Mustang Wild: Blog http://www.mustangwild.com/blog en-us (C) Mustang Wild mustangwild@outlook.com (Mustang Wild) Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:02:00 GMT Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:02:00 GMT http://www.mustangwild.com/img/s/v-5/u204470943-o937242028-50.jpg Mustang Wild: Blog http://www.mustangwild.com/blog 81 120 Who is This Character "Mustang Meg"? http://www.mustangwild.com/blog/2016/9/who-is-this-character-mustang-meg MustangMeg244MustangMeg244Who Am I?
I am known as Mustang Meg. I am a friend to the wild mustangs and burros first. I chose be a voice along with many to 'Protect to Preserve' our wild ones, as well as what is left of our open spaces of our west- our public lands. I am also a friend of ranchers, as well as a friend of the personnel of 'state' BLM offices. My stand is against the bigger picture, the over-all slow and ...methodical elimination of wild horses from many of our western rangelands at the DOI/BLM level in DC.
I have learned long ago, to have a good working relationship with state BLM workers for the wild horses horses, in order to have them help us facilitate the necessary change in Washington where change takes place, to better protect our mustangs, burros, and wild public range lands.

For my complete bio please see here: https://www.facebook.com/notes/mustang-meg/who-is-this-character-mustang-meg/10151432740947776

I get a lot of questions from readers about interviews, tours, tv reality shows, etc, but really I am a rather shy person and prefer my place behind the camera to bring them to you to help spread the word about how necessary they are to us. But I have been asked to at least share a little bit about me. One of very few photos- here I am with my sidekick, meet Stormy, my fiercely loyal Australian Shepherd.
My other side-kick is "Thelma", and I always carry when out in the remote high desert. For those interested in knowing, it's a .357 Magnum, for protection when I'm out there roaming the middle of nowhere. Cougars are a real threat out there, and there are also rattlers and other snakes to be wary of. It's either that or a purse with a brick in it, and I don't wear purses.

Thank you for helping me in efforts to~ keep the WILD in our WEST!
~Mustang Meg

To interact on fb: www.mustangmeg.com

Who is Mustang Meg?
My name is Sonya, my name "Mustang Meg" is my alias to share and report on our wild mustangs and burros, a real life western. My focus is not about the BLM management at the state level, but rather focus on the bigger picture at the federal level, and the removals and elimination of mustang herds for special interests at the expense of our mustangs and burros and the wild public range lands they roam, rather than upholding the original intent of the 1971 Wild Free Roaming Wild Horses and Burros Act- and that focus is in Washington DC.

What's with the alias name? There's a method to my madness.... "Meg" is a concise and memorable name fluid with "mustang" I chose, as I wanted to develop a page easily remembered and easily accessible ~ where much scattered information about our wild horses can be funneled to one spot for review, education, and discussion. I try hard to bring factual information, by research and cross-referencing information first, for the education of others to help them in their own endeavors of seeking protection for our mustangs and wild burros, with confidence sharing with their own "netposse", ultimately benefiting our wild ones. Wild horse and burro advocacy has become the greatest "grassroots" effort in history... and since the government in DC has proven it is less then concerned with our wild horses entrusted in their care, this union of grassroots of wild horse enthusiasts and concerned citizens ban together and remind lawmakers the importance of wild horses to the people.

My name is Sonya Spaziani, and I am a graduate from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. I've studied Oregon wild horses since 1994 while out in the southeast region of the state, the Steens Mountain area. While driving around a rimrock corner, about 40 or more wild horses of just about every possible color crossed the little mountain road in front of us- big ones, little ones, manes and tails flying... some walking, some trotting, and some loping. I could still hear the hoof beats on the hard packed earth, smell the sage they brushed against, and taste the dust on my lip. I've been mesmerized by them ever since, wanting to know everything I can about these soul-stirring, pure and natural wild-born creatures.

In my early history, my parents with their two young girls fled the Czech Republic (Czechoslovakia) in 1968, and all my life to this day, from my father, I've been given the lessons of freedom-- and what that truly means. Wild mustangs for me are that bridge to that ideal. Although he's gone now, his words, "Never take freedom for granted" I still hear in my head to this day.

Since 1994 every year, we travel out to the SE Oregon herd management areas searching for these wild ones, sometimes when I'm lucky, several times a year. In 2011, we've included our two little boys on our wild horse trips, to add to the love of wild horses and advocacy for them in their new generation. I keep a journal and write-ups on my excursions. I reside in the foothills of the Cascade Mountain range of the central Willamette Valley in a zone between valley and mountain where I am also fortunate to observe varied wildlife, also satiating my interest is in nature and wild animals. I live about a half day's drive to the herd management area. Besides documenting my own on-the-range findings, I also put in many hours of research time, to continue to educate myself with ongoing information for this plight.

Besides the natural lure of the wild horses, I am on this mission to 'protect to preserve' our wild horses and burros full force since I discovered an amendment to their protected Federal status. With the insult of the sneaky rider/bill introduced by Montana Senator, Conrad Burns in 2004, slipped in the appropriations bill, during the major holidays and without public knowledge or review, single-handedly and with the swift motion of a pen, deteriorated wild horse and burro protection given in 1971 known as the Free Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Act. This tragic amendment was signed by President George W. Bush on December 6, removing most protection for our wild horses and burros, where a majority can be sold/ auctioned/ processed "without limitation". Currently there are roughly 50,700+ mustangs in holding (at a cost of $450 per head), awaiting an uncertain future at best, and a loss of over 111 herds, and over 19 million herd management acres. Yet more are gathered, removed, and adding to the stockpile of horses in holding. It has been my mission since 2004 to bring awareness to the public and aid, in my small way, to help to restructure even better wild horse protection and preservation.

My Stand~

I am often asked about "my stand". I stand for "on the range management" with the aid of wild mare remote-darting reversible fertility control, in managing herd levels- plain and simple. It is my opinion that wild mare contraception is the lesser of the man-made evils in terms of management. However, contraception in the hands of a governing entity, must be overseen, and must also be careful for maintaining natural- not 'selected for' wild horses, assuring contraception is fairly rotated among mares, along with leaving stallions intact to assure full genetic representation among each unique herd, and maintain the wild and tightly knit social orders within established bands. Permanent sterilization of healthy animals should never be an option in the wild.

In addition, realistically, careful management will always be necessary, but in cooperative efforts with a wild horse-based coalition or advocacy group overseeing care and management of our wild horses and burros. With the assistance of independent scientific analysis by range ecologists and biologists, when removal is deemed necessary, there must be a sound plan in place (ie: available programs/homes) which are pre-approved, and no longer stockpiling them in government long-term holding, or with the threat of euthanizing or sending them to auction "without limitations".

In this least invasive, more natural-based program, it is also my opinion, that lead and established stallions who have worked hard and earned their "reign" should not be removed from a herd area, but be allowed to stay to re-establish family bands, through their rightful hierarchy. There is much experience in these stallions, which also 'teach' younger animals the ways of band and herd society. Band stallions have earned their position because they are strong, determined, and intelligent... they have won through battle, and they have learned how to maintain their band. In wild horse society, these reigning stallions maintain stability and overall harmony to a herd area, until another of substance rightfully replaces them. Long-term evolution of bands among a herd, is valuable and a certain treasure to witness and observe natural design of dynamic wild horse society.

I am a firm believer, that adequately protected wild horses and burros "lock up/protect" our wild lands from being turned into anything from wind turbine farms to strip malls, homes, and lands exploited for natural resources, etc. The list is endless, and in this struggling economy, money talks loudly, unfortunately. This landgrab war has become more than just the mustangs and wild burros, and the last of our wild lands of this high desert basin, and what remains in the far reaches of our "still" wild west... the west- your and my wide open spaces, the public lands and wilderness areas.

 So I learn, I write, I research, and I spend time out there among the wild ones, gathering information, videos, and photographs to share in my own small way and possibly make a difference by bringing awareness to these incredible wild horses. My work also includes an art series called "For the Mustangs" where a percentage is utilized where proceeds help the organizations dedicated also to keep our mustangs where they belong, on our western public rangelands. There are four completed, and two are in progress. I also am in the process of finishing a book, complete with my writing, quotes, and mustang photos, as well as a website for purchase of my photos. These endeavors will help me reach out to more of the public, bringing more information, research, and of course photographs to the mainstream, so that our mustangs and burros become a conscious awareness.

Who am I? I am a citizen concerned for the future welfare of our wild horses. I chose no other, but one side, the side of the wild horses and burros. It's my hope and ambition that I can reach at least one person daily, so they know that we still have these inspiring free-roaming animals on our wild lands, and how necessary they are on so many levels, but mostly our spirits.... These wild horses, an American icon symbolizing our own struggle to remain free~ A powerful icon to the citizens of the great Nation, and to so many around the world.



Together, THEY stand. And together we work to keep the WILD in our West.

Sonya, aka Mustang Meg
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mustangwild@outlook.com (Mustang Wild) Sonya Spaziani" Stormy "Mustang Meg" cowgirl gun .357 magnum photography wild west SE south east Steens HMA mustang wild horses save wild American mustangs http://www.mustangwild.com/blog/2016/9/who-is-this-character-mustang-meg Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:59:32 GMT
Mustang Meg's Band Wagon http://www.mustangwild.com/blog/2012/8/mustang-megs-band-wagon

Mustang Meg's Band Wagon
 

by Mustang Meg on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 8:42am ·
 

As many of you know, when I spend a lot of time in my chair replying to someone, I take the opportunity to share with others. Someone had suggested I educate myself prior to jumping on this wild horse bandwagon. Here was my reply:

Kind sir, this bandwagon I have been riding on since the 2004 Burns Amendment to the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act. Regardless of the statements appeasing the public from Washington, the bottom line is the Burns Amendment has eradicated over thirty years of federal protection for wild horses, allowing the BLM to sell older (9+) and unadoptable animals at livestock auctions, where they often have been and will be picked up by kill buyers. A plan for this sale/kill authority had been in the works for a few years and had been defeated time and again due to public outcry, then slipped in the slippery 2004 Amendment, going against public wishes, and worse- knowledge. Does that sound right or appropriate to anyone?

In addition, our wild mustangs and burros which cross unseen boundaries from BLM to private or other gov't lands are also at the most risk, as they are labeled as "estrays", where they are then rounded up and sold at auction to the highest bidder (horses by the pound fetch big $ overseas still) -No fabrication but stark reality. I've read the Burns Amendment and will share with you a link of what I wrote about it and it's history, I will also share a link for the WH&B Act. I've shared it before, but happy to do it again. They're both in my Notes, as well as many other write-ups I've done while sitting on this wagon for the last seven years.

What moved me into action and writing/researching/educating about the wild horse plight was in 2008 when a secret Federal/BLM document was uncovered through The Freedom of Information Act, where plans were set in place by our own Government to slaughter thousands of our captive wild horses- animals entrusted in their care. This I read in detail right down to the nitty-gritty details of having psychologists on board to counsel workers affected by putting down healthy animals- (horses and burros that 'said agency' is to protect wild horses from harassment and death). I read every horrifying word. I've read the 1971 WH&B Act, while I personally may not agree with every word, like what's been pointed out, it was more protection, since the 1978 and 2004 Amendments, then what is offered now. I don't speak without a clear understanding and education.

BLM regional people managing these horses directly are not bad people, and as many who follow my page know I often support those working directly with the mustangs, especially those here in Oregon. It's the queen bee in Washington that needs to be straightened out, beginning with DOI/Salazar. But you bring up a good point. I too think BLM as a whole is over-burdened with land management on too many facets whether it be above or below ground acres. Wild horse and burro management should be moved to a different entity caring for our equids with only their best interest in mind first, and on their own designated lands... the rest of the 240 million above ground acres can be multi-managed... but NOT the 54 million horse and burro acres.

But perhaps you're right, perhaps instead of merely restoring original intent of the WH&B Act prior to the amendment secretly slipped into Appropriations without public review or comment- we should actually RESTRUCTURE the WH&B Act with more effective wording to better and more adequately protect and preserve them for future generations with more effective management, where lands set aside for wild horses and burros are managed with them as priority on the lands first and foremost; no more "zero'ing out" of herds without an independent scientific analysis and public knowledge; no more "taking" wild horse management lands; in fact- giving back the 19 million acres back to wild horse and burro management (we wouldn't have this problem of 50,000+ mustangs in gov't holding from Kansas to Texas with those herd management lands returned); and also further protect the horses that may roam onto non-BLM lands, labeled as "estrays" and sent to auction.

Thank you for the enlightenment.

 

Burns Amendment: https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150294631937776  

WH&B Act: https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150293616802776

 

Keeping the Wild in our West,

Sonya, aka Mustang Meg

www.mustangmeg.com

www.wildhorsespirit.com

 

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mustangwild@outlook.com (Mustang Wild) Mustang Meg horse horses mustang mustangs west wild http://www.mustangwild.com/blog/2012/8/mustang-megs-band-wagon Thu, 02 Aug 2012 17:54:56 GMT
Green Energy and Our Still Wild West http://www.mustangwild.com/blog/2012/7/green-energy-and-our-still-wild-west To me, wild horses and our "still" wild West are symbiotic... I am both a mustang/burro, and wild public lands advocate.

Green energy~ I'm all for it. But I'm also aware that there are serious long-term ramifications. My specific areas of interest are OUR public lands and wild horses. Eco-friendly green energy, built on rooftops in the vast urban sprawl, makes more sense to me... we have no shortage of buildings and parking garages. But there's only so much of wide open spaces left of our public lands. Me- I'm all about protecting this last little piece of our west, and keeping our west "wild". There are other alternative places to keep the masses comfortable in their air-conditioned homes. As I see it, the American people have no say where these man-made structures are to go. I'm alarmed as I'm researching and learning that they are beginning to dot all over our west, from the solar, and wind turbine energy farms, to the Ruby Pipeline from Wyoming to Oregon, etc. There are so many scarring the west, that I can hardly keep up (follow "Wild West Watch" for periodic updates about our public lands... http://www.facebook.com/note.php?saved&&note_id=10150113545137776&id=226517823955#!/pages/Wild-West-Watch/175024789189766  ). The toll on the natural environments and wildlife will be astounding, it's happening already and we've just begun. The toll on the human psyche, as well. My humble and narrow scope of vision:

My "piece of Heaven" is a mountain, the Steens in se Oregon. It's here that I watch wild horses and their social/familial interactions and following each generation... following specific band and herd dynamics-even the results of what happens following a roundup. I also watch and learn about other wildlife in the area; also geology, archeology, and even via fossils- paleontology; I also am an observer of extreme weather there and how this mountain creates it's own storms, and with each returning year, watch and learn about the beneficial effects of wildfires. All in a nutshell.

My Soul food is standing on the top of this mile high mountain with it's wild horses, and thunder resounding through it's canyons, the wind in my face, and looking as far as my eyes can conceivably see... seeing nothing but wilderness. Steens is a 30 mile long fault block caused by uplift, and you can see down the spine of this mountain with nothing but a few spotty ranches below it, but otherwise expanses of pristine high desert, to it's east the Alvord Desert- with a 10 mile playa- alkali dried up lake bed, to it's west also, expanses of the living breathing natural earth.. toward Hart Mountain and many spectacular vistas and valleys. Recently, it was proposed that a portion of this wilderness area will have 415 foot wind turbines in a row on the north flank of this mountain.... visible from the summit and northern regions of the mountain. These turbines are so monstrous, along with their ghastly transmission lines crossing the Kiger/Riddle Mt. wild horse HMA's on public lands), that they can even be seen from the nearest larger town of Burns.

Steens mountain in SE Oregon is a designated wilderness area. On October 30, 2000, the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Act of 2000 (PDF), providing additional protection to approximately 900,000 acres of Federal land in southeastern Oregon, was signed into law. However, on the north flank of this pristine wilderness area of Steens mountain, is a private landowner with the interest and proposal to build 300-415 foot tall wind turbines, viewable from the summit and from the town of Burns and surrounding areas over 30 miles away with binoculars. These wind turbines will only benefit of a small portion of home owners in California.

That private land on north Steens is also the breeding grounds for the federally protected grouse. And no doubt, the migratory paths with wind turbines is a hazardous proposal. Nearby Steens mountain, is one of the 'crown jewels' of the National Wildlife Refuge System, Malheur Refuge protects a vast complex of wetlands in the high desert of southeastern Oregon. The refuge is famous for its tremendous diversity and concentrations of wildlife. There are over 320 bird species and 58 mammal species. The area is more than 186,500 acres of prime habitat, including 120,000 acres of wetlands. Particularly important to colonial water birds, sandhill cranes, and redband trout, the refuge also encompasses upland and riparian habitats vital to many migrating birds and wildlife.

The effects would be degrading to the landscape and environment, and devastating to wildlife.

"...this fight underscores the precarious politics of renewable energy as the industry has grown from a feel-good niche to a deep-pocketed and influential lobby that has wrapped itself in the 'protective rhetoric' of sustainable development and energy independence." July 25, 2012, The Source Weekly, by Eric Flowers... http://www.tsweekly.com/news/local-news/harnessing-harney-in-the-tug-of-war-over-wind-power-steens-mountain-is-a-line-in-the-sand.html

Green energy is good. But in terms of our wilderness... in my small and humble opinion, not so green. There must be better planning where these "farms" go, such as on lands are already overtaken by multitudes of homes, factories, and buildings, or public approved designated areas, so be it... good as any place, but not just where ever someone can build on "free land" (our public ranges) and make an easy buck, scarring our west.

Where the wild winds blow,

Sonya, aka Mustang Meg

www.mustangmeg.com

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mustangwild@outlook.com (Mustang Wild) birdlife energy federally green grouse horses mountain mustangs open prisine protected renewable sage spaces steens west western wild wilderness wildlife http://www.mustangwild.com/blog/2012/7/green-energy-and-our-still-wild-west Sat, 28 Jul 2012 00:30:22 GMT
My Equine Love of My Life http://www.mustangwild.com/blog/2012/6/my-equine-love-of-my-life
 

 

This is my old rope horse Gus, an Appendix quarter horse. Not much in the name, but that's how I liked it, simple.... something he was not. He had no fear, and a free-spirited mind of his own, but because of his attachment to me, our minds melded and when riding, he was an extension of my body. When I asked something of him, he'd arch his glorious neck and give to the bit, working off my instructions. I can still feel the peace and serenity when riding, hearing nothing but his hoofbeats, the clip of a shoe on a rock, his bit chains jingling as he tasted the sweet metal, contentedly blowing through his nose, and with a distant rumbling thunderstorm.

Now I say "no fear" because anything I asked, he'd do it. Even if another horse around us balked at a task or was frightened of something, it didn't phase Gus one bit. While trail riding, a buddy's horse refused to go through a deep trench with a creek in front of us, so I'd pull Gus in front and he'd walk through without a second thought. The other horse would then soon follow. He didn't even put up a fuss, when one early morning as he was happily eating his breakfast, I snatched him out of the barn to rescue a wayward cow. A neighbor's longhorn got out on a road near my house, I saddled in record speed, galloped ol’ Gus down the road, roped and dallied the bellowing bovine, dragging him behind us back to his pasture with a herd of onlooking beefcakes.

We also blazed new trails. One time really sticks out in my mind when we went through some harsh thickets (Oregon’s snarly and prickly blackberry bushes which grow wild everywhere)and up a steep ridge until it just got too thick and deep, that I had to meander him "backwards" all the way back down through the trails we made. No refusal, just tucked in his chin and did as asked. Simple as that. He took his work seriously.

The stories are endless, and I'm blessed to have had him for a big part of my life. He'll never be forgotten, and the equine love of my life.

Where the wild winds blow,
~Sonya

 

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mustangwild@outlook.com (Mustang Wild) cattle cow cowgirl horse horses meg mustang rope west western wild http://www.mustangwild.com/blog/2012/6/my-equine-love-of-my-life Thu, 21 Jun 2012 21:20:09 GMT
Time Tells a Good Story http://www.mustangwild.com/blog/2012/6/time-tells-a-good-story "In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." ~John Muir

Like weather in the high desert, things change fast among wild horse bands. Like human society, there are those bonds that last life long and there are those that are fleeting, and many others in-between.

In wild horse society, there are intense pressures to win a family, as there are to keep them. This stallion is known by some as McCloud (far right). His band has since completely dispersed. The grulla filly in the back (two yr old) is now with a former bachelor stallion (Shaman) and has a new foal. The palomino mare is surprisingly with the yellow stallion (the one in my October album that followed Red Vogue's little band and remained on the outskirts), along with her two identical sorrel offspring, and now also has a third new foal that looks just like them.

As we know, stallions fight to keep their harem, but for the mares to be dispersed like that, makes me think it was a severe fight that may have left the stallion injured, and two opportunistic stallions swiped each mare. McCloud is an aging stallion, from my personal interpretation, and I've seen he and another very savvy and strong stallion, aka Shaman, fight relentlessly in the past, and with the grulla mare now with Shaman (a tri colored medicine hat with two ice blue eyes), I think was the driving source of the major change in band structure, dividing it into two bands. One stallion fought and conquered, and another nearby stallion was in the right place at the right time and swiped the other mare. Mind you, this is not certain, but merely a hypothesis of mine.

While I personally haven't seen McCloud since, I've been told he has been seen by others, so we know he wasn't mortally injured, but apparently severe enough that he could no longer defend his mares.
Such is the wild.

As sad as it may seem to human hearts, it's a remarkable way of nature also assuring that in wild horse society, only the strongest will have offspring.

With a healthy level of opportunistic bachelors, and bands headed up by new and the best stallions, assures rich and fresh genetic health and diversity among wild horses.
~Mustang Meg

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mustangwild@outlook.com (Mustang Wild) Mustang Meg equine equus horse horses in mustang mustangs wild http://www.mustangwild.com/blog/2012/6/time-tells-a-good-story Thu, 14 Jun 2012 16:46:22 GMT
Mustang Advocacy Mere Propaganda? http://www.mustangwild.com/blog/2012/3/mustang-advocacy-mere-propaganda I, a while back, I had the pleasure of being told that the information I put out there about our wild horses is "propaganda", and unfairly attacking BLM personnel. This was about a specific roundup of a small herd in Oregon, which I posted on another site, where they were removing all but 40 horses on 78,000 acres. So I replied, and of course, had to share, so resharing this archive (please consider that some statistics are a year old, with captured/captive mustangs in government holding now at 45,000 double the wild horses left roaming in our west) with a cost to keep them behind fences, approximately now around $57 million:

 

Thanks for the update on the week old foal. Glad to hear he made it through the roundup, running miles on rough, volcanic rock trying to keep up with his frightened dam. However, this is a small herd, and it is my opinion that he and the ancient stallion, as the others- belong out there. 40 horses and 78,000 acres is not appropriate, nor genetically sound management.

 

I'm sorry, I'm surprised of your reaction to my comment... but this is in no way an attack on the BLM personnel "in the trenches", if you've followed anything of what I've ever written, you'd know me by now to be supportive of regional BLM people who simply "do their job" this has nothing to do with them. It has everything to do with issues of wild horse management at the government level in Washington.

 

In addition, with all due respect.... What 'propaganda' are you referring to? Propaganda is used to win over a view- and it usually has something to do with ill gain. To me, as I see it from my very humble layman's terms, there's actually much to lose. But let me think a moment on the perspective of a 'gain'..... I guess, looking at it like that and with that said-- perhaps it is propaganda... and selfish on my part I suppose ....

 

Propaganda... increasing general awareness with concern over this nation's dwindling wild horse numbers (mustang population decrease of 40-50% in the last decade), and the strange correlation of a loss of 111 herd management areas (19 MILLION ACRES) designated "for wild horses".

 

Propaganda... the desire to regain at least comparable 111 management areas

 

Propaganda... to assure that we as taxpayers do not spend $34 Million dollars to care for captive horses, or spend $1 MILLION per average roundup... or to break it down to spend $3,000 per horse to process off the range (in hopes to adopt in out for $125).

 

Propaganda... for the desire for the government to "think out of the catchpen" and apply the money they spend on roundups- instead on improving/building water sources, as well as focus more on the eco-tourism benefit of American mustangs.

 

Propaganda.... with the idea and desire for fair/better/sound management practices of our wild horses on our public rangelands with minimal invasive removals.

 

Propaganda... in terms of the desire to promote healthy sustainable & genetically viable herds.

 

Propaganda... for a desire to restructure management levels that is scientifically based.

 

Propaganda... to desire to view our wild horses and burros on the rangelands without fences or public fees, and for our children and children's' children to see these magnificent mustangs, wild and unselected for... and again where there are no fences.

 

Propaganda... because I don't want the mustang, to be a human influenced- manipulated/engineered - "breed", but rather as shaped by ancestors and their environment for optimal survival.

 

Propaganda... because I don't want our wild mustangs in artificial preserves/zoos out east- and as I see it, this is perpetual, slow/methodical motion toward extinction of generations of wild born horses.

Propaganda... the attempt to stop/slow the elimination of wild horses & burros in resource rich lands, and protect the last of the wide open spaces in our Great Basin, belonging to the people.

 

Propaganda... because many of these icons of the American west, somehow end up in fine dining restaurants overseas... And while the government does not "dispose" of these horses knowingly as they articulate and stipulate, however, according to the director of the wild horse and burro program, admitted in 1997 that 90% of our wild horses do end up going to slaughter. There are indeed workarounds and backdoors to these horrors.

 

For a brief moment, my propaganda issues aside... the wild horse debate is much more than BLM regional/local offices and the personnel that handle the horses. However, the 40 horses in Stinkingwater as an 'appropriate management level' is, to be blunt, ridiculous... a number, again, picked arbitrarily with little or no accurate scientific basis. 20 mares and 20 stallions, sure, it was designated by BLM to be at that level which they are currently maintaining/removing for, but it's scientifically unsound. 150-200 animals is the appropriate genetic viable level.

 

To establish permanent and sound wild horse and burro management, protection, and preservation on our open public western rangelands.... is my focus and intent of this "propaganda" campaign.... That is what I, and we wild horse and burro advocates, stand to gain. Thank you for bringing this concern of propaganda to my attention, I shall continue to work on that.

 

Where the wild winds blow,

Mustang Meg

www.mustangmeg.com

www.wildhorsespirit.com

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mustangwild@outlook.com (Mustang Wild) Mustang Meg advocacy equine equus horse horses in mustang preserving saving wild http://www.mustangwild.com/blog/2012/3/mustang-advocacy-mere-propaganda Tue, 20 Mar 2012 00:33:24 GMT
Boots Can Tell On You http://www.mustangwild.com/blog/2012/3/boots-can-tell-on-you I have a pair of boots that have cleaned many stalls, walked undaunted through soupy mud and cowpies, ridden over miles of amazing trails and prairies, ridden many a horse, and clung on to wanna-be broncs, chased down steers, climbed over fences and rimrock, chased and stood in dust devils, licked by dogs, ran from rattlers, and snuck up on mustangs. They've seen their share of drought, ice, snow, puddles, soggy marshes, and driving rain. They've kicked some booty, stomped to get their way, & hustled a little pool or target shooting. They've walked many miles whether concrete, packed dirt, marsh, sagebrush, grass, dust, arena dirt, gravel, and over rimrock, boulders, and sides of mountains. They are half my age and took a long time to mold to just how I want them, and now are more comfortable than slippers.

 

 

When I go out on the town to blow some steam and play pool at a tavern, I kick some dirt off & proudly wear them with grit, scuff marks, and their share of scars. One thing they refuse to do, however, is dance... not because they can't.

 

 

It's an easy habit to notice others' boots, which tell their own stories by the shape they're in, whether they're hard working & real riding or buckaroo boots, or just clean & shiny wanna-be weekend or fair-weather show-off boots to give an impression. Boots tell a lot about a person and the kind of person they are, but mostly if they ride and how well they sit a saddle.

 

 

My boots' stories about me?... They've been sworn to silence.

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mustangwild@outlook.com (Mustang Wild) Mustang Meg equine equus horse horses in mustang mustangs one preservation the west wild wild west http://www.mustangwild.com/blog/2012/3/boots-can-tell-on-you Thu, 08 Mar 2012 21:02:39 GMT