I just want you to know that the “last” wild horse on Wild Horse Island is alive and well (see “Alone on the Range,” Oct. 8, 2009). I saw the horse that we named “Blackie” on Tuesday. We named all of them maybe 10 years ago but now Blackie is the only old horse left. Fortunately, Blackie now has five other friends to kick it with, and it appears that the other horses are helping him move around from his normal place. He seems to have been sedentary for the last three years at least; I always found him in the same spot. But now that there are new horses it took me three long days of walking to find them right on the interpretive trail where I figured they would not want to be. I guess for wild horses they are not so shy.
As soon as the first new horse was released it found Blackie and stayed by his side all spring (I found them in April, May and June). But now they have a full-on band, which is a great thing for them. They were whinnying and moving around on the Palouse prairie and seemed to be doing well. I just thought you might want to know since you wrote that long article last fall and never saw the last horse.
Awesome story, by the way. Just re-read it. Thanks for writing it.