The Colors of Autumn


Wild Horse Mirror

The leaves on the trees are changing color, and the Autumn leaves start to fall! As our variety of visitors from all corners of the world has seen, our Magnificent Mustangs exhibit a wide assortment of colors. Where did all these colors come from? Red Roans, Blue Roans, Bays, Chestnut, Appaloosa and Paints. Palomino, White and Creamello, are all beautiful to our eyes. Many of these colors come from ancient breeds.

The Native Americans tell stories of how their ancestors revered the horses of color. They had the children run off the Bays to allow the Appaloosa’s, Paints and White horses to eat the rich spring grasses and drink fresh spring waters. The tribes refer to these horses as ‘The Pre Columbus’ horse. Although the dark Bays are a still a dominant color among wild horses on the Virginia Range. The Native Americans contend that wild horses have always been part of their life.

As the Fall season turns to winter, their coats become thicker and shaggy. They will start to loose conditioning in their body. The land will offer only poor vegetation with little nutritional value. It is tempting for humans to want to help and feed them. However, there is good reason for the State of Nevada to have a law against feeding wild horses. Their ancestors have learned to survive and thrive throughout the Western states, even in harsh conditions.

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Keep Vigilant


Long and Winding Road

Long and Winding Road

The long and winding road for a wild horse has long-been an uphill climb. Throughout our history, the wild horse has evoked many emotions and controversy about the role they have in our lives. Mustangs have endured for centuries as ‘wild’ animals, yet their place in society has been to one of domestication. Our last message gave an alert about the ominous potential future for our American Mustang. The Secretary of Interior and the Congressman from Nevada have spoken outwardly to ‘euthanize’ or to ‘sell without limitation’ wild horses of the West. That decision has temporarily been put on hold for an indefinite period of time. Perhaps all of us who wrote in, called in, or sent emails had an impact on such a horrendous idea.

Just as the stallion is vigilant of danger that would threaten his family, we too must keep vigilant of political leaders and industires that would rather the wild horse be eliminated from our landscape. The 1959 law that prohibited vehicles and aircraft in the capture of wild horses was amended and essential made the law ineffective. Certain political and industry leaders want to amend the 1971 Wild Horse and Burro Act to render it useless. We cannot let that happen.

Our American Mustangs are our living heritage of the West, the Mustangs that belong to all of U.S. For more information on how you can help, visit our Facebook page: Sonny Boys Tours or visit our website and follow the links on the side bar to various non-profit organizations that help support the wild horses to remain Wild and Free!

For the Love of Wild Horses



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

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!



“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

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.
For more information about preserving the freedom of our American Mustang as wild and free visit Sonny Boys Tours on Facebook and

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