Happy Mother’s Day

Mom and baby share a tender moment in short-term holding. Baby will be "weaned" at 3-4 months old and mom went to "long term" holding in "sale authority."

Mom and baby share a tender moment in short-term holding. Baby will be “weaned” at 3-4 months old and mom went to “long term” holding in “sale authority.”

Wild Horse Education wants to take a moment to say “Happy Mothers Day.” To all of the wild horse and burro advocates that have children (grandkids and great grand babies, too).

But we also want to recognize all of wild horse and burro moms, captive and free. We have seen so many babies and their moms free on the range… and we have seen them ripped apart at capture. Wr have seen babies born and die in holding facilities.

America's War horse, the Sheldon mustang, will be entirely eradicated in 2014

America’s War horse, the Sheldon mustang, will be entirely eradicated in 2014

Rosie, right after leaving Sheldon.

Rosie, right after leaving Sheldon.

We have an amazing Sheldon Mustang mare that we call “Rosie,” in honor of “Rosie the riviter.” The Sheldon Mustangs were once Americas “War Horse.” Rosie was captured on 9/11 and gave birth the next day. After she gave birth it changed her status and she was no longer slated to go to Stan Palmer but to another contractor, Phyllis Strecker. Stan Palmer has been the subject of extreme controversy as the wild horses sent to him can not all be accounted for and some have gone to unconfirmed “rodeo” or kill. We filed litigation that remains active to try to protect these horses from continued abuse and risk of slaughter. READ HERE: http://wildhorseeducation.org/2013/09/26/all-documents-in-first-phase-of-sheldon-case-on-file-wild-horse-advocates-make-a-last-stand-for-americas-war-horse/

Kidron yesterday wondering why she began to shed her winter coat as we got snow in May.

Kidron yesterday wondering why she began to shed her winter coat as we got snow in May.

We named Rosie’s little filly “Kidron,” in honor of General Pershing’s War Horse. She is almost 9 months old and is a very beautiful, tall, smart young girl. You can see the “war horse” in her. She has two whorls high on her forehead and lives up to all the mythology of being spirited, intelligent and of a soul that would lend to performing great tasks.

But Rosie and Kid are the lucky ones.

parking lot of Fallon Livestock Exchange after sorting on unbranded horses

parking lot of Fallon Livestock Exchange after sorting on unbranded McDermitt  horses. Faith and Dawn were here.

Faith and Dawn, tow of our rescued McDermitt’s, lost their moms in the chaos of the roundup, shipping to kill auction and sorting as litigation attempted to save their lives. All of the unbranded horses went to rescues… but families were shattered forever.

McDermitt wild horses saved from slaughter this summer from a similar roundup in Nevada http://wildhorseeducation.org

McDermitt wild horses, later named Faith and Dawn,  saved from slaughter this summer after a roundup in Nevada 

Over and over we witness these peaceful families torn apart. Over and over we see “good moms” try to care for their babies during capture and in holding. It takes it’s toll on the heart.

Burro family free in Nevada

Burro family free in Nevada

We remain committed to protecting our wild horses from abuse, slaughter and extinction. In many ways it has been the saga of these moms and babies that drive this commitment.

We celebrate the beauty of the bond of mother and child. In all of it’s splendid peace, and sometimes tragic outcomes, “Mother and Child,” is a bond that transcends species and time.

Happy Mother’s Day.

The below video was made in 2010 by Laura Leigh, our founder, as she finished her first year of literally following wild horses and burros (non-stop) across the American landscape. The following year Leigh put more than 100,000 miles  on a vehicle. To date we have not stopped in our quest to bring the story of America’s wild horses into the public sphere. Our fight has included multiple court orders including the first in the history of the Act to inhumane treatment.

The story continues…. (this video may be a bit dramatic for some but it was a personal video note  to Leigh’s mom about how she felt, not one of her “just the facts,” pieces).

Family... it is everything to horses on the range

Family… it is everything to horses on the range

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To help us continue our work, or to help care for the rescues, go to http://WildHorseEducation.org/donate Without you none of this is possible.

 

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