Fierro and Cougar

5 10 2011

Before I found out about Hook, I was working on updates about some of our adopted mustangs. Some great rain yesterday here in Southwest Colorado has put off my trip to the horses … so I’m going to go ahead and post these.

From Lacie, who adopted Fierro and Cougar: “The picture I am sending is of my 3-year-old daughter feeding Fierro by hand in the pen. I adopted both Cougar and Fierro, and they are doing wonderful. Cougar is still a little shy, but Fierro is very friendly and nosey. The picture was taken on Sept 27.”

How great is that? I think these two have found friends for life.

Lacie, thank you so much for adopting these boys and for giving us this update!  Fierro looks marvelous!

Other good-looking “babies”

27 08 2011

This handsome little devil is Cougar, son of Iya and Hollywood. Iya and Cougar are with Poco and Roach (have been for quite a while now).

I’ll have more of this awesome boy … I really should be doing other things, like working on the ID booklet for BLM!

Who is this beautiful girl? “Just another bay mare” … This is our lovely young lady Liberty! Right now, I’m pretty sure she’s NOT about-to-drop pregnant, unless she’s really aiming late (and not a drop of PZP-22 has she received, just so you all know). She very likely IS pregnant … hopefully for next spring. She was looking at Hook’s band, the members of which weren’t too far away.

What, you thought I could post without slipping in another shot of this little lovely?! Is it me, or does she look like a pronghorn antelope with her wide-set ears and big eyes, with those little stripes above them? I have gotten some ideas about her birthday, but I’m still waiting for the vet’s “official” call … glad for your patience!


6 08 2011

Little Cougar is a handsome little devil!

Trotting up to mama …

Here’s looking at you, kid!

Update: I look at these pix now, particularly the one above, and I wonder if Cougar’s not dun but grulla – the color of his grandma Slate (Hollywood’s mama, originally from Sand Wash Basin, introduced in 2001 with Luna and a dun mare). I’ll keep an eye on the guy – kinda exciting!

On hold …

21 07 2011

Was having a really good time in the basin with some really important visitors … and then it was shattered. I’m not quite ready to post about it except to say Spring Creek Basin is less one beautiful soul … and that I am beyond grateful to BLM’s Tom Rice and Sean Wagner (sp?) for their kindness and compassion.

I beg your patience if the blog is quieter than usual for a little while.


Cougar and his stepdaddy, Poco – they’re just fine. After weeks of not seeing them, I saw their band both days and spent some healing time with them today.

The love I have for these horses has such power … to break … and to heal … my fragile little heart.


4 06 2011

Got to spend some time with these cute critters last week, the first time since Cougar was even littler! His baby coat is shedding, and he’s like a little teddy bear right now – or a maybe a cuddly cute mountain kitty!

He seemed to head for a snack every few minutes. Big growing boy!

Sweet ponies

Poco is in charge.

Roach still is part of the family.

Nap time with Poco.

Mama and baby

The little guy found this dead pinon just about perfect as a scratching post, and he spent quite a bit of time there trying to get just the right spot!

The basin is too low and too dry for lupine, but for a brief time in the spring, we have these yellow flowers called prince’s plume. Perfect for a little prince!

Baby knows where to find shade!

Iya and Cougar. 🙂

Lovely visit with one cute “cat” and his family!

A family for …

6 05 2011

One of the first groups of horses I saw this week was the new – and growing – boy band, led somewhat intermittently by Duke. He seems to let them go when they wander outside what I’ve come to think of as his territory … but he blew that theory out of the water this week by leaving the boys “home” and wandering (alone) halfway across the basin. When I first saw them, Duke and Twister were standing together and three boys were playing together.

Wait, three? Was Storm back with Cuatro and Ze? No, wrong coloring (and he’s still with Baylee and Tenaz). But from the distance, I couldn’t tell.

When I got to a better vantage point, I found Duke above Spring Creek (which is NOT a flowing creek in the usual sense of the word – it never flows continuously – it has some water seeping up in places), looking down into it, and I thought the boys had found water. I waited, Duke walked along the top, crossed, came up the other side … climbed a hill – alone. Change happens just that fast! With no two-legged the wiser. I have no idea where they went, whether they outran Duke … or whether he let them.

The next day, I spotted four boys waaaaaaay over on the western edge of the basin, and I started to have an idea about that fourth mystery horse. I found Duke later, alone, far from “home.”

The current make-up of the boy band is a 4-year-old and three 2-year-olds (one will be 2 in about a week).

And this is the new familia:

Though Iya looks like Bones in color and her big blaze exclusively, it tugs at my heart to see her with Poco and Roach – in *their* home territory. By a friend’s weekend photos, this happened sometime after Sunday morning. You know who that fourth horse is now, with the boys? I never got close enough to their end of the basin before they left to take pix, but Sage has joined the boy band. (Insert guitar riff here. 🙂 )

I’ve decided to name the colt Cougar after our encounter last week with a mountain lion just southeast of the basin. I hope it will serve him as a talisman of protection, rather than a jinx. It’s a bit of a tough-guy name for a baby, but it’s a great name for the stallion  I hope he grows up to be …

Roach’s solo adventure of a week or so ago left him with a collection of healing scabs on his neck. And speaking of Roach … an odd happening with another stallion has me wondering whether Roach’s roach all those years ago may have been natural after all. I have no explanation for either. To come.