This is Flax. Handsome fella, isn’t he?
And this is Fermat and his colorful group of ladies. Fermat is the dark bay all the way to the right.
His lead mare Taylor (the strawberry roan in front) has been pretty skittish post-roundup, so I was a ridge over when I took these. It’s not ideal with a 300mm lens, but I’m lucky to be able to go out there at all, so don’t think for a second I’m complaining!
Flax took quick notice of Fermat’s very lovely ladies. Consequently, so did Han. It is pretty common to see a bachelor stallion laying claim on a band, stalking the group and taking out any potential rivals in the process. It’s classic high school drama, really. “I know she’s not mine yet, but she’s going to be so back off!”
Since wild horses have the maturity of 16 year old boys, Han had strong opinions about Flax cutting in on his future turf. It seems fair. What stallion wouldn’t want a mare or two like that? There are not many mares to go around in White Mountain and I have to respect a stallion with goals. Shoot for the stars, Han!
Back to the story: The short version is that Han came at Flax like the fist of an angry deity. It went down a little something like this…
I saw Flax again later that day. He seemed to shake off his earlier activities entirely. It is one of the many things that I love about horses – their attention span is even shorter than my own!
Flax was headed to water but he ran into Vime’s band instead. Now poor Vimes already has a lot on his plate. He has been dogged by another stallion for some time. While Vimes still had all of his mares at the time of these photos, you can tell that he is beat up and worn down from the constant fighting. Vime’s nerves were also pretty fried, so he did not have any patience for Flax.
There is a happy ending, though. Flax met up with a buddy who did not feel the need to posture or kick Flax around.
This is not to say that everything was sunshine and wildflowers. Flax was pretty happy, but he left an opening for the persistent thorn in Vime’s side – the bachelor stallion Dragon. That, however, is a story for another night.
Okay, fine. I’ll give you a quick teaser.
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