Stirring Up Some Trouble
Hello everyone! We had two really warm days last week so my friend and I took advantage of it and hiked several miles to reach as many horses as possible. The horses tend to move this time of year and one of the spots they pick can be difficult. We wanted to spend the day with the five bands we could see so we headed out. When we arrived, Thunder and Sidekick were grouped together near a butte and seemed to be on edge. We quickly learned that Guardian, Remington, and Xander were putting a lot of pressure on them. Thunder went out to confront the three while Sidekick stayed back. He managed to get the boys to leave and all seemed well. As my friend and I made our way over to the plateau they were on we could see the three boys were creeping back around the side of the butte towards the bands. We quickly moved to a safe spot and watched as Guardian led the other two straight for the mares. This time Sidekick came out and stopped the boys in their tracks. Remington and Xander seemed to just be following whatever Guardian did and he was determined to stir up trouble. Angel, of Thunder’s band, finally decided she would take control and led the girls right by the bachelor boys. The three boys stood there for a moment and then began to run after them but were quickly chased off by Thunder. We decided to walk around the butte on the other side to try and catch Thunder interacting with the boys. When we got there, Thunder was next to his son, Xander, and the two looked as though they were play fighting as yearlings would. Xander would try to bite the back of his dad’s leg and then nudge his neck. It was actually kind of sweet to see how gentle Thunder was with him. Thunder grazed with Xander for a few moments and then quietly walked away. After that, things calmed down and everyone went back to grazing. For those few minutes though, the three bachelor boys really upset ALL the horses. Guardian has experience as a band stallion so it doesn’t surprise me that he took control. Maybe he can teach Remington and Xander a few things so they can get a mare of their own someday. Below are a few photos of the three bachelor boys from this past week. I will write under each photo so be sure to scroll through. Stay tuned for more from that day and have a great week!