The Mighty Renegade

Renegade, son of Washakie and Baja was removed and is now in the care of Nancy and Steve Cerroni. With Washakie most likely gone, I am glad that they were able to locate Renegade and remove him. He has a better chance now then if he had been left on the range.


The story begins back in 2003 when Baja gained Washakie and her two-year old daughter, Bacardi, during a skirmish with Prince. Since that time, Baja and Washakie, have been inseparable. Fourteen years is a long time for a band to stay together in the Pryors, yet these two forged a strong and enduring bond. They were a striking matched dun pair. Baja was unmistakable with his  two-toned mane and tail and his strong, muscular build. Washakie shared Baja’s dun coloration and had soft, doe-like eyes. These two with Washakie’s blue roan daughter, Bacardi, became a fixture on the mountain. They were quite elusive and weren’t always seen, but when they were, there was no doubt to their identify.

IMG_4301 This was one of the first photos that Nancy took of Baja’s band. This was in May 2005. Bacardi had her first foal, stripe-y little grullo foal named Freedom. He did not…

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15 thoughts on “The Mighty Renegade

  1. I am not sure how to feel about this. Isn’t the main purporse of a wild horse to live and die in nature as a wild one?! Thats why people are against removal, nature is harsh sometimes but if people don’t intervene in order to safe an orphan gazelle for instance why its alright to intervene for a horse. He could be food for a predator or could survive on his own or die as a fighter. Unless of course its done so the BLM don’t have any valid claims about starving horses.
    I don’t know its sad we lose a pryor foal from the herd but its even sadder that he will become a domesticate horse

    1. Thank you for your comment. I personally have seen two foals die in the wild. It’s not pretty, and they suffer.

      It was a true gift that the BLM happened to see him at all. 38,000+ thousand acres and they spot him? This time of year the horses are spread out among those acres, they are not easily found…I am grateful that they did step in and do what they thought should be done.

      No matter what the BLM does, there will always be those of us that disagree/agree. I have been communicating with the Billings BLM folks for many years, and feel fortunate to have a branch that does listen and respect our suggestions.

      I respect their decision to remove Renegade.


  2. sp : I totally agree I find it sad that he is not even lived 1 years in the wild and he fired domesticates makes me sad, it’s unfortunate end for Washakie … she loses her foal and he is captured by the BLM. This story reminds me of Knight in 2010 but more tragic for Renegade

  3. I’m not sure I agree with the removal of Renegade. Like sp said, isn’t the whole point of being a wild animal that they live and die like wild animals? As harsh as it sounds I feel they should have let nature take its course one way or the other in this instance. If a horse finds itself in trouble as a direct result of human activity then I agree an intervention is warranted but otherwise we should just let things play out.

    I know this is easy for me to say because I’m more removed from these horses than many of you are. But my view is that we should interfere in the lives of these horses as little as possible. Yes I’m mostly talking about removals, but I also mean not interfering in situations like this. It goes both ways.

  4. I know it is hard to watch nature take a young colt, and I am glad they stepped in and let him live. I wondered if he would make it being born so late in the season. I am sure he will have a full loving life, and sure they will let him run free in the fields of Montana ?, I guess that is were he is. Maybe his offspring will run free. Thanks for saving him.

  5. I cannot understand people who think it would be better to leave this foal on the mountain to die. I am against so many removals, not convinced about PZP as it seems to lead to so few births and possibly more of them at less good times of year, but this one removal I do agree was the best solution. Sad about the circumstances obviously.

  6. great news ! I am happy that Labrava is finally a descendant who has managed to brave the stages of life. I expect in 2018 the birth of a foal from one of my favorite mare Manuelita. Also expecting the birth of a Juniper colt, Heritage and her mom Warbonnet, Phoenix, Dove, Halfmoon, Blue Sioux and Velvet. I also hope that Knight and London have finally their family.

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