Conquistador- photos: Living Images by Carol Walker

This 19-year-old stallion should have never been rounded-up, freeze-branded and put through this ordeal. He and his entire family band are to be put up for adoption. We are requesting that the BLM turn him back out with his ten-year-old mare, Cavelitta. The whole family was removed because they live outside the designated horse range boundaries. 


Elyse Gardner, photo

Elyse Gardner, photo


13 Responses to “Conquistador”

  1. Annastasia Sundance Says:

    There has to be a perment way to get the BLM out of the horse business. Can’t the native Americans claim ownership of the horses? Especially the band that the hidalgo was released into. That band was bought and given to a tribe. That means that each and every horse from that line is owned.

    You know BLM couldn’t find it’s way out of a paperbag and yet they claim they know whats best. They knew about the buffalo, and wolves too, you know the ones we are re-introducing into the wild so they don’t die off.

    The biggest drain they keep saying are the horses in holding that aren’t adopted out. find then why can’t they tag then release them back where they belong. This way they would no longer be round up canidates. The biggest drain on BLM money are the people running it!

  2. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    This is one fine horse. I hope you can do this. Can this be done for Grumpy Grulla and even Cloud’s dam? Good luck. Mar

  3. alessandro Says:

    I hope tht the blm will stop this and start to do sum good for theas horses and not try to distroy them.Ginger is thear a chance to get sand and other horses of the forest servis such as trigger and his offspring to be turnd out back on the range and cloud dancer and image ,but will pzp be givin to mares that never foald like midnight???

  4. Lenore Mullaney Says:

    Thank you for everything you are doing for the horses. Rest assured I will be doing my part today and in the future. Also, thanks for the picture of Conquistador. He has become my guiding light, someone to focus on and provide inspiration in this gut-wrenching fight. And now I have a face to put with his name and description! What a beauty he is! Words cannot express the deep regard I feel for all of you. Lenore

  5. Janet Ferguson Says:

    The fear and uncertainty in the eyes of this great stallion in this foto. . . it tears my heart up.

    Dear God how can this be happening?

  6. betty Says:

    I agree with what Ginger said last night on the radio. Leaving the horses to be wild horses and to live and die in the wild is the best way. Natural selection is harsh but kinder than this!

    I have heard well meaning people say they don’t want to watch horses starve from overgrazing their limited ranges. Neither do I but in real life nature left alone will prevent large starvation events. And even if, God Forbid, there should come a time we should have to conduct hay drops in an unusual winter to save the horses, it would cost less than this mess!!

    If non intervention is the best way to manage Yellowstone, why isn’t it the best way to manage our wild horses too? Natural predation thinning the weakest ones will keep the herds healthy and in healthy numbers? Right? That’s what they say for Yellowstone.

  7. Janet Ferguson Says:

    This sounds good to me.

    by the way, I don’t think wild horses or any horses are made to withstand long periods of stress.
    They fight or they flee

    they can’t be subjected to this torture

    Dr. Thompson of yesterday’s Poke-ay Corral Scene — his people need to come and pick him up because he is not well. What facility is he missing from? People can go crazy out there, as Jerry Jeff Walker so stated ages ago. . . .

    Adrenaline makes the meat more tender. Need I say more?

    Dr. Thompson is too stresssed to continue in his official capacity. Someone needs to put him out of his misery.

    Maybe the Office of Homeland Security.

    Where is the Federal Marshall today

  8. Janet Ferguson Says:

    Maybe I am too stressed to continue in my unofficial capacity.l

  9. Anne Novak Says:

    Call Congressman Jim Moran. He supported the ROAM act to protect Wild Horses which passed on July 17, 2009

    Phone: (202) 225-4376
    Fax: (202) 225-0017

    HR 1018 – The Restoring Our American Mustangs (ROAM) Act passed in the House of Representatives on the morning of July 17th, 2009.

    This bill amends the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971. – adding important new protections and provisions which include banning helicopter round-ups and reclaiming land lost by America’s wild horses over the past 30 years.

    ROAM (S.1579) must be passed by Senate then signed by President before it is the new law. Call/FAX Senators.

    You can find more friends to call here:

    • Morgan Williams Says:


      I am speaking to Conressman Moran’s office this very moment. I am told by the woman answering the phone that Jim Moran’s office is completely unaware of the roundup taking place at this very moment in the Pryor Mts. I am an hold waiting to speak to one of the animal rights reps in Jim Moran’s office. Oops. Now I am leaving a message. The woman tells me the rep will call me right away.


  10. Laura Says:

    Carl & I are so grief-stricken over what they did to CONQUISTADOR, a beautiful old graceful horse. This is one of the worst things that’s happened in this roundup, the next is tying horses’ necks to keep them from jumping with no padding on the rope, what an outrage, how cruel. Our Pryor Wild Horses have been put through hell. Why on earth wouldn’t the BLM keep the bands together. It would have been MUCH MORE PEACEFUL for the horses. AND, why did they have to do everything, including the pzp, in one fell swoop with the roundup. THAT was crazy, and it definitely went against what they indicated in the E.A., as I read it. This is quite disappointing.

  11. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Today you will get out of that pen. Mar

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