Temple of the basin

27 04 2020


Lovely Temple takes our focus off the still-brown range. There’s some green starting to sprout, and we’re watching closely.

As an interesting aside, that dribble of dark from Temple’s neck down her shoulder is a line of still-dark hairs growing amid her greying coat. You might think it’s caused from scarring, but it’s not. It is, however, very distinctive.



9 responses

27 04 2020

In Arabians, it is called a ‘bloody shoulder’.

27 04 2020

Because it’s usually (? as far as I know) rusty red and matches the flea-bitten or reddish flecks sometimes seen in greys. This may be a similar thing in Temple, who is not (yet?) flea-bitten, and hers is from her original dark coat. Hers are black hairs, not red. Juniper has slightly the same, but hers are only just below one side of her withers.

27 04 2020
Karen Schmiede

Very interesting! I learn something every day!

27 04 2020
Sue Story

Glad to know that is not a scar…or worse, a continuing boo boo – just a nice “beauty mark” on our pretty Temple!

27 04 2020

Isn’t that streal odd? I like it
T and hope it stays!

27 04 2020
Akie K

Thank you so much for running this blog! I’m using interviews and articles I’ve found about you and this herd management area in my Geography final project this semester. I admire you and all the work you do and hope to do some work in the wild horse field someday!

27 04 2020

Oh my goodness! Thank you so much for your super nice words! 🙂 That really makes my day. Thank you so much. Good luck with your geography final project – I imagine you’re studying from home these days? – and please let me know how it goes? Wherever you are, if you visit Southwest Colorado some day, please reach out and allow me to give you the grand tour of Spring Creek Basin and introduce you to our wild beauties!!

1 05 2020
Akie Kagawa

WOW! I’d LOVE to visit sometime! I’m from Hawaii – not many horses or much space on my island of Oahu, and definitely none in the wild, but I’ve taken a couple of riding lessons. If you’re interested in a copy of my final presentation, please send me your email address. I wish I had started earlier so I could include a personal interview from you but I’m hoping to continue in-depth research on this subject so maybe down the road? Love your work!

2 05 2020

Wow – Hawaii! My good friend and fellow advocate Kat Wilder spent many childhood and adult years in Hawaii … and I’m not at all sure which island. That lush, tropical, rain-fed green-ness is a world away from here! 🙂 She has a mustang named Maka … and she named one of our foals, who is now grown up and a mother herself, Makani. … I’ve seen pix, maybe on Instagram, of “wild horses” on one of the Hawaiian islands? I’m not at all sure of the context, and I don’t know which island. I’ll try to find out more. In the meantime, if you could send just a wee bit of your tropical rain to Southwest Colorado, we’d very much love to get some moisture from the islands! 🙂 I’ll email you!

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