Category: Wild Horses


I will be so glad when this winter is over. In my nine winters on the mesa, it has never been this cold, this early. At 2 am is was -12 and still -10 at 7 am. These are February temperatures. It has been this cold for well over a week.  It is up to 15 degrees now at 10 am. I feel so sorry for the animals that have to endure these temperatures, wildlife and domestic. Those of you who know Boots, the mare that had the back injury. Her arthritis really slows her down in this cold. I have been letting her eat in the garage.  It is so cold I have been closing the garage door so the water pipe don’t freeze (they freeze anyway). Boots will be OK for about an hour and then she kicks the door to go out. She is quite a character. The picture is of Napoleon’s band hanging out in the yard.

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We Need Hay!  Winter has hit early and hard. This weekend we got 10 inches of snow and more on the way!  Getting fed on top of the mesa keeps the horses on the mesa and off the highway.  Thanks!

 

Logan is named after The Logan School of Creative Learning in Denver. This summer, twenty two students and four counselors visited Wild Horse Mesa and camped out for three days and two night at Spirit of the Wild Horse.  Logan was less than a month old when they visited and he hadn’t been name yet. Logan was a perfect name for him. His Mother’s name is Lacy, this was her first baby. 

 .Logan on the move.

Then we made a quick drive to the Colorado / New Mexico border so the kids could say they had been to New Mexico too. Napoleon and his band made a suprise visit to say goodby

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Three year old bachelor, Milagro

Three year old bachelor, Milagro

It has been pretty busy around here.  Colts have been chased out of family bands, and going it on their own.   Milagro, who is only three years old, managed to steal Raine and her foal, Faith for several days.  Then Raine led him back to the house, knowing that Napoleon would find her there.  So Milagro is back with the boys.  He was a good band stallion for a few days, he looked exhausted though.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Young bachelor, Sammy

Young bachelor, Sammy

Sammy is Beamer’s boy and the grandson of Paco. Sammy got lost when he was only ten days old and Sam who works for Melby Ranch found him wandering around by himself.  Evan Melby called me and I knew who his mother was and they were reunited……happy ending for the little guy. Now he is all grown up and out with the bachelors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Button and baby, 4 hours old.

Button and baby, 4 hours old.

Another new baby arrived,  his mother is Button.  She brought the baby to show me and hung out for a few hours until the rest of the band came in for water later in the day.

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Wild_Horses01_High_ResThousands years ago horses were more distributed on the European lands, than in modern times. It was, particularly, wild horses, which nowadays is considered an extinct species. Their habitat embraced the areas of steppes and semi-steppes of Europe, Central and Northern Asia, the main difference between modern and glacial era horses is in lower height and dark belt on the back horses had. Herds of these animals roamed the steppes, making an annual migration path passing hundreds of kilometers. However, climate change, as a common factor of animal evolution, contributed to their extinction. In particular, the reason they disappeared is that forests significantly replaced steppes and wild horses were left without favorable pastures.

Four thousand years ago wild horses could be called prehistoric species, but lately some individuals were revealed. It is related to Tarpan in Russia and Przhevalski’s horse in Mongolia. Probably, it is appropriate to make some overview of main wild horses’ species. View full article »

wild-horses-muralThe ground begins to faintly rumble under your feet as your stand on a hillside admiring the beautiful mountain scenery. You wonder were this powerful feeling could possibly be coming from. Faster than you can associate what the source may be, the rumble gets closer and louder and even more vibrant through the masses of earth and wild grass you stand on.

From over the hill stampedes a great herd of wild horses in a flash of wild colors. A hundred feet pounding in close unison, source this rumble as these majestic, historical animals prance and pound by.

Sadly, there are several issues plaguing the survival of this type of horse. Primarily, culling of large groups of these horses is the main source of their demise, followed by habitat destruction, horses being stolen and sold for profit and an ever demanding need by these animals for food and water. View full article »