A Wild Mustang And Burro Redemption!


Nevada wild mustangs

(Photo courtesy of Bonnie Jo Mount – The Washington Post)

You are invited to attend a cyber-party honoring America’s wild mustangs and burros!

Please bring your joy, your big heart and plenty of tissues! Party is taking place right now in this post. Tell your friends!

(What do you bring to a wild mustang party, you ask? Plenty of carrots and apples? Well, wild mustangs won’t know what those food items are, but I’m sure they’d appreciate the thought!)

You know those 30,000 wild mustangs and burros in BLM captivity facing euthanasia and slaughter that I’ve been blogging about relentlessly? The ones we’ve been fighting to save, signing petitions for and contacting our legislators about?

They’re SAFE!

I read the article linked below, and cried with joy.   

Click here: A Dramatic Rescue for Doomed Wild Horses of the West – washingtonpost.com

“Madeleine Pickens, wife of billionaire T. Boone Pickens, made known her intentions to adopt not just the doomed wild horses but most or all of the 30,000 horses and burros kept in federal holding pens. Lifelong animal lovers, the Pickenses just a few years ago led the fight to close the last horse slaughterhouse in the United States.

Madeleine Pickens is looking for land in the West that would be an appropriate home for the horses.

She is working with the BLM staff to adopt the horses, said Henri Bisson, the bureau’s deputy director, while the agency persuades Congress to shift $20 million in funding to feed and protect the horses now in captivity for another year. As backup to Pickens’s offer, he said, two other groups, both animal rescue organizations, have expressed similar interest in adoption. “We are very hopeful that euthanasia won’t be necessary this year,” he said.”

Things like this restore my faith in humanity and in the horse-sized hearts of animal lovers everywhere.

Some of the best miracles in life remain those man-made, when people pool their resources and good intentions in the name of our precious animals that have no voice of their own.

T. Boone Pickens and Madeleine Pickens, my hat is off to you! Thank you for saving the day and the lives of America’s mustangs and burros!

Best of all, these animals will remain FREE — running free across the West as they’ve done for centuries.

“Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.” Bells are ringing all around the world!

Now, off I go to find more tissues.

Author’s Note: Now that an hour has passed and my boots are back on the ground again, as I would swear I was walking on air, this is great news, but it’s only great news for the 2008 mustangs and burros. There remains a serious, fatal issue for these equines that MUST be solved. Without public outcry and changing legislature, the horses aren’t safe for good. Nothing less is acceptable.

Did you know that the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act used to offer hard-fought-for, full protection to the wild mustangs and burros, and resulted from an unprecedented public outcry much like ours, today?

Then, in 2004 Senator Conrad Burns slipped in a secret amendment that stripped away these protections without public knowledge or debate. One tragic consequence of this unethical action was the legal round-up and slaughter of America’s wild mustangs and burros. 

Click here: The Conrad Burns Wild Horse Slaughter Amendment

I guess the question is, is that okay with you? This is YOUR country, YOUR wildlife, YOUR tax dollars. These are YOUR horses and burros. 

It might not be you, it may be your children or grandchildren who fall in love with horses both domestic and wild, however, the horses and burros are counting on us to do what’s right NOW — for our future generations, and for theirs.

So please, take a moment to sign the petition to save the mustangs. The petition can be accessed through the wild horse badges on my home page. We still need support through your ongoing signatures so we can save ALL the horses! 

Have you already signed the petition, but haven’t gotten your fill of changing the world? The petition below

 calls for a Congressional inquiry into the government’s wild horse management practices.

Heart-felt thanks go out to all those who’ve signed the petitions or called their legislators on behalf of America’s horses.

(And p.s. — thank you Jupiter and Venus!)


6 Responses

  1. Morning Em,

    That’s wonderful, wonderful news about what Madeline Pickens has done. Yeah!!!

    I signed the petition immediately.

  2. I’ve always loved horses…but being a city/suburbia girl, there wasn’t much of an opportunity to go riding and/or to a farm to visit them. Still, they are such amazing creatures! I’ll sign the petition. 🙂

    Have you heard of the wild horses on Shackleford Island in North Carolina? Hubby and I went to NC for our honeymoon and went to the island to try and see if we could see them from afar. Alas, it was quite a hot day so they were probably off in the small forest (which was a three mile walk from us).

  3. Hey Tasha!

    Woo Hoo! I’m snoopy-dancing all around the ranch, lol.

    I am so emotional about this, I can’t even adequately capture it in words nor do so without crying. If I saw Madeleine Pickens I’d walk right up to her and hug the stuffing out of her!

    I really like this second petition — I signed it, too — I like the idea of a Congressional inquiry! Bring it on!

    Feels like NaNo all over again, but better — and that’s saying a *lot*! Hooray! Power to the mustangs!


  4. Hey Dara! : )

    You know what’s funny? I grew up in the country, with more cows than horses, and always loved horses from afar, too, especially after reading Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty.

    Five years ago, I decided to make the MC of my first novel an animal rescuer, decided on horses, and went to work researching horse rescue on the internet.

    I knew nothing of actually owning a horse, horse slaughter, that horses were even eaten, anymore, or that equine abuse/starvation was such a serious issue.

    And now, here I am, owned by four equines saved from slaughter and starvation, and needing to do what I can to help.

    What I learned about the horses made me so angry. It was like, an injustice we can actually do something about by spreading the word? I’m in, and watch out! : )


  5. Is it possible to get a mustang for free. I love horses and would take such good care of my own. I’m 53 years old born in Memphis Tennessee and living in Las Vegas but my pony would be my friend, my friend till God says no more. I understand the resolve but just asking. Take care and thank you for your time, Mr Brooks. (brooksnoe@yahoo.com)

  6. Actually, yes, the BLM has mustang adoptions, adopting out the horses they gather. I personally think it’s better for the horse to have a solid home (be adopted once gathered and penned) than to live imprisoned, or worse, end up at slaughter.

    Google “BLM Wild Horse Adoptions” and see what comes up for your area. However, some horse expereince is necessary (unless you also hire a trainer for help)when dealing with a 1000 lb animal that’s wild.

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