For the Love of Wild Horses

 

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Free-raoming Mustangs are under attack – not by predators such as mountain lions or coyote. Not from the elements of Mother Nature. Wild horses do not succumb to disease or aliments like domestic horses. The threat to family bands throughout the Western States is our very own government. The agency that was sworn to protect them under the 1971 Wild Horse and Burro Act. On Wednesday, July 12, 2017, our United State Congress men and women will vote on language written by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) under the Interior Department to allow wild horses to be sold “without limitation”. This language means only one thing — wild horses that belong to U.S., will be sold to kill buyers. It is an ugly term, and an unthinkable idea, but a reality in our time, right now.

Even though many of our visitors over the years are not “horse people”, they have been thrilled to be able to view these magnificent animals that are free roaming with their families. Many have learned about their perseverance and have learned about the dynamics of the bachelor bands. In the Virginia Range near Reno Nevada, visitors have been able to be captivated by our American Mustang.

Please help preserve our living heritage of the West, the Mustangs that belong to all of U.S. Call, email, text, facebook, tweet, and contact Congresspersons in your state. Let them know you love seeing the Mustangs. Let them know that the wild horses belong to U.S.

Congress decides their fate — from Maine to Oregon, from Florida to California. Let them know that BLM needs to work with advocate groups to preserve our magnificent American Mustang on the range to roam free with their families. Take 20 minutes out of your day, today for the love of wild horses! For more information visit the ASPCA website

https://www.aspca.org/news/federal-budget-puts-tens-thousands-wild-horses-and-burros-jeopardy

2016 Thank You

 

 

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Sonny 2 at Wynema Ranch

 

2016 Thank You

The end of the year is a good time to reflect on all that has happened to us, and for us, during the year. Many visitors continue to remark what a joy it was to see the wild horses in their family bands.   We thank each and every one of you who came out to see our American Mustangs of Nevada.

We have realized many new face book friends and appreciate all the visitors over the years who continue to keep up with our magnificent Mustangs through our periodic blogs. We continued to be amazed by the number of people who visit Reno just because they want to have the experience of seeing the wild horses with their families and friends. We also give thanks to the sanctuaries that have opened their land and hearts to the wild ones and warmly welcomed our visitors on a tour of their ranches. It is a wonderful testimony to the horses that visitors have returned multiple times to Reno just to photograph the Mustangs and simply enjoy watching the dynamics of the families.

We will greatly miss our dear friends and advocates who are no longer with us. Our dear friend, Carrol Abel captured the peacefulness of one family band through her camera and keen eye. Please keep our wild horses in your thoughts throughout 2017. If you can, connect and help out any one or more of the non-profit organizations that help to preserve our wild horses to be free for future generations. Links can be found on the right hand side of our website

 

. Both Tina and Patrick wish you a healthy and happy New Year!

 

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“They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?”

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The history of wild horses has been one of persecution with mixed opinions of what a wild horse is – to be domesticated or left alone as a wild animal and in the State of Nevada, feral.

In the movie,The Misfits from 1961 – Cowboys and wranglers routinely captured Mustangs in the Nevada high desert, Pine Nut Range. The wild horses were hauled away to be slaughtered and used for dog food.

The 2004 movie, Hidalgo, shows that the Indian ponies were rounded up, shot and killed by civil war soldiers.

On September 9, 2016, an advisory committee to the BLM (Federal Bureau of Land Management under the direction of the Department of Interior) determined that the wild horses that have been taken off their homeland are doomed to a death sentence. Their crime is that they are unadoptable. It seems that nearly 50,000 ill-fated wild horses that are stockpiled around the country are to be terminated – “euthanized” is the word used by the committee. The film, They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? , from 1969 has little to do with horses, and more with the disturbing idea of putting a living creature out of their misery.

They have survived the exhausting process of being chased down and removed from their land, separated from their families, run through narrow steel chutes to be stamped with a brand. Overfed in pens. Shipped to other states in the country with different climates. Kept in unknown private farms where no one can see what their life has become. Meanwhile, the public is told that more Mustangs must continue to be removed because they are ‘excess’ animals, they are starving, and there is not enough water for them.

History must not repeat itself. We urge you to take immediate action by sending a brief email and ask the decision makers to release groups of wild horses in wildfire prone areas, in wilderness areas where they will help to keep the vegetation down and reduce the threat of raging wildfires.

Secretary Sally Jewell
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington DC 20240
Phone: 202-208-3100
Fax: 202-208-6956
E-Mail: feedback@ios.doi.gov

And you can call: To contact your Senators and Representatives – call the switchboard at 202-224-3121
AND go to Facebook page Return to Freedom (supported by the actor Robert Redford) and sign the petition.
Please, SHARE this information with as many people as you can! Do it for your children’s grandchildren so that they will enjoy seeing wild horses roaming free.
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For more information about preserving the freedom of our American Mustang as wild and free visit Sonny Boys Tours on Facebook and http://www.RenoWildHorseTours.com

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Going through this spectacular canyon with it’s multi-colored rocks, we spotted the ‘stone pony’ along the hillside. Even though we had taken this route many times before, the image was not noticed until just the other day. But if you move just a few feet in either direction, you can not see the image, at all, of a horse running up the hill.

In one version of Greek mythology, the Horse was created from rock. The legend came about because Poseidon , the god of the sea, earthquakes, floods and horses wanted to win the favor of Demeter, the goddess of corn, grain and harvest. So he created the horse from rock to win her heart.

Wild Horses seem to win our hearts! Visitors perceive the Mustangs of the West as majestic, beautiful, and awe-inspiring. It is amazing to watch them in their family bands and so much fun to see the bachelor stallions sparing with each other for dominance. However, not everyone can appreciate the wild horse free-roaming throughout the hills and canyons. Visitors learn about the obstacles that Mustangs face in keeping their freedom. We look for solutions and hope that we do not loose sight of our higher values in life. The ‘Gems of the West – our American Mustang!

For more information about viewing wild horses or to book a tour, visit http://www.RenoWildHorseTours.com or call Tina at (775) 200-5205. And for more information about preserving the freedom of our American Mustang as wild and free visit Sonny Boys Tours on Facebook and http://www.RenoWildHorseTours.com

Summertime, the Livin for Mustangs is not Easy

 

“Summertime and the livin’ is easy.

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So hush little baby, Don’t you cry… “ music created by George Gershwin, a song from the opera Porgy and Bes.

With Daddy and Mammy standing by, little new foals will soon spread their wings! No matter where people come from, California to Florida, Costa Rica or Germany, the wild horse never cease to amaze us! Somehow, the horse represents the international language of the spirit within us all. Their striking beauty ignites the spark of energy we often loose in our day-to-day living. The Mustangs of the West brings joy to our senses. They have no limits or boundaries. They are only limited by the imagination of politicians and government agencies that control their destiny.

This week, livin’ aint so easy for a wild horse.  Due to the fact that the Federal Lands Subcommittee is holding an ‘oversight hearing’ to determine the fate for nearly 40,000 wild horses in ‘long-term holding facilities’ and another 40,000 thousand mustangs that still roam free on Public Lands. Republican Congressmen of the West are calling for elimination of our American Icons. The words ‘slaughter’ and ‘sterilization’ are among the recommendations. Most Americans along with our International Visitors are appalled to hear that the government cannot see the beauty and need to keep our wild horses alive and gracing the landscape.

For more information and details about how you can help, visit

http://www.wildhorsepreservation.org

 

Please feel free to email me at sonny@renowildhorsetours.com, or call (775) 200-5205.

The legendary Frank T. Hopkins, born in 1865, was an early advocate of the mustang. His life was surrounded by as much controversy as the mustang. He left a compelling statement in his diary: A quote from Hopkins reads:

“In my day I watch the destruction of the buffalo and the antelope, We say their destruction was due to a benighted profligate generation, If we permit the MUSTANG to disappear we may be accused of the same qualities and we will deserve the accusation, The MUSTANG is as AMERICAN as George Washington and AMERICA is a vast enough land and IMPORTANT enough Nation to have A HORSE of our very own, HE IS FACING HIS LAST STAND, TO LET HIM GO WOULD IN MY OPINION BE A MAJOR AMERICAN NATIONAL TRAGEDY” – Frank T. Hopkins

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