The Magnificent Seven

October 20, 2016

We had a fun encounter a couple of weekends ago at Piceance with some horses that we seldom see. Tom, Malakai and I were hiking a ridgeline and had just turned around to go back to the Jeep. I was a little ways down the slope of the ridge, trying to get a photo of Malakai from a different perspective when I noticed something had his attention. Tom noticed too and as we turned to our left, we saw a group of horses running down the ridgeline directly towards us. Surprisingly, we didn’t hear them at all. We saw them and they saw us at about the same time. Without missing a step, the lead mare veered off the ridge and down the slope with the others close behind. I was glad I had my camera with me so I could share this encounter with others. 😉

(Click on the photos to enlarge) dsc_3932a-sMalakai alerts to the group of approaching horses.

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dsc_3947a-sCrossing a 2-track and starting up the facing hill.

dsc_3951a-sThe grey in the back is the band stallion.

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dsc_3959-sUp another slope.

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dsc_3978a-sThe band stallion stops for a moment to get a good look at us. We didn’t move during their detour. We just took it all in.

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dsc_3984a-sThe stallion fell behind when he stopped, so he was off at full speed trying to catch up with his family. They are amazingly agile on the hills and mountainsides of Piceance.

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dsc_3996a-sThey crossed the road and started off towards another hill with several, well used horse trails. I wondered which one they’d take. It’s always interesting to follow wild horse movement.

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Though they had covered some ground from where we originally saw them, the whole encounter was over in only 2-3 minutes. Finally, there was just puffs of dust from where they had traveled. We felt fortunate that we had been where we were, when we were. Tom decided that this group should be known as, “The Magnificent Seven.” How appropriate.

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