Some pix from the short visit with Kiowa’s band:
Bachelor Corazon. I have a pic of him running with Mouse and some others in the spring of 2007, when I guessed they were probably young, 2 or 3 years old. If I was right, they’re about 6 or 7 now.
Corazon showing the “heart” that gave him his name, band stallion Copper behind him and 4-year-old filly Reya at right. Ty, Chipeta and Puzzle are down the hill to the left.
We had some gorgeous cloud-filled skies while it was raining to the south and west, and I couldn’t get enough of photographing cooperative ponies against it! Corazon again with bachelor Mesa. He’s probably about the same age as Corazon … low man in the pecking order.
Yearling colt Maiku with half-sister Reya (Kiowa is their mother).
Kiowa and her baby girl, Hacho. Kiowa has been prolific and protective. All of her offspring since 2007 (at least) have survived. She and Reya were released after the 2007 roundup (with Chipeta). Until this year, all her babies were still with her. Spook, 3, is now with Cinch (after being with Bruiser for a while), and Milagro, 2, is with the bachelor boys. (Referring to a recent comment on another post, you can see Kiowa’s “DC” brand clearly here. It designates that she was given the PZP-22 at our August 2007 roundup. It did not work on her other than – possibly – to delay her foaling from May 2008 to July 2009 … then June 2010 and May 2011.)
This is everybody but Corazon and Mesa: from left, Reya, Maiku, Hacho, Kiowa and Copper. This view is looking basically north, and you can see the top of Knife Edge (the nearly horizontal line topped by bits of dark trees) and the northern boundary hills/ridges in the background.
See how sweet are Hacho and mama Kiowa?
It’s the small things that matter most.