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This Week in Wild Beauty: July 23rd, 2022

THIS WEEK IN WILD BEAUTY: July 23rd, 2022

The Wild Beauty Foundation welcomes you to the tenth edition of our weekly newsletter!

Read the newest wild horse and burro focused headlines for the week of July 23rd, 2022

Three Wild Horses Battle on a Cliff Side by Chad Hanson

Photograph by Chad Hanson


Congressman Joe Neguse Introduces Amendment Eliminating Funding for Roundups Using Aircraft Methods

Colorado representative Joe Neguse, Chair of the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands introduced an amendment to H.R. 8294, the Fiscal Year 2023 Appropriations Minibus. This amendment would eliminate funding for wild horse and burro roundups that utilize a helicopter drive method or any type of low-flying aircraft in the roundup of equines.

“I am deeply concerned about BLM moving forward with these roundups. We must reevaluate and reconsider the methods in which we manage these herds, ensuring that we are doing so cost-effectively and humanely.”

Last month, Neguse spoke out against the Bureau of Land Management’s Piceance Basin roundup plans in a letter sent to both the BLM Director and acting BLM Colorado State Director. Within the letter, Neguse requested a delay and reevaluation of the upcoming roundup considering the state’s unsafe handling of the equine influenza outbreak at their primary holding facility.

He urged the BLM that “Wild horses are vital to the biodiversity of the American West”, a statement that we at WBF agree with completely. 

We are delighted to see Congressman Neguse standing with wild horses and advocating for their protection for generations to come.

 

The majestic Alpine wild horses from our upcoming WILD BEAUTY documentary

The majestic Alpine wild horses from our upcoming WILD BEAUTY documentary

Lawsuit Filed Against the U.S. Forest Service for Unnecessary Roundup in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest

Our imaginations were utterly captivated by visiting the Apache-Sitgreaves Forest wild horses in Arizona last year.  These fairytale horses exist in the deep woods, and now like many herds across the Western U.S. – they are been targeted for removal. 

In a press release submitted by the International Society for the Protection of Mustangs (ISPMB) it was revealed that a lawsuit was filed to stop the removal of wild horses that have been living on the Apache side of the Apache-Sitgreaves Forest. First hand observers claim these horses have resided within the forest for over 100 years.

Unfortunately but not shockingly, the U.S. Forest Service has decided to move forward with roundup efforts despite the public’s disapproval. Due to horses within National Forests currently being classified as “feral”, the Apache-Sitgreaves wild horses are not being protected under the 1971 Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.

Because of this loophole, the U.S. Forest Service is able to sell horses to buyers without the regulation of adoption papers, leading many to end up in the horror of the slaughter pipeline

This Week’s Call To Action

Advocate for the Apache-Sitgreaves Horses to be Protected Under the Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971

This is where you come in.  In order to save the Apache-Sitgreaves wild horses, we must band together to express our disapproval of the Forest Service’s management. Call or email, and make sure to tell them “I stand with wild horses.” We must push for these animals to be protected under the Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971.

These horses need you to share your voice. You can send a letter to the Apache Sitgreaves Nation Forest office at:

Apache Sitgreaves National Forests

30 S. Chiricahua Dr.

Springerville, AZ 85938

Or call:

928-333-6280

Judy Palmer, Forest Supervisor

Ericka Luna, Deputy Forest Supervisor

 

"Do You Stand with Wild Horses" Ad

WBF Releases New Ads in Colorado Newspapers

This week WBF released a new ad in Colorado newspapers urging locals to join the fight to protect their state’s wild horses.  This follows a stunning article written by Eva Thomas for the Telluride Daily Planet about WBF’s efforts and upcoming film.

Set on a beautiful image of strength and perseverance by Kimerlee Curyl, this latest ad asks locals if they stand with wild horses and provides resources to learn more about their cause through The Wild Beauty Foundation. WBF is very excited to bring wild horses to the world stage through creativity, teamwork, and illumination this fall with our upcoming documentary WILD BEAUTY.

 

WILD BEAUTY Documentary Update

A mustang glimmering in the late afternoon sun from our upcoming WILD BEAUTY documentary

A mustang glimmering in the late afternoon sun from our upcoming WILD BEAUTY documentary which at last debuts in September!

We’re going to reserve the details for now, but WILD BEAUTY: Mustang Spirit of the West will at last debut on the film festival circuit in September 2022!  Watch our social media channels for announcements and calls to action.

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We will invite all wild horse groups to support the release, and for collaborative and positive personalities to promote #wildhorseteamwork

We don’t always need to agree.  But we must stand together.  For them.

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A Photo of a Wild Mare and Foal Taken by Carol Walker

Photograph by Kimerlee Curyl

BLM Looks for Public Comment on Proposed Wild Horse Contraceptive Research

This Wednesday, the BLM released a statement asking for the public’s comment on new research regarding wild horse fertility control methods. They state that they are interested in developing a “longer lasting” fertility control method. This wording could become destructive as several current forms of fertility control are potentially deemed irreversible and could eliminate a whole herd if used incorrectly. 

Although it seems encouraging that the BLM is looking into alternative management for wild horses instead of helicopter roundups and sending horses to live out the rest of their lives in a crowded holding facility, we as advocates must watch out for specific wording by the BLM that might lead to another loophole in eradicating the wild horse population altogether.

If you are interested in leaving a public comment on this proposed research project, you can do so by visiting the BLM’s ePlanning page and leaving an educated comment by August 22nd.

 

A Galloping Herd of Wild Horses in a Photo Taken by Carol Walker

Photograph by Carol Walker

BLM to Roundup Approximately 2,000 Wild Horses and Burros from Twin Peaks HMA

Unfortunate news out of California and Nevada reveals the BLM’s plans to remove approximately 1,800 wild horses and 339 burros off of public land within the Twin Peaks HMA. This herd management area falls between the California and Nevada line and amasses more than 758,000 acres of land.

According to the BLM’s website, this HMA is especially unique as it is one of few areas that include both wild horses and burros, allowing wild mules to exist within the HMA. 

This helicopter drive trap roundup began Saturday, July 23rd. WBF is saddened to hear of yet another HMA ravaged by low-flying helicopters and exhausting runs over miles of land. At this moment, the BLM claims that the Appropriate Management Level (AML) is 448-758 wild horses and 72-116 wild burros. These numbers reduce the population down to approximately 18% of its current size. These excessive roundups must stop before our wild horses are moved to extinction.

Two Roans and a Buckskin Walk into the Sunlight in a Photo by Sandy Sharkey

Photography by Sandy Sharkey

Current Roundup Updates

As of this week, the BLM is in the process of three wild horse roundups across the western U.S. These roundups include the Piceance-East Douglas HMA, Triple B Complex, and Twin Peaks HMA.

In Colorado, the Piceance roundup has been met with strict criticism by elected officials and advocates alike. From June 16th to July 22nd, BLM has rounded up 538 wild horses and shipped 425 of those to holding facilities. Their current AML is 135-235 horses of an estimated population of 1,385. This is a very low AML considering the current population and acreage numbers for this HMA. We continue to stand by Governor Polis of Colorado, First Gentleman Marlon Reis, and the elected officials who are fighting to halt helicopter roundups in their state.

Further west, Nevada’s Triple B Complex horses are facing yet another destructive roundup. Just three years ago in July of 2019, WBF visited this HMA to gather first-hand accounts of the inhumane treatment that wild horses face during helicopter gathers. The Triple B roundup was the first that WBF witnessed live and captured on camera, and we were shocked to see just how low the helicopters were flying to the terrified herd. 

This year’s roundup has seen 285 horses rounded up since July 15th, with 246 horses shipped to holding facilities so far. The BLM has also reported an upsetting 6 deaths within the week that the roundup has been occurring; two of which being 4-month-old foals who were euthanized due to a fractured front leg and lax flexor tendons. 

While the BLM states that the reason for the roundup is overpopulation and lack of water and forage, they continue to allow livestock grazing and mining within the HMA.

WBF supports that this narrative given by the BLM to excuse their roundup efforts is false, and allows for those in favor of special interests to profit off the land allocated for wild horses.

We at WBF urge the public to stand with wild horses. These animals need an increase in advocacy as the BLM continues to give what we believe are false narratives for their roundups.

 

Several Black and White Pintos Gather by a Water Hole in a Photo by Carol Walker

Photograph by Carol Walker

Interview with Carol Walker on “Blue Zeus: Legend of the Red Desert”

Last week, we sat down with photographer and advocate Carol Walker to discuss her new book, “Blue Zeus: Legend of the Red Desert” on WBF Facebook live.  Watch the interview here, which contains quite a bit of fantastic information about wild horses.

Next up, WBF will be publishing an extensive Q&A with Carol on next week’s newsletter!

A Herd of Grey Horses Grazes on Top of a Hill in a Photo by Jim Brown

Photograph by Jim Brown

Glimpse of Wild Beauty

This vibrant photo of a group of grey wild horses in the Wyoming Muskrat Basin HMA was captured by wildlife photographer, Jim Brown. Even on the darkest days, America’s wild horses are an image of strength and freedom.

 

A Wild Horse Stands Proud in a Photo by Sandy Sharkey

Photograph by Sandy Sharkey


A Quote to Graze On

“Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty.”

-John Ruskin

The sooner we begin to appreciate the natural beauty around us, the sooner we will learn how to protect it for generations to come.

Thank you for being a supporter of wild horses, and protecting the wild beauty of our world.
– The WBF Team

#istandwithwildhorses #wildbeautyspirit

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This Week in Wild Beauty: July 16th, 2022

THIS WEEK IN WILD BEAUTY: July 16th, 2022

The Wild Beauty Foundation welcomes you to the ninth edition of our weekly newsletter!

Read the newest wild horse and burro focused headlines for the week of July 16th, 2022

A Black and White Photo of Two Wild Horses by Sandy Sharkey

Photograph by Sandy Sharkey


Governor Jared Polis Issues Statement Regarding the Piceance Basin HMA

Early this week, Governor Jared Polis and First Gentleman Marlon Reis sent a letter to the BLM interim state director, Stephanie Connolly. In this letter (read in full below), Polis urged the BLM to work closely with the governor’s office to protect the Piceance Basin wild horses. He asked Connolly to allow his State Veterinarian’s office to be on the ground during the roundup to bear witness to the events and assist if needed. Along with having a veterinarian on site, Polis urges for roundup contractors to be held accountable for the care and safety of the wild horses they are rounding up.

Governor Polis and First Gentleman Reis know the harms of stripping foals away from their mothers much too young during roundups and mention the harm in doing so in their letter. Given these stampedes (which have sadly just begun) are so close to foaling season, the use of helicopters can severely injure a foal or even cause death, if the young horse is run too far or too long in hot temperatures.  No baby of any kind should endure such inhumane treatment.

WBF thanks the Governor for standing with wild horses and continuing his support in the fight to protect them in the beautiful state of Colorado.  You can read the full letter below.

A Letter to the BLM sent by Governor Jared Polis Page 1A Letter to the BLM sent by Governor Jared Polis Page 2

 

A Wild Horse Walks Toward the Camera in a Photo by Chad Hanson

Photograph by Chad Hanson

BLM Plans to Roundup 1,900 Wild Horses in the Triple B HMA

The below news is particularly personal for us at WBF, given the very first roundup we ever filmed for our upcoming documentary WILD BEAUTY was at Triple B in Nevada during July of 2019. 

Our two WBF Ambassador Horses, Zephyra and Zion, were once part of this herd.  We rescued them following this shocking roundup, which utilized two helicopters in maneuvers we have never even seen during stunt work on feature films. 

Zion was approximately one month old when he was driven, all by himself, into the trapsite.

Zephyra and Zion in Holding at Palomino Valley in 2019

Zion and Zephyra in BLM holding at Palomino Valley, 2019.

Not all the young foals survived that 2019 roundup, as they were dramatically stampeded in heat that exceeded over 100 degrees based on each of our crew member phones that day.  But Zion did survive.  He was thankfully reunited with his mother Zephyra in holding, and we traveled to the facility in Palomino Valley to adopt them.

Zion at Flag Is Up Farm with WBF Youth Ambassador, Jocelyn M. during Monty Roberts' "The Movement" event this June 2022

Zion at Flag Is Up Farm with WBF Youth Ambassador, Jocelyn M. during Monty Roberts’ “The Movement” event this June 2022

Now the Triple B herd is being targeted again, in almost exactly three years.

Beginning Friday, July 15th, 2022 the Bureau of Land Management will round up nearly 2,000 wild horses in the Triple B and Antelope combined HMA near Ely, Nevada. At this time, 1,800 are to be removed and an additional 100 mares will be treated with the potentially irreversible and damaging GonaCon contraceptive vaccine.

Unfortunately, this roundup will be conducted yet again using a helicopter-assisted method which has been proven to be dangerous after deadly roundups this season. The BLM claims that the AML for this HMA is 482-821 horses. For the expansive combined HMAs in this area, WBF believes that this population is extremely low and damaging to the dynamics of the herd.

While the BLM states that the reason for the roundup is overpopulation and lack of water and forage, they continue to allow livestock grazing and mining within the HMA.

WBF supports that this narrative given by the BLM to excuse their roundup efforts is false, and allows for those in favor of special interests to profit off the land allocated for wild horses.

 

The eye of Old Man, an Onaqui wild horse from our upcoming WILD BEAUTY documentary

The eye of Old Man, an Onaqui wild horse from our upcoming WILD BEAUTY documentary

One Year Since the Onaqui Roundup

One year ago today, WBF was on the ground as the BLM rounded up hundreds of America’s most iconic wild horses. The Onaqui of Utah were subjected to a tragic helicopter roundup in the heat of the summer. Over 400 horses were taken from the wild and had their freedom stripped away.

While some horses were adopted months later, numerous deaths occurred following the roundup – both at the Delta holding facility, the Sutherland facility, and even in trailer rides to their future adopters.

This has to stop.  Will you help us?  Keep reading.

This Week’s Call To Action

Share the “Loss of a National Treasure” Onaqui Video
To Your Social Media

One year after their roundup, countless wild horses across different parts of our country are being chased for miles, held in holding facilities, or transported to an unknown fate.

We must stop these continuous, destructive practices that the BLM uses to “manage” these intelligent and emotional animals. This week, WBF asks you to share the above Onaqui video on your social media channels. By using their tragedy to educate, we can hold the BLM accountable for their actions and stop future roundups before they become as harsh as this beautiful herds.

Our documentary crew was there to witness the harsh truth of BLM roundups. What we saw was heartbreaking. You may be shocked by what you see, including a small child riding around in the helicopter as the horses are being stripped of their freedom – while our professional film crew was denied access to film the trapsite area.

This year, we hold the freedom of the Onaqui in our hearts. 

Please share the video on social media this week in memory of the Onaqui.

WILD BEAUTY Documentary Update

Wild horses kick up dust in Sand Wash Basin, Colorado from our upcoming WILD BEAUTY documentary

Wild horses kick up dust in Sand Wash Basin, Colorado from our upcoming WILD BEAUTY documentary which at last debuts in September!

We’re going to reserve the details for now, but WILD BEAUTY: Mustang Spirit of the West will at last debut on the film festival circuit in September 2022!  Watch our social media channels for announcements and calls to action.

***
We will invite all wild horse groups to support the release, and for collaborative and positive personalities to promote #wildhorseteamwork

We don’t always need to agree.  But we must stand together.  For them.

***

A Freeze Branded Mustang Lies in the Center of Several Others in a Photo by Kimerlee Curyl

Photograph by Kimerlee Curyl


Members of Congress Call for Better Protection of Devil’s Garden Wild Horses

In a letter sent to the U.S. Forest Service on Thursday, July 14th, 2022, 39 members of Congress urged the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to amend their management practices for California’s wild horses. This letter comes after the Devil’s Garden Plateau Wild Horses of Modoc National Forest have recently been subjected to extensive roundups and a lack of regulation during sales. The members urge that these practices will cause many of America’s iconic symbols of freedom to end up in international slaughterhouses. 

Led by Congressman Ted Lieu of Los Angeles, California, the letter pushes for a comprehensive animal welfare program to guide the management of wild horses in the herd territories as well as the implementation of reversible contraceptive measures in current herd populations. The letter requested an immediate moratorium on the roundup, sale, adoption, or transportation of any wild horse by the USFS.

The Devil’s Garden Plateau Wild Horse Territory is the largest territory managed for wild horses by the U.S Forest Service in both land size and herd population. In 2014, the territory was issued an Appropriate Management Level of 402 adult horses on 258,000 acres of land. For being the largest wild horse territory in the U.S., we feel this AML is extremely low.

WBF thanks these members of Congress who are urging the government to issue more protective measures for these animals. 

Carol Walker

Join us July 19th for a Live Interview with Wild Horse Photographer Carol Walker

WBF is happy to announce an upcoming live interview with Carol Walker as we discuss her new book, “Blue Zeus: Legend of the Red Desert”!

Join us at 9am PT/ 12pm EST on WBF’s Facebook page as Carol answers some of our questions. Learn what brought Carol to the Red Desert and how the horses there changed her life forever. WBF appreciates Carol for her time to chat with us and educate others.

You can support Carol’s creative work and her advocacy by purchasing a copy of Blue Zeus on Amazon, or visiting her website to discover her art.

You can also support the rescue of other wild horses, for sometimes the less colorful or famous are left behind.  Blue Zeus now lives at Skydog Sanctuary in Oregon, an organization that works hard to rescue wild horses of every color, in addition to older geldings and those who may be picked last, or never picked at all.

Consider making a donation to Skydog directly to support their efforts by clicking here.

#wildhorseteamwork

Black Beauty Exclusive Screening at The Unbridled Heroes Project Poster

July 23rd Event to Benefit Unbridled Heroes Project

To benefit veterans and their families, as well as to raise awareness for wild horses, WBF founders & filmmakers Ashley Avis & Edward Winters will be hosting an event with the Unbridled Heroes Project!  UHP will be opening up their sanctuary in New Jersey, and Ashley and Ed will do a Q&A and special viewing of Disney’s Black Beauty for local children and families. They will be signing posters and discussing the upcoming WILD BEAUTY documentary.

100% of proceeds will benefit the Unbridled Heroes Project.

A Herd of Dilute Mustangs Runs Free in a Photo by Carol Walker

Photograph by Carol Walker

Glimpse of Wild Beauty

In celebration of I Love Horses Day, WBF urges you to post a picture of a wild horse you love this week. We cannot forget those who once called our public lands home on this day. This photo by Carol Walker showcases the beauty of the wild horses we love so elegantly.

 

A stallion stands under the sunset in our upcoming WILD BEAUTY documentary

A stallion stands under the sunset in our upcoming WILD BEAUTY documentary


A Quote to Graze On

“Horses do not know how much you know until they know how much you care.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

Standing with wild horses in order to make a change is one of the best ways to show a horse you care. We at WBF care about every wild horse’s well-being and freedom. Will you stand with wild horses?

Thank you for being a supporter of wild horses, and protecting the wild beauty of our world.
– The WBF Team

#istandwithwildhorses #wildbeautyspirit

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This Week in Wild Beauty: July 9th, 2022

THIS WEEK IN WILD BEAUTY: July 9th, 2022

The Wild Beauty Foundation welcomes you to the eighth edition of our weekly newsletter!

Read the newest wild horse and burro focused headlines for the week of July 9th, 2022

 

"Wild Beauty" on the Cover of the Telluride Daily Planet


Wild Beauty Graces the Cover of the Telluride Daily Planet

We are so grateful that this Thursday, July 7th, 2022 wild horses took center stage in the Telluride Daily Planet! This article written by Eva Thomas officially announced, “Wild Beauty: Mustang Spirit of the West” as a submission to the Telluride Film Festival. Director and WBF founder Ashley Avis spoke about the many issues wild horses face and how the documentary will bring light to this cause. WBF is eager for audiences to see the film and hopes that it urges others to stand with wild horses. 

Ashley explained to the Telluride Daily Planet, “They’re sticking brands on their necks and basically marking them. Some of these horses get spray painted. It’s disgusting. They don’t have shade, and a lot of them aren’t protected from the elements. They’re all overcrowded, and little babies are laying in piles of their own excrement.” This is something that in our experience and educated opinion, the BLM knows all too well is happening but does not take critical steps to change.

A premiere in Colorado would be fantastic to illuminate the cause, given the state’s overall more progressive mindset about wild horses and the vocal support of Governor Jared Polis and First Gentleman Marlon Reis. Ashley notes “we have to have a meaningful world premiere to kick off that energy for our entertainment world to pay attention.”

We thank Eva Thomas for writing such a beautiful article and for standing with wild horses! You can read the full article here!

 

A Grey Wild Horse Walks Across the Range in a Photo by Sandy Sharkey

Photograph by Sandy Sharkey

BLM Comes to New Decision in North Lander Complex Management

This week the BLM issued a press release outlining its new management plans for the North Lander Complex. This wild horse complex consists of four herd management areas (HMAs), Conant Creek, Dishpan Butte, Muskrat Basin, and Rock Creek Mountain. Between these four HMAs, there are approximately 2,000 wild horses; however, the BLM wants to reduce this number to as little as 320 horses.

Having a population below 100 horses per HMA is uncalled for and could lead to the extermination of Wyoming’s wild horses altogether.

The BLM claims that while a roundup is not currently on their schedule, that could change, as an emergency roundup could be rescheduled to the end of this year. In addition to roundups, they plan to implement some of the most destructive forms of birth control in wild horses. These options can be irreversible, meaning if the population begins to decline rapidly there may be no way to increase it back to a genetically sustainable number.

These contraceptives include gelding stallions, adjusting sex ratios, implementing IUDs, and administering GonaCon-Equine.

As mentioned in previous newsletters, GonaCon can break down ovaries, leaving mares chemically sterilized after only 2 injections. 

Further, the gelding of stallions is irreversible and causes a change in natural herd dynamics which can also be dangerous for the horses.

We must stop this planned eradication of Wyoming’s wild horses by the BLM.

 

The Alpine wild horses from our upcoming WILD BEAUTY documentary

The Alpine wild horses from our upcoming WILD BEAUTY documentary

The roundup of Arizona’s Alpine Horses Begins

The U.S. Forest Service announced that they would be conducting a roundup of wild horses in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests this week. According to the Forest Service, wild horses are considered “unauthorized livestock” and are not protected under the Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971.

WBF believes this is a false narrative given by the government agency in order to remove horses from the wild without the regulations of the Wild Horses and Burros Act. Despite historical evidence of wild horses being present and thriving in this forest for over a century, the U.S. Forest Service is yet again using the repetitive narrative that these horses are “feral” to push for a roundup and potentially replace the wild horses with privately owned livestock.

Back in March, WBF shared a PSA supporting the roundup reprieve for the Alpine wild horses during foaling season. This PSA included clips from our documentary during our time in Arizona. These horses ignited our imaginations as they moved magically through the deep forests with their families. Because of the outpouring of support these horses received, the 100-day reprieve was granted.

This is proof that our collective voices have power, and we must use them again to fight to keep them wild.

You can see the original video on our Facebook, here.

In a press release issued this week, the Forest Service claims these horses are “feral” and are asking members of the public that have “proof of ownership” to come forward and claim their horse. These animals are just as wild as BLM-managed wild horses, but considering they are inside the National Forest, they are treated by the Forest Service as feral horses. Not only are they requesting people to provide “proof of ownership”, they are also making those that come forward pay all expenses incurred in the roundup, feeding, and care of the horses.

The Forest Service says that horses cannot be adopted because “regulations require that feral horses be offered for public sale” meaning that they are easily accessible to kill buyers with intentions of shipping them to slaughter. A planned public sale will occur on July 14th. They claim that they will only be up for private “adoption” sale if there is no minimum bid placed.

However, their press release states that any horses that do not sell “will be taken to a long term safe and humane holding facility, and we will work with interested parties until all horses are sold or transferred.” It can be inferred that horses that are not sold may be transferred or sold to kill buyers.

WBF feels these are lies which are carefully worded, to encourage the public to support their decision in removing the horses from their home.

These horses need us to stand up for them now, more than ever.

 

The Portrait of a Wild Mustang by Kimerlee Curyl

Photograph by Kimerlee Curyl


This Week’s Call To Action

Stand with the Apache-Sitgreaves Wild Horses

The U.S. Forest Service is currently conducting bait and trap roundups in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. They plan to remove the wild horses who they deem “unauthorized livestock” and replace them with cattle, a type of “authorized” livestock.

These stunning horses are in our upcoming documentary, and have also been tragically targeted in intentional shootings by someone who has entered the forest each year, who has been killing them and seemingly targeting families.  The killer has still not been identified, which we find shocking given the evidence WBF has uncovered with other advocates from the region.  We hope this individual, and potentially his partner, are brought to justice soon.

Read an article about this here.

Right now, these Arizona based wild horses need you to share your voice. The killings and the targeting of these horses for roundups needs to stop.  Please call Arizona Governor Ducey this week at:

602-542-4331

A Bay Roan Stallion Stands Proud in a Photo by Chad HansonPhotograph by Chad Hanson

Coming Soon

Mustang Diary: Erin & Alamo

As announced in a previous newsletter, WBF will be introducing “Mustang Diaries”, a collection of personal stories written by those who have adopted their own wild horse!

Next week, we will kick off Mustang Diaries with Erin and Alamo’s recent journey. Last year, Erin adopted an 11-year-old gelding that was rounded up from the Onaqui herd; a herd that we at WBF keep close to our hearts. We were touched to hear how Erin’s compassion for wild horses inspired her to choose an older gelding that was prone to a life of inhumane suffering if not for her caring heart.

Erin has said that Alamo has been doing great and she continues to learn more about his personality every day! We will be sharing more about Erin’s adoption of Alamo soon so keep an eye out on the blog for their full story!

 

A still of a helicopter from our upcoming WILD BEAUTY documentary

A still from our upcoming WILD BEAUTY documentary


Roundup Updates

Right now, eyes are on the Piceance-East Douglas and Buffalo Hills wild horse roundups that have been occurring for the past week. We at WBF stand with these wild horses and are disappointed to see these seemingly protected animals being managed this way by the BLM. 

In the Piceance-East Douglas herd management area of northwest Colorado, we have learned that 18 horses have already been captured using bait and trap methods. In this area alone, there have been over 1,300 wild horses roaming these lands; wild, free and healthy.

This does not stop the BLM from reducing their numbers by nearly 83% and claiming that the appropriate management level is a mere 135-235 horses.  We feel it is clear the BLM will stop at nothing to force wild horse populations down to “low AML”.

This week, photographers have captured the terrain that the BLM plans to chase the horses through with helicopters.

The area of the roundup is scattered with oil and gas structures which pose extremely dangerous risks to the wild horses as well as other wildlife.

The BLM plans to initiate the helicopter roundup next Friday, July 15th, 2022. 

In Nevada’s Buffalo Hills HMA, the BLM reports that they have already rounded up 353 horses in the past eight days. They state that they have not administered any fertility control, and they have shipped 275 horses to the holding facility.

Tragically, there have been 10 deaths so far, two of which were from broken necks in the trap site. These horses fight for their freedom and families within the crowded pens that BLM chases them into and unfortunately some face life-threatening injuries.

This is a perfect example of why all helicopters for BLM herd management use should be grounded. We cannot stand by and let inhumane roundups like this continue.

 

A Horse Reaches Out to Smell Another in a Photo by Sandy Sharkey

Photograph by Sandy Sharkey

Glimpse of Wild Beauty

Two wild horses share a nuzzle in this beautiful photo by Sandy Sharkey. Wild horses create tight-knit bonds with their family members, but this familiar and comforting social dynamic is absolutely destroyed when they are rounded up.  This is why we are fighting with everything we have to bring wild horses to the world stage very soon with our documentary, WILD BEAUTY so the world knows what is happening.  

Stand by for significant calls to action beginning in August. Watch for these calls on our social media.

 

Wild horses run free in our upcoming WILD BEAUTY documentary

Wild horses run free in our upcoming WILD BEAUTY documentary


A Quote to Graze On

“You occasionally see one, and it’s the thrill of a lifetime. But mostly all you ever see is a cloud of dust after they are gone. It’s their stubborn ability to survive that makes them so remarkable.

-Velma “Wild Horse Annie” Johnson

Passionate wild horse advocate, “Wild Horse Annie” was a pioneer for wild horse advocacy. Her letter-writing campaign urged Congress to enact the Wild and Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971. We at WBF want to continue her legacy by closing loopholes that the BLM has found in the act since its passing, and to protect our wild horses for future generations.

Thank you for being a supporter of wild horses, and protecting the wild beauty of our world.
– The WBF Team

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This Week in Wild Beauty: July 2nd, 2022

THIS WEEK IN WILD BEAUTY: July 2nd, 2022

The Wild Beauty Foundation welcomes you to the seventh edition of our weekly newsletter!

This Week in Wild Beauty

Read the newest wild horse and burro focused headlines for the week of July 2nd, 2022

A Helicopter Descends on a Herd in a still from our upcoming WILD BEAUTY documentary

A still from our upcoming WILD BEAUTY documentary


The Beginning of the 2022 Roundup Season is Upon Us

July 1st marks a sorrowful day in the wild horse world. This month, brutal helicopter roundups begin in the western U.S. states. In the past few weeks, the Bureau of Land Management began announcing the upcoming roundups and starting initial preparations. This is after countless requests from the public and even Governor Polis of Colorado to halt helicopter roundups as well as allow investigation into government holding facilities.

From now until October, the BLM plans to conduct 13 roundups of wild horses and burros across six different states. Running these defenseless animals for miles in the intense summer heat is an unbelievably cruel practice. Many horses, particularly pregnant mares and newborn foals, become exhausted and risk injury or death due to the stress of low-flying helicopters driving them toward the trap site. 

The BLM plans to roundup over 22,000 horses from the wild, forcing them into overcrowded holding facilities where their health can rapidly decline. Very few horses are released back into the wild or adopted, and most are left with no remaining family members or herd dynamics. And even those who are “adopted” can fall into the hands of a kill buyer who may ship them to slaughter in Mexico or Canada. 

With proper oversight and management, our tax dollars would not need to be spent on holding facilities and the confinement of perfectly healthy wild horses. We at WBF urge lawmakers to look into the inhumane roundups and consider other management options for the wild horses and burros in our country.

These next few months will prove the BLM’s roundups are conducted with the interests of private contractors and livestock farmers in mind, not the well-being of our wild world.

"Freedom for Wild Horses" Graphic

WBF Releases New Newspaper Ads in Colorado

In light of the start of roundup season as well as the 4th of July weekend, we are running the above ad in Colorado newspapers. While people across the country are celebrating their freedom this Independence Day, countless wild horses have just entered the time of year where they risk having their freedom taken away. 

We at WBF thank Colorado Governor Jared Polis and First Gentleman Marlon Reis for being so outspoken and supportive of our wild horses. We are proud to stand with them in protecting the freedom of these beautiful symbols of the American West. 

We request that you share this ad with your local lawmakers and urge them to stand with wild horses as well. You can join the stand by posting a photo of a wild horse to social media, tag POTUS, FLOTUS, and your Representatives with the hashtag, #istandwithwildhorses

 

A band of wild horses runs free in our upcoming WILD BEAUTY documentary

A band of wild horses runs free in our upcoming WILD BEAUTY documentary

BLM Begins Roundup in Nevada’s Buffalo Hills HMA

Breaking News 7/2/22: The BLM will now be shipping these horses to Palomino Valley Center in Reno, Nevada, the largest BLM facility in the country.

This weekend marked the beginning of the Buffalo Hills roundup. The primary method of roundup according to the BLM? Helicopters. Located just outside of Gerlach, Nevada, the Buffalo Hills HMA has an estimated population of 541 wild horses. The BLM plans to reduce this number down to a shocking 188-314 horses after roundups. 

Not only are they reducing the herd size as a whole, but they also plan to implement GonaCon birth control for mares that are to be released back into the wild. You might remember our newsletter last month that called attention to the different forms of birth control that the BLM plans to administer. GonaCon, as we described, breaks down ovaries, leaving mares chemically sterilized after only 2 injections. They plan to inject up to 30 mares with GonaCon before releasing them back into the HMA. Not only will this herd size be genetically unsustainable, but the use of this destructive birth control on this many mares could lead to a collapse in the overall herd.

The press release issued by the BLM before the roundup said that the horses would be transported to the Indian Lakes Off-Range Corrals to later be adopted out or sold. Wild Horse Education cites that this facility is off-limits to the public, as is the temporary holding by the BLM. It appears in our opinion they are doing everything in their power to keep the public from seeing what goes on after these dangerous roundups.

As of the first day of the roundup, 68 wild horses were captured, including 10 foals. The BLM reported that a 4-month-old Bay foal was found dead in a trailer before arriving at holding. It is not known how this death occurred. We must stop these deadly roundups and advocate for more humane management efforts by the BLM.

This roundup will continue until July 21st, and we will continue to update you on the status of the wild horses in this area. 

 

Two Wild Horses Nuzzle in a Photo by Kimerlee Curyl

Photograph by Kimerlee Curyl

This Week’s Call To Action

Request the BLM Ground Helicopters and Stop the Use of GonaCon

It is widely known that low-flying helicopters driving wild horses into trap sites are dangerous and inhumane, yet the BLM still uses this tactic in almost all of their roundups.

The GonaCon contraceptive can also be highly dangerous to the wild horse population. Evidence has proven that this method can be irreversible and impacts natural herd behavior.

You can stand with wild horses by sending a letter to the BLM at:

1849 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20240

Call
202-208-3801

Photograph of Whisper During her Rehab by Airponies

Photograph of Whisper by Airponies

Rescue: Whisper Settles Into California

Whisper has been settling great into her new home with Black Beauty actress Mackenzie Foy this past week! They are both learning to trust each other and are starting to form a beautiful bond. We are so glad that Whisper of the Wild is continuing along the road to recovery and can’t wait to see what the future holds for her and Mackenzie. 

A Wild Horse Rests its Chin Atop Another's Neck in a Photo by Sandy Sharkey

Photograph by Sandy Sharkey

Colorado BLM to Conduct More Bait and Trap Roundups

The Colorado State Director revealed in a BLM informational meeting that the state would implement more bait and trap roundups into their management efforts. While they still plan to maintain their originally planned low Appropriate Management Levels, bait and trap roundups are a step forward in grounding all helicopters used in roundups. This is promising for the future of wild horse management as it could lead to more substantial roundup reform. 

This information comes after public disapproval of the Piceance HMA roundup being rescheduled from September to June after Governor Polis’ requests to halt the roundup altogether. Small acts of reform show that our voices can be heard, with more support from the public we can urge the BLM to change the ways in which they manage wild horses.

 

"Blue Zeus: Legend of the Red Desert" by Carol Walker Cover Art


Upcoming: An Interview with Carol Walker

Famed wild horse photographer, Carol Walker, will be joining WBF in the coming weeks to discuss her new book, “Blue Zeus: Legend of the Red Desert”! This beautiful book showcases Carol’s breathtaking photos of the Red Desert wild horses and tells a story of freedom, family, and separation as she follows the herd over several years. 

WBF’s interview with Carol Walker will be posted to our blog and a Facebook Live will be planned so that you can ask her your questions as well! 

“Blue Zeus: Legend of the Red Desert” is available for preorder on Carol’s website.

Erik Molvar

Erik Molvar to Join WBF for a Facebook Live

 

WBF is looking forward to a virtual discussion with Erik Molvar, Executive Director of Western Watersheds Project to discuss Colorado wild horses. Recently, the Western Watersheds Project did a flyover of the current BLM roundup location in the Piceance Basin. They concluded that they did not see a need for an emergency roundup.  Ask you pressing questions of Erik!

You can join our discussion live on Facebook this Tuesday, July 5th at 3pm PT/6pm EST by tuning in to our page.

www.facebook.com/wildbeautyfoundation

 

Four Wild Horses of Varying Colors Run Free in a Colorful Image by Carol Walker

Photograph by Carol Walker

Glimpse of Wild Beauty

Carol Walker’s photo of four Red Desert bachelor stallions reflects our summer celebration of freedom. Something that should not be taken away from our wild horses.

 

Two Horses Embrace Each Other in a Photo by Sandy Sharkey

Photograph by Sandy Sharkey

A Quote to Graze On

“Since humans first huddled around campfires, stories have been told of wild horses with wind in their manes, fire in their eyes and freedom in their hearts. Those horses eluded capture, and scorned the comforts of civilization. Americans have insisted they want their wild horses to live that way, forever.”

-Terri Farley

Author of “The Phantom Stallion” series, Terri Farley, summarizes the wishes of wild horse advocates far and wide this 4th of July. WBF wishes wild horses could revel in the same freedom we are able to celebrate this weekend.

Thank you for being a supporter of wild horses, and protecting the wild beauty of our world.
– The WBF Team

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This Week in Wild Beauty: June 25th, 2022

THIS WEEK IN WILD BEAUTY: June 25th, 2022

The Wild Beauty Foundation welcomes you to the sixth edition of our weekly newsletter!

This Week in Wild Beauty

Read the newest wild horse and burro focused headlines for the week of June 25th, 2022

A Wild Horse Looks Over Its Shoulder in a Photo by Kimerlee CurylPhotograph by Kimerlee Curyl


Oversight Hearing on BLM’s Horse and Burro Program Requested 

Early this week, seven U.S. Members of Congress called for an oversight hearing regarding the BLM’s wild horse and burro management. This letter was sent to the House Natural Resources Committee citing unsafe holding facilities and destructive roundup methods in wild horse herd management. Among the members involved were Nevada’s Dina Titus and Tennessee’s Steve Cohen who joined WBF at the capital during the Save Our Wild Horses Conference. 

“After reviewing assessments of the off-range facilities evaluated this year, we are concerned about documented trends of inadequate biosecurity controls, understaffing, lack of recordkeeping, limited access to hay and water, and issues related to pen maintenance.”
Josselyn Wolf and Ashley Avis meet with Congressman Steve Cohen during the Save Our Wild Horses Conference, April 2022 in Washington D.C.
Josselyn Wolf and Ashley Avis meet with Congressman Steve Cohen during the Save Our Wild Horses Conference, April 2022 in Washington D.C.

One of WBF’s eloquent Youth Advocates, fourteen-year-old Josselyn Wolf, delivered a speech to Congressman Steve Cohen during our trip to D.C. in May. We believe her influential message, along with the powerful work of other advocates and wild horse groups, resonated with him and helped inspired our representatives to see the importance of preserving wild horse populations for future generations to enjoy.

You can see Josselyn’s powerful speech as well as her meeting with Congressman Cohen in our recent PSA (click here to watch)!

The letter comes after the rescheduling of a Colorado roundup despite the requests of Governor Jared Polis to halt roundups after the deaths of over 145 horses in the Cañon City prison holding facility. The members of Congress explained, “With the BLM planning to roundup at least 22,000 wild horses and burros, under the guise of reaching Appropriate Management Levels that are determined through unclear means and adding to the nearly 60,000 currently confined in BLM facilities, we believe an oversight hearing of the Wild Horse and Burro Program is merited to protect the well-being of captured horses and to ensure that the BLM is focusing its efforts on humane on-range management.”

WBF is confident that change can be made by sharing voices like Josselyn’s with our legislation. We thank these members of Congress for standing with wild horses.

"SAFE Act Updates" Graphic

The SAFE Act Advances Through Subcommittee

This week brings great news for all equine activists! Thursday, the Save America’s Forgotten Equines (SAFE) Act officially advanced through the House Subcommittee within the Energy and Commerce Committee. The language in this act closes loopholes in the slaughter pipeline and permanently bans the transport of horses to slaughter. Acts like these will save not only the wild horses and burros we fight to keep out of the system; but also the domestic equines such as former Thoroughbred racehorses who are abandoned to suffer the same fate. The advancement of this act is a huge step in the right direction for the protection of America’s horses!

A Black Stallion Kicking Up His Heels by Carol Walker
Photograph by Carol Walker

Although Congress voted to ban slaughterhouses in the U.S. almost fifteen years ago, flaws in the Horse Protection Act were found by those who profited from this cruel system. The SAFE Act now has the opportunity to fill in the loopholes and ensure that no horse within the country will be legally subject to slaughter.

You might remember in a previous newsletter, we spoke about the public hearing with the Energy and Commerce, at which members spoke on the basis of SAFE Act. Katie Kraska of the ASPCA introduced the bill and requested increased welfare for all equines, wild and domestic, within our country.

Now, exactly a month after the hearing, this act has moved forward in the House!

The SAFE Act currently has 218 sponsors in the legislature and received backing this week in the House Committee on Appropriations. This issue also received bipartisan support in the House, which provides a good opportunity for the historic legislation to pass. 

With each step forward, this act gets closer to seeing the Senate and House’s legislative action. We at WBF thank the representatives involved in advancing the SAFE Act through the House and encourage the conversation about banning this horrible practice in our country to continue.

 

A still frame from our upcoming documentary WILD BEAUTY: Mustang Spirit of the West.
A still frame from our upcoming documentary WILD BEAUTY: Mustang Spirit of the West.

This Week’s Call To Action

Call Your Members of Congress & Ask Them to Support the SAFE Act

Now that the SAFE act is getting closer to Congress, it needs as much support as it can get! This important piece of legislation will save so many horses from a life of abuse and neglect. We ask you to call your local Members of Congress and ask them to stand with America’s horses, both wild and domestic.

Rescue: Whisper of the Wild Comes Home!

From left, Kimerlee Curyl, Ashley Avis, "Whisper of the Wild", Mackenize Foy
From left, Kimerlee Curyl, Ashley Avis, “Whisper of the Wild”, Mackenize Foy

Our most recent rescue horse, Whisper of the Wild, took a trip from Texas to California this past week following a month of quarantine, care, and recovery with one of our nonprofit rescue partners. Once in sunny California, she met her very special adopter for the first time!

Guess who it is?  WBF Ambassador and star of Disney’s Black Beauty, Mackenize Foy!

From Left, Ashley Avis, Whisper of the Wild, and Mackenzie Foy

Based on her brand, Whisper’s story began in Idaho where she was rounded up in 2019.  She began her life as a wild and free young mare, but unfortunately, after her adoption from the holding facility, her owner abandoned her at this kill pen.  The abused and emaciated state she is in, and the look on her face made our hearts break; seeing the clear pain, sadness, and fear as she stands wincing with her eyes closed.

Whisper's first photo from the Louisiana kill pen, May 2022
Whisper’s first photo from the Louisiana kill pen, May 2022

Destined for the slaughter pipeline in Mexico, one of our adopters saw these photos of her online, and after contacting us, we immediately worked with our partners to rescue her. Once safe, Whisper began her rehabilitation and began to get the spark back in her eye. She put on weight, received vet care, and began to trust in gentle hands again. 

Just over a month after we first rescued this beautiful mare, she said goodbye to her time in Texas and started her journey west. On Thursday, June 23rd, Whisper of the Wild officially arrived in California. There to meet her were WBF founders Ashley Avis & Edward Winters, wild horse photographer Kimerlee Curyl, and Whisper’s wonderful adopter Mackenzie Foy!

Whisper during her rehabilitation in June 2022, photographed by the lovely Air Ponies.
Whisper during her rehabilitation in June 2022, photographed by the lovely Air Ponies.

WBF could not have asked for a better adopter for sweet Whisper. It is clear she and Mackenzie were destined from the very start of her journey with WBF, with Mackenize even suggesting her official name alongside a barn friend in California, Kami.

We were blown away by how sweet and gentle Whisper was in person; something we could sense through images of her but were so lucky to experience in person. Whisper of the Wild and Mackenzie make such a great pair and we look forward to watching their journey together.

Whisper settling into California life captured by Kimerlee CurylWhisper settling into California life captured by Kimerlee Curyl

We hope this adoption will raise critical awareness for these individual lives and will inspire others to bring rescue horses into their care. Mackenzie will be documenting their journey for our WBF channels and we cannot wait to see them get to know each other!

A Close Up of Whisper's Freeze Brand taken by Kimerlee Curyl

We at WBF thank everyone involved in Whisper’s rescue and those who generously donated toward her rehabilitation, Kimerlee Curyl for coming with us to photograph her arrival, along with the generous hearts at AirPonies for driving to visit our nonprofit partners in Texas to take some photos to chronicle her journey before she made her way west!

Thank you for standing with wild horses.

Monty Roberts & eleven year-old WBF Youth Ambassador Jocelyn M.Monty Roberts & eleven year-old WBF Youth Ambassador Jocelyn M.

Highlights from “The Movement”

Last weekend, WBF had the pleasure of attending and speaking at Monty Robert’s annual event, “The Movement” in California. During our time here we discussed our upcoming wild horse documentary WILD BEAUTY and debuted a few exclusive clips to attendants.  

A WBF Rescue Horse, Zion, and youth advocate, Jocelyn

We were also joined by eleven-year-old WBF Youth Advocate Jocelyn M. who was able to meet the legendary horse whisperer she admires, Monty Roberts. Jocelyn even did join up with one of our rescued wild horses, three-year-old Zion who we adopted along with his mother Zephyra (seen gazing at us in the background of the above photograph) following the 2019 Triple B roundup in Nevada.  It was a spectacular sight to see.

We are grateful to have Monty Roberts as a WBF Ambassador and very proud of Jocelyn for her continuing advocacy for wild horses on behalf of the next generation! 

Three Wild Horses Stand Together in a photo by Sandy SharkeyPhotograph by Sandy Sharkey


Witness Proves Piceance-East Douglas Horses are in Good Condition

Eyewitness accounts from photographers on the ground in the Piceance HMA say that the horses the BLM claims to be malnourished and unhealthy are nowhere near that condition. Photos taken by Scott Wilson for the American Wild Horse Campaign show healthy horses throughout the range.

Several young foals were also seen, which is upsetting considering the upcoming helicopter roundup in July. These tiny, innocent animals should not be subject to inhumane roundups due to lies spread by the Bureau of Land Management. Governor Jared Polis has already called for a halt to this roundup, but despite his concerns and outcry from the public, yet again the BLM is moving forward sooner than planned.

We must stop this unnecessary roundup from happening.

To join the opposition, you can send your public comment to the office of Chris Maestas.  Call and email and tell his office that you stand with wild horses.

Call 970-826-5101

Email cjmaestas@blm.gov

You can also spread the word by calling into your local news stations, journalists, newspapers; let’s get creative.  This false repetitive narrative from the BLM cannot continue to stand.

WBF Wild Horse Trivia Night

WBF’s Wild Horse Trivia Night is coming this Tuesday, June 28th!

Join us for a night of wild horse fun.

Wild Horse Trivia Night Graphic

Register by clicking here.

WBF is excited to host this virtual event to connect with our community and bring some fun and positivity into the wild horse advocacy world. We find it healthy to find joy and celebrate our wild horses despite the often sad news headlines – which we are all working hard to change. And so, The Wild Beauty Foundation is partnering with our friends at LaLa Horse to bring you a fun wild-horse-themed trivia night this Tuesday, June 28th, 2022!

Special guests include:

Ashley Avis & Edward Winters of The Wild Beauty Foundation

Wild horse champions Marty Irby and Scott Beckstead

Renowned wild horse photographer Kimerlee Curyl

And Erik Molvar of Western Watersheds Project

The event will be one hour live via Zoom, with the game played on your phones.  There are five rounds of ten wild-horse-related questions, and surprises along the way!

The trivia itself will be about forty-five minutes, and the last fifteen (and perhaps a bit more) will be a Q&A session with these speakers, all featured in our upcoming documentary WILD BEAUTY: Mustang Spirit of the West.

This event is open to all ages, and anyone is welcome to come learn about our nation’s wild horses or show off their knowledge of these special equines!  Invite your friends to this night of wild horse education and fun, and forward along our newsletter. Don’t wait, this virtual event is only a few days away!

The sign-up form can be found on LaLa Horse’s website and Zoom login instructions will be emailed shortly after registration.

WBF Wild Horse Trivia Night
June 28th, 2022
7:00pm EST/4:00pm PST

 

Three Wild Horses Let their Manes Blow in the Breeze Photographed by Sandy SharkeyPhotograph by Sandy Sharkey

Glimpse of Wild Beauty

This image of a group of wild horses with their long manes blowing in the breeze was captured by the lovely Sandy Sharkey. The gentle, natural movement in this photo reflects the souls of these horses so elegantly.

A beautiful shot of Whisper during her rehabilitation by Air Ponies.Another beautiful shot of Whisper during her rehabilitation by Air Ponies.


A Quote to Graze On

“After that day, I realized that maybe there was one person who could understand me. And the amazing thing was, I understood her too.” – Black Beauty

We wish Mackenzie and Whisper the best in their journey together.  With happy tears in our eyes, we are proud to stand with wild horses.

Thank you for being a supporter of wild horses, and protecting the wild beauty of our world.
– The WBF Team

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This Week In Wild Beauty: June 18th, 2022

THIS WEEK IN WILD BEAUTY: June 18th, 2022

The Wild Beauty Foundation welcomes you to the fifth edition of our weekly newsletter!

This Week in Wild Beauty

Read the newest wild horse and burro focused headlines for the week of June 18th, 2022

A Wild Mare Walks Across the Range with her Small Foal by Sandy Sharkey

Photograph by Sandy Sharkey

GonaCon Vs. PZP : The Effects of Birth Control on Wild Horses

While not all advocates for wild horses support birth control measures, this is something the BLM plans to continue to implement. Despite your views on this subject, it is important to know the information behind these medications.

In a recent press release by the BLM in the Little Fish Lake HMA in Nye County, Nevada; plans were introduced to not only conduct a  roundup in this area but implement multiple forms of birth control after it is completed. These birth control measures can be dangerous when used in a herd as small as the AML planned for this area, as the population will reach what the experts WBF has consulted with consider genetically unsustainable levels.

The two primary forms of birth control the BLM plans to use are GonaCon-Equine and Porcine Zona Pellucida (PZP). While birth control has been proven effective in herd management, that is only if used responsibly by the BLM.

The plan constructed for the Little Fish Lake HMA threatens herd eradication and irreversible sterilization of wild horses.

The Wild Beauty Foundation does not support GonaCon.

Get to Know the Facts:

Porcine Zona Pellucida (PZP)

  • PZP birth control is a reversible birth control injection that can be administered via dart guns. 
  • Thus far studies conducted for nearly 30 years on Assateague Island have proven the safety and effectiveness of PZP to manage herd size when used correctly. 
  • When used in a monitored setting, officials can suspend PZP’s use if herd size becomes too low, allowing mares to become fertile again and the population to grow once more.

GonaCon-Equine

  • GonaCon-Equine is a hormone-blocking GnRH administered by a dart gun.
  • BLM claims “it is expected that most, if not all, mares would return to fertility at some point” after being given GonaCon-Equine, but this evidence has not been quantified.
  • Studies have shown that GonaCon impacts natural wild horse social behavioral structures and data has been found that proves GonaCon breaks down ovaries, leaving mares chemically sterilized after only 2 injections.

 

A Suckling Foal by Kimerlee Curyl
Photograph by Kimerlee Curyl

The most effective form of herd management is natural predation, meaning that natural predators keep the herd size at a sustainable level.  However, the systematic eradication of wolves, mountain lions, coyotes and other species, along with the inability for horses to move freely across the land, has impacted the natural population regulation of wild horses in certain areas.

FOR YOU TO KNOW:
It is factually inaccurate that wild horses have no natural predators.

WBF believes that the use of GonaCon-Equine in the BLM’s plan for the Little Fish Lake HMA is unsafe and will lead to the sterilization of the herd. This will lead to irreversible damage to the future of wild horses in this area as well as future herds that are subject to its use.

Educate yourself and read more:

GonaCon Research

Birth Control Information Presented by The Cloud Foundation

Assateague Island Research

Two helicopters chasing the herd in 2019 during the Triple B Roundup in Nevada, from our upcoming WILD BEAUTY documentary.
Two helicopters chasing the herd in 2019 during the Triple B Roundup in Nevada, from our upcoming WILD BEAUTY documentary.

Colorado Roundup Date Moved Up

Despite Governor Polis’ requests to halt the roundup of Colorado’s East Douglas horses, the BLM released a statement Monday announcing that they would be moving forward with roundup efforts. Not only are they continuing their unjust plans to eliminate most of the wild horse population in this area, they are doing so against an outcry from both the public and government officials. The initial planned roundup dates were August 28 through September 28th, 2022. However, due to what the BLM claims is “the poor condition of the horses and range conditions coming out of the winter” they will be beginning preparations for the roundup as soon as this week.

The BLM seems to have completely ignored the fact that photographers and advocates have posted current photos of horses on the range this week, who are clearly in healthy body condition.

The introduction of bait traps in the HMA began Wednesday, June 15th. This is the first step in the BLM’s plan to eradicate this Colorado herd. On or about July 15th, they will conduct a drive using inhumane methods such as low-flying helicopters and dangerous funnel traps. These methods can lead to horrible injuries and preventable deaths due to horses being driven for miles at high speeds before entering a tight, overcrowded pen.

The East Douglas HMA consists of 1,385 horses residing on approximately 190,130 acres of land. Reducing the herd size to the BLM’s adjusted AML of 135-235 horses would leave over 800 acres per horse at the very least. WBF maintains that the elimination of over 80% of this herd’s population will lead to genetic unsustainability and the eventual collapse of the East Douglas herd as a whole. 

Horses collected from this roundup were initially supposed to be sent to Cañon City, the location of a recent deadly equine influenza outbreak taking at least 145 lives; and the site of violations including a whopping thirteen instances of non-compliance by the Bureau of Land Management, including euthanasia.  Read more about this on the Colorado Sun.

However, after public response and outcry, the BLM then released that these horses will be sent to a holding facility in Utah instead. After the outbreak in Cañon City, Colorado’s governor called for the BLM to halt all future roundups until the facility could be investigated. Though after releasing a report on the illness within the facility, the BLM decided to continue with their destructive plan.

The Wild Beauty Foundation maintains the Cañon City holding facility should be shut down until a comprehensive investigation is done, the horses should be moved to another facility, and disapproves of the BLM’s choice to go against governor Polis’s requests.

We hope that advocates will spread the word about what is happening.
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An Appaloosa Wild Horse Runs Free in a photo by Carol WalkerPhotograph by Carol Walker

This Week’s Call To Action

Oppose the BLM’s Roundup of Colorado’s Piceance-East Douglas Wild Horses

After this week’s rescheduling of the East Douglas Roundup by the BLM, Colorado Governor Polis’s spokesman, Conor Cahill, stated “It is apparent not only that they will not seriously consider better alternatives, allowing only a few weeks for bait-and-trap methods, but that the agency truly doesn’t care to first listen to stakeholders before moving forward.”

To help advocate for these wild horses you can send a letter to the BLM expressing your concern and disapproval of yet another unnecessary roundup.

Please ask the BLM to halt the roundup and tell them:
“I stand with wild horses.”

Send your public comment to the office of Chris Maestas
Call 970-826-5101
Email cjmaestas@blm.gov

New Cover Art for the Novel, "The Phantom Stallion " by Terri Farley

Terri Farley’s “The Phantom Stallion” Receives Updated Cover Art

“The Phantom Stallion” series by our dear friend Terri Farley, who also helped judge our inaugural WBF Short Story Competition for kids & teens in 2021; has been adored by horse lovers since the first book was published in 2002. Ten years later, the first book in the series, “The Wild One”, is about to be re-released for a new generation of young adults to enjoy! This re-release features stunning new cover art by Lousie Meijer-Astrom. 

The Phantom Stallion series follows Sam Foster, an equestrian who shares a special bond with a wild horse in the American West. This wildly popular series includes 24 books total, with an additional 11 in the spinoff “The Phantom Stallion: Wild Horse Island” series.

The new, re-release version of “The Wild One” is available for preorder on Amazon with a release date set for March 21, 2023.

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Save the Date: WBF Trivia Night!

Register by clicking here.

WBF is excited to host an upcoming virtual event to connect with our community and bring some fun and positivity into the wild horse advocacy world. Too often we find ourselves sinking into sadness with the accelerated roundups or other tragic news, and it is healthy to find joy and celebrate our wild horses too. And so, The Wild Beauty Foundation is partnering with our friends at LaLa Horse to bring you a fun wild horse-themed trivia night.

WBF Wild Horse Trivia Night
June 28th, 2022
7:00pm EST / 4pm PST

Special guests include:

Filmmakers Ashley Avis & Edward Winters of The Wild Beauty Foundation

Erik Molvar of Western Watersheds Project

Lobbyist Marty Irby and attorney Scott Beckstead

Renowned wild horse photographer Kimerlee Curyl

The event will be one hour live via Zoom, with the game played on your phones. There are five rounds of ten wild-horse-related questions, and also special surprises!

The trivia itself will be about forty-five minutes, and the last fifteen (and perhaps a bit more) will be a Q&A session with these speakers, all featured in our upcoming documentary WILD BEAUTY: Mustang Spirit of the West.

This event is open to all ages, and anyone is welcome to come learn about our nation’s wild horses or show off their knowledge of these special equines! Invite your friends to this night of wild horse education and fun, and forward along our newsletter.

The sign up form can be found on LaLa Horse’s website and Zoom login instructions will be emailed after registration.


Our Newest Rescue Horse, Whisper, at a Rehabilitation Facility in Texas
Rescue Horse:  Whisper Update!

Whisper of the Wild, a young mare WBF rescued from a Louisiana kill pen a few weeks ago, has been doing great only 30 days into her rehabilitation.

Based on her brand, Whisper was rounded up from the wild in 2019 from Idaho, and adopted out through the BLM. Unfortunately, she was later abandoned by her owner at a kill pen, in a terribly emaciated and clearly abused state. Thanks to one of our adopters altering us to her presence, WBF stepped in to rescue her during the night from an uncertain future. 

Whisper’s transformation in just a few short weeks is extraordinary.  She has been putting on weight, is up to date on vaccinations, and is on the road to recovery. 

This once wild mare has seen a lot of tragedy in her short lifetime, but she will be meeting her new adopter soon – and we cannot wait to share those updates with you, our community.

Thank you everyone who contributed to her rehabilitation, participated in Whisper’s online naming event, or have shared her journey.  Everyone should know the value of rescue horses, and that every life matters.

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We cannot do our work efficiently without your help; such as raising awareness, creating video campaigns, rescuing horses in need, and crafting other unique innovations to protect our wild world.

If you are interested in donating toward our Rescue Fund to help other horses like Whisper, please click this link. Any amounts are greatly appreciated and will be put directly toward helping rescued wild horses and burros.  If you would like to donate toward our overall efforts, you can click the button above or right here.

Two Wild Horses Kick Up Dust in a Photo by Sandy SharkeyPhotograph by Sandy Sharkey

Glimpse of Wild Beauty

As we celebrate Father’s day, we look to the powerful Onaqui stallions who fiercely stood by their families during the roundup of their herd.
Old Man, a thirty-year-old member of the special herd WBF documented for over three years, survived countless roundups. Though not often among the herd, Old Man kept a watchful eye from the mountains. This beautiful soul became a wise father figure to all of the Onaqui, and so while have been no reported sightings of Old Man recently, indicating his soul may have now have lived and passed on in the wild where he belonged; we celebrate him this Father’s Day.

An Eagle Against a Dark Storm Cloud

A Quote to Graze On

EAGLES IN A STORM

Did you know that an eagle knows when a storm is approaching long before it breaks?

The eagle will fly to some high spot and wait for the winds to come. When the storm hits, it sets its wings so that the wind will pick it up and lift it above the storm. While the storm rages below, the eagle is soaring above it.

The eagle does not escape the storm. It simply uses the storm to lift it higher. It rises on the winds that bring the storm.

When the storms of life come upon us – and all of us will experience them – we can rise above them, we can soar above the storm.

Remember, it is not the burdens of life that weigh us down, it is how we handle them.

Thank you for being a supporter of wild horses, and protecting the wild beauty of our world.
– The WBF Team

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THIS WEEK IN WILD BEAUTY: June 11th, 2022

The Wild Beauty Foundation welcomes you to the third edition of our weekly newsletter!

This Week in Wild Beauty

Read the newest wild horse and burro focused headlines for the week of June 11th, 2022

Two Wild Horses Battle Atop a Cliff in a Photograph by Chad Hanson

Photograph by Chad Hanson

Protest Filed Opposing BLM’s Plan to Remove 43% of Wild Horse Habitat in Wyoming

Last month, the Bureau of Land Management released a notice to the Federal Register stating plans to wipe out wild horse populations in the Salt Wells Creek, Great Divide Basin, and Adobe Town HMAs. The BLM plans to set a maximum population of zero horses across almost 2 million acres of land in Salt Wells Creek and Great Divide Basin as well as reduce the HMA acreage and wild horse population by half in the Adobe Town HMA. 

These plans will lead to eradication of Wyoming’s wild horses. 

The BLM’s notice calls for 2.1 million acres of land to be removed from Wyoming Herd Management Areas. This will allow the BLM to create much lower AML’s, causing the wild horse population to become genetically unsustainable.

In response to this notice, the Animal Welfare Institute and American Wild Horse Campaign filed a formal protest against the BLM’s plans in Wyoming. Well-known wild horse photographers Kimerlee Curyl and Carol Walker also opposed the plans in the protest. 

WBF is glad to see organizations standing up for the unnecessary removal of wild horses in this state and hopes that this action leads to BLM’s reconsideration.

A White Wild Horse with Battle Scars Walks Alone on the Range by Sandy Sharkey

Photograph by Sandy Sharkey

This Week’s Call To Action

Join the Upcoming Virtual Wild Horse Info Meeting Hosted by BLM

 

In a recent press release by the BLM, a virtual meeting with the Colorado State Office concerning wild horse management was announced. Colorado BLM will discuss information about the upcoming roundup, the Canon City holding facility, and the future of wild horse management. This will be followed by a Q&A period for anyone attending the meeting. The Zoom meeting will be held Wednesday, June 15th, 2022 from 4:00-5:00 PT / 5:00-6:00 MDT / 7:00-8:00 EST and anyone interested in joining must preregister on BLM’s website. 

This comes after Colorado’s Canon City holding facility has come under fire for allowing an outbreak of equine influenza in unvaccinated wild horses eight months after they were captured. This news gained public attention after over 140 deaths in the facility since April. Since then, reviews have been conducted and point to several violations of policy within the holding facility. It is likely that this will be discussed in the meeting and we hope to see change made in the way the way the BLM manages wild horses after this tragic event. 

Colorado BLM has another roundup planned at the East Douglas HMA later this year, near where the infected horses at the holding facility were gathered from. Governor Jared Polis recently called for a delay in this roundup due to the deaths in Canon City. More information is to be released at this meeting, while leading wild horse advocates work on forming their next steps in protecting these horses from another deadly roundup.

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WBF Trivia Night!

Register here.

WBF is excited to host an upcoming virtual event to connect with our community, and bring some fun and positivity into the wild horse advocacy world.  Too often we find ourselves sinking into sadness with the accelerated roundups, or other tragic news, and it is healthy to find joy and celebrate our wild horses too.  And so, The Wild Beauty Foundation is partnering with our friends at LaLa Horse to bring you a fun wild horse themed trivia night.

WBF Wild Horse Trivia Night
June 28th, 2022
7:00pm EST / 4pm PST

Special guests include:

Filmmakers Ashley Avis & Edward Winters of The Wild Beauty Foundation

Erik Molvar of Western Watersheds Project

Lobbyist Marty Irby and attorney Scott Beckstead

Renowned wild horse photographer Kimerlee Curyl

The event will be one hour live via Zoom, with the game played on your phones.  There are five rounds of ten wild-horse related questions, and also special surprises!

The trivia itself will be about forty-five minutes, and the last fifteen (and perhaps a bit more) will be a Q&A session with these speakers, all featured in our upcoming documentary WILD BEAUTY: Mustang Spirit of the West.

This event is open to all ages, and anyone is welcome to come learn about our nation’s wild horses or show off your knowledge on these special equines!  Invite your friends to this night of wild horse education and fun, and forward along our newsletter.  

The sign up form can be found on LaLa Horse’s website and Zoom login instructions will be emailed after registration.

Stargazer Gazes into the Camera in a Photo Celebrating his 9th Birthday

Photograph by RJ Stein

Stargazer Celebrates Nine Years

A very special wild horse celebrated his ninth birthday this week.  Stargazer, a well known stallion of the Onaqui herd spent this special occasion with his adopter and favorite mare, Nora, in his new home.

Stargazer became one of the incredible horses we decided to follow and highlight while constructing our upcoming documentary, WILD BEAUTY: Mustang Spirit of the West. Our hearts soared watching Stargazer for years in the wild, battling with other stallions or watching over his family.  He captivated our imaginations with his bravery, his beauty, and also his exquisite gentleness. 

Our hearts broke as we watched Stargazer and his family get rounded up in July 2021 during the unnecessary and unjust roundup of the Onaqui by the Bureau of Land Management. 

Then we filmed with quiet fury at the holding facility in Delta, documenting the unutterable and inhumane conditions the horses were forced to live in.  Water pooling everywhere.  Deep mud up to their forelocks.  Cramped enclosures. Injuries. Worse. The eyes of our beloved Onaqui clouded, their freedom lost, their spirits shattered.  

It was a joy and a relief to finally see Stargazer and Nora be adopted together by someone we adore and trust. While he is no longer wild, if you look into his eyes like we have many times: you can see that his spirit has been freed.  And now, we join in celebrating Stargazer’s 9th birthday! Below you can see how much he is loved by both his wonderful adopter and the mare he spent so many years with in the wild.

A still of Stargazer from our upcoming documentary WILD BEAUTY

A still of Stargazer from our upcoming documentary WILD BEAUTY

Wheatland Holding Facility Violations Uncovered

 

A new review by the Bureau of Land Management exposed several policy violations at the Wheatland Holding Facility in Wyoming this month. A Comprehensive Animal Welfare Program report was done, with the facility receiving an 83%. Although this is within the “compliant” range according to BLM standards, the report sited staff shortages, lacking sufficient numbers of sorting pens, no shelter for horses and burros, and lack of quality hay. 

The report sited that the wild horses in holding has no access to shade, shelter from elements, or wind breaks within their pens. In addition to this, the hay given to animals was not maintaining an acceptable body condition and was leaving horses underweight. 

The BLM states that underweight horses were gathered in this condition and staff shortages are not to blame for their condition. This is a false narrative often given to the public, that the BLM uses to justify a roundup.

This report comes after the facility was closed to the public for over two months after an outbreak of strangles where 13 horse died. It was later revealed more than half of the holding facility’s wild horses showed signs of the highly contagious disease.

We must do more to stop the cruel roundups in our country and the awful results that follow.

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We cannot do our work efficiently without your help; such as raising awareness, creating video campaigns, rescuing horses in need, and crafting other unique innovations to protect our wild world.

If you are interested in donating toward our Rescue Fund, please click this link. Any amounts are greatly appreciated and will be put directly toward helping rescued wild horses and burros.  If you would like to donate toward our overall efforts, you can click the button above or right here.

A Wild Horse Kicking Up His Feet by Kimerlee Curyl

Photograph by Kimerlee Curyl

Glimpse of Wild Beauty

Kick up your hooves and take in the beauty of summer! This lovely photo of an Onaqui wild horse was taken by Kimerlee Curyl in 2020. You can get a chance to meet her and here some stories about her trips to photograph these beautiful herds during WBF Trivia Night on June 28th.

Two Horses Stand Close in a Photo by Carol Walker

Photograph by Carol Walker

A Quote to Graze On

“Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

One of the hardest parts of any journey is the time spent waiting for something to change. Be patient with yourself and your surroundings. Beauty comes at a slow pace.

Thank you for being a supporter of wild horses, and protecting the wild beauty of our world.
– The WBF Team

#istandwithwildhorses #wildbeautyspirit

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THIS WEEK IN WILD BEAUTY : JUNE 4th, 2022

The Wild Beauty Foundation welcomes you to the third edition of our weekly newsletter!

This Week in Wild Beauty

Read the newest wild horse and burro focused headlines for the week of June 4th, 2022

"Save Our Wild Horses" Newspaper Ad

WBF Releases Newspaper Ads for the Horses of Sand Wash Basin

During the public comment period, which ended this past Friday, June 3rd – we created the above ad which ran in the local papers of Craig and Steamboat Colorado, encouraging the beautiful state to promote tourism for wild horses, not bolster wild places like Sand Wash Basin by building infrastructure for off-highway vehicles (OHVs).

These loud vehicles are loud, disruptive, and damaging not only to wild horses, but a variety of species that live in the Basin such as sage grouse. There are also fossils in Sand Wash that could potentially be harmed with off road vehicle misuse, and the risk of wildfires also increase with their presence.  For example, if a motorcycle is laid down improperly in the dry brush, it can incite a potentially devastating fire in the Basin which would be catastrophic.

We hope that these ads allowed our voices to be heard by the local community and the Colorado BLM officials.

We also urge Tracy Stone-Manning to do an internal investigation of the agency especially having released this statement (read it here).  The safety of wild horses and burros is clearly not being prioritized by bolstering South Sand Wash with campgrounds encouraging potentially harassing off-road-vehicle use in their habitat.

“The BLM is committed to the safety of the wild horses and burros entrusted to our care,” said BLM Director Tracy Stone-Manning. “Our gather efforts, handling standards, and fertility control work are guided by our compassion for these animals and our desire to protect their well-being, as well as the health of our public lands.”

A Wild Foal Stands Proudly on the Range

This Week’s Call To Action

Unfortunate news has come out of Nevada’s Little Fish Lake herd. In a new report by the Bureau of Land Management, 251 wild horses are slated to be removed from the already microscopic herd, leaving just under 100 horses on more than 117,000 acres of public land.

WBF maintains these numbers are not genetically sustainable.  

We feel this is a path toward eradication for these horses.

The BLM plans to implement irreversible sterilization, IUDs, and other contraceptives to eradicate the remaining horses left on the land. This is the same land that is continuing to be used for livestock grazing; a leading cause in greenhouse gas emissions.

You can oppose this plan by sending a letter to the Nevada BLM expressing your disapproval of the roundup, as well as call to reduce commercial livestock numbers in the HMA.

Please contact Eugene Gilseth with the Nevada BLM immediately:
egilseth@blm.gov or (775) 635-4020

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WBF Trivia Night!

We have been hoping to find new ways to connect with our community, and bring some fun and positivity into the wild horse advocacy world.  Too often we find ourselves sinking into sadness with the accelerated roundups, or other tragic news, and it is healthy to find joy and celebrate our wild horses too.  And so, The Wild Beauty Foundation is partnering with our friends at LaLa Horse to bring you a fun wild horse themed trivia night on Tuesday, June 28th, 2022!

WBF founders Ashley Avis and Edward Winters will be joining wild horse champions Marty Irby, Scott Beckstead, Kimerlee Curyl, and Erik Movlar for a night of wild horse education and fun!  The event will be one hour live via Zoom, with the game played on your phones.  There are five rounds of ten wild-horse related questions, and fun giveaways for the top three who reign supreme! 

The trivia itself will be about forty-five minutes, and the last fifteen (and perhaps a bit more) will be a Q&A session with these speakers, all featured in our upcoming documentary WILD BEAUTY: Mustang Spirit of the West.

This event is open to all ages, and anyone is welcome to come learn about our nation’s wild horses or show off your knowledge on these special equines!  Invite your friends, and forward along our newsletter.  The sign up form to participate will be released next week so watch for it!

WBF Wild Horse Trivia Night
June 28th, 2022
7:00pm EST
Signup link will be live next week!

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Rescued Mustangs To Run Free Once More

 

In an article released by The Bangor Daily News, three wild horses found neglected at a farm in southern Maine will be returning to the Western United States to gain back some of their freedom. These horses lack the human socialization that is needed to provide basic health care, so vets advised that they be transferred to Skydog Ranch, an Oregon sanctuary for wild horses and burros.  This organization does phenomenal work.

These horses are victims of a flawed federal system where many wild horses fall into the slaughter pipeline after being rounded up by the Bureau of Land Management. Due to being older, adult, horses, the BLM put them up for adoption for less than $200 each. While they were saved from entering the slaughter pipeline directly by the Maine farm, their unpredictable and untamed nature led them to severe neglect due to the uneducated buyers. Unfortunately, this shows that even wild horses adopted directly from the BLM with good intentions, are still subject to neglect.

Thankfully, these horses were rescued once again and will return to freedom in Oregon at the end of this month. To read the full article published by The Bangor Daily News, follow the link below!

https://bangordailynews.com/2022/06/02/news/portland/rescued-mustangs-return-to-the-wild/ 

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WBF To Attend Monty Roberts’ “The Movement”

 

WBF will be attending Monty Roberts’ yearly event “The Movement: Happiness, Health, and Horses” on June 17th and 18th!  We will be joined in Santa Ynez Valley, California by a very special eleven-year-old WBF Youth Ambassador, Jocelyn M. who spoke out to save the Onaqui in 2021, rallied her entire Girl Scout Troop to stand with wild horses, and is featured in our upcoming documentary!  This special event at Flag Is Up Farms in Solvang, CA showcases demonstrations in natural horsemanship, wild horse gentling, and holistic healthcare for horses. 

Demonstrations by Monty Roberts’ show the positive effects of non-violent, gentle, training practices for both wild and domestic horses. Through his natural communication with these majestic creatures, he is able to create lifelong partnerships between humans and horses. His non-violent methods are commonly used in gentling adopted wild horses, and we look forward to learning techniques we can introduce to our own rescued mustangs.  We are proud to have Monty as a WBF Ambassador.

Monty Roberts and hid Beloved Horse Shy Boy
Monty and his beloved wild horse, “Shy Boy”

WBF will be live streaming the portions of this event we may be able share, and we will be posting plenty of photos as we take in all the informative demonstrations of the weekend. Be sure to keep an eye out on our social media platforms for content!

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Our 2022 Goal


We are building our team right now, and we are grateful that you are on this journey with us.

As you know, we are doing all we can to help wild and domestic horses. We want to maximize our effects in rescue, education with children, creating videos for the community, and more.

Our goal is to bring on a WBF Program Director by the end of this year to bolster what our small, passionate team of volunteers is already doing. If you can help, or wish to aid in this goal in a significant way, please email edward@wildbeautyfoundation.org.

You can also learn more about our hopes for WBF by joining us for a Zoom discussion about our journey during a live Q&A when we debut our WILD BEAUTY documentary trailer in just a few weeks! More news on that exciting event soon.

We cannot perform rescues for horses without your help. If you are interested in donating toward our Rescue Fund, please click the link above. Any amounts are greatly appreciated and will be put directly toward helping rescued wild horses and burros.

Glimpse of Wild Beauty


A Headshot of a Black Wild Horse with a Large Star by Chad Hanson
(Photo Credit: Chad Hanson)

Our friend Chad Hanson of The Wyoming Mustang Institute shared this beautiful photo taken of a wild stallion in Wyoming to promote his new novel, “In A Land of Awe: Finding Reverence in the Search for Wild Horses”

"In a Land of Awe" by Chad Hanson Book Cover

A Quote to Graze On

 

“Near the middle of my life story I discovered, if you wander the prairie long enough, the prairie starts to wander you.”

An exceptional excerpt from Chad Hanson’s forthcoming book “In A Land of Awe: Finding Reverence in the Search for Wild Horses” 

This new novel is now available for preorder on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Broadleaf Books, and Indiebound.

Thank you for being a supporter of wild horses, and protecting the wild beauty of our world.
– The WBF Team

#istandwithwildhorses #wildbeautyspirit

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THIS WEEK IN WILD BEAUTY : MAY 29TH, 2022

The Wild Beauty Foundation welcomes you to the second edition of our weekly newsletter!

This Week in Wild Beauty

Read the newest wild horse and burro focused headlines for the week of May 28th, 2022.

We are so proud to release a powerful PSA this holiday weekend, from our recent trip to Washington D.C.

Click the link above to watch an astounding two minute speech presented by fourteen-year-old WBF Youth Ambassador, Josselyn Wolf. Josselyn recently sat down with Congressman Steve Cohen, asking him to protect wild horses and burros for the generations to come. We are so grateful to the Congressman for allowing us to film her speech, and for standing with wild horses.

“Wild horses and burros have a place on these lands. The next generation is counting on it.”

~ Josselyn Wolf

Josselyn Wolf from our Recent Public Service Announcement

Today’s Call To Action

 

How can you help? We want Josselyn’s speech for wild horses to go viral.

Please share the video from our social media pages everywhere you can think of (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok) – and tag your representatives and news outlets in the post!  Know a reporter?  Someone famous?  Someone influential? Send them this video!

Click here to ReTweet Josselyn’s video
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Also, make sure to forward our WBF newsletter to anyone you know who cares about wild horses!

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Highlights From the SAFE Act Hearing

 

On Thursday May 26th, 2022, The U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce discussed the safety and protection of wild horses.
The Committee reviewed The SAFE Act, an amendment to the Horse Protection Act of 1970 which would prohibit the shipping, selling, or receiving of horses and other equines to be slaughtered for human consumption. This act was discussed alongside the “Prevent All Soring Tactics” (PAST) Act that would enforce stricter regulation of soring, an inhumane practice used to create a higher gait in horse breeds such as the Tennessee walking horse. Both bills were strongly supported during the hearing, bringing good news to the wild horse community, as well as the equine community as a whole. The next step in the passage of this bill is for the bill to receive a markup before the full Committee. 

After what is hopefully passage, the “Save America’s Forgotten Equines Act of 2021” would shut down the pipeline that sends any horse to slaughter. This is an important milestone in protecting our wild horses, as once they are rounded up, many find themselves caught in this broken system, and are sent to slaughterhouses in Mexico and Canada. With this act in place, the purchase and transportation of any horses for slaughter within the United States would become illegal, stopping the operation long before horses are sent across the border. 

Katie Kraska of the ASPCA introduced the bills and requested increased welfare for all equines within our country; wild horses and burros included. Additionally, she educated the Committee on loopholes found within The Horse Protection Act that allow devastating practices like slaughter and soring to continue. These loopholes need to be closed in order to protect the country’s equines, and the only way this is possible is through the passage of these new acts.

You can show your support for wild horses by calling your Members of Congress and urging them to support these bills once they reach the Congress floor. 

WBF's Most Recent Rescue Horse, Wishes, at her Rehabilitation Facility in Texas

And Her Name Is . . .

Last week, WBF introduced “Wishes”, a rescued wild horse from Louisiana. After reading nearly 200 name suggestions across several WBF social media platforms, her new name has been chosen!

The Wild Beauty Foundation would like to thank everyone who participated in suggesting a new name to wash away her bad experiences (“Wishes” was assigned to her by the kill pen, and we wanted to change that with your help). Below is a list of the top ten names we loved most. It was so hard to pick from so many beautiful and meaningful titles, and we appreciate every single person who weighed in!

After careful consideration, there was one name that stood out.

“Whisper of the Wild”

The name “Whisper” was suggested numerous times and clearly resonated with several of you, including Kami in California – and “Whisper of the Wild” was suggested by Mackenzie F.

WBF believes this name truly embodies this special horse’s wild and whimsical spirit. And in less than two weeks since her rescue, Whisper already has a spark back in her eye, and is on the road to recovery. Thank you again Kami and Mackenzie for coming up with such a beautiful name!  These are the top ten names we loved the most.

Top 10 Names

1) Sekhmet : Meaning “She who is powerful” (Submitted by Justin M.)

2) Citana : Native American origin meaning “Star in the sky” (Submitted by LF)

3) Tikvah : Meaning “Hope” (Submitted by @from.th3heart)

4) Marion : Meaning “Star in the sea or sky” or “Beloved” (Submitted by Eleanor M.)

5) Shama : Sanskrit for “Peace of mind” (Submitted by Joan B.)

6) Liberata : Meaning “Freedom” in Italian (Submitted by Micky D.)

7) Tiponi : Meaning “Important” or “Child of importance” in Hopi (Submitted by Cindy C.)

8) Shai : Meaning “gift” in Hebrew (Submitted by Inna D.)

9) WBF’S Silver Lining : “Because you found her silver lining and second chance for life. And she looks like a blossoming silver queen!” (Submitted by Kimerlee C.)

10) Shyla : Meaning “White Dove” (Submitted by Rebecca L.)

WBF will continue to follow Whisper’s journey and will be looking for a very special adopter. To go along with Whisper’s rescue story, we will be debuting a new blog called “Mustang Diary” on our website in the coming weeks.

This blog will showcase stories sent in by those who have rescued their own mustangs. If you have a great tale about an adopted or rescued wild horse, please email hello@wildbeautyfoundation.org with “Mustang Diary” in the subject line, and include a paragraph or two about your journey. Please include any photos or videos that you would like to share as well!

Thank you again for participating in Whisper’s naming contest, and being a collaborative community of people who want to see the best for wild horses. We stand with you, and we stand with wild horses.

We cannot perform rescues for horses like Whisper without your help. If you are interested in donating toward the costs of her rehabilitation, please click the link below. Any amounts are greatly appreciated and will be put directly toward her care. If we exceed what we need for Whisper, the funds will go toward helping other wild horses and burros.

Wild horses at the East Cañon Correctional Complex on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, in Frisco. (Hugh Carey, The Colorado Sun)
Wild horses at the East Cañon Correctional Complex on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, in Frisco. (Hugh Carey, The Colorado Sun)

New Review of the Cañon City Holding Facility

 

New information has come out of the Cañon City holding facility after a recent investigation. In an outbreak report released by the BLM on May 26th, it was revealed that failure to vaccinate captured wild horses was the leading cause of the tragic equine flu outbreak. While the BLM states that lack of vaccination was due to the “unusually high-strung” nature of the horses in addition to a staffing shortage, a review by an animal welfare team showed that vaccination was not the only issue.

The review found numerous BLM policy violations at this facility, a total of thirteen instances of noncompliance, many of which involve basic horse maintenance. Along with a six-month delay in vaccinations, the review found horses behind on hoof trimming, freeze-branding, and deworming; all of which must be completed within 30 days of arriving at the facility, according to BLM policy. Other violations included unsafe pasture upkeep and nonobservance of BLM euthanasia policy. 

The horses involved in this outbreak were gathered from the West Douglas HMA in Northwest Colorado. These horses, rounded up by the BLM in August of 2021, have been in holding at the facility for almost eight months. Along with the West Douglas horses, many members of the Sand Wash Basin HMA are in holding at this same facility.

The BLM says that no horses from this famous herd were involved in the outbreak. This is likely due to prioritization of vaccination in this herd over the West Douglas horses. Due to the popularity of the Sand Wash Basin herd, the BLM knew these horses were being watched closely by the public. Unfortunately, this led to over 140 preventable deaths from horses taken from the West Douglas HMA; a group of horses just as beautiful, yet not having as much public recognition.

Fortunately, this review marks a step forward in protection for America’s wild horses. If the BLM is held accountable for their inhumane actions, future outbreaks and unsafe roundups can be prevented. 

Read the article published by The Colorado Sun here, and thank you Jennifer Brown for covering this issue.

The Wild Horses of Onaqui during a round up in 2021. Still frame from our upcoming documentary, WILD BEAUTY.
The Wild Horses of Onaqui during a round up in 2021. Still frame from our upcoming documentary, WILD BEAUTY.

Bible Springs Proposed Roundup

 

Last week the BLM released a statement, seeking comment on a proposed wild horse gather in the Blawn Wash HMA and Bible Springs Complex Area. Located in Southwestern Utah, the current population of horses in both areas combined is estimated just over 800 horses. BLM claims that the Appropriate Management Level (AML) is set at 80-170 horses which we at WBF maintain is a size that is not genetically sustainable. According to BLM reports, this leaves 62,787 acres in the Blawn Wash HMA and 223,000 acres in the Bible Springs Complex to be shared between less than 200 wild horses. To put this into perspective, that would be approximately 1,680 acres per horse. BLM’s Cedar City Field Manager reported that this roundup is planned due to “extremely dry conditions and drought, along with an excess of wild horses”. As you can see, overpopulation is not as urgent as BLM claims, considering the current population of horses allows for around 350 acres a piece.

To help advocate for these wild horses you can send a letter to the BLM expressing your concern and disapproval toward yet another unnecessary roundup. All letters must be sent to the link below by June 17th. WBF thanks you for standing with our wild horses.

Please ask the BLM to halt roundup.
Send your public comment in by June 17th to 
https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2018159/510

You can also contact the office of Gina Ginouves to express your concerns over this plan, and ask that Utah to stand with wild horses.
Call (435) 865-3011
Email
 gginouve@blm.gov

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BLM to Reduce Pace of Wild Horse Roundups

 

Encouraging news finally comes to the wild horse community. After recent public polling that revealed over 80% opposition of helicopter usage in wild horse and burro roundups, the BLM announced a reduction in the number of animals it plans to remove from federal lands. According to a recent report by the BLM, the federal government is pledging cut their 2022 goal in half. The agency had originally planned to remove 20,000 horses and burros off public lands a year. With the new number being reduced to 10,000, we can only hope that this number continues to decrease.

The BLM also announced the expansion of fertility control measures to manage wild herd populations. Though there is still change that needs to be made, it is refreshing to see steps being taken to conserve wild herds.

Submit a Public Comment for Sand Wash Basin

 

BLM Recreation Plan for South Sand Wash Open OHV Area

The comments are closing for the OHV (off-highway vehicle) Proposal in South Sand Wash Basin.  Please send in your public comment!  Demand that funds be used to promote wild horse tourism to bring commerce into the community and great state of Colorado, not invite the presence of more off road vehicles into Sand Wash Basin.

These vehicles can be disturbing and dangerous not only to wild horses, but to the other wildlife in the area including sagegrouse who nest in the Basin.  There are also fossils in this area that could be destroyed with OHV misuse.

Please send your public comment by June 3rd, 2022 to BLM_CO_LSFO_Web@blm.gov and call Bruce Sillitoe out of the Little Snake Field Office in Craig, Colorado at 970-826-5000.

You can also contact the office of Governor Jared Polis to express your concerns over this plan, and ask for Colorado to embrace tourism for wild horses!
Call (303) 866-2885
Email
gov_constituentservices@state.co.us

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Our 2022 Goal


We are building our team right now, and we are grateful that you are on this journey with us.

As you know, we are doing all we can to help wild and domestic horses. We want to maximize our effects in rescue, education with children, creating videos for the community, and more.

Our goal is to bring on a WBF Program Director by the end of this year to bolster what our small, passionate team of volunteers is already doing. If you can help, or wish to aid in this goal in a significant way, please email edward@wildbeautyfoundation.org.

You can also learn more about our hopes for WBF by joining us for a Zoom discussion about our journey during a live Q&A when we debut our WILD BEAUTY documentary trailer in just a few weeks! More news on that exciting event soon.

Glimpse of Wild Beauty


Two Wild Horses Embrace Each Other by Carol Walker
(Photo Credit: Living Images by Carol Walker)

In times of darkness, we must remember to hold our loved ones tight and cherish the moments we have together. Wild horses are known to bond closely with members of their herd, similar to people. This touching photo of two McCullough Peaks bachelor stallions embracing each other was taken by Carol Walker.

A Quote to Graze On


“For to be free is to live in a way that enhances the freedom of others” 

– Nelson Mandela

As we celebrate those who fought for our freedom this Memorial Day, we can reflect on what that freedom means to us and how we choose to enhance it in others. 

Thank you for being a supporter of wild horses, and protecting the wild beauty of our world.
– The WBF Team

#istandwithwildhorses

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Ashley Avis & Josselyn Wolf in Washington D.C.

 This Week in Wild Beauty : May 21st, 2022

The Wild Beauty Foundation welcomes you to the first edition of our weekly newsletter!

This Week in Wild Beauty

Read the newest wild horse and burro focused headlines for the week of May 21st, 2022.

WBF Attends the “Save Our Wild Horses” Conference

The Wild Beauty Foundation Founders, filmmakers Ashley Avis and Edward Winters, joined a number of outstanding experts, journalists, scientists, media members, and wild horse advocacy groups at our nation’s capital for the “Save Our Wild Horses” conference. They brought along WBF’s fourteen-year-old Youth Ambassador, Josselyn Wolf, who presented a powerhouse speech to Congressman Steve Cohen on behalf of wild horses and burros. 

Ashley Avis & Josselyn Wolf in Washington D.C.

Along with Josselyn’s speech, WBF presented several Public Service Announcements featuring footage from the upcoming documentary, as well as videos submitted by children who are taking a stand for our wild horses. These videos were played on a digital billboard circling the capital on the weekend of the conference. The first of several PSAs featuring children will be coming out later this week, so keep an eye out on WBF social media so you can share the powerful words of these young wild horse advocates. In the meantime, check out photos from the conference below.

Josselyn Wolf Representing WBF in Washington, D.C.

A Letter Sent in by a Child in Support of Wild Horses

WBF and other collaborative experts had the pleasure of meeting in-person with Congressman Steve Cohen of Tennessee, as well as virtually with Congresswoman Dina Titus of Nevada, to discuss the necessary steps we must take to preserve the rangeland and keep our wild horses free. This includes grounding the inhumane helicopters used for roundups, further educating the public on the inherent value and natural beauty of these animals, and proposing humane plans to manage the land that our wild horses call home. Congresswoman Titus expressed her support of the conference and voiced her disappointment in the Bureau of Land Management’s cruel treatment of wild horses stating, “You know I’m a friend, you know I am always going back to The Wild Horse Commission in the state of Nevada”. Conversations with both Congress Members can be found on WBF’s official Instagram account.

Congressman Steve Cohen meets with WBF Founder Ashley Avis and WBF Youth Advocate Josselyn Wolf
Congressman Steve Cohen meets with WBF Founder Ashley Avis and WBF Youth Advocate Josselyn Wolf
Erik Molvar, Ashley Avis, Scott Beckstead, Edward Winters at the "Save Our Wild Horses" Conference
Erik Molvar, Ashley Avis, Scott Beckstead, Edward Winters

During the conference WBF presented attendees with a special short preview of their documentary, “Wild Beauty: Mustang Spirit of the West”. To go along with this, they debuted limited edition art pieces from the documentary at the D.C. Art Show. These pieces tell beautiful stories of the wild horses that WBF filmmakers were privileged to follow throughout the film’s creation, and include “The Eye of Old Man”, “The Onaqui Trio”, “Windswept”, “The Sentry”, and “Molten”.

WBF plans to release these art pieces in first limited editions of 10-25 in the coming months.  If you are interested in collecting one before they are officially announced, please contact edward@wildbeautyfoundation.org

On the final day of the conference, WBF attended the “Save Our Wild Horses” rally on the National Mall. Here, Ashley, Edward, and Josselyn spoke with top animal lobbyist, Marty Irby, about the new bills being introduced to lawmakers by both political parties. This is an important milestone in wild horse advocacy and WBF looks forward to seeing these bills voted on soon. This discussion, as well as an excerpt of Josselyn’s speech live from the rally, can be found on WBF social media platforms linked below.

A Still of Josselyn Wolf Standing Powerfully at our Nation's Capitol from a WBF PSA

Colorado Governor Sends Letter to the BLM

Colorado’s Governor, Jared Polis, and first gentleman, Marlon Reis sent a letter to the Bureau of Land Management this week (read on Twitter). The letter urged the BLM to halt the round-up of the Piceance Basin horses until further investigation of the Cañon City holding facility can be completed. 

“In light of the ongoing Equine Influenza outbreak that has claimed the lives of 142 Wild Horses at the Cañon City Wild Horse Corrals, Governor Jared Polis is calling on the Bureau of Land Management to halt plans for the Piceance Basin round-up later this summer and work with Colorado as a partner to ensure more cost-effective and humane management of our State’s iconic mustangs.”

The outbreak at the Colorado facility, holding approximately 700 horses from the famous Sand Wash Basin herd, gained public attention last month after a highly contagious “mystery illness” spread through the holding pens. This illness, later revealed to be Equine Influenza, has taken the lives of 142 wild horses and counting.

The Wild Beauty Foundation along with many other wild horse advocates are glad to see state leaders standing up for wild horses. With their help, we can be voices for the four-legged animals that cannot speak up for themselves.

Letter to the BLM Sent by Governor Jared Polis Page 1 Letter to the BLM Sent by Governor Jared Polis Page 2

BLM Proposes Plan to Turn South Sand Wash Basin into Recreation Area

BLM's Recreation Plan for South Sand Wash Open OHV Area

Colorado land which is home to one of America’s most famous wild horse herds is subject to new recreational plans by the BLM. In a press release issued last month, BLM announced plans to bolster the existing South Sand Wash Open Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area. This comes after the roundup of nearly 700 wild horses from the Sand Wash Basin HMA in early September of last year, which nearly wiped out the iconic herd.

Not only is the wild horse population being threatened by devastating roundups, but the remaining few wild horses left on the range are now forced to share their habitat with what would likely lead to a significant increase of loud motorcycles and ATVs in the area. These vehicles can cause harm to the environment, and also can affect other species, such as the delicate nesting grounds of sage grouse, along with disturbing or destroying fossils in the area.

We must use our voices to question the BLM’s plan and stand up for the remaining wild horses that are now facing habitat destruction. We propose that the great state of Colorado should embrace the wild beauty that exists there, and promote global tourism to visit Colorado to see these national treasures instead of adding infrastructure to promote OHV use to an otherwise wild area. It is time to think bigger and innovate!

Demand that funds be used to promote wild horse tourism to bring commerce into the community, not invite the presence of more off road vehicles into Sand Wash Basin.

Please send your public comment in by June 3rd to BLM_CO_LSFO_Web@blm.gov and call Bruce Sillitoe out of the Little Snake Field Office in Craig, Colorado at 970-826-5000.

You can also contact the office of Governor Jared Polis to express your concerns over this plan, and ask for Colorado to embrace tourism for wild horses!
Call (303) 866-2885
Email
gov_constituentservices@state.co.us

Wild Beauty Rescue

 

A Photo of "Wishes", a New WBF Rescue, in a Louisiana Kill Pen

On the night of May 19th, The Wild Beauty Foundation pulled a dapple-grey mustang mare from a Louisiana Kill Pen. This sweet soul is the victim of a broken federal system, where wild horses are subjected to slaughter rather than federal protection. She was transported to Texas overnight where she will stay with our partners through her quarantine period. Once she is rehabilitated, she will be up for adoption to a very special person.

A Photo of "Wishes", a New WBF Rescue, in a Louisiana Kill Pen

Until then, WBF is holding a naming event for this mare once known as “Wishes”. They hope to select a name that embodies her spirit and gives her a fresh start outside of the kill pens. Anyone who wishes to suggest a name for her is welcome to visit the Wild Beauty Foundation Facebook page or the Wild Beauty Foundation Instagram page and comment on the pinned post with her photo. As always, the best idea (with the most inherent meaning) wins!

Her name will be announced next Saturday, May 28, 2022.  WBF looks forward to keeping up with her journey of healing and are searching to find her a perfect forever home.

We cannot perform rescues for horses like Wishes without your help.  If you are interested in donating toward the costs of her rehabilitation, WBF has set up a donation page. Any amounts are greatly appreciated and will be put directly into her care.


Glimpse of Wild Beauty

May is National Photography Month and WBF is celebrating their wonderful photography ambassadors by sharing some of their favorite wild horse photos. WBF is so thankful that these photographers share the beauty of wild horses with us.

A Black and White Portrait of Two Wild Horses by Kimerlee Curyl

Photo by: Kimerlee Curyl Photography

www.kimerleecuryl.com

A Photo of a Wild Horse's Muzzle Taken by Sandy Sharkey

Photo by: Sandy Sharkey Photography

www.sandysharkey.com

A Quote to Graze On

“You can’t mend a world, but you can mend the hole in the polka-dot pocket of your favorite coat. They are not the same thing, but they are part of the same thing, which is all there is — life living itself through us, moment by moment, one broken beautiful thing at a time.”

Take a step back from what could be, and reflect on what you can do in this very moment. No matter how small or mundane the task is, you are working toward a beautiful future. Read more about how you can demonstrate this outlook in Maria Popova’s “The Marginalian”.

https://www.themarginalian.org/2022/05/12/sophie-blackall-things-to-look-forward-to/ 

Thank you for being a supporter of wild horses, and protecting the wild beauty of our world.
– The WBF Team
#istandwithwildhorses

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