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By Karla Pomeroy

On death's door at birth, Stony the wild mustang turns 1


July 15, 2017

Karla Pomeroy

Ryon Butler couldn't be happier with his first wild mustang Stony, aka Cocoa. Stony turned a year old last month and was rescued as a newborn from the wild horse herd in the Fifteen Mile area. Butler said he hopes Stony can promote some awareness of the BLM's Wild Horse and Burro Program and horse adoption.

WORLAND —Just over 13 months ago, the efforts of a Bureau of Land Management employee, veterinary technicians and one family helped rescue a newborn mustang foal. Today, that foal is a healthy, thriving, 1-year-old painted mustang and a welcome part of the Butler family in Worland.

“Stony the mustang pony” as he was dubbed by Worland veterinarian Steve Tharp, was rescued from the BLM Fifteenmile Herd Management Area (HMA) in June 2016. The BLM received a call about a young foal that was not doing well.

BLM engine equipment operator Clay Rideout responded to the call, took some time t...

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