Monthly Archive for: ‘December, 2022’

Time is running out


The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Time is running out.

I’ll keep this quick: In just a few short hours, our biggest fundraising opportunity of the year — unlocking a $150,000 matching gift — expires. We’re still $24,312 from reaching our goal, and I’m worried that for the first time ever, we may not get there.

Together, we can ensure that our work in 2023 gets off to the strongest start possible; with funding for our ambitious legal, legislative, and field program goals.

Can you chip in whatever you can afford — one last time in 2022 before it’s too late?

I can’t wait to see what we achieve together for our wild horses and burros in the year ahead. If it’s anything like the momentum we’ve experienced this year, we have a lot to be hopeful about. Thank you for all that you’ve done to power our movement in 2022.

Together, we’ve accomplished so much, so I want to share with you a video our team put together highlighting some of our 2022 victories. We’re so proud of what we’ve been able to do and are so grateful for your belief in our work, Meredith.

Will you take a moment to watch and then make a 2X matched donation to help us finish the year off strong?

A thumbnail of the 2022 recap video with a play button


On behalf of our whole team, thank you for your compassion and dedication to protecting wild horses and burros. We wish you and your family a peaceful and healthy New Year.

For the wild ones,

Suzanne, a white woman with brown hair stands wearing sunglasses and a "stay wild" hat

Suzanne Roy
Executive Director
American Wild Horse Campaign

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By Meredith Hodges

Mules and donkeys have an inborn natural affinity for human beings, so raising your mule or donkey foal to accept humans can be a relatively easy task if you remember a few simple things. First and foremost, you must learn to be a willing role model and, at all times, be polite, considerate and respectful toward your foal in what you ask and how you ask it. Second, you must remember that, from the moment your foal is born, he will learn a great deal from his dam. He will spend the first five to six months with her, so if you want your foal to be friendly and cooperative, then you should first be sure that his dam is friendly and cooperative. A mule or donkey foal from a “sour,” or uncooperative dam will, despite his deeper instinct to be amicable towards humans, eventually learn to mimic her avoidance behaviors. For instance, if your mare or jennet leaves when you approach, the foal at her side eventually learns to leave as well—whether he is truly frightened or not—and this can carry over into his adulthood. That is not to say that you cannot teach the mare and her foal to both be more amicable at the same time, but it is much less time-consuming and frustrating to train your mare to be friendly and cooperative before she gives birth.

Mule foals are not too much different than human infants in their emotional needs. They require lots of attention, love, guidance and praise if they are to evolve into loving, cooperative and confident adults. In your efforts to get your young foal trained, bear in mind that he is still a child. If he is expected to fulfill too many adult responsibilities too quickly, he can become overwhelmed, frustrated and resistant. This is why it is important to allow your foal to have a childhood. You can turn this time into a learning experience by playing games with your foal that will help him to prepare for adulthood without imposing adult expectations on him when he is too young.

Mule foals love to play games and they have a tremendous sense of humor, so don’t be afraid to use your imagination in thinking up fun and interesting games to play with your foal. Once he figures out that you mean him no harm and you want to have fun, he will probably begin to follow you, even butting his nose against you to get your attention! One of my mules’ favorite games is tag. To teach your mule foal to play tag, just pet him a couple of strokes, then turn and trot away a few steps, then turn and encourage him to follow. It won’t take him long for him to figure out the game. This is especially fun for foals that do not have other foals with which to play. If your foal gets a little carried away and jumps at you, or on you, a firm tap of your palm on his nose, and a loud “No!” will define for him the limitations of the game and bad habits should not result. Directly after he has been disciplined, be sure to let him know his infraction has been corrected and forgotten, and encourage more play.

The first component of developing a well-adjusted adult mule is to establish a routine that will give your mule foal a sense of security and trust in you. Having a definite feeding schedule can help a lot. If you take a few minutes each morning and evening to scratch and pet your foal while your foal’s dam is eating and after he has finished nursing, he will associate you with a very pleasurable experience. If his dam is busy eating, she will be less likely to think about running off with him. If your animals are on pasture, a short visit once or twice a day with a ration of oats and plenty of petting while paying special attention to the intensity of your touch on his body will accomplish the same thing.

Once you have developed a routine, always pay close attention to your foal’s likes and dislikes. Each foal is different and has definite ways he likes to be touched and definite places on his body from where he derives pleasure. By touching, stroking and scratching him all over his body, you can easily discover his preferences. If he expresses a dislike for any particular touch, either modify it or discontinue it. Usually, once a foal has experienced the pleasurable sensation of your hands on his upper body, moving down to his legs should pose little or no problem. When he has grown accustomed to your touch on his legs, he will, as a rule, allow you to pick up his feet for short periods of time. All that I have mentioned thus far should be done while your foal is free and unconstrained because it should be his choice to stay with you. If he is tied or constrained in any manner while you touch him, he could become distracted, tense and frightened, and you could be perceived as a threat, which will produce resistant behavior.

Mules are usually about one or more years behind horses in their overall development. For this reason, it is unadvisable to begin formal driving or under-saddle groundwork training in a mule’s second year. During his first year, for good posture and balance, spend plenty of time on leading training, both on the flat ground and over obstacles. Don’t get in too much of a hurry to ride and drive him. At two years of age, your young mule is still a rambunctious child and will not necessarily take too kindly to being restrained or overwhelmed with adult tasks. Mules often seem like they are able and willing at two years old, but, because he is not yet fully physically developed, his resistance could prove to be injurious to him in the long run (not only mentally, but physically as well). It is better to teach only the simplest lessons at this age. Teach lessons that naturally follow the first year’s leading training exercises (lunging and ground-driving first in the round pen, and then in the open arena).

When your mule gets a little older and is ready to be halter broken, you can use your pleasurable status with him to your advantage. First, halter him and tie him to a fence with a safety knot (see DVD #1 n my Training Mules and Donkeys series). Leave him like this each day after breakfast for about half an hour, making sure to return to him every ten minutes. Each time you return, if he doesn’t become tense and struggle, untie him and ask him to follow you. If he refuses, just tie him up again and come back again ten minutes later and try again. If he comes with you, even if it is only one step the first time, take his halter off and play with him for a little while and then end the lesson. This will maintain your pleasurable status with your foal while he learns the things he will need to know as a young adult.  In the next lesson you can ask for more steps before playing and ending the lesson

Once he leads fairly well, you can add the game of obstacles to begin to change his fear to curiosity (you can work on perfecting his technique over obstacles later in the year). Any chance you get, take your foal with you and discover things together while he’s on the lead line. If he becomes frightened, put yourself between him and the obstacle and allow him plenty of time to investigate the situation. When he does show curiosity rather than fear, encourage him to come forward and investigate further, then pet and praise him when he touches the obstacle with his nose. If he has been weaned and is now eating solid food, offer the oats reward. If he learns to stop and investigate potentially scary obstacles in this way as a youngster, he will be more apt to trust your judgment as an adult and will be a curious rather than a frightened animal. Just be sure to always let him know that everything is all right and that you are there to protect him whenever necessary.

When handling your mule foal, always be sure to give him time to relax and accept a situation…and he probably will. Never get in a hurry and do not try to force anything—or your foal will be happy to oblige you with more resistance than you ever imagined possible! And remember, you can catch more flies with sugar than you can with vinegar, so go out there and have a good time with your little longeared pal. He’ll be glad to be your best friend if you learn how to be his best friend.

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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BREAKING NEWS: The BLM is coming for Wyoming’s wild horses >>


The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

We just received word that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has denied our legal protest against a plan in Wyoming that would result in the largest-ever eradication of federally protected wild horses and their habitat. 

That means it’s game on.

We have given our attorney’s the green-light to begin preparing litigation for what could be the most important legal battle for wild horses in history, with implications for ALL herds across the West. Can you rush a donation before tonight’s Year-End deadline to fuel our Legal Fund for the fight ahead in 2023?

The BLM’s plan calls for the complete elimination of 2.1 million acres of wild horse habitat in Wyoming and the complete eradication of two iconic wild horse herds. Statewide, 43% of all wild horse habitat would be eliminated and the entire wild horse population in Wyoming — which currently totals less than 5,000 — would be slashed by one-third. 

In addition to zeroing out the Salt Wells Creek and Great Divide Basin HMAs, the BLM’s plan will reduce the population in the neighboring Adobe Town HMA by half. In total, over 1,000 wild Wyoming mustangs are stuck in the BLM’s crosshairs. If they survive brutal helicopter roundups, they will be confined within the BLM’s holding system, which is riddled with animal welfare violations and disease outbreaks.

Who is at stake: the Salt Wells Creek wild horses.
Photo: Kimerlee Curyl Photography

We have less than 12 hours until our year-end fundraising deadline and we still have a ways to go to hit our $150,000 goal. We now have even more urgency to meet this deadline as this lawsuit could cost upwards of $100,000, and we know we have a long battle ahead. 

Right now, we are tracking at $112,431 of the way to our goal — $37,569 short of where we need to be to finish out strong. Any donation you make today will be DOUBLED in our fight to protect Wyoming’s wild horses. Donate now and make 2X the impact for wild horses and burros in 2023. >>

$25 becomes → $50

$50 becomes → $100

$100 becomes → $200

$500 becomes → $1,000

$1,000 becomes → $2,000

We know we’re asking for a lot during this last week of the year. But it’s because the stakes have never been higher, and we need the resources to keep the fight going. The plan in Wyoming sets a dangerous precedent for private landowners and public land ranchers to dictate whether federally-protected wild horses will be allowed to live in their designated habitats and threatens to undermine federal protections for all wild horses and burros across the West. 

But we’re not backing down. We’re committed to fighting back against this disastrous plan from every possible angle, but we need your help to keep us battling in court and on Capitol Hill. We’re just HOURS away from the opportunity to unlock our $150,000 match before we close the books in 2022. Can you make a donation right now to help us unlock this HUGE matching gift opportunity?


Thanks so much.

— American Wild Horse Campaign

Tis the Season – Loretta & Lainey


This is an update from All About Equine Rescue.

All About Equine Animal Rescue, Inc.

It’s that time of year we share with you the work we’ve all been doing throughout the year. We missed last year while we were in the middle of our Big Move, so we have some catching up to do. The stories you’ll read this month are your donations, volunteering, likes, shares, and other support at work. We hope you enjoy!



AAE welcomed two donkeys from a family who offered to care for them temporarily to help a friend who was going through a divorce. The friend got the donks for free on Craigslist. The friend moved out of state, and the donks were left behind. The family didn’t have any equine experience and could not afford to provide for them. The friend said to find them a new home. Much to our dismay, when we arrived to pick them up, Loretta was standing at their feeder on a bed of triple mix and didn’t want to move much. Lainey was an endearing lil’ goofball.


Loretta, the gorgeous brown gal, has a beautiful long, amber mane that looks just like a horse. She was in such poor condition; she was so skinny, and her hooves were so neglected. Dr. Stolba came for an intake exam, collected blood samples, and took radiographs of her hooves. In a nutshell, old, malnourished, Cushing’s Disease, laminitis/founder, and arthritis, and she hadn’t gotten any help with any of this for a long time. It’s a lot, but this poor girl was a fighter, and deserved a chance to get some help and lots of love.


Loretta has been getting an appropriate diet, daily meds for her arthritis and Cushing’s, and her hooves are a work in progress. Her comfort level has improved, but she’s not pain free. (Many of us deal with chronic pain day in and day out, but it doesn’t mean we don’t want to live any more). She’s been in pads on her front hooves, and it’s helped. We’re working on shoes next to see if they offer some additional help. She’s eating well, she mosey’s around, and she thoroughly enjoys her humans grooming her, and loving and doting on her.

For now, her scale is tipping on the side of life. When that changes, and we can’t help her any more, we’ll make the compassionate call to give her love ’til the end. She’s just a really special old soul.

The gray donk, Lainey, on the other hand, was obese, and her hooves needed some care. She was in much better condition than Loretta. This girl is a hoot!

Dr. Stolba checked in with Lainey, as well. A new diet was her biggest issue. Both needed dentals, but we held off until Loretta had more time to settle in. Lainey is estimated mid-teens. Loretta’s upper teeth are worn to the gums, and there’s wasn’t a lot to float, but at least their mouths should be more comfortable now. Both girls are reasonable with hoof handling and the farrier. Not ideal, but that should improve as they are handled and trimmed more regularly.


This baby got back! The large bulges on each side are large hernias from being spayed. Her intestines hang from each side, and she doesn’t appreciate her sides being touched. Her fat is slowly melting, but she really enjoys her food and her shavings!

These girls are both ever so sweet, and they hold no grudges toward humans. The two are bonded, and Loretta, especially, at least for now, needs her girl, Lainey by her side (adjacent paddocks).

Donate Now and Double Your Impact!
With enormous thanks to two very generous offers from anonymous supporters, donations to AAE from now through New Years Eve will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $10,500!


We are just over $9800 toward our goal $10,500 match right now. Click on the donate button below to see current status.


Thank you for your support helping horses each and every day!

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$30 to keep them free as nature intended


The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

The cost to vaccinate a single mare with a PZP vaccine is just $30. 

But instead of utilizing this proven, safe, and cost-effective method of keeping wild horses in balance with the environment, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) continues to spend millions of taxpayer dollars to brutally round up our wild horses and burros in deadly helicopter chases.

Humane fertility control programs keep wild horses wild, while the roundups sentence tens of thousands to a life of captivity, depriving them of the two things they value most: family and freedom. 

As if that weren’t bad enough, thousands of these beloved animals are entering the slaughter pipeline through the BLM’s disastrous Adoption Incentive Program (AIP). We have exposed the extent of the problem through our ongoing investigation into the AIP, and theNew York Times exposed the situation in an explosive report based on our work.  

On Nevada’s Virginia Range, where a population of state-managed wild mustangs is threatened by habitat loss, we’ve operated the largest PZP fertility program for wild horses in the world for almost 4 years – and Meredith, our work there is paying off. 

Our PZP program has reduced foaling rates by 62% while allowing these animals to remain free as nature intended. This success is helping us prove to lawmakers and to the BLM that there is a better, more humane, and cost-effective alternative to the agency’s current approach to managing our wild horse populations. 

So today, on December 30th, I’m asking you personally to donate $30 or more to support our PZP program and allow us to expand humane management to other herds in the West. Thanks to generous donors, every gift made now through tomorrow at midnight will be doubled — that means your $30 gift today helps not one, but two horses!Can you help us fuel this groundbreaking program in the new year?

DONATE $30 →


Suzanne, a white woman with brown hair stands wearing sunglasses and a "stay wild" hat

Suzanne Roy
Executive Director
American Wild Horse Campaign

Happy New Year and Thank You for Saving So Many Lives this Year!!


The following is from Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang:


Camp Chily Pepper

NEVADAHappy New Year from Camp Chilly Pepper and all of our kids, (past & present) in Nevada.

This year has been full of ups and downs, but the end of all this work resulted in saving 89 horses from the slaughter pipeline.

There has been immense heartbreak, tons of craziness, as well as unbelievable blessings with the move. I literally had 2 weeks to “git ‘er done” and that was not an easy couple of weeks for sure.

I am so thankful to God and all of our Chilly Pepper Family for making this possible. Chilly Pepper now has 7 acres at it’s disposal for as long as I need it and little by little I am getting it set up. Being by myself raises so many challenges, but I have been so blessed with lots of little miracles.

Sadly I am struggling more and more with my physical disabilities, but I think God keeps me buried in this rescue so I won’t end up a couch potato. These beautiful souls keep me fighting and I know this is what He wants.

We saved 89 horses this year, THANKS TO ALL OF YOU!! There is still so much to do to get “camp” set up to maximize how many horses we can save.

We still have all of our permanent residents in NV and I am praying I get home soon.

The need for more fencing, shelters, hay, feed and medical supplies continues to be somewhat overwhelming. I have faith that little by little it will get done. For now I am just trying to finish off the vet bill which once again has gone up with gelding, Coggins and Health Certificates, and get home for at least a little while. I need hay in NV again and the kids down there send out a huge THANK YOU for saving them as well.

If you want to help with the Vet Bill, call Goldendale Veterinary at 509-773-0369.

I appreciate every single one of our Chilly Pepper Family. God has truly blessed this rescue!

Have a safe, blessed and life saving 2023!


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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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What the dollars you donate provide


The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Earlier today, you heard from one of our dedicated roundup documenters about why it’s so critical that generous supporters like you power our Observation Fund. By having our field representatives on the ground observing the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) cruel helicopter roundups, we can ensure that this inhumane treatment does not go undocumented.

Every single dollar that we raise for our Observation Fund directly helps to hold the BLM accountable:

  • $50 covers the costs of the camera lens rentals used to document the roundups
  • $75 covers the cost of our emergency roadside kits in case our observers have car trouble — as they often travel to areas without cell phone service
  • $100 covers daily fuel costs to transport our observers to the extremely remote public lands where the BLM conducts these roundups
  • $200 covers two nights of a hotel room for our observers during multi-day roundups
  • $1,000 covers the costs of renting a 4-wheel-drive vehicle for one week

It’s essential that we have the resources to cover these expenses. Often, AWHC representatives are the ONLY members of the public on-site to document the capture operations. This work helps us hold the BLM accountable by filing official complaints and briefing members of Congress. Without the photographs and videos from our observers, the public would be in the dark about what is happening to our wild horses and burros in these remote corners of the West. 

So please, chip in a donation today and fuel our Observation Fund by helping us reach our $150,000 End-of-Year goal. Don’t forget, every dollar we raise between now and midnight on Saturday will be DOUBLED by generous donors – meaning you can make 2X impact when it comes to our observation efforts!

$50 → Recording Equipment!

$75 → Emergency Roadside Kits!

$100 → Fill Our Fuel Tanks!

$200 → Hotel Rooms!

$1,000 → 4WD Rentals!

Help us make helicopter roundups a thing of the past


The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Apologies for all the emails from our team this week — we know it can be a lot, but it’s only because there is so much on the line for wild horses and burros in 2023.

Today I’m going to ask you to donate $25, $50, or whatever you can afford to AWHC before our December 31st End-of-Year deadline. But first, let me explain why we urgently need your support:

This year was a hard one for our cherished wild herds. Families were torn apart and freedom and lives were lost. Over 20,000 wild horses and burros were ripped from their homes on our public lands, and over 60,000 mustangs and burros languish in government holding facilities.

But as bad as this year was, it has only strengthened our resolve to fight harder.

a low-flying helicopter chases a herd of mustangs.

The silver lining to this tragic story is that our advocacy has helped to publicize the severity of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) inhumane program, leading to growing public outrage.

We’ve seen hundreds of thousands of Americans come together and demand an end to the BLM’s costly and cruel roundup program. Congress has joined in as well, demanding these necessary reforms. Our champions even introduced the historic Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Protection Act of 2022 with strong bipartisan support.

So, now is our moment. We must capitalize on this momentum and continue our fight to keep wild horses and burros roaming free.

Will you make a donation before Saturday at midnight to help fuel our work and put an end to brutal helicopter roundups? Right now, we are $68,336 of the way to our $150,000 goal. Donate now to have your gift DOUBLED this holiday season. >>


Thank you for standing with us.

Suzanne, a white woman with brown hair stands on the range wearing sunglasses and a "stay wild" hat

Suzanne Roy
Executive Director
American Wild Horse Campaign

The BLM is coming for us …


The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Bubba, a blank and grey stallion looks head-on into the camera

Herd needs your help.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is coming for me, my family, and my herd in 2023, intending to capture and remove every single one of us from our home in the 1.1 million-acre Salt Wells Creek Herd Management Area (HMA) and the neighboring 780,000-acre Great Divide Basin HMA in Wyoming.

I’ll be honest, I’m scared. Helicopter roundups aren’t just cruel,they can be deadly. I’ve personally seen the horrors of these roundups firsthand. Last year, my family was torn apart when the BLM conducted the largest roundup in history in the Wyoming Checkerboard. I was lucky to survive with just an injury to my knee, but others weren’t as fortunate. I saw my friends get trapped, break their legs, and lose their lives after the BLM captured them with helicopters.

AWHC is working hard to stop the BLM from conducting brutal helicopter roundups. They are proving there is a better way to keep wild horses like me and my family wild by using humane fertility control as a safe and effective alternative to roundups.

The AWHC legal team is ready to defend me and my family from this attack, but they need your support now. A big deadline is approaching at the end of the year, and thanks to the generosity of donors, all contributions made before midnight on Saturday will be MATCHED.

Can you chip in before the deadline to help AWHC reach its $150,000 goal so they can defend my herd and me from eradication by the BLM next year?


I can’t bear the thought of going through another helicopter roundup. I was fortunate to survive being captured and then was released last time. I’ve even managed to start anew. But I know the BLM is coming for us again next year, and I may not be so lucky this time.

That’s why we need organizations like AWHC that fight to protect wild horses like me — and they need your support to continue this critical work in 2023.

Please consider making a donation before midnight on December 31st to help AWHC reach its End-of-Year goal and support efforts to protect me and my herd from more brutal helicopter roundups in 2023!


Thank you.

— Bubba
A curly from Salt Wells Creek

Wild burros need you now more than ever


The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) inhumane and cruel treatment of wild horses is often in the spotlight, while the welfare of wild burros is sometimes overlooked. At AWHC, we keep the plight of these magical creatures at the forefront, but we’re sad to report that 2022 was one of the worst years for burros in recent history.

Over the course of the year, the BLM used helicopters to remove over 3,000 wild burros from five different Herd Management Areas (HMAs), including more than 1,000 of the most genetically significant wild burros in the country from the Black Mountain HMA in Arizona.

Meredith, wild burros are under siege like never before, with the BLM eager to round up even more of these innocent animals in 2023. We cannot let this happen in the dark. That’s why we intend to send field representatives to every single burro roundup possible next year, but we need your help to make it happen.

5 burros stand facing the camera. The picture reads: "Don't let us disappear"

Unlike wild horses who run into the trap site in their family groups, wild burros are stoic and often stand their ground in the face of the helicopters or scatter in an attempt to avoid capture. As a result, roundups can be even more traumatic and taxing for these docile animals.

Our photos and videos of the BLM’s cruel helicopter roundups have sparked public outrage and prompted numerous members of Congress to speak out against them.

Helicopters aren’t the only cruel tactic the BLM employs — BLM contractors used electric cattle prods on burros during the Black Mountain roundup this year, and the BLM’s own Comprehensive Animal Welfare Program (CAWP) assessment of the roundup detailed one contractor abusively hitting, kicking, striking, and beating a captured burro.

Hitting our $150,000 End-of-Year goal will allow us to fund our fight to protect wild burros from inhumane BLM helicopter roundups and other brutal management tactics — whether it’s in the field, in the court, or on Capitol Hill.

And thanks to generous donors, every gift made before midnight on December 31 will be MATCHED! Can you make a donation today to double your impact for wild burros in 2023?


We need to fight harder than ever next year to save the West’s few remaining wild burros. Any amount you can afford to give today will help us reach our End-of-Year goal and DOUBLE your support to help save wild burros in 2023!

Thank you,


So much is at stake for wild horses and burros in 2023


The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

We’re less than a week away from the end of 2022, with 2023 set to be a make-or-break year for America’s wild horses and burros.

Why? Because the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Wild Horse and Burro Program has reached its breaking point: More wild horses and burros are confined in government holding facilities than ever before. These mustangs are placed at-risk in facilities that are riddled with widespread animal welfare violations, disease outbreaks, overcrowding, and worse.

Meanwhile, the cost to taxpayers to maintain this program continues to skyrocket. As the price tag increases, the threat of mass slaughter for these innocent animals becomes all the more real.

What we do now will set the precedent for wild horse and burro protections for generations to come, and we cannot — and will not — let killing become “the norm” for these iconic animals.

Surrounded by snowflakes, two brown mustangs stand facing the camera. 2022 Year-End Goal: $150,000

But the worse things get for our wild horses and burros, the more support we garner for ending the cruel and costly management practices that threaten their future. With hundreds of thousands of new advocates joining our cause every year, we have incredible and crucial opportunities in 2023 to enact real, meaningful change for wild horses and burros.

But this is not an easy fight, and we need the resources to effect lasting change for these magnificent icons. In 2022, we set the stage for sweeping reform, and in 2023, we are ready to jump into action.

That’s why we set a goal to raise $150,000 by December 31 to fuel our legislative and legal agendas in 2023 and to continue the operation of our other lifesaving programs. Thanks to generous donors — every gift made now through midnight on December 31 will be MATCHED! Donate today to double your impact for wild horses and burros as we head into the new year. >>


Thanks for your help.

Suzanne, a white woman with brown hair stands on the range and wears sunglasses and a "stay wild" hat.

Suzanne Roy
Executive Director
American Wild Horse Campaign

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MULE CROSSING: Achieving Balance and Harmony


By Meredith Hodges

Achieving balance and harmony with your equine requires more than just balancing and conditioning his body. As you begin finishing training on your equine, your awareness must now be shifted more toward your own body. Your equine should already be moving steadily forward in a longer frame and be basically obedient to your “aids” (your seat, legs and hands). The object in finishing training is to build the muscles in your own body so that your aids become more clearly defined and effective. This involves the shedding of old habits and the building of new ones. This takes a lot of time and should not be approached with impatience. There are no shortcuts!

In order to stabilize your hands and upper body, you need to establish a firm base in your seat and legs. Ideally, you should be able to drop an imaginary plumb line from your shoulder through your hips, through your heels and to the ground. To maintain this plumb line, you must work to make the joints and muscles in your body more supple and flexible through correct use, so that this line becomes your automatic posture.

As you ride your equine through walking exercises, try to stay soft, relaxed and following forward in your inner thighs and seat bones. Get the sensation that your legs are cut off at the knees and let your seat bones walk along with your animal—lightly, and in rhythm with him. If he slows down, just bend your knees and nudge him alternately with your legs below your knees, while keeping your seat and upper legs stable and moving forward. While your legs are still, they should rest gently on his sides in a “hug.” Do not push forward in your seat, but allow him to carry you forward. When collecting the walk on the short side, just bend both knees at the same time, nudging your equine simultaneously on both sides, while you squeeze the reins at the same time.

In order to help you stay over the middle of your animal’s back on the large circle, keep your eyes up and ahead, shift your weight slightly to the outside stirrup, and “feel the movement.” Bend your knee and set your inside leg snugly against your equine at his girth.  As you do this, be sure that your outside leg (the leg on the outside of the arc) stays in close contact with his body, well behind the girth. He will begin to bend his body through contact with your legs in this position. Your inside leg (the leg on the inside of the arc) will support the bend and help to keep him upright, and the outside leg will drive him forward through the arc of the turn, or circle. On straight lines, keep your legs even, slightly behind the girth and look straight ahead. To keep his shoulders from “dropping” while executing a turn, look up and a little to the outside of the circle. This will bring your inside seat bone slightly forward and your outside seat bone slightly back, allowing your legs to easily be in the correct position for the circle. Your weight should be shifted to the outside leg. This is particularly helpful during canter transitions.

Most of us feel that we do not balance on our reins as much as we actually do. If there is any balancing on the reins at all by the rider, your equine will be unable to achieve proper hindquarter engagement and ultimate self-carriage. Here is a simple exercise you can do to help shift the weight from your hands and upper body to your seat and legs. Begin by putting your equine on the rail at an active working walk. On the long side, drop your reins on his neck and feel your lower-body connection with him as you move along. In order to maintain your shoulder-to-hip plumb line, you will find that you need to tip your pelvis forward and stretch your abdominal muscles with each step. If your lower leg remains in the correct position, this will also stretch the thigh muscles on the front of your leg from hip to knee. There is also a slight side-to-side motion as your animal moves forward that will cause your seat bones to move independently and alternately forward. There is no doubt that you can probably do this fairly easily right from the start, but to maintain this rhythm and body position without thinking about it takes time and repetition.

When you are fairly comfortable at the walk, you can add some variation at the trot. Begin with the posting trot on the rail. Always post down in your seat to meet the equine’s front leg that comes back and underneath your outside leg. Post upwards as the equine’s front leg goes forward. Once your equine’s hindquarters are adequately engaged, you will begin to feel his hind legs coming under your seat. However, when starting out, it is easier to learn to post using a visual of the front legs, and rely on the physical sensation of the hind legs coming under your seat later. When your mule is going along the rail in a fairly steady fashion, drop your reins on his neck and continue to post. As you post down the long side, remember to keep your upper body erect, your pelvis rocking forward from your seat, your knees bent such that your legs are gently hugging the barrel of your equine, and your arms raised and straight out in front of you, parallel to your shoulders.

If your animal drifts away from the rail, you will need to post with a little more weight in your outside stirrup. As you go around the corners, be sure to turn your eyes a little to the outside of the circle to help your positioning. As you approach the short side of the arena, bring your arms backwards and straight out from your shoulders in a “T” formation, while keeping your upper body erect. As you go through the corners, just rotate your arms and upper body slightly toward the outside of your circle. When you come to the next long sides, bring your arms, once again, in front and parallel to your shoulders and repeat the exercise.

Notice the different pressure on your seat bones as you change your arm position. The forward arms will somewhat lighten your seat, while your arms to the side tend to exert a little more pressure. Consequently, you can send your animal more forward by using your seat as you go down the long sides, shortening that stride with a little added pressure from the seat bones on the short sides. When you wish to halt, put your arms behind you at the small of your back to support an erect upper body, and let your weight drop down through your seat bones and legs. Also, remember to use your verbal commands often in the beginning to clarify your aids (effect of the seat, legs and hands) to your equine. If your equine doesn’t stop, just reach down and give a gentle squeeze/release on the reins until he stops, but be sure to remain relaxed and continue to drop your weight into your seat and legs. Keep your inner thighs relaxed and flexible. Do NOT squeeze! Think DOWN through your legs on both sides. Before long, he will begin to make the connection between the weight of your seat and your command to “Whoa,” and your seat will take precedence over your reins.

When you and your equine have become adept at the walk and the trot, you can add the canter. At the canter, however, keep your arms out to the side and rotate them in small circles in rhythm with the canter. Be sure to sit back and allow only your pelvis, seat and thighs to stretch forward with the canter stride. Keep your upper body erect and your lower legs stable in the gentle “hugging” position. Once your equine has learned to differentiate seat and leg aids during each gait and throughout all transitions on the large circle, you can begin to work on directional changes through cones.

As you practice these exercises, you will soon discover how even the slightest shift of balance can affect your animal’s performance. By riding without your reins and making the necessary adjustments in your body, you will begin to condition your own muscles to work in harmony with those of your equine. As your muscles get stronger and more responsive, you will cultivate more harmony and balance with your animal. As you learn to ride more “by the seat of your pants,” you will encounter less resistance in your equine, as most resistance is initiated by tension in the seat and legs and by “bad hands,” an ineffective and uncommunicative dragging on the reins. Your hands should remain quiet and supportive in contact with the bit. Keeping your legs close to the sides of your equine’s body in a sort of hug will clarify the “track” he is to follow (much in the same way a train is confined to its tracks). As you learn to vary the pressure in your seat accordingly, so will you encounter less resistance in your animal through his back, and the stability in your lower legs will give him a clearer path to follow between your aids.

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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Happy holidays ✨🐎


The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

On behalf of the board and staff of the American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC), we wish you and your family a very happy and joyous holiday season. 

Your support and dedication to our cause mean so much to us, and we never take for granted the trust you have put in AWHC to protect our magnificent wild horses and burros. 

As our attention turns to family and celebration, we hold the wild horse and burro families in our thoughts and in our hearts. In that spirit, we share the story of one family on Nevada’s Virginia Range. 

Harriet was born on April 1, 2013 — it was raining the day one of our volunteers first spotted her, so we fondly referred to her asLittle April Showers. Her mother, Starlite, stood guard over her while her father, Handyman, kept watch — making sure his family was safe. For about a year, our volunteers would spot the little family now and then around the canyon on the Virginia Range.

Harriet, a brown pinto foal stands with her dam Starlite and sire Handyman

It wasn’t until about a year ago that our team spotted Harriet once again! She is now all grown up and has a family of her own! She lives with her stallion, Ozzy, and has two adorable daughters, Peg and Sue — they both look so much like Harriet when she was young.

Harriet, a full grown pinto mare stands facing the camera

It’s stories like these that inspire us to keep fighting. These innocent animals deserve nothing less than to live out the rest of their days with their loved ones, wild and free.

They show us how to be patient and kind, and how to persevere in the toughest of situations. We are taking these lessons from the wild with us into the new year and in our continued fight to preserve the freedom of these beloved animals. 

On behalf of everyone at AWHC, we are grateful to you for being part of our family. Our very best wishes to you and your loved ones for the happiest of holidays — and a healthy and joyous New Year!

With gratitude, 

Suzanne + the AWHC Team

Thank you to AWHC volunteer, Deb Sutherland for capturing the photos and story included in this email.

BREAKING: Our FY23 WIN for Wild Horses and Burros


The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Breaking news:

Congress just passed its Fiscal Year 2023 appropriations omnibus spending bill — and it once again includes funding for humane fertility control and requires other reforms to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wild Horse and Burro Program!

Our government relations team has been advocating for these provisions over the course of the past year. And, we want to say thank you to all the wild horse advocates and AWHC supporters like you who fought alongside for these required reforms. 

This is another important step in the right direction in our fight to preserve the freedom of America’s wild horses and burros. 

The legislation ensures that up to $11 million of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) budget must be used to implement humane immunocontraceptive fertility control treatment and research, effectively diverting funds away from brutal and deadly helicopter roundups.



Other measures in the final bill include: 

  • Evaluating options for relocating wild horses and burros to different Herd Management Areas (HMAs) as an alternative to removals.
  • Reviewing the agency’s controversial Adoption Incentive Program (AIP) for any program weaknesses that jeopardize the welfare of the mustangs and burros placed into private care.
  • Pursuing partnerships with veterans and wild horse organizations to aid in humane fertility control management.
  • Emphasizing the importance of screening adopters and purchasers to ensure the welfare and safe outcomes for the horses and burros adopted and sold by the U.S. Forest Service.

Of note, Congress appropriated less funding for the Wild Horse and Burro Program than the amount requested by the Biden Administration.

We believe that by limiting funding, triaging removals, and directing the BLM to utilize fertility control, Congress is signaling a new direction for wild horse management that will ultimately stabilize populations in the wild for the benefit of the agency, the taxpayer, and wild horses alike.

While some parts of this spending bill are concerning, the bill does also include long-standing anti-slaughter provisions that effectively prevent horse slaughter plants from operating in the U.S. and prohibit the slaughter of federally protected wild horses and burros for the remainder of the fiscal year.

So, Meredith: This is a strong step in the right direction, and we must acknowledge the progress we are making. Our fight to preserve the freedom of America’s wild horses and burros will not happen overnight. This battle is a marathon, not a sprint.

We will continue our work and research in the field to prove that humane management works and keeps wild horses in the wild where they belong. We will take this work and the full force of our strong advocate base to Congress to back up our calls for action. And when the federal government violates the law protecting wild horses and burros, we will go to court and fight on behalf of these cherished animals.

Thank you for standing with us,

Suzanne Roy
Executive Director
American Wild Horse Campaign



‘Tis the Season – Martina


This is an update from All About Equine Rescue.

All About Equine Animal Rescue, Inc.

It’s that time of year we share with you the work we’ve all been doing throughout the year. We missed last year while we were in the middle of our Big Move, so we have some catching up to do. The stories you’ll read this month are your donations, volunteering, likes, shares, and other support at work. We hope you enjoy!


Martina and her very young filly, Valentine, came to AAE from the DreamCatcher Wild Horse and Burro Sanctuary in March 2018. Valentine was only days old. AAE had been supporting DreamCatcher’s herd reduction efforts since April of 2017 after the long illness and passing of their Executive Director, Barbara Clarke in November of 2016. Martina was thin and hungry with baby in tow, but she knew where to go.  She showed up at the DreamCatcher barn with Valentine after not coming down in the Fall for the Winter. Sadly, winter conditions at the sanctuary are fierce (for California, anyway), and AAE got a call.  Martina is a BLM branded mustang. She appeared to have minimal human contact when she arrived.

Once back at AAE, she got hoof and dental care, vaccines, deworming, and a microchip. She has had intermittent handling with intermittent breaks. Once in Pilot Hill, she’s spent most of her time on acreage with her mustang herd. She’s making very slow progress. Martina can be approached and haltered in a small space, with patience and a slow approach. Her hooves can be trimmed with sedation. She’s nervous and protective, but tries to understand what’s asked of her, but she’s really not much interested in human interaction.

Though she is coming around, Martina has been challenging, and she needs a person very experienced with mustangs to continue her progress.  She will likely do better in an environment where she is out of her herd, few distractions, and working daily with her own person. Her person should have no agenda, and no timelines, other than wanting to develop a trusting relationship and build confidence, a long term project, giving her the time she needs.

This beautiful gal has been her long enough! Let’s find her her own human. Martina is current with dental and hoof care, vaccines, and deworming. She has a microchip.

If you’d like to make a year end donation in honor of Jennings to support AAE’s ongoing operations into 2023, you can click the donate button to give a gift that counts.

With enormous thanks to two very generous offers from anonymous supporters, donations to AAE from now through New Years Eve will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $10,000!


Thank you for your support helping horses each and every day!

Your donations, volunteering, adopting, and social media shares & likes allow us to make this work possible!

You Have One More Chance to Bling On the Holidays!


This is an update from All About Equine Rescue.

All About Equine Animal Rescue, Inc.


You have one more chance to bid for this gorgeous 14K gold and diamond bracelet. Auction will close at 5pm (PST) on Saturday, December 31, 2022. Bid and make your holiday season sparkle while helping horses in need!

Enormous thanks to our very generous donor for an incredible jewelry donation to help us with our fundraising efforts this year. AAE received five beautiful and blingy pieces, but only one remains.

You can bid on this bracelet in our online auction to benefit horses-in- need. This is sure to make an extra special holiday gift for you or someone you love, all in the spirit of horses.

14K Yellow Gold & Diamond Bracelet

Imagine this stunning symbol of love encircling your wrist! This bracelet is approximately 29.6 grams of gold with 20 diamonds totaling approximately 5.5 carats.

This beautiful piece will bring years of joy while helping our beloved horses live a better life.

Bidding is open and closes 5pm (PST) on December 31, 2022!

View and bid here.

Please share the auction with your family, friends, co-workers, and anyone that loves diamonds, gold, or jewelry. Spread the word and help horses- in-need.


Breaking HAPPY News!


The following is from Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue:



Very Happy News

We always look forward to receiving mail this time of year, when the thoughtful cards and happy news seem to outweigh the bills. Today was the most spectacular mail day and the timing could not be more perfect as we go from the dark, toward the light.

In today’s mail, we got the OFFICIAL letter from the IRS saying “We’re pleased to tell you we determine you’re exempt from the federal income tax under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501 (c)(3). Donors can deduct contributions they make to you under IRC section 170. You’re also qualified to receive tax-deductible bequests, devices, transfers, or gifts under Section 2055,2106, or 2522.”

Huge thanks to all of you who believed in us, in our sense of integrity and transparency throughout what was a huge, emotional ordeal for us.

Our beloved treasurer, Jean Marie Cross Nichols along with the help of her bookkeeper friend is mostly responsible for making this happen, they put so many long hours into sorting all the paperwork. Thank you both for all of your hard work!

Love and light,

Ann, Hannah, Elise and Jean

Get an inside look at a BLM adoption event


The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

We’ve got a lot to share with you in this week’s eNews, including: a new report that proves livestock — not wild horses — are to blame for range degradation, an inside look at a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) adoption event, and the heartwarming story of Trident, a powerful stallion on Nevada’s Virginia Range.

Read on to learn more! >>

PEER Report Finds Livestock Outnumber Wild Horses/Burros 125:1

a family of horses walks through the field in the sunset and says "STAY WILD DENVER: OPEN FOR BIDDING DECEMBER 1"

Wild horses and burros are scapegoated by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for range degradation, but a new report finds that unsurprisingly, livestock are the real problem. Agency rangeland health data, collected and analyzed by environmental watchdog organization Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), reveals that more than 50% of the grazing allotments that fail to meet land health standards identify livestock as a significant cause – not wild horses.


Eyewitness Report: Paul’s Valley Off-Range Corrals Adoption Event

AWHC supporters stand with signs to protest the Onaqui roundups

On December 13, 2022, AWHC sent a field representative to the BLM Paul’s Valley Off-Range Corrals, about an hour south of Oklahoma City, to document a wild horse and burro adoption event. While the horses at this facility have seemingly more space than other facilities, seeing formerly wild animals standing in mud-ridden pens is always hard. Read the full report below!


Meet the Mustang: Trident, a Nevada Stallion

4 mustangs stand in a field in Nevada

When AWHC volunteer Deb Sutherland first saw Trident, it was a hot summer day in 2015 on Nevada’s Virginia Range. He was only a few hours old and was standing close to his mother, known affectionately as Pinkie, resting. Fast-forward to today, Trident is a powerful band stallion that Deb continues to document as he battles to create his family.


Thanks for reading. And thank you for continuing to stand with us in the fight to protect our cherished wild horses and burros!

— AWHC Team


A Christmas Miracle for 4, and another Angel leaves us


The following is from Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang:

collage tonka silver sweetie princess

tonka feet


Hi all,

Thank you for saving the Christmas kids. As always, there was a big wrench thrown into this rescue. As I was on my way, I received a message that I also had to save the STALLION. IF I didn’t take him too, I couldn’t save the mares.

Thankfully, we are set up for wild stallions so of course I said yes. Sadly his feet are horrific and he is very thin under his coat. He is exactly NOT what was described. He is much older than I was told, very thin and most likely needs dental work asap.

Mercedes update – Mercedes gave birth to a beautiful, perfectly formed, stillborn baby on the 15th. He was beyond perfect, Mercedes had no issues as he was not big like we were worried about. However in a devastating turn of events his umbilical cord was cinched around his flank during birth, which immediately cut off his blood supply, sending him straight into the Angel’s arms.

Doc was here minutes after I called her, but he passed in the birth canal and was beyond resuscitation. (Note to folks. You cannot put pressure on that area of a newborn baby as it can kill them. One of the first things we learned years ago was to NEVER ever pick up a newborn baby under his legs.)

I had just picked up Mercedes at the vet the night before and both Mommy and Baby were doing great. Baby was moving and Mercedes was fine. I have no words and don’t even know how to breathe even today.

THANK YOU for saving the girls and our unexpected boy. Princess left yesterday for her new home, and we are praying the weather clears so I can finally get these kids home to Nevada.

If you would like to help with Tonka’s vetting (gelding, teeth floating, Coggins) or his vast feeding needs, it is much appreciated. God gives and He takes away. I have yet to understand why I have so many old timers that have had a life and why so many new littles are gone too soon, However, all I can do is pray and have faith, knowing someday I will have the answers.

THANK YOU for the baby gifts for our precious Noah. It breaks my heart knowing how much love is behind every blanket, halter etc. that was sent for him. I wish I could hug each and every one of you. It has been beyond devastating, especially as Mercedes’ journey to health was so long and difficult.

Have a Merry Christmas and thank you for saving so many lives this year!


-<You can go to gofundme<-

You can go to Paypal<-

PLEASE NOTE – Paypal shows Wild Horses in Need, as we are dba- Chilly Pepper

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_

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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