Puff’d and wisp’d

25 07 2021

Flirty Mister Storm rocks his partial mohawk. It’s a mystery I’ve never solved, and he’s not the only one who has shown up with a roached mane (and sometimes, some horses show up with crazy-short tails). In any case, he’s one cool dude. 🙂

P.S. We’ve gotten some rain! It’s FABULOUS.


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16 responses

25 07 2021
Marytherese

so happy for the moisture!!

25 07 2021
TJ

Thank you! We are, too! 🙂

25 07 2021
Karen Schmiede

He’s a cool dude! So happy for the moisture!

25 07 2021
TJ

Yes, us, too! 🙂

25 07 2021
Carol

Some Appys have natural mohawks (my Appaloosa mare did), Maybe he has Appy blood? Anyway, he’s awesome ❤

25 07 2021
TJ

That’s exactly what they make me think of – Appaloosas! But as far as I know, there’s no Appy genetics here, and these roached manes and weirdly short tails are environmental somehow. The interesting thing (*one* interesting thing?) is that they’re so consistent – not just one spot of the mane is roached like they rubbed a particular spot. Storm’s is wispy now near his crest, but Kwana’s – and Storm’s last year – and Roach’s many years ago – are consistent as if they were cut with a blade. And their tails aren’t scratched and rubbed at the top, they’re short from the bottom up. I’ll post another pic of Kwana’s poor tail in a couple of days. I’ve been calling it his stumpy Appy tail! 🙂 Skywalker’s was really short, too, not so long ago, but Kwana’s is SHORT – basically just along his dock. One of these days, maybe I’ll figure out how they’re doing it!?

25 07 2021
Carol

Interesting! Yes, if you ever find out what causes this, you’ll have to let us know!

25 07 2021
baileytan

👏👏👏yea for rain!

25 07 2021
TJ

It’s pretty darn nice! I hope ya’ll get some rain, too!?!?

25 07 2021
Hutch

For what it’s worth, It’s my guess is that the manes and tails are being chew off by another horse that learned it as a foal..?
Enjoy the increasingly rare moments of moisture!
Are you keeping a rainfall log?
Thanks for all you do for the wild mustangs of the basin!

25 07 2021
TJ

I dunno. I’ve never seen them chewing on each other’s manes or tails. And they’re so even – not ragged as if they’ve been chewed randomly? If they’re chewing, they’re sneaky about it! The rain is divine … and yes, much too rare these days. I’ve been keeping track of rainfall (and snow) for a few years now on CoCoRaHS.org! 🙂 Find me in south-central San Miguel County. You know I love these ponies. 🙂

25 07 2021
Sue E. Story

Yay for all the rain, TJ – us too; it’s been wonderful and an answer to fervent prayers. And I love those mohawks. Such an intriguing mystery as to how they do this, but I like the look! It makes them appear as though they’ve been spiffying up for a purpose – a date with a special girl perhaps. 😊

25 07 2021
TJ

Ha – maybe. 🙂 Thank goodness for the rain. I think this actually is a monsoon pattern – the first we’ve had in years!

25 07 2021
Pat

What a horse! Great picture!

25 07 2021
TJ

He’s a handsome boy, eh? 🙂

26 07 2021
Trish

Stunning photo TJ !! Very interesting conversation about roached manes / tales. Only their hairdresser knows for sure 🙂 Fingers crossed it’s really the monsoons !!

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