Cloud’s Herd: the death of a promise

by R.T. Fitch

There was a feeling of foreboding doom running through the occupants of a small motel room in distant Lovell, WY on the eve of September 3rd, 2009.  Many had worked for weeks preparing a legal case to block the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from capturing and removing the world’s most famous herd of wild horses from their designated sanctuary in the Pryor Mountains – Cloud’s Herd.  Only a few hours earlier, they had learned that their attempt to stop the madness had failed and the government agency would commence the brutal “gather” the following day.  They huddled together in hopes of formulating a plan, a focus point on which they could rally around; even though they felt the cold bite of virtual steel handcuffs on their wrists.

There were hushed whispers and brief introductions as individuals, from around the country, waited for the leader of the Cloud Foundation, Ginger Kathrens, to say a few words.  Ginger has made the preservation and protection of this herd her life’s work and each and every person assembled respected and loved her for her dedication and her efforts.  She stood front and center as the brightest light in the room while a small motel desk lamp illuminated her smile. With great conviction, she spoke:

Enny award winning Ginger Kathrens speaking with volunteer wild horse advocates

Emmy award winning Ginger Kathrens speaking with volunteer wild horse advocates

“Let us not allow the events of today become a focal point of negativity for us.  Although the future does not look bright, perhaps there will be something positive that we can learn from this experience; something that will be the key in finding solutions for the future.  At the very least, what is unfolding here in Lovell, WY has brought all of us together, people from around the country and from around the world. Let’s take a few moments and introduce ourselves to each other.”  And, with that, she nodded to a young woman sitting on the floor near her and asked;

“Tell us about yourself; where you are from; why you are here; and share your thoughts on the impending events that will be brought about tomorrow.”

One by one, each individual shared their story that had brought them to this tiny Wyoming town and what drew them to take a stand to help our country’s native wild horses.  There were 17 souls, total, crammed into that little room; but, as the personal testimonies continued, a feeling of greatness began to swell amongst them.  They were not just a small group of individuals who were struggling independently to have their voices heard; instead, they were a cohesive and growing presence that shared the same motivation, conviction and drive to continue to fight to save Cloud’s herd from total destruction.  Present were cinematographers, reporters, authors, writers, students, and independent equine advocates. There were also a host of individuals, in attendance, due to their knowledge of past experiences with wild horses.  Some simply came because, as concerned Americans, they felt compelled to help, to lend a hand to their more experienced comrades during this time of great need.  This tiny group was not a room full of fragmented individuals but a cohesive force of one mind with one mission and one passion; save the wild horses. Tomorrow, they would do what they could to stand as witnesses for the horses during the unnecessary and dangerous activities of a Federal agency gone amuck, the Bureau of Land Management.

The next morning, September 3rd, the sun slipped up over the Pryor Mountains painting beautiful hues of reds and yellows across the western foothills of the Wild Horse Refuge. On any other day, such a panoramic scene would uplift the heart of even the most hardened of observers.   Today, however, it could not warm or alleviate the icy feeling that ran through the veins of the wild horse advocates as a breeze of impending doom blew across those same foothills. It smelled of betrayal, loss of life, and the death of a dream.

A wild horse advocate speaking for the the bulk of America's voting population

A wild horse advocate speaking for the the bulk of America's voting population

The ambient temperature dictated that the benevolent observers should be in short sleeves. Instead, they huddled together in jackets and coats while trying to warm the bone chilling fear that coursed through their hearts and drove dread deep within their souls.  They were there to watch, to question, and to represent those who could not speak for themselves. From down the mountains and over the bluffs they could collectively feel the question poised on the lips of those who had harmed no one; those whose lives were about to be destroyed; those who are known around the world as Cloud’s herd. That singular, simple and brutally honest question was: “Why?”

They asked that question before the helicopter even left to do its mean gather.  They asked the question as they sat on the bluffs overlooking the trap; and, they asked the question as a small family band of wild horses with a baby in tow was driven in 90+ heat into their awaiting jail cells. Again, they asked the question, “Why?”

As they lay their heads onto their separate pillows at the end of the day, none of them could sleep; none of them could rest as they wrestled with what they had witnessed that day.  The look of betrayal and loss in the eyes of the once free wild horses played over and over on the back of their eyelids as they attempted to rest. They knew that tomorrow the sun would rise, the helicopter would fly, and more wild horses would be ripped from the land that is legally designated to be theirs.

On September 3rd the world diminished and shrunk to a smaller scale with the loss of that handful of wild horses. Tomorrow, the world will implode a little further as more souls are caged and shut away.

The wild horse advocates will continue with the struggle to answer the question posed not only by the horses, but virtually the entire population of America’s voting public as it now resonates from the mountain tops: “Why?”     Tomorrow, they will be greeted with the same response they had received today, the one carefully crafted and cast into stone by the elected officials of this once great land. The answer to the waiting world will echo loudly, again, from the Pryor Mountains in Montana and Wyoming.  The answer will be striking in its simplicity, as the answer will be nothing more than harsh, cold, deadly…silence.

“Why?”

R.T. Fitch – Author of “Straight from the Horse’s Heart” and volunteer Director on the Board of Habitat for Horses

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62 comments on “Cloud’s Herd: the death of a promise

  1. R.T., Beautifully written! The horses know you are there to help and appreciate everything all of you are doing……you are the horses voices. I am so grateful to all the people that showed up to rally their support. Wish I could be there with you. I am sending all my love and hope your way.
    For the horses,
    Sonya

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  2. I am glad to hear you are staying R.T. I go to bed and wake up thinking about these betrayed wild ones.

    I am so sorry for them and feel beaten down a bit, but then I look at their beautiful faces in the pictures posted everywhere. I am not giving this up…as long as Ginger will fight for them, I will stand right behind her and try to help any way I can.

    You hang in there. Phone calls have been coming in from people all over America. Some of them are mad. Some of them start to talk and then they just start to cry. These horses are so loved and are living, breathing art.

    Thanks for keeping everyone in touch.

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  3. Thank you for this article RT– beautifully written as always and you got directly to the point: WHY?
    WHY does our government want to destroy this beautiful herd of horses
    WHY do they not listen to the public (last time I checked we were paying their salaries)
    WHY does the BLM insist that these horses are starving and their range is in dire straits when anyone can go up on the mtn range and see that this is not true?
    The only thing that I don’t wonder about these days is why we are fighting this… these horses represent the disappearing wild west and the heart in all of us. I spent a lot of today trying not to cry and just spending the night trying to get the word out that WE CANNOT GIVE UP ON THESE HORSES. They are in the spotlight and they represent all wild horses. Mustangs are too special to give up on.
    Land of the free? At least we are being brave.
    thanks RT, keep it up– glad you and T are here.

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  4. I am heart broken over this, like you all are. and I am sick to death that the BLM is doing this for no reason. I think it’s time folks that the BLM is removed and we are going to Washinton with facts. I want to know why they had 33,000 horses in holding last year and complained they couldn’t feed them, I want to know where they are. I think the bottom line for these round ups in Ely and Cloud’s herd is because they have NO adoptable horses left and I want to know what happened to them. ok I am ranting but something has to be done.

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  5. Thank you for keeping watch over the BLM round-ups. Please stop calling them gathers, they are running horses for 10 plus miles in very hot weather. Treatment they would never do to their own ranches of domestic horses.

    The BLM is rounding up the last family group of mustangs in America. WHY? WHY? just to take more taxpayer millions to put in the BLM pockets? why BLM?

    to me the BLM are criminals and federal criminals at that! Mr. Pres Obama, please do something to stop these criminals, they are stealing from the American public!

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  6. Like the rest of you, I’m heartbroken over this needless tragedy. I couldn’t even watch the video – I knew I would cry for the rest of the day if I did.

    However, I will NEVER give up! After this, I’m more determined than ever to keep fighting for the Wild Horses and against slaughter.

    Keep on keeping on, everyone. We WILL prevail!

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  7. Thanks for this wonderful article and film. The music you selected for it is as haunting as the question we’re all asking: WHY?
    Please know that a vast number of young people worldwide are longing for and willing to work toward the freedom of the mustang.

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  8. Our great american government are doing the same thing to our beloved american horse that they did to the great american indian. This is really the last and I do mean last of the true american symbol. And they say this a FREE country. How sick are the government people.

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  9. I believe it is time for all americans to band together and show our government were not taking anymore. Our president doesn’t seem to be any better than the BLM trash.It’s time for the BLM to be taken out of our government and their offices disposed of.

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  10. Tell me all you people.. what are you going to do for all the horses when winter comes and there is no feed for them to find in the low country.. yes there is grass up high but that grass will be under 10+ feet of snow before long and there is not enough grass to keep all the horses alive come winter. and I seen pictures of the horses and they were not FAT… there were many that if they lost 20lb’s they would be thin.
    Think of the horses… oh ya… and yes there is Cloud’s band. this granddaughter.. daughter.. great granddaughter.. LOL.. sad thing is… its all ONE HORSE. it is called IN BREEDING… you need to pull the old studs and replace with younger studs so the line is not so close.
    Most wild horse herds are made up from the horses left here 300 years ago and then of course there is the horses left out to join the herds or the mares that the studs went and took from the ranchers. you people need to think of the horses and not yourself s. mustangs can not be sold for slaughter nor can they be taken across the border unless sold by owners that have owner papers.. and well if they own them then i guess they have that right to do with them what they want.

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    • YES..B HANEY, if there’s SO MUCH INBREEDING why are these horses so tough & still on this land ?? They have survived for hundred’s of year’s & NO THANKS to people like you !!

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      • If the horse is UNMARKED then how do you know its a wild horse?? Hummmm.. and I know much about mustangs I have lived with them on MY pastures for many many many years. I dont read it… I LIVE IT

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      • If the wild horse is unmarked, how can you tell it’s wild?? Good grief you are uneducated…by their behavior! If you really lived with them, then you would have known that..I think you need to study them more.

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      • «If the horse is UNMARKED then how do you know its a wild horse??»

        Duh… Horses born and living on the wild are NOT marked. Marking is a human action not a natural condition and wild horses, legally, are defined pursuant to 16 USC §1332 (b) as “all unbranded and unclaimed horses and burros on public lands of the United States”.

        Haney must belong to Wallis & Duquette Rightwinged Ring for Horse Killing. You certain should apply for “Most Stupid Comment & Rethoric on Mustangs and Horse Slaughter”. Duquette has so far the lead with this “we counted 100,000 wild horses using Google Earth” flapdoodle but if you train hard your nonsense spewing skills, who knows, may be you will have a chance to win.

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    • B. Haney I am sure your not a horse lover so I’m sure your heart is not where ours are for this great herd and so I’m sure you would not understand it all. Plus we have a government agency running wild with no one they have to answer to and no other agency including the president who cares about our history and icons of such so go back to your desk and play on your puter

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  11. As a decendant of the Lakota tribe & a mustang adopter this makes me sick- that land belong’s to Cloud’s herd- NOT the BLM & the U.S. government- keep messin with nature & the natural balance of things…the world will KEEP going down the tubes !!

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  12. Try thousands of years Haney, Traditional Dakota/Lakota people firmly believe that the aboriginal North American horse did not become extinct after the last Ice Age, and that it was part of their pre-contact culture. Do you understand that Haney, do you understand that our Government has been lying about that for years and your dopey enough to believe it.

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  13. I cannot believe that President Obama cannot stop this from happening..Every Wild life that is on the face of this planet has a natural way of surviving on the land let Mother Nature takes her place and stop using the negative tools to outcast the positive and replacing it with negativity..We the people that have protected these herds since the beginning of time knows the difference from being used for the Greed of their own very lifestyle and slaughtering our horses because they say they can..Darkness lines the sky of these people and when all else prevails you will be on your own with no ones remorse for what you are doing to the Clouds Herd.

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  14. hey Haney where did you get your backwoods knowledge of hequine physiology from? Oh wait! I just answered that. From the backwoods of course. Your philosophy and understanding of horses is about as archaeic as your methods for equine genetic viability. Stay in the woods cowboy and keep raising cattle and sheep because you are no one to be giving a lecture on wild horse management.If it were up to you the horses would all be dead!

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    • Well you don’t know crap about what I do for a living.. I do NOT have cattle.. or sheep… I raise Horses.. Good strong HORSES. and that is all I have here. I have 2,000 arc that I run the horses on ( hobby ranch here in Montana) I live and breath horses every day of my life. I have wild horses that I have to remove off of my ranch to keep them from breeding or taking my mares. Once that horse is on MY LAND then they are no longer BLM mustangs, they then become unwanted, unowned horses, on MY LAND for me to do with as I please. And I do what I have to, to keep them from breeding or fighting with my studs or from taking my mares. So once again … you don’t know crap about anything out here… you just stay where you are..(we don’t want you here) and live your life’s.. and we will do the same.

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  15. Thank You ALL, people like Haney are the reason the mustang’s are so misunderstood & being victimized over & over…We’re praying for Cloud, his herd & all the mustang’s & will NEVER stop fighting for them.

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  16. Yeah, Haney, that explain’s it, YOU’RE one of those greedy people that don’t want to share what’s your’s SO….let’s make the mustang’s disappear…. THEY WERE THERE LONG BEFORE YOU…open your mind & MAYBE your heart will follow…IF you have one…

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  17. Hey Haney, If your so called “culling” is such a good thing, & mustang’s are being sold for $15 to the bate man then where did you comment about all the mustang’s being INBRED come from ?? Like I said before, these horses were on that land LONG before you…so who are YOU to dictate what should be done with them…they’ve survived hundreds of years without simpleminded pig headed know it all’s like you deciding what’s best for them !

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    • All the mustangs sold to the meat man were BLM branded… they were all very thin… big headed.. big footed… no necked just bad bad looking horses… If they had been culled then there was a chance that they would of been a much better put together horse that someone would of wanted.. but NOPE. they are culls.. oh wait.. they WHERE.. culls.

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  18. Here is an update on the round-up: Here’s the latest update from Ginger at The Cloud Foundation. http://www.thecloudfoundation.org
    Your calls are are making a difference. Thank you. Without all the media attention, and your calls, these horses would be handled very differently, As it is, they are releasing mares and foals after “processing” (contraceptive injection & hair samples) instead of shipping them to long term holding pens, and so far there have been no casualties.
    The photos coming back from the range show horses fed and ready for winter. The BLM’s assertion they are starving – to justify the roundup – is nonsense.

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    • The horses might be ready for winter.. but the land is not.. down low where the horses must be when the snow gets so deep 10+ feet in the high country that the horses have to go low to dig for feed.. well you all seen it.. down low there is no feed… nothing for them to dig for… there is no one that is going to be bringing them feed come winter. You all want the mustangs to live… well leave the BLM alone and let them do their job.

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  19. Quoted from Haney’s post: I raise Horses.. Good strong HORSES. and that is all I have here. I have 2,000 arc that I run the horses on ( hobby ranch here in Montana) I live and breath horses every day of my life. I have wild horses that I have to remove off of my ranch to keep them from breeding or taking my mares. Once that horse is on MY LAND then they are no longer BLM mustangs, they then become unwanted, unowned horses, on MY LAND for me to do with as I please. And I do what I have to, to keep them from breeding or fighting with my studs or from taking my mares.-

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  20. Yeah, Haney, I bet the LAW say’s different- how do you “REMOVE” these wild horses off your ranch ?? They are STILL BLM mustang’s ON or OFF YOUR LAND, & are supposted to be protected by law- so if you kill or hurt them you are breaking the law- now that’s something to run your mouth about…pretty simpleminded… Mr. horse expert !

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    • The horse protection act of 1971 states: The authorized officer shall remove, as soon as he can make the necessary arrangements, wild free-roaming horses and burros, from private land at the request of the landowner where the private land is enclosed in a “legal fence” . . . In “no fence districts” or other areas where the private landowner is not required by State statute to fence the private land to protect it from trespass by domestic livestock, the authorized officer shall, as soon as he can make the necessary arrangements, remove wild free- roaming horses or burros from such private land at the request of the landowner. According to defendants this regulation imposes a duty on the Secretary to remove wild horses from private lands enclosed by a legal fence or from private lands which are unfenced if such lands are in a fence-in area (an area where livestock owners have a duty to fence their livestock in and a private landowner is not required to fence his land in to protect it from trespassing livestock). Defendants, however, insist that they have no duty to remove wild horses where the landowner has not fenced his property, but, under state law, must do so to protect it from trespassing livestock. In other words, defendants contend that in a fence-out or open range area (one where a landowner must fence out trespassing livestock) they must only remove wild horses if the landowner has erected a fence. In the present case the land is in an open range area and the plaintiff has not erected a fence.

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  21. Quoted again: Author: B Haney
    Comment:
    All the mustangs sold to the meat man were BLM branded… they were all very thin… big headed.. big footed… no necked just bad bad looking horses… If they had been culled then there was a chance that they would of been a much better put together horse that someone would of wanted.. but NOPE. they are culls.. oh wait.. they WHERE.. culls.

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    • Do you think YOU, the BLM & our government are GOD, if these mustang’s were like you stated the let NATURE take it’s course, survival of the fittest- right ?? WHO are YOU to decide they are “CULL’S” ??

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      • Well like the BLM has told me over and over again… where there is no way to tell if the horses here are BLM mustangs as the BLM land around me is not free roaming horse land then do with them as you see fit… sooooooooooo… that is what I DO.

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  22. soooo…you’re on this forum running your mouth about BLM mustang’s messing with YOUR herd of horses & land & THEN you state that they are probably NOT BLM mustang’s- well, either way- you have NO heart to go with your simplemind- YOU raise horses for a living…but don’t think twice about killing them, – why don’t you run for congress or better yet..get a job with the BLM !!

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    • I wasn’t going to post anything more, but I just can’t help myself…

      First, B Haney: I feel so damned sorry for your horses! You may raise them and take the best of care of them – the ones you don’t cull of course – but you do it for the sake of your business. You don’t care one whit about horses as HORSES – as living, feeling beings that can suffer pain and fear just as well as you can. I only hope that you sell your “perfect” horses to people who will actually care about them.

      Second, B Haney: Why are you posting here? Are you afraid us bumpkins will actually get some changes made? Maybe even get you arrested for illegally doing what you seem to be saying your doing with the horses – BLM’s or not – that stray onto YOUR unfenced land? Personally, I think you should just leave, because your comments only make us more determined.

      Have a nice day everyone. Keep fighting. I know I will.

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    • Excuse me, “BACK YARD HOARDERS AND BREEDERS”? I own two (2) horses and they have nine (9) acres of pasture plus bedded stalls into which they come and go as they please.

      I DO have to keep them in large paddocks over the late spring to late fall because if allowed to graze freely they get too FAT. See, my horses are a pony mare and a Morgan gelding, and they are super easy keepers – much like their wild ancestors. They need very little forage to survive. In fact, they need very little forage to stay too FAT. If I told you how little I feed my horses you wouldn’t even believe me. Your horses must be hard keepers, because you don’t seem to have a clue as to how little an “old time” horse needs to stay healthy.

      I don’t qualify as a “HOARDER” either – I mean TWO horses? Not a “BREEDER” either. I do have a healthy good looking mare, but she’s 18 – I’ve had her since she was a yearling – and she’s never been bred and she never will be. I’d love nothing more than a sweet baby, but that would be very irresponsible of me, so it ain’t gonna happen.

      How do you know WHERE we live or WHAT we know? We’re NOT the ones who think we’re “GOD.” That would be you and the BLM.

      I have three websites which I invite you to visit – my blog at http://goldendays-suzanne.blogspot.com/; my personal web sites: the one dedicated to my present gelding at http://accordingtoindy.com It’s a work in progress, but you are welcome to visit anyway. My third site is dedicated to my beloved DJ, my partner for 20 years before I lost him in 2002: http://www.djsworld1.com/ There are LOTS of pictures on all three sites.

      I don’t think any of us give a damn about scaring you – really, you’re not worth the effort. We have much more important things on our minds than the likes of you. Sorry. I really do wish you could see through our eyes at how incredibly childish you sound.

      “ya ya ya”? Was that actually written by a grown man?

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  23. Uh, simpleminded again- that “paint” you refer to is inside a cowbarn & it’s not paint, it’s lyme, it’s used in animal barns in the midwest because if the cow’s lick it which they do, it does not harm them- second of all our pastures are not thousands of acres like yours, they are 10-30 & I rarely leave a halter on unless the horse is out during stall cleaning for a short time, & if you were paying attention, that is not our farm, our horses have 16 X 20 box stall’s in a pole barn that is 5 years old. You are obviously a very unhappy old man that should do something other than raise horses- for their sake- you’re just in it for the money- not because you care about horses…

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    • So I went and looked at your web site as well.. just to see what all the flack was about… and you know Lakota7 I have seen and used lyme more then you will know.. I have also painted my cow barns where we milked the cows as it could be washed and kept clean.. never have we ever put lyme on the rafters.. but we did paint them. and i have never seen lyme peel.. so I will have to say that it looks like paint to me.
      I also did not see any big stalls.. but yet it is your web site.. i dont know but i would think you would want to show good pictures and not the ones you show.. not your place but yet I do believe it said it was your horses in the rundown cowbarn. you should update your site.. it does not look like a place where I would want to put a horse.. no let me say that again…. looking at the pictures I WOULD NOT stall my horse there.

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      • That barn was a 4 week temp after our barn were damaged by a flood, those pic’s are over 3 years old- yes, I will update the website as soon as I get a chance, between haying, stall cleaning, feeding/watering, 4-H, taking care of the house/kids/hubby, yard work, ect., the website is pretty much last on the list- that was not our property & not to my liking either but neither was the flood & damage that took us a month to fix.

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      • WEll for that I am very sorry… and it is good to know that you would not bring in outside horses to that.. and I am looking forward to seeing your updated web site. I don’t have floods here in Twinfalls Idaho The land here is like in Nevada so have never lived through anything like that. And I thank God every day that I don’t have to.

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  24. I am just heart-broke over what’s going on with Cloud and his family. There has got to be somewhere else we can turn. Our president doesn’t care and it seems like none of the rest of his people care. There just has to be a way to stop them. I haved called, emailed, left messages, but we need someone in Washington who really cares and will stop this. I care about our wild horses and know they should left alone to live wild and free. Our government wants to wipe all horses and every other kind of animal off the face of the earth.I would be up on that mountain if I had a way to get there. I know they passed a bill last month to protect the wild horses, and I know they have to vote on the bill again. Maybe we can start harrassing the senate or who ever it is that is supposed to vote on this and see if we can push them into going on and voting on the bill. We must come up with new ways to stop them and new people to contact that will help us protect them.Our Blm is an office that needs to be wiped out their only after money and what they want they don’t care about us were just the people who pay them to do their dirty work and run all over us. We must wake up America before it’s to late.

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  25. Yet once more the hypothesis turns into a theory, or better into a law.

    As I predicted our Haney rightwinged, bigoted friend belongs to the hideous, flagitious group comprised mainly by the AQHA-NCBA-AVMA et all (to long to be cited)contubernal core also known as the horse-millers, raise-horses-for-meat-cause-it-yields-more-profits or the Wallis-Duquette Rightwinged Ring for Horse Killing (other known names include United Rear of the Horse and asorted combinations found on similar phoney think tanks.

    You can call us whateveryou want, rant till your face turns blue and troll all the forums and message boards you want to piss people off but we will eventually get the slaughter ban and the ROAM Act passed (provided the EU doesn’t shut down your horse killing outlet before) and you will have to either adapt or get a real job for the change (which wouldn’t be such a bad thing indeed).

    And no, trolling forums and blogs to piss people off with your second-hand, yellowish rethoric crafted in a cigar-smelling DC office is NOT a real job.

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  26. Thought this was about the wild horses. I understand why they must “rehome” some of them as the winters are very bad and The grass in the bottom lands looked bad.. One good winter and there will only be 10 horses alive on that hill without some grass down low for them to dig to.
    Let the BLM do their Job. They do know what they are doing and the more noise you make the more pissed off it makes them.
    I did like where Haney said… “speak soft and people will stop to hear what you have to say” Yell and jump up and down and all you do is piss people off and then they will just do what ever they can to piss “you” off…

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    • Angle ~ The BLM knows what they’re doing all right. They are managing the horses for extinction. That’s what the ranchers, mining companies, the breed organizations who’s motto is “Don’t Breed Less, Kill More,” are pushing for. And of course the slaughter-for-profit slimeballs.

      If you had as many friend’s horses stolen by professional horse thieves for the sole purpose of selling them for slaughter as I have, you wouldn’t feel much like speaking softly. We tried that and it DID NOT work. We didn’t get the slaughter houses closed by tippy-toeing around, and we won’t save the wild horses that way either. How I wish we could – I’m not a screamer by nature, but hell’s bells, make me mad enough and I can scream with the best of ’em.

      Even before this happened to Cloud and his herd I was that mad. You don’t even WANT to know how I feel now. Besides, I STILL cry when I think about my friend’s sweet old mare that those (unprintable) stole right out of her stall and took her straight to the state line and thence to slaughter. And that was in 1992…

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  27. I think Angle Bentley & the simpleminded Haney are one in the same, “Angle” shows up & Haney disappears- same crap- different name- all the troll’s seem to resort to that trick after they get slammed by people on a forum… must be the split personality coming out in times of stress.

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    • NO I am not Haney… but I have been reading all that is going on around in here and just had to say something. I guess sometimes you just cant keep quite any longer.
      I seen where he/she said something that might have been a good point as well as I seen where you might have had a good point. But what I seen most of is that not you or Haney would hear a word the other one said. And Yes Haney was right where he/she said that you put words into peoples mouths. And I seen were you are worried about ONE mustang more then the others it seemed.
      But what i did not see was where no one said anything about how it is better to cut down on some bands to keep the bloodline going and to stop the inbreeding. when you get to much of just one bloodline then the inbreeding starts so that is what the BLM should be doing. Also if to many horses are left there will not be feed for the winter.. more then enough in the summer but under 6+ feet of snow up high in the winter sends ALL the horses to the valleys for the winter.. if the grass is ate all summer then there is nothing to dig for in the winter. Haney was right on that point.
      Everyone needs to look at the BIG PICTURE.

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  28. Although lively discussion and clarity of facts is always welcome, here, the use of profanity and flaming will not be tolerated.

    Due to the fact that we are actually IN the Pryor Mountains and witnessing this travesty, first hand, I have very little time in front of the computer, in fact, there are articles and news issues dropping by on the wayside and I just do NOT have time to address them, now.

    With all of that in mind, I am not moderating this area and trust that everyone can get along and behave accordingly. Evidently, one individual has taken this liberty over the top and I hearbyy issue the warning that should the name calling and insults continue, a certain person will be removed, not due to disagreement on the discussion point but due to the fact that he/she cannot play by very simple rules that have been dictated by our human society for generations…respect for other’s opinions.

    I do believe that, name calling and cuss words aside, this sort of lack of civility is a clear example of what we are up against, right now today, in the Pryor Mountains…wonton disrespect and disregard for the wishes of the American people and when the opposing side runs out of excuses and cannot base their arguments on facts they resort to the lowest form of debating style, if you care to call it that, shouting, insults and profanity.

    Let’s keep the discussion going, but please keep it clean. The sun will be coming up soon and we are heading out. We will endeavor to bring you a fresh update tonight.

    Please remember, this site is here to act as a focal point and a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves, there is a bit of reverence in that calling so let’s respect the horses by respecting each other.

    Keep the faith and may the Force of the Horse be with you.

    R.T.

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  29. R.T., I appoligize for letting anger get the best of me, I just cannot grasp how some people can be so cold hearted & not understand what is happening here- not to mention the fact of killing a horse just because it’s somewhere you don’t want it to be, that just blows me away ! Thank you & the others for being there for Cloud & the other mustang’s, & trying to educate the public & our government, hopefully someday soon people will get it. Best Wishes

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  30. Along with all of you my heart is breaking for our beautiful wild horse herds. We keep asking the question why and it came to my mind about a law and order program asking the same question about who was doing something unlawful, and the answer was follow the money, who stands to benefit from this removal, what will the land be used for after the removal, and who will be using it. We all get emotional during these times, but we really need to get hard nosed about the WHY and begin to research the WHY. If as I beleive someone powerful will benefit from this removal. Who is it? Can he or them stand to be brought into the light? I hope that maybe my comments will help in some small way. Thanks for listening and hang in there. May God Bless you all on the front lines. Billy Lynn, Flying “L” Ranch and proud owner of Raven & Twilight adopted from LSER.

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  31. Well done R.T. Keep up the good work.
    The great work of you and your good friends is getting out there, even over here in Bonnie Scotland. We can’t believe this sort of thing goes on over there in the USA.

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  32. Thank you R.T. for keeping us updated. This is a well written article that tells the real truth.I have set at my computer almost 24 hours a day sending out emails to our government,the media, and anyone else I could think of along with calling all over the country. I am asking for release of the old horses and to please take S1579 to the floor now and vote so the horses will be protected.I am asking myself why the senate doesn’t or are they also paid by the blm to swing their waydo something now to protect the wild horses and burros

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