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Please email your comments to pamwalatka@yahoo.com We welcome your comments about the BLM, or sources of images, or anything on your mind about wild horses.

Comment from Christopher McMaster

I have one question for you? have you ever read any Scientific Article about wild horses? I don't want to come off as I am attacking you or your cause, but I would like for you to consider the fact that if these animals weren't "beautiful" and "majestic, as you consider them to be that they would simply be an invasive species, such as the Asian Carp, or Feral Hogs. I don't want this to be an insult to you and your views; horses are special and amazing creatures, I grew up around them. I also have grown up around lands with wild horses, and the real travesty isn't the way they are treated, it's the fact that they continuously cause harm to our natural resources, and our government effectively isn't allowed to manage them. Our lands should be managed by science, and experience, but rather than that they forced to manage them based on the emotional value these horses hold to a few people. Again I don't want to come off as just some angry rancher or whatever else you will want to call me. I am currently a student studying wildlife biology and would just like for you to consider why these things are done to horses.

Comment from Carol Wilkin

Hello....my husband and I just watched the documentary regarding the plight of our wild horses......film was dated 2009. I am curious if the situation improved under President Obama. I certainly hope so. One of my fondest memories is when I was a young lady driving the back roads of New Mexico and happening upon wild horses. Thank you for all you do for this needed work. Carol

Comment from Kim Shepard: Open letter to the BLM

"Dear Sirs, With a lifelong interest in horse handling safety for people and natural behavior-oriented horsemanship in all interactions with horses, I am also a wild horse adopter and interested party to wild horses and burros on public land. I very respectfully submit the following comments:

Those skilled in gentling Wild Horses imprinted with negative experiences caused by BLM's current ‘gather’ methods using aircraft including HELICOPTERs (that are not consistent) with traditional less stressful horsemanship-based methods; are aware that the rough handling untamed animals (whose strongest natural survival instinct is flight) endure not only increases unnecessary incidences of permanent neck, jaw, shoulder and leg injuries, but also makes the gentling process much more difficult and lengthy.

The detrimentally negative ‘imprinting’ caused by BLM's current methods using aircraft including HELICOPTERs jeopardizes the safety and success that general public (adopters) have with wild animals that have been treated in this manner. Methods routinely used by BLM and BLM contractors show a pattern of injuries to wild horses. These methods are not recommended for domestic or wild horses and burros. There are other traditional methods recommended by animal behavior expert consultants that have been successfully used for less stressful gathers of various herds over the years that can and should be used instead (that the BLM is well aware of). The BLM should be held accountable to consistently implement these methods while gathering and handling wild horses and burros. Therefore, PLEASE...immediately STOP THE HELICOPTER ROUNDUPS. Please stop separating foals from mares’ milk, care and protection. Please treat these animals with decency and respect, using gentler less stressful gather methods. Remember they are being adopted out to the public and the gentling process can and should start with *any* who handle them, beginning with those individuals involved in gathers and initially handling wild horses and burros."

Thank you,
Kim Sheppard

Comment from a young horse lover

hello im dakota i love mustangs and me and mom well we want horses so we can go riding together but right now horeses are so expensive, do you no anyone who has horses for sale but cheep. I like horses that are young, well broke but have some spunk. My mom wants a horse thats well well well broke but kinda young. Id like to get my mom a horse before i get my horse.

Comment from Wanda

I have a mustang would really like to know his history .He has a good home now but I want to know where he came from. I think he had a bad life before I got him but he is very much Loved now.

Comment from Phyllis

My name is Phyllis Waltman and I have just published a photographic story of a wild mustang family in northern Wyoming on BLM land entitled 'Sunny Boy and Little Sunny'. I you are interested you may order the book at www.artforthehorselover.com

Comment from Rose

Hi, I am strongly against the BLM and would do anything possible to protect americas wild mustangs! is there anything i could do? i have set up my own website, stoptheslaughterandBLM.webs.com, to help stop them, and done many projects on stopping them. i just get so mad about the BLM, they claim there 'saving them'! there killing them! thanks for your time ;)

Comment from Jim

Here is a gallery of pictures of the wild horses of Wyoming: jimparkin.zenfolio.com/mustangs

/ Enjoy

Jim Parkin

Comment from Dianna

I am the proud owner of a Mustang. At a young age of just over a year, I bought her at a slaughter sale in Colorado. She is a beautiful Lady and full of love. When I lived in Colorado, I was the stables manager at a Guest Ranch and about 15 out of 90 head of horses were Mustangs bought at slaughter sales. Amazing animals they were!! I have so many pictures of the Dude Mustangs. If anyone would like to see them, I'll sure post them. I have attached a picture of my Kaycee (for Kaycee, Wyoming.......she was caught as a baby near Rock Springs). /

Quote submitted by Marshall Watts: "Like winds and sunsets, wild things were taken for granted until progress began to do away with them. Now we face the question whether a still higher 'standard of living' is worth its cost in things natural, wild and free. For us of the minority, the opportunity to see geese is more important than television."--Aldo Leopold



Information About Wild Horses

You may use these photographs/images/linked videos of wild horses in your homework, or other non-commercial uses. Please mention the names of the photographers or videographers. When you use information from the linked websites, please give a link to the websites.

  • Wild Horses in Winds of Change

  • Short stories by Be Witham

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    Photo by Be Witham

    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to park a trailer where wild horses roam and live there for a while, writing stories about your observations? Be Witham does that.

  • Spirit of the Wild Horse

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    Copyright 2012 Judy Barnes

    Products related to wild horses. "100% of Profits Directly Support our NonProfit Organization. Help support the Spirit of the Wild Horse in their work to save the American Wild Horse. With your purchase, the funds will go to support this non-profit organization."

  • Video



    From the creator of this video: "My name is Taylor Conti. I am a recent graduate (2011) of Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. While I was in school I majored in Documentary Production. I had the opportunity during my senior year to make a thesis project along with a group of 4 other students (Amelia Cragle, Bradley Kolodner, Aya Hoffman, and Kelsey Vachon) about all of the tribulations facing the wild horse populations.

    "We spent three months researching all of the history and changing laws; we traveled to Nevada twice to speak to BLM officials, wild-horse advocates, lawyers, and the general public. We attended cattle rancher meetings and went to the wild horse roundups themselves. All in all, we found the entire situation to be appalling and now want to spread the information out to as many people as possible.

    "Our end product is a 15 minute mini-documentary highlighting much of the controversy. It's a basic overview meant to give the general public an exclusive look into how the BLM and ranchers are an active threat to the existence of wild horses."

  • Wild Love Preserve


    Photo credit: Andrea Maki

    "WILD LOVE PRESERVE, non-profit, is being created as a sustainable wildlife preserve dedicated to protecting our wild horses in their native wild habitat, while nurturing the legacy of this very unique wild ecosystem as a whole, now and for future generations. This is not a fenced wild horse sanctuary. Wild Love has welcomed, and will work with the Bureau of Land Management, regional ranchers, and locals [Idaho] on aspects of this large scale, multi-faceted project. While differing views clearly exist, Wild Love’s interest lies in working together to create something special and reduce conflict between all parties involved."
  • FOAL: FriendsOfALegacy.org


    FOAL was founded in 2005 as a Wyoming non-profit corporation for the following purposes: To provide the public with educational opportunities; to enhance the habitat for all creatures living in the McCullough Peaks Wild Horse Herd Management Area; to assist the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and to work with ranchers to manage the McCullough Peaks range and wild horses.

    Photo credit: Woody Wooden

  • Corolla Wild Horse Fund


    The Corolla Wild Horse Fund was formed by a group of concerned citizens to heighten awareness about the presence of wild horses in the Outer Banks area of North Carolina.
  • Return to Freedom


    An organization that operates The American Wild Horse Sanctuary in Lompoc, California, a wonderful refuge for horses and burros. They have a photograph gallery. Here is one of their photographs:
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    Photo Credit: Return to Freedom

  • The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign


    A political-action organization working to preserve America's wild horse population. Lots of excellent information including a FAQ. Select "Press" to see excerpts from good articles. Check this site to stay current with wild horse political news. Here is one of their photographs--they also have videos of BLM roundups.
    photo of horses
    Photo credit: www.wildhorsepreservation.org

  • Carole King

    and Idaho’s wild horses: read more in Sun Valley Magazine ...

    Photographer Elissa Kline, who works at King's ranch outside Challis, has an excellent portfolio of wild horse photographs. photo of horses
    Photo credit: © Elissa Kline Photography.



    You may use the photographs from Kline’s site in homework assignments, but not for any commercial use unless you make an arrangement with Elissa Kline Any use of Kline’s work should include this phrase: Photo credit Elissa Kline.
  • Wild Ponies on Chincoteague Island and Assateague Island


    The islands of Chincoteague and Assateague, along with other barrier islands of Maryland and Virginia, are home to herds of wild ponies. There are pony foster parenting programs available. From the Assateague website: "Thousands travel to Chincoteague for the annual pony penning, after which part of the fire department's herd is auctioned. The event inspired author Marguerite Henry to write Misty of Chincoteague, a children's classic since its debut in 1947."
  • Saving America’s Mustangs


    Photo credit: savingamericasmustangs.org

    From Madeleine Pickens’s Saving America’s Mustangs site: We are currently developing Mustang Monument: Wild Horse Eco-Sanctuary in Northern Nevada. It will be a tourist destination similar to our National Parks where Americans and tourists from around the world can come, observe and be a part of this great part of American history.

    What is a Mustang?
    Wild horses are indigenous to the United States and were re-introduced to North America by the Spanish in the 1500s. Additionally, horse fossils have been recently found and date back to prehistoric time.

    Their distinguishing features are their smaller size, good bones, and their extremely hardy bodies.

    They have survived on sparse forage for thousands of years. Contrary to everyday horses, wild mustangs can live perfectly well in a desert with no tall grass or hay.

    In 1971, the United States Congress recognized Mustangs as "living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West, which continue to contribute to the diversity of life forms within the Nation and enrich the lives of the American people."

  • PBS's general horse site


    Includes links to web and print information.
  • The Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

    Horses and burros are available for adoption. You need to show on the application that you have a large enough corral and the intent to provide good care. Learn more...
  • Save a Pet Rescue Centers


    A comprehensive public interest website with extensive advice on ways to save pets; this page links to discussions of pet adoptions, such as "What Do Rescue Centres Look For?"


Trail Rides to See Wild Horses in California


Trail Ride to see Mustangs in the Wild
Frontier Pack Train offers a variety of rides, one of them featuring wild horses. From their website: Ride with us as we track and observe the unbridled, untamed, wild mustang horse. Take a step back in time as we explore the past of the Truman Meadow Area in the Inyo National Forest [in California]. Spend four days observing the free roaming herds, blooming wildflowers and other resident wildlife including the mountain lion, a horse's natural predator. After a day in the saddle, relax, watch the sunset and enjoy a hearty meal prepared by our cook over an open fire. Each evening after dinner, discussions will be led by our experienced guides and guest speakers, focusing on the history, social behavior and uncertain future of these proud animals.



This is a trip for those who would like to experience the life of a cowboy out on the range. An active riding trip for people of all ages and riding levels. The group will operate from a base came and will ride out each day to the open range surrounded by high mountains. Don't miss four days of hospitality, home cooking and the thrill of western life. Cost $500 per person



Dude Ranches and Yoga


Here some websites for ranches that teach EFEL--Equine Facilitated Experiential Learning; participants deepen their yoga practice by communicating with horses. :

www.equinemagic.com

www.taoofequus.com

www.runamukguestranch.com

www.highlandranch.com

www.homeranch.com

www.kripalu.org .

Also, there is a book, Yoga for Equestrians: A New Path for Achieving Union with the Horse by Linda Benedik and Veronica Wirth.









See also our other sites

me-yoga-wide Pam's Yoga Fitness--free online yoga
beach house Beach houses for rent in Nicaragua
esalen Esalen Archives
golf Gestalt Golf
pile Lazy Compost

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