“Major” – McCullough Peaks, WY

March 10, 2009

Major is a gorgeous, grey band stallion from the McCullough Peaks Herd Management Area (HMA) just outside of Cody, WY. Born in 2000, Major maintains a large band that he keeps on the Eastern portion of the range area. Major is one of the very first wild horses I saw at McCullough Peaks as his band and several other horses were very near the highway when we arrived. They were pretty much oblivious to our presence as they were busy chasing or sparring with one another, trying to steal mares and change or maintain the pecking order. Being new to the wild horses back when some of these photos were taken, I wasn’t sure what to expect and regretfully, I didn’t know what an opportunity I’d been handed. I didn’t stay as long as I wish I had to continue taking pictures. Instead, Tom and I drove on to find more horses. As many times as I’ve been back to see Major, I’ve never had a similar encounter present itself. One of those live and learn lessons…

Major

Major

Major and another stallion, Hooter

Major and another stallion, Hooter

Major and Hooter sparring

Major and Hooter sparring

Major and Hooter

Major and Hooter

Major with one of his mares, Tiaga and her foal Running Bear

Major with one of his mares, Tiaga and her foal Running Bear

Major

Major

Band stallion, Major

Band stallion, Major

7 Responses to ““Major” – McCullough Peaks, WY”


  1. Wild horses are love ^^)

  2. Art Giles (Matoe) Says:

    Hi I have a long life with the McCullough Peak
    Wild band. You seeI have know this band of horses
    since I was about five years old. My grand Dad
    took me out there in 1937. I have seeb what this
    Band has gone throw and the Pryor mountain Band
    has been throw. I have seen them shot poisined
    at water holes. Now they want tp use PXP om the
    mares. I do not think BLM or any has the God give
    right to Kill The wild Horse Bands or Boroes.
    If any one as seen a band of Wild Horse in the
    ski line at dawn or dusk they would never forget it. In 1953 I and my brother saved three of the Pryor Mountain horses that had been shot. I just came home from Korea. One the horses that we saved. It did the same for me twofold in two
    snow storms in the Big Horns.

  3. Tanya Nolte Says:

    What can I say…awsome photos…I just adore your work. Thank you so much for sharing the splendour of your observations!!!
    Kind Regz, TAN.

  4. pnickoles Says:

    Thank you Tanya. I’m grateful that you enjoy the photos of these magnificent animals.


  5. Speachless…So Beautiful!!!!

  6. pnickoles Says:

    Thanks Marie – Major is quite a boy. 🙂


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