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Congress takes fight to BLM


The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

BREAKING: Wild Horse champions in Congress are speaking up and we urgently need you to join them!

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is pushing full steam ahead — for the fifth time — with a cruel, dangerous and invasive plan to surgically sterilize wild horses. They propose using a risky and outdated procedure the National Academy of Sciences called “inadvisable for field application” and veterinarians call “barbaric.”  But here’s the good news: 58 wild horse champions in Congress are fighting back and so can you.

This week, these 58 Congress members, led by Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Representative Dina Titus (D-NV), submitted a bipartisan letter to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt opposing this terrible plan.

Will you speak up as well? Add your name and co-sign the letter to Interior Secretary Bernhardt to let him know Congress AND the public are demanding humane treatment of America’s wild horses and burros.

The surgical sterilization procedure at issue is known as “ovariectomy via colpotomy.” It involves a veterinarian manually reaching into a mare’s abdominal cavity via the vaginal canal, then blindly locating the ovaries, severing them with a rod and chain device known as an ecraseur, and pulling them out. When infrequently performed In domestic mares, the procedure requires extensive pain relief and aftercare that simply cannot be provided to wild, untamed horses.

Because it is so risky, the National Academy of Sciences advised that the procedure is “inadvisable for field application” due to the possibility of bleeding and infection. But the BLM intends to gallop ahead with the inhumane surgery anyway.

With our coalition partners, we’ve filed multiple lawsuits and secured a federal injunction that previously stopped the BLM from surgically sterilizing wild mares in Oregon, and we’re ready to stop this cruelty again.

Join 58 members of Congress in opposing dangerous and inhumane surgical sterilization of wild mares… Co-sign their letter today!

This support from Congress comes on the heels of the historic House amendment to direct $11 million of the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program budget to implement humane PZP fertility control as an alternative to traumatic roundups and surgical sterilization. We are building momentum toward real change!

Thank YOU for helping to keep that momentum going!


Thank you,

American Wild Horse Campaign



A Bright Future for the Fish Springs Wild Horses


The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

American Wild Horse Campaign shared an update on Bring Samson, a Wild Stallion, Home


A Bright Future for the Fish Springs Wild Horses

Dear Friends,

Thanks to great teamwork, the future for the four Fish Springs wild horse families who were removed from their homes on the range by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) late last year is looking bright!

It took a village — and a coordinated bidding strategy in the BLM's online auction, which ended yesterday — to secure these cherished horses. The American Wild Horse Campaign was…

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Help Bring the 20 Mule Team to Washington!


America’s iconic 20 Mule Team consists of three giant wagons, pulled by a long line of 20 mules, driven by a single man using only voice commands and a jerk line.

This 20 Mule Team will represent the American pioneering spirit in the 2017 National Independence Day Parade in Washington, DC, and will mark the 100th anniversary of the Team being in the 1917 Presidential Inauguration Parade!

But we need your help in getting the team from Death Valley, California, to Centreville, Maryland, where they will be hosted at the Grove Creek Mule Farm.

Schedule of events

Friday, June 30: Sponsor Party at 6:30 PM

Sunday, July 2: Meet the Mules and Muleskinners Public Event from 12 noon to 4 PM at the QAC 4H Park

Tuesday, July 4: National Independence Day Parade, Washington, DC: 12 noon

Become a sponsor and be a part of history! Contact Donna Stutzman at 410-707-1406.

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LTR Presents: Because We Can


Who says dressage is just for horses? We know better! Watch some amazing mules and riders show what they can do, including Lucky Three Sundowner and Buckeye!

A Very LTR Christmas!


We feel pretty blessed here at Lucky Three Ranch and want to share our good wishes for safe and happy holidays with you and your family. Merry Christmas!

URGENT ACTION ALERT: Stop the Mass Killing of 45,000 Wild Horses & Burros


Update: The Bureau of Land Management responded to public outcry on Wednesday, saying that the department has no current plans to kill the horses and will continue caring for any horses that are not sold at auction. The department has not yet formally replied to the advisory board’s proposal, but will do so at its next meeting, Reuters reported.


Please take the time to make your voice heard and stop this tragic decision. The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign has information to contact your Senators and Representatives.

On September 9, the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board voted to recommend the killing of as many as 45,000 captured wild horses and burros in government holding pens as an “emergency” measure. The agency wants to clear the holding pens so that it can round up 40,000 more wild horses and burros from their homes on the range.

The danger is imminent, but can only become reality if Congress and the Administration authorize this mass killing.

Take a Stand Today! Tell Congress and the Administration NO killing or sterilization of America’s mustangs and burros.

Our innocent and iconic wild horses and burros should not pay the ultimate price for the BLM’s continued mismanagement. Please send your emails today!

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What’s New: Spuds & Augie in “Learner’s Permit”


Everyone loves learning to drive and miniature donkeys, Spuds & Augie are no different! Watch their progress as Meredith puts them through their paces.

What’s the Big Idea? Spuds and Augie’s New Harness



Remember last month when Spuds and Augie tried on the smallest harness we had—and it was still a bit too big for them? Well, lucky for these little guys, their new harnesses have now arrived! Check out the adorable photos below, as they get the first fitting of their new gear… Before we try on our nice new clean harness, we must get clean!
Do these harness bridles have a built-in binky?! Oh, so it’s called a bit?!
Hey, guys…check this out!... Looks a little like the tour cart to me!
Yeah Spuds, we need you both headed the same way!
Looks like everything is going to fit!
Yep! That’s the way we’re going to do it when we finally get hitched! Good boys!!!

These boys are doing GREAT! Totally resistance free!


What’s the Big Idea? Spuds and Augie Get Dressed!


Checking out the new threads!

Spuds and Augie had another fine adventure this morning! Here is what they said…

Augie: “Hi, Mer”
Good grooming is really important!
“Hi, Mer!” “ Oh, Hi Spuds!”
"You say that's a WHAT?!!!!”
"Oh, it tickles my nose…ah-chooo!"
"What do you think, Augie, is this your size?"
"Boy, I don’t know about this!"
“Maybe a little too big?”
“Mmm…the bit’s hangin’ a little low!”
“I can’t see, I can’t either…which way are we going?!!!!”
“I thought you said this was a Mini harness!!!”
“Guess we still need to go shopping!”

What’s the Big Idea? A CHRISTMAS Adventure with Spuds and Augie


Hey everybody—it’s Spuds here with an update! SO, yesterday Meredith gave us some really neat hats to keep our heads warm and they even have holes for our ears. After we got our hats on, we went outside in the snow and did some holiday errands.

One_Check Mail

1. Check mail for note from Santa — DONE!

Two Hide Statues

2. Play trick on Meredith by hiding in statues — DONE!

Three Lunch sm

3. Grab a little lunch — DONE!

Four Relax

4. Relax in the Ga-Zee-Bow — DONE!

Five Be Thankful

5. Be thankful for all our mule, donkey, horse & human friends — DONE!


What’s the Big Idea? SNOWY Adventures with Spuds and Augie


We had a big adventure when we went outside and everything was covered in white, really cold stuff—Meredith said it was snow. I was pretty worried and not sure how to walk in it—this SNOW stuff came all the way up to our bellies! It was pretty fun once we got used to it. And the best thing about snow is you never have to look for your crimped oats!


What’s the Big Idea?: Adventures with Spuds and Augie

Today we had a crazy adventure when we got to go the hay field with Meredith. It was a pretty nice day, but then we came across a raging river. Augie was a little scared to cross it but Meredith was patient. I went first and after Augie got himself together and made it across, we got to do something really neat! We got to get in the tour cart! Meredith said we had a lesson in trust, but all I know is Augie and I had fun! Holy Guacamole–what a day!


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