There were 23 individuals in this particular group. However, we counted a total of 46, including the 23, all within sight of each other on the canyon walls and atop them. Numerous colts were among them as well. My wife and I parked on the road and watched them for over 30 minutes before moving on.
One female was in estrus, I saw two studs take her, several others who took interest. There was also a yearling colt that tried. The running stallion in my videos is the same in both, he running to and fro, chasing off the other males. I never saw any actual boxing matches between him and the others that were taking interest in her, just shoving. The female seemed choosy, kicking a few paramours in the family jewels as they attempted to mount.
The road here is paved, accessing the Couer Rochester mine complex about eight miles away atop the range. These horses don't seem to be spooked by cars and people, as mine traffic is considerable during shift changes and during week days for deliveries, etcetera. I was there this past Saturday, so it was dead except for a Honda Civic with California plates driven by two 20-something females that happened to be out exploring. They stuck around for about 10 minutes before moving on.
I got out of the truck, but stuck by it, when videotaping these sequences, without any concern expressed by the horses. Three were within 20 feet of the passenger side of my truck munching away. A larger group were across the road and within 50 feet, in the general vicinity of video #1, the single stallion that ran then stopped to browse.
David A. Wright
Quote: "Happy Trails To You, Until We Meet Again!"