Gold ‘n bays

17 09 2019


This was the second of the three bands I saw in Piceance-East Douglas. They were quite a bit more wary than the first band, so I didn’t get to spend much time with them.

Notice the haze in the background; a prescribed burn was going on nearby. It was not close enough to be a danger to the herd, and the area received rain the night before, which served to cool temperatures for the first time in a long time.

It was a beautiful day on the range. Although I didn’t see many horses (the third band was far away across a road, arroyo and sagebrush-and-rabbitbrush sea), this is such a beautiful area that the looking made it all worthwhile. 🙂 And the horses just happen to be as gorgeous as any mustangs I’ve ever seen!

(The yellow-flowering vegetation behind the horses is rabbitbrush, also called chamisa. The rabbitbrush in Piceance was ahead of ours here in Disappointment Valley.)

Big, shiny, healthy mustangs

15 09 2019


This handsome guy is – in fact – Guy, band stallion in Piceance-East Douglas Herd Management Area near Meeker. My friend Pam Nickoles gave me the ID after confirming with her friend Dona Hilkey.

Isn’t he a beefcake? I couldn’t get over how stout and SHINY these horses all were.

The horses pictured are just part of his band; he had another mare and foal pair, and another single mare. Gorgeous family!

Little bitty pretty girls

28 08 2019


One last look from the littlest members of the band. 🙂

What an absolute gift to spend time with these mustangs near the top of Green Mountain in Wyoming! Many, many thanks again to Lynn for map, directions and info. Thank you, thank you for sharing these amazing, wild Wyoming mustangs!

The tree

27 08 2019

Grey stallion's band on Green Mountain, Wyoming.

Finally, it was nap time for the whole band, but instead of lying down, they congregated under this gorgeous pine tree on the far edge of the meadow from where they’d been when I first saw them. … Oddly enough, the presence of my Jeep, parked nearby (I was not aware that this was their favorite tree in the whole meadow!), didn’t deter them.

Grey stallion's band on Green Mountain, Wyoming.

This was my cue to take my leave of these gorgeous wild lovelies in their stunning mountain home.

Almost. 🙂

Soooo sleepy

26 08 2019

Grey stallion with napping babies on Green Mountain, Wyoming.

Sweet babies know they’re safe with Daddy patrolling their nap zone.

Grey stallion with big band on Green Mountain, Wyoming.

And not too much later, Daddy himself laid down for a roll and a quick shut-eye. 🙂

Curiosity overcomes

25 08 2019

Pretty grey mare in light-grey stallion's band on Green Mountain, Wyoming.

THIS gorgeous girl was like the prettiest little wild Welsh pony mare on the planet. Isn’t she lovely?

P.S. I’m still on sitting on the same rock … 🙂

Daddy dude

24 08 2019

Grey stallion with big band on Green Mountain, Wyoming.

Big daddy was OK with me being the subject of his band’s curiosity … but he kept an eye on me, all the same. 🙂

His resemblance to our Comanche was really striking.