Please give Cloud some Credit

Most advocates know that Cloud hasn’t been seen yet this spring, which means every five seconds or so someone makes a comment asking if he’s been seen. While I recognize that he’s the reason why many people are even aware of wild horses and burros, maybe there are better ways to approach the situation. To (hopefully) ease people’s minds, here are some things to think about rather asking about Cloud.

  1. Patience is a virtue. Cloud spent many of his young bachelor years without being seen in winter. For people new to wild horse advocacy it may seem like it’s been a long time, but this isn’t the longest any horse has gone without being seen. As far as I know, the horses are just starting to migrate to the mountain top after being spread out all winter. Until we see the majority of them at the mountain top, Cloud’s probably still hanging out somewhere.
  2. Know who’s posting. There are a lot of people invested in knowing what’s going on with Cloud. He’s kind of famous. Chances are no one’s going to keep it a secret that he’s been found. Going back to being patient, commenting if he’s been found, isn’t going to make it happen faster.
  3. Do some research. Again, I know Cloud got many people into wild horse and burro advocacy, but there are so many other mustangs in the Pryors, and so many other herds. While waiting for Cloud to show up, maybe seeing what the other horses have to offer could be beneficial.
  4. Be aware of context. Just because a page posts something new, does not mean that it always makes sense to post about Cloud. This is also the time where new foals are born, so maybe appreciating new life would be better than assuming the worst. Personally, I feel that it makes more sense to live in the moment, and stay positive rather than worry about something that might not have happened.
  5. Trust your sources. Like I’ve mentioned, there are a lot of people keeping a look out for Cloud. Wild horse advocates don’t agree on a lot, but it seems like the people with the most range experience agree that there’s still potential for Cloud to show up. We’re all waiting as eagerly as everyone else, so there wouldn’t be much point in drawing out the process longer than it has to be. Again, if everyone is patient, when someone spots Cloud, we’ll be the first to know.
  6. Cloud is 21. At his age he knows exactly what to do to survive, but if not he has a strong legacy on the mountain. Like I said, I don’t think his time is up quite yet, but if I’m wrong the world will not end.  Like I said, there’s more than just Cloud on the mountain, another dominant stallion will take his place. When it’s their time, Cloud’s offspring will continue the legacy.

I don’t write this post with the intention of telling anyone not to worry. I get it, he’s a popular horse, but I think it’s also important to stay focused on what counts, which are management issues. Not that the life of a horse doesn’t count, but I also feel it takes away from the big picture to only care about one. So as a reminder, if you are tempted to doubt Cloud, remember, he’s a 21 year old adult mustang that knows exactly what to do to survive.

One of my favorite pictures of Cloud from 2013 when he was a band stallion.

One of my favorite pictures of Cloud from 2013 when he was a band stallion.



  1. Well said Livi!! I’ve tried to explain this to many people who have asked about Cloud, but it’s like they don’t hear me and automatically assume the worst.

    • Thanks! I think it’s hardest on people that are more familiar with domestic horses and don’t understand fully that mustangs are wild.

  2. All points well taken.

  3. Nancy Said:

    Thanks for this, Livi. I used some of your words in a FB post on the Mustang Center page. The waiting is the hard part. But we will definitely get the word out if he is seen as quickly as possible.

  4. Great blog! I’m not gonna lie, I may not immediately share the news if he is around, internet troll that I am… Custer is where it at!

  5. […] this spring I wrote this post about giving Cloud the benefit of the doubt. Since then, there’s been a few false […]

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