|Bear Of SandWash Basin|
5 by 7 inch Oil on Canvas Board
Reference Photo by Nancy Roberts
Photo by Sally Wright
There is one other things that has been reported regarding satellite stallions. A Satellite stallion should not be confused with a lieutenant stallion. A Band stallion with a large number of mares my allow a satellite stallion to be his subordinate in protection of the herd. This lieutenant stallion will help the dominant band stallion defend the herd. On occasion this lieutenant stallion is a younger stallion under the age of 4. But in herds where there may be 10 to 20 mares, the lieutenant will be a mature stallion who has earned the right to a place in the herd but is still subordinate to the stallion. He rarely if ever breeds one of the harem mares.
In the Sand Wash Basin HMA herds of mares that large are mostly unheard of because of management and population control.