Yeah, it’s like that

23 05 2017

Hayden and Sundance

Sundance and Hayden have a little chat on a ridge. Mares were kept and dignities remained intact.

Not grey

22 05 2017


Every time a visitor is with me and we spot Corona, I put them on the spot (fair warning to future visitors :)) and ask them to identify her color. Thus far, that question has mostly been met with silence.

The obvious – and wrong – answer is grey. But she’s not grey. She was born the color she is; she hasn’t “greyed out.”

Now and then, we’ll get close enough to see the subtle roaning in her coat (minimal rusty red hairs), and someone will tentatively guess roan. But she’s not roan. She doesn’t have the characteristic dark (sorrel) head and lower legs. Though the shading on her face (sides/cheeks, mostly) and lower legs is faintly darker than elsewhere, she’s just not roan.

So now that we’ve established what colors she’s NOT, any guesses? 🙂 I have a two-word guess, and having spent some time on various color and genetics sites (oh, my scrambled brain), I’ve dropped one word and am going with the second, of which I’m fairly sure, though she doesn’t have one particular characteristic (or doesn’t seem to).

Here’s a closer photo for your enjoyment and guessing pleasure:


See that spot on her neck above her shoulder? That’s permanent … like a birth mark?

Years ago – before the 2007 roundup – we had a mare this color (a bit darker in her shading) that everyone called “the strawberry roan.” I knew then that she wasn’t roan – of the strawberry or any other berry variety – but I didn’t know what the heck color she was, so I called her “the pumpkin mare” (though in reality, she was more pinky than orangey). The mare had at least one offspring the same color, but BLM removed them both. That was before I started documenting the Spring Creek Basin herd, so I don’t know a thing about the source of their color, and we sure haven’t seen it since then.

Corona is the product of our 2008 introduction from Sand Wash Basin. Her mother is Raven, a minimally marked black-and-white pinto. Her sire, as best I can tell from photos given to me by someone who was following the Sand Wash Basin herd at the time, is their famed Corona, a dunalino (look verrrrry closely if you don’t believe me).

Every time I visit Sand Wash Basin, I look for a horse of a similar (or identical) color. But I haven’t seen one yet.

If you can verifiably tell me Corona’s color, you’ll win my undying gratitude. 🙂

While you’re at it, any guesses about Mysterium’s color? She was the napping subject of a blog post a few days ago. I do absolutely know her color, and no, she’s not grey, either. 🙂

Beautiful girl, shy girl

21 05 2017


Sweetest Piedra, you’re really not hiding your loveliness from anyone at all. 🙂

Even half-hidden, she glows with beauty and health.

Many people may not be fortunate enough to see any of our nation’s mustangs and wild burros. We may not ever make it to all of America’s immense and varied and treasured public lands.

But many of us do travel widely and enjoyably across America. And many people from other countries travel far to see America’s broad skies and open lands.

The lands themselves, let alone the mere *thought* of those lands – and the plants and animals and geologic and geographic formations that inhabit them – persevering in the wild (whatever wild means to you), THAT is important, and that is worth protecting.



20 05 2017


Seneca was grazing blissfully along when she lost her band. Actually, they kinda grazed blissfully on along without her.

No worries; they were reunited. And in her goal of catching up, she looked simply beautiful.

Smooth moves

20 05 2017


Hollywood cleverly noticed a mare in a nearby band grazing some distance away from her band and though he might introduce himself (he’s bold like that). But her stallion was closer, and he put the kibosh on that idea.

Mud drench

18 05 2017



Magnificent mustangs must make mud baths marvelous!

Copper knows the value of spa treatments. 🙂


Did anyone order rain?

Ma Nature delivered SNOW!

You really have to laugh at how well she came through for us. 🙂 It’s spring snow and packed with moisture.

Mustang caught in a cat nap

17 05 2017

Mysterium, Temple Butte

Mysterium and her band had a little nap – as they do multiple times a day. This one was shared with yours truly. With the sunshine and breeze, it was hard to keep our eyes open! (Some of us didn’t!)

Parts of Colorado (including our part) are under a freeze warning. … We’re really hoping that the chance of rain actually materializes over Disappointment Valley and Spring Creek Basin.