The Cloud Foundation
Ginger Kathren’s non- profit Cloud Foundation is dedicated to preventing the extinction of Cloud’s herd through education, media events and programming, and public involvement. The Foundation is also determined to protect other wild horse herds on public lands, especially isolated herds with unique characteristics and historical significance.
“I began to realize that we were losing America’s wild horses,” Ginger says. “They are rounded up by the thousand, losing in an instant what they value most–freedom and family. I realized that even Cloud and his family were in danger.”
Cloud is a pale palomino wild stallion living in the Pryor Mountains on the Montana/Wyoming border. His life has been documented from the day of his birth by Emmy-winning filmmaker & TCF’s Executive Director Ginger Kathrens. Her films about Cloud, “Cloud: Wild Stallions of the Rockies,” “Cloud’s Legacy: The Wild Stallion Returns,” and the latest film “Cloud: Challenge of the Stallions” all aired on PBS’ Nature series and represent the only continuous documentation of a wild animal from birth in our hemisphere. Cloud is now eighteen, born May 29, 1995, and the last film (Cloud: Challenge of the Stallions ) is the absolute best film about wild horses I ever hope to see.
Go here to read more, watch videos, and buy the PBS Cloud DVDs. Every dollar goes to The Cloud Foundation:
Wild Horse Education
“In 1971 something truly remarkable happened. In response to public pressure, both houses of Congress unanimously passed a bill. Congress’ intent clearly was to protect and preserve America’s free-roaming horse herds and proscribe methods by which the Secretaries of Interior and Agriculture were to manage those herds.
“But somewhere in the implementation of the Act, something went terribly wrong. In its findings, Congress declared, “these horses and burros are fast disappearing from the American scene.” However the agency tasked by Congress to protect and preserve these horses became a machine that removed more horses from public lands than any other entity in modern history.”
Laura Leigh’s non-profit Wild Horse Education attends roundups, files and attends to lawsuits against the BLM and the USFS, does investigative work, and develops, prints, and distributes information, facts, and statistics to educate wild horse advocates and adversaries. She’s a non-stop machine and needs your help. Go here to read more and watch videos that Laura has filmed at actual roundups.
International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros
The International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros (ISPMB) is the oldest wild horse and burro organization in the United States and has been innovative in the field of wild horse and burro protection. Under the leadership of our first president, Velma Johnston, affectionately known as Wild Horse Annie, ISPMB and Annie were responsible for the passage of federal legislation in 1971 that gave protection to wild horses and burros on public lands from death and harassment. Under the leadership of current president, Karen Sussman, ISPMB began its Wild Horse Conservation program managing four rare and endangered wild horse herds.
American Wild Horse Preservation
The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC) is dedicated to preserving American wild horses and burros in viable free-roaming herds for generations to come, as part of our national heritage.
The AWHPC is a broad-based coalition of more than 50 public interest groups, environmentalists, humane organizations and historical societies representing over 10 million supporters. A campaign, as opposed to a stand alone organization, the AWHPC operates under the 501C3 structure of Return to Freedom, which is its parent organization.
The Wild Horse Conspiracy by Craig C. Downer
This is the very best book I’ve ever read on the history, science, and plight of America’s Wild Horses. I wish everyone in the country would read it!
There are numerous additional books and non-profit organizations, most of whom all pull together when bad things happen. Just Google wild horse advocates and join the fight.
For more (and more and more) wild horse videos Google wild horse videos on You Tube.
The entire story of our journey with horses (at least through early 2014) is told in the two books that follow: the national best seller The Soul of a Horse – Life Lessons from the Herd and its sequel Born Wild – The Soul of a Horse.
And what a story it is as two novices without a clue stumble and bumble their way through the learning process so that hopefully you won’t have to. If you haven’t read both of these books already please do because with that reading, I believe, will come not just the knowledge of discovery but the passion and the excitement to cause you to commit to your journey with horses, to do for the horse without waiver so that your relationship and experience will be with loving, happy and healthy horses who are willing partners and who never stop trying for you. Horses like ours.
The highly acclaimed best selling sequel to the National Best Seller
The Soul of a Horse – Life Lessons from the Herd
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But first read the National Best Seller that started it all
Now in it’s 17th printing: