First Born Freedom Fund Foal!

Dear Fans of Cloud and Our Wild Horses;

Makendra and I had just landed in Columbus this morning to begin the Equine Affaire weekend when I got the message that I was “a grandmother!” Not of a two-legged, but of a newborn bay four-legged.

Baerbel Stuetzle, manager of the ranch at the base of Pryors where our Freedom Fund horses live, had left me the message  “the bay mare in Bo’s band (Chalupa) foaled this morning to a very strong baby—very healthy.” Baerbel  couldn’t tell if it is a boy or girl yet, but the foal was about three hours old when she snapped these pictures. What’s your best guess?  Is it a boy or a girl?

The little one was born in the snow, but born with his or her family thanks to so many of you who donated to save them and keep the bands together.  Bet this little one doesn’t know he or she has thousands of grandparents all around the country!

Once we know the sex, we will let you know and we think it would be fun if you kids out there (anyone 16 or younger) submit a name for the baby and we will choose the winning entry, sound like fun?

Best to you all.  Spring really has arrived!

Happy Trails!

Ginger

photos by Baerbel Stuetzle ~ April 7th, 2010

Visit The Cloud Foundation at Equine Affaire, April 8-11th in Columbus, Ohio.
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63 Responses to “First Born Freedom Fund Foal!”

  1. janet eaker Says:

    What a different experience for this mom and baby as compared with the mamas and babies in fallon!
    What a sweet baby, wonderful news! Great pictures, way to go Chalupa and Bo! there is nothing sweeter in this world than baby horses!

  2. janet eaker Says:

    i say filly!

  3. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Congrats to Grandma and all the Freedom Fund Aunties and Uncles.. a beautiful foal… good news to rest on. mar

  4. sandra longley Says:

    I think its a filly..congrats! and welcome to the home of the free!!!

  5. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Filly, here, too… mar

  6. Shireen Says:

    Such Wonderful news! Especially after reading about the horrors of the holding areas and the ‘Pigeon fever’! Such atrocities! Can we all say, ‘cover-ups’? Hmmmm. I also say looks like a filly to me! So exciting and a sign of hope!

  7. jan eaker Says:

    she’s a beauty! bay is my favorite color

  8. jan eaker Says:

    I hope she gets a playmate soon!

  9. Karen L. Says:

    Thanks for the happy news!

  10. Diane Says:

    How about Blizzard for either a boy or girl…. These horses are so beautiful and NOT neglected.

  11. Jill Says:

    Congratulations! This is a very fortunate little baby to be born safe, protected and yet in his natural surroundings!

    At first, I thought a little girl, but I think this is a very sweet little colt.

    He is beautiful!!

    What wonderful news!

  12. Margaret Says:

    I go filly too. On that one pic you don’t see any beginnings of the male anatomy.

    Congrats to my fellow grandparents. We did a good thing!

    Margaret

  13. Suzanne Moore Says:

    My first grandchild! SO beautiful! And strong, yes! Look at the substance in those cannon bones.

  14. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    CONGRATULATIONS GRANDMA! WHAT A BEAUTY!

  15. LoriProphoto ... Lori Schmidt Says:

    What a beautiful baby, congrats to you all!!! I would say filly but you know in that snow things tend to shrink if you know what I mean LOL so dont get too attached to a little girl, either way he/she is healthy and gorgeous and FREE!!!

  16. jan eaker Says:

    good to see Chalupa in such good shape after the birth, too, she came through the winter in great shape, good winter forage out there in her home.

  17. Nancy Babcock Says:

    Great news, Ginger, Congratulations! I’m guessing it’s a colt. 🙂

  18. Maureen VanDerStad Says:

    Congratulations ! life will triumph and wild horses will live on !

  19. Jackie Davenport Says:

    I think he is a colt. It brings back memories when I had my first mustang off of the BLM land in Yerington. We moved 45 head of Saddle horses with a few extra mustangs to pasture in San Mateo County. Same old story,make room for the cattle. Great work , He is a beauty.

  20. jan Says:

    i agree think its a girl – close up shot there is no male plumbing –

  21. Anne Says:

    Congratulations ! my comment is:

    Amazing how much bigger and healthier this Foal here is compared to the Foals being born @ Fallon; such as Lil OneDay; Lil OneDay was about half the size of this lucky foal…I attribute the healthliness and the better bulk of foal to the better Nutrition the Outdoor wildnerness provides in comparison to the Scarce one type grass hay BLM uses;

    in the Wild the Mustangs have:
    grasses; hays; berries; barks; roots; tuber; leaves; etc.

    in the Fallon Pen the Mustangs recieve only these; (if lucky!

    Rye Grass (not recommend to Equine due to Ergot Fungus
    Orchard Grass (very low Grass feed nutritionally speaking
    Oat Hay Ok Alfalfa Hay Ok if introduced gradually; summary

    The Diet @ Fallon of Dried Grasses in NO Way resembles the outdoor native diet of South West and West…for example…Mustangs and other Equine and other Critters have been seen “munching on fresh pine needles from trees; @ Fallon the Mustangs do not get any fresh pine…

    what is interesting is this: When LeCartier landed from France on Canada’s East Coast in the 1800’s; Cartiers (sp.
    men WERE FAMISHED AND SUFFERING FROM DISEASES…

    So what the NATIVE CANADIAN INDIANS DID WAS…they gave the French settlers PINE NEEDLE TEA (just steep fresh Pine Needles in hot water for about 15 minutes…);

    the Sailors drank the Pine Needle Tea and they got better!
    in fact so much better they did not lose any other sailors after they began the Pine Needle Tea!; before the Pine Tea the sailors were “dropping like flies;

    So this is like @ Fallon today; the Mustangs are “dropping like Flies; esp. the newly born Foals and the downed Mares;
    (some Stallions have dropped for no apparant cause too);
    AND THIS IS BECAUSE THEY DON’T GIVE SUPPLEMENTS
    THE BLM DOES NOT PROVIDE NUTRITIONAL PROTOCOLS
    THE BLM PUTS THE MUSTANGS ON NON NATIVE HAY…

    And the point I am trying to make is…
    THE CANADIAN INDIANS HAVE A GREATER KNOWLEDGE OF VITAMINS MINERALS AND HEALING SUPPLEMENTS

    200 YEARS AGO…

    THAN THE BLM OFFICIALS HAVE TODAY 200 YRS. LATER !

    and finally; THE MUSTANGS THEMSELVES ARE SMARTER THAN THE BLM Officials…

    WHY ? THE MUSTANGS KNOW HOW TO EAT PINE NEEDLES FOR THE VITAMINS SUCH AS VITAMIN C

    BUT THE BLM DOESN’T KNOW WHAT VITAMIN C IS…

    and Vitamin C could surely prevent Pnemonia; and Biotin supplements could surely prevent soft hooves;

    but they leave Mustangs standing in their own wet straw !

    • sandra longley Says:

      Pine needles cause abortions in mares. So we should be thankful they are not feeding the mares pine needles

    • Margaret Says:

      I don’t mean any disrespect but yesterday I did notice salt blocks and Dean told us that they are getting nutritional blocks too. This could be something new I don’t know.

      I will write later about my experience but I hurt my arm again this morning and can’t really type.

      Margaret

  22. Anne Says:

    Summary:

    In the Native Wilds of North America; Our Nation’s Wild Mustangs were consuming a

    very high fiber diet; of roots; barks; pine needles; brush;

    so as their digestive systems have become naturally and genetically acclimated to this very high Fiber diet….

    then after the Mustangs are rounded up; after possibly dining on Scrub Oak Acorns (very tough fiber; and similar;

    after the Mustangs live on tough natural hi fiber forage for their entire lives…

    then the Mustangs are literally thrown into pen…where they get LOSE STRINGY TYPE FLIMSLY LOOKING GRASS(Orchard Grass is not actully Hay; only Legumes are Hay)

    So the Mustangs go from Barks Acorns Pine Needles and Native very high fiber tough natural grasses like wild buckwheat wild wheat which has very long stemmed forage

    The Mustangs go from high fiber natural forage…to…

    Grass ! Pure unadulerated orchard Grass…which is sooooo

    not the same as NATIVE FORAGE its not even funny !

    so this is why the Mustangs drop like Flies @ Fallon….

    THE BLM TAKES THE MUSTANGS FROM A HIGH FIBER NATIVE FORAGE…

    TO A FLIMSLY GRASS CLIPPING TYPE LOOKING HAY…

    and they just simply cannot adjust to this diet and they die

    • sandra longley Says:

      There are no scrub oaks in Nevada, it is desert, most of the items you mention are not native to this area and the horses are not familiar with them as forage-orchard grass is the next best thing to alfalfa in terms of protein levels-but alfalfa is too rich to start these horses on..alfalfa easily ferments in the gut-causing gas and colic antil the system adjusts to it.

      • Nora Morbeck Says:

        The emaciated rescue horses I’ve worked with were fed a lower quality hay and no pelleted feed — not until it was clear that they were out of danger of colic or metabolic problems.
        Hay has to be introduced slowly and in small amounts.
        From what I’ve seen in photos at Fallon, the hay is set outside the pens where the horses can stick their heads out and munch freely. There’s no way to know which horse is eating in what amount.
        That’s one of the major problems with this kind of set up. It’s impossible to know how much is being eaten per horse.
        That’s one of the reasons that I feed all horses I care for seperately. It’s the only way to know if a horse is off its feed, if one needs more than another, and so on.
        To me, that’s just basic horse care. But there’s no way to accomplish this with the general “prison” population at Fallon.

      • Anna Says:

        Hi Sandra

        I was not talking about just Nevada dear; I was talking about Wild Equine all over the world

        and burros; burros eat thorns !

        there is PLENTY of forage out there for them!
        Equine eat berries; cactus; shrubs; leaves; stems; seeds; legumes; even eggs; this is true!

    • Jan Eaker Says:

      Anne, there is a new posting on the mustang project blog page, link to the right on TCF blog, that has information concerning the Calico roundup and the care and feeding the horses are now receiving at the Indian Lakes road facility. It may answer some of your concerns with what type of feed the horses are receiving.

  23. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    ANNE, RIGHT ON! SO MUCH INFORMATION. IS THERE ANYTHING ABOUT WHAT THE HORSES WOULD EAT IN THE WILD TO SELF-MEDICATE FOR THE PIGEON FEVER? THERE IS NOTHING ABOUT FEEDLOT CONDITIONS THAT WOULD BE GOOD FOR ANYTHING. LET ALONE HORSES.

    • jan eaker Says:

      Louie, as far as I know from what I’ve been reading, there have been no reports of horses in the wild having Pigeon fever,
      Some good news though, for those of you who follow Cloud and the Pryor horses, Hightail(sam’s “widow”) has now joined another harem, so she is not dead and is no longer alone, also, good picture of the stallion Exhileration and other Dryhead horses, and a new baby there as well, with more expected anyday!

  24. jan Says:

    i thot of ginger if a filly but guess she might not let us name filly after her – so how about ladyhawk – love that movie and girls have to be strong to live out there in the wilderness – boy look at the snow she was born in

  25. jan Says:

    i was worried where blm was getting hay for horses – if its free of dirt, insects and mold – they probably buy it cheap someplace and do they clean lots where horses are kept – they cant stand around in mud and manure – will wreck their feet – and the babies being born in that dirt – i just want ot SCREAM – srry i get really emotional as my daughter says over the plight of these poor horses – i grew up on a farm and the health of our animals was first place – if you did not keep your animals healthy then you got no profit from them as cows for milk and pigs for meat which we sold at end of year – even chickens house was kept clean

    • sandra longley Says:

      I have it from someone I trust who has been to the facilities, that the hay is of excellent quality..I believe this is an issue of doing winter roundups-the horses are naturally conserving energy at that time, grazing on less nutricious forage than the grasses of summer..honestly they utilize their stores of fat, slow down their metabolism and conserve to keep warm and survive until spring. The mares-many of which were pregnant and nursing last years foals-are already stressed..the running of those horses for miles under stressful conditions is completely and totally responsable for the metobolic problems of particularly the old and the pregnant/nursing mares

      • Margaret Says:

        The hay looked to be good quality mix grass and alfalfa. But I admit to being way out of the loop and a pro I’m not.

        The issue I have is the long troughs. There made of wood and the horses seem to be able to reach just fine for the hay. But I’m concerned about sand. I still have sand in my eyes from yesterday.

        Perhaps they could raise the troughs off the ground with some kind of slats in the bottom so the sand will fall through.

        I know these are tough mustangs but too much sand could colic any horse. And they no doubt have a compromised immune system currently.

        Margaret

  26. sandra longley Says:

    http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/wyoming/article_5ee65164-45c0-11df-8e25-001cc4c002e0.html

    Another roundup and comments in southwest WYO, the estimate is 1 over AML for gods sake..Now they are wanting to roundup as a pre emptive strike..

  27. Jill Says:

    Can you please clarify and post more information on this?

    • sandra longley Says:

      If you are referring to the article, this is the figure you need to know.

      “BLM spokeswoman Lorraine Keith said population surveys collected in May revealed that approximately 301 wild horses were residing in the White Mountain area and 142 in the Little Colorado area.

      She said the appropriate management level range for White Mountain is 205 to 300 horses and 69 to 100 for Little Colorado”

      We did alot of research on this for the scoping comments for Adobe Town / Salt wells creek HMA reductions just recently over at the Mustang Project Blog..The BLM is now using the agreements to “over manage” the horses..we really need to start hitting the appropriations comittee again to protest the outrageous behavior of the BLM in conducting 100,000 a day roundups for 1 horse over and pzping

  28. jan eaker Says:

    FYI, another 25 year old mare died on Sat. at fallon, cause was listed on BLM site as “old age.” THEIR total, which does NOT include the aborted foals NOR the foals that have died once they were born, now stands at 79.
    As for the planned WY roundups, there is information on the Mustang Project’s website concerning these roundups, I think the comment period is closed, but certainly there needs to be shouting and screaming about the amount of money being spent on these disastrous roundups. Comments could also be directed to Gary McFadden, who is a BLM wild horse specialist, who states that helicopters and motorized equipment is the most humane way to roundup wild horses from the wild places they live in. This is all on the BLM site. He insists that all of this is good wild horse management.

  29. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    JAN, I THINK THE COMMENT PERIOD IS OPEN UNTIL MAY 7–I THINK.

  30. jan Says:

    i read the followup on the mustang site and she mentioned that the humane society had been out there – will they do anything in regard to care of horses or file a report against the blm – just wondered if they would have the guts to do anything for the horses

  31. Michael J Ahles Says:

    I take carrots and love out to the mustang gulog north of Reno and also boycott beef to help set them free. And the Ones that are still free I think should be left alone.

    =
    MJA

  32. jan Says:

    now we have to get involved in another fight – got email frm tuesday horse that several states want to bring back horse slaughter plants – how convient for the blm – they would just send all thsoe wild horses they are holding to slaughter and pocket a profit – can anyone hear me screaming – i xcream in the shower – to stop murdering our horses – srry guys it just makes me so mad and no one seems to be listening – i did send the notice to jane on cnn maybe she can scream louder than us

  33. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    MICHAEL, THANK YOU VISITING AND CHECKING ON THE HORSES–THAT IS A REALLY BIG CONTRIBUTION TO THE CAUSE–NOT TO MENTION THE CARROTS. IT MUST TAKE A LOT OF CARROTS.

  34. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    JAN, SO DID I.

  35. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    JAN, AS I UNDERSTAND IT, WE HAVE TO REALLY GET BEHIND THE
    PREVENTION OF EQUINE CRUELTY ACT
    I THINK THIS BILL WOULD STOP HORSE SLAUGHTER IN ALL STATES–THIS IS THE WAY I UNDERSTAND IT.

    THERE IS ALSO ANOTHER BILL
    HORSE TRANSPORTATION SAFETY ACT–HR 305
    ANIMAL LAW COALITION HAS A LOT OF INFO ON ALL OF IT.

  36. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    TUESDAY NIGHT VIGIL.

  37. Michael J Ahles Says:

    Yesterday I was out watching a band of mustangs grazing in the once lush wetlands of the South Meadows drained and destroyed by not the mustangs but ourselves. There were two foals, three mares, and a stallion all peacefully grazing with one of the foals laying down resting along a tiny peace of land and a drainage ditch still able under our assault to be green. In the backdrop of this almost idyllic scene was the scarred remains of gravel pit, a whole torn into the Earth with the terrible sound of gun fire echoeing past the mustangs and me.
    Almost idyllic except for some people like you and me.

    =
    MJA

  38. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    RECEIVED AN EMAIL FROM THIS GROUP ASKING FOR HELP. THE SAFARI CLUB HAS FILED TWO LAWSUITS TO REMOVE FEDERAL PROTECTION FROM THE POLAR BEARS. IT WAS THE SAFARI CLUB THAT CAME OUT AGAINST THE HORSES DURING THE CALICO ROUND-UP, WASN’T IT? THIS GROUP IS TRYING TO STOP THEM. PERHAPS WE SHOULD CONTACT THEM.

    Center for Biological Diversity
    P.O. Box 710
    Tucson, AZ 85702
    1-866-357-3349

    • Suzanne Says:

      Louie ~ Remember this group came up on Traci’s blog too? I’ve done some research on them and they seem to have a stand on the horses that, while it doesn’t accept them as native, they aren’t against them either. Read several of their articles that defended the horses’ rights on their home ranges.

      Maybe we should contact them.

  39. Margaret Says:

    if it’s a boy i’d like to him charles–after the surgeon who is going to fix my arm next week. and actually charlie could be a girl’s name too.

    i apologize for my punctuality but i’m typing one handed now–i tore my arm up…

    margaret

  40. Ma Says:

    Thanks to all working on these projects. I have sent my US REP a link to the page and highlighted comments regarding the 1 horse too many and the expense of rounding up And the number dead at fallon. ma

  41. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    MARGARET, BE CERTAIN THAT YOUR DOCTOR KNOWS THAT YOU ARE A VERY IMPORTANT CHARTER MEMBER OF THE CLOUD FOUNDATION FURIOUS OLD LADIES’ COALITION. TELL HIM THAT WE WANT HIM TO TAKE THE UPMOST CARE IN YOUR SURGERY, AS YOU ARE NEEDED AT THIS BLOG. WE WISH YOU A SPEEDY AND THOROUGH RECOVERY AFTER SURGERY.

  42. Taylor Says:

    I think that the little foal is a filly. I would like for her name to be Freedom because she was the first born freedom fund foal. And if the foal is a colt,, then the name Freedom would also be a good name.

  43. Margaret Says:

    louie thank you. i have the best orthopedic surgeon in my county doing the surgery. he fixed up my knee a couple of years ago.

  44. Maddie Says:

    Has the gender been found? if so where can we submit a name entry?

  45. taylor wheaton Says:

    I think that Freedom would be a good name for the foal.I think that it is a filly, but if it is a colt, then freedom would still ba a good name.
    P.S.
    Thanks for every-thing that you all do for the mustagns!

  46. Taylor Says:

    thank for all that you do for the mustangs and freedom would be a cool name foe the foal.

  47. Madison Says:

    I think the little bay foul is a filly by the looks in the pictures.

    OH MY GOSH.IT IS SO ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  48. Antonio Coe Says:

    Absolutely nothing better than a fishing joke. My father just shared this joke with me: Fishing rules:Fishing rule #1: The least experienced fisherman always catches the biggest fish. Fishing rule #2: The worse your line is tangled, the better is the fishing around you. Fishing rule #3: Fishing will do a lot for a man but it won’t make him truthful.

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