Wild Horse Warriors for Sand Wash Basin Horse Suncatcher Ornaments

How to order the Sand Wash Basin Wild Horses SunCatcher Ornaments.

Each is hand-made personally to order just for you in our smoke free homes. We have a production office in the east (my dining room table in NY), and one in the west (Karen’s a dining room table in AZ). We have a staff (okay, my daughter, myself, Karen & my son’s girlfriend Priscilla)

*Pick your fill (any combination or alone): Sage, Sand, Horse mane/tail, copper rock

*Pick your colour: natural (clear), tinted any colour- we have translucent and opaque colors and since they are hand-made, each is completely unique. Try a complete tint, or a swirl of colour!

*Add glitter (or not)- all colors

Once you’ve decided – send us a private message with all the details or email at orders@equusferus.com. All PayPal payment/checks go directly to the Wild Horse Warriors, we are donating our time and supplies for this incredibly noble cause.

Please remember each Suncatcher Ornament takes approximately one week to complete and then we mail. We begin your order immediately, however it takes as much as 24 hours to harden enough to remove it from the mold, and then 3-5 days to harden sufficiently to be safe to post to you. For mailing purposes- because the charms take several days to fully dry and the post office has been running a bit behind. We work as fast as possible- but there may be delays that are out of our hands- please order early.

Wild horse hair and glitter
Wild horse hair and sage
Wild horse hair and copper rock
Wild horse hair and black glitter
My daughter Abby hard at work


Sand Mustang
A horse trail at Sand Wash Basin


Sage Mustang- ornaments will have more sage
Sage on cleart
Sage- we usually clip the unicorn horn off but you can keep it if you like
More sage
Sage collected from the area in which Picasso was last seen- winter 2019


A little copper rock with some gliitter
You can really see the green-blue hue of the copper rock
Copper rock seen throughout the Basin


Stallion tail Mustang
Hair from a wild stallion

Examples of Suncatchers Ornaments

Translucent blur swirls and SWB sand
Translucent red swirls, copper gliiter and SWB sand
Opaque grey mica and SWB sand
Opaque grey mica and SWB sand (reverse side)

Gold pain, minimal glitter and white SWB wild horse hair
Red, moderately translucent, black horse tail
Blue translucent swirls, SWB sand
Light blue with a more opaque look- like a glass marble with black horse hair

Tint and marbling colours available

Glitter colours

Amazon link to zoom in: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07J1CFSSV/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1




Directly to the Wild Horse Warriors for Sand Wash Basin

After your Suncatcher Ornaments are completed, we will send you information to pay directly to the Wild Horse Warriors for Sand Wash Basin. THis ensures your money goes DIRECTLY to them. We have donated our time & supplies, all the money goes to help the wild horses! They are doing great things with water recently. Check them out: Wild Horse Warriors

Walkabout 2020- Day Twelth

Water arrives, driving on some bumpy roads, and wild horses

Morning fun… before the water delivery

Water has become scarce in Sand Wash Basin. There are currently four natural and one man-made water sources. The Wild Horse Warriors for Sand Wash Basin were able to get permissions to provide supplemental water. They decided to augment three existing waterholes that are spread out to reduce impact on the environment. This is the waterhole on 126E.

Van Gogh- son of Picasso at Lake Pond (67). He looks so much like his sire.
Two bachelors at Oasis.
The road less taken… definitely need to have really good tires!!!

Anya hiding from the heat

The final light of day isn’t good for photography- even with a tripod, the images aren’t very clear. We have fun with our iPhone which work surprisingly well…

A Walkabout tradition: S’Mores. Mmmmmm

Our light is flashlights or luminAID. It is a solar powered inflatable lamp-we have only charged it once. It will also charge a USB device if needed. It’s soft light is perfect as we unwind from a long day of photography.

Tomorrow is our final day in the Basin. We thankfully were able to stay in Colorado the entire time and really immerse ourselves in the Sand Wash Basin Wild Horse experience. We’ve taken nearly 25K photos, and there is still tomorrow. It has been an amazing experience. We are already planning next year’s Walkabout 2021.

Walkabout 2020- Day Eleventh

It was a busy one today- tons of horses, time with Cindy, new secret watering places, and some nice waterhole action. Also some art, cupcakes, and harp!

I have played my harp many times for wild horses. They like to listen!

Karen is a phenomenal artist. She paints en plein air- which means she paints live – paints wild horses… live and in the field. She paints phenomenally fast and accurately. it’s amazing to watch her set up her palette, and set up her field easel. Her paintings are internationally award winning.

Karen McLain Studio Website

Karen McLain Facebook

Strata easel
Practicing my harp
Horse models and musical audience

We moved to Oasis- another waterhole and found some more friends

We returned to our camper to find some bachelors hanging out and being bad… The video is located at our Instagram wildhorsephotography

The evening light glowed with remnants of the fire in Irish Canyon.

Good night from Sand Wash Basin

Walkabout 2020- Day Tenth

Another awesome day chasing wild horses… well not literally. We saw a lot of horses and the weather was beautiful.

Band of mostly grey horses
Same band in the water
Cooling off

We found some coyote prints

Coyote print with a quarter for size reference

We had a wonderful afternoon, the light was incredible.

Anya wore her Doggles during the bright day

It’s bright out!
Happy dog!
Ready to take over the world!!!

The end of the day brought an incredible sunset thanks to the fire (mostly out).

Horses make their way to evening grazing…

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Walkabout 2020-Day Ninth

Today was one of the best days so far in the Basin. We saw an astounding number of horses, and even watched a band change stallions. Eclipse’s band is now under the auspices of Bobbie -although Bobbie has his hands full with such a large band.

We started with a few horses right outside our camper

Sweet dun filly
We either stand still, or move very slowly so as not to spook horses when they are close to the cat. She was very curious.

We headed over to the other side of the Basin and found horses bear Lake Draw. We also ran into a car full of people from New York- naturally I was excited to see fellow NYC-ers.

Laramie- daughter of Cheyenne and Corona
Laramie and her two foals- last year on the left and a mini-me on the right
Karen and I both decided if Jason Momoa was a stallion, this lovely deep liver chestnut would be a likely candidate.
We ate lunch on top of the Basin- 7,000 feet up

The afternoon was spent at the Oasis waterhole. We saw a stallion named Bobbie take over another stallion’s band. Eclipse lost his band today, it it is a big band and there were many horses watching the two stallions interact.

Bobbie’s new band – formerly Eclipse’s band. It is a large band and they don’t seem to like the new management
Bobbie snaking (herding) the band. Stallions snake to show dominance. Bobbie is known for firm, aggressive band management. His track record of keeping band is not great.
Snaking again
Interested bachelors look on
Bobbie guarding his new band against Eclipse (horse and the end of the burm

It will be interesting to see how this turns out tomorrow. We’d love for horses to stay together as family bands forever, but Mother Nature decides in the end who it fittest to lead a band. Often it isn’t the strongest, sometimes it is the fastest, or the most clever. With such a large band, Bobbie has his work cut out this evening. Eclipse and other bachelors would love to run off with a mare from the large band.

Makeshift tripod to photograph the moon.
Where will the two-track take us next?
Goodnight from the Basin.

Walkabout 2020- Day Eighth

Grouse, coyotes, a fire, and of course, WILD HORSES

An interesting day- because it is so dry and there is limited water in the Basin, we travel a lot to find horses. There are only a few waterholes with water (Oasis, Avocet, 126E, and Lake Draw- a little remains at Outhouse). We travel from waterhole to waterhole and sometimes we get lucky… and sometimes we sit and wait and no horses show up.

We got lucky at Avocet this morning

After lunch we started out and noticed smoke on the hills at the southwestern border of Sand Wash after a thunderstorm. We called Cindy from Wild Horse Warriors and she called 911. They take fires in this dry climate very seriously. It was mostly contained by night and likely form lightning during summer storms.

We also saw a coyote and some Greater Sage Grouse today as well.

And we saw a lot of horses… 😊

Smoke from the fire did make for a lovely sunset

Walkabout 2020- Day Seventh

Today was our annual Mustang Walkabout Meet & Shoot. This is a totally free workshop where we take people around the Basin and photograph horses. This year we had some old friends for the Workshop. Carin and Rachel came for their fourth year, Michael, Debra, and Dawn also attended. We were blessed to have Cindy & Aletha from the Wild Horse Warriors for Sand Wash Basin along as well. The Wild Horse Warriors and Sand Wash Advocate Team (SWAT) are the caretakers of the horses and the land they live upon. They monitor the herds, work on improving water sources, administer PZP (contraception), and work with the Bureau of Land Management – and a whole lot more. Please visit their respective Facebook pages to follow their wonderful work.

Wild Horse Warriors for Sand Wash Basin

Sand Wash Advocacy Team

Additionally, Cindy runs tours of Sand Wash Basin, so if you’re looking to find horses at Sand Wash Basin for the first time, she is an amazing resource. The tours fall within the Wild Horse Warriors not-for-profit, so the tour fees go back to helping the horses. Cindy is the only tour guide permitted to run tours at Sand Wash Basin. Please check out her webpage.

Cindy not only runs amazing tours, she is very knowledgeable about geology and Sand Wash Basin. She found a partially knapped Native American Ute arrowhead, which we respectfully placed back where we found it. The stone is chert, other stones used for arrowheads are flint and obsidian.

An equine traffic jam on the way back to camp.

The girls had a wonderful day looking for wild horses.
A fire was noted and reported. A concern with thunderstorms is lightning ,which can cause fires in this arid environment.
Horses on the hill
Feeling as though we are on top of the world at 7,000 feet elevation
Some bachelors having fun. They were close to the road, so we stayed in our cars.

Karen and I always wanted to know what horses do at night. so we got a toy- night vision binoculars that allow photos to be taken. May I say how COOL they are??? Here are some photos -some taken near dusk and the others at night. We found out horses do exactly the same thing at night, as they do during the day. Eat. Sleep. Drink water. Though less movement. The clock in the night-vision photos is earlier by one hour.

Beats Wars at dusk
Beats Ears at night
Our camper at dusk
Out camper at night
Meredith using the night vision binocs
Karen amusing the night vision binocs
Sheep shed on 126 at night
Three horses in front of the Bears Ears at night
Small herd- two dark horses, one grey with a small dark foal

A real goodnight from the Basin!

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Walkabout 2020- Day Sixth

Life is ironic. In the last post I mentioned that stallions don’t often make contact during their sparring. Yesterday, Karen and I came across a band (Eclipse) and there were two stallions actively engaging. A grey named Diablo, and a grullo named Kekoa. Diablo spent most of yesterday chasing Kekoa -we saw them in the morning back on 48. In the late afternoon, we returned to the Oasis waterhole where we saw Kekoa, Diablo, & Eclipse’s band. Kekoa was covered in blood, but appeared to be sound.

Kekoa did not appear lame, and the wounds seem to be primarily superficial. There’s a lot of sharp rocks, which could cause small lacerations. Additionally, teeth and hooves can be quite lethal. After they left the waterhole, we found blood spatters and some hair.

The band returned and we watched Diablo chase Kekoa. Kekoa may have lost a mare to Eclipse/Diablo, or there was a mare coming into season, or reasons we will never understand. He was tenacious in following the band (the expression persistently following is called ‘dogging’).

They nearly ran me over, I took some hasty photos as Kekoa passed right in front of the truck.

Photos of my Canon camera screen

We also saw a brand new foal in Rocket’s band. Rosie delivered a lovely chestnut foal; we gave naming rights to my son Ben and his girlfriend Priscilla. Meet ‘Tequila’.

Karen’s sketch of Eclipse’s band
Goodnight from Sand Wash Basin

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Walkabout 2020- Day Fifth

A perfectly normal Sand Wash Day. A bit windy, but we saw a lot of horses and one snake (non-venomous Carin & Mike). The weather was lovely, albeit windy. L

War Horse (Bay Tobiano) and Meteor (Palomino Frame Overo) and two mares.
Karen is ready for horses
Meredith is ready as well
Anya keeps watch for wild horses
Two bachelors at Avocet Pond
White pizza for lunch! Mmmmmmmm!

Most often stallions simply posture and there is no fight. They sniff, they squeal, they strike, and sometimes rear. Rarely does it end in actual contact We saw two stallions have a minor disagreement.

From an evolutionary standpoint, if every fight was potentially lethal, stallions wouldn’t be around to pass their genes on to the next generation. How aggressive stallions behave is dependent upon whether any mares in the vicinity are in estrus. A mare who has recently delivered a foal will typically go into a ‘foal-heat’ 2-3 weeks following the delivery. This is a treacherous time for the mare and her very young foal. Stallions are not particularly gentle during copulation, and foals have been severely injured, sometimes mortally (though this is rare).

Stallions spar
Through the wind shield pic
Classic chunky monkey quarter horse type (liver chestnut stallion).

Koko declared a moderately windy day with a ‘single ear warning’ in effect most of the day.

A garter snake (snek). My husband is a herpetologist and was naturally excited to help us ID this harmless snake from New York

We ended the evening at Oasis- one of the more plentiful waterholes. It was lovely to shoot in the soft warm light.

Karen and Cindy shoot across from me
Karen got some wonderful video today which we will share later

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Walkabout 2020- Day Fourth

Weather in Sand Wash Basin

The weather tends to be dry and hot most of the time during the summer in Sand Wash. The winds can be incredibly forceful, but most of the time it is hot and dry. We watch the skies carefully. The weather changes rapidly, and without warning; we check the radar frequently.

Today dawned clear and bright blue. As the day progressed, it became more and more clouded. First happy little cumulus clouds formed ,which progressed to taller, darker, and angrier looking cumulonimbus clouds. Soon we began to see rain falling over distant areas. Looking East, the sky is blue and fair weather cloud float by. Look west, and it looks like meteorological Armageddon is forming.

Ominous skies to the north

At one point we saw clouds rotating in the distance and a small funnel appeared to form beneath the spinning clouds. I’ve been through one tornado, it’s an experience I prefer never to repeat. Thankfully, nothing else happened (aside from ferocious winds, lightning, pelting rain, and thunder).


We stayed in after a brief trip this morning to the solar pump (provides water for the horses) to assist Cindy from the Wild Horse Warriors for Sand Wash Basin. She kindly asked us transfer the pump from generator to solar- in spite of the storms, there was a lot of strong sunshine. After that we came back to camp. I spent some much needed time on patient charts and Karen did chores around camp. We did manage to make some yummy Red Lobster biscuits in the GoSun Solar Cooker before the rain clouds rolled in.

Mmmmm biscuits!!!

We park the truck perpendicular to the wind which acts as a wind break. We are camped in a small valley which can either block the wind, or funnel it into a powerful force as it did today.

Koko, the blind pug makes for an excellent weather vane. One ear is moderate winds, double-ears are gale force winds. Today, we had gale force winds as evidenced by Koko’s double-ear alert…

Double Ear alert!

Life is incredibly rugged in the Basin. You can never let your guard down, and never lose respect for the forces of Nature. It’s challenging enough to find horses, sometime hiking miles in extreme heat. Mother Nature provides even more challenges, but we have learned over the past decade to respect the forces and never, ever take anything for granted. The raw beauty, juxtaposed with the inherent dangers make the photographs we take in the Basin, all the more precious.

Beautiful rainbow over the Basin
Our trailer
Goodnight from the Basin