I learned from reading the blog Wild in the Pryors that Lakota was put down. I want to focus on his life in this post, so if you want to learn more about the injury that lead to the decision to euthanize him check out Wild in the Pryors. As a 20-year-old he had a long life free in his mountain home.
As many of you may know, last June my dad and I visited the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range. During that visit we were able to go to the top of the mountain for the first time. On the second day of the trip, we set up our chairs across the road from Penn’s Cabin. As we sat there all day horses would graze really close to us, but no band came closer to us then Lakota’s.
He was known for being a gentle stallion and having a band made up of horses close to each other. This was especially apparent when we watched the two yearlings in the band.
Lakota stood close to us, content to graze, not phased at all.
Then, it was time for them to go.
It’s sad to see Lakota go, but he had a great, long life on the mountain. I hope Kohl and his other children will be able to stay on the range during this years round-up.