Brought to you by North Dakota Badlands Horse, this site has photos of all the horses currently in the park and foals that have been born in the last few years. See the North Dakota Badlands Horse Facebook page or www.ndbh.org for more information.
- North Dakota Badlands Horses and their people
This is a fun album of horses formerly from Theodore Roosevelt National Park that have now found great homes. The horse will be listed with it's new name and the name it had in the park. You will be able to see how much people love these horses by the photos they take. We will add new photos as they are submitted.
- TETON'S BAND
Gray Ghost, born in 2002, is one of the more popular stallions in the park because of his beautiful wavy mane and tail and his gray coat, which he almost always produces in his foals. However, Teton, a 2010 gray stallion took this band from Gray Ghost in the spring of 2015. This band is usually found between the south loop and I 94 , often being seen upon entering the park from the south. Teton is determined to continue his famous sire, Gary's, legacy.
- SIDEKICK'S BAND
Sidekick was born in 2004 and named because, as a bachelor, he could always be found by the side of his best buddy, Copper. One of the smaller stallions, he is an often overlooked stallion because there is nothing outstanding about his looks, but there is something outstanding about the way he moves and the foals he produces. Many of his offspring can be seen in the 2013 "sold horses." By looking at his band, it is apparent that Sidekick likes the shades of blue and gray. In the summer Sidekick's band can often be found around Talkington Trail, Boicourt, and Lindbo Flats, but in late fall they go south, at least to the southern border of the park, and stay there until spring.
- GRAY GHOST'S BAND
Gary, one of the oldest stallions in the park, had the oldest mare, Ghost, in his band for many years. They were usually found between I 94 and the south loop in the area of Ridge-line Trail. He kept a quite stable harem of mares for the last several years but lost them in the late fall of 2016. It is suspected that Ghost died and he lost the rest of the band, including her young colt, to Little Sorrel. Little Sorrel only had them a short time before Gray Ghost took the band. It will be interesting to see what happens in the spring.
Rosie, the pretty bay roan mare, is one on which I have never quite determined the ancestry. I've made some speculations, but, though I know she is from the wild herd, her background remains a mystery.
Bachelors are stallions that do not have a harem band because of being too old, too young, or injured. They can be found in any part of the park alone, in pairs, or in groups. Several of the older stallions have moved in and out of this group, losing harems, picking up a few mares, losing them again. Singlefoot, "Old Blue Eyes," is the stallion to live the longest in the park. In the past, the old stallions were removed, but TRNP management practice has changed to keeping the old horses and only selling those who are easier to train and therefore more likely to find a good home through adoption.
- HALF MOON'S BAND
Little Sorrel was born in 1998, a son of the popular horse we called The Chestnut. He maintained one of the largest bands, but, as he was getting more and more stiff and slow in his movements, he lost most of his harem to the 2010 stallion, Half Moon, in 2015 and 2016. Half Moon has chosen the area from the Old Entrance to Painted Canyon Overlook for his territory. One can often see the band from the interstate on top of Peck Hill.
- GEORGIA'S BOY'S BAND
Georgia's Boy acquired Whiskey from Clinker soon after Ranger was born in 2013 and took them across the river to the west. This is the only band that spends most of its time west of the river or often around the area of Cottonwood Campground. Whiskey has finally turned completely gray, but her first son, Ranger, still looks quite dark. Her second son, Gates quickly turned gray, so it will be interesting to see if Georgia grays. Holly and Maryland were acquired from Cloud in the fall of 2016.
- CLINKER'S BAND
Clinker, a 2005 stallion named for the many clinkers that are scattered throughout the park, sustained in serious injury to a hind leg when he was a young bachelor but it did not keep him from winning 4 of Mystery's mares in the fall of 2012. He lost the young mare, Whiskey and her colt shortly after Ranger was born. After the 2013 roundup, Clinker gained the young mare, Indian Paintbrush and her half brother, Frontier. This band is often difficult to find, spending most of their time between Paddock Creek and Jones Creek in the vicinity of Dead Elk Hill. Clinker became very lame again in 2015.
- WILDRYE'S BAND
Wildrye, a younger full brother to Teton, was kicked out of his natal band as a yearling and ran alone for some time. He finally joined up with his full brother Teton or sometimes Vamoose and Arrowhead. He was instrumental in Teton's taking Gray Ghost's band but Teton quickly showed him he was no longer needed. Wildrye benefitted from the breakup of Little Sorrel's band, acquiring Trouble's Girl and Loretta. The beautiful Alison came from Gary's band. In early 2017 he had alos acquired Little Gray and her colt, Iowa.
- THUNDER CLOUD'S BAND
Thunder Cloud only had 3 mares and 1 yearling in the spring of 2014. However, when the stallion, Copper, was badly injured, Thunder took all of his band but River, increasing his band from 6 to 13. Little Kat was the last to join the band in mid-August 2014. Thunder and his band stay to the east either on the east rim or just below it from late fall to late spring, but in summer they join the other bands in the area of Talkington Trail, Boicourt, and Lindbo Flats. Thunder Cloud is a full brother to the late High Star.
- COPPER'S BAND
Copper acquired his first mares in 2008 but, due to a serious cut on his right front leg, lost all of them in the summer of 2014. He spent the winter with Singlefoot and then was strong enough to get Strawberry band her filly back in 2015. Democracy also joined his band but again in 2016 he was injured, this time on the left front and he was left all alone. Fighting back in the spring of 2017, he gained Democracy. Later in the spring he was trying to get Strawberry back. He is one determined stallion; we all hope he will produce more foals to carry on the dun gene.
- FLAX'S BAND
Flax, a 2011 stallion, acquired Mischief in 2015 after she was chased away from her natal band by Cocoa. She produced her first foal by him, Penny, in 2016, but she was removed and sold. Flax spends much of the summers looking for more mares.
- BRUTUS'S BAND
Though Brutus and Maddie have been together for several years, Brutus just acquired Cassie and her yearling in the summer of 2014. Brutus has acquired mares Iris, Ferra, and most recently, Paisley, in the last couple of years. This band most often is found in the area of Lindbo Flats.
- COCOA'S BAND
Cocoa was born into the Wind Canyon I band but he and his dam, along with 2 fillies, were frightened across the river right before the 2000 roundup. They spent the winter west of the river only coming back once the river was open and the water shallow enough for them to cross. Cocoa used to be found in the area of Wind Canyon, but now ranges more to the east, on Talkington, Boicourt, or Lindbo Flats. He and Coal have had a long term battle for mares but he seems to be losing them as he ages. He has some of the most peculiar behavior of any of the wild stallions; he's a Jekyll and Hyde, but produced calm offspring.
- SATELLITE'S BAND
Satellite was a subordinate stallion running with the Double Band of Red Face and Singlefoot for many years, even acting as bodyguard for the older, smaller Singlefoot. Over the years he worked at stealing some of the mares, but often gave up the mares to maintain his place with the rest of the band. Finally in the spring of 2012, he took Lightning, Sweetheart, and Crow from Singlefoot. He can still be found near Red Face but he has never established the bond with Red Face that Singlefoot had. They usually range from Talkington to Lindbo Flats. Satellite is distinguished by the unique bulge on his chest.
- RED FACE'S BAND
Red Face, born in 2001, has maintained a band since 2006. Soon after acquiring his band, he partnered with Singlefoot to form the cooperative band we called the Double Band. Both stallions maintained their own harem of mares but ran together for the next several years. Red Face finally took over the band, kicking old Singlefoot out after allowing him to breed his last mare, Frosty, in the spring of 2014. Singlefoot had already lost his other mares to Satellite, who had been a subordinate stallion to the Double band from about 2006 or 2007 until April of 2012. Satellite still hangs out with Red Face but they do not mingle quite as freely as did Red Face and Singlefoot. Singlefoot can still be found hanging out somewhere near his old band. They usually range from Talkington Trail to Lindbo Flats.
- A, CLOUD'S BAND
Cloud, named for the white patches on his red roan coat, is a 2002 son of Lacey. He acquired Flicka and Chubby after Curious George lost his band in 2008. Holly was picked up in 2015 when Teton took all the rest of Gray Ghost's band bur was lost to Georgia's Boy in the fall of 2016. They can usually be found near Peaceful Valley Ranch or lower Paddock Creek Valley.
- MYSTERY'S BAND
Mystery has had a larger band in the past but gave up half of them in 2012. Like Sidekick, Mystery seems to have a preference for certain colors of mares, having kept the darker mares and given up the brighter colored mares. The dark mares have remained loyal to him for several years, but he lost his young Papoose to Blaze the summer of 2014. In 2015 Mystery picked up Cedar and later Sundance, from Red Face's band. Both mares are bay. He also took Ember's Girl from Thunder Cloud, who had gotten her from Copper when Copper was badly injured in 2014. His is one of the bands that is often found close to other bands in the area of Talkington Trail, Boicourt, and Lindbo Flats.
- SILVER'S BAND
Silver, born in 2004, has gradually built up his harem by acquisition and reproduction over the past several years, having won his first mares from Curious George in 2008. Daisy, a Curious George daughter, has been with him since then. This band ranges around the Jones Creek area and south and east to Talkington Trail, Boicourt, and Lindbo Flats. Silver acquired young Democracy from Cocoa in the fall of 2014, but lost her to brand-new band stallion, Arrowhead in the fall of 2016. Silver is sometimes confused with his half brother, Brutus, but he is much more refined, darker in mane and tail, and does not have the distinctive pink nose of Brutus. Look for Silver's distinctive hoof mark in the middle of his right side.
- ARROWHEAD'S BAND
Arrowhead, the youngest of Embers' sons, ran first with his famous sire and after his death with Vamoose. Late in the fall of 2016 Copper lost his young mare, Democracy, to Arrowhead and Vamoose. Arrowhead has become the victor.
- VAMOOSE'S BAND
Blaze is one of the most popular stallions in the park because of his one blue eye and because he is one of the more animated stallions. Most of the year he is difficult to find, spending his time in the NE of the park north of upper Talkington Trail, but toward the end of summer, he moves his band down to Lindbo Flats and can be found with just a short hike onto the Flats from Boicourt. He took Papoose and her suckling from Mystery in the summer of 2014.
- COAL'S BAND
Coal stole Busy Blue from Cocoa late in 2012 but lost her to him again for the winter of 2013-2014 because of the roundup that fall. The spring of 2014 he was able to get her and her yearling back. The summer of 2015 Cocoa briefly had Busy Blue back. Coal wore him down, challenging him by circling the band all day and took Busy Blue and Maggie that night. Betty Blue came from Wind Canyon and Dixie from Silver. The band usually kept themselves out of sight and out of trouble around Horse Trap Hill, but have recently been seen more in the Wind Canyon area.
- 2016 FOALS
- 2015 FOALS AS OF 9-2015
Thank you to Lincoln Eddy for providing all the 2015 foal photos.
- 2014 FOALS
These are all the foals that were found alive for 2014. The theme of names for 2014 is "country music artists." Names are given in alphabetical order of when the foal was found. Photos will be added and updated as more foals are born and mature.
These are the sires of current young horses in the park.
- TRNP 3 Year Olds... Born in 2010
Brought to you by North Dakota Badlands Horse, these horses MAY be sold at the September 28 wild horse sale at Wishek Livestock auction in Wishek, North Dakota. (Three year old mares may become part of another contraceptive research project. All horse's availability is dependant on capture and decisions of the Park staff during the roundup.) This site will be updated as new information comes in. Also go to Facebook page, North Dakota Badlands Horse for more information and updates.
- TRNP 2 Year Olds... Born in 2011
Brought to you by North Dakota Badlands Horse, these wild horses from Theodore Roosevelt National Park are likely to sell September 28 at the Wishek Livestock Sales at Wishek, North Dakota. The mares with foals may not sell. Availability of any horse is dependent on capture and decisions of TRNP staff at the roundup. More information can be found at Facebook page, North Dakota Badlands Horse.
- TRNP Yearlings...Born in 2012
Brought to you by North Dakota Badlands Horse, these are the horses that are likely to sell from Theodore Roosevelt National Park, September 28, 2013 at the Wishek Livestock Sales in Wishek, North Dakota. See the North Dakota Badlands Horse Facebook page for more information.
- TRNP Weanlings... Born in 2013
Brought to you by North Dakota Badlands Horse, these sucklings may be for sale September 28 in Wishek North Dakota. Because final decisions have not been made concerning foals to be offered for sale, some of these foals may not be available. This site will be updated as more information is gained. If you have any questions please go to our Facebook page at.
- Legacy's ND Badlands Mustangs
These horses were all purchased from the sale of wild horses from Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota. Most were purchased to rescue them, others were purchased by a private buyer who wanted them to join their herd at Legacy Mustang Preservation.