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February 25th, 2014

Dear Cloud and Pryor Wild Horse friends;

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From top to bottom, the Pryor Mountains are blanketed with snow. Only the deep green junipers and multicolored cliffs break a landscape of white.  Erika Liljestrand, our newest member of the Cloud Foundation team, and photographer extraordinaire, friend and lover of all things wild, Deb Little, accompany me into the teeth of winter.  For five days we search for wild horses in a forbidding yet wondrous wilderness.

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June 15th, 2012
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In honor of Cloud’s 17th birthday May 29, 2012, filmmaker Ginger Kathrens answers your questions about Cloud and his family, wild horses, and the recent BLM roundups. Here are the answers to some of your questions:

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June 1st, 2012

Cloud filmmaker Ginger Kathrens gives us an update on Cloud and his family, the wild horses of the Pryor, and the recent BLM roundups. Watch the video update:

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August 18th, 2011

On July 27, Lauryn, Erin (our summer intern) and I drove from Colorado Springs to Lovell, WY, to visit Cloud and the wild horses of the Pryor Mountains. Aside from the terrible sadness we felt at losing two of our very special friends, Admiral and Climbs High (aka Kapitan), we had a wonderful trip, full of amazing moments and, as always, new discoveries. For most of our trip, advocates Carla Bowers and Jim Grass were our enthusiastic companions. Together we journeyed into the Pryors.

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August 16th, 2011

Lauryn, our Cloud Foundation whiz kid, and Erin, our college intern from Michigan, traveled with me from Colorado to the Pryor Mountains on July 27, 2011. It was a bittersweet journey. In the early evening we drove to the low desert country in the Pryors, knowing that two of our “greeters” at the horse range gate, Admiral and his yearling son, Climbs High (Kapitan), had been struck and killed by a drunk driver just three days before.

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July 20th, 2011

From the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign on July 19, 2011:

Federal Appeals Court Denies Emergency Request to Halt Triple B Roundup

BLM Cleared to Begin Massive Mustang Capture Operation in Northeast Nevada Tomorrow

We’re sorry to deliver the disappointing news that, earlier this afternoon, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied an emergency request to halt the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) Triple B roundup in Nevada.

The BLM reports that it will begin the roundup tomorrow near the Utah border. The helicopter stampede and capture operation will last six weeks, removing an estimated 1,700 mustangs from their homes on public lands.

Many thanks and praise go to Rachel Fazio, lead attorney, and local counsel Julie Cavanaugh-Bill for their tireless efforts on behalf of plaintiffs The Cloud Foundation, ecologist Craig Downer and wild horse advocate Lorna Moffat.

For more information on the Ninth Circuit’s ruling, please see the Associated Press story here.

June 24th, 2011

Planning to visit wild horse country? Here are some tips from Ginger…

Dear Wild Horse and Burro fans,

Happy Summer! I know many of you will be traveling to wild horse and burro country to get a glimpse of our treasured icons of freedom. At least, I hope so.

Below are the rules I abide by in wild horse country.

  • How do I interact with wild horses and burros? I don’t. The last thing I want is to be stared out by a wild horse or burro or any wild animal for that matter.
  • I speak in a low voice if I’m talking to other wild horse watchers. We have entered their home and I try to show them respect by being as benign as possible.
  • What do I do if they are paying attention to me? I am too close and I move farther away. In general, if I am impacting their natural behavior, I am too close.
    I want to observe them behaving naturally, attending to their daily horse duties with their families. In the Pryors the distance to achieve this result is usually 100 feet. It may be much farther in other herds.
  • How do I get good pictures if I am far away? Get a longer lens. Then wait with your camera and long lens. Be patient. Park yourself in a place that is visited by the horses, like a waterhole or a well-used trail.
  • What do you I do if a curious foal approaches me? I pick up some small rocks and aim for their feet and legs. My goal is to keep them away and let them know that I am not one bit interesting.
  • It goes without saying that no one should ever attempt to feed wild horse or burros. In my opinion, trying to feed wild horses and burros is the ultimate in disrespect.

It is a wondrous experience to be in the presence of such majestic creatures. I try not to abuse this rare privilege.

Have fun! Hope to see you on the trail.

Cheers,
Ginger

June 21st, 2011

cloudspirit_cloudmaresPart 2: A Trip to the Pryors

Dear Friends of Cloud, his family and herd, and the wild horses of the West;

I am asked time and again, what keeps me going in the face of powers that seem
 unmoved by the rule of law, the principles of kindness toward all creatures, and the wishes of a caring American and worldwide public?

The answer is contained in these few lines to you.

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June 15th, 2011

Part 1: A Trip to Montana & the Freedom Fund Horses

Despite a not so rosy weather picture, Lauryn and I started out from Colorado to Montana, encountering sleet, snow and rain on our way to Billings. Luckily, the rain stopped overnight, allowing us to access the road to the Freedom Fund horses. It was a windy, but lovely, day to visit. Because of all the moisture, the huge 1,000 plus acre pasture is beginning to explode with new growth, the cottonwoods have all leafed out, and the creek is running high. I could see where it had flooded during the past few weeks of near constant rain.

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