Monthly Archive for: ‘July, 2020’

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CHASITY’S CHALLENGES: Chasity Finds Flexibility

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4-28-20

Chasity does not have the most optimum conformation anyway, but when she first arrived, she was really stuck in a bad posture. She moved with a hollow back and her legs did not reach underneath her body when she walked. Her body did not allow for a flexible spine with ideal movement through her joints and I would presume that internal organ function was also compromised. Her body was very stiff and flexion of any kind was difficult for her. The bacterial infection in her udder was old and persistent. With our feeding, management and exercise program, Chasity has improved substantially and now enjoys a much more posturally correct body, more flexibility and a bacterial infection that is receding rapidly with antibiotics and the right kind of exercise. She is now happy to come to the stall door to accept her halter and “gives” easily and willingly to have the “Elbow Pull” postural restraint adjusted!

Standing in a 4-square posture used to be really difficult for Chasity and with her rigid back, she was unable to stretch her spine and flex at the poll while standing with equal weight over all four feet. With a month of our postural therapy leading exercises through the “Hourglass Pattern” this has changed dramatically and she can now flex easily when prompted.

Bending through her rib cage around the turns, while remaining erect in her body, was also impossible at first. With each new lesson, she continues to improve in both directions. The neck sweat encourages shrinking of the fat deposits on her crest and the bending is improving the alignment in her neck.

Work over the ground rails at the center of the “Hourglass Pattern” is helping her hoof-eye coordination, enabling proper foot placement, suspension and self-carriage in her body.

Chasity enjoys the simple challenges of these exercises as they provide more comfort in her body than she has ever known! She is happy and enthusiastic about these sessions!

With the rapid improvement through her body during the flatwork exercises in the “Hourglass Pattern,” we were able to begin going through some very simple obstacle exercises that made the sessions more interesting for her and kept her alert while adding some coordination to her body. The repetition of going through the gates the same way every time taught Chasity to wait patiently, bend correctly through her rib cage when walking through them and to consistently stand 4-square on both sides.

Breaking the obstacles down into smaller steps taught her to be alert and attentive to my commands and allowed her to learn to rebalance properly in each of these new positions.

When I first began the obstacles, I did not ask her to do the most difficult position of standing with her front feet down and her back feet on the bridge. She has been very good about stopping when I ask, so I decided to try it today and she did GREAT! I did not ask her to square up in this position yet, but I will as she becomes stronger in her core and can hold the position more easily. Then we walked of the end of the bridge and squared up again.

The first attempt at the tractor tire, Chasity walked up to it and looked at it, but would not do any more than that. The last attempt at the tractor tire, Chasity allowed me to pick up her foot and just direct it toward the middle like in the first photo, so I left it at that, rewarded her and asked no more. Today, she went one step further and offered to extend her foot herself, but still would not place it in the middle of the tractor tire, so we stopped, rewarded and will continue again next time! She is getting a LITTLE further each time and that is “rewardable” in my book! To force it would only result in a fight and probably wouldn’t get the job finished anyway! I am sure we will have better luck next time!

The last time over the smaller tires, she was hesitant. This time she forged ahead like a pro! And, going forward through the barrels was no problem at all! We might try backing through them the next time if she is willing.

Backing through the Back-Through “L” is getting much better and the tarp is a cinch! This time, she went right down the middle with no trouble at all! Taking small steps is critical to success!

Chasity has become a pro at negotiating the gate, standing perfectly and waiting patiently on each side.

The broom is yet another obstacle and Chasity learned it would not bite her as I politely swept up around her. She was rewarded for staying calm and afterwards, we did some spinal stretches.

Then it was time for yet another soak of her infected udder. The vet arrived to do a check and was so happy to find that we had reduced the infection by 70% in only 14 days! He really did not expect that! He also commented about how much better her posture was and the strength she showed over her top line. We opted to do a second 14-day run of the same antibiotics and continue the exercise and soaking.

Chasity no longer needs to be led into her stall and turned around to take off the halter. She can now be sent in and turns to face me of her own free will! Core strength postural exercises have a profound effect on the equine’s body and mind! Chasity is yet another example of the dramatic results that you can see when employing this relatively simply feeding, management and training program. It is not only for rehabilitation, but rather, it is a program that can give your equine athlete optimum health and the opportunity to perform to the best of his ability! Just ask Chasity!

I’m personally asking…

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

News & Alerts

It’s been a week of soaring highs, and crushing lows.

Last Thursday, we secured a huge legislative win for wild horses in the House of Representatives with the passing of a wild horse protection amendment requiring the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to implement humane and safe fertility control vaccine, PZP.

At the very same time, our hearts were breaking as we received daily updates from our field representative at a BLM roundup in the Swasey Herd Management Area (HMA) in Utah. He had the awful responsibility of observing and documenting the traumatic helicopter stampede, capture and removal of more than 600 of Utah’s federally-protected wild horses. There were many injuries, and two deaths.

I can honestly say that the abuses our observer witnessed at Swasey were some of the worst we’ve seen since AWHC began documenting roundups 10 years ago. And it’s far from over – more roundups are imminent in both Nevada and at Utah’s famed Sulphur HMA.

That’s why we’re working harder than ever: Deploying representatives to the field to observe and document the BLM’s abuses, harnessing the momentum around our legislative victory by taking that fight to the Senate, and continuing to demonstrate the success of our groundbreaking approach to birth control. There’s a lot at stake, that’s why I’m personally asking if you are in a position to give $15, $25 or $50 today. We’ll immediately put your donation to work to fuel these critical programs.

From July 15-July 24, BLM-hired helicopter contractors, Sampson Livestock, stampeded and captured approximately 603 Swasey wild horses, with the ultimate goal of reducing the 800-horse population to just 60 horses.

What we’ve witnessed in Utah is truly shocking:

  • A 5-year old mare crashing into a pen panel, breaking her neck and being dragged off in chains.
  • Terrified new foals being run-down by helicopters, falling behind and then being roped and dragged in.
  • Multiple stressed horses, exhausted from the exertion of a miles long helicopter stampede, one even collapsing before she could reach the trap.
  • Just-captured horses crashing into the panels of a dangerously small trap pen.

The BLM continued its daily assaults on the Swasey horses despite sweltering desert temperatures that exceeded 95 degrees — violating their own animal welfare guidelines — on more than one occasion.

Our wild horses need us now more than ever. Can you help?

Warning: Some of the below imagery and narrative is extremely upsetting. For a full report including video footage of the BLM’s reign of terror click here.

I know some of this email is difficult and upsetting to read. It was difficult to write. But it’s worse to imagine a future where the BLM is allowed to forge ahead with its deadly, costly, unscientific approach to the management of wild horses on our public lands. The next roundups in Nevada and Utah are just around the corner and it’s critical that we forge full steam ahead with our work on Capitol Hill to reign in the BLM’s inhumane roundups. Our work continues, with your help, and we could not be more grateful.

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CATCHER JUST CALLED – AT LEAST 5 MORE BABIES – CAN WE SAVE THEM?

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The following is from Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang:

IT WON’T STOP! MORE BABIES ripped away from their families n their Mama’s. Sometimes this feels so overwhelming. Trying desperately to get back home. I have the Haulers lined up and WHAM – another phone call.

Catcher called – AT LEAST 5 BABIES, and one who “really needs a drink”. I can only imagine what shape he is in. It’s over 100 degrees today.

We have huge vet bills from these last two groups and spent a fortune for professional trims and to pay the family. We need help to get these babies safe.

I literally cried when I got the call. I’m sorry but I am worn out, emotionally and physically. It can be devastatingly heartbreaking as well as rewarding. I have been living in a hot horse trailer for about 10 days. I also have to be able to pay my wonderful folks at the ranch while I am gone. I am going to say yes, and will save these babies, but need your help to make it happen.

Thank you in advance for making this possible.

All the horses have been adopted from this last rescue. Sally, the long haired Donkey will be staying with me at Chilly Pepper. Her hoofers were horrible and she has major health issues from her lack of care.

Thank you for helping with that unique rescue.

However, these babies need help today!! I need to get them safely out if this heat.
So appreciate ALL you do!

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO KEEP HELPING US SAVE MORE LIVES, YOU CAN GO TO:

You can go to gofundme

You can go to Paypal

if you would like to help these horses.

->You can donate via check at: (PLEASE NOTE NEW PO BOX #)

Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang,

PO Box # 233

Golconda, NV 89414

You can also donate via credit card by calling Palomino at 530-339-1458.

NO MATTER HOW BIG OR HOW SMALL – WE SAVE THEM ALL!

SAVING GD’S CRITTERS – FOUR FEET AT A TIME

Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang, WIN Project – Rescue & Rehab

We are now part of the WIN Organization

WIN (WILD HORSES IN NEED) is a 501c3 IRS EIN 55-0882407_

If there are ever funds left over from the cost of the rescue itself, the monies are used to feed, vet, care for and provide shelter and proper fencing for the animals once they are saved.

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Wild Horses 101 Webinar Returns!

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

We’ll be the first to say it: It can be difficult to stay up to speed with the complex issues affecting our nation’s wild horses and burros. With so many federal agencies, acronyms and applicable laws, it’s easy to get confused.

That’s why we’re going to break it down for you THURSDAY, July 30 at 11 am PST with the second installment of our ‘Keeping Wild Horses Wild 101’ webinar series. You can RSVP here.

We’ll be discussing the fundamentals of the legislative process, AWHC’s Government Relations efforts, the Appropriations process and how it affects wild horses and burros, how to meet with your member of Congress, and much more!

We want this to be an interactive and engaging experience, so you will have the chance to ask questions and we’d be glad to answer them at the end of the session time permitting.

We hope to hear from you and look forward to speaking with you all,

American Wild Horse Campaign

P.S. — If you are unable to join, this webinar will be recorded!

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HEARTBREAK LIKE NEVER BEFORE – HUMAN FAMILY TRAGEDY – EVIL LANDLORD AND BELOVED HORSES WITH NO WHERE TO GO!

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The following is from Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang:

I don’t even know how to write this postA happy family, a horse trainer by trade, a gorgeous stallion raised from birth – and in a split second – tragedy struck.

That horrifying day, their beloved stallion turned without warning, charging and stomping his owner in the face, nearly to death. If his wife hadn’t interfered, it would have been over. His injuries were horrific and devastating. After fighting through and conquering life threatening injuries and unbelievable pain, his world would once again collapse.

With the craziness today, no financial help was available. On top of that, their home was sold out from under them with no warning from an unethical landlord. With no warning, only days to move, no income and still fighting ongoing, life threatening issues, they had no choice. THEY HAD TO FIND SAFE HOMES FOR THEIR HORSES!

This is what rescue is supposed to be about. These amazing people did EVERYTHING right. Yet they were dealt every heartache imaginable. It is obvious that when the choice was there, the horses and animals were cared for first. Now they simply need our help.

Chilly Pepper was asked to step up and take on the horses until we can find homes. Some of these horses are well trained, valuable, papered horses and the only money these folks have to survive on is what we can pay for their beloved “kids”.

I saw them today. We sat and cried and talked about why things happen and having faith that somewhere out there is something better. Trusting God is the only way to survive something so hard. At this point he cannot even step into the pen. The slightest bump could end everything, his injuries are that severe.

Let’s help at least keep his horses safe. I will be picking them up and getting them vetted before bringing them to NV. We are praying folks will step up to purchase them as there are some wonderful horses available. THE FAMILY WILL BE PAID FOR THEIR HORSES! (We also need to cover vetting, transport, care and feed etc. until they are all re-homed.)

Imagine the horse you raised from a baby “snapping” in a single second. On top of that, your income is gone, your heart is broken, and in the struggle to take care of your family and do what is best for your horses, your heart once again is breaking into a million pieces. These horses simply have no where to go.

So let’s show this family that there is still love out there in spite of all the ugliness.
It’s time to do everything we can to show love and compassion and keep his horses safe.

The tears are pouring once again as I write this. I live with chronic pain, but there is nothing like the pain of not even being able to go and love on your horse. He is struggling so hard to do the best thing for not only his horses, but his family. Please help us help him!

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO KEEP HELPING US SAVE MORE LIVES, YOU CAN GO TO:

You can go to gofundme

You can go to Paypal

if you would like to help these horses.

->You can donate via check at: (PLEASE NOTE NEW PO BOX #)

Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang,

PO Box # 233

Golconda, NV 89414

You can also donate via credit card by calling Palomino at 530-339-1458.

NO MATTER HOW BIG OR HOW SMALL – WE SAVE THEM ALL!

SAVING GD’S CRITTERS – FOUR FEET AT A TIME

Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang, WIN Project – Rescue & Rehab

We are now part of the WIN Organization

WIN (WILD HORSES IN NEED) is a 501c3 IRS EIN 55-0882407_

If there are ever funds left over from the cost of the rescue itself, the monies are used to feed, vet, care for and provide shelter and proper fencing for the animals once they are saved.

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CHASITY’S CHALLENGES: Chasity’s Spring Walk: 4-21-20

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4-21-20

It was a gorgeous spring day and I was so pleased when Chasity came right to the door to meet me again as she had been doing consistently after only two lessons in her initial training. As I cleaned her nostrils and smelled the clean spring air, I thought it might be nice to forego the indoor arena lessons and go out and enjoy this lovely spring weather. Sometimes just doing things a little differently with the same basic lessons can give you both a new perspective on training and make it a lot more fun!

It is shedding season and the multi-bristled human hairbrush was doing its job of removing the excess hair and aerating her coat. Then, I added a sprinkle of Johnson’s baby oil to her mane and tail while she stood stock still! She was definitely learning to enjoy our time together and her friends in the barn were forgotten for the moment.

As I got her tacked up in her gear, I chatted with Chasity and told her I thought we would go for a walk outside today. She thought it would be a great idea! I noticed that her cresty neck was decreasing in size… very slowly. I put on her surcingle and only took it up a bit so it wouldn’t be too tight at the start.

I put on the bridle carefully over her ears, adjusted the “Elbow Pull” and put on her neck sweat. She even helped a bit by lowering her head. Then I did a last check on the girth of the surcingle.

I quickly washed her brushes and we were on our way down the road! Chasity was very excited!

Our first encounter was the Lucky Three Ciji Side Saddle Champion statue. And then the Lucky Three Mae  Bea C.T. Combined Training Champion statue. Chasity was fearless and very curious about them!

She met the fountain statue, “Dreaming of Friends” and another “Lucky Three Ciji” statue.

She wasn’t sure about “Lasagna” lying at the base of the cottonwood tree, but she loved the OLD WESTERN TOWN that was in construction!

During the course of the walk, we made gradual turns, straight lines and squared up at the halt at several intervals to continue her lessons in core strength and good posture. I noticed a lot of improvement in her back and her abs! She told me she thought the MULE CROSSING sign should say DONKEY CROSSING, but she posed nicely anyway!

When we got back to the work station, we did a couple of stretching exercises for her neck in one direction only, since doing them the other way would only exacerbate the present condition. When we get more of the fat off her crest, the stretches will have value in both directions.

When we were finished, we went back to her stall. She was “sent” into the stall, turned around to face me to get her halter removed and received her just reward! It was a great day!

A WIN for wild horses, thank you!

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

News & Alerts

Huge news! Finally, a win for wild horses.

JUST NOW, the House of Representatives passed a wild horse protection amendment that would rein in cruel and inhumane roundups by requiring the Bureau of Land Management to spend $11 million on the humane and proven safe fertility control vaccine, PZP.

This is the first vote on wild horse protection in over a decade and it would not have been possible without ALL of us.

We owe a debt of gratitude to our Congressional champions and the co-sponsors of this amendment: Representatives Steve Cohen (D-TN), Dina Titus (D-NV), Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), Joe Neguse (D-CO), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), David Schweikert (R-AZ), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), David Price (D-NC), Peter King (R-NY), Deb Haaland (D-NM), Ben McAdams (D-UT), and John Katko (R-NY).

Big thanks as well to YOU — for doing your part to keep America’s iconic wild horses wild.

Our advocacy efforts resulted in over 20,000 emails, calls and social posts in the past week from people like you reaching out to your representatives, urging them to make the right decision. And it worked.

The House has taken a stand to ensure that the BLM will no longer be able to proceed with business as usual, spending zero percent of its budget on humane fertility control, while two-thirds is spent to cruelly roundup and remove wild horses from public lands and warehouse them for life at taxpayer expense. Today marks a meaningful and historic step forward towards a truly sustainable and humane management program for these icons of the West. Now onto the Senate!

 

 

 

 

 

PS — Read more about the bill and hear from its champions here.

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Your Congressperson Just Stood Up for Wild Horses!

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

News & Alerts

We have great news! The House Rules Committee just voted to move our Wild Horse Amendment on to the House Floor for a vote, which will take place as early as this afternoon.

This is huge! It marks the first time in years that we’ve had a floor vote on a wild horse protection measure, and, even better, it has a very good chance of passing!

And there’s more good news…  Representative Joe Neguse at (202) 225-2161 was one of 12 co-sponsors who supported this important amendment! We’ve listed out their numbers below so you can call and thank them at your convenience today:

  • Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN): 202-225-3265
  • Raul Grijalva (D-AZ): 202-225-2435
  • David Schweikert (R-AZ): 202-225-219
  • Joe Neguse (D-CO): 202-225-2161
  • Jan Schakowsky (D-IL): 202-225-2111
  • David Price (D-NC): 202-225-1784
  • Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV): 202-225-5965
  • Peter King (R-NY) 202-225-7896
  • John Katko (R-NY) 202-225-3701
  • Deb Haaland (D-NM) 202-225-6316
  • Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) 202-225-4276
  • Ben McAdams (D-UT): 202-225-3011

The amendment would require the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to spend $11 million to implement humane fertility control and begin to move away from brutal helicopter roundups, like the one that claimed the life of a young mare in a horrific accident this week in Utah.

Your calls and emails have made a big difference, and that’s why it’s important to thank your Representative for standing up for America’s wild horses and burros!

— AWHC Team

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RARE CHANCE TO SAVE AN OLD, BADLY INJURED STALLION FROM SHIPPING TO SLAUGHTER! DO WE ADD HIM TO THE MIX?

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The following is from Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang:

MEET “TONTO” He is beat to snot, old and exhausted. He also has a horrible injury to his leg and needs immediate help. What’s one more horse they say??? Ha ha. But he is heartbreaking and needs our help.

I was in my nursery and said out loud “no more big horses”. This covid thing is wreaking havoc with the rescue world. God laughed and said “Here’s a Mule” when He sent me Evie. Now He put Tonto right in front of me. (Shows what I know.) I am willing to take on his care if y’all are willing to save him.

TONTO is calling 911. It is such a rare and beautiful opportunity to keep one of these “GRANDPAS” off the truck.

It has been so crazy and a bit stressful on these past few rescues, all jammed into one. But I have to be Tonto’s voice. Please help us save him. I know this never ends. (Trust me, I am exhausted and need a vacation from the heartbreak and stress.)

However, I have to try and save as many of the ones that are put in front of me as we (our Chilly Pepper Family) safely and responsibly can.

It is so frustrating to have to continually be trying to raise funds, but what is even more frustrating are the calls that NEVER STOP, and the lives that are continually thrown away. So we do what we have to do. THANK YOU for stepping up and running this race to save them with me!

GREAT NEWS! Y’all saved all the babies, the pony, Granny the Donkey and Evie. Yesterday, in spite of the 100 degree heat, our beautiful Evie got her pedicure, and Samantha got her eye stitched up.

(At least you can see where your $ go. Y’all are awesome and so very much appreciated.)

Upper right corner is the new and improved Evie.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO KEEP HELPING US SAVE MORE LIVES, YOU CAN GO TO:

You can go to gofundme

You can go to Paypal

if you would like to help these horses.

->You can donate via check at: (PLEASE NOTE NEW PO BOX #)

Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang,

PO Box # 233

Golconda, NV 89414

You can also donate via credit card by calling Palomino at 530-339-1458.

NO MATTER HOW BIG OR HOW SMALL – WE SAVE THEM ALL!

SAVING GD’S CRITTERS – FOUR FEET AT A TIME

Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang, WIN Project – Rescue & Rehab

We are now part of the WIN Organization

WIN (WILD HORSES IN NEED) is a 501c3 IRS EIN 55-0882407_

If there are ever funds left over from the cost of the rescue itself, the monies are used to feed, vet, care for and provide shelter and proper fencing for the animals once they are saved.

Donate to Help

Include Ag Groups in Paycheck Protection Program!

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The following is from the American Horse Council:

Tell Congress to Extend Paycheck Protection to Farm Groups!

As lawmakers work on the next phase of corona-virus aid relief, Congress will consider measures to improve the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a small business relief measure credited for helping to stem massive job losses experienced since March.  Most equine enterprises classify as small businesses and do not necessarily have “in house” resources to monitor availability of educational tools to survive the pandemic.  Many of these small businesses turn to educational, non-profit groups to leverage limited resources.  By expanding eligibility to participate in PPP to a broader variety of non-profit entities, such as 501(C) 5 and 6 groups, Congress can secure a much-needed pipeline to expedite delivery of resources for the horse industry! Some examples of groups that would benefit directly or indirectly from expanding the scope of PPP include breed associations, horse shows, county fairs, and farm bureaus.

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Urgent: We have a chance to protect wild horses from roundups

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

News & Alerts

We urgently need your help today.

The abject cruelty of the BLM’s roundup program was on full display this past weekend at a roundup in the Swasey HMA in Utah when a wild mare, chased by a helicopter, crashed into the panels of a trap pen, broke her neck and was dragged away with chains. BLM claimed she died instantly, but our observer and his photographs tell a different story.

The heartless treatment of our federally-protected mustangs by the agency charged with protecting them is nothing new.But now we have the opportunity to begin to address it.

U.S Reps. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz, Dina Titus, D-Nev., Joe Neguse, D-Colo., Jan Schakowski D-Ill., and Brian Fitzpatrick R-Penn., are sponsoring an amendment that would dedicate funding to protect America’s cherished wild horses and burros. It would require the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to spend at least $11 million to implement humane PZP fertility control as an alternative to cruel roundup and removal of wild horses from public lands.

It’s an effort to rein in the BLM’s cruel, costly and ineffective wild horse roundup and incarceration program and require the agency to implement humane birth control to humanely manage wild horse and burro populations in the wild.

Here is where we need your help. The Rules Committee will be deciding later today whether to allow the amendment to come to the floor for a vote later this week.

This is huge! Please drop what you are doing right now to help wild horses and burros. One call and one click WILL make a difference!

1. Call the Capitol Switchboard today to be directed to your Representative: 202) 225-3121. You can say:

“My name is [NAME] calling from [CITY] and I would like to request that Rep. [NAME] co-sponsor Amendment 6 to HB 7608. This amendment would dedicate funding to protect wild horses and burros, requiring the Bureau of Land Management to spend funds on humane fertility control. I also request that you contact the Rules Committee to ask them to advance the amendment to the floor by ruling it in order. Thank you.”

2. Follow up the call with an email by clicking here.

Thank you for helping us with this urgent request.

We’ll keep you posted on the outcome!

-The AWHC Team

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WHO DO WE SAVE? ANOTHER CALL TODAY FOR “GRANNY” – DO WE SAVE THE PONY, THE BABIES, GRANNY – OR ALL OF THEM?

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The following is from Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang:

ANOTHER 911 – WHO DO WE SAVE?, it’s UP TO YOU!

I am willing to fight for these kids, but they NEED YOU TO HAVE A CHANCE! IT TAKES OUR WHOLE CHILLY PEPPER FAMILY!

Granny DOES NOT need to be loaded onto a slaughter truck. She is in horrific shape, but too cute in spite of it all.

We were notified of the catcher’s running and have at least 2 babies, as well as the pony with the face that is now distorted. Her eyes are no longer level, her face seems to be twisted and we know she has a head and eye injury.

I am on the way to get Evie all fixed up, (had to wait for my truck to be ready), and in the middle of the trip received the 911 call. (Throwing out a quick plea for help from the LQ.)

WILL YOU HELP US SAVE ALL OF THEM? Obviously Granny needs alot of help, and hopefully she has no debilitating issues that will keep her from a happy life.

YOU decide if we can save them all! Thank you for always being there and saving so many lives. Let’s give these beautiful souls the love and care they deserve! They are counting on us.

It is so frustrating to have to continually be trying to raise funds, but what is even more frustrating are the calls that NEVER STOP, and the lives that are continually thrown away. So we do what we have to do. THANK YOU for stepping up and running this race to save them with me!

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO KEEP HELPING US SAVE MORE LIVES, YOU CAN GO TO:

You can go to gofundme

You can go to Paypal

if you would like to help these horses.

->You can donate via check at: (PLEASE NOTE NEW PO BOX #)

Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang,

PO Box # 233

Golconda, NV 89414

You can also donate via credit card by calling Palomino at 530-339-1458.

NO MATTER HOW BIG OR HOW SMALL – WE SAVE THEM ALL!

SAVING GD’S CRITTERS – FOUR FEET AT A TIME

Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang, WIN Project – Rescue & Rehab

We are now part of the WIN Organization

WIN (WILD HORSES IN NEED) is a 501c3 IRS EIN 55-0882407_

If there are ever funds left over from the cost of the rescue itself, the monies are used to feed, vet, care for and provide shelter and proper fencing for the animals once they are saved.

Donate to Help

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CHASITY’S CHALLENGES: Soaking the Infection: 4-15-20 & 4-20-20

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4-15-20

Chasity did not enjoy the soaking of her teats with the hose, so I opted to change my approach to make her more comfortable. Her posture has improved considerably with her postural core strength exercises in the “Hourglass Pattern” and with negotiating some of the obstacles to add coordination. She is now coming to the stall door to be haltered. She’s a very quick learner!

The infection is still draining and that is good. Each soaking, I groom her and scrape the discharge from her hind legs while she stands quietly.

I thought I might be able to make a “diaper” out of an old sheet to hold a wet towel wrapped around a hot pack instead of running a warm water hose underneath. First things first…I politely introduced her to the sheet, then began to wrap it around her!

This would solve two issues for me. She would not be aggravated with the water running down her legs and I wouldn’t be wasting water for ten minutes! She stood like a trooper while Chad and I wrapped the sheet into a useable position while Chasity looked on with a certain curiosity. “What  do you think you are doing? Very odd things these people do!”

Once in place with the hot pack held in the sheet, we realized it was heavy and was pulling the sheet down, so I still had to stand there and hold up both sides to bring it up to her udder. At least I didn’t have to bend over! Chasity received her oats once again for being a trooper!

After ten minutes of soaking, Chad and I released the “diaper” carefully so as not to startle Chasity. We now knew what we would have to do to modify the “diaper” for future use.

Chasity had her first lesson in neck stretches after her soaking. This would be another aid in shrinking the fat roll over her neck…first to the left…and then to the right.

She was hesitant to do another stretch to the left, so I put her up against the hitch rail and tried again. She was still uncomfortable about doing a really good stretch, so I asked her to wrap her head around my waist. She complied and was amply rewarded for her efforts.

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The next soaking on 4-20-20, I had the diaper modified and left the job to Steve and Bailey to execute to make sure that Chasity would accept help from everyone and not just me. Steve led her from the barn and cleaned the crust from her eyes.

Bailey began work scraping off the dried pus on her back legs with the shedding blade while Chasity stood quietly.

I had told Bailey that she might try giving Chasity a massage on her neck to see how she would tolerate it. She loved it!

I also asked Bailey to try using the massager on the infected area with only the hot pack (without the wet towel) to see if it would break up the infection in the hardened teats. The new “diaper” design worked like a charm! Unfortunately, the massager really didn’t make much of a difference on the hardened teats, so we will just use it on her neck and body going forward.

After the soaking, Greg Farrand, our vet called and told us the lab work was back. Chasity has a bacterial infection and not mastitis. She will be on antibiotics and daily soaking for quite some time. When she is done with the Uniprim, she will go on a second antibiotic regimen. As always, Chasity was generously rewarded for her compliance! She is such a dear donkey!

 

AWHC NEWS ALERT: THIS is how to enjoy summer

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

This week marks the halfway point of summer, the third week of roundup season, and the end of foaling season with many baby foals taking their first steps on wild ranges across the Western United States.

We’re working around the clock to make sure those first steps are free, but our wild horses still have a long road ahead.

We’re like to share some small, but meaningful, actions you can take this weekend that will go a long way in helping us keep up the fight for our beloved wild horses and burros:

TAKE ACTION: Tell the BLM to Humanely Manage Utah’s Wild Horses!
Deadline July 27. TAKE ACTION now:
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released a 10-year roundup plan for the mustangs that live within the Confusion Herd Management Area (HMA).

The BLM estimates that just 551 wild horses live on the roughly 235,000 acres of public lands approximately 30 miles north from Garrison, Utah. However, the BLM wants to reduce the population to just 70 horses.

That’s one horse for every 3,350 acres! At the same time, the BLM authorizes approximately 10,400 cattle and sheep to graze in four grazing allotments within the HMA.

Under the Proposed Action, the BLM plans to:

  • Reduce the Confusion wild horse population by 87% through the permanent removal of 481 wild horses
  • Apply untested, inhumane surgical sterilization procedures on mares released back to the HMA; including the brutal ovariectomy via colpotomy method
  • Geld a portion of the stallions making them non-reproducing and destroying their natural behaviors

Please weigh in today against this destructive management plan, which threatens the welfare of individual wild horses and the long-term viability of this herd.


UPDATE: Last Week in Congress…
A quick update about last week’s House Appropriations Committee hearing:

We were disappointed when the Committee voted to move the Interior spending bill on to the full House for a vote without the amendment to rein in BLM wild horse roundups, or prohibit the cruel surgical sterilization of wild horses.

The news is not all bad, however: The bill passed out of Committee continues the ban on slaughtering wild horses and burros under the jurisdiction of the BLM and the U.S. Forest Service, and rejects the Administration’s request for a budget increase of $13.5 million on top of the $102 million appropriated last year. We will have many opportunities over the coming months — including when the Senate weighs in on the agency’s plan for wild horse management — to continue to push for meaningful reform of the cruel and costly BLM Wild Horse and Burro Roundup Program as Congress continues the appropriations process this year.

We will keep you updated on opportunities to encourage Congress to hold the BLM’s feet to the fire, but in the interim it’s important to celebrate the efforts of our champions in Congress who have been leading the charge to curb the roundups and institute more humane management methods.

Will you JOIN US IN THANKING Reps. Raúl Grijalva, Marcy Kaptur, Dina Titus and Steve Cohen who have been leading the fight to rein in BLM’s cruel and costly wild horse management program?

It’s important to let our elected officials who are standing up for America’s wild horses and burros know how much we appreciate their continued efforts!


VIDEO: Summer on the Range
It’s warming up and just like us, these wild horses are using every excuse to cool down!

Nevada, Arizona, and Utah are home to thousands of wild and free horses, who are thoroughly enjoying themselves with some play time in the water… take a watch, and live vicariously through our treasured wild horses for a couple of beautiful minutes:

From the AWHC family, we hope you get to have a little summer fun with your herd!


You Can Help Horses With Your Morning Coffee!
Did you know that you can support wild horses with a cup of coffee? Wild Grounds is our Cause Coffee, and 20% of every package sold comes directly back to our work at the AWHC! We approached Thanksgiving Coffee with the concept for Wild Grounds as a way to generate much-needed funds for our work, and also to support their work fighting for economic and environmental justice for coffee farmers. Needless to say, Thanksgiving Coffee joined our cause right away!

This isn’t just any coffee, it’s “A Just Cup.” That’s the message of Thanksgiving Coffee, the roaster behind Wild Grounds. They have been roasting coffee since 1972, and are one of the country’s pioneering socially and environmentally progressive roasters.

Order a Just Cup today… it feels good and tastes delicious!
Order now and 20% will benefit our work at AWHC
In case you need additional incentives: Thanksgiving Coffee was named Time Magazine’s 2017 Roaster of the Year, won a Good Food Award in 2019, and received a 96 point score from Coffee Review in May… so you can enjoy a great cup of coffee, while doing good work for wild horses. A win-win for the horses, and for you.

A big thank you for all that you continue to do to keep our wild horses, free. We hope you enjoy your weekend — may we suggest a frolic in the water, a strong cup of coffee, and some time with your herd of choice!

— The whole team at the American Wild Horse Campaign

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A truly heartbreaking scene

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

For 15 long days now, America’s iconic wild horses have been under attack.

The scenes we’ve witnessed already are truly heartbreaking: America’s wild horses chased down by helicopters for miles in the scorching summer heat. Frantic mares separated from their terrified foals, roughly captured, and held for several hours without any food.

Photos taken by our field rep on July 4. He nicknamed the brave mare “Lady Liberty” and her terrified foal, “Baby Sam,” after witnessing the heartbreaking scene of their separation and capture at the Range Creek roundup.

AS WE WRITE, our field representative is onsite at the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) roundup at the Swasey Herd Management Area in Utah, which began today. It’s the second assault on Utah’s wild horses this month. Right now, BLM helicopters are stampeding wild horses, including tiny foals, driving them into traps and forever robbing these majestic mustangs of their freedom.

Our wild horses and burros are in for a long, cruel summer as the BLM rounds up and removes MORE THAN 5,000 of them from public lands in Utah, Colorado and Nevada by the end of September. And the agency is already laying the groundwork to extend these roundups into the fall and next year. We must take action to protect them, Erica.

Our representative is in the field right now — observing, documenting, bearing witness to this heartbreak. Our staff and legal team are ready to challenge any attempt to block public observation and hold the BLM accountable for any abuses that violate the agency’s own animal welfare guidelines. We’re doing everything we can to protect our iconic wild horses and their tiny, precious and terrified foals. Can you help us?

Let’s take a quick look at the situation on the ground so far this roundup season:

  • TODAY, BLM helicopters descended on the Swasey Herd Management area in Utah. The goal? To round up and permanently remove 550 horses and reduce the population to just 100 horses on public lands where over 12,000 sheep graze each year.
  • On July 1, the BLM began the roundup and removal of wild horses from the Range Creek HMA. The first several days of the operation were closed to public viewing as the trap site was located on private lands and the property owner refused permission, but our field representative was there to document and observe the roundup scenes as soon as permitted. You can READ the day-by-day account, and see the heartbreaking scenes for yourself, here.
  • In August, the BLM plans to continue the assault on Utah’s wild horses with the roundup and removal of 500 wild horses from the Sulphur HMA.
  • Also in August, the BLM will turn its sights to Nevada, where the agency intends to roundup and remove an astounding 1,600 wild horses and 200 burros from the Shawave HMA located 50 miles northeast of Reno.
  • Then in September, the BLM will wrap up its summer roundup season with a massive roundup in Nevada’s Diamond Complex, targeting nearly 1,200 wild horses for permanent removal from their homes on our public lands.

This outdated approach to population management is not only unscientific, it’s cruel and inhumane. We are working hard to change this — in Congress, in the courts and in the field by showing that humane management works. We need YOU more than ever to keep showing up, speaking up, and supporting our work. Together, we will do everything in our power to protect America’s wild horses.

Thank you for your support, Erica. Our wild horses — and their continued freedom — depends on all of us.

American Wild Horse Campaign

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Tell House Lawmakers to Pass Recreation Package!

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The following is from the American Horse Council:

“Great American Outdoors Act” Gallops Toward the Finish Line!

As public lands begin to re-open, Congress has an opportunity to pass important trails legislation that will get Americans outside while promoting the health of recreational riders.  Thanks in large part to continued advocacy from the horse industry, the Senate voted June 17 to pass the “Great American Outdoors (GAO) Act of 2020” by a vote of 73 to 25.  Now that the Senate has passed this important lands’ bill, the House must take the next step and send it to the White House to be signed into law.

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EVELYN UPDATE – Our beautiful EVIE is safe at our friend Mama Mel’s – HOWEVER, SHE STILL NEEDS YOUR HELP TO HAVE A CHANCE!

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The following is from Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang:

MORE HELP still NEEDED FOR EVELYN!

THANK YOU for helping us keep her off the slaughter truck.

However, EVIE’s needs are just beginning. She is now safe at our friend Mama Mel’s, and as soon as my truck is ready I will be heading up there. Right now she is slowly decompressing and this is where we start her recovery.

Y’all covered her rescue, but we are expecting some big vet bills. We need to do x-rays, and I am extremely worried about all the twisting in her legs. Getting pix of all her feet, sedating her for x-rays & trimming and hiring a qualified trimmer will add up. (She is unhandled as far as I know. That is the information I was given.) Then we still have to get bloodwork, a Coggins & health certificate and bring this beautiful lady home!!

There are less expensive ways to get her x-rays and get her trimmedHowever, there is no way I am having her roped and thrown on the ground and hogtiedSedation is more expensive by far, but no one will be putting this beautiful girl through any type of rodeo. She has obviously been through heck and from here forward she will know only love.

We have no guarantees of her viability, but for now she is loved and will be treated with the utmost care and kindness.

THANK YOU to everyone who has stepped up to help get her to this point, but sadly she still needs more help.

Again, we are on the front line and have to save them now. You don’t get to choose “how many”. It’s ALL OR NOTHING!! Thank you for helping us continue saving lives.

Below, EVELYN SAYS THANK YOU!

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO KEEP HELPING US SAVE MORE LIVES, YOU CAN GO TO:

You can go to gofundme

You can go to Paypal

if you would like to help these horses.

->You can donate via check at: (PLEASE NOTE NEW PO BOX #)

Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang,

PO Box # 233

Golconda, NV 89414

You can also donate via credit card by calling Palomino at 530-339-1458.

NO MATTER HOW BIG OR HOW SMALL – WE SAVE THEM ALL!

SAVING GD’S CRITTERS – FOUR FEET AT A TIME

Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang, WIN Project – Rescue & Rehab

We are now part of the WIN Organization

WIN (WILD HORSES IN NEED) is a 501c3 IRS EIN 55-0882407_

If there are ever funds left over from the cost of the rescue itself, the monies are used to feed, vet, care for and provide shelter and proper fencing for the animals once they are saved.

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VIDEO: Update from the field

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

It’s Deb Walker, AWHC’s Field Representative here at the Virginia Range in Nevada.

I want to share some good news with you this weekend!

It’s been more than a year since our launch of the world’s largest humane management program for wild horses. If you have two minutes, I’d love to show you what you’ve helped us to accomplish here for the wild horses that call the Virginia Range home:

Our fertility management work at the Virginia Range is proving to the world that there IS a humane way to manage wild horse populations that DOES NOT require mass roundups, crowded holding corrals, dangerous sterilization surgeries, or slaughter.

Our hope is that our continued demonstrated success on the Virginia Range means our PZP fertility control program will be replicated across the West.

It’s because of support from people like you that wild horses like this little foal (born just MINUTES after we stopped filming the video above) stand a chance of living out a full, wild and free life on the Virginia Range.

Thank you for all that you do to keep our wild horses free, and wild.

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SAVE EVELYN – HER TIME IS RUNNING OUT! ABUSED & READY TO LOAD ON THE SLAUGHTER TRUCK! WILL YOU SAVE HER?

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The following is from Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang:

URGENT HELP NEEDED FOR EVELYN!

A TRULY HEARTBREAKING 911! Meet EVELYN. (Evie for short). SHE NEEDS US NOW!!

Look at those horrific feet. Can you even imagine how much pain she is in?

Can you see her forced into the slaughter trailer? Being jostled and shoved around while the other terrified horses tripped & stepped on her feet? It would be a miracle if she even survived the trip to the slaughter house without being knocked down or having her ankle broken.

She needs your help RIGHT NOW! We HAVE to save her and keep her out of the slaughter pipeline. The clock is ticking and I need to commit. WILL YOU HELP ME SAVE HER?

Sadly, Evelyn’s outcome may not be what we want. She will require x-rays to see if her coffin bones have twisted. I am praying she will be ok. She certainly deserves every chance. Worst case scenario we are rescuing her for humane euthanasia. However, we have seen LOTS OF MIRACLES! Either way, she cannot get on that slaughter trailer.

So please, let’s save this beautiful lady. She obviously has not been shown any kind of love or care. The abuse stops todayThrown away like garbage, let’s give her a miracle.

PLEASE HELP NOW!!

Again, we are on the front line and have to save them now. You don’t get to choose “how many”. It’s ALL OR NOTHING!! Thank you for helping us continue saving lives.

Below, EVELYN SAYS THANK YOU!

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO KEEP HELPING US SAVE MORE LIVES, YOU CAN GO TO:

You can go to gofundme

You can go to Paypal

if you would like to help these horses.

->You can donate via check at: (PLEASE NOTE NEW PO BOX #)

Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang,

PO Box # 233

Golconda, NV 89414

You can also donate via credit card by calling Palomino at 530-339-1458.

NO MATTER HOW BIG OR HOW SMALL – WE SAVE THEM ALL!

SAVING GD’S CRITTERS – FOUR FEET AT A TIME

Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang, WIN Project – Rescue & Rehab

We are now part of the WIN Organization

WIN (WILD HORSES IN NEED) is a 501c3 IRS EIN 55-0882407_

If there are ever funds left over from the cost of the rescue itself, the monies are used to feed, vet, care for and provide shelter and proper fencing for the animals once they are saved.

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CHASITY’S CHALLENGES: Vet Checkup for Mastitis: 4-14-20

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Chasity continues to improve, however, the drainage from her teats was not receding and began to look suspicious to me so I called our veterinarian out to take a look at her. It has been two weeks since she arrived and had it been the result of a weaned foal, she would have been drying up by now. When he arrived, I told Greg Farrand that I suspected an infection of some sort and then I went to get Chasity.

Greg took a look at the discharge and agreed that is was not as we had originally thought, This was not milk, but a small amount of pus and some very hard teats.

Chasity was a star while we poked and prodded to get a sufficient sample to test. Greg and my Ranch Manager, Chad, finally got a large enough sample to be a viable test sample.

In the light, one could see that it was clearly pus and not milk. Greg put the sample in the holding receptacle and took it with him to be tested. He would call with results.

Not all my jennets from past experience were so cooperative and we truly appreciated  Chasity’s quiet demeanor! Greg commented how much better she was looking after only two short weeks!

I mentioned to Greg that I had found some spots on her chest that could have been an old bot-hatching ground. I told him that I had scraped off the crusty scabs and applied Neosporin to the affected area. Most of the scabs were gone, but he said that she probably aggravated the area by scratching her chest on the fence. Donkeys will do that! I showed him her diary. He said that doing the core exercises would also help get rid of the infection.

Greg prescribed a regimen of Uniprim for the next 14 days along with daily hot water soaking.

Chasity tolerated the water, but was not thrilled with the water continuously running down her legs.

I decided if it was going to be a prolonged therapy, I would need to modify my future soaking approach to make her more comfortable during the process. This time, despite her displeasure, Chasity had cooperated and was happy to obtain her reward of crimped oats when it was all over!

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