24 06 2013

Kreacher and Seven

Kreacher and Seven had a little discussion around the water hole. Loved their shades of grey and the strands of their manes that seem to flow into each other with the ever-present wind. Love these boys!

Home range

6 05 2013


A return to home with Duke and Kreacher, pictured in front of two of our most recognizable landmarks: McKenna Peak (pyramid) and the unnamed promontory.

Home is where the heart is.

Face to the wind

20 04 2013


Kreacher in the wind. He’s still with elder Duke (who was down the hill and out of sight from this angle), but the younger boys have split.

The youngest two – Apollo and Killian – are together, and, way to the east, Hayden and Tenaz are together. Not far from those two was Aspen. Just as I was getting used to seeing them all together, they seem to have decided to explore in pairs.

Let’s go that way

5 04 2013

Chrome and Terra; Duke and Kreacher in the background.

Chrome snakes Terra to follow Kwana toward Winona, who was grazing a little distance away.

The story behind the story involves the dots behind these two in the distance. See them? Way back left of Chrome?

When I first saw those two dots, they were three dots: two grey, one dark (bay): Chrome and Kreacher and Duke. And yes, they’re really about as far away as they appear, so Chrome had left his girls and his boy to have a little man-to-man-to-man chat. I parked not far away and walked out on a trail, and I was sitting on said trail at the moment I pressed the shutter on this shot. I reached his girls and boy before he did.

Kreacher and Duke went on grazing as peacefully as Terra and Kwana and Winona, even after Chrome returned to reassert his “dominance.”


3 01 2013

Duke and Kreacher share an interesting past – and current friendhip. And if they could tell their story, it would be richer than I even know.

Since I started documenting the horses after the 2007 roundup, Duke has had a family (Raven and her first foal, Corona) just once – and for just about six months. Otherwise, he has been a bachelor, sometimes with a friend or friends, mostly alone. He seems to be particularly suited to “mentoring” young bachelors.

When I met Kreacher, he had Molly and Roja (likely mother and daughter from photos I have seen; elder Molly died in the fall of 2009). When Grey/Traveler stole Houdini, her daughter Two Boots and orphan Twister from (his likely son) Seven in the early spring of 2008, Seven stole Molly and Roja from Kreacher, leaving Kreacher to take Grey’s place in the “Bachelor 7,” as I called that group of single fellows. Kreacher was a low-man bachelor until early December that year, when he picked up the three beauties introduced that October from Sand Wash Basin: Raven, Mona and Kootenai. During an April visit in 2009, I found Kreacher, Mona and Kootenai, but Raven was missing; I found her – and her new filly, named after her Sand Wash Basin sire, Corona – with Duke. Duke had them until that fall. I found Kootenai with them one day, then got a report that Raven, Corona and Kootenai were back with Kreacher (and Mona), and Duke was injured. Duke nursed that injury for most of the next year. Right before or right after Mona had her filly, Shane (sired by Kreacher), in September 2010, Seven acquired her. She has been with Hollywood – and Shane – the last several months. Kreacher lost Raven and Apollo (their 2011 son) and Kootenai and Mysterium (their 2011 daughter) to Sundance the day before the roundup last fall, and Sundance still has the two mares and Mysterium and Raven’s and Kreacher’s 2012 colt, Skywalker (Apollo became a bachelor at the tender age of 1 and has been with Hayden and Tenaz since).

Are you still with me? 🙂

After Kreacher lost his band, he found and started trailing (at a distance originally) Duke, who sometimes was alone and sometimes was with other bachelors. These two apparently have adopted a “forgive and forget,” “together is better than alone” attitude and almost always can be seen together. Duke likely is in the 15-plus-year-old category, and Kreacher probably is around 10-12 or so.

When I saw them the other day on my way out of the basin, it was too perfect an opportunity not to stop and say hello.

Kreacher and Duke above Spring Creek Canyon.

That Kreacher is such a lover.

Kreacher and Duke above Spring Creek Canyon.

Behind them is a wall of Spring Creek Canyon. They drank from a little open hole of water down in the bottom.

Kreacher and Duke above Spring Creek Canyon.

Such handsome wild faces!

Kreacher and Duke above Spring Creek Canyon.

Kreacher definitely is not shy about public displays of affection – and he’s the more demonstrative of the two.

Fuzzy and fit and well-equipped for winter! I love seeing these boys together. Though I can’t help but remember the strife they once caused each other, now what I think about most is their enduring friendship.

Two in the far north(west)

6 10 2012

As hinted at in yesterday’s post, we spotted Duke and Kreacher together in the northwest. Kreacher and Seven have ditched each other – and the young boys have ditched Kreacher – or vice versa – and were with Bounce and Seven.

Kreacher and Duke. The northwest pond is behind them to the left.

Kreacher with some colorful fall rabbit brush in the foreground.

Duke. Such a mustang classic. The reddish hue to the ground around him is purslane. I don’t know much about it, but it’s apparently very widespread this year.

Love that his ears still are dark.

Bay gorgeousity.

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.

Everyday hum

28 08 2012

The more I learn … the more I learn. There aren’t always conclusions to draw from the observations I make of the horses. Sometimes, things I see come back a year or more later.

And sometimes, I see things that just make me smile.

Nothing special about this image. They’re all stallions. Seven (back grey) is 12. Kreacher is probably close. Tenaz (right) is 2.5. Apollo (with Kreacher) is 1.5.

So why did I take it, let alone post it? Why am I being all sentimental?

Right before last year’s roundup, Kreacher lost his band to Sundance, who still has the band. This spring, right around the time Skywalker was born, Apollo left or was kicked out of the band (their mother is Raven), and I finally found him with Hayden (almost 3) and Tenaz, and they’ve been wandering around, hanging out briefly with various other bachelors: Bounce, Poco, Duke, Aspen, Kreacher and Seven.

Apollo is Kreacher’s son. Now a young bachelor, Apollo – and his pals, Hayden and Tenaz – have hooked up, however briefly, with sire Kreacher and Kreacher’s new pal, Seven, who stole his (Kreacher’s) band back in 2008 after Grey/Traveler stole Seven’s band.

See how it all comes back around? 🙂

Suddenly seen

23 08 2012

Around a bend came I, and there they were, like ghosts made real.

Kreacher, left, and Seven. And … do you see the ghost in the background?

Who? Why … Hou……dini!

Grey/Traveler’s band.

Up the hill – way up – Sundance’s band.

Out on the edge of the valley, Aspen and Bounce – and the younger misters.

Already visited below the trickle: Comanche’s and Hollywood’s.

Oh, the magic of the evening. No words. Not many, anyway. 🙂