“Hooter” – McCullough Peaks, WY

July 19, 2009

I just learned that a stallion from McCullough Peaks that I had come to admire over the years, is gone. Hooter, a red roan tovero colored horse, was approximately 15 years old. Not the most handsome boy or even a very big, impressive horse. What I admired so much about Hooter was just how scrappy he was in his efforts to claim a family. It seemed that almost every time I saw Hooter, he was either fighting to keep a family, or fighting to gain one. I always saw him as a bit of an underdog, but never lacking in courage. At least he died as he lived – wild and free with offspring that will carry on his legacy.

Scrappy little stallion, Hooter

Scrappy little stallion, Hooter

Hooter and Major - these two were always going round and round

Hooter and Major - these two were always going round and round

Hooter and Major

Hooter and Major

Hooter and the black sabino stallion, Utah

Hooter and the black sabino stallion, Utah

This was the last mare and foal I saw with Hooter as their stallion - 2008

This was the last mare and foal I saw with Hooter as their stallion - 2008

Hooter (far left) with some colorful horses of McCullough Peaks

Hooter (far left) with some colorful horses of McCullough Peaks

My favorite image of Hooter (with Major)

My favorite image of Hooter (with Major)

16 Responses to ““Hooter” – McCullough Peaks, WY”

  1. Sonya Says:

    I’m very sorry to hear that, but glad you shared it. He’ll be forever immortalized because of the beautiful photos you’ve taken of him. Glad to know he passed on, not at the hands of people, but the way nature intended.


  2. Oh that is sad…But you are right at least he died in his environment…I too love the last picture, very majestic!!

  3. Billie Says:

    Sad to see them go, but that is the circle of life I guess. May he live on in photos and memories. Good that he has offspring to carry on his genes

  4. pnickoles Says:

    Sonya, City Girl and Billie – thanks for writing. Hooter went the way I wish all wild horses could. Free. He sure was a character. He was one I always looked for when out in McCullough Peaks. It will be strange not to see him anymore. Spirit Walker, an older buckskin stallion is missing and presumed dead as well. His family has been seen divided amongst other herds and one of the studs from his band now has his own small family. And so it goes on…

  5. TJ Says:

    Oh, so sorry to hear about this beautiful guy. Always sad to hear any of the wild ones is no longer alive on this Earth … but always balanced with the knowledge that they lived and died wild and free. Great images of him.

  6. pnickoles Says:

    Hey TJ – thanks for your note. I know you understand better than most. So looking forward to seeing you for the Michael Blake event! 🙂

  7. Lynn Bauer Says:

    Pam –
    This is sobering news – he was magnificent! As others have said, it’s far better to live and die a free soul than to die in some govt. holding facility. Your photos of him show his strength and elegance! We’ll always think of him that way..
    So glad you were there to capture these images! They’ll speak his name for a long, long time to come…

  8. texasgirrrl Says:

    Your photos show how strong he must have been! He was very handsome and beautiful, and your pictures will always show that you liked him.

  9. pnickoles Says:

    Hi Lynn,

    It’s always hard to lose them – especially when you’ve watched them through the years and have gotten to “know” them a bit. Hooter was among the first wild horses I ever saw at McCullough Peaks. Though I won’t get to see him next time out, he produced a foal last year that I’ll try to keep tabs on.

  10. pnickoles Says:

    Texasgirrrl – thanks for your comment. It would’ve been pretty hard not to like Hooter and his determined attitude. 🙂

  11. texasgirrrl Says:

    Hooter. What a wonderful name. It fits a horse just right.

  12. Jan Herendeen Says:

    Thanks for the update…..Sorry to hear that Hooter has passed on. I have a 5 yr old nephew of Hooter. He is a wonderful boy. I found a picture of my horses mother as a yearling, when Hooter was a weanling in a book. He was an awsome horse.
    Jan in Cody.

  13. pnickoles Says:

    Jan – so nice to hear that Hooter has family out there! Yea, Hooter was something. He’ll always have a place in my memories and many other’s I’m sure. In that way at least, he carries on. Thanks for your comments.

  14. Puller Lanigan Says:

    Dear Pam,
    I am so sorry to hear of Hooter’s death, but he lived as he died, free. Home of the Free and the Brave.

    I’m sorry to hear about Spirit Walker as well.

    At least both of these stallions will live on in their progeny.

  15. bcml12 Says:

    Very nice tribute to a beautiful, gusty little stallion….once they steal our hearts we never forget them! Beautiful photos 🙂

  16. pnickoles Says:

    So true bcml12! Thanks for visiting.

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