McCullough Peaks – Part 2
April 25, 2010
After the adoption, Tom and I drove out to the Dry Creek area of the McCullough Peaks HMA. At a water hole, we observed a lone stallion standing underneath a tree. We watched him for a minute and then I decided to try walking out to him. He was not a horse I recognized and he let it be known right away that he wanted no part of me. Off he went.
Bachelor stallions are typically more curious. I had heard the horses had been moved around quite a bit and I wondered if this was a stallion from an area that saw fewer people. In any case, he stopped only briefly to make sure of my location and then trotted off until he was out of sight.
We drove on a little ways until we spotted two horses. More bachelor stallions. Maybe we’d have better luck with these guys. I grabbed my camera and started towards them. Another pinto boy (lots of color in the “Peaks” horses). He watched my approach, but didn’t seem overly concerned.
His buddy did the same, but again, he didn’t seem too worried. I hadn’t been with them very long when I noticed both of them perk up and look off in the same direction.
Out of the corner of my eye, I saw another horse approaching. Yet another stallion. He came upon the other two horses without incident, so I assumed he was a part of this bachelor band that may have been off trying his luck at acquiring a mare somewhere and was back having had no success.
He kept his eye on me as he made his way back to his buddies. Since they didn’t seem alarmed at my presence, I imagined that gave him the confidence to continue making his way towards us, but his eyes remained fixed in my direction.
I always try to stay conscious of my body language (calm and non-threatening) while at the same time, “speaking” to them with reassuring thoughts that I’m only there to observe and take pictures. These horses are smart and they’ll have you sized up pretty quickly. I do my best to make a good impression. 🙂
I took many pictures of this group before packing up my gear as they slowly moved off. I turned around to take one last look and smiled when I saw they were doing the same. Stay safe boys and may you each find the families you long for.
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