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August 2014

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Magazine A publication supporting Lacy J. Dalton’s Let ‘em Run Foundation & The Wynema Ranch Wild Horse Sanctuary

Wynema Ranch Wild Horse Sanctuary Owners Eddie & Shari Floyd with Country Superstar Lacy J. Dalton

Kelly Hyatt’s News From the Nevada Front Lines Virginia Foothills Area. Reno, Nevada Well, wild horse season is in full swing. Several bands have come down from the hills and mountains surrounding the little area of the foothills. All of these new bands are ones that we locals have never seen before, so it’s a fair guess that they are coming for water, as they would not have known about the yards and apple trees they have found now that they are here. The largest of these bands had 12 horses when they first came down, but have already lost one mare to being hit by a car. She was not killed but she was hurt bad enough that she had to be removed from the wild, leaving a baby behind. The baby is about maybe 3 or 4 months old and there is another mare with foal in the band, so the brand inspector decided to let the baby stay. For that we are grateful. After our Candygirl was hit and killed just after the first issue of Mustang Matters was published, we local advocates were very upset. A memorial sign was put up at the site of Candygirl’s death which lasted about a week before somebody tore it down. I took it and fixed it, then found a large board and used spray paint and both stencils and free hand to make signs warning people to slow down, wild horses crossing. This batch of signs was up for about four days and then they were GONE! I was so angry that someone had apparently stolen them and thrown them away! Imagine my surprise and happiness to see that they had been replaced by official county approved and installed signs!!! One small victory for the horses and a fitting tribute to Candygirl, Queen, and baby Magic who all died on that same road. Orphan Baby Mustang East of Reno, Nevada In addition to dealing with all kinds of horses down in our residential areas, we have also been dealing with a baby Mustang out on the range whose mother was killed by a car. His Stallion is protecting him and caring for him. We have assembled a team to go out and keep an eye on the baby. The on range foal rescue team of Willis Lamm and Shirley Allen have been out twice to try to rescue the foal, but it is keeping up with the band. It appears to be somehow defying all the odds and is making it. His Stallion has been following another band with a stallion, mare, and an older foal for the past at least three weeks trying to join them. The two stallions have been fighting and fighting but they have not separated from each other. No one can say for sure how this little Mustang is surviving as he is only about 5 weeks old at the writing of this page, and he has been without a mommy for more than three weeks now. We have observed him grazing, drinking, peeing, walking, and even kicking up his heels once. Everyone wants this little foal to survive but our ultimate goal is that he survive to live his life as he was born, a wild and free Mustang. We have, on the advice of our expert foal rescue team, decided to leave him on the range with his family and monitor him for a few more weeks. We will only remove him if there is no other choice for his survival. We have named him Cante wakan Tiwahe waste which in the Lakota language means HIS HEART IS SACRED, HIS HOME IS GOOD.

89 Year Old Former Teacher Donates 1995 Eddie Bauer Edition Ford F-150 Pickup Truck For several years, The Wynema Ranch Wild Horse Sanctuary has needed a reliable pickup truck to use for ranch operations. Thanks to the generosity of an amazing woman named Lillian (Wallwork) Barnes, ranch hands will be finding it easier to feed and care for the mustangs during coming winter months! Between its Eddie Bauer design and now being owned by international talk radio host Eddie Floyd, the pickup should be nick named EDDIE…runs great (but not at the mouth)!

So what makes Lillian Barnes so amazing? Where do we begin? Not only is she a spry 89 years old, a yodeler, and singer of old country tunes, she LOVES all horses, wild and domestic. Lillian was born and raised on a cattle ranch in the southwest corner of Wyoming. During her childhood and teen years, she rode horses to the one-room school, used horses to rake and stack hay, and even pulled wagons and sleighs to county dances. She says she taught herself to yodel in the hay fields. During the war (WWII) she began teaching school in a rural community called Encampment, Wyoming. After the war, she married and had three children on a small 160 acre homestead which she and her husband purchased for $5,000. Times were rough and the ranch could not support a growing family so both Lillian and her husband completed degrees in Education at the University of Wyoming. In the early 1960’s they sold the cattle but kept the ranch and moved to Nevada to teach. Winnemucca became their permanent winter home in Nevada, but after school was out in late May they would escape the heat and head back to the Wyoming ranch. What a life… they enjoyed teaching, rock hunting, mine exploring, and the open country of Nevada. They even took the hard work of ranch maintenance in stride, including irrigating, fixing fences, and putting up hay. Lillian loved teaching and enjoyed all her students. She still tells stories about numerous faculty and students she knew in Winnemucca. Lillian now lives in Reno and loves to visit the Wynema Ranch, which brings back many life-long memories. She hopes her donations will help preserve the western heritage of wild mustangs and ranching life for many generations to come. The Wynema Ranch Wild Horse Sanctuary and staff are so grateful for Lillian’s help and say a hearty “THANK YOU!”


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Wild Horses Are Coming! Virginia City, Nevada - May 10, 2014 - Put on your boots and saddle up to Virginia City, Nevada on Saturday, August 23, 2014 for the 1st Annual Virginia City, NV Wild Horse Faire. Conceived as a benefit event to raise funds for Nevada’s wild horses, this full day event will include a parade, a concert, a benefit fair, booths with merchandise, food, beverages, arts and crafts, pony rides, face painting, train rides, a display by the Mustang Club of Reno, a raffle, a silent auction, live entertainment throughout the day, and much, much more. With festivities beginning at 10:00am with a pancake breakfast, there’ll be a parade at 12:00pm with Lance Gilman, Storey County Commissioner, as the Grand Marshal, followed at 2:00pm by a technical large animal rescue demonstration and examples of wild horse gentling techniques. At 4:30pm, the nighttime musical extravaganza, hosted by Eddie Floyd and Wild Willy, kicks off with a Native American percussion demonstration and the Dayton Area Elementary School Choir followed by an evening of performances by Willis Lamm and the Mountain Outlaw Band, All Hat No Cattle, the Mountain Girls, Lacy J. Dalton and Dale Poune, and David John and the Comstock Cowboys. “This will be a phenomenal day of fun and entertainment for the entire family,” says Lacy J. Dalton, famed performer and wild horse advocate. “Not only will the public have a chance to see these magnificent animals close up, it’ll be a great way to raise money for these horses. I encourage everyone to come to Virginia City and the Silverland Inn & Suites and join us.” The day’s activities, exclusive of the concert, are available for free to the public but donations will be gladly accepted. Concert tickets begin at $22 for general admission and can be obtained by calling the Silverland Inn & Suites at 775-847-4484 or on the Internet at and Contact:
 Robert Steiner Silverland Inn & Suites
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 Virginia City, Nevada
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OUR GOALS PRESERVE: We are working to set aside huge tracts of land to provide permanent grazing areas where the wild horses can run free… safe from encroaching development and safe from human predators. Our ultimate goal is to open the “Comstock Wild Horse Sanctuary.” EDUCATE: We believe that horses can play a very special role in bringing

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Two Girls and a Band of Wild Mustangs Two years ago my daughter, Corenna Vance, and her friend Karen Ballard saw a young horse with a band of wild mustangs that was struggling to walk. They wanted to help this young beautiful horse, and that’s where it all started. As they found out more information, they learned that the horse was hit by a car and its front legs were swollen and injured but not broken. They went out every day for three months to find this band so they could give the horse medication to help him heal. They would drill out a carrot and put the medication inside and the horse would eat it. It was encouraging to see the improvement in this horse, named Baron because of his gorgeous red color. Corenna and Karen had no previous experience with horses. They would go and just watch and be with them for hours because it gave such a fulfillment of peace, and such an escape from the rest of their busy life. It didn't take long for them to fall in love with these beautiful wild horses. As the horses ran out of food in mountains the horses would find their way to the neighborhoods. Fearing another injury, and for the safety of people driving, Corenna and Karen found a way to lead the horses back up to the mountains. Sometimes it would take most of the day, but they wouldn't give up. The horses trusted them, and it was quite a sight to see these majestic animals following them! The horses disappeared in the spring as they do when food is in good supply in the mountains. The girls missed seeing them and knew that two of the mares were due to have their babies soon. They kept an eye out and asked around if anyone had seen this band. Someone said they saw them drinking water at the creek out east of town. They were excited to hear this and headed out that direction hoping to see this band. After a few weeks of four-wheeling through the mountains, they found them! They were out enjoying life as WILD and FREE horses do! Summer was filled with most of their spare time spent enjoying four-wheeling and seeing the horses, which now had two new babies added to the band. There was now a total of eight horses and each of them had a name. One day Baron was not with the band. They had a strong feeling that he was at the age that the stallion would kick them out so they would not be with his mares. After searching the mountains for several days, they found Baron. He was all alone and pretty marked up. The poor guy seemed so young to be pushed out, and worry filled the hearts of these girls. I got a tearful phone call from Corenna that night as she has grown to love this horse so much that her first instincts were to protect him. She was worried about him, but being wild, you have to let them do what they do. The girls were excited to find him before long hanging out with another bachelor! They kept track of the band all summer and winter, making sure they were safe. When you love, there is always risk of being hurt, and sadly this summer has proved that. In June, one of the pregnant mares was hit by a car and killed. Thankfully the driver was not injured, although he was speeding and paid no attention to the wild horse crossing signs.

Then came the terrible news! Baron and another bachelor were wrongfully lured into a yard with hay leading up to it and once inside the fence, the woman closed the gate and called for the horses to be picked up (as told by neighbors). Some people are so heartless. These horses would never be WILD and FREE again. The girls were so upset and scrambled to save these horses. Because there have been so many wild horses picked up these past few years, placement and funds to help save these two horses were depleted. Corenna called and said, “Mom if I don't do something, Baron and Boomer (as they call him) will be sold to kill buyers! I can't let that happen!” I live in an area where horses are allowed and had enough room for these two horses, so I said if she can find a way to fence it we could put them here. Since then, these girls have been doing everything they can think of to get the funds for a fence, and will do what they can for fundraisers to help feed and care for these precious horses. Love will drive you to do the impossible, and that’s what these girls are doing. They have since moved the rest of Baron’s original band back to the mountains where they are safe. I know you can't help everyone and everything, but if everyone did just a little like these girls have, what a difference we could all make together - all in the name of Love.

UPDATE! It is now almost three years later and Baron was rounded up as a bachelor along with another bachelor, and then just days later more bachelors were picked up. But Corenna and Karen have stepped up once again and adopted Baron, his friend, and one of the others! They are truly wild horse angels.

All photographs copyright Bobbee Rickard Art & Photography. Reprinted by permission. *

All photographs copyright Bobbee Rickard Art & Photography. Reprinted by permission. *

All photographs copyright Bobbee Rickard Art & Photography. Reprinted by permission. *

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Let ‘em Run Foundation T-SHIRTS! The Dalton Girls (Emilyn Roberts and Jean Barnes) are selling these beautiful, high quality T-Shirts to support our American Heritage, the Wild Horses and Burros of the U.S. All monies from the sale of these shirts go directly to Lacy J Dalton’s Let’ Em Run Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3. Visit for further details on the foundation. Contact Emilyn Roberts at 775-742-5338 to order your shirts now. We are also looking forward to meeting you at the Let’Em Foundation/Wynema Ranch Wild Horse Sanctuary booth on Aug. 23rd at the Wild Horse Faire in Virginia City, NV. We will have the T-Shirts, bumper stickers and 2015 Wild Horse Calendars at the Faire. Thank You for supporting OUR American Heritage, the Wild Horses and Burros. T-Shirts 100% pre-shrunk cotton in the following Kids’ Unisex sizes M, L for $17 each. Adult Unisex sizes: S, M, L, XL for $20 each and XXL, XXXL for $25. We have both colors in most sizes but no purple in size Large.

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Village with Heart Opens New Youth Creativity, Art, and Vocation Center in Sparks, NV Village with Heart is a new nonprofit that encourages youth ages 13-21 to try and do interesting occupations from the Arts, Sports, Fashion, Animal Husbandry, Environmental Conservation, Horse Care, including anything new, creative, or/and exciting, with the youth at the center. “Where teens follow their dreams!” is their motto. The Director/President Joyce Strom was a Washoe County Teacher and a 4H leader who wants to nurture and promote more interaction between the community and youth. Her goal is to help inspire teens and young adults to explore many possibilities for vocations or positive recreation. Ms. Strom says she feels that, “Not enough money is available in the school districts, many students are homeschooled or in charter schools, and that pretty much excludes most kids from field trips and community interaction. We want Northern Nevada to be a Village with caring people and businesses who connect and support youth. These days, there seems to be a larger gap between neighbors because of too much emphasis on technology and little interaction between the teens and businesses. ‘Just look up what you want to do on the Internet,’ is what many teens report they have been told when trying to find how they fit in to society. Many youth are disconnected from nature and agriculture. I had a student who thought a dozen trees were a forest, and that all horses were extremely dangerous beasts because of a surprise encounter with wild horses. Many younger children actually are surprised when they find out that eggs don’t come from a carton made at a factory. We want youth to be comfortable knowing all that Nevada has to offer and be a full participant.” Village with Heart started as a tutoring and horse care program November 11, 2011 in Carson City, NV. Ms. Strom reported that going from south Gardnerville to Spanish Springs to tutor youth and try to get a center started in Carson City wasn’t quite working. The program moved to Sparks and opened our center’s doors in May.

In the near future we hope to get Sara, our non- feral mustang, more training and find a highly knowledgeable person to talk to our teens about all the jobs with large animals. We are especially interested in horse care, conservation, ethical horse management, and the joys and challenges of adopting a horse.

Sara We were included in Artown on July 5th, and had all of McKinley Arts Center to fill with artists, performers, nonprofits, and animal enthusiasts. It was very exciting! The teens learned a lot and the performers, volunteers, vendors, and participants were fantastic! Jakki Ford, Mike Badinger, Mac, Art in Motion, plus more performed and we raised a bit of money for homeless teens. We just wish we were able to incorporate the horse and animal husbandry side of our nonprofit into the event more. We at the village have the passion to change the way youth are transitioned into adulthood. We desire that all teens can follow their dreams!

Jakki Ford

Village with Heart is partially sponsored by Reno Bighorns Basketball (please get your ticket from us!), Dream Valley Ranch, and we are actively looking for more youth sponsorships. We are a nonprofit through Fractured Atlas, a 501(c)3.

Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund

Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund is an all-volunteer registered 501(c)3 Nevada non-profit corporation, TID# 800208865. We organized in 2008 but volunteers have been working for over 20 years to ensure the wild horses of the Virginia Range remain safe and protected – wild and free, the way they should be. Donations received in 2012 and 2013 enabled us to rescue 137 wild horses removed from the Virginia Range and dumped at the Fallon Livestock auction between September 2012 and January 2013. This was the beginning of our Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund Wild Horse Rescue program, the largest wild horse rescue operation in northwest Nevada. With the help and participation of thousands of people, we have changed Nevada law, found good, quality placement for 44 of our rescued wild horses, and established a high quality wild horse management area where we can gentle, train, and provide care for these horses. Our volunteers work year round to raise funds to pay for feed, pasture, care, and watering of over 150 horses that we watch over. Our goal is to provide each horse with a good solid foundation they will need to transition into our “domestic” world. Introducing them to humans using “gentling” as the preferred method of training ensures our horses will succeed as they progress through their new lives in “humanville.” TAKE A BREATH, RELAX, ENJOY A CUP - ALL FOR THE HORSES! Click on this GIVING BEAN link to purchase high quality, fresh roasted coffee delivered straight to your home or office! It’s so easy! GIVING BEAN’s coffee, tea, and cocoa are delicious! They don’t roast your beans until they get your order and then they ship it right to you. And your purchase will help to support and feed the Hidden Valley herd! Start every morning with a delicious cup of coffee, and knowing you’ve helped to make a difference. Thank you for your support, kindness, and generosity towards our beautiful rescued Virginia Range horses!!

Prehistoric: Modern horses lived in North America as a native species in the American West until around 14,000 years ago. New evidence suggests they survived in central Alaska up to 7,500 years ago. Historically: This horse was reintroduced to North America by Spanish conquistadors around 500 years ago. White explorers and fur trappers found many native peoples with well-established horse cultures when they ventured across the American West in the early 1800’s. A Nevada Paiute story suggests the horse as a wild animal, pre-dated whites here. Numbers: In the early 1900s millions of wild horses existed in the United States. But by 1958, numbers had been decimated through mustanging. At that time, the Department of the Interior estimated only 20,000 remained. In 1971, the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, designated 51 million acres in the American West for protection of wild horse and burros. Unfortunately, over the past 40 years, that area has been reduced to less than 32 million. In 2004, the Burns Amendment: attached to the 2005 federal Appropriations Bill - gutted federal protection for America’s wild horses, again making them susceptable for slaughter.

Wild Horse Behavior: Horses on open range usually move in separate bands and have their own self-enforced methods to prevent inbreeding. In a band, when a young stallions reach the approximate age of two, lead stallions will usually force them out. These young horses often form “bachelor bands,” or follow other family bands until they are able to steal a mare or two and start their own. Healthy Breeding Populations: The strongest will survive to continue producing equally strong, healthy and beautiful offspring. This is why it is essential to keep viable numbers of breeding-age horses on our public lands. Population Control: Natural predators have been limited by expanding human populations. The result has had an adverse effect on both plant and animal communities. Natural predators target the old, sick and weak, making prey populations healthier. Because of the present imbalance, we support the limited use of contraceptives, selective castration, and small gathers when necessary. The Bureau of Land Management’s prison training programs, as well as wild horse adoption agencies, are excellent. But large-scale roundups must cease. Information: or call: (775) 220-6806


WILD HORSE PRESERVATION LEAGUE Membership Application The Wild Horses need your help! Please join us in protecting and preserving our National Heritage. Yearly memberships are as follows: Individual - $15.00 Family - $20.00 Corporate $30.00 Name:____________________________________

The Wild Horse Preservation League is a non-profit 501 C 3 informational organization founded in 2001. It is dedicated to preserving wild horses in the United States and works with other wild horse advocacy groups across the country. We are a “VOICE” for wild horses. We support local, state and national legislation helpful to wild horses, and speak out against laws and proposals that harm. We seek to work with government agencies for better management and support adoption efforts. We embrace fresh ideas. WILD HORSE ECOTOURISM The Wild Horse Preservation League, with funding from the Nevada Commission on Tourism and Horse Power, has produced a brochure titled Wild Horse Adventure of Nevada. Through this process we have developed a statewide wild horse ecotourism program. We continue to add more providers of guided tours and lodging. We believe that wild horses can help rural Nevadans prosper in what would be a “win-win” situation for all. Please check our website at:

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Wild Horse Preservation League P.O. Box 1958, Dayton, Nevada 89403 For more information call: 775 220-6806 mattonco@prodigy. net

T H E N E VA D A S T A T E Q U A R T E R Nevada residents chose the image of wild horses to grace our state quarter. This coin received international awards and was also judged the 2nd best quarter from the United States Mint’s 50 State Quarters Program. WE NEED YOUR HELP - JOIN US! Wild horses need your help. Our meetings, open to the public, are on the 4th Wednesday of every month, at 7 P.M. at Round Table Pizza in the Smith’s shopping center in Dayton, Nevada. One way we put out information is by staffing booths at public events. We also provide information directly to realtors, developers and home buyers about existing Nevada statutes. These stipulate that property owners must fence their land adjacent to open range if they don’t want livestock or wildlife on their land. We also seek to make roadways safer for people and horses.

Today there are more wild horses being held in Bureau of Land Management holding facilities than run free in the wild. Yet, BLM continues a schedule of massive roundups. Photos: Cover, Mark Terrell, Dayton, Nevada (NV). Upper left: Karen Hopple, Reno, NV. Above right: Willis Lamm Stagecoach, NV. Lower right: Dorothy Nylen, Dayton, NV.

GOD BLESSES CHILLY PEPPER - MIRACLE MUSTANG With Much Needed "Rolling Foal Hospital ICU" After years of searching for the perfect "rolling foal hospital," Chilly Pepper - Miracle Mustang is so very blessed to announce we finally found the perfect vehicle. This van is the answer to years’ worth of prayers and the never ending faith that God will provide. He keeps blessing us and showing us this is what we are supposed to be doing.

Our response time to pick up these critically ill, neo-natal, injured and orphaned foals will be shortened by nearly an hour for most cases. Right now our normal response time is usually around 4 or 5 hours. When you have a critical baby, the minutes can make a difference. By not having to tow a trailer, we can do the speed limit and as most of our babies come from Nevada, that makes a huge difference coming from California. Often times we are picking up "criticals" during inclement weather, thus making travel slow and the roads not suitable for towing a trailer. I was on my way to Carson City to the prison last year and almost slid back down Highway 44 before I hit Mt. Lassen. There was nowhere to stop or turn around and that is a bit too scary for my blood. It will be much safer traveling in a van than pulling a large horse trailer. (That was also a day when the roads were supposed to be "clear.") Traveling with critically ill babies in this type of weather can also be very hard on them. You cannot leave a newborn out in the high hot or cold temperatures if you want it to have any chance of survival. They can crash so hard and so fast. They need to be monitored each and every minute, 24/7. We have had several foals that for unknown reasons spiked fevers to the near deadly point in a matter of minutes. We have also picked up multiple babies that have been frozen nearly to death.

Traveling with us inside the van will allow me to administer whatever fluids and treatments that they need as we travel. PTL! It will make it easier to stabilize them and w arm them up or cool them down as needed. It will also shorten our trips home by hours, as we normally have to stop about every 20 minutes to hydrate many of these babies and often times just to check to see if they are still alive. It has a working lift (and yes, an added benefit is that when I use my wheelchair, it will work for me to!), but the main benefit is that when we pick up babies that are not mobile or cannot even stand up, we can use our Foal Glide and lift them up into the van. Our Foal Glide, although small, is part of our Large Animal Rescue Equipment that we use when we work with the rescue folks in NV - courtesy of LRTC - Least Resistance Training Concepts. This aids us in transporting babies or small animals. It is an older van, and the folks gave it to us are really excited that we can use it for the babies. They said it needs a new transmission, or at the very least a lot of work on the existing one. We also need new tires, a new heater core, and various other items. The van has about 260,000 miles on it, and just needs some TLC. We will also be using it to run around and ensure that all the little issues are fixed prior to picking up a baby in it. We do not need to be stranded somewhere with a critically ill foal. However, with some work and modifications, it is our dreamcome- true! To raise funds for the transmission and any other work it needs and to get it completely set up and ready, I decided to raffle off my beautiful "Foot Loose" Limited Edition print signed by Roberta "Roby" Bear.

I absolutely love this print, but hope that our readers will love it more and buy raffle tickets for only $5! You might be the lucky winner of this valuable work of art, and will help us raise much-needed funds to fix up our little van! Please Click Here and scroll down to the Donate button.

You can also go directly to and send to Whichever link you use, please send $5/ticket and be sure to mention that you’re buying raffle tickets. We will post the numbers as we go and hopefully we can "git 'er done!� You can also send checks to Chilly Pepper - Miracle Mustang, 34694 Sidebottom Rd., Shingletown, CA 96088. Thank you and as always, be safe! Once again, God is not only blessing us, but teaching us to always have faith and He will provide you with whatever you need. I am grateful that this is what He has chosen for us, although I do miss my real bed sometimes. There are times when it is so heartbreaking, and we have to turn away so many horses that end up at slaughter. In the meantime, more and more unwanted babies come into this world. It seems like every time I start to have doubts, God sends me a sign to keep the faith. We get calls all the time, nearly every day, to help this horse or that. It seems like it will never end, and it won't as long as folks keep letting them breed indiscriminately. However, I am grateful that God has not only given us this tiny part of helping His critters, but He continues to flood our lives with some of the most amazing folks who share what we do and come to visit every week. THANK YOU FROM ALL OF US! Matt, Palomino, and The Gang Chilly Pepper - Miracle Mustang Equine Rescue & More - Rescue/Rehab Project LRTC

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The Wild Horse Conspiracy by Craig Downer This stirring book fully justifies America's magnificent wild horses and burros while countering the biased machinations against them. Written by an ecologist who grew up observing these animals in the West, it presents new evidence concerning their history and evolution in North America then describes their many positive contributions to soils, plants, animals and people. Though true restorers of this continent's ecosystem, they have been unfairly targeted for elimination. Over the centuries, they have borne our burdens and helped us along life's way--which makes it doubly unfair that they should be blamed for what we humans have done. As always, they stand ready to help us do the hard work so desperately needed to restore our shared home. Many of the author's personal experiences with these animals, their diverse herd areas, and the multicolored people involved with them are herein vividly shared. Urgently required now, at the 40th anniversary of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, is a strategy to reverse the negative schemes that are causing their demise in the wild. As described, Reserve Design provides a way for establishing self-stabilizing populations through intelligent and caring programs executed with enthusiasm. Their lesson for humanity concerns how to share freedom and the land with such paragons of nature. Soaring beyond mundane pettiness and with an inspired vision for the future of all life, the elevated perspective and compassionate spirit of this book will prove key to accomplishing its critical goal. In the wild the vigor of any kind is preserved. And the entire horse family--as the Earth itself--needs America's wild horses and burros to continue at vital levels into the future here in their evolutionary cradle and worldwide.

Review by Christopher Palmer “I warmly congratulate Craig Downer on his wonderful book entitled "The Wild Horse Conspiracy." Reading his book has been an extraordinary education for me. I commend him for his determination to see justice done for wild horses. We need more people in the world like him--caring, passionate, and persuasive.�

Dear Friends of the Horses and Burros, I would like to invite you to sign our BURRO DAY petition if you haven’t yet. It is on You can find all our online petitions at thank you so much for your support! Dear Governor Sandoval, Because I live in Nevada I have seen the importance of burros to our state’s history. Wild burros are a big reason why Nevada survived in the time of pioneers. When we needed to haul silver off the range or mountains we had burros, when we were traveling and needing an animal that could carry us and our supplies, we used burros! They have been there for us and I feel that we should be there for them. Burros deserve to be treated with respect just like the Bald Eagle. Burros are just like our state, strong and tough but beautiful. I am disappointed that some adults and teenagers in our state don’t know what a burro is. Not many people seem to understand how big a deal burros should be! They are a living figure of Nevada and I want them to be able to stay free on the range, the range where their ancestors roamed. That’s why I started a petition on to ask you to declare May 8th, 2015 as Burro Day in Nevada. So far, 879 people have signed it. I brought it to your Las Vegas office in person but I would like to be able to present it to you personally. I hope to hear from you on this important topic of burros in Nevada. Sincerely, Robin Warren Age 13 702-601-3504 The Youth's Equine Alliance (YEA!) was introduced in 2012 by Robin Warren at the International Equine Conference. Our youth advocates raise awareness about horses and burros, both wild and domestic, in order to inspire other people to also speak up for equines. Through education, activities, and joining together as teams, the youth hope to encourage children's admiration of horses and burros and motivate people of all ages to be a voice for equines.

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AND A way to help preserve America’s Wild Horses? Close to RENO but away from the hustle and bustle of City life, the WYNEMA RANCH WILD HORSE SANCTUARY, a nonprofit 501(c)3, has just completed renovation on its Dalton Girls’ Bunkhouse. You, your family, and/or friends can stay at the ranch for a night or weekend, and support the wild mustangs with your nightly bunkhouse guest fee donation. Accommodations are somewhat rustic (no electronic gadgets), but we do have indoor water, electricity, and bathroom facilities. The bunkhouse has limited kitchen amenities and a propane BBQ grill on the deck for you food preparation needs. There are, of course, the WILD HORSES & BURROS and acres of open space, not to mention big, open night skies for stargazing and enjoyment of nature and the wildlife. The Wynema Ranch is located just three miles north of Halleluja Junction on Hwy 395, before Red Rock Road on the California side. For more information about helping to preserve this special place for wild horses in both Nevada and California, or to book your “Wild Horse Ranch” vacation, contact Emilyn Roberts at (775) 742-5338 or eMail her:

Book YOUR stay at the Dalton Girls’ Bunkhouse at the Wynema Ranch!

There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man. ~Winston Churchill

Wynema Ranch Wild Horse Sanctuary prides itself as an eco-friendly rescue and rehabilitation refuge for America’s wild mustangs, burros, and mules. For these majestic creatures that once roamed the range free, a safe haven and alternative to slaughter has been conceived. The premise upon which this sanctuary has been established is that all our rescued animals are given the best chance for a rewarding life in their new restricted regime, and that each animal will be given a new purpose. Wild horses and burros that willingly attach to people and establish a bond through a process known as “gentling” will be given an opportunity for permanent homes under the watchful eye of the Wynema Ranch Wild Horse Sanctuary Adoption Program. If circumstances change for their adoptive family, return of adoptive animals will be accepted. Other horses will be given opportunities to participate in programs to help heal, selfempower, and inspire returning veterans, veterans’ families, at-risk youths, foster youths, recent parolees, and those struggling with addictions.

Additionally, our rescued herds will join in helping to educate the public, especially our community’s youth, through programs offered at the ranch about the heritage, the behavior, and the beauty of one of America’s most cherished icons−Wild Mustangs. The true legacy we aspire to achieve is: Working together, we hold the space to ensure those beings that once roamed free, can be as wild as they need to be, under the protection of the Wynema Ranch Wild Horse Sanctuary. Where there are horses in need, we’ll be there lending a hand, a smile, and a place to run.

Mustang Matters Magazine - August 2014, Issue 2  
Mustang Matters Magazine - August 2014, Issue 2