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Celebrating with Cloud on his 16th Birthday

We were able to find Cloud this past Sunday on his 16th birthday!

May 29th was a blustery day on the Pryor Mountains as we bounced up Tillett Ridge Road in a gale force wind blowing out of the north. Icy rain fell in intermittent sheets—the polar opposite of the weather on the day of Cloud’s birth.

Sixteen years ago the sun was shining. It was warm. Light clouds floated overhead. I set up my camera and was filming a brash, young stallion who was flirting with his father’s newly acquired filly when I spotted a flash of white moving through the trees and panned the camera. A pale colt tottered out of the forest beside his palomino mother. The rest of his family followed—Smokey and Mahogany, his sisters; Diamond, his yearling brother; and the other mares, Isabella the pale buckskin, and Grumpy Grulla. Pulling up the rear was Cloud’s stunning father, the unforgettable Raven. The foal struggled to keep up with his mother on their trek uphill to snow drifts under the canopy of Douglas firs.

Sixteen years later, here I was again, bumping up the road and emerging onto the ridges of Tillett. We spotted Cloud and his family nestled in on the south side of a cluster of firs—sheltered from the cold wind and rain. By the time we set up the camera, Cloud had raced out of the trees and disappeared over a hill. When we began filming, I could just see the top of his head bobbing up and down and I could hear the screams of the stallions. Then Cloud trotted into a clearing with a trio of bachelors, including Jasper, the nearly two-year old son of Flint. He is the little grullo you see with the big mark on his face. The other two are Galaxy, the black, and Gringo, the bay—both five-year olds.

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Two-week-old Cloud

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Cloud all grown up

After giving them a playful warning, Cloud drove his family far away. You can see little Breeze, his dark daughter, born last July who joins her mother, Aztec, and the rest of the family. The three-year old dun filly is Ingrid—the newest addition to the Cloud band. Velvet is not with Cloud but with Bolder. I think that Velvet may have become irritated with the new addition to Cloud’s stable family and left. I hope she might reconsider and come back home when they reunite on the mountaintop in a few weeks. Time will tell.

Considering how terribly cold and snowy winter was, and how incredibly wet and blustery spring has been, I think the horses all look wonderful, including Cloud. We wished him a big “Happy Birthday” from all of you.

Happy Trails!
Ginger

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  • Julie

    I don’t “see” anything about Cloud or horses here. Why this video instead of one about Cloud and the horses which you so vividly described in the text? I’m very disappointed there is no video of the subject, what a huge let down.

  • Karen

    Happy birthday, Cloud!

  • sarah

    i love cloud

  • DHarp

    Where are the photos to which you refer?

  • Patty

    We all love you Cloud…Happy happy birthday and may you have many more…run free.

  • Angelique

    Happy Birthday Cloud! I’m so happy I have been able to watch you grow up!

  • Julie

    I love all the videos of cloud and his fmily….Just want to know what happened to image his and sitka grandson?

  • thaddeus hudson

    Hello again and again Ginger. WOW, Cloud still looks so wonderful!!! I cant believe its been 16 yrs. already! He is very healthy looking and still full of the same fire that he had when he was 4. That Velvet is a fickle thing isnt she. I also hope she returns to her long time family and can adjust to Cloud getting new mares. I keep a check on Cloud through his blog and other information whereever I can find it. You replied to me in 2009 about the questions I had for you and I thank you very much. It made me feel personal and closer to what you are doing out there. I so love all the Cloud films and I have turned on several people to them and they love them also. Is there going to be another film? Please do because I have watched the other ones so much that I know them by hard now. Did Cloud breed Queen when he stood by her after she lost her sickly foal? Could there be another Cloud foal before Bolder or did he lose her before she came into heat the week after she had her foal? I`ve often wondered about that. Thanks Ginger for bringing me into the world of wild horses and especially into Cloud and his families lives. Raven was so magnificent wasnt he. I miss him. Take care of yourself because you`ve made a lot of people angry also. I will say a prayer for your safety.

  • Anna

    I love you Cloud. Great job Ginger! I want to that you so much for your understanding, time, and dedication! I have LOVED the Cloud saga and thank you! I would love to see another saga about another horse! Thanks for all you do!

  • Sara

    I’m glad to see him looking so nice and strong. But I couldn’t see Sitka in the herd, I hope the worst didn’t befall his wonderful Lead Mare. But it’s nice to know that Flint has a son of his own and I won’t if Boulder has any foals himself.

  • Diane

    I have been a fan of Cloud since his videos were first put on TV. He looks great for a 16 year old. I wish Sitka was still alive. Since her death he doesn’t seem the same. But Cloud is my favorite stallion there could be. I hope Cloud will be around for a lot more birthdays. HAPPY BIRTHDAY CLOUD! LOVE YOU!

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