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To my surprise Maggie and Blue have a new baby daughter. Today was her first day as a wild horse. She is going to be a roan like daddy, most likely a bay roan.  She has an outgoing personality and is strong and healthy.  She is so cute!  She has quite a challenge being born this time of year in the snow.  0002-January-Blue 0010-January-Blue 0024-January-BlueMisty may be having her baby soon, she joined Blue at the same time Maggie did……….11 months ago.

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I drove out early today and delivered hay to all the bands. Beautiful day today, a little chilly but not bad.

The top two pics are Beamer and his girls and son. The bottom pictures are of Blue and his girls. All the horses are very fit for the winter.0057-Beamer 0053-Braveheart-Darling-&-Beamer 0025-Blue 0062-Blue's-Girls

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This is Beamer’s Band, they get very excited when I show up with a bale of hay. I drop bales every couple of days when it is so cold.  Happy New Year to All!  Stay warm.
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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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0003-Napoleon-&-Casanova 0004-Casanova-&-Band 0004-CasanovaIt has been really cold already. The bands of horses have been gathering in the yard looking for hay. It’s amazing how well the bands all get along. The stallion, Napoleon, who claims this territory is being very gracious about allowing all the males in the yard.  This morning there are three bands, all with stallions and seven young bachelor stallions…..and three lost cows. Thirty five horses, all cold and hungry.

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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!

 

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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. 

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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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Hope,-Faith-&-April

 

The babies are growing fast. It is amazing how resilient they are at such an early age. The three girls born on Easter weekend  are so cute and their personalities are so different. They are Hope, Faith and April.

 

 

 

Lightening’s band has three new babies. Some of the mom’s are

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very protective when the babies are first born.  The mare on Lightening’s right is CeCe who was born in my yard. The colt on her right is her yearling son and the little on is this years son.

 

 

 

 

 

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1541-Blue's-First-for-2013Blue’s band has had one baby so far.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Storm’s band has three foals but mom’s are camera shy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1296-Mandy-giving-Birth-8Easter weekend was very special this year, on Good Friday two new wild horses were born and on Easter Sunday a third was born.  Raine (standing) gave birth around 5 pm and it triggered Mandy (Raine’s daughter) into labor. The 2nd baby was born at 6 pm. Mandy is a young 2 1/2 year old first time mother. She was exhausted. When I arrived she wasn’t moving and the baby wasn’t breathing. So I decided to assist. I broke the sack open so the baby could get air and helped her out a little further. Once her rib cage was expelled Mandy was able to continue the process. I named her Faith; she was a little premature and small but doing fine. It only took her 30 minutes to get to her feet. The really interesting thing to this birth, the babies have switched mothers. Raine is nursing her granddaughter and Mandy is nursing her sister.  The switch is permanent. If I hadn’t witnessed the switch, I would not have believed it.

Lily gave birth on Easter Sunday at 5 pm. All babies are doing well. These horses are part of the herd on Wild Horse Mesa at the New Mexico / Colorado border. Usually the babies are born at night in the trees and I get to see them the next day. I have lived with the horses for eight years and they trust me, so it didn’t bother them that I helped. Maybe that was the plan. It was an experience I will never forget.

Spirit of the Wild Horse, a nonprofit foundation is looking for sponsors for this year’s babies to raise money for next winters hay.  The continuing drought makes winter foraging hard for the bands of horses.  By offering hay every couple of day, the horses stay on the mesa and off the highway and ranches. For more information, donate hay or to sponsor a baby, email:  spirit.of.the.wild.horse@gmail.com.1286-Mandy-giving-Birth-7-&-Rain-&-newborn 1285-Mandy-giving-Birth-6 1281-Mandy-giving-Birth-5 1276-Mandy-giving-Birth-4
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