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Comment from Christopher McMaster
I have one question for you? have you ever read any Scientific Article about wild horses? I don't want to come off as I am attacking you or your cause, but I would like for you to consider the fact that if these animals weren't "beautiful" and "majestic, as you consider them to be that they would simply be an invasive species, such as the Asian Carp, or Feral Hogs. I don't want this to be an insult to you and your views; horses are special and amazing creatures, I grew up around them. I also have grown up around lands with wild horses, and the real travesty isn't the way they are treated, it's the fact that they continuously cause harm to our natural resources, and our government effectively isn't allowed to manage them. Our lands should be managed by science, and experience, but rather than that they forced to manage them based on the emotional value these horses hold to a few people. Again I don't want to come off as just some angry rancher or whatever else you will want to call me. I am currently a student studying wildlife biology and would just like for you to consider why these things are done to horses.
Comment from Carol Wilkin
Hello....my husband and I just watched the documentary regarding the plight of our wild horses......film was dated 2009. I am curious if the situation improved under President Obama. I certainly hope so. One of my fondest memories is when I was a young lady driving the back roads of New Mexico and happening upon wild horses. Thank you for all you do for this needed work. Carol
Comment from Kim Shepard: Open letter to the BLM"Dear Sirs, With a lifelong interest in horse handling safety for people and natural behavior-oriented horsemanship in all interactions with horses, I am also a wild horse adopter and interested party to wild horses and burros on public land. I very respectfully submit the following comments:
Those skilled in gentling Wild Horses imprinted with negative experiences caused by BLM's current ‘gather’ methods using aircraft including HELICOPTERs (that are not consistent) with traditional less stressful horsemanship-based methods; are aware that the rough handling untamed animals (whose strongest natural survival instinct is flight) endure not only increases unnecessary incidences of permanent neck, jaw, shoulder and leg injuries, but also makes the gentling process much more difficult and lengthy.
The detrimentally negative ‘imprinting’ caused by BLM's current methods using aircraft including HELICOPTERs jeopardizes the safety and success that general public (adopters) have with wild animals that have been treated in this manner. Methods routinely used by BLM and BLM contractors show a pattern of injuries to wild horses. These methods are not recommended for domestic or wild horses and burros. There are other traditional methods recommended by animal behavior expert consultants that have been successfully used for less stressful gathers of various herds over the years that can and should be used instead (that the BLM is well aware of). The BLM should be held accountable to consistently implement these methods while gathering and handling wild horses and burros. Therefore, PLEASE...immediately STOP THE HELICOPTER ROUNDUPS. Please stop separating foals from mares’ milk, care and protection. Please treat these animals with decency and respect, using gentler less stressful gather methods. Remember they are being adopted out to the public and the gentling process can and should start with *any* who handle them, beginning with those individuals involved in gathers and initially handling wild horses and burros."
Comment from a young horse loverhello im dakota i love mustangs and me and mom well we want horses so we can go riding together but right now horeses are so expensive, do you no anyone who has horses for sale but cheep. I like horses that are young, well broke but have some spunk. My mom wants a horse thats well well well broke but kinda young. Id like to get my mom a horse before i get my horse.
Comment from WandaI have a mustang would really like to know his history .He has a good home now but I want to know where he came from. I think he had a bad life before I got him but he is very much Loved now.
Comment from PhyllisMy name is Phyllis Waltman and I have just published a photographic story of a wild mustang family in northern Wyoming on BLM land entitled 'Sunny Boy and Little Sunny'. I you are interested you may order the book at www.artforthehorselover.com
Comment from RoseHi, I am strongly against the BLM and would do anything possible to protect americas wild mustangs! is there anything i could do? i have set up my own website, stoptheslaughterandBLM.webs.com, to help stop them, and done many projects on stopping them. i just get so mad about the BLM, they claim there 'saving them'! there killing them! thanks for your time ;)
Comment from JimHere is a gallery of pictures of the wild horses of Wyoming: jimparkin.zenfolio.com/mustangs
Comment from DiannaI am the proud owner of a Mustang. At a young age of just over a year, I bought her at a slaughter sale in Colorado. She is a beautiful Lady and full of love. When I lived in Colorado, I was the stables manager at a Guest Ranch and about 15 out of 90 head of horses were Mustangs bought at slaughter sales. Amazing animals they were!! I have so many pictures of the Dude Mustangs. If anyone would like to see them, I'll sure post them. I have attached a picture of my Kaycee (for Kaycee, Wyoming.......she was caught as a baby near Rock Springs).
Quote submitted by Marshall Watts: "Like winds and sunsets, wild things were taken for granted until progress began to do away with them. Now we face the question whether a still higher 'standard of living' is worth its cost in things natural, wild and free. For us of the minority, the opportunity to see geese is more important than television."--Aldo Leopold
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Trail Rides to See Wild Horses in California
Trail Ride to see Mustangs in the Wild Frontier Pack Train offers a variety of rides, one of them featuring wild horses. From their website: Ride with us as we track and observe the unbridled, untamed, wild mustang horse. Take a step back in time as we explore the past of the Truman Meadow Area in the Inyo National Forest [in California]. Spend four days observing the free roaming herds, blooming wildflowers and other resident wildlife including the mountain lion, a horse's natural predator. After a day in the saddle, relax, watch the sunset and enjoy a hearty meal prepared by our cook over an open fire. Each evening after dinner, discussions will be led by our experienced guides and guest speakers, focusing on the history, social behavior and uncertain future of these proud animals.
This is a trip for those who would like to experience the life of a cowboy out on the range. An active riding trip for people of all ages and riding levels. The group will operate from a base came and will ride out each day to the open range surrounded by high mountains. Don't miss four days of hospitality, home cooking and the thrill of western life. Cost $500 per person
Dude Ranches and Yoga
Here some websites for ranches that teach EFEL--Equine Facilitated Experiential Learning; participants deepen their yoga practice by communicating with horses. :
Also, there is a book, Yoga for Equestrians: A New Path for Achieving Union with the Horse by Linda Benedik and Veronica Wirth.