Green Mountain Stallion

December 3, 2009

Since my posting of the Red Desert Complex wild horses, I’ve continued to wonder about the striking and unusually marked black stallion with the upside down “V” or arrow point on his neck (as one reader commented it looked like) from the Green Mountain HMA. What had been his fate? The question just wouldn’t go away. I decided I needed to try to find the stallion just like I had when it was El Mariachi I was looking for after the White Mountain roundup in 2007.

I sent several photos down to Canon City, CO and to the Rock Springs, WY holding facility (I found out the only horses to go to the Riverton Honor Farm were a couple of foals). And just as before, they looked through the corrals and hundreds of horses for the specific stallion in my photos. This time though, the horse I was searching for was not at either facility so I’m left to presume that he was one of the lucky ones that had been released or never gathered. And that is what I choose to believe. Now I know I might see that handsome boy again when I’m out in that range area and hopefully, I’ll be able to post some photos and give an update on just how well he’s doing as the gloriously free stallion he was born to be.

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11 Responses to “Green Mountain Stallion”

  1. WOW that is great!! And I really love those pictures Pam!! Words just cannot do them justice!

  2. pnickoles Says:

    Thanks Michelle. It feels good knowing that he is still most likely running free. 🙂

  3. RJ Daum RPLS Says:

    Have you been in Nye and Clark counties called Johnnie Herd Management Area? West of Las Vegas.I’m trying to collect a native plant smell from that area.
    Its a present for young mustang gathered as a yearling in January 2007.
    Appreciate your photos , when my children were young they had scratch and sniff books.Your photos are so close. Just a little sagebrush and forkwood.

  4. Gayle Says:

    He is beautiful. I hope he is still running free. And the cards I ordered are beautiful, too. Thank you so much!


    Pam I too have been thinking about that stallion since I saw your picture..just something about him. So hoping you are right & he is still free!! I look forward to your part of my email!! I love the mustangs so much & it just breaks my heart what is happening. Thanks again for all you are an inspiration.


  6. pnickoles Says:

    Hi RJ – what a thoughtful gift for a young mustang. 🙂 I’ve only been to see the “wild” donkeys outside of Las Vegas. I don’t remember what the area was called. It was many years ago before I was really aware of the wild horses though or I certainly would have explored more areas. Thanks for writing.

  7. pnickoles Says:

    Hi Gayle – thanks for your comments. Happy to hear the cards arrived safely and that you like them. 🙂

  8. pnickoles Says:

    Kelly – you’re right, there is something about that stallion. That’s why I just had to look for him. And finding out what I did, I have to believe that he’s still out there. Thanks for your nice comments. It’s wonderful to hear that you appreciate our wild ones.

  9. Deby Zimmerman Says:

    Thank you SO MUCH for your dilligence and thorough checking on this beautiful stallion!! I have hoped since all of this and his photos, that he would have been one of those lucky enough to be free and you have helped bring that hope back into reality. I look forward to you capturing him on film again in the near future. Your work is a wonderful tribute to the beauty and freedom that makes these animals the magical creatures that they are and that all little girls dream of.

  10. Pam, Yes, I do hope he is out there with his great markings and passing it on. Mar

  11. It is possible that there are a number of horses not at the places you have searched, due to the secrecy of BLM and the full facilities. It is a disquieting feeling when you want to know what has become of a particular horse in a sea of them. The horses Roger saw trucked through Pagosa were unbranded and many colors. It was during Red Desert, in the midst of it. Maybe 15 to 18 horses per stock trailer of two.

    No non military Agency in our nation should ever be allowed the secrecy that BLM has been exerting over the American public. The wild ones are ready to go home. Maybe this spring there will be a reversal in the wind. mar

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