Update on Conquistador and the rescued bands

Dear Friends of the Wild Horses;

I had the honor of traveling to Montana to visit our families of older wild horses that had been removed from the Custer National Forest Lands. These older horses include 19 year-old Conquistador and 21-year-old Grumpy Grulla. 15 horses in all, comprising four family groups. We were able to buy and adopt them so they could stay together in their family units. Through the efforts of Laura & Carl Pivonka and Mike Penfold a large ranch was found just north of the Pryors where the horses could stay. When I arrived on Thursday…. Read the complete update here

Photo by Mike Penfold

Photo by Mike Penfold

 

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54 Responses to “Update on Conquistador and the rescued bands”

  1. Janet Ferguson Says:

    We will continue to send a small donation to help out every month to TCF. Hopefully if others also do, it will begin to add up!

    Thank you for the great update on these lucky ones the wonderful story of the preparations and release and the continued call for action and all the links.

  2. Suzanne Moore Says:

    I’m sitting here drinking coffee from my Conquistador mug, wearing my Conquistador T-shirt and looking at these wonderful pictures over and over and over.

    Beautiful.

    • Janet Ferguson Says:

      My very frugal “better half” just said, yesterday, “You’d better start planning a trip to the Pryor Mountains . . . you won’t be happy, anyway, until you go!”

      !!!!

      • jan eaker Says:

        Janet, understand completely!!! my sister and I will be out there next summer, can’t wait to see this beautiful place and the horses,
        I am so happy for them, it’s good to see them grazing and playing and being wild again,

      • Janet Ferguson Says:

        “Next year in The Pryors!”

  3. jan eaker Says:

    wonderful!!!!!

  4. Christine Says:

    So how much space do they actually get to roam on the ranch? All 2000 acres, or less?

    Suzanne, how did the mug and shirt come out? I always like a bit of feedback on CafePress stuff I’ve worked on, just to make sure it comes out right.

    • Suzanne Moore Says:

      The shirt and the mug are just great. I got the large mug, and it’s perfect for my morning coffee. I’m still wearing the shirt this morning – it is SO soft and light! It’s gonna spoil me for my other Ts. LOL!

      • Christine Says:

        Yay! I wasn’t sure the text was going to reproduce well, but I’m glad that all that work turned out well. 🙂

  5. Janet Ferguson Says:

    Just hopping about the web. . . came across interesting fact: The State of Montana is the fourth largest in all of the United States.

    And it seems to have very few places for wild horses. I don’t know if this is because they were only “present” in a small area “originally” or if it is just erosion of their “natural ranges.”

    • Marilyn Wargo Says:

      JF, Except for the Pryors, all the horses were removed from Montana range by BLM. mar

      • Janet Ferguson Says:

        Good Lord what a crock, if you will excuse my French.

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        JF, I hope, at some point, a wily researcher will chronicle the passage of the horses from the states and their range. They deserve a memorial to their freedom stolen and the agency that betrayed them, so it will not happen again. mar

      • Janet Ferguson Says:

        I wonder where all that info resides, plus, if it is available to the public.

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        One thing the public hearing can do is have this info made available to the public. If it is requested. It is a government agency??? and should have done so all along. This may change. Let us hope. But, no, it has not been available to us. Freedom of Information Azct has been used at times. According to a woman I talked to recently BLM is more in line with State Agencies. The states can trump BLM. I think that is how the West Douglas herd got a reprieve. Mar

  6. RJ Daum RPLS Says:

    Once the gate is open to Apsáalooke Tribal Land , A 9-9-9 marker can be put Penn Cabin as the end of the BLM gathers here.
    A week ago someone asked me about this place and Cloud.A memory helped the story.
    A long time ago in this land I was covered in blood after a battle with a buck mule deer. I held the heart and liver in one hand.The buck in the other and lifted slowly up a (coulee stone wall seen in Ginger’s excellent films).
    This was before the refuge was made.

  7. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    The horses have been the great giveaway in this story, RJ. Honor them now, as we go.. mar

    • Janet Ferguson Says:

      What are you two talking about. . . my age enfeebled brain can’t grasp Mr. Daum’s message nor your response.

      thank you.

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        Honor the animal who gives life so you may live. The lesson of antelope, I think. I can’t speak for RJ. The ‘great giveaway’ is from the animal who dies to feed you. mar

      • RJ Daum RPLS Says:

        Janet,
        Congressional Hearings have been announced and stopping the BLM. The Crow Nation,Apsáalooke have adjoining land to Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Refuge, Tribal leaders are deciding to open tribal land to the wild mustangs. This gives tremendous protection to the horses there.
        The story was a graphic childhood memory of how wild and inaccessable the land is where horse could now have access.
        I apologize for the confusion.

  8. Janet Ferguson Says:

    What is a coulee stone wall? This is my last question!

  9. jan eaker Says:

    Are some of the mares pregnant? they look so from the pictures; that would be a happy thing!

  10. Courtney S. Says:

    Thanks for the update and beautiful pictures! Good to see the horses are doing so well considering all they’ve been through!

  11. Karen L. Says:

    TCF, Thank you for the update! The horses look healthy!

  12. Angie Sellitto Says:

    What happened to the blog entry about the moratorium? What’s the progress? Thanks, Angie

  13. Angie Sellitto Says:

    That stinks:( It was nice to see something positive for a change:)

    • Janet Ferguson Says:

      Is it not somewhat wierd?

      • Janet Ferguson Says:

        That it has disappeared?

        I was thinking — if independent college student newspapers could get “on board” with what is happening, more people could be informed about it (students, faculty, etc.) Not just colleges with equine programs, but any college with an independent student newspaper.

  14. Louie Cocroft Says:

    ON THE MORATORIUM–IT PROBABLY TAKES SOME TIME AND AN LOT OF DELIBERATING TO ACTUALLY GET IT MOVING. JUST KEEP ON WITH WHAT WE ALL HAVE BEEN DOING. THEY NEED TO KEEP HEARING FROM US.

  15. Louie Cocroft Says:

    ANYONE THAT HAS A SCANNER–PULL SOME OF THE MORE TELLING PICTURES FROM THE VARIOUS WEBSITES, SHOWING WHAT HAPPENS AT THESE ROUND-UPS AND AFTER. ALSO, SEND ALONG ANY REPORTS FROM THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN THERE. KEEP IT ACCURATE SO THAT THEY CAN SEE THAT IT TRUTHFUL AND NOT COMING FROM A BUNCH OF “BLEEDING HEARTS”, WHICH IS HOW ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS ARE SOMETIMES DISMISSED. IT WOULD SURE BE NICE TO HAVE SOME SENATORS PRESENT AT A FEW OF THESE ROUND-UPS, ONLY WITHOUT BEING NOTICED.

    • Marilyn Wargo Says:

      That’s the spirit, Louie … Has anyone heard anything from Green Mountain, or any other roundup in Wyoming? All this good weather after the snow and three days I heard Cattoors shut down must have made it easy to get in there. They will be leaving very few of these horses behind. I want to ask a Rock Springs journalist to look in on the horses corralled there over winter. There is also a ranch nearby where horses are gentled. Mar

      • Janet Ferguson Says:

        I wonder how much “power” the governors of each state have. If this material could get into their hands??

        Note: sometimes you cannot send an “attachment” to hi level office in Washington on an email — they will not accept. Be sure to check first?

        I had an idea — why couldn’t each herd have its own “Coat of Arms” or chevron or whatever you might call it “Shield” or whatever, designed by artists? Each shield could be used to summon “watchers” to the herd — used for Scouts activities — perhaps Scouts could become herd watchers and get “badge” with the herd’s “shield” on it, or something.
        People could give $ to support a herd, an receive a “shield patch” or “button” or something in exchange for giving money or time and then over time perhaps might be collected to show the different herds one has helped???

      • Janet Ferguson Says:

        Or there could be “contests” to design the official “shield” design for each herd — open to all ages, or just children, perhaps????

      • Janet Ferguson Says:

        Could be sponsored at the State level by governor’s office or whatever????

  16. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    JF, Yes, I think everyone should be involved and that having an identity for a herd’s area that represents it would be wonderful. ‘Scouts’ should be all interested people. I don’t think age should matter except you don’t want kids out in the wilds without adults, anyway. But ‘shields’ are a tradition in Native society. The women would make the shield’s design and decoration. It would be like ‘pony societies’! There could be material published each year that tells the herd’s story. Sell that and raise money for the viewers and guides.

    I do think the Governor’s could be asked to stop the roundups, one day they would be glad if they did. I think we will want to be involved with the horses and burros in a whole new way and no one will say ‘no’ ever again. Mar

  17. Louie Cocroft Says:

    I CALLED THE GOV’S OFFICE IN MONTANA WHEN THEY WERE ROUNDING UP CLOUD’S HERD. STAFF WORKER TOLD ME THAT BLM WAS FEDERAL AND THEY COULDN’T DO ANYTHING. IS THAT REALLY SO? A FRIEND POSED AN INTERESTING QUESTION–WHAT IF THERE IS AN EMERGENCY ON FEDERAL LANDS–WHO RESPONDS–LOCAL AGENCIES, OR FEDERAL?

    • Marilyn Wargo Says:

      Louie, According to what a person doing research has said, BLM must defer to what the state says. If a governor’s office will not allow you to get your message across then they are accepting what BLM is doing. But BLM has Regional Offices that coordinate with the state. It is another aspect of what the public cannot approach. Apparently there are different guidelines for the herd areas and that all depends upon the state. If state people make a noise they are more likely heard than out of state. I know that from experience out here. mar

  18. Louie Cocroft Says:

    WONDER HOW MUCH IT WOULD COST TO HAVE A BILLBOARD ON A MAJOR FREEWAY SHOWING WHAT WE ALL WANT EVERYONE TO SEE?

  19. Louie Cocroft Says:

    THE GOVERNOR OF MONTANA IS NOT A FRIEND OF HORSES–WILD OR OTHERWISE, APPARENTLY. I WAS TOLD THAT HE SIGNED THE HORSE-SLAUGHTER BILL. DIDN’T THE BURNS AMMENDMENT COME FROM ONE OF THE MONTANA LEGISLATORS?

  20. Louie Cocroft Says:

    PULL UP ANY WEBSITE THAT TELLS THE STORY OF WILD HORSE ANNIE–YOU WILL ALL FEEL LIKE REALLY DIGGING IN AND HOLDING GROUND. SHE WORKED SO HARD AND IT TOOK 10 YEARS. SHE WAS UP AGAINST ALL THE SAME FORCES. THE WORK THAT EVERYONE IS DOING NOW CARRIES AND CONTINUES HER WORK FORWARD.

  21. jan sterling Says:

    i googled did former president bush know about the burns amendment – found literally hundreds of websites – one called bush, oil and wild horses is a film on youtube, found a website for willie nelson on trying to save horses, and one i think i came across before mustangs 4 us – lots of good stuff and u can email the owner

    also article written in washington post – just google they really do shoot horses

    there is lot of info on the web about the horses – just takes time to look up and then need someone to put ti all together –

  22. jan sterling Says:

    i so agree with Louie Crocroft – hope that is right and remember wild horse annie did this without THE INTERNET AND FINDING HORSE PEOPLE ONLINE – she got school kids to write letters – think i read someplace salazar made comment that only little girls dream about wild horses – well if we could find millions of those little girls and have them all write letters – maybe would wake up washington

    • Marilyn Wargo Says:

      Jan S. This an issue I keep hearing and if little girls cannot dream about something tangible in this nation and if public officials insult them by implying that what little girls care about has no relevance or meaning, it is a crying shame. Does Salazoo have a daughter? Do ranchers only have sons? They may as well according to a very revealing book by a rancher’s daughter a few years back. It makes me mad to think that Salazoo is insulting Annie and her accomplishments which were in keeping with the American Way which is fast fading. Who says that women and girls in this nation have no rights? DOI/BLM? It is all relative and I see a monster that needs slaying on this quest to free our wild horses and burros from Bureau of Monstrous Lies! The Department of Insults…. Mar

  23. Louie Cocroft Says:

    DO YOU THINK ALL THOSE LITTLE GIRLS WOULD NOW BE CONSIDERED TERRORISTS?

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