Winter Check Up on Brutus
Hello everyone! Yesterday, I was fortunate to spend a sunny afternoon with stallions Brutus, Flash, and Trooper. I personally have not seen any of them since October. I watched Flash and Trooper cross the river back in October and thought they were likely still over there. Brutus has been hidden since the end of October as well and we were beginning to worry about his well being. For those who may not be familiar with Brutus and how 2019 went for him, I will give you a quick recap. Maverick, a now 6-year-old stallion, began taking mares from Brutus in April. He started out with only three mares and a colt. One mare, Copper Penny, and her colt would remain with Maverick while the other two mares would go back and forth between the two stallions. They continued to fight over mares until July when Maverick was able to take the entire band from Brutus. After that last encounter, Brutus walked away with a very swollen leg. He spent time healing and in September he managed to take back his mare, Skipper, just before she foaled. She and her new colt remained with Brutus for several weeks but by October, Maverick managed to steal her once again. Brutus retreated to his area of the park and out of the public eye. With the warmer weather this week, I had planned on hiking that area to see if I could locate him but as you all know, other issues arose. Yesterday, however, finding him was my goal and it’s as if he knew it. As I drove closer to where I would hike in to look for him, I looked up and on a high ridge in the distance, there was Brutus! He had two other horses with him who I assumed were Flash and Trooper but I couldn’t tell for sure. They were in an area of the park I have told myself, and Eileen, I would never attempt to hike to alone…but I broke that rule. It took a while to figure it out but I managed to get on that ridge and find the three boys. Brutus still has a swollen leg but he is getting around. Flash and Trooper both look great and seem content walking with Brutus. It will take time for his leg to completely heal, but he is alive and has two young buddies to look out for him. It was the perfect ending to a rough week. Enjoy this look at these three beautiful stallions and have a great weekend!