess!

Corona

Corona

Isn’t she a stunning little girl?

Most of the bands were east of the section of road between the intersections. We came first to Duke, Raven and the beauty above.  Then Steeldust’s band strolled by us like a wave.

Daddy and baby

Daddy and baby

Steeldust and Hannah.

Mama and baby

Mama and baby

Mahogany and Sable.

Buckskin and bay

Buckskin and bay

Luna and 2-year-old Kestrel and Mahogany and yearling pinon.

Mamas and babies

Mamas and babies

Luna and Hannah, Mahogany and Sable.

Ember

Ember

How she’s changed. She actually looks quite a bit like her big sister, Kestrel, except for her color, of course!

Coupla boys

Coupla boys

Aspen and Chrome following the big band.

Wait for me!

Wait for me!

Hook-at-the-trot. While we were watching Steeldust’s band walk past – and Aspen and Chrome follow – we looked over to see Hook, apparently forlorn at having been left behind.

Horses and hills

Horses and hills

Still le petite Jif hides her treasure from the world. Terra is lying down by Houdini.

The misters

The misters

Daddy and Sage. Aren’t they handsome fellows!

Family bonds

Family bonds

Daddy Hollywood stands very nearby as Sage takes an afternoon snack from mama Piedra.

Admiring the scenery

Admiring the scenery

What does he see out there? Does he see something faraway? What’s on his mind? Lizard mesa in the middle distance; the east pocket beyond.

As we drove out, not only were purple clouds rising over the western hills but thunder was rolling, and lightning was striking – not near(ish). We were privileged to see David and Shadow off the county road near dysfunction junction. I left Karen at our lodging and went back to look for the pintos.

Kiowa and baby

Kiowa and baby

Did I say I thought the foal was a filly? Then I thought it was a colt. But as it turns out, none of my pictures were close or clear enough to really determine, so baby’s gender remains a mystery. And a little more research into the timing of Copper’s take-over makes it very possible – and given the foal’s color, likely – that he is baby’s daddy.

Surrounded by spots

Surrounded by spots

The little holds his or her own.

Mama-to-be?

Mama-to-be?

Wouldja lookit the size o’ dat belly, la! Time will tell.

And such was the day. We didn’t see Bounce’s or Seven’s. I hope to not see Terra limping this weekend.


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16 07 2009
Lynn Bauer

PLEASE, PLEASE, gods and goddesses of the wild ponies, let Terra be OK!!!! She’s one of the MOST UNIQUE foals in the basin this year!! Great shots of Holls and Sage – no mistaking that they are indeed father and son! The sorrel looking out at Lizard Mesa is Roach, right? He’s such a beauty! In the family photo of Grey – is that Iya lying down between Jif and Grey?? Love the pics of Kiowa’s new little one and we do mean little – she/he does seem a bit smallish. Still, a cutie! Good job, as usual!!
Thanks for the posting!!
L and K

17 07 2009
TJ

I echo your sentiments exactly about Terra … Agendas notwithstanding, she is my goal when I head out this weekend.
I can’t quite tell about Sage’s color … I still have photos from Sunday to go through (! and post?!), but I think he may be leaning toward grey as opposed to grulla.
And, yes, that’s Roach-my-boy looking out yonder. I realized afterward that I didn’t name him, but those (you) who know, know … and sometimes an image like that needs no words or names. 🙂
In Grey’s family photo, I think you’re talking about Twister, who is standing, but behind the others and kind of down behind a little bump. Iya is right behind Cuatro, who is right behind Two Boots, who is at far right ignoring the photographer! I need to get the baby photos updated of all the foals and youngsters (and even some of the mature horses). I think only Gaia looks the same!
Kiowa’s baby does seem small(er) to me, but also very stout and healthy. To go along with that – a random connection, not really one I was thinking of – Copper always seemed kind of smallish, to me, but in these past months as head of the band, he seems to have grown. Call me weird, but in some of these most recent pix of him with the band, he almost seems a different horse, having filled out and “grown.”
Keep praying for Terra … as Grey/Traveler’s only *confirmed* offspring in the basin, she’s definitely special!
TJ

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