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Mustang Story #2-----

Postby mustang » Sat Nov 29, 2014 2:24 pm

SOME DAYS ARE DIAMONDS:

I was by myself and had just spent over an hour in the middle of ninety three head of mustangs. Still an exhilarating experience to say the least. I didn't want to leave them when I did, because they were just waking up from their afternoon siesta and the younger studs were starting to do some of their "not to serious" fighting. But I knew if I didn't get moving I'd not get to The River Bed before it was too dark for pictures.

I stopped on the top or a ridge over looking The Hard Pan to see if I could locate the band of about eight head that run there. I found only one lone dark colored stud out about two miles. I stopped again about a mile short of The River Bed to check out the south side of the road. Nothing there. While glassing the north side, I was pleasantly surprised to see a bay mustang and as I swung the glasses further, my heart leaped into my throat. What should I see, but two beauttttifulllll carmello studs. I could hardly believe my eyes. I thought the last time I found them was incredible. To find them again and close to the road was miraculous to say the least.

I drove to the closest point and grabbed my camera. I didn't head directly to them, not wanting to look too aggressive. I've never seen to more beautiful mustangs. Only because we have hunted so long and hard to find them. I hardly paid any attention to the bay. He was just in the way. I got a whole bunch of pictures. While on one knee they would feed to within twelve to fifteen feet of me. It sent a chill down my back just to be there.

It was an overcast day and the pictures aren't the best, but quantity made up for the lack of quality. When I headed for the truck the sun had gone down. As I walked along I kept turning and looking back, not yet convinced it wasn't all a dream. In the truck I just sat there for a few minutes thinking what a phenomenal day it had been. The AWOL list is down to Ol One Ear. It was three hours home, but worth every minute.


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The sun was down on an overcast day. I had driven about a half mile when something caught my eye a little ahead and off the road about fifty yards. It only took a split second to recognize mustangs, but they didn't have any legs. I skidded the truck to a stop, grabbed my camera and bailed out. I couldn't figure how is this country that is flat for miles in every direction, that I could have missed them on the way past. I was more than a little surprised to find eight head of mustangs watering in a hole that was virtually impossable to see from the road. Even more unbelievable was the fact that Ol One ear was just leaving the pond and heading toward The River Bed. Moving at a fast walk, I was able to cut him off and get a few, not so good, pictures. He is more than just a little bashful. He sure did look good. Not a rib in sight. It didn't take him long to circle around to the north at a safer distance. The mustang that caught my eye earlier is a paint mare that I have seen many times.

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I guess I don't have to spend a lot of time telling anyone how great a day I had. I don't expect to ever be able to top this one.
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Postby Soapweed » Sat Nov 29, 2014 4:16 pm

Your hard work and patience definitely paid off. Great pictures as proof of you fantastic day. Thanks for keeping us posted.

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Postby leanin' H » Sat Nov 29, 2014 6:42 pm

I'd like to dab a loop on that stocky cream colored stud. He'd make a great cow pony if the BLM wasn't such total waste of time. That water hole is called mustang reservoir and it always seems to catch some runoff.
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Postby Faster horses » Sat Nov 29, 2014 8:51 pm

Words can't say enough:

:clap: :tiphat:

Loved it all!
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Postby mustang » Sat Nov 29, 2014 9:02 pm

leanin' H wrote:I'd like to dab a loop on that stocky cream colored stud. He'd make a great cow pony if the BLM wasn't such total waste of time. That water hole is called mustang reservoir and it always seems to catch some runoff.


If you had a halter and a couple of apples, I don't think you'd even need a rope. :wink:
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Postby burnt » Mon Dec 08, 2014 11:48 am

That pair is so cool! What would that coloring be called?
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Postby Faster horses » Mon Dec 08, 2014 5:29 pm

burnt wrote:That pair is so cool! What would that coloring be called?


Cremello. They weren't very desirable in a breeding program but they are a gaining more acceptance
because they are such a rare color. Here's a bit on them burnt and it's pretty interesting reading:

http://www.horse-genetics.com/cremello-horses.html
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Postby burnt » Tue Dec 09, 2014 6:17 am

Faster horses wrote:
burnt wrote:That pair is so cool! What would that coloring be called?


Cremello. They weren't very desirable in a breeding program but they are a gaining more acceptance
because they are such a rare color. Here's a bit on them burnt and it's pretty interesting reading:

http://www.horse-genetics.com/cremello-horses.html


Thanks FH. I had never heard of them before. Interesting read.
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Postby mrj » Tue Dec 09, 2014 6:09 pm

That info re. cremollo horses was interesting. I have heard the term before, but didn't know the details.

As always, the photo's of the mustangs are very special. Even with non-optimal light conditions. One is able to see the well enough to realize how spectacular they are.

Mustang, what do you believe is their history/genetics? I've long believed there are no true 'mustangs', which I'd heard were of Spanish Conquistador heritage. But also have heard that those have about been 'diluted' out of the current herds which also had injections of the old government horses bred for military use. Shorty's grandpa used to sell horses to various forts (Robinson and St. Paul that we know of) in the late 1880's up to maybe 1892 when he ended up camping near the trading post at what became Midland, SD during a bad break in the market for horses). He trailed those horses from Lewiston, Idaho/Clarkson, Washington area, breaking the horses, selling and trading as he went while searching for an area to establish a cattle ranch.

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Postby mustang » Tue Dec 09, 2014 7:04 pm

From what I read and heard, like you I don't believe there is much of any true mustang blood in todays wild horses. The mustang purists claim DNA tests show a small trace to the original mustang. I am really curious as to the conditions and events that produced those two colts The only stud close in color is Ol One ear the palomino. To end up with those two so close in color I can't tell them apart, when they were the product of two different mothers, is mind boggling. I sure would appreciate any more information or opinions that would shed some light on this little mystery.

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