Let’s sign this petition on whitehouse.gov and maybe we can finally get the administration to see the importance of protecting our wild horses over securing corporate profits at the expense of the mustangs and burros. We only need 5000 signatures to be heard. But imagine if we had 10,000 or 100,000! Let’s make it happen!
A private clinic at Timbuktu in BC, Canada provided all around natural horsemanship to create a deeper connection and safe environment for the horses and their people. A lesson on how to teach a horse to stop when he is fearful instead of bolt. Meet April & Blueberry rescued from the PMU line as they offer their first r’ship.
Watch as Anna teaches a crucial lesson in desensitizing for both horse and rider.
For more information about Anna Twinney and the Reach Out to Horses Comprehensive Horsemanship Program visit us at reachouttohorses.com.
Trust. Partnership. Results. ~ Reach Out to Horses.
It’s all good!!!
Billy, a Norwegian Fjord Horse residing in Canada, has spent several years under saddle, but all of these years with a concern for “things” above him. During this Round Pen session you see Soenke, a ROTH student, communicate to Billy while getting him comfortable with objects on and around his saddle. With subtle cues, gestures, energy and communication the language of the horse reveals his comfort level and acceptance. The conversation speaks for itself.
Anna is proud to be teaming up with the Horse Protection League in Golden who greeted ROTH with open arms. Such a broad spectrum of horses attended from virtually untouched Arabians, 2 yrs old Mustang, ex-teaser, through to behavior modification requirements and school masters. In 3 days alone the horses learned to trust and accept leadership from their handlers. Some of the variety that crossed my path and the EXTREME positive changes were captured!
For more information on The Colorado Horse Protection League please visit their website at cohpl.org.
Portland, OR (August 18, 2010)—The Stinkingwater wild horse herd of Southeastern Oregon is slated for a near complete removal in a summer helicopter roundup scheduled to begin today. Concerned citizens in Oregon and across the country have been calling for a stop to this unnecessary and costly action. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposes to roundup all 214 wild horses and young foals they claim live in the area and release back only 40, leaving 20 stallions and 20 mares. At least one mare with a less than two-week-old foal are in danger from this roundup. Horses will be pushed over miles of rugged country criss-crossed with barbed wire fences in this roundup planned to last five days.
“The range is beautiful with abundant water and forage but it is managed as a cattle ranch- not as a wild horse range”, explains Cloud Foundation Associate Director, Makendra Silverman, who visited the range last week in a Herd-Watch capacity. “I found a less than one-week old foal and named him Pluto, assuming he is the last foal of the season. Running Pluto over these sharp volcanic rocks and rough terrain even a mile could be fatal.”
Although outnumbered 20:1 by privately-owned livestock in Stinkingwater, BLM has determined that only 40 wild horses may live on this 133 square-mile range. Minimal genetically-viable levels are set at 150-200 adult horses. Not one Oregon herd, including the famous Kiger mustangs, have herd levels set above 150.
“We’ve seen this again and again,” explains Cloud Foundation Director, Ginger Kathrens. “BLM sets their ridiculously low “appropriate” management levels at non-viable numbers and then turns around and zeros out the entire wild horse or burro herd for being ‘too small to manage’—the American public wants our wild herds preserved, not destroyed.”
Advocates fear that deaths will occur in Stinkingwater as a helicopter runs panicked horses and foals through a maze of barbed-wire fences.
“In 1990 the Government Accountability Office Report underscored that wild horse removals did not significantly improve range conditions,” explains Kathrens. “The report pointed to cattle as the culprit as they vastly outnumber horses on BLM-managed public lands and reported that wild horse removals are not linked to range conditions, noting the lack of data provided by BLM. Oregon has lost over half of the original wild horse and burro herds designated for protection in 1971.”
“I hope that I might return to find Pluto and his family safe in Stinkingwater- enjoying the precious freedom granted to them by Congress but so often dismissed by the BLM” concludes Silverman.
Links of interest:
Wild Horses: Management or Stampede to Extinction? Reno Gazette Special http://bit.ly/stampede2ext
Makendra’s blog post “a visit to Stinkingwater” http://bit.ly/VisitSW
Wild Horse Roundup Begins in California http://bit.ly/cuUZQN
PR Firm Hired for the Destruction of America’s Wild Horse and Burro Herds http://bit.ly/czf3HB
‘Herd-Watch: Public Eyes for Public Horses’ http://bit.ly/9Wvh58
Wild Horse and Burro Act http://bit.ly/a7hOeS
Mestengo. Mustang. Misfit. America’s Disappearing Wild Horses http://www.wildhorsepreservation.com/resources/wild.html
Disappointment Valley… A Modern Day Western Trailer- excellent sample of interviews regarding the issues http://bit.ly/awFbwm
Fact Sheet on Wild Herds & The Salazar Plan http://bit.ly/bfdX1y
Short-link to this release online: http://bit.ly/stinkingwater
Short-link to photos available for download: http://bit.ly/SWphotos
Past Cloud Foundation press releases http://bit.ly/TCFpress
Photos online here- also video and interviews available from:
The Cloud Foundation firstname.lastname@example.org, 719-633-3842
The Cloud Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to the preservation and protection of wild horses and burros on our Western public lands with a focus on protecting Cloud’s herd in the Pryor Mountains of Montana.
107 S. 7th St. – Colorado Springs, CO 80905 – 719-633-3842
“CAUTION….I’m outta here”
“SEE I told you it was no big deal”
Thank you to Liza Margulies for this photo documentary.
Liza Wallis Photography
Y’ALL HANG ON
WE MAY NOT COME BACK THIS WAY
Just another day at the office.
This is a horse. Can everyone say HORSE??? I just KNEW you could.
Why are you ladies so far away??
How does that feel?
How about this???
Last Time I promise!!
What question shall I ask?
Yes or No ??
It fell right here…I heard it…
SPEAKING of FALLING
Does she pass the line test??? CHECK
You can do it Angel
ALL GOOD HERE…Driving Along
Belly Over Test….CHECK
LOOKING LIKE PROS
Angel throws her toys…..ROB….out of the pram!!
Well they call it quality time for a reason.
All kidding aside this clinic was a huge success.
Thanks to Emma Noren for the wonderful photo diary.