Sand Wash, part 2

31 07 2009

Here’s another round of photos from my visit to Sand Wash Basin. I took a lot of photos Saturday, July 25, but although we saw quite a few horses Sunday, I didn’t take a single picture. It was enough to drive through the area with Amanda, talking, spotting and enjoying wild horses.

We saw Picasso’s, Corona’s and Cosmo’s bands again, Cyclone and his mare again, and a few of the bachelors we photographed Saturday. We also saw a couple different bands: a black and white pinto stallion named Domino and his band, and a bay stallion named Koda/Coda/Kota (?) and his band. Each band had foals.

The whole experience was just wonderful!

Here are a few more pictures from Saturday.

Bachelors

Bachelors

Three of the six bachelors we photographed. The stallion at right is Cayenne – perfect!

Boy chat

Boy chat

There were two very light (“white”) bachelors, two darker/medium grey boys, Cayenne and the sorrel with flaxen mane and tail from the first photo. One of the darker greys stayed up on the hill and never came down to mingle with the others while we watched.

Sentry

Sentry

This is the bachelor boy who never came down to join the party.

Easy to spot

Easy to spot

The two light greys together.

Cyclone

Cyclone

Cyclone and his mare were just off the road in about the same place both Saturday and Sunday.

Cyclones mare

Cyclones mare

Like Amanda said, Cyclone’s mare is readily identifiable by her frost-bit ear and “blood mark” on her left shoulder. These two were very calm and not bothered by us at all while we took pictures of them from the road.

Corona

Corona

Loved the contrast of his beautiful palomino coat against the coming storm.

Coronas grey mare

Coronas grey mare

This colt is the one that reminds me so much of Storm! This seemed to be the mare that wasn’t too sure of us. I think Amanda said (??) the pinto mare and the sorrel mare were with him before the gather … very cool that they reunited!

Corona with sorrel mare

Corona with sorrel mare

Sand Wash view

Sand Wash view

Looking westish-northwestish toward the storm. Only the palomino pinto mare is missing from this image. All three foals are in a little bunch at right.

Picasso and band

Picasso and band

There’s Picasso – centerย – with both his mares and foals. I kept seeing similarities between the Sand Wash horses and other wild horses I know. The pinto mare at right reminds me of Chrome of the Little Book Cliffs, once Phantom’s mare, and the bay mare at left reminds me of Grey’s mare that was mistakenly sorted into the stallion pen during our roundup.

Picassos mares

Picassos mares

I know from Amanda that Picasso was gathered and released, but I don’t know about his mares. The pinto foal’s markings look like a jigsaw puzzle, don’t they? On this left shoulder, where you can’t see because of the bay mare, there’s a little speckling of “freckles.”

Picasso

Picasso

It’s hard to take your eyes off of him … especially in person!

It was just a darn nice visit. ๐Ÿ™‚


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6 responses

1 08 2009
pnickoles

A darn nice visit indeed! Thanks again for the invite. You knew just what I needed. ๐Ÿ™‚

1 08 2009
Lynn Bauer

We’re thrilled for all of you – there is DEFINITELY a sort of “pony magic” at work for those of us that have felt it and know it to be a true, beautiful thing! Great work, TJ, as always! These guys just seem to stand and wait for their portrait to be taken by you! Love it! WOW ๐Ÿ™‚
Lynn and Kathy

1 08 2009
TJ

Pam – As they say, the invitation is always open! Looking forward (already) to your next visit to Spring Creek Basin!

Lynn and Kathy – Be sure to check Pam’s blog – she has a new post up about the visits! I think the ponies know magic when they feel it … it’s just the magic of love, after all!
TJ

9 11 2009
Terri Remenius

Hi, just been surfing…. found you… I’ve been watching and photographing the wild horses in Sand Wash now for 15 years….. I am a female hunter who hunts Elk up there every year. “My” horses (I call them) is one of the greatest pleasures we get out of our hunting adventure, always taking just a day or two to take photo’s. We did not see as many (bands) this year as in years past. I know there was a round-up in 09′, how many were taken.

20 03 2010
George Roosevelt

Does anyone know how I can get in touch with Amanda Conner? I adopted a bay gelding – Daniel – from the Canon Prison program. I will own him in May. Danny ran as a stallion for six years at Sand Wash Basin. I want to go visit Danny’s homeland and would love the guidance of someone who knows the area and horses. I would be very grateful for any help! Thank you.
George

20 03 2010
TJ

George,
I emailed Amanda with your name and email. I hope she gets in touch with you. She’s a grad student, so be patient! Congratulations on your upcoming adoption of Danny!
TJ

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