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Thank YOU! 2nd chances for a newbie and for you, too!


The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

All About Equine Animal Rescue, Inc.

We held our 9th annual Boots & Bling this past Saturday evening and it was a smashing success. Thank you to all of our sponsors, event guests, donors, volunteers, auction bidders, and supporters near and far!

Together we raised over $76,000 for horses-in-need! Thanks to you, horses will get a second chance at a life filled with love, health, and happiness!

Horses like Granger, one of our newest intakes.

Granger arrived at AAE just about two weeks. He was started on a refeeding program, and he’s finishing quarantine soon. He’ll have a dental and vaccines once cleared.

Granger was in a small herd, and his needs were not being met. He came to AAE after law enforcement intervention. We’ll be getting to know more about this guy over coming weeks before he’s available for adoption.

Your support helped remove this handsome guy from a bad situation.

Second Chance Auction

Good news – if you missed the Boots & Bling silent auction, our Second Chance Auction will give you another opportunity to bid on items to help horses-in-need! This silent online auction is open now. It will close Sunday at 6pm.

Register, browse the available items, and start bidding by clicking the button below.

Register, browse the available items, and start bidding by clicking the button below.

The Journey to Pilot Hill

See our journey to build AAE’s new home in Pilot Hill and learn how you can help us with our next project and help transform the lives of horses-in-need even more.

Donate to Fund-A-Need

f you have any Boots & Bling photos, we’d love to see them! Tag us in your photos on Instagram or Facebook or add them to our Facebook album.

ICYMI: 16 Wild Mustangs Rescued From a Notorious Colorado Kill Pen >>


The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

We wanted to share some recent updates around roundups, our latest report on the Bureau of Land Management’s Adoption Incentive Program, and a heartwarming rescue of 16 wild horses! Read on to learn more and take action to help us protect our cherished wild herds. >>

Tell BLM: Stop the Cash Incentives for the Adoption Incentive Program

Photo by Kimerlee Curyl

This summer, the American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC) released an explosive investigative report that detailed the devastating and deadly consequences of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Adoption Incentive Program, which pays individuals $1,000 to adopt up to four wild, unhandled mustangs and burros a year.

Our latest AIP report makes it clear: Handing out cash to adopt wild animals is a dangerous and fiscally irresponsible plan. To ensure mustangs and burros are protected from slaughter, the BLM must abandon the cash component of this program — and we need your help.

Please take a moment to send a letter to the BLM and urge them to STOP the cash incentives and instead offer a veterinary voucher as an incentive to adopt mustangs and burros!


The Rescue of the Eaton 16 Mustangs

On the same day AWHC released its report on the deadly consequences of the BLM’s Adoption Incentive Program, 16 BLM-branded mustangs showed up at a notorious kill pen in Eaton, Colorado. What happened next was a monumental effort involving group collaboration to get these horses to safety.

Read more to learn about the lengths AWHC, Evanescent Mustang Rescue, and Skydog Sanctuary went to rescue these innocent animals.


In Full Swing: Summer Roundup Season

Photo by Nenah Demunster for AWHC

As we write this, BLM-contracted helicopters are stampeding wild horses and burros into traps in four different Herd Management Areas (HMAs) across three western states with the goal to roundup 5,600+ animals. AWHC has field representatives on the ground to bring you the latest.

Read our reports for each of these roundups:


Thanks for all you continue to do to protect wild horses and burros, Meredith!

— AWHC Team


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WRANGLER’S DONKEY DIARY: Lunge Line Lessons: 7-22-20


I have found that Wrangler and Chasity truly appreciate my consistent and predictable way of dealing with them. Donkeys can be very difficult sometimes, but in my experience, when they know what to expect, there is a lot less resistant behaviors. They appreciate verbal interaction and like to be told when they are doing well, and respond very well to a consistent and firm “No” when they are not doing what I ask. Donkeys do not like confusion and chaos! Lunging a donkey on a lunge line in an open area may seem like an impossible task, but when you take the time to break things down into very small steps, and do them in a logical and sequential order that they can understand, there is nothing they will not do for you. People have often told me that training donkeys is very different from training horses and mules, but I have always used the same basic approach with only a few “tweaks” here and there. I have to make those kinds of small adjustments for each individual equine anyway! So, “No,” it’s not that different!

Chasity doesn’t, but Wrangler does tend to be lazy and carry his head too low on occasion. So, when I tack him up, I add the use of the reins tied up on the saddle to encourage him to stretch and arc his back, but not to carry his head to low in the process.

The tack and equipment I use is not uncomfortable for Wrangler. It just helps him to maintain his good equine posture in an ideal balance while executing all the moves, such as the “reverse” shown here. Most disobedience is generally due to a loss of balance or just falling out of good posture!

Repetition in this tack and equipment changes their body carriage to a more ideal posture that will become their habitual way of going. This is much healthier, reduces the incidence of arthritis and allows the internal organs to operate as intended. Over the long term, this approach to training adds longevity to their use life.

I introduce the lunge line in the Round Pen so we won’t get into a pulling match. I keep it loose and only do a “squeeze-release” on the line with my fingers as the outside front foot comes forward. This becomes the “cue” to keep them on the circle in the open areas without pulling drastically on the lunge line!

Donkeys like to work with a companion, so I use a companion as much as I can. When they are all trained exactly the same way, they can help each other to do the right things while working together. When I work them on things that need to be done one at a time, I just tie the other outside the pen. They learn to stand quietly and just watch! They then learn to stand quietly anywhere without any anxiety associated with the training process.

I like my equines to be VERY LIGHT in the bridle. The equipment I use keeps them in good posture and allows me to concentrate on the symmetry and tension on the drive lines, so I do not get an over-reaction during turns, halts and rein backs. It promotes harmony between us! Wrangler stays relaxed throughout!

Chasity enjoys watching Wrangler do a halt, rein back and then they both wait quietly until I return.

Chasity waits quietly while I lead Wrangler through the gate. I always keep the ranch gate closed when I have equines tied outside of the Round Pen. With Chasity tied inside the Round Pen, Wrangler and I walk to the ranch gate at the road and open it again. I always train with safety first and a respectful, polite, considerate and consistent approach. It produces AMAZING results and HAPPY equine companions!

How are we doing?


The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Here at AWHC, we’ve been hard at work coordinating with our observation teams, working on national outreach campaigns, investigating the Adoption Incentive Program, and advocating for reform of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) inhumane roundup program. Still, we never lose sight of the fact that it’s supporters like you who drive our day-to-day operations — which is why we’re reaching out for your feedback! 

If you wouldn’t mind taking a second, we have a short survey for you about our work on behalf of wild horses and burros. Your feedback means a lot to us! Please consider taking a moment to let us know how we’re doing:


All of the progress we’ve made this year on changing the BLM’s management tactics, creating and launching public education campaigns, and publishing observation findings for the world to read would not have been possible without you. That’s why it’s so important that we’re able to get feedback from the people who drove each of these efforts to success.

Please let us know how you think we’re doing, Meredith:


Thanks for your input!

— AWHC Team

Chilly Pepper – Another call – URGENT HELP NEEDED ASAP! More lives to save. Clock is ticking. Do we save them or let them ship?


The following is from Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang:


I received another urgent call to save these precious lives as time is running out!

Yesterday I stood in front of this new group of horses. As they stood staring into my eyes, it’s as if they are asking “Why not me? Why aren’t you saving my life?”. As I stood with tears flowing I could only say I’m so sorry, over and over. There are so many beautiful souls in there, and I am praying y’all find it in your heart to help.

The rescue budget is below the “emergency level” and is lower than ever before.. I posted the vet bill so y’all can see how quickly these “hidden” expenses add up.

We need more hay and feed, to get the vet bill paid, and a huge chunk of money is needed to save these precious lives, not to mention just transporting them.

So many of these will be adoptable and have a chance for a wonderful life, thanks to your generosity. I simply cannot do it with out your love and support.

Please help us give them a life of love and keep as many as we can off of the slaughter truck.

We were only able to save 11 last time, and that wiped out our funds. However, for each one of those horses, it was their whole world.

It’s up to you, YOU Choose – Life or Death for these horses??? Please Help!

.Please help us “git ‘er done”, and God bless y’all for being so amazing for these horses. He puts them in front of us for His reason, and I am glad He chose our Chilly Pepper Family to help them!


Please check out our Adoption page!

If anyone wants to help,

Supplies or checks can be sent to

Chilly Pepper
19 Weona Rd.
Goldendale, WA 98620


checks to PO Box 233,
Golconda NV 89414

Once again we are back and forth, so all addresses are good.

or Donations can be made at:

Venmo – @Lauri-Armstrong-2

THANK YOU for everything we have received. If you shop at Amazon, please go to this link.

Your love and support at work. She is starting to feel better and better! THANK YOU!


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.



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_


MULE CROSSING: Differences Among Horses, Mules and Donkeys


By Meredith Hodges

After discussing this with my veterinarian, Greg Farrand from Fort Collins, Colorado, we both agree that since horses, mules and donkeys are all equines, it would be difficult to make any distinction among these three types of animals with regard to their vital signs: pulse respiration and temperature. They would all fall within the designated ranges below that are excerpted from my book, “A Guide to Raising & Showing Equines.” The only real differences would be with regard to each individual equine and not among groups of equines. There has not been any credible scientific study to be able to differentiate the different types of equine groups in this manner and I would venture to guess that it would be the same with all equines, including zebras and hybrids. Therefore, I believe that citing the vital signs ranges would be appropriate, but not citing medians (modals).

  1. Daytime rectal temp mule foal/yearling 37.5C-38.5C normal range
  2. Pulse at rest – adult mule; normal 26-40
  3. Pulse at rest foals 2-4 weeks; normal range 70-90
  4. Pulse at rest mule 6-12 months; normal range 45-60
  5. Pulse at rest mule 2-3 years; 40-50

Actual differences would be as follows:


Reactive-Flight reflex

Fragile health

More bulk musculature
(like a weight lifter)

Awkward on uneven ground

Round platter-type hooves

Longer slope to shoulders and hips

Limited stamina

Energy waster

Forgets what he learns

More reactive than intelligent

Neigh – exhale

64 chromosomes

Self-preservation not strong

Tolerant of humans

Expensive to maintain

Can have excessive vet bills

Constant hoof management needed

Cannot see their hind feet

Can only kick forward and Backwards

Colors strictly defined within the breeds

Mature at six years

Will fight if entangled

Low level training goes quickly,
but not necessarily remembered

Upper level training improves
generally at the same rate


Thinking & Reactive-freeze/flight reflexes

Tougher/more resistant to parasites
and disease

Predominantly smooth muscle with
some bulk (combination of
smooth & bulk muscle)

More sure-footed than a horse

Oval, narrow, more upright hoof
structure than a horse

Steeper shoulders and hips than horses

Incredible stamina

Energy conserver

Remembers everything he learns

Very intelligent

Neigh-bray or combination
thereof – inhale and exhale

Generally 63 chromosomes

Strong sense of self preservation

Suspicious, but very
affectionate toward humans

Cheaper to keep – more durable

Fewer vet bills

Tougher hooves – less management

Can see their hind feet

Can kick, forward,
backwards and sideways

More variations in color
contributed by both parents

Mature at eight years

Will wait to be rescued if entangled

Low level training take more time

Upper level training goes faster


Thinking equine-freeze reflex

Same as a mule (genetic contribution)

Predominantly smooth muscle

Most sure-footed

Oval, narrow, more upright
hoof structure than a mule

Steeper shoulders
and hips than  a mule

Virtually intolerant to stress

Most energy conserver

Remembers, but only
complies when he wants to

Most intelligent

Bray-inhale and exhale

62 chromosomes

Ultimate sense of

Generally, very affectionate
toward humans

Cheapest to keep – very durable

Least number of vet bills

Toughest hooves – least
management needed

Can see their hind feet

Same as the mule

Less variations in
color than the mule

Mature at eight years

Will break loose or wait
to be rescued if entangled

Low level training takes
the most time

Not necessarily interested
in upper level training

To learn more about Meredith Hodges and her comprehensive all-breed equine training program, visit or call 1-800-816-7566. Check out her children’s website at Also, find Meredith on FacebookYouTube and Twitter.

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LTR Training Tip #68: Mounting Exercises


Trouble usually begins when you get in a hurry. Be sure to take your time and progress at the speed of your equine. As you do these mounting exercises, be sure your equine is comfortable and calm before moving on, and don’t forget the oat rewards!

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TAKE ACTION: 3 roundups are happening RIGHT NOW >>


The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Many upsetting things are happening right now to our cherished wild horses and burros as the federal government’s helicopters fly this roundup season. As we speak, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is conducting three removal operations of wild horses and burros simultaneously across the West.

This is the most roundups that we’ve ever seen happen at once. And already, these roundups have caused the deaths of dozens of wild horses and burros.

It’s natural to feel discouraged by this news — but now more than ever, wild horses and burros need us to act on their behalf. That’s why today, we’ve come to you with actions you can take NOW to fight for the freedom of our beloved wild herds.


Right now, Congress is considering three major pieces of legislation that would secure more protections for wild horses and burros: 

1.) The annual budget bill, which could provide more funding for humane and proven safe fertility control, diverting funds away from brutal helicopter roundups;

2.) The Wild Horse and Burro Protection Act (H.R. 6635), which would ban the use of helicopters for wild horse and burro management;

3.) The SAFE Act (H.R. 3355; S. 2732), which would ban the transport of horses out of the country to slaughter.

These three bills would help change the BLM’s cruel and inhumane “management” tactics and would protect our precious wild horses and burros. But we need to make sure Congress knows how important it is to enact pro-horse and burro legislation.

That’s where you come in. We’re calling on supporters like you to help us raise our collective voices in defense of all the wild horses and burros stuck in the BLM’s crosshairs. Click here to take action now!


Thank you for stepping up for our wild horses and burros,

American Wild Horse Campaign

It’s Not Too Late!


The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

All About Equine Animal Rescue, Inc.

Boots & Bling is THIS Saturday!

One more chance to get a Herd Sponsor table

(or individual tickets), but..

The Herd Sponsorship is only available through midnight tonight and there are only 2 tables left! Since we didn’t get this last call out yesterday, we’ve extended one more day!

Let’s sell out this event so we can help more horses!

The Herd Sponsorship is perfect for small businesses, families, and friends! It includes a Boots & Bling table for 12 and recognition on our website, social media channels, and newsletters – all for just $500.

Use Promo Code HERDAAE22

Grab 11 of your friends, family, co-workers, riding buddies, or fellow animal lovers to come enjoy a fun-filled evening together at a Herd table.

Get Your Herd Table!

Use Promo Code HERDAAE22

Boots & Bling will be held this weekend on Saturday, August 6 at the

El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville.

Doors open at 4pm.

This evening features a catered BBQ dinner by Blackjack Grill,

DJ music & entertainment by Sundance Kid,

live & silent auctions, stories from our barn, and more.

Don’t need an entire table? Buy individual tickets!

If you want to sit together, please buy your tickets in one transaction

Buy Tickets!

Boots & Bling is AAE’s most important fundraising event of the year as it supports our ongoing operations and allows us to continue helping horses, one horse at a time.

Boots & Bling raises funds to help horses like Cody.

Cody is a 1999 Arabian gelding that came to AAE in January 2020 after long-time family health issues with his owner and the passing of his caretaker.

When Cody arrived at AAE, he was very underweight and in much need of dental care, something so easy to fix, yet many seem unaware of basic needs of older horses.

While at AAE, he received much needed dental care, and all of his other basic needs were updated including hoof care, vaccines, and deworming. Cody also got a new microchip. Cody gained quite a bit of weight. Once he started feeling great (and looking great), he worked with our trainer to refresh his ground manners and riding skills. In a matter of months, he regained good health, and he found his forever home.

Because of you, we can fight back against the BLM’s brutality this round up season


The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

I wanted to send you a quick thank you for the incredible support you have given us to fund our field observation teams. With your help, we’re able to scale up our roundup documentation program and turn even more stories into powerful action on behalf of our cherished wild horses and burros.

Your contributions will go toward:

  • Training more observers;
  • Sending more observers into the field;
  • Investing in field observation equipment;
  • And so much more!

One of the most powerful tools we have to use against the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) inhumane roundup practices is first-hand witness testimony. Your contributions will help us to continue collecting that evidence and use it to hold the BLM and government officials accountable for the wild horses and burros they are supposed to protect.

Over the next few months, you’ll continue to hear some of our observer’s reports from the field, reports that at times, will be devastating. Helicopter roundup season historically brings so much pain to these innocent animals — it’s why our fight for humane in-the-wild management powers on.

That’s why I’m here to tell you today: Do not be discouraged by the stories from the field. While they may be difficult to hear, they must be told and shared because they are driving change. And, it’s only because of your generosity that they are being told at all.

Please know that your donation will have a direct impact on the welfare of our beloved wild herds now and in the future. Thank you once again for your action and dedication to helping the wild horses and burros we all love.

Together, we can fight back against the BLM’s brutality this roundup season.

Suzanne Roy
Executive Director  
American Wild Horse Campaign

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