Action Alert: Mustangs On The Hill.

Wild Mustangs


First, below is a history of the mustangs provided by (and all photos courtesy of):  National Wild Horse Adoption Day

America’s mustangs are the descendants of wild horses brought to the New World by Spanish explorers and missionaries in the 16th century. Others come from stock that were released or escaped from miners, ranchers, homesteaders and others who settled the West. Although horses evolved in North America there are many different opinions as to why no horses or burros existed on this continent at the time of European exploration. Spanish explorers reintroduced horses to North America beginning in the late fifteenth century and Native Americans helped spread horses throughout the Great Plains and the West. Until as recently as the mid-twentieth century, horses continued to be released onto public lands by the U.S. cavalry, farmers, ranchers, and miners.

The “Pencil War”

By the mid-20th century, domestic markets for pet and chicken feed and European markets for horse meat emerged, further reducing the number of wild horses and burros remaining in the West. Public concern escalated in response to the brutal methods used by mustangers to capture and transport wild horses for sale to rendering plants. Horrified by the gruesome practices, Velma Johnston spearheaded a “Pencil War”, a letter writing campaign that generated more letters to Congress than any single issue besides the Vietnam War! Thousands of letters were written by school children concerned for the horses’ welfare.

Congress passes “the Act”

As populations on western rangelands declined to fewer than 20,000 animals, the Congress of the United States deliberated over the animals’ future and passed the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burro Act in 1971 (Act). The Act placed America’s mustangs and burros under federal jurisdiction, and charged the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service (USFS) with preserving and protecting wild horses and burros as “living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West.”

Poetry in Motion ...


Once again, here’s your chance to change the world and make it a more humane place for America’s wild mustangs and burros. Public outcry saved them in 1971 through The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act; I know, by joining together, we can do it again.

It’s a sad thought to imagine losing the wild mustangs and burros to extinction, let alone other outcomes such as slaughter, abuse and neglect, injury, and the terror inflicted during and after BLM round-ups. Just as sad is the thought of the world’s children and future children never having the chance to witness the grace and beauty of these animals — running free as they’re meant to be, on the land America promised them, across this great country born from their backs.

On so many levels, America wouldn’t be America without the horses and burros. The least we can do is protect instead of inflict, respect instead of betray, stand up for instead of turning away, and offer our outrage instead of our apathy. Their lives and well-being depend upon it.

Their continuing presence on this earth depends upon it. 

Peace Love and Understanding.


Below is an Action Alert from the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign. Please do your part, and thank you for helping save the horses.

Mustangs on the Hill

Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 29, is ‘Mustangs on the Hill’ Day: Wild horse advocates will be lobbying their Senators for the passage of S.1579, the Restore Our American Mustangs (ROAM) Act.

This critical bill, which passed before the House of Representatives last July, amends the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act by adding important new protections and provisions, such as the banning of helicopter roundups and the reclaiming of land lost by America’s wild horses over the past 30 years.

A press conference will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Room 1334 of the Longworth House Office Building in Washington, DC. If you are unable to attend the day’s events, please call your two U.S. Senators, urging them to support the ROAM Act (S.1579). More generally, please urge your Senators to address the mismanagement of our wild horse herds on public lands:

1) Denounce the aggressive wild horse removal campaign currently under way at the behest of special interest groups and at the cost of millions of our tax-dollars.

2) Tell them that our tax-dollars would be better spent on an in-the-wild management program not based on removals.

3) Call for a moratorium on roundups until actual numbers of wild horses on public lands have been independently assessed.

To locate your Senators, please visit Please also call the Senate Committee on Natural Resources at 202.224.4971 to express your support for wild horses and the ROAM Act.

Last of the Mojave Burros

The last remaining wild burro heritage herds in California’s Mojave Desert are threatened with removal this week. Please take advantage of this lobbying day to also call Senator Feinstein’s office at 202.224.3841 and ask her to intercede with BLM officials and put a stop to these roundups.

On behalf of America’s wild horses and burros, thank you for your support!

The AWHPC Team
American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign

Life to the Fullest.

All photos courtesy of:  National Wild Horse Adoption Day

6 Responses

  1. I sent an email. I just read this today- so I hope I’m not too late with it. 😦

    Thank you for the wonderfully informative post.

  2. Thank you so much, Tasha. Your reponse made my day. : )

    News — it looks like the Sec. of the Interior, Ken Salazar, is looking toward sanctuary land-type preservation for the wild mustangs.

    It’s a move in the right direction, but they’re talking land in the midwest and elsewhere. I’m strongly rooting for the mustangs to stay put, inhabiting the 19 million acres of land stolen from them, with a large enough portion of it restored.

    However, I’m so grateful it seems we’re moving in a more positive, humane, and life-affirming direction for these horses!

    Thanks for sending those emails; I believe they help all year round.

  3. As a Horse Advocate and Social worker I can speak for those who can’t speak, even muted ones.
    I speak for our American Wild horses ~ They are our National Treasure to ROAM in freedom as a symbol of our freedom for man/animal to conserve of our natural beauty and ethical values of altruistic love.

    Equines are our birth right ~ including the ancient bond with the dawn horse (our USA Mustangs.)
    I support views of Dr Patricia Haight, Julieanne French, John Muir and President Teddy Roosevelt, Velma Johnson and PBS And Executive Director of the Cloud Foundation, as well as Ginger Kathrens views as my views for these pristine centurions.

    I will continue to assist these Wild Horse and speak of Wild Horses as companions, as history and to connection to our spirits of unconditional love.

    Will man break their ancient bond with history ~ time will only tell.

    I truly hope NOT!!
    Wild Horses are not hobby horses to be tossed in a cart when we are done with their use.

    I don’t understand why we always abuse them ,distroy them or ship them. We do this to anything we hold near and love and later build a fake statue to a old memory. We don’t want to kill the spirit of the West.

    Maybe Wild Horses are just to be looked at and we uphold a value of trust, courage, pride we will allow an animal to set the pace for ethical values rather humans weaknesses and destruction.
    If we destroy the horses we are the next large mammal in the food chain ~ our we next?

    Lets not shot our chain of life in the heads or the foot. Sterilizing love is not way to keep Wild horses as a species alive but only to Manage them into Extinction. We will lose as to loss a being of nature. We can even buy back again in the future . They will be long GONE.

    We are all connected in the chain of life ~ we harm Wild horses ~ we harm ourselves.

    Lets do ourselves better.

    I am writting Micheal Moore at

    after I saw the George Knapp Investigation.

    (or) Go to the Cloud Foundation ~ Executive Ginger Kathren at

    I’m not giving up on the bond for freedom & wild horses.

  4. The wild horses are blessed to have your voice, heart, passion and support behind them, Barbara!

    Thank you for all you do for the horses. It’s wonderful and uplifting to meet others fighting hard for the cause of the wild mustangs, an uphill battle that is only possible if we keep speaking up and supporting each other!

    Sometimes, like after my latest post on Cloud and the Pryor Mountain Mustangs, I want to curl into a ball of hopelessness. But I can’t — I won’t — do anything that keeps me from helping America’s wild mustangs — even if the truth is sometimes excruciatingly hard to bear.

    Here’s to a future America where our wild horses and burros are safe and running free!


  5. im going to make a big music video (using an elton john song “live like horses”) in hopes to bring attention to this tragedy.
    it should be flying by tomorrow .01/08/2010

  6. That sounds wonderful! Can’t wait to see it!

    Thanks for doing what you can to help the horses.

    You can get more news on the horses in my twitter stream, @LeftyWritey.


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