Somewhere Over a Summer Rainbow

Our Pot of Gold – Our American Mustang  (click on title)

“Somewhere Over the Rainbow, way up high

There is a land I heard of, in a lullaby

Somewhere Over the Rainbow, skies are blue

And the Dreams that you Dare to Dream, really do come True” 

Dreams Come True

Somewhere Over a Summer Rainbow

Satisfying Moments Watching Mustangs

 

 

We have noticed something about our visitors in the last four years.  Families that want to observe the mustangs usually have animals, pets dogs or cats or both.  Some are lucky enough to be horse owners.  The people watch in wonder as they see family bands and bachelor bands grazing on a hillside or heading down to the watering hole.  They always remark how beautiful they are.

They are not groomed or brushed; and the meager food they eat, has little nutritional value.  Yet, the Mustang, in all their rugged beauty, inspires admirers from all who watch them.  The young foals always bring a smile to our face.  The interaction between the stallions raises eyebrows and our heart rate probably jumps a beat or two!  It is such an honor when people from around the country return to Reno and want to see the wild horses again.

 

Watching wildlife, or even our domestic pets, bring us joy.  There is something internally satisfying about our furry and feathered friends.  But watching the horses, free roaming, and in their family bands is satisfying and a very special treat!

Follow the link to read a wonderful writing by one of Sonny Boys Tours visitors.  

 

American Boomer Blog

 

 

Winter Coat for Wild Horses

 

What do wild horses do in the wintertime to keep warm?  Grow a winter coat of course!  Mother nature provides wild animals with a thick ‘coat’ that protects them from the winter chill and dipping temperatures.

Anyone who has owned a horse and lived in below freezing temperatures has witnessed this in domestic horses too.  Rolling in the dust and dirt applies another layer of protection.  Family bands huddle together to create body heat which also helps keep everyone cozy and warm.

Wild and Wooly

Food sources , however, become sparse in the winter months.  The current drought has also affected water sources for horses in the wild.  Over the years, mustangs have learned to adapt to conditions with meager forage and water in times of scarce resources.

The most threatening condition for wild horses in the West is not the natural conditions but the affects of mankind encroaching on the animal’s habitats.  Nonprofit organizations are working tirelessly on behalf of our American Mustang to keep them wild and free.

To learn more about these issues, follow Sonny Boys Tours on Facebook.  If you would like to donate to the non-profit organizations, and to find out how you can help, follow the links on the right side of the home page in our website: http://www.RenoWildHorseTours.com

Sonny at 3

Hard to believe that Sonny just had his 3rd birthday this month in October!  He is no longer with his family band.  He is now a full-fledged ‘bachelor’ stallion.  As a 3 year old, he is currently hanging out with three other young bachelor stallions.  It is also interesting to see his coloring change.  He is truly a combination of his father – a dark bay with no markings, and his mother who is a light bay almost buckskin color.

Bachelors will continue on their own or with other bachelors until they are old enough and strong enough to steal a mare from another band.  This coming of age is usually around 5 or 6 years old.

For more information about the issues concerning free-roaming mustangs visit Sonny Boys Tours on Facebook  If you would like to help one of the non-profit organizations working hard to help the wild horses, follow the links on our website, http://www.RenoWildHorseTours.com.  

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