Happy Holidays from The Cloud Foundation- new youtube

Dear Friends of our wild horses;

Monday, December 7th.  The day of the BLM National Advisory Board in Reno was bitterly cold with temperatures below zero. Snows blanketed the frozen landscape for as far as I could see. No planes were flying in or out of town. Inside our heated, comfortable, but windowless Casino meeting room, the BLM presented Secretary Salazar’s plan to take our mustangs from their native West to ‘greener pastures’ in the East.

The Board, which is stacked against the horses, largely nodded in approval at plans to decrease herds, reach the magic (but pathetically low) “appropriate management level” (AML) numbers, skew the sex ratios, and give every adult mare lucky enough to return back out on the range infertility drugs… holiday Letter from Ginger continued here...

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17 Responses to “Happy Holidays from The Cloud Foundation- new youtube”

  1. jan eaker Says:

    Ginger, Trace and Sax!!!!

    Merry, Merry Christmas and a very Blessed New Year to you and everyone at the Cloud Foundation.
    I am keeping good thoughts for a wonderful year for our Wild Horses, those that remain free and all that are not.
    Thank you for all that you do for them, and also for us; keeping them free and wild keeps ALL of us free as well.
    Jan

  2. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Ginger, I loved seeing the Sax yawn with you and Trace there in the snow. Be well and Walk In Beauty. Love and Peace, Mar

  3. Annette Says:

    Hi Ginger and thank you for adopting Sax I love how cute he is and now i know he is in a good home. I think I can relate to the horse because i was adopted too now i am in the worlds greatest home and i want the horses to be in one too. Ginger how old do you have to be to singh the pation?

  4. Karen L. Says:

    Ginger and TCF, Thank you for the holiday greeting! May you have a happy, safe, and truly wonderful Christmas and New Year! I have a feeling that our prayers for the herds will begin to be answered in the coming year. With continuing hope and love, Karen

  5. Morgan Williams Says:

    This so beautiful to see. Ginger, Sax and Trace are just a site to behold.
    Thanks for taking the time to write to us all Ginger. You are such a gracious woman. If you only knew how deeply I admire you. But, the same goes for Makendra.

    I have been strong enough to get back in the saddle with the Mustang and Burro preservation battle. I have been reading so much again this week and kicking into research mode. The newest from Madeleine Pickens had me scratching my head. I just don’t know how to put my finger on the reason why I am still uncomfortable with her whole scheme. There are lots of points to bring up. This week’s newsletter had me asking “Why no mention of the urgent need for a moratorium? Why no mention on the pending legal case for the Calico complex? Why no mention of illegal and secret roundups? Why no mention of the other advocacy groups and those high profile names behind them? Why no mention of the BLM Advisory Board meeting Madeleine was suppose to attend (weather kept her away)?”

    Then there is this guy.

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=121791736&f=1002&sc=igg2

    When did this smuck Reid become the end all to all our nation’s problems? How in the world is he becoming the leader is major policy decisions? Heath care, public lands, national resources, America’s wildlife? How did Reid become the strong…arm of the law in this land? Is President Obama just in Reid’s back pocket? I don’t get it!

    • Marilyn Wargo Says:

      Yes, Morgan, the rise of Harry Reid is something I have been very suspicious of. Obama does not seem to have a handle on the West and has been dependent upon some shady men for counsel. This has got to be behind the snub we have had regarding the wild ones. If this were President Bill Clinton, and so many Americans had come forward over this crisis, he would not have ignored them. This is a Bush Tactic that Obama should walk away from if he wants to retain trust and respect. As my former senator, he had been the most responsive and expressive I had ever come across. His closed attitude has become too much like old business and there has been no transparency. What is Obama afraid of? If he has been steered wrong by Salazar and the likes of Reid, he must learn how to about face and backtrack to his public. He vowed to listen to us. What could be simpler? mar

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        I could not get your link. But I believe all the alternate energy plans, which we are barely being let in on, have such Big Bucks for Nevada that Reid and Salazar have become the power pair of the West. Kleinert has said that alternate energy is our biggest hurdle for holding onto the wild ones’ ranges and it is barely begun to be revealed to the public. The lack of transparency just keeps the public uninformed and in the background when we need to be allowed our Democratic voice. Mar

      • Karen L. Says:

        Mar, I totally agree with your 6:50 P.M. post. My thought is that Obama is not necessarily “afraid” of anything as much as he is just not “an animal person” (Bo notwithstanding). He is certainly not in touch with western or southwestern U.S. lifestyles. Your phrase, “does not seem to have a handle on the West”, is an understatement. I feared as much when a rancher was appointed Secretary of the Interior….

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        karen, i know, and all I can attribute his silence on this subject to is his mistaken need for these men and those like him who are ‘respected’ in their element which does not, for Obama, differentiate the subtleties of pro wild ones and the misdirection of overgrazing and overpopulated horses who have been trumped by cattle interests. I can only hope he is learning something broader. But because of so much planning going on about alternative energy and Wyoming seeming to have taken a sudden back seat to Nevada, there seems to be a lot of competition going on behind the scenes to grab the energy development and Huge Bucks with it. The horses and burros be damned in their eyes. Maybe Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton should be hearing from us and learning what we have to tell so someone in the upper political reaches can communicate with Obama off the record. Obama is earning political enemies he will continue to meet in the years ahead. He should be dealing with us now and not later. mar

  6. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    But, Karen, I think he thinks he does have a handle on the West because of all the projects that have come out of Interior that Obama seems very aware of. mar

    • Karen L. Says:

      Mar, Yeah, he simply doesn’t get it. My feeling is that the truth and the law will eventually “set the horses free”, though. I think Clinton et al are all consumed with “human” issues at this point—healthcare reform, the economy, the wars, etc. We have to remain steadfast and continue to present the facts. The BLM/DOI have not been challenged so much in recent history; people are listening.

  7. Janet Ferguson Says:

    What a touching and hopeful Christmas message from Ginger Kathrens, Makendra, The Cloud Foundation and the horses. When that “Cloud” theme came on, I about lost it! Looks like the “kids” are being especially good — Santa will be pleased.

    We are so fortunate to live in a time when the wild horses and burros are still here to be fought for and I am so thankful for the wonderful world of wild horse and burro advocates from many walks of life that I have “met” through The Cloud Foundation. Thank you ALL for the gift of inspiring leadership in the struggle.

    Thank you for bringing us Cloud and all the others — part of a priceless treasure from the maker of all things.

    John Holland has an article here:

    http://www.harnesslink.com/www/Article.cgi?ID=77438

  8. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Well, Friends, here we are and we must push on. The illegality of BLM actions does not seem to be enough for this judge to free the Calico horses. The lies do more damage and will kill more and more horses. mar

    • Karen L. Says:

      I’m reading that part of the basis for a denial was that the plaintiffs’ most effective argument was raised at the wrong time. (See paragraph 3) I’m anxious to hear any comments by Mr. Spriggs on this entire ruling.

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        There can still be a trial. There may be somethings to gain. But a new suit with the new evidence and this under their belts will be harder to stop. What I am most discouraged by is the lack of urgency the judge has seen fit to use. To recommend stopping the roundup is the same as allowing it.

        Yes, the most effective argument was not early enough. We can now dissect this while the horses are rounded up. Mar

  9. Morgan Williams Says:

    “Never give up, never, never give up.”
    – Winston Churchill

  10. Adri Says:

    Merry Christmas!!!thanks for this wonderful work !!!!Save the horses!

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