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Friday, February 13, 2015

Born to Be Wild


The real Phantom Stallion wasn't alone when he was rounded up from the Virginia Range of Nevada. His mare Shy and a dark gray colt came with him. All three were saved from slaughter by people with hearts for horses.

A girl named Amber fell in love with the colt and named him Rain Cloud and adopted him. 
Rain Cloud stayed in his native Nevada, but his mother and father, the Phantom and Shy were freed into the Wild Horse Sanctuary in California. If you want to see their day of freedom, click here for video
Rain Cloud lived in Nevada even after Amber left for an out-of-state school Amber's mother Margaret took care of the gray colt, who was slowly turning the silvery moon color of his sire. Rain Cloud. He got good food and water, and a domestic mare took over as his substitute mother.
After a few years, Margaret invited me to meet grown-up Rain Cloud. 
By now he was pure white with black mane and tail. He had kind eyes, a proud stride, and a wild stallion attitude. He reminded me so much of his sire.  

With Amber gone, Rain Cloud had fallen out of the habit of listening to people.
 In the picture at right, you can see he's turned one ear to catch my voice, but he had no real intention of doing what I asked.

A few months later,Rain Cloud's substitute-mother mare had died of old age. Rain Cloud was not a happy guy. He needed a wild horse adventure, but he couldn't be set free He needed training to live among humans and he was so lucky that Palomino Armstrong happened to be in town on the weekend Margaret decided it would be best for the grown up colt to go to California with Palomino.

Rain Cloud in California  or What Do You Mean I'm Not the Boss? 

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Thursday, January 01, 2015

3 New Year’s Resolutions You'll Stick To For America's Wild Horses

These are three New Year's resolutions you'll stick to, not because they're easier than going to the gym or spending less time online, but because the lives of America's mustangs are at stake. If you do nothing else today, put #1 on your list! 

1. Shovel out your old vocabulary:  There are no Bureau of Land Management lands, nor BLM horses. There are public lands and American wild horses.  Feel free to inform others online and in person.

2.   Follow the money trail:  as you read wild horse news – especially round-up announcements -- ask yourself, “Who profits?” 
It won’t be Nature until livestock numbers are lowered.  Livestock outnumber wild horses at least 50-1.  Memorize that statistic and repeat as needed. 

3.   Question press release propaganda:  When newsrooms are short-staffed, press releases become stories, so it’s your job to find the source behind the headline. Just because “news” is repeated verbatim in a dozen sources, doesn’t mean it’s true. Agencies send out hundreds of press releases. Who’s quoted? If all represent a single viewpoint or source, return to resolutions 1 and 2, above.  

Wild Horse Foal Behind Bars  by Cat Kindsfather

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Despite Abuse, Mustang Filly Can Trust

Men yank on baling twine wrapped around Diamond's neck (photo by Bo Rodriguez)

Dear Readers,
Today I touched Diamond. When I saw the mustang filly in the slaughter ring, neighing for her mother, I didn't think she'd survive the repeated trauma of capture, separation from her family, being dragged by her neck by two men, and being sent to a slaughter auction.
Today I touched Diamond at her wild horse home, Wynema Ranch and if I hadn't noticed her flattening ears, she might've taken a nip. I didn't blame her. 
Diamond was rescued with her family, but her mother didn't survive for long. She has a wonderful home and you can visit her if you like.
Read  Diamond's story and you'll know why she touched me as I watched this hurt and hounded filly relax, and sling her glossy head over the shoulder of Margie, a volunteer she'd never met before.
Our species could learn so much from horses.

p.s. Wynema Ranch and Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund needs volunteers to help rescued wild horses

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

TAKE ACTION for Wild Horses Before They're Gone

It can be crazy keeping up with wild horse news, but I do it with a great but under-used feature of Google called an “Alert.” 
With this, I get daily FREE email about wild horses.
Here's how: 
To set up a Google Alert: follow this link, fill out the form, and click the “Create Alert” button.
The form asks some questions :

            Search Query:  Type in wild horses
           Type – I set my alerts for all types of alerts – news, blogs, books, etc.
  • How often : Once per day is enough for most people
  • Volume  This isn’t loudness ; it means, how many responses you want to see. I choose “Only the best results,”  otherwise you often get the same story over and over again.

When you get your Google Alerts they’ll look something like this:

Wild Horses: Fair Game On Public Land
Global Animal
The Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) collected 23 wild horses from the Virginia Range earlier this month. The range outside of Reno, Nevada is public land and thus unprotected by the Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, which protects ...
You click on a headline, go read the story and if there’s a place to comment, do it.
THIS IS ALL ABOUT PEER PRESSURE! Your opinion influences other people. They won’t know if you’re 11 years old or 87 years old. They won’t know if you’re a student or a veterinarian – unless you think those facts are important to mention.  
In a short response, I might say  

“wild horses deserve freedom and the land they’re given by law” 
“wild horses belong to all Americans and shouldn’t go to slaughter” or
 “a wild horse sanctuary is a good idea, but shouldn’t be all geldings"
If you want to go a step further, use this easy format :  
a  1)      Describe your personal connection to the issue  in 2 -3 sentences
b  2)    Give 3 facts about the issue – 1 – 3 sentences
c  3)    WHAT ACTION do you want people to take? – 1 sentence

That’s it! In 3 – 6 sentences, you will have explained why you want to live in a world with wild horses.
If you want, you can even keep that short document as a letter-in-waiting, but whatever you do -- put your opinion out there! You don't have to be brave or brilliant, you just have to speak up for those who can't speak for themselves.

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Saturday, September 06, 2014

What are the TOP THREE REASONS to Writer Middle-Grade Fiction?

What are the TOP THREE REASONS to Write Middle-Grade Fiction? 

 The Student * The Teacher * 

                                   The Wild Horse Story 

If you like reading other people's mail, you're in luck.
I was so giddy-happy over this letter, I wanted you to read it, too! T.
Mrs. T,
How are you? I am doing well. I've recently gotten a job as a speech therapist 
at an elementary school. I am writing because you helped get me out of a  
tight spot today. :)
I had prepared materials for my student (she and I were going to read together) and rhat was great except I left them at home. And I didn't realize this important fact until the girl entered my classroom. 

 So just to make conversation (as I scrambled to come up with something interesting) I asked her what she liked to read about most. Her response was instantaneous-horses! 

I was thrilled and relieved. I may be 23, but I still have the good ol' Phantom on my Ipad! So needless to say we had a great session. We were both engrossed in The Wild One. We were able to address her speech issues AND she can't wait to come back next week!
Anyway I won't keep you any longer. I just wanted to write to let you know I had thought about you and I appreciate the Phantom's run to the rescue! 


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Sunday, August 03, 2014

BLM Cowed into Eliminating Wyoming's Checkerboard Horses

Checkered Horse by Leslie Trewyn

WHO:  The Bureau of Land Management 

WHAT: hopes to bypass the National Environmental Policy Act to roundup nearly 1,000 wild horses as part of a plan to eliminate ALL wild horses from two million acres of land

WHEN: August 20, 2014

WHERE: Wyoming Checkerboard lands

WHY:   request from Rock Springs Grazing Association of Wyoming

What are Checkerboard lands?
 Though Congress mandated the protection of wild free-roaming horses and burros  “in the area where presently found, as an integral part of the natural system of the public land,” BLM declared millions of acres “unsuitable for management."
The largest percentage of these “unmanageable” lands – 7,522,00 acres according to BLM’s most recent (2011) statistics – were dubbed checkerboard lands. This meant that private and public lands shared boundaries that BLM found “infeasible” to manage.  (read more here:  BLM Myths & Facts)
Checkerboard lands may also include treaty lands which have not yet been transferred to Native American tribal holdings. 

Hope for Wild Horses 

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Monday, June 30, 2014

In Case of Emergency: Shuffle Wild Horses

On Sunday June 29, 2014 I drove by BLM's Palomino Valley Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Center. It was closed to the public, but that's not why it looked deserted.  
This morning I called Jeb Beck, temporary director of the Palomino Valley Wild Horse and Burro Adoption center was that I saw so few horses.



I was told that although a few new horses had come in -- "nuisance" horses baited trapped in Ely -- and some horses were out of sight in corrals where there hooves were being trimmed --  I wasn't seeing things. There really were fewer mustangs.
  Instead of the usual 1300 captives, the corrals held 950.

Beck told me that young horses were being moved around for adoptions and older mares (5-6 years old) were trucked to the corrals at the Carson City prison, "...in case we ended up with an emergency and we're full."

I hope there's no emergency, hope the horses head uphill, find water and safe haven where they can raise their foals in peace.

But if there is a summer emergency, I sure hope it's not heat-related. 
I took this photo a few weeks ago when the horses were scrunched down in a low spot still damp from rain earlier that week. 

 Yesterday, I still didn't see shade for this week's 100+ temperature.
There's no where to get out of the sun.
             Eyes open, all.  The horses need our help.


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