Stone Pony

Stone Poly

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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Bachelor Spring Fun

 

Bachelor Spring Fun

Bachelor Spring Fun

And this is why it is important to practice safety first when observing wild horses! Young bachelor stallions love to horse around. Horseplay is sure fun to watch and exciting to catch in photographs. Mustangs are powerful and graceful. They are very active in the spring and waiting for an opportunity to find romance. It is always interesting to watch the dynamics in the family bands.

There are few places in the world where wild horses can be seen. Nevada is fortunate to be home to the Virginia Range horses. It is very important to treasure and preserve our magnificent American Mustang! They enrich our lives and fill our spirit with excitement and hope.

For more information and details about our service, check out our website: http://www.RenoWildHorseTours.com. Feel free to call (775) 200-5205. If you would like to know more about advocacy and how you can help, follow the links on the right hand side of our web page.

The Hills are Alive with the Sight of Bunch Grass!

But What Do They Eat

But What Do They Eat

At long last Spring has Sprung! Wild horses are going wild for the little tufts of bunch grass that is popping up throughout the hillsides. They can’t get enough, and for good reason. Throughout the fall and winter, their diet is reduced to tumble weed and prickly, thorny dried up vegetation that any domestic horse would step over! The mustangs also help to keep down wildfires by eating the cheat grass that grows prolifically in the state of Nevada. As for water, seasonal creeks are meandering through the mountains and bringing life to the surrounding foliage.

Spring is a re-birth. Spring brings life to the landscape and renewed life for the wild horses that have survived on their own for a very long time! Their families keep them going. Now the landscape will help them to thrive so that we can enjoy seeing them as they grace the countryside.

For more information and details about our service, check out our website: http://www.RenoWildHorseTours.com. Feel free to call (775) 200-5205. If you would like to know more about advocacy and how you can help the mustangs remain wild and free, follow the links on the right hand side of our web page.

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Giving Thanks

Thankful for Wild Horses!

Thankful for Wild Horses!

We continue to be thankful to be so lucky to see wild horses free-roaming out in the Virginia Range hills, canyons and valleys. We are also thankful for the many volunteers in the state of Nevada, and all the Western states, that work so hard to keep our American Mustang free! Thank you to the few political figures and members of Congress who truly support the wild horses. In most of the Western states, supporting wild horses is not politically correct. Although, the American people want to see horses remain wild and free. We are thankful to see stately stallions protecting their families. We are thankful to see colts play fighting with their cousins, and grateful to see magnificent mares nursing their young feisty foals.

One way to show our gratitude is to donate to one or more of the deserving non-profit advocate groups. Let ‘em Run Foundation, Wild Horse Preservation Fund and Wild Horse Preservation League are just a few small groups in Northern Nevada that work all year long to help the Virginia Range wild horses. Any amount is always greatly appreciated! Follow links on our website: http://www.RenoWildHorseTours.com. And click on the links on the right side of the home page to get more information about sponsoring a wild horse or how to donate.

Thank YOU for honoring and admiring the wild horses during your visit to Reno Nevada!

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