6 11 2013

Hayden and Duke

Young Hayden with elder Duke. From a recent visit … just me, the horses and about a million hunters.

Do you see me?

15 07 2013


Yes, handsome Hayden, all eyes are on you!

This young mister has filled out a lot this year. He’ll be 4 in September. He’s a stout little hunky red boy!


10 07 2013


An accident of camera settings resulted in this image of Apollo and Hayden that I decided I liked. It can represent just about anything you want it to. Clearly a horse. Clearly a horse in motion. Sometimes, that’s enough.


14 04 2013

The wind was ruffling their manes and tails and forelocks, but they – Hayden, indeed – were completely unruffled by our presence.


Hayden is not pictured in this lineup because he had started walking up the road to where I had stopped the Jeep.

From left: Tenaz (almost 3), Apollo (almost 2), Killian (!) (almost 2) and Aspen (probably 11+).

A couple of visits ago, Killian was not with mama Roja and her band (Storm’s band, which includes Gaia and her daughter, Cassidy Rain). I hoped he hooked up with the bachelor boys; he did! Aren’t they the picture of innocence in the pic above? 🙂 Killian appears to be an “off” shade of bay because he will turn grey, like his sire, Seven.

And, because I can’t leave him out, and because he was posing so handsomely for my friend Nancy, who was lying on the ground to photograph him, Mister Hayden:

Hayden, watching Nancy on the ground taking pix of him.

Love, love, love his heart-star. From the cutest baby to quite a handsome young mister, this Grey/Traveler son is filling out very well.

As you can tell, it was a pretty windy day. Rain is in the forecast; all dances, finger- and toe-crossing welcome!

Our friend Ann also was with us for a visit to the horses. We saw Shadow and her baby girl (and Seven and Puzzle) but from a very great distance.

I also want to give a shout to friends Sue and Roy, who also were visiting the horses. Roy was the first to spot last year’s first foal of the year AND named her: Mariah. What a gorgeous girl she is growing up to be.

-8 and be there

20 12 2012

Not quite as iconic as Galen Rowell’s oft-quoted “f8 and be there” – nor, I suspect, will it become as universal. But at minus 8 degrees this morning, I was there, in the basin, in paradise turned white.

Seven; hill to the back right is the eastern side of Flat Top.

Seven in winter’s wonderland.

Kootenai and Mysterium

Kootenai and Mysterium

Hayden and Tenaz

Hayden and Tenaz

Hollywood's band

Hollywood’s band walking away from the noise of a truck. What kind of crazy person would be out here on a minus-8-degree morning?

Oh, right. 🙂


Aurora with her band. For extra credit, name the horse in the background attached to those gorgeous stripes! (Aurora’s daddy, Bounce, whom she resembles so strikingly, is following the bands.)

The temperature didn’t get above about 22 degrees today. Snow-lasting temps. I love it.

Fire and shadow

26 11 2012

Mr. Hayden:

This red boy isn’t missing any groceries, either! He’s always with Tenaz and Apollo, and on this evening, Aspen and Seven (previously featured) were with them.

What a handsome young mister he has become!

See ya!

14 09 2012

Took some friends into the basin. Saw Comanche’s and Hollywood’s and Bounce at a distance. Grey/Traveler’s band offered us a great visit right off the road! Then, as we were headed to the northwest valley to check for bachelors, here they came! We stopped in a near tunnel of trees and got the cameras ready. They came right up the road, then around and past us through the pinon/juniper!

Too fast! Too many trees! But I snapped this one of Hayden just before he dashed through the trees and out of sight:

Showing off that big mustang trot!

And just like that, they were lost in the trees.

He’s touching me

11 09 2012

This photo of Tenaz and Apollo cracks me up:

Tenaz, standing his ground but leaning so far away from Apollo, rubbing away the flies on his pal’s shoulder.

Two of the young misters handsome. Had a great visit with these boys. So silly. So awesome!

Apollo gives Hayden a schnuzzle.

That Apollo. What a lover. 🙂 And who can resist kisses for the boy with the heart on his forehead (who has a birthday coming up soon)?

Three words: Trouble. Times. Three.

And one more word: CUUUUUUUUUUUTE!

Boys on the go

8 09 2012

These boys were moving across Wildcat Valley the other night while I was visiting Comanche’s and Hollywood’s bands.

Seven, Bounce, Kreacher, Aspen, Apollo, Tenaz and Hayden at sunset.

Yet another atypical stallion photo

5 09 2012

I love seeing these moments. 🙂

Comanche and Hollywood grazing peacefully with their families nearby.

That’s the foreground story.

Note the background story.

Kreacher and Hayden sparring. They were with Seven, Bounce, Tenaz and Apollo.

Youngster testing his strength.

Very end of day.