Last week I drove to the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary. My last trip to see the Adobe Appys was in September, and I was very excited to see them in the new snow that had fallen the day before.
I found it hard to believe that it has been almost 2 years since the 10 horses in three families had been rounded up, sent to a holding facility, then were reunited here at the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary. Of course there were now 13, with three fillies born here at the Sanctuary.
Sundance and his family were the first I saw. Their pasture was blanketed in white, and they were easy to spot as I drove in late Wednesday afternoon, as most of them were in the lower part of the pasture, with very few other horses around.
When I got out to see them the next morning, the first thing I noticed was that Snowfall was hanging around Diamond Girl and their filly Zarina. As the filly and her mother started toward me, I thought Zarina had snow on her face, but as she came closer I realized it was spots! The filly did not seem to mind as I burst into laughter, delighted with her new spots. She came very close, checking me out, and even had to taste my jacket.
Bronze Warrior’s and Sundance’s families stuck close together as usual. I noticed Harley, Sabrina’s filly, and there was a blizzard of spots all over her too! I had done a little reading about Appaloosas and I knew that they often would show spots on their coats as they got older.
I looked closely at Dakota Dawn, Aurora’s filly, and not a single spot! She’s an independent little filly, I am not surprised she is not following the trend. But her gorgeous flaxen mane had grown even longer.
I watched Bronze Warrior and Sundance sniff each other and posture a little, but nothing serious. They have clearly grown to respect each other.
If you are wondering what has happened to Theodore, I have not forgotten him, but he was the last one of the Appys that I found. He spends most of his time in the upper pasture. He has a mare who is his lady love, and they are never far apart.
And Snowfall has a black mare that he loves to follow around.
I did get a chance to see other horses at the Sanctuary, and the snow made a gorgeous setting.
It was a wonderful visit, and hard for me to leave, but I was as always extremely grateful that they have such a wonderful place to live out their lives together, the way they should be.
You can visit the Adobe Appys at the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary – they have tours:
and you can donate to support the Sanctuary and the horses.
Find out about the Cana Foundation, who rescued these horses at www.canafoundation.org
To find out more about the Adobe Appys you can read their story in Galloping to Freedom: Saving the Adobe Town Appaloosas by Carol J. Walker, sponsored by the Cana Foundation, and it is available here: