Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 at
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
Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at
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.
Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 at
Virginia City was host to a fantastic event to benefit the Virginia Range Mustangs. The Wild Horse Faire, on Saturday August 23, 2014, was a day filled with fun, food, and wild horses of course! The day started with a parade and ended with a concert featuring Lacy J. Dalton. Shirley had two of her newest rescued foals – two little colts each less than one month old.
Rescued foals get a second chance
Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund, Let ‘em Run Foundation, Wild Horse Preservation League and Wynema Ranch Sanctuary were all on hand to provide information about how they help preserve wild horses safe out on the range. Their common goal is to preserve our American Heritage – the wild horse! Samantha was there to talk about her next ride through the state of Nevada next year to raise awareness.
Sonny Boys Tours was there too! Our united message was to keep involved and let political leaders, legislators and congress know that we want to keep wild horses out on the range, free-roaming. For more information, LIKE Sonny Boys Tours on Facebook! We routinely post information on how to contact political leaders.
If you would like to donate to any of these non-profit organizations, follow the links on the right side of the home page in our website: http://www.RenoWildHorseTours.com
Monday, May 5th, 2014 at
You’re a Star
This beautiful family of ‘stars’ all have one thing in common. You guessed it – a star of their foreheads!
Stallions are such good fathers. They keep a vigilant eye on their mares and foals. The mares also protect their new little fillies and colts and watch us as we watch them! We humans need to keep an eye on them as well. Not everyone appreciates the value they bring to us just by being who they are. The horses need all the help they can get!
To find out how you can help keep these Virginia Range mustangs wild and free, click on the links on the right hand side of Sonny Boys website home page. Look for Hidden Valley Wild Horse Preservation Fund (HVWHPF), Let ‘em Run Foundation or Wild Horse Preservation League (WHPL) and others. They continue to pledge their time, energy and talent to help these horses on a daily basis.
Go to: http://www.RenoWildHorseTours.com or call Tina at (775) 200-5205.
Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 at
At this time of giving and reflection, we think of the times that made us smile. We remember the experiences that caused our hearts leap with joy. For those who visited Reno and took our tour, we thank you! We hope that the first glimpse of seeing the wild horse created a unique moment and an extraordinary memory for you. The mustangs have given us something internally rich that cannot be measured in monetary value.
The sight of a young foal nudging his mare to nurse, the wonder at seeing the lone stallion standing bravely and watching us, the birth of ‘Sonny’ with his family standing sentry, the amazement at looking up at a family band grazing peacefully on a hillside. These are just a few of the memories that we have enjoyed sharing with all of you.
Happy holidays! Have a prosperous and memorable new year from Sonny Boys Tours.
All the best,
Tina & Patrick Brodrick
For more information about the wild horses of the West, visit Sonny Boys Tours on Facebook.