I had no trouble finding horses, even though the Herd Management Area itself is almost ,00o acres. There were horses in the southern and in the northern parts of the area, and the family bands were large — this is a hallmark of a herd that has not been rounded up for a few years. The dominant stallions tend to accumulate large families, and watching the interactions of the mares and youngsters and stallions in these large families is amazing.
White Mountain and Great Divide Basin. Knowing that the White Mountain Roundup is planned for the beginning of July, I have been very concerned about this being during the height of foaling season, putting young foals and very pregnant mares at risk of injury and death. Sure enough, at the very end of May I saw very few foals and many heavily pregnant mares, so there is no possible way that the BLM can convince me that there will not be still many heavily pregnant mares and many 1 month old or younger foals at the time of the roundup.
The Wyoming BLM has always said they do not roundup during foaling season — this year is obviously an exception. A family band taking a mid-morning nap in White Mountain My first day at White Mountain I went to the more remote part of the herd area, where there had been hundreds of horses 4 years ago, and only saw one horse.
The horses in this area area used to visitors, and were not concerned about my presence. White Mountain horses running for water in the late afternoon When I went back 2 days later, I happened to stop at the bottom of a gully, and had the amazing experience of watching about 50 horses run straight toward me.
I figured out as they passed behind my care then stopped about yards afterward that there was a waterhole there. Running for water Red Roan stallion for White Mountain Running behind my vehicle, headed to the waterhole There were bays and paints and sorrels, blacks, roans, and again, very few foals but one cheeky filly who was having a wonderful time running away from her father, the band stallion.
Feisty filly and her mother run He finally brought her and her mother back to the rest of his band, and all the horses dispersed into their family bands and went in different directions after drinking. The plan is to roundup and remove horses from this area this summer. A big group of horses at a distance, including many families The area is vast, and the roads are few.
Again, I saw very few foals — meaning foaling season has not yet hit its peak at the end of May. Cattle were prevalent in all 3 herd areas One thing that is apparent from visiting these herd areas is that Wyoming is not in a drought.
The herd areas are greener than I have ever seen them, and water is plentiful. If I had gone with the purpose of photographing cattle, I would have been very successful.
The palomino yearling and his mother This family band is one of the very few still intact in Adobe Town When I looked at the weather forecast for the next several days, I decided to leave and go to the Adobe Town Herd Area, my first trip since the roundup and removal of horses last October and November.
I went first to the area where my favorite little band hangs out. They were lucky enough to have missed being captured, and they were still there, and the palomino colt has become a stunning yearling.
There were also hundreds of cattle.
Buckskin bachelor in Adobe Town I continued on to the little valley where I had spent time with many bands of horses before the roundup. I was excited to see fresh signs of horses as I drove — the stud piles along the road are a sure sign that horses are in the area.
Family band with two stallions, the white snorting stallion looks over at them With no family of his own, he acts as a sentry I first saw a band near an oil and gas pad, and several of them were lying down taking a nap. There were several mares, one foal, and curiously, two stallions.
The colors of horses in this area a re very distinct from the White Mountain and Divide Basin horses — here there is a predominance of grays. When I got out of may car with my camera, and old gray stallion who was nearby started snorting. And snorting, and snorting.
He was making sure that no one missed my presence in the area. It was funny, except he got all the horses in that band up and running away. I continued driving, and saw what I thought were family bands. As I stopped and got my binoculars out, I started realizing that these were not families that included a stallion, mares, foals and youngsters, but these were in fact small groups of bachelor stallions.
Another beautiful gray bachelor stallion There were many stallions by themselves, I counted 12, and at least 8 groups of 3 or more bachelors. There was a distinctive group of 3 pure white stallions who were grazing together who captured my attention.
These stallions were at least 10 years old — and yet no mares. Two Gray bachelors Two gray bachelors All 3 gray bachelor stallions Then I saw a young 4 year old stallion with one mare and a foal. The mare looked very nervous, as well she might.
Normally a stallion his age would never have a chance having a mare, but with the disruption of the roundup, somehow he had one that he was not looking after very closely.
The young gray stallions plays with the intruder The young gray stallion's mare and foal move off, as he plays As another young stallion approached, instead of challenging him, the young stud started playing with him as the mare moved further and further away.
He finally realized she was moving off, and chased her back. I do not imagine that he will keep her for very long, and she and the baby will suffer for his inexperience and for the overwhelming lack of mares in the area.
A weather front moved in, making roads impassable, so I headed home with a heavy heart. Small consolation that the area is so green this year — I kept thinking about how those horses in holding facilities would have loved all that green grass.Save The American Wild Horses.
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The area is vast, and the roads are few. I spent 2 1/2 days driving the roads looking for horses, and was able to get close to about 6 bands, and saw a large group of approximately 70 horses in about 10 or more bands at a far distance through binoculars.
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