Colorado Friends of the Horses we Love, We Request your Support

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Dear Colorado friends of the horses we love,
As some of you already know, in 2018 I am stepping away from many of the the day to day operations at Zuma’s Rescue Ranch and dedicating my time to legislation. 
Please join me by taking 10 min. a month to reach out to our legislators and protect America’s Horses, the innocent and iconic symbols of freedom. 
 
I will send you an email every month similar to this one asking for your help. Please share these emails with your Colorado horse loving friends. Help me make Colorado advocacy movement more active and effective. 
 
Below is quick and easy way to tell those that have the power to save America’s horses how you feel about the current proposal from the BLM advisory board to Kill 90,000 horses that are in long term holding.
Killing is not a solution. This is a band-aid to a problem the BLM has created. Needless to say there are other solutions to the wild horse population as well as the domestic horse issues.
Mass killing is not the answer, I hope we can agree on that…
Thank you in advance for your assistance.
Peace,
Jodi Messenich
Here are the talking points:
  • When calling your U.S. representative, say: My name is YOUR NAME and I am from Littleton, CO. As your constituent, I urge you to protect our nation’s horses from slaughter and our wild horses from mass extermination in the final FY18 Appropriations bill. Please also reach out to leadership and urge them to support these protections. Thank you.
     
  • When calling your U.S. senators, say: My name is YOUR NAME and I am from Littleton Colorado.  As your constituent and a strong supporter of equine welfare, I urge you to please support the Senate version of the Agriculture Appropriations bill, which prohibits the use of federal funds on horse slaughter. Please also support a prohibition on the use of our tax dollars to kill tens of thousands of wild horses and burros. Thank you.

Here are the contacts: some you need to go to the WEBSITE to get their contact form,  then copy paste the above requests.

I often visit their Facebook/twitter accounts and post simple versions of the above like
  • “protect our nation’s horses from slaughter in the final FY18 Appropriations “

Federal Senators

Sen. Michael Bennet (D)

US Senator, Colorado
Phone: 719-542-7550
Fax: 719-542-7555

Sen. Cory Gardner (R)

US Senator, Colorado
Phone: 720-508-3937
Fax: 720-583-0873

Federal Representative

Rep. Kenneth Buck (R)

US Representative, Colorado District 4
Phone: 720-639-9165

Executive Office of the President

Pres. Donald Trump (R)

The President
Phone: 202-456-1414
Fax: 202-456-6021

Office of the Vice President

Hon. Mike Pence (R)

Vice President
Phone: 202-456-2864

Governor

Gov. John Hickenlooper (D)

Governor
Phone: 303-866-2471
Fax: 303-866-2003

State Senator

Sen. Chris Holbert (R)

State Senator, Colorado Senate District 30
Phone: 303-866-4881
Fax: 303-866-2012

State Representative

Rep. Polly Lawrence (R)

State Representative, Colorado House District 39
Phone: 303-866-2935
Fax: 303-866-2218

 

Peace,
Jodi Messenich

 

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Slaughter Summit Exit Survey Reveals Dark Heart of Wild Horse Haters

 

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Slaughter Summit Exit Survey Reveals Dark Heart of Wild Horse Haters

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From the cherry-picked picture of an emaciated horse on the cover page, to the depiction of an emaciated wild horse and burro in the logo, the agenda of the National Wild Horse and Burro Summit was set before it was announced: these animals are suffering, and they must be put out of their misery. Trouble is, that narrative is 100% false. Since the passage of the 1971 Wild Horse and Burro act, wild horses and burros have lost millions of acres of range land to ranching interests, and in the herd areas that remain livestock are allocated 82% of the available forage as a matter of policy. But industry groups would have the American public, and more importantly our representatives in Congress, believe there simply isn’t enough good food and water on the range for Wild Horses and Burros to survive. They cherry pick photos like the one in their exit survey to try to convey this falsehood. Animals that are likely very old and/or very sick, are a perfectly natural part of a healthy free herd. In fact if you look closely at that picture, you will notice that all the horses in the background look in great condition. But the Slaughter Summit attendees want to spread the message that nearly our wild horses and burros are on the brink of starvation to prove their point.

Dozens of boots-on-the-ground testimonies tell the real truth:  Horses are NOT starving.  Pictures are endlessly taken by advocates throughout all the HMAs, whereas none of the pictures shown at the slaughter-summit were taken by those that see these horses on a regular basis.  Pictures are taken by advocates that have no financial stake in the horses, whereas attendees of the summit generally have fortunes to be made on the death of these horses. 

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They held their conference for the ranching industry and anti-wild horse politicians and patted each other on the back while trying to get their story straight to present a united front of lies to the American public and our representatives in Congress-the goal being to eliminate wild horses and burros from the American West. And the evidence for their insidious agenda is crystal clear in the exit survey they conducted, not only in the disturbing results, but equally in their choice of questions asked. You can click here to view the exit survey in it’s entirety, but here are a few of the most disturbing highlights:

96% of respondents completely oppose the current status quo situation

Highly-supported options:

  • 99% Commercial use of horses of protein for pet food (86% complete sup, 13% moderate sup)
  • 96% Commercial use of horses of protein for zoo animals (78% complete sup, 18% moderate sup)
  • 96% Euthanizing unadoptable horses for population control (81% complete sup, 15% mod. sup)
  • 92% Allowing sale without restrictions (69% complete sup, 23% moderate sup)
  • 93% Reducing the age of “sale without restrictions” from 10+ years old to 5+ years old (67% complete sup, 26% moderate sup)
  • 92% Commercial use of horses of protein for human consumption (67% complete sup, 25% moderate sup)

 

Well-supported options:

  • 89% Permanent sterilization of mares by spaying (71% completely sup, 18% moderately sup)
  • 88% Allowing private organizations to acquire/adopt large numbers of horses (57% completely sup, 31% moderately sup)
  • 88% Adding additional contraceptives as management tools (50% completely sup, 33% moderately sup)
  • 87% Developing additional adoption opportunities outside the U.S. (58% completely sup, 29% moderately sup)
  • 85% Developing additional adoption opportunities within the U.S. (67% completely sup, 18% moderately sup)
  • 80% Creating coordination committees or working groups at appropriate local scales (43% completely sup, 37% moderately sup)
  • 76% Allowing individual states to manage horses within their boundaries without federal restrictions (55% completely sup, 21% moderately sup)

Taken together these questions and results indicate a plan on the part of industry interests and politicians to whom they donate, to eliminate the Wild Horse and Burro from the American West, and to eliminate public lands from the American landscape. This is perhaps the most dangerous time Wild Horses and Burros have faced since the passage of the act meant to protect and enshrine them into the American landscape. The 2018 budget will ultimately be decided in the US Senate. If you don’t want to see them disappear you MUST give them your voice, you must call your Senators and the members of the Senate Subcommittee on the Interior. Also email this photo of healthy horses, and tell them that any action that would allow their slaughter, euthanasia or the stripping of their federal protections is TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE! These beautiful and iconic animals cannot speak up for them selves. YOU must be their voice! Please, call now, call every day! Write letters! Attend town halls! DO NOT LET THE INDUSTRY AND THEIR PAID FOR POLITICIANS GET AWAY WITH MURDER!

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Would You Welcome Me Into Your Home?

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Affectionately named Scarface, a gorgeous Mustang needs help finding a home!

My name is Scarface.
I am a coming six-year-old Little Owyhee gelding.
Dark bay with a little star and otherwise no other white.
Gathered most probably while still with my mom and weaned subsequently by
the BLM.
I spent the next years in Richfield, CA, holding pens. Adopted in February
2016.
Well over 15 hands, great conformation. A Spanish-looking horse, lovely
floaty gaits. However, I’m finding myself looking for a new home since I don’t
think I could ever become a domesticated horse. A sanctuary would be
perfect for me since I probably will always be a wild boy at heart.

Please contact us at info@reachouttohorses.com for further details

The Importance of Having a Like-Minded Team

BY: Katie Dixon ~ Renegade Equine

In the fall of 2015, I was connected with a small but mighty rescue group called the Warm Springs Horse Rescue Network, who at the time had helped place over 500 foals in homes. This August, I was fortunate enough to coordinate and host the ROTH Foals Clinic in Sisters, Oregon. I was thrilled to bring the ROTH team of students and people who were interested together in central Oregon, as finding holistic and like-minded horsemanship had been a challenge.

 

The auditors, students, healers, rescue network, foals, and Anna (of course), contributed to a wonderful week of strong team building and brought awareness to holistic horsemanship in central Oregon, as well as connecting like-minded professionals living in the area .

 

Although we may be able to create positive change for our horses and clients on our own, it truly takes a whole-horse approach to be successful in rehabilitation of horses, or even if its not a rehabilitation case, to take them to the next level of physical health and performance.

 

It has taken a little over a year of stepping out of my introvert comfort zone and pushing myself to network with equine professionals to find and build my “dream team” here in Oregon.

 

The results of this year of work building connections and then hosting the clinic are multidimensional. This is the amazing holistic-minded equine team we have here in Oregon :

 

  • A barefoot trimmer who sees the whole horse and how to help them move better
  • Several body workers who can help the horse’s body release restrictions and move more fluidly, and also provide feedback as to how our physical conditioning plan is working from the body’s perspective
  • A few different veterinarians who are open to a holistic perspective or are practicing holistic medicine
  • Several saddle fitters who work to keep the horse and human comfortable to achieve their goals
  • A Nutrition expert to guide us through basic supplementation and feeding practices specific to our area
  • Quality hay providers
  • Local feed companies
  • A team of holistic trainers working together to better horse’s lives around us

 

Without permission from the horse and their human, the team isn’t able to get much done. It its inspiring to me, each day, when we give the horses we work with the ability to communicate and have an opinion about each aspect of their life how much information we are able to obtain.

 

You see, in order for harmony in your horse, you have to create harmony in your team. Some team members may have expertise in multiple areas, and each member of your team needs to be able to respectfully communicate and work together to help you accomplish your goals with your horse.

 

What I appreciate most about building a great team is having a community to discuss new cases with, and also having a group of people I can refer to that can be trusted and will be working for the good of the horse in their area of expertise.

It is our due diligence as equine professionals, to look at the information from our trusted team with open eyes and ears. We need to be willing to shift how we are approaching different aspects of our horse’s unique experience in the world. The balance of a horses psychological and physiological help depend on us being open to look at all areas of our horses lives: what we feed our horses, their living environment, what we ask them to do physically (and emotionally), how we balance their bodies, how we engage their minds, and how we support their growth.

 

When we utilize a multi-faceted approach, examined with a lens of honesty and integrity it is amazing how much we are able to help horses find balance and happiness in their lives.  When we are willing to communicate for the good of the horse with other professionals instead of pointing the finger of blame, we are able to solve the puzzle with that horse and help them to live a comfortable and happy life.

 

Although it takes some effort in networking, a little shedding of ego, a bit of rallying the troops so to speak to get “your team” built, I would encourage you to do so! ROTH as an approach to horsemanship encourages us to look at the whole horse when we are training, and there are some really great equine professionals out there who can help boost your team and ultimately help magnify the great work you are all already doing. We can only benefit from like-minded collaboration, and grow into more skilled and knowledgeable equine guardians.

 

You can’t go wrong having ROTH on your team!

Victory for Wild Horses in Wyoming!

Dear Friends;

On the heels of winning a victory for Oregon wild horse mares, threatened by dangerous sterilization surgery, comes yet another win for the wild ones. The U.S. Court of Appeals Tenth Circuit upheld a lower court’s dismissal of a lawsuit filed by the State of Wyoming against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) seeking the removal of hundreds of wild horses from public lands across the state including mustangs from the Stewart Creek Herd.  

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Ironically, Quinn and I were visiting the Stewart Creek mustangs with Lynn Hanson, my friend and fellow wild horse advocate, when our attorneys learned of this second victory. Being out here with these beautiful, family and freedom loving icons of the West reminds me of why we fight. Their home is over 230,000 acres of sagebrush valleys and windswept rims along the Continental Divide. (below-Lynn shoots GK filming)

The first time I saw the colorful Stewart Creek wild horses, it was the dead of winter. Ann Evans and I were driving from Riverton to Rawlins, and we were thrilled to see a family band just a short distance from highway 287/789, about 20 miles north of town. 

Winters are bitter and long in Stewart Creek. The foals above didn’t seem to mind. We saw this lone mustang in his huge home during our winter drive-by. He, too, was not far from the main highway. I imagine his friends were just out of sight below him.

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When I left Stewart Creek a few days ago, there was a colorful group of five bachelor stallions only 100 yards or so off the highway. It was grand to see them in nearly the same place as the winter ones.  We encourage you to try your hand at finding them. If you have a high clearance vehicle, you can enter the range on a number of sandy roads.

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Take your binoculars to verify that these often distant dots are real wild mustangs!

Happy Trails!

Ginger Kathrens
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BLM Director Announces No Killing of Wild Horses in Captivity

Points to TCF/AWHPC Lawsuit as reason for Halting Wild Mare Sterilization

WASHINGTON, DC – (September 15, 2016) – Yesterday, BLM head, Neil Kornze announced that the BLM was not accepting the recommendation from their National Advisory Board to destroy wild horses in holding and to offer wild horses that had been passed over for adoption for sale without limitation.  “This recommendation met a firestorm of outrage across the country and caused our phones to ring off the hook,” states Ginger Kathrens, Humane Advocate on the Advisory Board and Volunteer Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation (TCF), the sole dissenting vote to the board’s recommendation.

Prior to the Sept meeting TCF learned that the BLM decided to drop Wild Mare Sterilization Research Experiments in which wild mares (and fillies as young as 8 months) would be surgically sterilized. BLM Director Kornze indirectly referenced the TCF and AWHPC lawsuit requesting to be present to view and record the sterilization procedures, as the reason the experiments in Oregon were cancelled.

Other lawsuits and thousands of emails, letters and phone calls from concerned Americans played a significant part in bringing a halt to the experiments as well as halting the recommendation to destroy captive wild horses.

Kathrens warns, “this does not mean the horses in holding and on the range are out of trouble.”  Kathrens recalls the documents that came to her office in late 2008 revealing  BLM Secret Meetings in which the agency discussed how many horses could be killed each year and how many psychologists would be needed to counsel BLM employees asked to kill healthy wild horses.     In June, Kathrens was asked to speak before the House Sub-Committee on Federal Lands.   “It was clear that the Western congressional representatives had no interest in hearing what I had to say,” she states. “They wanted the horses gone, and Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming purred that euthanasia of thousands of captive wild horses would be such ‘a lovely way to die,’ Kathrens states.

When asked, “where do we go from here?” Kathrens replied, “it is imperative that we continue to speak up, encouraging BLM to use humane tools to limit births in our wild horse herds. The ultimate goal is limiting reproduction to natural mortality. And to reduce the number of wild horses held in short term corrals, we should return these non-reproducing geldings and mares to available BLM lands designated for wild horse use, but where no wild horses currently live.”

This victory is due to thousands of advocates and concerned Americans’ expressing outrage and presenting a united voice for the wild horses.

LINKS:

BLM DirectorAnnounces No Killing of Wild Horses in Holding 

 BLM won’t euthanize wild horses it cannot adopt — Kornze

Lawsuit Filed toUphold Right to Observe Controversial Wild Horse Sterilization Experiments

Republican Led SubCommittee on Federal Lands

Mare SterilizationResearch EA

BLM Secret Meetings2008 

 

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