I received word today of three more horses that were removed. I guess it is good that it is moving along pretty quick, but I dread everyday wondering who it will be.
Today they are all from Cappuccino’s band. They are: Kodiak, Kootenai and Lilly.
Kodiak is the 2010 son of Gabrielle and Santa Fe. I have been able to spend a lot of time with this band over the last several months. I remember seeing Kodiak last summer playing with Kootenai. They both have grown into beautiful soon to be stallions.
Kootenai is the 2010 son of Heritage and Lakota. He was a small young colt, separated from his mom somehow in the winter of 2010-2011. He has been in Cappuccino’s band since then. He has grown up and filled out and is beautiful.
The third horse to be removed is a sweet filly named Lilly. Lilly has left a huge impression on me. I will miss her and her brothers. Lilly is the 2011 daughter of Gabrielle and Cappuccino.
Lori just let me know that they have removed 3 more horses today, plus a foal. They are all from Baja’s band: Lukachukai, Jicarilla and Juneau with her foal. I was able to spend a lot of time videoing this family on my last visit early this month. I am glad that I have that footage of them. I also was told that Washakie had her foal.
So before I go over the removals in Baja’s band, I would like to address something. There is a lot of “up roar” today about why the BLM is not counting the foals in the removal. Well, this is simple really. They don’t count the foals when they do the census for the herds total count, so why should they count them when they are removed? Think about that, it would not make sense. Also, there were months and a couple of opportunities to send your comments to the BLM on this removal. Now is not the time for them. Now is the time to support this and let them do their job. This is far better than a helicopter roundup, where they would be removing all ages. Believe me, I do not like this removal, but it needs to be done, period. Please click on REMOVALS to read my post that I wrote on April 6th of this year.
And now on to those removed:
Lukachukai is the 2011 daughter of Baja and Washakie. I know Shawn was especially fond of her. I just got to know her this year and she is a very sweet and pretty young filly.
Jicarilla is the 2009 daughter of Bacardi and Baja. She is a beautiful grulla roan.
Juneau is the 2009 daughter of Gold Rush and Two Boots. Her foal, a colt was removed with her.
One horse was removed later in the day on the 25th. It was Kaibab. Kaibab is the 2010 son of Fiasco and Doc. I remember seeing Kaibab shortly after he was born, in August 2010. I have enjoyed watching him turn from a small little colt until a strong looking young stallion. I am going to really miss him.
Lakota‘s death has hit me hard, but I wanted to continue to keep you updated on the removals. I found out about it this morning. But it took me a while to get this post together.
I received word from Lori that they have removed Joviana and her foal. I believe that they count a mare and her foal as one removal.
Joviana is the 2009 daughter of Felina and Morning Star. Joviana’s foal was born in late May this year.
They are having a vet look at both her and the foal. Joviana looked pretty bad when I saw her in June. Even though her foal seemed to have a lot of energy, he was so small and I never saw him nurse. When I saw them again 3 weeks ago, Joviana looked a slight bit better, I did see the foal nurse once. The foal seemed so small to me, but still had energy. But Juniper seemed to be showing more interest in the foal than Joviana. I was worried about them both. I do think that this was the right decision, even though Joviana is on Tier 3. Click JOVIANA to read the vet report on her.
I support Jared in his decision to remove them. I am tired of people expressing their opinions against the BLM when they do not know the circumstances. It seems they look for anything they can to try to twist and turn it into an evil thing. Why not take a minute to email him a thank you to him for what he does. Click on his name in this paragraph and it will take you to the list of contacts for the Billings office. I know I will be. I plan on thanking him for ending Lakota’s suffering, I know that could not have been an easy decision or action, and for the care he is taking in these removals. Not just up on the mountain, but down in Britton Springs where they are being held.
On a little brighter note. Lori said that Liesl and Kayenta are bonding. They are grooming each other and Liesl follows Kayenta around.