These photos were from their second hitch, in mid-September. The big mare band was in a remote area of the ranch and "unavailable" for visitor interaction. Like any visit to see wild horses, sometimes you see them, and sometimes you don't.
The crew's third hitch (it took me a while to get these second-hitch photos posted) was cooler and wetter than their previous hitches. It rained the day they were supposed to visit with the mustangs. We can't be upset about the good fall rain!