Water update

17 05 2018

Comanche at the new catchment trough.

Comanche and his band have found the “new” catchment trough (where we installed the apron and new trough two summers ago and the evaporation cover last fall).

The horses have two ponds and the two catchments as water sources, as well as numerous (if not high quality) seeps in various arroyos throughout the basin. Our BLM herd manager (Mike Jensen) is committed to closely watching the drought situation (we’re in the D4 category now – exceptional drought). Our awesome water hauler (Steve Heath) is able to pump water directly into the storage tanks. In the next week or so, we’ll be scouting locations that his water truck can reach to pump water into big troughs – supplied by BLM – elsewhere in the basin if conditions warrant.

Local ranchers have been hauling water continuously already this spring because it’s so dry.

And that wind – that howling, awful wind – is leaching away the moisture we don’t have, day after day.

It’s tough, folks, for wildlife and for livestock, and certainly not only in Disappointment Valley. That said, please know that the mustangs do not seem to be stressed. They have decent forage, as well as water sources, and they’re well dispersed throughout their range, not sticking to certain places as they would if they were stressed about sustenance/water.

Members of Disappointment Wild Bunch Partners are monitoring conditions closely, and the Colorado chapter of the National Mustang Association has offered to help pay for water deliveries to Spring Creek Basin.

We are so grateful (as always) to our Tres Rios BLM guys for being committed to the well-being of our mustangs!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

13 05 2018

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Huge love to all mothers, whether your babies have two legs or four, all days, especially this day. 🙂

Especially, love to my mom, Nancy, who instilled in me many fine attributes … most especially, my love for horses!





Beautiful faces

12 05 2018

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These beauties are in the bay stallion’s band at Green Mountain. I got to sit on a rock for a while with them. We had a bit of sunshine before some welcome rain rolled through the area.





Windy Wyoming

11 05 2018

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We’ve had our share of wind in Disappointment Valley. But it’s true what they say about that ol’ Wyoming wind. … It doesn’t seem to bother the wild ones much.





Good golly gorgeous

10 05 2018

Grey stallion in Green Mountain Herd Management Area, southwest of Casper, Wyo.

Right?





My mommy will protect me

9 05 2018

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You’ll recognize this cutie from the previous post. She was very curious. And very proud of being nearly as tall as mama. (She liked to hook her chin over mama’s back.)

Mama, meanwhile, was busy with groceries. 🙂





Here’s looking at you, kids!

8 05 2018

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These two Green Mountain youngsters (probably a 2-year-old (foreground) brother and yearling sister) were attached at the hip and by far the most interested in me of anybody else in their band.

Sweet babies with a stunning background!