This is a photo I took this summer of Cloud's
son and mother Sitka living in the Pryor Mountains
Unlike many areas in the West, sheep and cattle
don't even graze in this area. So there is not
even an economic interest in rounding Cloud's herd
If BLM follows through on their
proposal to roundup Cloud's herd, there is not
much hope for Cloud's herd I fear. -Ginger Kathrens, filmmaker
Dear Fellow Horse Lover,
Eleven years ago I journeyed into wild horse country with a camera,
great enthusiasm and zero knowledge about what made a "natural" horse
tick. The journey changed my life. Through my experiences,
I learned about the close bond between a stallion and his mares,
about their rich communication and subtle, consistent discipline
with the foals. And most important of all, I came to realize
what wild horses value most ... family and freedom.
Recently, I took the enclosed photo of Cloud's son and the foal's
mother, Sitka. My fear is that Cloud's family and his herd cannot
withstand the drastic reduction BLM plans in this
The herd has declined from over 200 horses to 135 adults today.
They sustained an 11 % decrease last year alone, due largely to
predation. Now the BLM wants the herd reduced to under 100.
The population is already below the minimum genetic viability standards
set by geneticists like Gus Cothran of the University of Kentucky.
Overpopulation is not a problem! Underpopulation is!
My fear is that if Cloud and his famous family can be rounded up
- and perhaps even end up being slaughtered - then no wild horse
is safe in the West. Please join me in Front
Range Equine Rescue's "Save
the Wild Horses"Campaign. It's critical that we preserve the
American mustang for future generations to enjoy.
P.S. I know many of you know me from
watching the Nature Series on PBS. Cloud's herd is
like a second family to me, so the thought of this
herd being destroyed has me worried sick. Please
help! Thanks so much!