We have always believed that 20 young Pryor wild horses ages 1-2 could be successfully adopted even during these rough economic times. Now BLM is holding 57 horses and three foals at the Britton Springs Corrals located at the base of the mountain. Most are over 1-2 years of age. We continue to push for BLM to return the oldest back to their home.
I am sad to report that many of Cloud’s progeny have been permanently removed: Rain, Arrow, Image, Ember, Summer and Sage have tags around their necks with numbers. But they will never be numbers to me. They will always be my special children of the wild. Sax (Himalaya), Cloud’s little brother, a buckskin 2 year old, has also been removed from his home. He has always been such a joyous colt, so curious and playful. His fun-loving life has just been shattered and he has no understanding of why this has happened. Neither do I. BLM’s destructive management policies have turned wild horse heaven into hell.
No horses have been treated more unjustly than the Custer National Forest horses. All who were rounded up on Commissary Ridge are to be permanently removed. This was to be a selective removal, but at the last moment, BLM revealed their plan to gut this sub-population and its important genetic lines.
We are hopeful that BLM will show some compassion and return the Forest Service band stallions Conquistador (19 years old), Bo (13), Trigger (12), and Shane (10) back to the designated range with their adult mares. If not into their homeland, than the bands need to be in a setting that is wild. It is important to keep these bands in tact as an essential reservoir from which to draw to shore up the genetics which have been lost in this massive removal.
We are praying that Raven’s mare, Grumpy Grulla (21) will be returned to her precious Pryor home. She was one of the first wild horses I ever saw. This strong-willed grulla mare brought many smiles to my face as she regularly disciplined her offspring as well as the other foals in Raven’s band including Cloud—hence her name. It is only fitting that she be allowed to live out the last few years of her life in freedom in her spectacular home.
We fight on for the herd and all wild horses still living free on OUR public lands. Keep your calls and letters and emails coming. The voices of the American and world public will surely be heard in time. Never give up! Bless all of you for outpouring of support for Cloud and his herd and our American mustangs.
(On a very practical note, if you are interested in adopting a Pryor Mustang it is important that you fill out an adoption application which is available on line by going to the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program. I will be doing so when I return to Colorado. The Pryor adopton is scheduled for Septmber 26th in Lovell, Wyoming.)
NOTE: We have received word that the BLM has received some threatening calls. Please tell anyone you hear speak of such threats to stop– the Cloud Foundation does not condone illegal actions and these only hurt our cause and our work to save these horses and those across the west. Please call your Senators and Congress people, the media and of course, The President with your requests for these older horses to be released and for the mismanagement of our wild horses to be reformed. Thank you.