At Home with the Adobe Town Appaloosas
Two weeks ago I headed to the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary for two reasons – one was to lead my horse photography workshop, and the second was being able to spend some quality time with the Adobe Appys.
Summer was still going strong and it was hot especially in the afternoons, but mornings were cooler and the horses were more active. The first morning I was there I visited Diamond Girl and her filly. Diamond Girl had lost some weight, and at 20 nursing a foal, that was not surprising. Susan had moved her back to the corral that she and the other Adobes had been in before, and added a few friends. A couple of the mares in with them seemed to really enjoy playing with the lively filly, which gave Diamond Girl a rest. She was now getting Equine Senior twice a day and starting to put weight on.
The other Adobes were still in the big pasture, and this morning were waiting for their morning feed of “cake” a nutritional grain and supplement that all the horses get once a day. I remember back when they first came they would not touch anything but hay, suspicious of new things like wild horses are.
Theodore walked toward me, curious but unafraid. He seems really happily settled in.
I enjoyed seeing Bronze Warrior with his family, Sabrina and Gwendolyn, Flurry and the filly, still as close as ever, and they were staying quite close to Sundance, Storm and Aurora. Sundance and Bronze Warrior seemed to have called a truce.
There were some scuffles but nothing serious.
It was wonderful to see how much all the fillies had grown.
Snowfall seemed to have integrated best into the larger group. He was followed by several mares every time I saw him.
I enjoyed seeing them out at the end of the day, as the sun was going down.
It has been a wonderful experience getting to spend time with them, and seeing how relaxed and content they have become in their new home. The bonds of family are still strong for Bronze Warrior and his mares, and I am so grateful that they be able to live together here at the Sanctuary.
Look for my book about the Adobe Town Appaloosas and their story coming out very soon, this October!
Galloping to Freedom: Saving the Adobe Town Appaloosas by Carol Walker, sponsored by Cana Projects
If you are interested in sponsoring one of the Adobe Town Appys, contact the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary: