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Diesel is his name!


This is an update from All About Equine Rescue.

All About Equine Animal Rescue, Inc.


This cute little guys is Diesel. He came to AAE with two of his buddies way back in 2016. Of all of our adoptable horses, Diesel has been here the longest waiting for his person to arrive. He’s about 10 now, and he’s such a cute lil’ guy. His situation is challenging as he has some baggage. First, some history.

The trio was originally part of a herd in the Carson National Forest in New Mexico, and they were rounded up and moved around by the US Forest Service. Some of the gathered horses were adopted and a small group who weren’t adopted in NM were transported to Solvang, CA for a wild horse gentling program at Monty Roberts International Learning Center (MRILC). They group was rather sickly when they arrived. After the program and much improved, some of the horses were adopted but Diesel and his two buddies were not. The USFS considered their stay at MRILC their third adoption attempt and third strike. They found their way to AAE, instead of being listed on Craigslist for $25 (as was requested by the USFS).

Diesel returned to MRILC in 2017 to participate in another program. Unfortunately, he became lame in the hind end, so his stay was cut short. He returned to AAE, and he was put on stall rest for a few weeks. Sadly, on his follow-up vet visit, Diesel was diagnosed with Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis or EPM.

Diesel was treated, but the EPM caused irreparable damage, and he has residual neurologic deficits that make him unsafe as a riding horse. That said, he’s still a spunky yet kind young man. Sadly, he’s still untrusting of humans, but he has quite the playful and curious personality that makes him a fun liberty horse! He’s terrified of ropes and 1st touches. We joke lightheartedly about his 5,940,392 first dates. When he’s in a small area, he’s halterable with a slow approach. When he’s worked with consistently, he improves. He’s been living in a herd situation, and he regresses quickly when turned out. That said, he’s always one of the first to show up when someone’s in his pasture. He wants interaction, but fears it. Given ample time, patience, and persistence, he’ll come around. Once he does, his sweet personality will shine ever so bright!

Diesel is current with vaccines, deworming, and hoof and dental care and he has a microchip. He’s so ready for a person of his own.

Diesel is a wonderful horse. As a non-riding horse with special needs, Diesel has had a more difficult time finding the perfect home. He needs someone who is patient and willing to give him lots of love and daily interaction. Consistency and continuity are key. A mustang experienced person is a must.

If you think you and Diesel would go together like peanut butter and jelly, please visit his page to learn more, and submit an “Adoption Inquiry”.

Can’t adopt? Sharing his story is so helpful, too! Maybe your family member, friend, or co-worker would be his perfect match!

You can also sponsor him to help cover his care costs until he is adopted. Sponsorships help give us the stability and flexibility we need to make sure we can take our time finding the right home for each of our adoptable horses.

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!


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[Progress Update] All 8 burros safely made it to Mustang Camp! 💓


The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

We’ve got two updates for you today — The first one is on our progress fueling up our Rescue Fund, and the second’s on how our eight sweet rescued burros are doing in their new home! 😊

Rescue Fund Rebuild
Yesterday, we set out to raise $20,000 by midnight tonight to fuel our Rescue Fund, because as you may have guessed, funding this burro rescue along with the mustangs you heard about yesterday has significantly depleted it. 

Since kick-off, we’ve raised $8,461 — a solid start! But if we’re going to make it to $20,000 in the next 12 hours, we’re going to need more folks to pitch in and keep this momentum going. If you can, will you donate now to bolster our Rescue Fund so that we can save more wild horses and burros from slaughter?


Burro Rescue Update
Just a few weeks ago, we shared with you one of our recent burro rescues — a group of eight we saved in the nick of time from the slaughter pipeline. Well, we are happy to report that they have safely arrived at Mustang Camp in New Mexico, where the staff has been giving them top-notch care and helping them acclimate to their new home.

The group of burros stand happily drinking and eating from their trough

Photo Credit: Mustang Camp

The burros all have been given names – Marco, Nelly, Amelia, Giovanni, Ferdinand, Drake, and Vasco – and are getting to know their new caretakers through daily “Burro Happy Hours,” which involve staff offering all of them “shots” (of alfalfa and pellets) from behind the “bar” (a water trough) 😂. Click here to watch a clip of this burgeoning burro pub scene!

We both know just how important it is that we’re able to spring into action and help to rescue these animals at these critical moments. So, with almost 12 hours left until we have to reach our $20,000 goal, will you make a donation to help us refuel our Rescue Fund ASAP?


Thank you for your support!


Chilly Pepper – BABY 911! – Orphan WILD FIRE is at the Emergency Vet Hospital RIGHT NOW! 2 MORE HORSES DUMPED! We need you now!!


The following is from Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang:

Catcher called!

IT’S GO TIME! I got the call for Our FIRST orphan of the season.

He was found alone, and one of my contacts reached out. No one knew how long he was out there alone, but he is deydrated, needs a Plasma Transfusion, fluids, Selenium, Vitamin B Complex and will be receiving Foal Lac via stomach tube after his plasma transfusion is finished.

His vet bill will most likely be over $1000 before I even take him home. Luckily Doc is amazing and agreed to admit him anyway, even though my balance is still over $3500.

We need Foal Lac Powder, Foal Lac Pellets, Omolene 300, Baby Wipes , and all the normal baby supplies.

The remaining 8 horses from the 20 starved are going through over $500 worth of mash a week.

Trailer is ready, and truck is still in need of funds to finish the repairs.

It’s Definitely GO TIME!

I am on call this weekend for 2 more, possibly starved, Dumped Horses as well.

WILDFIRE is a TRUE ORPHAN, NOT one “ordered”. The CATCHING SEASON HAS STILL NOT BEGUN, but Chilly Pepper is doing what we always do. We are working WITH the Yakima Nation and answering the call for help.

PLEASE HELP WILDFIRE and the rest of the Chilly Pepper kiddos.

Your support makes the magic happen.

There are still no roundups at this time of year, but we need to be ready in the next month or so. I need that trailer and truck ready to go.

Thank you for helping save so many lives!

Rescue is so expensive, but so many of the cases God sends us are end of life and need to have their suffering ended.

Thank you as always!

Doc’s number is 509-773-0369 if you want to help with the vet bill.

Thank you for your continued help with these precious lives.

I know God keeps sending us lots of emergencies, BUT IT IS TRULY LIFE AND DEATH for these horses. It is not just grabbing the cute ones, or the easy ones, or creating orphans so you can fundraise. It is stepping up and figuring out how to do the impossible. YOU, MY CHILLY PEPPER FAMILY, are the ones who do that. YOU are doing the real rescue for the horses with no other options. Let’s do it again. These horses are absolutely precious and deserve every good thing for the rest of their lives.

AS ALWAYS, We will take actual orphans, or the injured etc. The gentlemen I work with normally don’t even start rounding them up until June to give the babies time with their Mama’s.

Chilly Pepper will continue to do exactly as we always have. Be there for the real orphans, and horses in need, to the best of our ability.

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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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.


Mule Crossing: Moving Beyond Prey vs. Predator


By Meredith Hodges

In the past, when equines ran free, they were unencumbered by human interaction and could build and condition their muscles naturally. Today, with increased population but reduced open lands, their activity is often restricted. It then becomes our responsibility to not only train them, but to prepare them physically to perform and keep them happy in their environment. This responsibility becomes even more important when we ask them to exert more energy than normal, in activities like long trail rides, endurance events, showing and equine-related work. Proper preparation for this modern-day lifestyle will help to minimize your equine’s stress, both physically and mentally.

Natural Horsemanship techniques, based on the equine’s natural behavior and status as a prey animal, promote an awareness we often overlook. They give us a wonderful way to learn how to connect with the equine mentally and communicate with him using our own verbal and body language. Many people get intimidated simply by the equine’s size. These techniques instill a sense of confidence and understanding, and without them, fewer people would take an interest in these animals and want to learn how to interact with them. A relationship with an equine can be incredibly satisfying, and equine companionship can enhance any life. This is why therapeutic riding programs for the disabled, at-risk youth, and those with other physical and mental disabilities are so successful.

Understanding the equine’s natural evolution and behaviors can help us give him what he needs to thrive in captivity. It would be nice if we could provide a habitat akin to what the wild equine used to enjoy: room to run, with an abundance of soft dirt and occasional hard ground under his feet. Unfortunately, today’s equine must deal with a multitude of unfamiliar challenges, including extreme activities, exposure to crowds of people, and more prolonged exposure to hard surfaces such as asphalt and cement, not withstanding the sometimes unrealistic demands that we put on him.


Understanding the prey-predator responses can help to guide us in the training of our equines, but because of the change in the environment, it shouldn’t completely define our training methods. The prey animal that is uncomfortable with making direct eye contact with the human “predator,” for instance, is virtually trapped in a confined environment in which he has no control and can therefore become anxious and difficult to handle. We are taught not to make eye contact with him until he is willing to face us. We are taught to “chase” him in a round pen until he does.


When he finally gains the confidence to approach, we are then taught to disengage his hind quarters and keep him at bay so he doesn’t breach “our space.” This can be very confusing to any intelligent being because you are telling him to “come” and then to “go away!” And, we are handicapping him by disengaging his survival ability for flight. His response over time is to give in, but under these circumstances, he will not always to learn to trust.

The equine’s natural flight reflex is strong and takes him away from conflict. However, when man intercedes without taking into consideration the physical, mental and emotional needs of the equine, it can result in resistance wherein the equine is trapped into conflict. He is then labeled disobedient and often punished for that perceived disobedience. For instance, the equine that is “trapped” on a lunge line and asked to reverse toward the handler will inadvertently be improperly set up to take the new trotting diagonal, or the new lead at canter, from a position that actually “tangles” his hind legs and causes him to fumble into the new diagonal or lead. This mistake can become painful and even detrimental to the stifles as he jumps out of the entanglement and can cause resistant behaviors which are often punished on top of the physical pain he is already experiencing.

The equine body needs to be properly prepared for his athletic endeavors, as does any athlete. We prepare our human athletes with exercises that address muscle groups throughout the whole body before they actually play the games to avoid acute injury to muscle groups that are not normally used in the game. Why would we not give our equines this same consideration?4 Teaching the reverse in the beginning should always be done in the round pen where you can ask him to turn away from you, which will set up his hind legs properly for the new direction and strengthen his body symmetrically in good equine posture. Once he has established good equine posture and balance over a long period of time doing appropriate exercises, he will then be better able to efficiently reverse towards you on the lunge line by changing direction from a position of balance rather than an awkward imbalance.

Despite the varied differences in personalities and approach, the one thing that we can all learn to do is to communicate with respect, set clear boundaries and apply good manners in order to make friends when we accept their true nature, respect it, understand it and negotiate rather than “command.” It really is that simple, although training ourselves to be that way isn’t always simple. Animals do this with each other all the time, but they are clear communicators where we humans are not always clear in our intent. That is why you will often see animals of completely different species getting along with each other, whether prey or predator.

By setting up our equine’s environment so he is able to relax, and by behaving in a polite, respectful and considerate way, the equine can learn to respond more appropriately. When we pay close attention to the healthy development of his body and provide the right kinds of exercises to strengthen his core muscles in good equine posture, we can ultimately gain the trust and respect from the equine that we need for him to deal with all situations and obstacles the same way every time—to trust and look to us for guidance before reacting. Everything that we do for him should make him feel good, and that is what real friends are for! The equine will bond to the person who trains him, so make sure you are honestly engaged with your equine.

3Be a true leader and learn to set boundaries for your equine with appropriate corrections for bad behaviors (which can be found on our website and in our products). Make these corrections quickly and then immediately return to a clear definition of what you expect and make sure that it is easily doable for your equine at each step. Every animal on the planet will correct another’s misbehaving with a very clear and undeniable gesture that will stop the abuser promptly in their tracks. Take note. This is not abusive, but rather a very clear communication of what’s right and what’s clearly wrong. In fact, in the case of the mule attacking the puma that has circulated the internet for the past few years, it was clearly a case of the mule engaging in the hunt with his human “friend.” So, who is really prey and who is predator in this particular scenario? Sometimes we just need to change our perception or understanding of things and deny all-encompassing generalizations and stereotypes.

Reward good behaviors as per the laws of Behavior Modification, or “appropriate reward system training.” The oats reward that we use ensures that the good behaviors will be repeated and will become the animal’s new natural way of being. In the practice of true Behavior Modification, all five senses should be employed: sight, hearing (voice), smell, touch and taste. These are all innate ways to communicate effectively. Any distractions should be eliminated when communicating with your equine—put away the electronic devices, clickers and loud whips, and avoid abrupt noises.

The way that you manage and train your equine can be set up in a logical, sequential and predictable routine that your equine can rely on thereby dispelling his anxiety and maximizing his trust in you. Exercises that prepare his body slowly and over a long period of time to carry a rider ensure that he will not overexert or compromise muscles that could otherwise become sore, or worse. Interaction with him that is more conversational using the five senses will elicit a more conversational response from your equine, developing a close relationship comprised of negotiation and mutual respect where both partners participate on equal ground. We spend 12 years preparing our children to become responsible adults. How could it effectively take much less for our equines to learn to live and work in their new and more crowded environment? If you have any doubts about the real success of this kind of approach, you need only visit the Lucky Three Ranch where we all make direct eye contact with each other and see the results for yourself! When our equines are spooked into flight, they run towards us, then stop and ask, “What do we do now?!”

For more information about Meredith Hodges and her comprehensive correspondence training program, Training Mules and Donkeys, please visit or call 1-800-816-7566. Also, find Meredith Hodges and Lucky Three Ranch on Facebook and Twitter. And don’t forget to check out her children’s website at

© 2016, 2019, 2021, 2023 Lucky Three Ranch, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

eNews: Fascinating new research sheds light on the origins of our beloved burros!


The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

We’ve got a lot to share with you in this week’s edition of eNews, including an opportunity for you to speak up on behalf of our cherished wild herds, an article discussing groundbreaking new research into the origins of our beloved burros, and AWHC’s exciting new partnership!

Read on to learn more! >>

Tell Congress: Protect Wild Horses and Burros with the FY24 Spending Bill!

Photo: Tandin Champan

From defunding the Adoption Incentive Program’s cash incentives to implementing humane in-the-wild fertility control vaccines, there are several ways Congress can enact reforms to the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Wild Horse and Burro Program in Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) — and save taxpayers money while doing it. But to enact these policies that protect our cherished wild herds, we need you to speak up. Call on your members of Congress now and request wild horse protections in the FY24 spending bill!


New York Times: At Long Last, a Donkey Family Tree

Photo: Tandin Chapman

“I guess that we simply forgot the importance of this animal, probably being blown away by the impact of its close cousin, the horse.” A scientist and director of the Center for Anthropobiology and Genomics of Toulouse in France hopes his new study will jump-start research on the donkey and restore some of its dignity. Be sure to check out this fascinating read below!


AWHC and Stablewest Partner to Champion the Horse

The American Wild Horse Campaign is excited to partner with the Santa Fe-based brand Stablewest, in celebration of their concept Champion the horse™. Champion the horse™ recognizes the relationship between human and horse, and the incredible impact horses have made on our progress as people. Its limited-release capsule promotes the spirit of the wild horse and the freedom intrinsic to the landscape and heritage of the American West. As part of this partnership, 10 percent of each item sold goes towards our work to Keep Wild Horses Wild.


Thanks for reading. And thank you for continuing to stand up for our cherished wild horses and burros!

— AWHC Team

Joyous News: Blondie and his herd are coming home!


The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

I’ve got some exciting news about a famed band of wild horses that will hopefully bring all mustang lovers relief and happiness!

My name is Alicia Goetz. I am a member of the Board of Directors of the American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC) and founder of Freedom Reigns, a nearly 4,000-acre sanctuary located in San Juan Bautista, California.

Freedom Reigns is home to more than 500 horses, most of them mustangs, rescued from the slaughter pipeline or cruelty situations. You may recall a few like Amelia, a young pregnant mustang recently saved from a kill pen in the knick of time, or the beloved mother-daughter duo Diamond and DeeDee captured from the Onaqui Herd Management Area (HMA) in Utah. 

Well, I’m thrilled to announce that Freedom Reigns will soon be welcoming Blondie — a foundational stallion from the Fish Springs range in Nevada — and all 17 members of his family after they were captured by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) at a bait trap operation last month.

a herd of light brown horses run across a field with mountains in the background

Photo of Blondie and his herd by Troy Wright Photography

When Blondie’s family was trapped and loaded onto trailers, three known generations of beloved wild horses were ripped from the Nevada landscape at once, leaving behind a fractured legacy and a huge hole in the hearts of all that loved them. We are all too aware of the horrific fate that can befall wild horses and burros once they are removed from their home on the range. What would become of them when they enter the BLM’s system? The possibilities were heartbreaking to think about.

Two brown horses stare through a tall metal fence.

Photo of Blondie’s herd in captivity by Pine Nut Wild Horse Advocates

The Pine Nut Wild Horse Advocates, the local group that stewards the Fish Springs herd, worked tirelessly to find placement for the horses, but came up empty and asked AWHC for ideas. So, when AWHC came to me with the news that there were no other options for keeping this family together, I knew I had to act — and quickly. 

Blondie and his family will soon join 15 other Fish Springs wild horses who were removed from their habitat and found safe haven at our sanctuary – including Shadow, a blue roan, who might be one of the smallest mustangs at our sanctuary but has garnered the largest herd! 

While I feel so fortunate to be able to provide a place for these deserving animals, I know that they are just 18 of more than 62,000 wild horses and burros currently confined in government corrals, at risk of injury, becoming victims of disease outbreaks, or worse, ending up in the slaughter pipeline. Advocating for those wild horses and burros – and addressing the systemic issues driving the removal of wild horses from their homes on the range – are the reasons why I joined the AWHC Board of Directors.

Together, we are proving there’s a better way to treat and manage wild horses and burros and I wholeheartedly believe in the work AWHC is doing. I am encouraged by the progress we are making toward better protection and preservation of our beloved wild horses and burros.

Thank you for supporting our work. 

Alicia Goetz
Freedom Reigns Equine Sanctuary, Founder
American Wild Horse Campaign, Director

PS – If you would like to follow the arrival of Blondie and his herd and learn more about the horses at Freedom Reigns, please visit our website and follow us on Instagram, TikTok and Facebook.

Mules Accepted By U.S.E.F. In Dressage 5

MULE CROSSING: Mules Accepted by U.S.E.F. in Dressage!


By Meredith Hodges

It’s 2004 and “You’ve come a long way, Baby!” The movement to have mules accepted by major equine organizations began with the United States Dressage Federation in 1986, 17 years ago! There was still the hurdle of being accepted by the most prestigious equine organization in the country at the time, the American Horse Show Association that sanctioned all upper level shows and competitions. Since then, the mules’ participation in significant horse events was a long, uphill climb and membership in the A.H.S.A. was only a dream. Even though they were accepted at the schooling level back then, there were still many areas that were unwilling to comply with the United States Dressage Federation’s acceptance at this level and mules continued to be discriminated against in many shows and competitions.

However, our undaunted mule riders persisted in their quest for perfection and showed the mule as a competent Dressage and Combined Training candidate. Bishop Mule Days rewarded their efforts and added Dressage classes at Bishop for these dedicated people and their mules. As more riders began using Dressage as a basis for training, and A.H.S.A. judges were being used for the classes at Bishop, even more professional equestrians began to see the competence of our beloved mules and our riders’ dedication to excellence.

The same kinds of things were happening in the disciplines of Competitive Trail Riding, Endurance, and Driving. The first discipline of the United States Equestrian Federation (formerly the American Horse Show Association) to accept mules was in Endurance Riding, and was then followed by their acceptance in Driving through the valiant efforts of Dave Ketscher and his mules, Mariah Carey and Jeremiah.

Dressage rider, Carole Sweet, began her quest for acceptance in the U.S.E.F. Dressage Division several years ago and has single-handedly become the proponent of a major rule change in the Dressage Division of the U.S.E.F. This was no easy task as it was critical to take this through proper channels just for consideration! The culmination of all her hard work and persistence was rewarded in December of 2003, when she was notified that the mule issue would be on the agenda for a final decision during the U.S.E.F. convention to be held in January of 2004.

It was at this time that Carole Sweet requested the assistance and support of anyone who could help at this convention. Linda Pitman from the American Mule Association, Leah Patton, administrator/editor of the American Donkey & Mule Society, and I (Meredith Hodges), longtime longears promoter, judge and animal inspector for the A.D.M.S., descended on the convention, attended appropriate meetings, and lobbied every chance we had in between meetings to make sure that the people involved were informed of the mules’ valuable assets to their organization. It was an exhausting three days, but on January 18, 2004, at the General Board Meeting, the rule was approved with consideration. In the U.S.E.F. Rulebook, it now reads: 

GR125 Horse. 

1. The term “horse” as used in these rules denotes either a horse or a pony. 2. In all levels of all Federation recognized Driving and Endurance Competitions and in the 

Case of any other federation Rule as it relates to the Driving or Endurance disciplines as The context permits it, the term “horse” shall also include a mule. See DC111.4, EN104.2.1 a. Mules are also eligible to compete in dressage classes with the exception of (1) USET Championships, USET qualifying and selection trails, and observation classes. (2) any other classes designated as qualifying or selection classes for international or international high performance competition, and (3) championships where such participation is prohibited in the championship selection procedures. See DR119.1 BOD 1/18/04. Effective 4/1/04 

There were concerns from the Safety Committee, but they approved with the stipulation that they would be keeping an eye on the competitions to make sure that the mules would not pose serious safety concerns.

“The ‘Vision’ of the United States Equestrian Federation is to provide leadership for equestrian sport in the United States of America, promoting the pursuit of excellence from the grass roots to the Olympic Games, based on a foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare of it’s horses, and embracing the vision to be the best national equestrian federation in the world.” In keeping with their vision, they have seen the mules as a valuable asset to the Federation and it is both a privilege and an honor to become part of this prestigious organization. 

As viable members of this organization, it is now our responsibility to go forward and participate in these events in a considerate and productive manner. Any problems that arise at competitions should be dealt with fairly and through the proper channels. Understand that we will be dealing with people at all levels of Horsemanship, with varying levels of comprehension and ability. The principles of good sportsmanship are paramount as we set the example to beginners and the young riders of the future. No unsportsmanlike conduct will be tolerated and could result in the revocation of this privilege.

More and more mules are getting into dressage after Carol Sweet’s, Leah Patton’s and my work over eighteen years of petitioning for the acceptance of mules into the United States Equestrian Federation! Shown here are Meredith Hodges and Lucky Three Sundowner, Meredith and Lucky Three Mae Bea C.T., Laura Hermanson and Heart B Dyna, Audrey Goldsmith and Heart B Porter Creek, Sammi Majors and Buckeye and Vicky Busch and Slate. I am so happy to see so many young riders taking advantage poof all our hard work and they are doing so well! We hope even more dressage riders will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity with their mules! 

So, fellow “Mule Enthusiasts,” go forward and bask in the sunshine of opportunity that has been so graciously given to us all! Take the opportunities provided to improve your skills and marvel at your own progress! Take advantage of the new comrades you will meet along the way that share your interests, so we can all take our equines into the future with pride and dignity together! 

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.

© 2004, 2016, 2023 Lucky Three Ranch, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 

Speak UP! Tell Congress to protect wild horses in the 2024 spending budget


The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

We know that when American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC) supporters band together and raise their voices, change happens: After all of our hard work last year during the Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) Appropriations process, Congress passed legislation once again that included important language to divert $11 million in Bureau of Land Management (BLM) funding away from helicopter roundups and instead towards humane management tactics like fertility control vaccines.

But now, the Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 Appropriations process has officially begun and U.S. members of Congress in both the House and Senate are submitting their priorities for the year ahead. We urgently need your help to ensure they include funding requests for humane, in-the-wild management strategies on behalf of our beloved wild horses and burros. Call on your members of Congress now and request wild horse protections in the FY24 spending bill!

Photo by Tandin Chapman


With the removal of more than 20,000 wild horses and burros from the wild last year, these innocent animals need your voice more than ever! But we can’t do this alone: We need as many people as possible to echo our message and urge Congress to enact a pro-horse and burro agenda for 2024. Will you be a voice for our country’s wild horses and burros, and call on your members of Congress to support wild horse protections in the FY24 spending bill?


From defunding the Adoption Incentive Program’s cash incentive to implementing humane in-the-wild fertility control vaccines, there are several ways Congress can enact reforms to the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program in FY24  — and save taxpayer money while doing it. But to enact these policies that protect our cherished wild herds, we need you to speak up. Call on your members of Congress now and request wild horse protections in the FY24 spending bill!


We’ve got an exciting update on our latest burro rescue!


The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

We’ve got amazing news about our most recent rescue. 

As you may recall, we recently helped rescue seven Bureau of Land Management (BLM) burros just days before they were supposed to be shipped to slaughter. As soon as we found out these poor animals were in grave danger, we quickly paid their bail and worked with our partners at Auction Horses Rescue (AHR) to rescue them from a horrible fate.

When our partners found them, they still had BLM tags around their necks.


But our friends at AHR just got in touch with us to share an exciting update: we actually rescued eight burros, not seven! They alerted us that one more BLM burro was dropped off at the lot – and no burro is getting left behind on our watch. Soon, he will be loaded up on the trailer with the other seven, and they will all be heading to Mustang Camp to be trained and adopted out to their new homes!

This rescue would not have been possible without your support. Thanks to you, we’ve been able to prevent countless wild horses and burros from being shipped off to their brutal deaths in foreign slaughterhouses. But right now, it’s more important than ever that we keep our Rescue Fund fueled. Oftentimes, our team has to leap into action at a moments notice to save the lives of mustangs and burros, but we can’t do that unless we have the resources to do so. Can you make a donation to power our Rescue Fund today?


In addition to funding the rescue of animals in danger of being shipped to slaughter, your support also enables us to help our partners sustain their rescue programs. With the increased cost of hay, the effects of the ongoing drought, and the general increase in the costs of running a horse rescue, AWHC has stepped up to provide them with grants for hay, fencing, farm maintenance, and other necessities.

These grants help empower local rescues to build up their facilities and increase their ability to provide sanctuary to more animals in need – but we can’t keep these grants going without your support. So please, help us continue supporting the rescue of hundreds of wild horses and burros by donating to our Rescue Fund today!


Thank you,



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Granger Needs A Home!


This is an update from All About Equine Rescue.

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Granger came to AAE in July 2022 after law enforcement’s intervention with a neglect situation. He was malnourished, having to fight for food in a herd of eight other horses.

Once at AAE, he was started on a refeeding program with soaked alfalfa pellets, and he received long overdue hoof, dental, and vet care, including vaccines, bloodwork, and a microchip. (He tested positive for Cushings and is on a daily medication he takes without issue.) Over the past several months, Granger’s weight and overall health has improved substantially.

Granger is an oldie, late 20’s, maybe 30, but as long as you don’t look at his teeth, you’d think he was much younger. He’s a handsome guy, but tries to be a cranky old man. Once you call his bluff, he usually agrees and enjoys some attention. He’s buddies with Elliott, and the two play like two young geldings, rearing, chasing, and bucking it up. Uncle Granger is pretty darn cute!

All said, he’s got a hitch. He can be defensive around food, like many starved horses can be. Early in his stay with AAE, he kicked at humans, defending his food. Unfortunately, he connected a couple times, but fortunately, no major injuries. He’s learning to be more respectful with humans, and we haven’t had any issues since. However, humans have also been more aware with him, reminding him humans are not an acceptable target. Once you understand this guy, he’s pretty sweet.

Granger is looking for his forever home. This old sweetheart was reportedly used on a ranch for trail rides in his previous life, but is now best suited as non-riding companion horse. That said, with appropriate evaluation, relearning, and rebuilding, he may be rideable. 

He is easy going, and well mannered (as long as food isn’t involved). He does well in a herd environment (but should be fed separately to assure he gets what he needs). His ground manners are generally good, he’s good with the farrier, and he loads and trailers well.

If you are interested in learning more about Granger to see if he’s a good fit, please visit our website.

We’d be so happy if Granger could find his forever home!

If you think you sound like a good match for Granger, please visit his page to learn more and submit an “Adoption Inquiry”.

Can’t adopt but want to help Granger? Share his story with your friends, family, co-workers, and other horse people in your life!

You can also sponsor him to help cover his costs of care until he finds his perfect person.

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!



SPEAK UP: Give Nevada’s wild mustangs the recognition they deserve >>


The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

On Tuesday afternoon, the Nevada Senate Committee on Natural Resources heard SB90, a bill to recognize the wild mustang as the official state horse. Like the original wild horse and burro movement in the 1960s, the effort was supported by Nevada’s schoolchildren with over 100 kids showing up to attend the hearing! The students eloquently expressed their support for the wild mustangs who call Nevada home and we are so grateful for their passion.

Unfortunately, the opposition also came out in full force. Nevada ranchers who graze their privately-owned cattle and sheep on public lands used their testimony time to blame horses for range degradation. Each rancher who spoke made the hearing about wild horse management and not about the naming of the state horse. The hearing ended with no vote, as committee members discuss next steps.

We need people from all over the country to speak up about the mustang’s historic importance and the tourism resource they are for the state. Smithsonian Magazine even named Nevada the number one place in North America to see wild horses! As a potential visitor to Nevada, your voice matters, but it will only be heard if you act now!

Call each of the five committee members and ask them to support SB90.

All you need to say is: “Hi, my name is [NAME] and as a tourist who visits Nevada for its wild mustangs, I am calling to ask that Senator [NAME] support SB90 to recognize the wild mustang as Nevada’s state horse. Thank you.

  • State Senator Julie Pazina: (775) 684-1462
  • State Senator Melanie Scheible: (775) 684-1421
  • State Senator Edgar Flores: (775) 684-1431
  • State Senator Pete Goicoechea: (775) 684-1447
  • State Senator Ira Hansen: (775) 684-1480

Thank you so much for your help. Over the next couple of weeks we will have further actions for you to take. We hope we can count on you!

– AWHC Team

TAKE ACTION: Protect North Dakota’s only wild horse herd >>


The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

We have a timely opportunity for you to speak up for the Teddy Roosevelt wild horses of North Dakota! 

We just received word that this Friday, March 10, the North Dakota House Agriculture Committee will meet to hear SCR 4014, a state resolution that urges the Secretary of the Interior and the Director of the National Park Service (NPS) to preserve this cherished wild horse herd.

As you likely already know, the NPS is currently considering a management plan that would result in the severe reduction or total eradication of these mustangs and the Longhorn cattle that call the Park home. The Governor has already spoken out against this plan and the legislature is now following suit!

You can provide written and/or in-person testimony that will be considered for the record. (Please note that SCR 4014 does mention livestock grazing, this refers to both the mustangs and the Longhorns — NPS designates them both as livestock). Here’s how you can help:

  1. Open a Word document and draft your comments/testimony (see our talking points linked below).
  2. Click here to access the submission form.
  3. Scroll down to Agenda Items and find 9:00 AM | SCR 4014.
  4. Click, +Add Testimony.
  5. For Testimony Provided, select “In support of.”
  6. Select your preferred option for how you will submit your testimony.
  7. Finally, select Browse files to upload your Word document or PDF with your comments.

Here are some talking points to get your started, but personalizing your letter is going to be most important. Try answering the question honestly: Why do you want the Teddy Roosevelt wild horses to stay protected in the Park?

Thank you for taking action for North Dakota’s only wild horse herd, Meredith. We’ll keep you posted on the results.

– AWHC Team

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Why I hike 5-10 miles a day for wild horses


The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Allow me to introduce myself — I’m Tandin, AWHC’s Utah Conservation Operations Manager. For the last nine months, I have spent most of my time living on public lands in my travel-trailer, tracking and documenting a remote herd of wild horses that needed our help in Utah’s Cedar Mountain Herd Management Area (HMA). 

This is a very special population of wild horses that was subjected to a large helicopter roundup last year. They live in an area where water availability has been an issue and the horses are very wild, difficult to find amongst mountainous terrain, and unaccustomed to human presence.

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Prior to the roundup, I had come to know many of the bands that make up this beautiful herd, and it was heartbreaking to watch so many of them lose their freedom. However, it fueled my commitment to work toward a better way to protect the horses who remained on the range. And so, when the capture operation was over, I returned to the field.

AWHC is committed to the boots-on-the-ground work necessary to shift wild horse management from reactive solutions (like roundups) to proactive solutions that keep wild horses wild. Will you continue powering their work with a donation today? As the group that operates the world’s largest fertility control program for wild horses in Nevada, we know firsthand how important fieldwork is to successful conservation programs.

Each time I go out, I hike between 5-10 miles to locate horses to identify and enter into our database. So far, I have documented and identified approximately 500 individuals. (Post-roundup, about 390 wild horses remain in the HMA.)

  • I’ve documented 65 bands with an average of 5.98 in each. The largest band I’ve found has 13 members.
  • Bachelor stallions make up 16.3% of the population.
  • 30.3% of the horses are Pintos, 15.5% are Buckskins, and 14.2% are Bays — making this one of the most colorful herds in the West.

I have also identified every water source in the HMA and have been working with stakeholders in the area to come up with solutions to ensure water continues to flow.

This job is very personal to me. It’s been an opportunity of a lifetime to get to know and spend time with these amazing horses — watch the bands tend to their young, the bachelors spar, and the lead mares tell everyone what to do.

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All of AWHC efforts in the field — from assessing the condition of wild herds and their habitat, to documenting any violations during roundup and capture operations, to implementing humane fertility control programs — helps us further our work to end the traumatic roundup and warehousing of wild horses and burros in holding facilities. 

I’m proud to be part of AWHC’s work to shift wild horse and burro management in a humane and sustainable direction that keeps these animals in the wild with their families where they belong. Will you make a donation today to continue AWHC’s field work in our fight to keep wild horses and burros wild and free?

With your support, we can ensure these magnificent mustangs that I have come to know and love remain wild. 

Thank you.

Tandin Chapman
Utah Conservation Operations Manager
American Wild Horse Campaign