On the ranch in Disappointment Valley, we have a high, long, flat-topped mesa that dominates the northern portion of the sanctuary. It has good grass, and the wind is welcome from any direction during gnat season (which is now). Last night, the big mare band and Kreacher’s band and Cisco’s band were all enjoying that […]
Phoenix-the-cheeky is giving stepdaddy Butch some grief in the above photo. Older mustangs generally give babies a lot of latitude in their behavior, most often choosing to walk or trot away, out of reach of energetic youngsters. The photos below feature Puzzle, Pirate, Nevada, Blanco, Star and Artie. Just a few moments in a beautiful […]
The youngest member of our sanctuary herd, Phoenix, was dallying behind the band with his big sister, Angeni, and mama Jif went through the gate ahead of him, which caused some anxiety. Before he got reunited with her, he put on a show!
This was last night’s very-heavy-moon-just-before-the-actual-full-moon evening. It was so beautiful to spend it with the mustangs in the coolness after the heat of the day started to fall away and the gnats buzzed off for the night. While the moon was rising in the east … fireworks were starting to spark in the west. What […]
Nevada was trying to see without being seen. 🙂 That’s Pirate in front, showing off his muddy, wind-mussed look, and Alpha in the background. See the below photo to see them lined up in an orderly fashion, which always happens when photographing mustangs (or any animals!). 🙂 Not!
A couple of hours before this photo was taken, the WHOLE scene was white with snow. The white didn’t last long, but hopefully the welcome moisture will seep deep into the parched ground and help our grasses and other forage. It has been very dry, and moisture in any form is always welcome!
We have no shortage here of wide-open, far views here in Disappointment Valley, but something about this image – a lone mustang against a cloud-streaked sky – says “freedom.” The mustang is Nevada. The location is southwestern Colorado. Heaven on Earth. 🙂
Pictured above are Puzzle (pinto mare) and Butch (grey gelding). Puzzle was rounded up from Spring Creek Basin in 2005, after which, she apparently went through a few adopters/owners before settling back with the rescue group that had taken her in. They brought her here with her friend Star, a pinto mare also rounded up […]
We’re still getting snow (that melts on contact with the warm earth), but we’re finally, very fortunately, getting moisture in the form of light rain. It is much needed, and the ranch’s grass finally is coming up with the moisture and sunshine. To give you an idea, March is typically Colorado’s “wettest month,” but we […]
Pirate leads the mustangs to the hay line on a very frosty – 5-degree – morning in Disappointment Valley. When I call the mustangs to hay from the truck, I sing, “Heyla, hey-laaaaaa, mesteños!” (or is that *hay*la?). They’ve learned that that’s the call to yumminess. Our snow is melting into mud, but more is […]