wild horse and burro news logoThe Stunning Black Mustang of the Caisson Platoon

In November 2002, I donated “Lonesome,” a beautiful black mustang, to the 3rd Army Caisson Platoon, at Ft. Myer, Arlington, Virginia. Lonesome has an interesting history and background.

He was born at a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) holding facility in Butte, Montana on Oct.12, 1995. A person in Montana originally adopted his mother, a paint wild horse from Nevada. Unfortunately, the person who adopted his mother also adopted several BLM mustang mares from Nevada. During the mandatory compliance check, the BLM became aware that the individual had adopted a lot more horses than was allowed and his facilities were not adequate to hold the number of horses he had adopted.

photo: Lonesome, the black mustangThe BLM repossessed all of the mustang mares, most of which had already been bred. While in the BLM holding facility, most of the mares foaled. The foals were freeze marked and adopted with their mothers. Evidently, most of these foals were a little "larger" than the usual mustang and several turned out to be paints. I think Lonesome was the only one that turned out totally black.

A BLM law enforcement officer readopted Lonesome and his mother. I first saw Lonesome when he was almost two, and he was quite a looker then. Our law enforcement officer had him until he was four, but really did not have enough time to train him. As a result, I bought him. I had Lonesome for several years, doing some packing and trail riding. He turned out to be really smart and have a great personality. As you can see from his picture, Lonesome turned out to be "a lot" of horse. He was a little big for a packhorse, and almost too big to get through some of the overgrown backcountry trails I ride.

When I heard the Army was looking for large black mustangs for their Caisson Platoon, I could not think of a greater personal honor than to have my horse be part of that prestigious team. I worked out the details with the Army and donated Lonesome to the platoon.

Lonesome serves both as a near and off horse in the lead and swing positions in the 3rd Army’s Caisson Platoon. A near horse is the horse on the left that is ridden and the off horse is the horse on the left. The lead horses are the front pair of horses while in draft, and the swing team is the middle team. Lonesome, the stunning black mustang of the Caisson Platoon, has participated in over 500 funerals as well as the funeral for former President Ronald W. Reagan, and the 55th Inaugural Parade.

Lonesome has turned out to be a wonderful ambassador for the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program as well as a beautiful, well-trained and loved member of the Third Army’s Caisson Platoon.

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