Pryor Mountain Roundup – 9/8/2009

September 26, 2009

We had been shuttled off the grounds pretty quickly the night before. There was a sense of urgency about it and we all felt uneasy and suspicious of why. At the morning briefing, it was disclosed that Jackson’s mare Brumby had tied up after coming in and Cloud’s daughter Rain had colicked. Sickening, troubling news, but the Vet assured us that both horses were doing fine. We asked for and were granted a walk through of the corrals so we could see the condition of the horses for ourselves.

On the way into the corrals, you pass the youngsters - several of Cloud's family are in this pen and available for adoption including Image, Rain, Arrow, Ember, Summer and Sage. From L-R: Ben Susman, Ginger Kathrens, Carol Walker and a BLM representative.

On the way into the corrals, you pass the youngsters - several of Cloud's family are in this pen and available for adoption including Image, Rain, Arrow, Ember, Summer and Sage. From L-R: Ben Susman, Ginger Kathrens, Carol Walker and a BLM representative.

Little Image looked so sad and lost

Little Image looked so sad and lost

Image

Image

Ginger Kathrens peers in at the babies she's known and documented since their births.

Ginger Kathrens peers in at the babies she's known and documented since their births.

Brumby - the mare who tied up

Brumby - the mare who tied up

Jackson

Jackson

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Jackson's band

Jackson's band

R.T. Fitch, Ginger Kathrens, Elyse Gardner and Terry Fitch at the corrals

R.T. Fitch, Ginger Kathrens, Elyse Gardner and Terry Fitch at the corrals

Bolder

Bolder

Bolder's band

Bolder's band

Bolder's filly

Bolder's filly

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Cassidy - tagged for adoption

Cassidy - tagged for adoption

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Band stallion Chino - he has gorgeous amber eyes and he's a rare color among the Pryor horses. A beautiful buckskin.

Band stallion Chino - he has gorgeous amber eyes and he's a rare color among the Pryor horses. A beautiful buckskin.

Band stallion Duke

Band stallion Duke

A foal from Duke's band who was very sore

A foal from Duke's band who was very sore

Duke's band

Duke's band

Morning Star's band

Morning Star's band

Ben Susman, Ginger Kathrens, Carol Walker, Sandy Elmore, R.T. Fitch and Terry Fitch.

Ben Susman, Ginger Kathrens, Carol Walker, Sandy Elmore, R.T. Fitch and Terry Fitch.

Cloud

Cloud

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Later, we were taken over to Greasewood Flats to observe more horses being processed.

Starman in the alley while he waits for other members of his band to be processed

Starman in the alley while he waits for other members of his band to be processed

Bolder watches the activities

Bolder watches the activities

A lucky group - they all have the blue dots that indicate they will be released

A lucky group - they all have the blue dots that indicate they will be released

The band stallion Cappuccino bangs his head in the chute in an attempt to escape

The band stallion Cappuccino bangs his head in the chute in an attempt to escape

And he does get out

And he does get out

He frantically runs up and down the alley way looking for members of his family

He frantically runs up and down the alley way looking for members of his family

Finally, another family member is processed and released into the alley way

Finally, another family member is processed and released into the alley way

Band stallion Mescalero did not want to go into the chute. BLM personnel haze him with plastic bags attached to whips

Band stallion Mescalero did not want to go into the chute. BLM personnel haze him with plastic bags attached to whips

They actually hit this horse - a member of Mescalero's band

They actually hit this horse - a member of Mescalero's band

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Mescalero released into the alley way

Mescalero released into the alley way

Once the processing was completed, we were allowed back up on the viewing ridge.

Baja's band

Baja's band

Baja's band - Baja's mare Bacardi and another foal were missing as the others were brought in. We were later told that the foal just couldn't keep up so the pilot decided not to pursue them. They were left behind without their family.

Baja's band - Baja's mare Bacardi and another foal were missing as the others were brought in. We were later told that the foal just couldn't keep up so the pilot decided not to pursue them. They were left behind without their family.

The two foals that did come in with the band were very, very footsore. It's inconceivable to me to push any horse, let alone a foal, that hard for that many miles.

The two foals that did come in with the band were very, very footsore. It's inconceivable to me to push any horse, let alone a foal, that hard for that many miles.

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(And though I failed to mention it in my earlier posts, if the distance wasn’t enough, these horses were also forced down the mountain in 95+ degree temperatures).

After Baja’s band came in, we were told no more horses would be brought in. The helicopter was finished for the day. It was pretty early yet. Again, we wondered about the motives for this move.

One of Baja's foals that came in so very footsore

One of Baja's foals that came in so very footsore

Another footsore Baja baby

Another footsore Baja baby

Tom and I left Britton Springs, Lovell and our fellow observers that afternoon. We had made the difficult decision to move on to the McCullough Peaks HMA to photograph the horses there before the scheduled round up. We had just enough time to capture a few evening light photos before finding a place to stay in Greybull, WY. Though we were exhausted, we both had something nagging at us that we finally discussed before calling it a night. It wasn’t over – we hadn’t seen the conclusion or outcome of this roundup and it didn’t feel right to either of us. We knew we had to go back. We decided to leave Greybull very early and catch some first light photos at McCullough Peaks which would put us back at Britton Springs close to noon. Nothing much (other than the briefings) really went on until then anyway – or so we thought.

(More to follow…)

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14 Responses to “Pryor Mountain Roundup – 9/8/2009”

  1. Sonya Says:

    WOW!! They look very HEALTHY… meaning no range struggles… they’ve eaten VERY WELL!!

    I’m sad for this senseless roundup… I still just “don’t get it” and rack my brain trying to understand WHY they keep rounding horses up adding to the ALREADY 30,000 plus wild horses in captivity they don’t know what to do with and still may end up euthanizing… all at tax payer’s expense.

    Thank you for your valuable updates Pam!!

  2. R.T. Fitch Says:

    Beautiful work, as always, Pam!!

  3. pnickoles Says:

    Hi Sonya – yup, most of the wild horses I see and photograph look healthy. The Pryors as well. Thanks for your comment – I know you’re working towards changes for our wild ones as well.

    Thanks R.T.! Hope you guys are doing well.

  4. Sandy Elmore Says:

    Beautiful photos Twin! I missed you this weekend. Sure thought of you while we hauled Conquistador and Cavaletti over VERY high and steep roads to there new home.. As I was “expressing” my concern to my husband on his driving I had to stop and say ” I think Pam would be saying the same!”

  5. pnickoles Says:

    I missed my Twin too! I tried really hard to get up there, but just couldn’t. I’m so glad that all the horses were adopted and/or sold. And it sounds like the older ones and the Forest Service horses will be just fine in a wonderful new home. Oh, and you’re right – if it was a high and steep road, I’d be “expressing” myself just like you were I’m sure! 🙂

  6. Barb Beck Says:

    The photos are beautiful, but they bring tears to my eyes.

    Simply a tragedy.


  7. Oh that is just so sad to me that the one mare and foal got left..Now they aren’t with their family…I cannot believe that they are making these poor foals withstand that kind of stress!! UH!! I will be awaiting your next update.


  8. I really appreciate all the work your group is doing to keep an eye on the situation. The photos are always wonderful and tell an important story . I feel like I know these horses too since seeing them this July. I have several paintings done so far and hope that an exhibit when it is ready will bring more people to an awareness . Your website will be there to inform them and hopefully more people will become involved in making the necessary changes . Thank you for all you dedication and using your gift to share with others. Laurie


  9. Thank you so much for these wonderful – and heartbreaking – pictures. Will be waiting for more updates.

    Suzanne

  10. pnickoles Says:

    Thanks everyone for your comments – I know these photos are hard to look at and tell a tragic story, but hopefully, it will also enlighten folks as to what our wild horses are forced to endure and how important it is to make changes to save them.

  11. Aslan's girl Says:

    I had no idea that Chino was so stunning…he is mythologically, other-wordly gorgeous. Was he released?


  12. I have a question about Bolder. He looks EXACTLY like my own dark palomino Morgan gelding. What happened with him and his band?

  13. pnickoles Says:

    Aslan’s Girl – Chino really is stunning and yes, he was released.

    Suzanne – Bolder was released as well.

    Thanks for taking the time to share your comments.

  14. Anne Says:

    oh; so in other words; the humane observors are not allow to watch the processing of the horses?

    man has lost his way in his relationship with horses and other critters;

    man does not treat animals with repesct and honor;

    likely scenario; man will destroy his own race; and the animals will live on the planet “forever;

    too bad for “us…LONG LIVE CLOUD! THE KING HORSE!


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