Mustang Matters Magazine - October 2014, Issue 3

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October 2014

Issue 3


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

(Photo by Jim Goddard)

Wynema Ranch Wild Horse Sanctuary Owners Eddie & Shari Floyd

LETTER OF THANKS FROM LACY J. DALTON For the Virginia City Wild Horse Faire

To All Our Families, Friends, Volunteers, Clinicians, Vendors, Hosts, Sponsors, Law Enforcement, Legislators, Media, and Visitors: Thank you, Thank you, Thank you all for making this year's inaugural Virginia City Wild Horse Faire such a smashing success!!! Starting with a budget of just about zero, we were able to pull together an exciting wild horse event in just four short months. Included was a parade, pony rides, hot- air balloons, train rides, a wild horse gentling clinic, a technical large animal rescue demonstration, great food, arts, crafts, a raffle, silent auction and super-fun concert in the evening! Most first-year events either lose money, or just break even…we were able to raise a fabulous “profit” for the horses, and had a blast doing it! Naturally, we made a few mistakes and that's how we learn, but for the most part everybody said they had a wonderful time! Working in partnership with the Wild Horse Preservation League and showcasing the little foals was fun. However, nothing at all would have happened without Hugh-Roy Marshall, Robert Steiner, and the gang at the Silverland Inn and Suites where most of the action took place. It was my great pleasure to represent Let 'em Run in this undertaking. We absolutely look forward to sharing the proceeds with all our "boots-on-the-ground” wild horse advocacies as soon as the reconciliation of monies is complete. Thank you all so very much for your immense generosity of spirit in making our event an overwhelming success. See you next year! Lacy J. Dalton Executive Director Let 'em Run

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.�

CHILLY PEPPER - MIRACLE MUSTANG REPORT A Different Kind of Rescue by Palomino Honey Bandit Armstrong Wow, sometimes it seems like there is not even time to breathe at our tiny little rescue. I arrived home from Nevada with Tawny and Mika with one day to spare before the Shingletown Summer Faire. I then spent the one day making cheesecakes so we could do our donation to the medical center. On Saturday, we headed over to Camp McCumber for a day of fun with the kids during the fundraiser. I was considering taking Mika and Tawny, but it seemed like that would have been pushing it. Tawny had barely had hands on for a bit over a week, and was still very reactive and trying to settle in. We knew that DaBubbles was always a hit with the kids, so we decided I should take him. There were probably 40+ kids that stopped by and got to feed DaBubbles a bit of hay and hang out with him. The smiles on their faces always make the effort worthwhile, although I was reeling a bit from the last week. However, it was a great day and I found out that I had definitely made the correct decision when they landed the medical helicopter on the grass next to us. DaBubbles could have cared less. He was all about the kids and that noisy, windy contraption didn't bother him in the least. (You have to remember, he survived a mountain lion attack and he is a tough little guy, so it was just another day in the park to him. He is just too cool for school unless you leave him alone. Ever since the attack a few years ago, he does not ever want to be by himself.) I got home and gave Matt a big hug. I was so relieved that all of our obligations and schedules had been met (with the exception of the Santa Cruz event - due to the baby call - and when we get those, the rest of the world stops as we all know). "Finally," I told him, "we can stay home.� About an hour later the next call came, and it was for a Different Kind of Rescue. For close to a year we have been trying to get a horse out of a pretty horrible situation. The horse had been completely alone for about two years, and had been living in a stall for about six years. Little did we know what we were really going to find. After all the time that had passed, we had the option to pull him but we would have to leave the next day and head out to Covina. So much for my plans. Guess God was having a good giggle again. I feel like I am riding on a train. God has planned out the direction we are going, and life goes best when I just sit back and enjoy the ride. He will put in front of us what He wants us to do. However, sometimes I make Him giggle when I start trying to make my own plans. This was one of those cases. No staying home for us. :) We quickly lined up our crew to take care of the place and the babies while we were gone. Our son Travis and his girlfriend Marion stepped up once again to make sure everyone was taken care of. Normally we would not leave the babies behind, but Tawny was doing well enough after a week of good food, meds and munchies, and Mika is very healthy, just in need of some training. So we decided not to put them through the approximately 1,200 mile trip. We do like to take them on shorter trips as we end up with babies who travel easily and with no stress. They will lie down if they are tired, and hop in and out much better than horses who have not ridden in a trailer very often.

We headed down Sunday afternoon and picked up "Sarjah" the next day. Sarjah ended up being a "personal rescue" as opposed to being part of the Chilly Pepper Miracle Mustang rescue. What this means is his care, like Magic's, is personally funded as opposed to being funded by donations. This was necessary as the only way I was allowed to pick up this horse was to promise to keep him as my personal horse. Just the fact that we were able to get him out of his situation, which actually was even more horrific than we were apprised of, made it all worthwhile. Normally we focus, and that is always our priority, on the neonatal, critically ill or injured orphans, and that will always be our priority. However, we do have the "Equine Rescue & More" for a reason. We have rescued ducks, squirrels, chipmunks, not to mention cats and dogs. We have to turn down so many calls that it is a continuous heartbreak, but it seems that God guides us in the direction that we are supposed to go if we just listen. Out of all the horses that we have rescued, with the exception of Dakota - a string horse, I never knew what they looked like or saw photos of them ahead of time. This was also the case with Sarjah. We knew he was an Arabian, but agreed to take him on long before we ever saw him. When we picked him up I was pleasantly surprised as he is quite a pretty boy. However, we had no idea who we were bringing home at the time. This horse has been horrifically abused and has obviously been hit. The lady we got him from apparently had a neighbor kid who was terrorizing folks, using BB guns, breaking stuff, stealing stuff and genuinely was out of control. As far as anyone knows, he was most likely the cause of the trauma; that and being alone for two years and stuck in a stall with little to no contact and sometimes irregular feeding. On the way home, we pulled in to a rest area and spend the night in the trailer. In his condition, constant bracing in the trailer while traveling would be so much work and cause him quite a bit of stress as he was forced to use muscles that had atrophied a great deal. He is extremely food aggressive, is great at letting fly with both hind feet and is a very angry and unsure animal. I found out the hard way about the food aggression when he let fly with those hoofers towards my head. He is not a mean horse, but there is oh so much anger and he is actually dangerous right now as he has no boundaries and apparently did whatever he wanted when he was mishandled during the last six years. You can tell that he was deliberately tormented and he cannot trust anyone right now. Sarjah is almost more frightened if you are loving on him and being nice. You can tell by his body language and his eyes that he is just waiting for that punch, slap or whatever they got him with. So now our latest rescue has turned into an emotionally devastated mind and spirit, as opposed to a starving or physically ill one. We were completely shocked as the folks that were involved in the rescue kept telling us how amazing he had been and how he loved "loves" and kids etc. They were actually horrified when they saw the physical condition he was in and learned that he had turned from a well-trained, healthy and happy horse to the emotional mess that he now is.

So we are taking it one day at a time, giving him a routine and he is starting to bond with all the other critters. For the first couple of days he did not even acknowledge any of the other animals, but at "the zoo,� there is so much going on that he could hardly help himself and started paying attention to all the interaction going on around him. We are looking for so many prayers for him as he is just so emotionally devastated. When he gets triggered, it is like hitting a light switch. He goes from being nervous to very angry and those ears go back and his eyes go hard. He is actually quite frightening in those moments, so we have to make sure that he knows who is in charge and that he is not the alpha. But this has to be done every so carefully and with great thought to personal safety. Hopefully in time these incidents will subside, and he will once again learn that there are people he can trust who will protect him and make sure he gets food every day. He is not starving, but has no muscle tone from standing still so long. So begins the journey of Sarjah into his new life. I have to say that his favorite horses here are the baby girls, whom he calls for when they are out of his sight, and Magic, our other rescued Arabian. The two of them are pretty evenly matched temperament wise and are bonding up quickly. The week ended with an emergency call about three orphaned kittens. Of course we picked them up, so they are settling in nicely, and of course they need to be fed every few hours! So far their health seems to be pretty good, but we are always in need of prayers for these critters. As always, we are so grateful to God for allowing this to be our life's mission. Even more so, we are always thankful for all you wonderful folks who make this all possible and who send your prayers and love. We are looking forward to more visits from folks who want to see the latest babies, (and maybe want to adopt a halter trained little one) and come visit. Thank you and God bless!

THANK YOU FROM ALL OF US! Matt, Palomino & The Gang

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CENTER FOALS of the MONTH - OCTOBER 2014 Tawny & Mika Come to Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang by Palomino Honey Bandit Armstrong This trip begins with Matt and me on our way to Santa Cruz. For a vacation you say? Ha, I wish. We were on our way to the Mustang Movie. We had the honor of sharing the evening with the Pregnant Mare Rescue and setting up a table. It would have been such an amazing opportunity to share what we do, help educate the public on the plight of our wild horses and make some great contacts and possibly meet some new supporters. We had a great silent auction set up with a donated picture from Anne Hall and some gorgeous earrings that were donated by ENJ, a wonderful jeweler and artist from Shingletown, named Erin Fabbri. About half way there, we got the “baby call.” Of course that nixed the whole Santa Cruz thing and we immediately headed over to Dayton. Now this is not the opportune course of travel nor the quickest way to get there, but get there we did. And it was just in time. We rolled in at the exact moment the trailer was backing up to unload her. Looking into the trailer I saw a tall foal that was literally skin and bones. Her coat was mangy looking with little flakes of white throughout. The indents in her hiney were deep to say the least, due to her emaciated condition from lack of nutrition and the skin was in rolls without anything to fill it out. As she turned, I stared into the limpid pools of her beautiful dark eyes. There was no panic, but definitely worry. There was exhaustion without defeat, and there was enough light in those eyes to say “this ain’t over yet.” This little girl had been through it, yet she had survived and was obviously ready to keep fighting the fight. Her shoulders jutted sharply against her skin, not a drop of fat to be found. On her neck, an old bite oozed green pus, and her back clearly told the story of angry teeth and hooves. Her top line showed an inch or two of bone sticking up and each and every bone in her body was clearly visible. Her ribs stood out, and you could tell she was completely malnourished and exhausted. Her little tummy hung down low, with no muscles to keep it where it should be. Her back end was a mix of wrinkled skin where there was no muscle or fat to round it out, and she basically looked like a skeleton with skin stretched over it, with tufts of old and dry bits of her winter coat left clinging to her skin. When she came out of the trailer, I was stunned by her beautiful head and the way she still held it up, as if to say, "I am not done yet.”. You could see the worry in her eyes as I approached, and my heart broke when I saw her condition. But once again, I was looking at a "miracle mustang" who had survived alone in the wild with absolutely no protection. Standing before me was a young foal who had beaten all the odds, and was still ready to fight if she needed to, but who projected an innate grace and wisdom. Tawny, (named by Anne Hall, who is one of our favorite horsey angels and the reason that Tawny is alive today) had been alone in the wild, ignored by and chased away from the other bands, (as was evident by her wounds). This little girl had been through it, yet she had survived and was obviously ready to keep fighting the fight. The fact that she is so young and was not getting her groceries yet still managed to survive by herself is amazing, especially with an infection streaming though her system. Her story was clearly written on that body, the angry bites and kicks that would be no more. From now on, her life would be full of love and softness. She seemed to know this as she settled her tired little head into my arms. She stood with the tension flowing out of her, and while exhaustion settled in, she fell asleep in my arms.

Anne, who had been monitoring the situation while she was in the wild, had spoken of an incident at the water hole when another youngster approached her, but was called back to the band. As they left, Anne said that it was so heartbreaking to hear Tawny calling out to the other horses, standing all alone. Time and time again the other horses would either ignore her or leave the area when she was at the water hole. For some unknown reason, Tawny had been completely rejected by all the other horses. Normally, in the wild if a baby is "left behind, or beat up, sometimes even killed,” it is because the mares and stallion instinctively know there is something wrong. When we get these babies, we never know why they were left behind. It could be something as simple as the mare had been killed, or the baby could have an unknown or invisible medical/health condition. So we give the best care we can and the rest of it is in God's hands. Most often, we never do know the real reason why these babies were left behind. As usual, Tawny's story would remain a mystery... We spent some time checking out and assessing her injuries, and then settled her in her pen. She laid her head in my arms and literally just sank into them. After awhile, she actually went back to sleep, but my leg and back couldn't take it and I gently woke her up. She then walked over to her hay and began to munch. Shirley came out with the meds that we needed to start her on and we gave her the shots that she needed. She barely even flinched, thanks in part to Bruce and Matt and the newly found security she was feeling. The next time I went out to see her, the worry was back in her eyes, so I used my whip to extend my arm and gently started rubbing it on her. Within minutes, her head was back in my arms and she was getting her loves. It is amazing to be the first one to show her how good "touch" can actually feel. She was starved for the nuzzling and love that the horses routinely share each and every day with each other. However, the next day when I went out, the uncertainty was once again there. I again took my little whip to extend my arm and gently touched her back and started scratching. Within minutes, her little head was once again resting in my arms. This was her favorite way to rest. Our beloved Anne Hall – horsey angel extraordinaire, came over; (the person responsible for her being alive and who worked with our wonderful brand inspector Chris to bring her in) and was able to put her hands on her for the very first time. When Tawny saw Anne, she whinnied at her and it was a beautiful, touching reunion. She remembered Anne from out on the range. Friday, I left and headed back to California to pick up our trailer. (Matt and I had both had that feeling that we needed to bring our trailer with us when we went to Santa Cruz, but of course we hadn’t, because we were not going to pick up babies.) I drove the 400+ miles round trip and picked up the trailer so it is now here in Dayton, NV, where we need it to be able to bring her home. The first couple days when I went in to her pen, I still needed my whip for an extension of my arm. She would melt in your arms once you had contact with her, but that first touch continued to cause her a bit of worry. Yesterday she was down resting, and I walked slowly towards her with the camera. Much to my dismay she jumped up, but later that same afternoon I walked in and was able to get up close and brush her while she stayed down. This showed a huge increase in her comfort and trust level. Soon after, we had several visitors. Tawny was pretty reactive and unsure, but continues to grow more and more comfortable over all. We moved the beautiful little foal Mika, (who is also coming to California with us for training so she can be adopted) into the pen next to her. Mika was born at the Wynema Ranch this last spring, and was found with no mama and no help in sight. Shirley Allen rode to the rescue, nursing this tiny little foal, as she has done so many times with so many babies, to health and happiness at her Lucky Horse Rescue and Rehab nursery in Dayton, NV.



Tawny desperately wants a horsey friend but is very shy and hesitant at the same time. With time and patience, however, she and Mika will no doubt bond up and be very good friends. For now though, Mika will be hanging out with our mini DaBubbles who loves to teach babies their manners. So once again our nursery has young life in it. Tawny needs lots and lots of love, prayers and support as always. She loves her munchies and is chowing down and on her way to gaining weight. She is simply gorgeous and is going to be an amazing and loyal friend for the lucky folks who end up adopting her. So that is the news from Chilly Pepper - Miracle Mustang. One more "miracle mustang" in residence! God bless y'all and thank you for being part of our rescue and for jumping on "Team Tawny.� Update -9-24-14 We have been home for a couple of weeks, and both of the girls have settled in to their lives here. They have become the best of friends and routinely have play dates with DaBubbles. (They can't all stay together due to the fact that DaBubbles looks at food and gains weight, much like his mommy ;-) Mika is available for adoption, but will need someone with lots of experience and patience. She is such a smart little girl, not to mention she has a very strong personality. She is an absolute delight but must have someone who will keep her respect and make sure she minds her manners. She is quick to learn and we did her first little trim on her front hoofers the other day. She did a very good job and of course we ended on a really happy note! Tawny will also be available for adoption, but is definitely not ready yet. She is still extremely underweight but is gaining each and every day. Her confidence is growing and she also is learning her "horsey manners.� Tawny is much quieter than Mika, and has a very soft and quiet personality. They both are absolutely amazing and will make someone wonderful partners when they are adopted. We also need to get Tawny's hernia fixed prior to her adoption. Anyone who would like to help either of these babies, Tawny's surgery, or any of the other rescued equine here at Chilly Pepper - Miracle Mustang can do so by going to PayPal and donating via eMail address You can also visit our website at or send donations via checks to Chilly Pepper - Miracle Mustang, 34694 Sidebottom Rd., Shingletown, CA 96088. Please remember, all donations are tax deductible and very much appreciated. It is because of y'all that we are able to do what we do for these babies. If you would like to visit, or have a foal, newborn or baby question, you can call us at 530-474-5197 or 530-339-1458, day or night. THANK YOU FROM ALL OF US! Matt, Palomino & The Gang Chilly Pepper - Miracle Mustang Equine Rescue & More Rescue/Rehab Project LRTC

Wild Horses Not Around Today I kind of feel sort of alone. Because it seems like the wild horses have gone. How awesome it was seeing them on the distant hills. It was one of our biggest ranch thrills. I have looked to the left and to the right There is not a single band of Mustangs in sight. I think I might just have to ride out to the canyons And look around for my four hooved companions. Now I know I should not feel so forlorn Because just perhaps a new baby is being born They usually go out to the country to have a foal That’s just the way wild horses roll. I love those wide spread out sage brush lands Dotted by the fabulous wild horse bands. It evokes a feeling of western persona To view natures natural equine fauna. These symbols of liberty roaming wild and free Are always a heartwarming sight to see. As I watch them grazing the sagebrush terrain. It evokes a feeling that is hard to explain

I Wish That Black Stallion Could Understand I wish that wild Black stallion could understand How we hope he gets his own band. But He stands off afar and keenly observes. I think humans get on his nerves. He is a beautiful velvet black Gem And we only want the best for him But it is most likely an issue of trust Because he turns to leave us in the dust.

Black and Buckskin Make Buckskin* I have a secret to tell to my wife concerning her buckskin horse I considered it a wonderful event but it might cause her some remorse. It concerns a Black wild Stallion and Sweetie’s pretty gaited Buckskin One day I left the corral gait open, and the Stallion he waltzed right on in. When I saw what had happened, I knew I was most likely too late He gave me a look of triumph as he pranced back out through the gate I glared at him profusely as he led his band off out thru the sage brush I closed the gate behind him but now there was no use to rush. Perhaps I was worrying about nothing, I thought, maybe I got there in time Because if my wife’s gaited mare came up expecting it would be considered a crime. I watched my our mare intently every day to see if she was putting on any weight I was too darn chicken to tell my darling how I had left open the gate. The mare showed all the signs of pregnancy as she grew fatter every day My wife was concerned and said we needed to cut down on her ration of hay. I sure felt lower than a lizards belly with the horrible secret I kept But a horse that was not a gaited I knew she would never accept. Finally I figured out a smart way to take the blame right off of me And put it right back on the horses where it rightfully should be. I called her at work and told her, her mare had escaped from her pen, And I had tried my best to catch her but that was one fast running Buckskin. “I caught her on Hershey Mountain,” I lied, “but it took me an hour or more The funny thing was that mare seemed like she had been out there before. She was standing next to a wild stallion and Honey I don’t want to give you a scare But I think I got there just in time and got your horse out of there.”

She was aghast because what I told her was not what she wanted to hear I hated to fabricate that story, but it sure put me in the clear. But I assured her over and over how this situation was still a win -win Because breeding Black and Buckskin together you’ll usually get Buckskin. That appeased her a little bit because she now blamed her buckskin not me And I smile as I think back on how slick I was and how I got off scot free. Now we sit out on the veranda drinking coffee and watch our new baby foal But he must have taken after his father because his coat is a black as coal! * Originally published in Natural Horse Magazine, 2013

Mustang Band Riding up in the pinions that cover the high land, I came upon a wild mustang band. There were six rangy horses grazing out there, counting the stallion and the lead mare. I stopped and stared at the beautiful sight. There were four blacks, a roan and one red and white. The big muscled stallion stood perched on a rise and he followed my every move with his eyes. Then somehow he signaled to the lead mare in a language that only wild horses can share. She turned and led the herd up a winding trail and her movement broke my hypnotic spell. I admired their surefootedness and survival skills as they followed the boss mare up the rocky hills. The stallion was last and he brought up the rear; it was a protective maneuver, and not out of fear. It was an inspiring scene to watch the band flee but a wistful, melancholy feeling overwhelmed me. The mustangs, like the cowboy, symbol of the old west, drifted into the sunset and vanished over the crest.

(Photo by Jim Goddard)


Thank you for taking a moment to read about our rescued horses and news from the range!! Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund is an all-volunteer registered 501(c)3 Nevada non-profit corporation, IRS #80-0208865. Our volunteers have been working for over 20 years to ensure the wild horses of the Virginia Range Nevada remain safe and protected – wild and free, the way they should be. It’s fall once again in the Truckee Meadows and our wild horses are making their way down the slopes of the Virginia Range seeking out water and food as they suffer through what is now turning out to be a 3 year drought. This year has been exceptionally severe and hard on these horses. Natural springs high up on the range are drying up and because of this extended lack of precipitation the rangeland grasses haven’t produced like they normally do. But the historic horses of the Virginia Range are a strong, robust, and hardy breed. Nature has taken the best genes and seen to it that those genes will survive and dominate in this high desert place they call home. Our volunteers work year round to raise funds to pay for feed, pasture, care, and watering of over 150 horses that we have rescued. 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.” You can help by making your tax deductible donation at or mailing your check to: HVWHPF PO Box 20052 Reno, NV 89515 THANK YOU for your kindness and generosity!! We continue to make progress on the Cooperative Agreement with the State of Nevada! Leaders from our local Alliance of Wild Horse Advocates met with representatives from Governor Sandoval’s office and the Nevada Department of Agriculture on September 23rd. The purpose of the meeting was to come together in a face-to-face meeting and take an interactive approach to define and hammer out definition on some of the points in the proposed agreement. In short, we want to relieve the burden of management of the historic horses of the Virginia Range from the State of Nevada and turn it over to those who have the knowledge, experience, feet-on-the-ground, and dedication to the horses. It’s shaping up to be a good agreement, a winwin-win for all, and a demonstration of how progressive our government is with regard to the wild horses of our state of Nevada. Another meeting is being scheduled – we’re moving forward folks!

2nd ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL & BARBECUE – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18TH 11-2 Come join in the fun at the 2nd Annual Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund Fall Festival & Barbecue at Bartley Ranch Flying B picnic pavilion on Saturday October 18th from 11am thru 2pm. There will be fun games for children and activities for all!! Jump on the hay ride, get some Christmas shopping done at the many vendor booths, come hungry for hamburgers & hot dogs, chips & soda, dig into some decadent desserts, win some awesome raffle prizes, get your picture taken with Traveller the Pony! Tickets available at on the SHOPPING tab. MEMBERSHIP MEETING – THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16TH, 6:00 PM SOUTH VALLEY LIBRARY Get involved, make a difference, join Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund and know that you are participating in an amazing effort to ensure the protection and preservation of the horses that inspired Velma “Wild Horse Annie” Johnston on her quest to fight for all wild horses and burros in America! There are an abundance of volunteer opportunities for you – come join us! TAKE A BREATH, RELAX, ENJOY A CUP - ALL FOR THE HORSES! Use this 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. Purchase your next smile right here !

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SHOPPING BENEFITS THE HORSES! Pop in to our SHOPPING page at and pick up some unique gifts for those you love! Christmas is on the way and this is a great place to start. Ellen Holcomb has once again created 2 beautiful calendars of the wild horses to select from. What could be better and easier than clicking here for the 2015 Sanctuary Horses of the Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund by Ellen Holcomb or the 2015 Wild & Free on the Virginia Range calendars by Ellen Holcomb , both selling for $20 per calendar. These calendars don’t disappoint!!! Check out all the beautiful items available for purchase via PayPal or mail us a check to HVWHPF, PO Box 20052, Reno, NV 89515. SPONSORSHIPS – IT’S EASY TO DO! We have several SPONSORSHIP opportunities available for those interested in participating at a more handson, long term level. Would you like to sponsor a horse? How about a family? Or perhaps a general sponsorship that would benefit all the horses in our herd? Twizzle




Our orphan filly, Twizzle was abandoned by her young, inexperienced Momma. She needs foalac milk supplement, rich foal supplement and vitamins. Her food sponsorship is $100 per month but if we get 5 people donating $20 each then we’ve reached our goal and you will have made a huge difference in this filly’s life. Murphy was probably premature at birth – he was small and found it hard to keep up. He’s now in foster care with Jett and needs hay, his rich foal supplements and vitamins. His food sponsorship is $75 per month Jett’s Momma was about 30 years old when she died not long after he was born. He’s now in foster care with Murphy and needs hay, his rich foal supplements and vitamins. His food sponsorship is $75 per month Dakota is about 12 years old. We were told he had been gelded but to our surprise his one remaining testicle never dropped. This is called a cryptorchid and requires surgery estimated to cost $1,200. Once Dakota is gelded he will return to the herd. Until then, his monthly hay sponsorship is $75. Please note if your donation is for his surgery or his hay.

Big Blue

Big Blue is currently with a foster home where he is being gentled. Blue had a hard start as a “domestic” horse but is now with people who are spending good, quality time with him and taking it slow, on his schedule, so he can build that good, solid foundation he needs to move forward once again. His monthly hay sponsorship is $75. We’ll send you updates and pictures and you can visit your sponsored horse or horses to see how your contribution is making a difference in their lives. Visit and click on the DONATIONS tab to find the SPONSORSHIP buttons. You can find us at or Or write to: HVWHPF PO Box 20052 Reno NV 89515 Follow us on Facebook at Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund and on Twitter at @hvwildhorses We appreciate you visiting and look forward to bringing you more exciting news, events, and information about the historic wild horses of the Virginia Range – YOUR HORSES!!!

From Deskwork to Doctorate The Julie Keller Story My name is Julie Anna Keller, and I was born in Burbank, CA, in 1963. However, I grew up in Fort Worth, Texas as that is where my mother is from. Because I was bullied as a child, teenager, and adult, and realize the injustice of these adversities, I have strived to overcome this and become altruistic and encouraging to others. I have also found strength – from being bullied – to stand up for myself and what I think is right for not only powerful issues like saving wild horses, helping injured and disabled workers, but also neglected children, and at risk youth. In 1988 I moved to Los Angeles, to experience my birthplace and meet family members I did not know. In 1996 I moved to Dayton, Nevada, for 14 years, experiencing many diverse communities. Now after turning 51, I am about to graduate with my Bachelors in Science from Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. Wow! Because I was bullied in junior high, I attended Cassata High School which was an alternative school in Fort Worth, Texas. I graduated in 1980, one year before my peers. I then went into the Fort Worth School of Business. My mother graduated from this college and became a successful accountant, so she thought would be a good place for me to learn skills and begin working. I learned all the “necessary skills” (shorthand – 120 wpm, accurate typing, office equipment, etc.) for upper level Executive Secretary/Administrative Assistant positions and became quite successful. After working for approximately 15 years, my life changed forever. I moved back to Texas to raise my son, and obtained a good position as Administrative Assistant to the President of an insurance company in Grapevine, Texas. I was not only an Administrative Assistant, but I was the Office Manager of three employees as well. Unfortunately, my employer wanted to have an inappropriate relationship with me – and became relentless. His retaliation to my denials was to work me extremely hard so that I would quit my job. I am not a quitter, was making good money for my son and myself, and am a very stubborn person (tried to keep up). I knew my thumbs, hands, arms, and shoulders were aching, but I did not realize that working the 60+ hours in an un-ergonomic situation would cause injury to my upper extremities. It did, and I have since had 13 surgeries. After working for large employers such as General Dynamics, Disney Channel, and MCA/Universal Studios, I was no longer able to do this type of job. I had to come up with Plan B, pick myself up by the seat of my pants, and put myself back to work. That was 2007. And because I am proficient at Dragon NaturallySpeaking and shorthand, I decided to go back to college and get a PhD.

Notably, between 1994 and 2006, I did have the experience and thrill of living among wild horses, as my family moved to Nevada to find peace and tranquility up in the mountains. After witnessing their plight, I felt like wild horses (and burros) were as bullied as I had been. I decided to become their voice – and in return they became mine. During my time in Nevada, I was successful in not only getting a reflector system (Strieter-Lite Wild Animal Highway Warning Reflector System) placed on a very busy stretch of Hwy. 50 E., through the valley, but also I founded The Wild Horse Preservation League in 2001. My husband and I created a wild horse calendar two years in a row – 2001 and 2002 – with Wild Horse Calendar Creations. As I began to raise awareness, I also began lobbying the Senate in Carson City, Nevada (sometimes in a cast) for not only wild horses but open space as well. It seemed to get their attention as I must care if I am there in that condition. They had respect for our plight. While battling my adversities, I taught myself Dragon NaturallySpeaking, began fighting workers comp in court for my rights, and lobbying the Senate for wild horse freedom. After feeling successful with these endeavors, I decided to move back to Texas, go back to college (with the help of the Texas Department of Associative and Rehabilitative Services) and become a paid lobbyist for issues such as injured workers – as Dr. Keller. I thought this would be a respectable approach and gain more attention, perhaps causing change. Therefore, I have decided to make Psychology my major while continuing my studies in Political Science. Now, after accomplishing many things despite my adversities, I am graduating and going on to become the first doctor in my family. I tell people that adversity can be your greatest strength, if you look at it in a strong and positive way as an impetus to success. Bullies can empower you to go on to do things you might not have ever attempted if your life had been status quo, complacent, and easy. I might have always been an administrative assistant (not that there’s anything wrong with that) had I not been knocked off my feet and set in a different direction. Here I am – one step closer to becoming what I set out to be – Dr. Keller. After graduating May 10th, which is just around the corner, I will obtain my GRE, apply to various graduate schools that are offering the program(s) that I am interested in, and start my graduate studies in the fall. I will also seek internship and employment in the area of research psychology or social work in order to strive for obtaining my Master’s degree, then PhD. I have not yet decided if I want to continue majoring in the science of psychology or major in social work. That is what will make my investigation of colleges interesting, and a challenge in itself. However, I know that if I put my mind to it, I can accomplish just about anything. In addition, I want to give thanks to The Lord. He has continuously pointed me in the right direction, carried me through, and provided the necessary means for my accomplishments.

Dear Ms. Keller: Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts regarding warning signals in Dayton with Governor Sandoval's office. Your correspondence is important to us, and allows us to better serve the citizens of Nevada. To better serve your needs, we have forwarded a copy of your letter to Rudy Malfabon, Director of the Department of Transportation, for further review. In addition, we will maintain a copy of your correspondence in our records for future reference. Once again, thank you for taking the time to share your perspective on this issue. We hope you will continue to keep us informed regarding matters that are of interest to you. The Governor appreciates hearing from Nevadans and truly values your input. Sincere regards, Nikki Haag Constituent Services Program Officer # # # # OFFICE OF GOVERNOR BRIAN SANDOVAL 101 North Carson St. 555 East Washington Ave., Suite 5100 Carson City, NV 89701 Las Vegas, NV 89101 775-684-5670 702-486-2500 This email was sent from a notification-only address that cannot accept incoming email. Please do not reply to this message. So that we may better serve you, please submit your suggestions or ask a question by visiting

From: "Garza, Ismael F" <> Date: September 24, 2014 at 10:01:49 AM CDT To: "" <> Subject: Wild Animal Strikes Good morning, Ms. Keller, It was a pleasure speaking with you this morning about your concerns for wild animal strikes on US 50 in the Dayton area. As a recap, I am going to gather information on NDOT’s recent work to prevent wild animal strikes including the undercrossing and animal control features, recent installation of various warning devices, and collision history involving animal strikes. I will contact you within the next two weeks to set up a conference call with myself and NDOT staff directly involved in the recent improvements to discuss our findings and what further measures may be appropriate. We will also plan to meet with you on your next trip to Nevada in January. Feel free to contact me if you have further information or questions in the interim. Ish Garza, P.E., PTOE Asst Chief Traffic Operations Engineer NDOT Traffic Operations 1263 So. Stewart Street Carson City, NV 89712 (775) 888-7087 (775) 888-7090 fax

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Groovy Tuesday Living With Wild Horses, Volume 9,386 by Willis Lamm Why we have multipurpose equipment. Our stuff is really old but it gets well used. This particular Tuesday started out with a temporary fencing project to keep horses out of a neighborhood and from crossing busy US95A. Fernley volunteers, assisted by some local residents with help from LRTC and Wild Horse Preservation League volunteers held a "fencing party." Although we had recent rains, the ground was difficult to set T-posts. Even the 2-person post pounder was making slow progress. So we brought out the Portable Water Supply trailer and used one of the jetting wands for its original designed purpose. While they are fantastic for jetting out bogged horses (and TLAER instructors who get stuck during training exercises) jetting a hole for a T-post in dense, rocky soil reduced the time per post from more than ten minutes of struggle to about 2 minutes of much easier work. Difficult jobs done while you wait. The impossible may take slightly longer. Then it was on to the US-50 Underpass project. NDOT had installed fencing and a multi-modal wild horse underpass when it rebuilt US-50 through Stagecoach. The highway went from a narrow 2-lane road to four lanes with a wide center divide for left turn pockets and acceleration lanes. So the underpass was a bit of a strange, quite long and shaded path for feral horses to use. When the underpass was first built a couple of small bands used it but they were displaced by a couple of larger bands. These larger bands came from west of the new construction and continued to cross at the intersection of US-50 and Chaves Rd., a couple of miles to the west. They just never considered the underpass as a route to the other side of the highway and as a result a couple of horses were involved in traffic accidents. Coincidentally NDOT had commissioned a UNR study to determine how the horses responded to and used their underpass design. The study involved the placement of several cameras but unfortunately they were installed after the "new" horses occupied the territory. All they viewed were equestrians, OHV drivers, an occasional coyote and other small wildlife. Further exacerbating the issue was that nearly no rain had fallen in the Stagecoach Valley so most of the horses were now ranging in the greener foothills plus the state had removed several bands of horses that had moved into town reducing the population near the highway.

It was decided to place a water tank near the south entrance of the underpass so the horses would have a reason to stop when wandering by. We would also "seed" the area with small droppings of hay near the entrance and through the underpass. A plan was agreed to by NDOT and NDA, so on Saturday we set up a new tank that the Wild Horse Preservation League had purchased and we placed out the bait. Sunday we checked. Nada. Monday we rode the area on horseback. Not a horse to be found. Tuesday after the Fernley project I decided to dump the remaining water I had in the PWS at the underpass stock tank. As I approached the tank I noticed many hoof prints in the sand. As I backed up to the tank I noticed horses scrambling out the far side of the underpass. They were all in the shade and I startled them. DAMN! They finally used the underpass and I spooked them out. Of all times to top off the tank. Not to worry, as it turned out. As I was pumping water into the tank the horses meandered back through the underpass to see what I was doing and they even inspected the PWS trailer.

While finishing that job I received a call about a wild horse in the group use area of the Dayton State Park. A young BLM stud had gotten off the herd management area through a damaged fence and was now hanging out in the park, grazing the pavilion lawn and wandering through the campsites. The group camp had been rented out to a kids' program so park staff were worried that something might spook the horse and he might hurt an unsuspecting youngster. Plus the campers were doing non-horsey things such as throwing apples and other food at the horse. BLM was completely tied up so we set up a trap corral and baited it with some alfalfa and a water tub. The resident ranger would close the trap and call if the horse went in. Sure enough within an hour or so we got the call. Turns out the horse was visiting the campers again. One of the park's staff was trying to move the horse to the trap set up on the pavilion lawn. A visitor with two schnauzers said his dogs would do it. Having little luck, the park staffer told the visitor he could try. The two schnauzers and parks employee carefully moved the horse over to the trap where parks staff encouraged the horse to enter.

Shortly after we had returned to the park we found ourselves in a ripping thunderstorm. Rather than wait for transport we moved the horse into our stock trailer using construction netting to narrow his movement choices, then we packed our panels and gear. Of course as soon as we were done the sun came out. Soaked to the skin we took the horse back to the BLM property as requested where we found some storm damaged fencing that we repaired.

Back in time to feed our own horses, dry out, and have a late supper. Just another day in wild horse country. For more information visit and

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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.

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