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I am writing to you today about the BLM’s plans to remove 30 young horses from Cloud’s herd this year. Many of you have already written to the Billings BLM and I thank you very much for doing that. Yesterday The Cloud Foundation posted an urgent plea to help save Cloud’s grandson Echo. If you can write again, before January 20th, please do so.
I was captivated from the moment I first met Echo in the summer of 2010, by his spirit, his playfulness and his beauty. Upon returning to the Pryor Mountains this last summer, one day I watched Echo come over the hill, with the presence and the energy that I found very familiar, and I said, “he is JUST LIKE CLOUD!” My next thought was “Oh no, the BLM is certain to try to take him from his freedom.”
This is a video from The Cloud Foundation of Ginger’s first time meeting the colt she named “Cloud’s Echo:”
Here is what my friend Ginger Kathrens wrote about Cloud’s Echo, and her plea to write to save Echo from being removed from his home this year:
“I know many of you have already sent in your comments to the BLM regarding the planned permanent removal of 30 young Pryor mustangs, but I’d like you to consider adding a special plea for Echo, Cloud’s little grandson (BLM name is Killian).
In April 2010, Bolder’s black mare, Cascade, gave birth to a pale colt. It was early May before Makendra and I could get up on the Pryors to look for the colt that supposedly looked like Cloud. We spotted Bolder and his family far out on a still snowy, finger-like ridge on Sykes. We could see a little colt lying in the snow under a juniper tree. He looked snow white but, on closer examination, I could see his stockings and the blaze on his face. On the tip of his nose he had a pink snip, just like his great grandpa Raven, his grandpa Cloud, and his father, Bolder.
I named him Echo because he looked so like Cloud. But, I was to learn that his resemblance to Cloud was much more than skin deep. We laughed as he ran and leapt off the ground. Outgoing is an understatement for Echo. In the months that followed I watched him develop into quite a precocious little fellow. He played with yearlings when he was just a foal. As a yearling he would march right up to band stallions. Well, I thought, you’ll become a great band stallion if you don’t killed first. His brave, yearling exploits usually ended with him running back to his mother to nurse!
Echo has unusual genetics (his mother is perhaps the only off-spring of Cloud’s rival, Mateo) and he is the only young palomino on the mountain. He is a powerful, athletic colt who will pass on his strength to his offspring—if he gets a chance.
The removal of Echo will be a personal tragedy for me. Although I believe that Cloud will live for many more years, he will not live forever. When he is gone, we will still have Echo as a physical reminder of the great stallion who inspired me, and so many of you. I ask you to speak up for Cloud’s Echo. Thanks so much for fighting for his freedom!
P.S. The Cloud Foundation does not support the removal of any young horses from the Pryor Mountains—certainly not at this time of year, and certainly not 30 youngsters, which will leave the herd under populated and vulnerable to eventual die-off.
Here are the email, mail and fax addresses that you can write, asking to leave Cloud’s Echo (BLM name Killian) in his home on the Pryor Mountains – please write by January 20:
Mail: Jim Sparks, Field Manager
BLM Billings Field Office
5001 Southgate Drive
Billings, MT 59101