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.





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? 🙂





Sync’d

19 08 2012

Well, nearly synchronized!

Aren’t they handsome, these young misters?





Youngsters

16 08 2012

Oh, I still think of them as “the little boys,” but they’re not so little anymore! They’re off on their own. Not causing mischief – other than among themselves.

Are they cute or what? Sorry – handsome! If you notice a few legs too many, I assure you there’s no Photoshop trickery. 🙂 Aspen is behind them.

This was taken the same day as the one of Bounce, who was with them, too.





Boys of summer

25 06 2012

The girls got their post, now let’s highlight some boys.

Hayden and Tenaz have been shepherding young Apollo since around the time Skywalker was born.

Handsome Hayden. He’s just like daddy (Grey/Traveler); so hard to get a shot of him where he’s not ignoring me.

Tenaz is nearly the spitting image of his sire, Hollywood. Color notwithstanding.

Young Apollo is hanging with the big boys. He’s just as handsome as a yearling as he’s been all along.

Apollo with Tenaz.

Apollo with Hayden. Love the look. 🙂

The three musketeers.

The last time I saw them, they were hanging out with Storm, who is looking hale and hearty. They all are!

They’ve also been spotted with Bounce and Poco at various times (not together).





Playing in water

16 06 2012

And now some light-hearted water fun. 🙂

Apollo gets ready to walk out of the pond while Hayden tests the splashability. I’m taking this from my Jeep up on the road. This is the Sorrel Flats pond back in the eastern part of the basin.

Zoomed out to show more of the pond. As part of my documentation of the horses these last few years, I keep track of how much water the ponds have and when they go dry – and when they fill back up with the summer rains. Now that we have a herd manager who is interested, I share that information with him. The pond just north of here – the east-pocket pond – went dry just a week or so ago, just a few days after our herd manager saw it with very shallow water.

Apollo, Hayden and Tenaz grazing on the flats just above the pond. I should have some better photos of these boys soon tweaked and posted.There’s not a lot of surface area here, but the middle is a little deeper than it seems.

Storm has hooked up with the boys (though possibly not permanently; he wasn’t with them the other day). He followed them out of the wooded “island” and down to the pond to drink. I’ll have more pix of him soon, too.