Family of Sorrels

June 10, 2018

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In May, Tom and I visited the Piceance-East Douglas horses. On the second morning of our trip, we went up to an area where the horses are very wild and I’ve never really been able to see them up close (with some exceptions) as they generally take off at the sight of a vehicle or a person on foot. It was such a calm, beautiful morning that I decided to set out walking to see if there were any horses in the vicinity. There were. Just horse dots, but there.

The family spotted me almost immediately, but to my surprise, they didn’t run.

In fact, they started towards me.

And I notice there’s a foal in the group. This really surprises me. Why are they approaching when there’s a youngster?!

The guy in the shadows is the band stallion, Latigo. He’s checking me out as his band continues to come towards me.

This cutie is a filly I call Calamity.

I see you! πŸ™‚

This beauty is a mare I call Oakley.


Belle with her foal – it’s a colt. I still can’t figure out why they’re not running, but I just keep smiling and they keep coming closer.

Latigo in front of Oakley.

Latigo in front of Belle.

Calamity is just so cute. A little awkward in her youth and very curious.



The unexpectedly tolerant, Latigo.

Latigo and Belle (in the background).

Latigo and Oakley.

The beautiful Oakley.


Sweet moment – Latigo and Oakley.

Latigo notices that Belle and the foal are on the move.

Oakley comes closer as well.

Ah, he’s so darn cute!!

Mama Belle.

I’m still smiling like a crazy person. Belle is literally bringing her foal (and the rest of the family) down to meet me. Not in my wildest dreams could I have imagined such a moment. I’m in awe.

You should be very proud Belle. He’s adorable. I decided to call him “Spur.”

I’m just amazed when Belle allows Spur to nurse just yards from me.

After about a 1/2 hour visit, Latigo decided it was time to move on and gave the signal. I don’t have a clue how to explain it, but I loved every moment I was given with this family of sorrel horses.

Watching them calmly move away.

When Tom and I went up a couple of days later, this same band ran from us before we could even get out of the Jeep and while we were still quite a distance from them. I’ll never understand why I was allowed that very special encounter, but I’m always grateful when given these unique gifts. Just thinking about it brings a huge smile to my face. πŸ™‚

Some background information: I went through some old files and I came across some images of Latigo when he was probably a 2 year-old. These are from May, 2011, so I’m guessing that Latigo is now approximately 9 years old. πŸ™‚

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16 Responses to “Family of Sorrels”

  1. Maggie Frazier Says:

    What a gift – being allowed so close to these wonderful animals. Kind of boggles the mind – wondering why at that particular time they wanted to be close.
    Lucky, Pam – so lucky.
    really great pictures. Thank you

  2. pnickoles Says:

    Gift indeed Maggie. πŸ™‚

  3. What a special moment in time. I love when this happens.

  4. pnickoles Says:

    Very special Billie. I’m sure you’ve had some of your own as well. πŸ˜‰

  5. Margaret Says:

    Pam, I get the specialness. I’ve had wild horses let me into the family for a few minutes too. It’s an indescribable experience. What a terrific 1/2 hour!

  6. Judy Hoffman Says:

    Amazing and incredible photos! Loved them!.

  7. westinimages Says:

    These are amazing images! What a gift, indeed.

  8. They’re absolutely beautiful, thank you for sharing this special moment.

  9. pnickoles Says:

    Yes it is Margaret. Very special. πŸ™‚

  10. pnickoles Says:

    Thank you so much Judy! Glad you enjoyed the photos. πŸ™‚

  11. pnickoles Says:

    Hey thanks Jim! Hope you’re doing well! πŸ™‚

  12. pnickoles Says:

    Thank you so much Laura. πŸ™‚

  13. Janey Says:

    What a beautiful gift to see the sorrel family. Gorgeous horses. The horses are so healthy looking and shiny
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos

  14. pnickoles Says:

    They really do look good. Thank you Janey. πŸ™‚

  15. chris1055 Says:

    Incredible pictures of a wonderful family. Seeing them this close is a gift.

  16. pnickoles Says:

    It was a gift for sure. Thank you Chris. πŸ™‚

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