Happy Monday! Today I want to talk about the importance of the Bachelor Band in a wild herd. Typically, the Stallion will ask a young Colt to leave around the age of two so there is no competition with another male. I've seen some leave younger than two as well as some leave older than two. Eventually, all young Colts will become Bachelors so they can go on to challenge to become Band Stallions themselves. The Bachelor Band is vital in a herd as when the young Colts, whom I like to call Baby Bachelors, are finally kicked out of their natal Bands, it is the older Bachelor Boys that will come along and pick up these youngsters, providing them security and teaching them along the way. Back in 2009, the Park removed all but about 6 of the Bachelors who were a little older and well established in different territories. Young yearling Colt Bandit, of Cocoa's Band, was obviously showing more interest in the ladies than Cocoa liked, so as a young yearling, he was asked to leave. Because the Bachelor Band had been greatly reduced, Bandit had a heck of a time as he just couldn't find a Bachelor to claim him. I often saw him trying to join up with other Bands just so he didn't have to be alone. He finally came across Coal, who was an older Bachelor at the time, and was able to be guided and schooled by the much more seasoned Stallion. This photo is of 2013 Colt Ranger and 2015 Colt Grady who managed to find one another and have been walking as best buddies since this past summer. It is reassuring knowing they have one another for now but we will celebrate the day one or both of them become Band Stallions themselves!