Families Back Together- Thank you all!


Billings Residents pulled through for these older horses, who should never have left the range, but are now back in their family bands. Conquistador is back with his black mare, Cavelitta; Shane with Moshi and Mystery; Bo with Sierra, Grumpy, Sand (BJ Star), Chalupa and their filly-foal; Trigger with Mae West and Evita…. and we also got Floyd who was so harassed the day he was captured. All 15 horses are now on a 3000 acre ranch at the base of their mountains. We had six trailers pulled by wonderful supporters, new and old friends alike, transport the horses to this beautiful ranch. The horses are in large pens and paddocks in their family groups for now and will be turned out  soon. 

Rain found a wonderful home in Virginia, Arrow has a great adopter and is in Colorado for training, Image and Ember will stay together and live on a beautiful farm in Ohio with someone who has known them their whole lives, Sax is in Colorado too with an amazing home, Sage came to Colorado too and is in a great place, Fettucine and Summer went to good homes I am hoping. Many other horses have wonderful people watching over them.

It is devestating not to have these horses in the wild with their families– nothing we can provide them is quite the same. Still, this is what we can do to repair some of the damage. Thank you to all– I wish you could see Conquistador with his mare, the light is returning to his golden eyes. It was dark when we arrived so no photos of that night, just a half moon in the sky and some very happy and very tired wild horses displaced from their home but back together. 

Now we are in Washington DC to bring our cause to the Capitol! Call your senators!

More soon–


24 Responses to “Families Back Together- Thank you all!”

  1. Christine Says:

    WOOHOO! 🙂

  2. Carryl Edwards Says:

    I am so happy that Conquestidor is back with his beautiful mare and the other members of his family. I wish so much to have hundreds of acres to let wild mustangs run free. Someday that will h appen. I hope all of Cloud”s family wiill be safe and heal from their tragic encounter with the aweful people who drove his herd for miles withoout rest to be imprisioned in small holding pens. CLOUD RUN FREE!

  3. Mary Says:

    While it is so wonderful to know that all 57 were adopted to good homes and many are able to live free, the thought that this will happen again to Cloud and the Pryor Mountain Mustangs in just a few years is almost for me a thought that I can not handle.

    While it has been said by both the Cloud Foundation, Ginger Kathrens,and
    Gus Cothran, Ph.D., of Texas A&M University that the herd will be a non-viable with only 120 horses after the round up and it was NOT necessary, I wonder why it has not been addressed as to why this has happened and will happen again. Why has no one questioned why the Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center asking why they have done nothing to stop this like the Cloud Foundation and many many others have? How can they care and yet stand by and only make recommendation on who should be removed?

    In reading about the Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center and the Pryor Wild Mustang Breeders Association it is apparent that they play a big part in it all. While they appear to be on the ” side of the horses” it is obvious to me that they definitely are not. Being concerned with preserving the ones that will be represent the breed seems to be the big concern and future breeding and sales of this rare breed of horse. Doing absolutely NOTHING to help stop these roundup and taking advantage of them is exactly what they are doing.

    “RARE BREED BECOMES EVEN MORE RARE” (at the bottom of the page at http://www.carnahanranch.com/pryor.php it states the following)

    “The BLM has been experimenting on the herd with methods to control herd size to eliminate future roundups of Pryor Mountain Horses. Using an immunocontraceptive known as PZP (Porcine Zona Pellucida) the BLM hopes to keep herd size at range capacity. The PZP and natural predation will eliminate the need for future roundups.

    Eliminating the Pryor Mustangs from roundups will in effect close access to the breed. The only way to acquire a Pryor Mountain Mustang is from a private breeder. At present there are only two breeders known to us, Carnahan Ranch and the Hartmans.

    Feel free to contact us for information on how you can own one of these wonderful horses.”

    Yes my friends, read it and do not be fooled by nice words and pretty pictures of Mustangs in the wild that are free and happy! A tour is not the only thing that they are selling.

    The breeders also are the same members listed on the Board of the Pryor Mountain Mustang Center. I believe the connections should be questions and futher investigated.


  4. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    It still gets to me. Thanks to all who have cared and hoped and helped. The sadness I feel is for the loss of home, family and freedom. Thanks specially to those who kept Conquistador and the others together and hauled the horses to their new home. I know you will watch over them. Mar

  5. elissa kline Says:

    This is wonderful news. While my heart still breaks for the horses that were removed from the range, I am thrilled to hear that some of the older horses have been returned to the land and to their family bands, where they belong. GOOD WORK all. Now we must keep working to insure that ROAM (S1579) passes the Senate.
    For those of you in DC, please make sure to thank Senator Mary Landrieu, who has spoken out in a big way for the wild horses…

    Landrieu recently called for the management of wild horses to be taken away from the BLM.

    We are making a difference.

  6. jo bunny Says:

    has anyone heard how the other adoptions went on blm’s national adoptions day? the only posting i have seen was from the lorton, va adoption….53 horse brought from illinois holding facilty, 25 adopted onsite, 8 online, the remaining 20 going back to the facility. i’m curious how the horses fared at the other adoptions…..nothing posted on blm website to date….

  7. Janet Ferguson Says:

    That’s a long time for poor Conquistador to be in a bad mood! But a happy ending. Part of me still can’t believe this!!! A rare moment in life.

  8. Juliet Says:

    This gives me goosebumps. I am so glad to hear it. Brava to all involved.

  9. Susan NY Says:

    Thank you, the news is welcome beyond belief. Conquistador being allowed to be who he is, after all this, is a ray of hope for all the remaining family groups. This is wonderful news for the children of America, and I can’t thank you enough.

    Today we celebrate, tomorrow we saddle up to pass the ROAM Act and support the work of Senator Landrieu who (unlike the BLM) is elected by the American people.

  10. Angela Sellitto Says:

    I wrote letters to my Senators here in Illinois. One thing that I was sure to include was the cattle stats for our state and how they compared to Western states. My point being that here in IL farmers need to purchase and pay taxes on land, but have to compete with cattle farmers out west that are renting FEDERAL lands for next to nothing. Be political! There are a number of eastern states that produce lots of cattle ex. Florida.

    • Barbara Steele Says:

      Agree to letting the Senators know that cattle farmers in the east and mid-west are getting a bad deal. Only 3% of US beef cattle are raised on public land but those cattlemen who use public lands are getting government handouts in the form of cheap grazing and use of water. Letting my PA Senators know about this also.

  11. One who knows the truth Says:

    I wish you people would find out the facts and know more about the Pryor Mountain Mustangs before you follow blindly. I fill so sorry about you miss led people, please know the facts not the sell a story line.

  12. Suze Says:

    Thank you for this update. Although I ache for these mustangs who have been banished from their rightful land, I am relieved that most are safe and the old ones will be allowed freedom in an area somewhat similar to their own lands. Would that all our mustangs could know freedom again.

  13. Margaret Says:

    I’m so happy that a part of my donation went to help buy back Conquistador etc’s freedom. I feel like I own a little bit of history now, and that I own a part of Conquistador too. This is so WAY COOL. To know that despite the inhumane actions of some–many of us came together to help right a wrong. It may not be perfect (perfect would be back out on the range with no interference from the BLM EVER AGAIN) but this is a whole lot better than some long term holding facility or slaughter.

  14. Becky Says:

    Hearing the news of the older horses being able to live out their days ‘free’, brought tears to my eyes. That is so wonderful!! I adopted a band stallion several years ago. Aftter lots of love and patience he is used for all aspects of ranch work – he is my baby. He loves being able to boss around our horse herd. It is remarkable to watch how he takes care of all the horses – young and old. He also posses a great concern for our children. The wild horses are turly one of a kind and deserving of their freedom. We live in Wyoming (on a ranch) and it is truly sad to see how the blm favors the cattle producers as opposed to the natural balance – horses, elk, antelope, etc. Afterall, the cattle producer would not be where he is today without the help of the horse and that in itself should count for something. I am probably one of the few outspoken individuals (in Wyoming working on a ranch) to say the cattle producer should not have special rights!! Keep up the fight!!!

  15. JJ Says:

    Job well done for all of us!

  16. Jaime Johnson Says:

    Makendra (as I assume you are the one writing on this blog), this entry brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for letting me be a part of giving these horses back their freedom! As we drove around with Trigger and his girls (getting lost on the back roads of the Pryors), I had to imagine that they knew everything was going to be okay. They rode in the back of strange vehicles so quietly for hours on end, but since they were with their families, nothing else seemed to matter. (Shane even used it as a moment to get intimately reacquainted with his gals!)

    I have shed so many tears when I look into the eyes of some of these horses that have been taken from their homes and from the only lives they have ever known. (I did today when I looked into little Sage’s big brown eyes). But seeing these horses reunited with their families allowed me a new view into their lives…the look of hopeless longing being finally restored.

    Isn’t that what we all are seeking for? That freedom? The captivity of our hearts has often wounded us, and wouldn’t it be grand if we could experience that same semblance of freedom? This is why we love mustangs…it reminds us so subtly of what we long for, the romantic ideal (or reality) of a free heart and mind! (Pardon my philosophical chatter)

  17. Cathy Kindsfather Says:

    I am soothed to hear of all the adoptions and reunited families. I hope Cloud and the rest of his band will be fine and fresh in Spring again.

    When I was a little girl, maybe about 7, I sat in the back seat of my grandfathers car as we traveled West from Nebraska to California. It was still very wild on the plains then. Even some indians shot arrows at us! Maybe they were just having fun. But I looked behind us and saw a group of wild horses running towards us, actually on the road and coming up behind us! No sooner had I spotted them then they were coming along side of the car!!! The window was down and I leaned out and stretched my arm out and felt the neck and mane brush my hand.

    It was a thrill I will never forget. I looked into my hand and closed it tight, holding the memory forever of the beautiful wildness I touched. The spirit of the wild horse was mine now too.

  18. Jonathan Says:

    Where is Chalupa and Bo’s filly Star now?

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