Another photo of my favorite stallion from this particular Herd Management Area – this is “Handsome” from Piceance Creek/East Douglas, CO. I have been following him since 2006. He’s an awesome boy.DSC_2256a-s

I will be posting this photo to my website soon.

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DSC_2176a-sAnother stallion from the Piceance Creek/East Douglas HMA in Colorado. He’s a big, well put together fellow. Love his rich bay coloring too (9-2013).

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This stallion gently tries to nudge the little stud colt along. The colt was lame and having trouble keeping up with the band. I don’t know what became of the little guy, but it was obvious this stallion wasn’t giving up on him. Piceance Creek/East Douglas HMA in Colorado (archive photo).

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Two Piceance Creek/East Douglas HMA stallions check each other out. There was some posturing, but it was a pretty brief and uneventful encounter.

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East Douglas Wild Horses

November 20, 2012

This September was my first experience in the East Douglas portion of the Piceance Creek/East Douglas HMA in Colorado. I’ve spent a lot of time in the Piceance Creek area, but this was all new territory and horses. It’s always so much fun to explore unfamiliar areas.

On this trip, we were pretty much winging it since we had a general idea of where we should be, but no directions. We were driving along a main road when I looked down a side road and caught a glimpse of something. I had Tom turn around to make sure of what I saw, and then we headed down that side road.

Can you see it? A poop pile there in the curve of the road! A good sign. It means horses!

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We continued down the road, not knowing anything about what lay ahead. There was a very deep arroyo that followed the road to our left and the road got pretty narrow in places.

Wow – we did good! Found a water source right off the bat. Always a good place to look for horses (and other wildlife). And, it was full which is also important.

The road was starting to get kind of “iffy” and since we didn’t have any idea where it went or how much rougher it would get, we parked the Jeep and I got out to hike a bit before subjecting our vehicle to anything more extreme. Along the way, I saw these prints.

I think I was only gone for about 10 minutes, but when I got back, Tom had some pretty exciting news to share with me.

He said he was just standing at the water hole when he heard some crashing in the trees behind him and then he saw 3 horses come running to the water. I think they were as shocked as Tom was since they just stood staring at him for a moment and then took off again. No, he didn’t have a camera and I couldn’t believe I missed them! In any case, Tom described the horses to me (a bay, a gray and a black) and it was satisfying just to see how much he obviously enjoyed the encounter.

We hung out in the area for about an hour to see if anything else would come along, but nothing did and as we watched storm clouds building, we decided we’d better head out before the rain started.

As we were driving out, I was watching the canyon walls for “rock art” (pictographs or petroglyphs) which we’d been looking at all day during our Canyon Pintado tour that had brought us out this direction to begin with. As I was scanning, I noticed some movement and spots of color below the walls. Horses! Hmmm…a black and a gray. Tom took a look and announced those were “his” horses! I was going to get to see them afterall.

And then the bay came into view.

And they were off!

It was a somewhat narrow canyon, so we just drove beside them. They’re a fair distance away though, until the canyon starts to tighten down even more.

I think we were too close for comfort for them (we were across 2 arroyos, but I get the feeling these horses don’t see as many people) and they turned back and started up the slope.

Looks like something got the bay’s tail. It’s pretty short!

The black and the bay are both mares. The gray is the stallion.

They move so easily across the rocks and steep terrain. Is it any wonder I want a Mustang for trail riding?!


Heading straight up.

They stopped briefly to take in our position.

They climb so effortlessly as they continue to the top of the hill.

Almost there.

It didn’t take long at all to put us behind them. They were the only horses we saw, but we went back the next day and began the search all over again. We were not disappointed either.

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