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|Monet and Aleta|
Close-up of Photo by Barbara Wheeler
Used by permission
There was some concern expressed by the horse watchers, especially Nancy Roberts, about the mare being on the range in the winter. She is always worried about domestic horses on the range as many are abandoned or strays that are not adapted to the harsh winters.
Monet is branded with the Brand of the Sombrero Ranch and that is where the rest of the story is pieced together. I had the great pleasure of speaking with the Horse Manager, Mark Bishop who manages the 600 head herd of Sombrero horses that winter on the range adjacent to Sand Wash Basin HMA.
Sombrero is possibly the biggest trail horse operation in the US. “We don’t breed any horses.” Mark told me “We have a lot of quarterhorses, paints, appaloosas and a number of drafts and draft crosses.” Among the Percherons, Suffolk, Clydesdales and Belgains, according to Mark, there are even a few adopted mustangs in the herd as well.
Reference Photo by Nancy Roberts
Used by Permission
|"A Fine Romance"|
8 by 10 Wathercolor
It is also possible that she was somehow missed during the annual May round up. Later when a tourist or ranch-hand went through the gate thinking no horses were around, she probably just walked through to join up with Picasso and his band since she was lonely. From much of the photo documenting from wild horse watchers there is no doubt that there is great affection between the mare the horse watchers call Monet and the mighty stallion, gaining daily in fame that so many of us love, called Picasso.
Update on Monet: Monet was captured and returned to the Sombrero Ranch with three other mares who escaped to the range this spring 2012. According to photographer John Wagner Monet has spent most of June being used to give rides to children. Monet is an aged mare that ran with Picasso for nearly two years. She is famous for the ongoing affection between herself and Picasso. Picasso is possibly one of the most photographed American Wild horses in the world. We would like to help find Monet a forever retirement home to live out in retirement. To find out more information Please look on the Sand Wash Basin Wild Horses Page on Facebook. I will up date with more information as it is available. ~Linda
UPDATE 6/28/2012 Sombereo Ranch has contacted Nancy Roberts and the Sand Wash Basin Wild Horse Club to help find Monet a home to live out her life. If you are genuinely interested please contact the Club through this address: and they will help you purchase Monet. Only serious people please, thank you. If interested contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Nancy will be out to visit the mare tomorrow and will be taking photos to post on the Sand Wash Basin Wild Horse Club page on Facebook this weekend. Also we know now that Monet is 24 and has her shoes on to correct her foot problem.
Final Update: 7/30/2012 Several people offered to adopt Monet. Finally the arrangements were made. Unfortunately on the pick up date, as I was told, Monet Coliced during the night and they asked that they reschedule the pick up. As the story goes the new pick up day was scheduled for the following weekend. That morning Monet did not come up for feed. When Monet's care givers went to look for her, they found she had passed away during the night.
We who met her, and we who followed the accounts of her were all blessed by the many photos of her with Picasso and the stories of Monet's life as she ran with the wild horses of Sand Wash Basin, Colorado. Rest In Peace Monet.
If you would like to find out more about the Sombrero Ranch and their entire offering of trail riding activities please check out their web site: http://www.sombrero.com/
Many photographers and advocates interesting in helping document and protect the herd at Sand Wash Basin HMA have now joined efforts and organized into the Sand Wash Basin Advocate Team (SWAT) of the Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary (GEMS). You can connect with SWAT and GEMS to see how to adopt any available wild horses from Colorado's Sand Wash Basin Herd by contacting them through Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sandwashadvocate or through the GEMS Website: http://greatescapesanctuary.org/