That being said, you can imagine my surprise when we had to wait about 15 minutes before being able to drive into the parking lot and park the trailer!! Why?? Well, there were two different bands of horses wandering around in the parking lot. I jumped out of the truck and started clicking away while David waited to be able to park.
The first lovelies I noticed were from LITTLE BOB's band!!
As this band moseyed out of the parking lot, we saw these guys (who were in a different area, but still in the parking lot) move over to where LITTLE BOB and his family had been exploring.
We brought Sassy that day, of course, and Maverick since Chase enjoyed the desert the day before. I started out riding Sassy, and it didn't take very long at all before she found a band of wild horses. She seems to think it is her "job" to locate them for me; she knows the drill all too well! I'm so glad I learned about ground tying; when I'm out riding alone, I can ground tie her and feel pretty confident that she'll stay right there while I'm taking pictures.
Good thing she's so patient also! This band she located I'd not seen before; let me rephrase that. I'd seen a couple of the horses, but this was the first time seeing these particular beauties all together in a specific band. Sassy patiently waited as it took me a good hour to watch and photograph and video these creatures!!!!
Apparently the colt hadn't learned that yet! LOL Even though the Matriarch has her ears pinned to her head, he continued to walk where he thought he wanted to go. Take a look at the second photo; she is now looking at him in addition to still having her ears pinned back. The expression on her beautiful face made me smile; she's looking at him as if to ask, 'are you kidding? You're ignoring what I'm telling you???' He doesn't even notice!!! Typical male. ;)
Ouch! Are you looking at the third photo yet? Poor colt! He (hopefully) just learned a lesson; the Matriarch will not be ignored and/or disobeyed! When she tells you to stay put, well, I guess she means it. He received a nasty nip on the side of his little neck. Oh well, it's for his own good; she is watching out for his welfare after all! Kids ~ human or animal ~ they're still just kids! :)
The desert seemed very quiet that morning, moreso than usual, despite the fact it was early morning.
After I finished taking pictures and videos of MIDNIGHT's band, Sassy and I started riding over toward Foxtail. We crossed the river there and explored some areas we hadn't ridden in yet!
Here are some photos of the interesting terrain, views, and structures we came upon!
As Sassy and I were exploring, I happened to look down and saw something very curious. I saw the skeletal remains of what looked like a coyote's head/mouth with the teeth intact! I jumped off Sassy, and started taking some pictures; I just found it interesting because there was still some hair on the remains. All of a sudden I noticed a couple other items; I found dog license tags, and a clip that looked like it belonged on the edge of a harness or leash. That's when it hit me that these remains were not from a wild coyote; they had to be from someone's dog!! I still did take photos, and I'll upload them here (they are not gross or distasteful.....), but I made sure to leave everything where Sassy and I found it all. If that was someone's pet's final resting place, I wanted to leave it as undisturbed as I possibly could. Here's what we found:
Now, this is obviously a mystery that won't ever be solved, but I sure would love to know how, who, when, why, where, etc. etc. etc.