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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A Daring Rescue for Julie

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Princess Julie (Part 1)

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Log: December, 2013 “On Sept. 28, the youngest horse at Being With Horses, a riding stable owned by Lennon & Veronika La Fortune in Tobago, fell from a cliff over four-stories high. Princess Julie, age 5, was found mid-morning by Lennon in the last place he dared to look, thinking she had simply escaped the enclosed pasture again. Whether she had slipped while grazing or the ground gave way underneath due to the rainy season, it is unknown how she fell. A crane was called in to rescue her, but the first attempt proved unsuccessful when her struggles nearly pulled the truck down with her. Paul Crooks, a vet from the Tobago SPCA, was called in to come sedate her before the rescue was tried again. There was doubt that she would survive, and suggestion to put her down on the spot. Lennon and Veronika refused to give up since she was like their child, born and raised in their backyard with her parents Jennifer and Shawari, the alpha and matriarch of the herd. After sedation, the second attempt was successful and she was reunited with her distraught family. Veronika contacted her brother in Germany, Tobias Danzer, who was able to recover the footage of this second attempt, which was filmed by one of the crane operators. The rescue ended early-afternoon. It was estimated that Julie was down there for nine hours. The first week of care was intensive, it’s a miracle there were no broken bones. The most major injuries included a dislodged neck and spine, a hole in the head which went straight down to the skull, a tear on the right foreleg, and a deep stab wound in the rear which tore out muscle tissue. There was grave concern when maggots were found deep inside the head wound, most likely laid there before she was found on the morning of the accident. It was feared that they had gotten into her brain after she almost fainted a few times. The removal of the parasites was long and torturous for everyone, and after the later discovered skull chip was pushed out from the wound itself, healing became rapid. There were times when the injuries would reopen from her itching or even simply moving, but in just two of the estimated nine months the vet said it would take for her to fully recover, most of her wounds are fully healed and she’s back to her old self. She still undergoes therapy for her neck and spine and won’t be ride-able by adults for at least another seven months, but it’s always a joy to see her running free alongside riders and rolling in the sand, since she may never have done that again.”

Special thanks to: Lennon & Veronika La Fortune for their support Paul Crooks from the Tobago SPCA for his assistance in veterinary care Auto Assist 800-4TOW for making the rescue possible and filming it Tobias Danzer for recovering the rescue footage Music by Yasunori Mitsuda from the Chrono Cross Original Soundtrack

Visit their site and watch the video here!

 

 

 

A Celebration of Wild Horses and Burros – The Annual Fundraiser is Here!

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Born To Be Wild – A Celebration of Wild Horses and Burros

Annual Fundraiser for The Cloud Foundation

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO  (Oct.2, 2017) Enjoy a fun-filled evening and support a great cause by attending The Cloud Foundation’s Annual Fundraiser Dinner and Silent Auction. The event at the Arvada Events Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. Arvada, CO. will include appearances by Ginger Kathrens, Emmy-Award Winning producer, cinematographer, award-winning author and founder of The Cloud Foundation and Adam Bartley, well-known TV star from Longmire.  You’ll also have the  opportunity to meet a rescued mustang, Piccolo and burro, Dylan.  Numerous items will be available in our silent auction and Cloud merchandise will be available for purchase. The Oct. 12 event is from 6:00 to 10:00 PM and the cost is $75.00 per person.

Funds raised will aid The Cloud Foundation’s efforts to preserve and protect wild horses and burros on public lands.  Kathrens, Executive Director and Founder of The Cloud Foundation has advocated for wild horses and burros since 1994.  Her journey with wild horses has been compared to Jane Goodall’s experience with Chimpanzees.  Her documentation of the wild stallion Cloud in three films produced for WNET’s Nature series on PBS represents the only continuing chronicle of a wild animal from birth in our hemisphere.  Kathrens was appointed to the BLM’s National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board in April 2016.

The Cloud Foundation advocates for the management of wild horses and burros “on the range” using safe and effective fertility control vaccine, and actively promotes recruitment of volunteers to help document and manage herds on their native lands.  Currently BLM rounds up thousands of wild horses and burros each year and stockpiles them in feedlot style corrals at taxpayer expense.   BLM is now considering slaughtering over to 50,000 wild horses and burros in their facilities as a way to cut costs, instead of pursuing humane and economically feasible “on the range” management strategies endorsed by The Cloud Foundation.

The Cloud Foundation, is a Colorado 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, that grew out of Ginger’s knowledge and fear for wild horses and burros in the West. “I began to realize that we were losing America’s wild horses,” Ginger says. “They are rounded up by the thousands, losing in an instant what they value most–freedom and family.

To purchase tickets go to www.thecloudfoundation.orghttps://squareup.com/store/the-cloud-foundation/ or call 719-633-3842.  Please make reservations by October 8th, 2017.

 

Links:

www.thecloudfoundation.org

https://squareup.com/store/the-cloud-foundation/

 

Media Contact

Paula Todd King

paula@thecloudfoundation.org

The Cloud Foundation

843-592-0720:

 

The Cloud Foundation (TCF) is a Colorado based 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of wild horses and burros on our western public lands.

The Wonder of the Wild Ones: Highlights from the Untouched Horse Course

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Wild horses have taken me across the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, China, and back to where it all began in California, in discovery of their wisdom.  They are the Wikipedia of the silent language of horses.  They are the master teachers.  They teach us the intricacies of collaboration and an in-depth dialogue.  They teach us the truth about ourselves.  They take horsemanship to the greatest depths and greatest heights, allowing you to become the best you can be.  I am honored to have been invited to the Wild Horse Sanctuary, in Shingletown, California, in support of their mission and am proud to become part of their horse gentling team.  
 

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Do you want to watch our sessions?  Anna live streams on her courses to bring the world along with on the journey!  Follow the link below to videos from this year’s Untouched Horse Course.

Watch ROTH Certified Trainer, Sarah Lockwood on course!

A Bit of Fun at Day’s End

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Anna spent a week August at the Wild Horse Sanctuary in Shingletown, CA, sharing the methods and the wisdom behind developing trust and a bond with the wild ones.  Students were each assigned a wild horse with whom to spend the week and with whom to develop the partnership that is so necessary in safely gentling wild horses.

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Sharing space – a profound moment of connection!

We can share space with one another through “being” and not “doing”, through meditation and through a practice of animal communication. We can remove all agendas and intentions allowing the flow of a conversation to foster a partnership built on the horse’s rituals, built on mutual trust. One which takes out the pressure, allows for reading of the horse’s energy, language, personality, and individual learning. This is not bribery. It is a magical experience for us to blend our energies becoming one, which naturally brings forth a bonding time. It’s the foundation and introduction to pave the way for our relationship.

 

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Sitting silently we watch the horses and come to understand the ROTH way;  a way based on the true nature of the horse.  Many watch but few see.  Through education, a keen eye, and in-depth understanding, Anna interprets the horses’ communication and dynamics, explaining how she bridges the gap in the gentling, and incorporates the whole horse within the methodologies.

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What we can learn from the horses themselves is truly invaluable!  We learn to be receptive to what they can teach us about how to be effective communicators in a language that they understand.

Do you want to be included in next year’s mustang course?  Or do you simply want to stay up to date on all Anna shares about her journeys, including the tips and horsemanship help that can be found in her videos and live streams?  Join our newsletter, Diary of a Horse Whisperer, and let everything come to you in a neatly packaged, bimonthly email!

The signup link is here: http://www.reachouttohorses.com/contact/register.php

 

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!

Support wild mustangs and burros:

Please contact us for more information:

Our mailing address is:
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Colorado Springs, CO 80908

Our Phone Number Is:
(719)633-3842

Our email is:
info@thecloudfoundation.org

Thank you so much for your support!
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Wild Horses of Sea and Sand

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November 2016

In October, Ann Evans and I visited the northernmost point of the Outer Banks Islands off the coast of North Carolina. I have wanted to see the wild horses there for a long time.

The island might seem inhospitable for wild horses but, for nearly 500 years, it has been home to a wild herd. Named for the Island on which they live, the Corolla Wild Horses are survivors of shipwrecks on a turbulent coastline called the Graveyard of the Atlantic.  Now, however, the horses are severely endangered. Recent, rampant development of their tiny island threatens to destroy the herd. Fewer than 100 animals remain.

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Photo Above-Ann Evans

DNA work on the herd by Dr. E. Gus Cothran of Texas A&M University confirms their unique Spanish heritage and also their vulnerability to inbreeding. The herd has only one matrilineal line remaining. Plans for captive breeding are underway but uncontrolled development could leave the herd with no room to roam.

If you want to help these tough, little survivors we urge you to contact the Corolla Wild Horse Fund-www.corollawildhorsefund.org. Ask the Fund what you can do to help.

Our thanks go out to Karen McCalpin, Executive Director of the Corolla Wild Horse Fund, and Meg Puckett, Herd Manager, for guiding and educating us. It was an unforgettable trip as you can see from this video!

Happy Trails,
Ginger

Click here to donate and support wild horses and burros: Donate!

 

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
For more on Cloud and the world of the Mustangs across the U.S. follow the link:

The Cloud Foundation