Making a difference–one mustang at a time

Posted on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 10:50 am

Cloud’s National Legacy was born on March 26 at Eastern View Farm in Louisa County. “Nation” is believed to be the great-grandson of Cloud, a stallion whose life has been documented in the herd of the Pryor Mountains in Wyoming.

Eastern View Farm is the home of Legacy Mustang Preservation (LMP), where Jamie and Craig Dodson are making a difference for wild mustangs – one horse at a time.

The Dodsons, along with fellow helper, Christina Flint, are Training Incentive Program (TIP)  trainers. They gentle mustangs for the Bureau of Land Managemment (BLM) at their facility.

Wild horses and burros are sent to facilities such as theirs to be gentled, so they can eventually be placed for adoption. A horse is considered gentled when it can accept a halter, lead, lunge and pick-up its feet for cleaning.

The horse must also be able to be touched, groomed, acclimated to pasture, able to be around other horses and able to load onto a trailer.

The Dodsons began their journey with wild horses in 2009 when they adopted two mustangs during an auction.

Two years later, courtesy of Lisa Friday, the couple received at their farm the remaining nine horses that were not adopted during an auction in 2011. Those nine were part of legendary mustang, Cloud’s, herd of the Pryor Mountains in Wyoming.

Cloud, a stallion, is the only mustang whose life has been documented so closely in award-winning films, books and a PBS nature series by Ginger Katherns.  A foundation in his name is dedicated to the preservation of wild horses on public land and the protection of Cloud’s herd.

In the Pryor Nine, as they are called, was Kelly, which to Jamie and Craig’s surprise was pregnant.  At 7:30 a.m. on March 26, a colt named Cloud’s National Legacy was born.

Nicknamed ‘Nation,” the colt is believed to be the great-grandson of Cloud.  The father is believed to be Echo, who was Cloud’s grandson and the mate of Kelly.

To read the entire story, see the April 11 edition of The Central Virginian.

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