What's New: Wild Horse and Burro 2022

It’s National I ❤️ Horses Day!! Here are 3 Ways to Celebrate →


The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

 It’s National I ❤️ Horses Day!!

Today, we’re celebrating the beautiful wild horses and burros of the American West and the volunteers who help keep them safe and healthy.

Join us in our celebration by taking the following 3 steps to show your support and appreciation for America’s wild horses!

1.   Update your cover photo! → Show your social network just how much you love our cherished wild horses by downloading our official I Love Horses Day cover photo and adding that to your profile!

2.   Spread awareness about the plight of wild horses right now! → Post one of our sample messages OR your own story about your appreciation for wild horses.

Twitter Post: It’s #NationalILoveHorsesDay! Celebrate by taking action with me to protect wild horses  The BLM is conducting inhumane helicopter roundups of these animals all across the West >> Contribute now to @FreeWildHorses to help them protect our wild horses!


Facebook Post: It’s #NationalILoveHorsesDay! To celebrate, I’m spreading awareness about the plight of America’s wild horses. The Bureau of Land Management has been conducting inhumane helicopter roundups of wild horses — and it has to stop! All across the West, our mustangs are being brutalized so private ranchers can graze their livestock for below market rates. Contribute to the American Wild Horse Campaign and help them to put a stop to the helicopter roundups!


  1. Donate to our work to protect vulnerable wild horses and burros, including: observing BLM roundups, fighting for the safety of wild horses in court, advocating for humane in the wild management, and providing aid to rescue organizations!

Thanks for celebrating with us, Meredith! And more importantly, thanks for acting to protect America’s wild horses.

— AWHC Team

ACTION ALERT: Stop this California Roundup!!


The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is planning a helicopter roundup operation to capture up to 1,000 wild horses in the Devil’s Garden Wild Horse Territory in northeastern California. (Act now to stop this roundup. >>)

The USFS has an ugly history within the Devil’s Garden Wild Horse Territory. Between 2018 and 2021, they removed 2,443 wild horses from this habitat — all so giant ranching interests could graze their livestock on public lands at the expense of taxpayers like you, Meredith. These helicopter roundups have had devastating consequences: in the 2021 operation, 5 innocent wild horses lost their lives.

Troubling news of continued injury and death followed, with 2 colts from this same roundup found dead in the USFS’ care after a mountain lion attack and 4 additional colts euthanized due to complications from gelding. One mare was found dead for no known reason, and a stallion broke his neck.

This upcoming roundup must be stopped. The USFS must invest in more humane methods and stop the cruel roundup and stockpiling of wild horses. Further, the agency currently has no formal vetting process for adopters nor for conducting compliance inspections following an adoption. With the USFS practically giving the Devil’s Garden horses away for just $25, we must ensure these measures are in place before any more horses are removed from the range.

You can act now by sending a message to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Chief of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service demanding an immediate halt to this newest attack on these iconic animals and for measures to be put in place to ensure their safety. >>


— AWHC Team

P.S. This Wednesday, July 13, at 4 p.m. PST, the Forest Service will be hosting a virtual public meeting about this operation. We hope you can attend. Details can be found here.

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So! Who’s Your Daddy?



By Margie Sloan

Three colts walk into a barn.

The fillies perk up. After the whinnying and a few snorts, the boss mare asks,

“So! Who’s your Daddy?”

Colt one loudly boasts.

“He’s a Thoroughbred worth big bucks and runs around a track!”

Colt two very loudly boasts.

“Mine’s a Warmblood dressage dancer and can do the equine jitterbug and ballet!”

Colt three doesn’t see a need to boast. He simply states,

“Mine is a wild man, a hero and he’s free.” 

The boss mare is intrigued. She wants to hear about all the Daddies but first she wants to hear about the wild man.

His name is Merlin. He’s a stallion of the Colorado Sand Wash Basin Herd. And he is indeed a hero in every sense of the word. No one knows just how many he has sired. However, his role as the Godfather to a forgotten foal is a compelling story of compassion and courage.

Last September, The Bureau of Land Management conducted a roundup of the Colorado Sand Wash Basin wild horses in their effort to thin the herd roaming on Northwest Colorado Public Lands. The roundup was done with helicopters and wranglers stampeding the horses to holding pens.

Observers from wild horse rescue groups and nature photographers noticed a tiny foal that looked to be no more than a few days old, terrified and isolated. Her mother, a mare identified as Serendipity, herself sired by the legendary Picasso was last seen running to escape the low flying helicopter.

Scott Wilson, the winner of the 2022 Sony Open Competition Natural World & Wildlife Photographer of the Year experienced a once in a life time example of the bonds of wild horses protecting their herd at all costs.

What Wilson saw and memorialized on film is the stuff of campfire stories and cowboy movies. It’s doubtful that any screen writer could come up with anything better than the true story of a mustang stallion confronting an uncaring wrangler and protecting a defenseless newborn foal at his own risk of certain capture. Wilson experienced a brief moment of hope and heroism in the midst of a brutal round up.

“Even a tragedy needs a hero. Just after sunrise, on a ridge to the left of an area designated as a viewing area…viewing area i s a term I use loosely since i t was nearly a mile from the holding pen and the helicopters approach was obscured…appeared a tiny newborn foal with what observers assumed was a mare, until it became apparent this was a mustang stallion known locally as Merlin. 

The newborn, as yet unnamed, had been without its mother or her milk since she was rounded up the previous day. The stallion, in a huge sacrifice was seeking to bring the young foal to help. Instantly, we knew were witnessing an extraordinary example of compassionate wild animal behavior at its finest. 

At this point, you want the foal to enter the trap without any drama or be humanely captured so it has the best chance of being reunited with its mare or milk at least. But you also want the stallion to escape. Between the soaring helicopter and an approaching cowboy, Merlin clearly sensed danger and bolted with the foal in tow until Merlin turned and placed himself between the foal and the cowboy. 

Observers were ordered back to their cars at this point, so we have no idea what happened next or how, except the foal eventually made it to the pen and on to a foster facility in Craig, Colorado. 

Stallion Merlin paid the price with his freedom and was held in a holding pen with 120 wild horses rounded up in just one morning. But not for long. 

In an extraordinary act of defiance the following morning, Merlin vaulted the seven foot high fence around the BLM holding pen, with no room for a run up, and galloped his way to freedom. The dramatic escape instantly elevated Merlin to Sand Wash Basin legend status. Artists have been inspired to write poetry and paint versions of the tale. 

Perhaps even more magical is that Merlin was just one of four wild stallions during the 10 day round up who sacrificed their right to roam in order to return a foal to its mother. 

Unbelievable family values! 

The foal, a beautiful black filly was given a chance at a good life. She is growing up and thriving in Kiowa, Colorado at a horse sanctuary. Her name i s Stella Luna and she i s one of the lucky ones.”

The boss mare liked the story. The other two colts were dumbfounded as they had never known about wild horses.

The barn manager came in to do his chores and turned the radio on.

The horses swayed back and forth in their stalls and the barn manager sang along with Janis.

“Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose. Nothin, don’t mean nothin’ honey, if it ain’t free.” 

Photos by Scott Wilson

Copyright © Margie Sloan, May, 2022. All rights reserved.

Email: argiema@yahoo.com 

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Read the article on The Plaid Horse July 2022- The Horse Care Issue.

Read the SAFE Act article PDF.

The BLM says it’s following compliance standards. Here’s what we saw.


The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) carries out its brutal helicopter roundups out of the public eye in remote corners of the West. Because of this, we here at the American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC) send observers to every roundup possible so we can bring to light the atrocities committed by the BLM and so we can hold the agency accountable for its actions.

That’s how our team was able to provide you with the video footage you saw yesterday of the BLM brutally mistreating a young foal. In May, we also sent a team to observe the Black Mountain wild burro roundup in Arizona – and, this is yet another example of the unacceptable mistreatment of our wild horses and burros at the hands of the BLM.

Our observers relayed that the BLM contractors used electric cattle prods on the burros and they could be seen in constant distress due to being stampeded long distances by the low-flying helicopters.

Even worse, the BLM’s own Comprehensive Animal Welfare Program (CAWP) assessment of the roundup detailed one of the BLM contractors as hitting, kicking, striking, and beating burros in an abusive manner. Shockingly, the BLM gave itself a 120/125 score (a 96% !!) for maintaining its CAWP standards!

If we don’t send our observers to document these horrific acts of violence against our wild horses and burros, we would not be able to hold the BLM accountable. When our observers witness this abuse, our Government Relations team alerts Congress, our legal team reviews the footage, and we report it directly to you.

It’s critical that we raise the funds necessary to continue sending observers to these roundups so we can ensure no BLM mistreatment goes unrecorded. Can you rush a donation to help us continue to hold the BLM accountable?


The abuse we have documented at BLM roundup operations is unacceptable. The violations documented at the Black Mountain roundup should under no circumstance result in a 96% CAWP score, especially since physical abuse is noted.

We need to make sure the BLM cannot continue its cruel roundup and removal practices and the only way to ensure it changes course is to document every roundup possible. Can you rush a donation right now to support our efforts to document the BLM’s abusive treatment of wild horses and burros during roundups?


Thank you,


Innocent baby foals do not deserve to be treated this way


The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Over the holiday weekend, one of our roundup observers witnessed firsthand the devastating and inhumane treatment by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and its contractors of an innocent baby wild horse.

During the ongoing Buffalo Hills Herd Management Area (HMA) roundup, our observer caught on video BLM contractors violently slamming the young foal to the ground. We have the footage if you’d like to see for yourself & then take action.


Reportedly, these contractors then hogtied the baby and threw the young foal to the ground once more before putting him into the back of an Off Highway Vehicle. These actions are deeply disturbing and unfortunately we know that this small foal is not — nor will he be — the only one to suffer this roundup season. During the hot summer months, vulnerable young foals are chased by low-flying helicopters and often sustain broken bones, injuries, and in some cases, die.

Meredith, our beloved foals don’t deserve this treatment. No animal does. We’re calling for an immediate halt to helicopter roundups and an investigation into the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program. If you want to see these atrocities stop, please join us.


This will not be the only foal mistreated at the hands of the BLM contractors this roundup season. During last year’s roundups, many foals were seriously injured or died due to inhumane practices and helicopter chases.

We will not stand by while the BLM actively puts foals in harm’s way. Foaling season should NOT be helicopter season. Take action now for these innocent young animals by calling for an immediate halt to roundups and an investigation into the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program.


Thank you for your help.

Suzanne Roy
Executive Director
American Wild Horse Campaign

Happy Independence Day from AWHC!!


The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

URGENT: Thousands of wild horses are now in critical danger


The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

It’s official — roundup season is here.

Yesterday marked the first official day federal helicopters descended onto wild horses to roundup and remove them from their homes. By the end of this summer thousands of wild horses across the West will have lost their freedom, families and for some, even their lives as the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) restarts its brutal helicopter roundups. The first roundup of the season has already begun in the Buffalo Hills Herd Management Area (HMA) in Nevada where over 350 wild horses are caught in the BLM’s crosshairs. 

These horses need you. We send out field observers to document each and every roundup possible – and as you can imagine, sending our field representatives to remote areas of the West for each roundup takes a lot of resources. But with the record of injuries and animal welfare violations the BLM has accumulated, we know that we have to be on the ground. It is essential to bear witness to the atrocities committed by the BLM so we can stand up for these innocent animals. If we didn’t, no one would.

So, as roundup season begins, we’ve set a critical $50,000 goal this month to fuel our efforts to deploy observers to the field and hold the BLM accountable for its cruel and inhumane management tactics. Can you make a donation today to help us get started reaching our goal?


The Buffalo Hills roundup is only the beginning, Meredith → The BLM will be targeting at least seven other HMA’s through September 10, including the Triple B Complex and Twin Peaks HMA where a combined 4,000 horses will be removed in July alone.

AWHC will be on the ground for every roundup possible. We have spent the first part of the year bringing on new field representatives who are trained on the BLM’s Comprehensive Animal Welfare Program (CAWP) and are ready to document any and all violations committed against our beloved wild horses during these roundup operations.

When our field representatives report back any abuse or mistreatment they witness, we take action. Our Government Relations team alerts our Congressional champions, our legal team reviews the documentation, and we report the mistreatment directly to you. Without AWHC’s on the ground work, the public would not know what happens to our wild horses and burros at the hands of the federal government

But we’ll be frank, funding our observation teams isn’t cheap. It costs between $2,500-$3,500 to document each roundup for 7-10 days. Further, several of these roundups will be happening simultaneously, which means we need to deploy more field representatives so that we can continue to hold the BLM accountable for its mistreatment of wild horses and burros. 

That’s why it’s critical we raise the funds to support our field teams as they work to document the BLM’s inhumane tactics. Can you make a contribution to help us reach our goal so we can ensure the BLM’s cruel treatment of wild horses is documented?


Thank you,

Suzanne Roy
Executive Director
American Wild Horse Campaign

Roundup season is almost here, and the BLM is coming for me and my herd…


The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

I need your help.

Roundup season begins tomorrow and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is planning on coming for me and my herd soon. The American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC) says that the BLM is planning to roundup nearly 2,000 of my friends and family from our home in the 2.1 million acre Triple B Complex in Eastern Nevada. 

I’ll be honest, I’m scared. Helicopter roundups aren’t just cruel, they can be deadly. I’ve heard that wild horses can get stuck in traps, break their legs, or worse — get killed after the BLM chased them with helicopters. Meredith, I really don’t want to join that list. That’s why we need organizations like AWHC who fight to protect horses like me.

AWHC is working hard to stop the BLM from continuing its use of brutal helicopter roundups. Their fertility vaccine program is a MUCH better alternative. After all, it’s safe, effective, and most importantly, keeps us at home in the wild. Can you make a donation to AWHC to help them keep fighting for us?


Powerful ranchers in Nevada hold permits to graze their animals on our lands — they want most of us gone.

AWHC says the goal of this cruel roundup is to reduce our population so that these privately-owned cattle and sheep can continue to graze within our Complex each year. The ranchers want us eliminated because then they get to graze their animals for really cheap — discounted by your tax dollars too! These powerful interests have lobbied in Washington for decades, so they hold a lot of influence, influence that hurts horses like the ones in my herd and thousands more across the West.

That all doesn’t seem very fair, and to be honest, Meredith, I’d really like to keep my whole family together on the lands we’ve called home for centuries. That’s why I’m so glad you support an organization like AWHC.

They are standing up for me and my family both in Washington and out in the field. We need them – and they need you. Without your support, they would not be able to do the necessary work to fight for wild horses like me. Can you make a contribution to support their efforts today?


Thank you for standing by my side.

A stallion from Triple B

BREAKING: House Committee Takes Important Step for Wild Horses and Burros!!


The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

We’ve got BIG news.

Thanks to your support, the House Appropriations Committee just adopted language championed by AWHC calling for on-range management strategies of America’s cherished wild horses and burros. The Committee allocated $11 million in funding for humane, reversible fertility control vaccines as part of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 budget.

Additionally, the Committee called for several other key provisions that would help keep wild horses and burros on public lands where they belong and better safeguard the welfare of animals that are sold or adopted by federal agencies. These include:

  • Evaluating options for relocating wild horses and burros to different Herd Management Areas (HMAs) as an alternative to sending them to government holding facilities.
  • Reviewing the BLM’s Adoption Incentive Program (AIP) for any weaknesses that jeopardize the welfare of wild horses and burros placed into private care.
  • Partnering with veterans and wild horse organizations to assist in the implementation of a robust fertility control program.
  • Requiring the BLM to provide quarterly reports to Congress regarding how funds are spent and performance metrics.

The Committee also addressed concerns about wild horses and burros under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) by emphasizing the importance of implementing adequate screening procedures for adopters and purchasers of these animals. The USFS currently lacks safeguards to protect wild horses and burros it rounds up and removes from their habitats on USFS lands. This, paired with sale prices as low as $25 a horse, raises serious concerns that USFS wild horses could end up in the slaughter pipeline or face other inhumane outcomes.

We are incredibly grateful for the concrete steps Congress has taken toward reforming the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program over the past two years. This is a result of your unrelenting advocacy, and it marks important progress in the fight to protect these iconic animals. 

At the same time, the bill proposes increased overall funding for the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program — although $6 million less than what the Committee proposed last year. We must continue to press the BLM to use any additional funding to improve its program by reducing inhumane removals and addressing shortcomings in its holding system, where 60,000 wild horses and burros are confined and where disease outbreaks have claimed the lives of 159 wild horses so far this year.

This isn’t the last step in the congressional appropriations process, so stay tuned for more updates! 

— The AWHC Team

From California to Colorado, wild horses need your voice now!


The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

There’s been a lot going on with our precious wild horses and burros, so we wanted to share some updates with you, including a Congressman’s bold efforts to save wild horses in California, and more!

Last Chance: Ask Your Representative to Set BLM on Path to Humane Wild Horse Management

On Wednesday, the House Appropriations Committee will hold a markup of its Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Interior spending bill, which includes funding for the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Wild Horse and Burro Program. The Government Relations team here at AWHC has been working hard on Capitol Hill to divert funding away from the BLM’s helicopter roundups and toward humane fertility control vaccines that keep wild horses on public lands, but we need your help!

Please take action TODAY by asking your member of Congress once more to ensure the BLM’s FY23 budget reflects humane management strategies on behalf of our beloved wild horses and burros!


ACT NOW: Urge Your Members of Congress to Protect California’s Devil’s Garden Wild Horses! 

Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA) is currently circulating a sign on letter to U.S.Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S Forest Service Chief Randy Moore regarding inhumane wild horse management practices in the Devil’s Garden Plateau Wild Horse Territory in California. While Congress has passed legislation prohibiting the Forest Service from destroying healthy wild horses and burros and selling these animals for slaughter for processing into commercial products, serious concerns remain about whether sufficient measures are being taken to protect the Devil’s Garden wild horses from slaughter, including measures to screen buyers and conduct follow-up compliance inspections after sales.

These horses need your voice. Please take one moment today to send a message to your Representative asking that they support Congressman Lieu’s request for the Forest Service to implement policies to ensure the welfare of federally-protected wild horses at Devil’s Garden.


20 Roundups in 40 Years? BLM Mismanagement of the Piceance Wild Horses

By now, you have heard that the BLM is planning on removing most of the wild horses from the Piceance Herd Management Area (HMA) in Colorado beginning July 15, despite calls from state and federal officials to delay the operation pending a review. A little digging into the history of the management—or mismanagement—of this herd tells the story of exactly how we got to where we are today with the pending removal of nearly 850 wild horses. Click below to learn more!


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

— AWHC Team

Start your week off with some feel-good foal news:


The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Meet Colorado’s newest foal, named in honor of the state’s First Gentleman Marlon Reis. Introducing: Reis!

Photo by © WilsonAxpe Photography

Traditionally, in the Sand Wash Basin Herd Management Area, the first person to spot a new foal also gets to choose a name for them! And that’s exactly what photographer and AWHC team member Scott Wilson did, in homage to the Governor of Colorado and the First Gentleman’s advocacy on behalf of these gentle animals. 

Here at AWHC, we fully support this new moniker for this sweet foal, and are proud to recognize the wild horse-friendly leadership of Governor Jared Polis and First Gentleman Reis!

We couldn’t think of any better story from the range than an adorable foal receiving a worthy name. And, Scott managed to get some amazing photos, too!

Photo by © WilsonAxpe Photography

We’re constantly working to protect foals, wild horses, and burros in Colorado and beyond. And we couldn’t be more grateful to have wild-horse friendly leadership from Governor Polis and First Gentleman Reis! 

Will you sign our thank you card to Gov. Polis and First Gentleman Reis for their continued advocacy on behalf of Colorado’s wild horses?



— AWHC Team

BLM Corral No Surprise At All To Wild Horse

I-Team: ‘It’ll spread like wildfire.’


Mustang deaths at BLM corral no surprise at all to wild horse

ACTION ALERT: Our wild herds need your voice!


The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

House Appropriations language for Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 is being considered on Tuesday — and we urgently need your help to ensure next year’s spending bill includes efforts to protect wild horses and burros! 

Can you contact your U.S. Representative right now and ask them to ensure the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) FY23 budget includes humane management strategies on behalf of our beloved wild horses and burros?


We are incredibly proud of the historic steps Congress took towards reforming the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program when it passed its FY2022 omnibus spending bill earlier this year. This bill required the BLM to spend up to $11 million to implement a robust fertility control vaccine program as a humane alternative to cruel helicopter roundups.

America’s wild herds are still in danger. 

The BLM is accelerating its brutal roundups of these precious animals. Just yesterday, the BLM began a bait trap removal of the Piceance Basin wild horses outside of Meeker, Colorado, a roundup that wasn’t supposed to even start until the end of August.

Once captured, these horses are sent to overcrowded holding facilities where they are vulnerable to disease, injury, and death. In Piceance, the wild horses were originally supposed to be transported to the BLM’s Cañon City corrals — the same facility where 145 wild horses died from Equine Influenza Virus earlier this year and where an ongoing deadly ‘strangles’ outbreak is still occurring. Instead, the horses will now be transported across state lines to the Axtell holding pens in Utah, which have historically been plagued with strangles.

Our Government Relations team here at AWHC is working hard on Capitol Hill to divert funding away from the BLM’s helicopter roundups in favor of humane birth control vaccines that keep wild horses on the public lands they and their families call home. But we can’t do it alone. We need as many voices as possible to echo our message and urge Congress to enact a pro-horse and burro agenda for 2023!

That’s why we need your help. Will you call on your U.S. Representative to support $11 million in humane birth control vaccine treatments in the FY23 spending bill?


Thank you for standing up for America’s wild herds,


The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:


The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

I wanted to contact you today because you are a supporter of AWHC who takes a lot of action on behalf of wild horses and burros!

AWHC is starting a volunteer legislative advocacy team and we are looking for reliable people who may be interested in helping with us in a leadership role.

The purpose of the Volunteer Ambassador Program is to have AWHC volunteers in each Congressional District to give a voice for our iconic wild horses and burros and bring awareness to their plight.

If you are interested, please complete this application and return to volunteer@americanwildhorsecampaign.org. We are actively recruiting volunteers who have drive and interest in helping with our policy and legislative initiatives.

Thank you for your continued support of wild horses and burros!

Michele Patterson
Grassroots and Advocacy Manager, AWHC



The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

You’ve heard a lot from us recently about our Rescue Fund and the work we’re doing with our on-the-ground partners to provide lifesaving care to foals abandoned on the range, mustangs dumped in kill pens, and other innocent wild horses and burros who found themselves in need of help across the West.

You also heard that we set an ambitious goal of $15,000 to replenish the resources of our Fund to assist rescue operations and field veterinary, feed, and formula costs. Well,  I’m happy to report that we raised above and beyond our goal! 

From all of us at AWHC, thank you so much for your generosity and dedication to protecting America’s wild herds. 

Every single dollar of our Rescue Fund goes right back into caring for foals, supporting our partners and rescuing these animals from the most vulnerable of circumstances. These donations will make a difference in the lives of so many wild horses! 

We’ll be sure to keep you updated on our ongoing rescue efforts. Thank you again for all your support!  

With gratitude,

— Suzanne + the AWHC Team

Our Fund goes further than just foal rescues!!


The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Over the past few days, you’ve heard all about how our Rescue Fund has helped rescue and support some of the most vulnerable baby foals from Nevada’s Virginia Range.

While foal rescues are a critical part of our work, they aren’t the only thing our Rescue Fund’s resources go towards! Another incredibly important aspect of our Rescue Fund is offering financial support to on-the-ground rescue organizations to help get wild horses and burros of all ages out of kill pens AND support their continued care after they’ve been rescued.

We set a goal to raise $15,000 by tonight at midnight to replenish the resources of our Rescue Fund to help even more horses and burros in need. We’re so close to reaching our goal, Meredith — will you donate whatever you can right now to help us get there before midnight?


Just this month, we sponsored the feed, veterinary care, and farrier bills for three beautiful mustang mares and their babies who found safe haven at Oklahoma-based rescue organization RJF Equine after being rescued from various kill pens across the West. Meet the mares and their babies:

Uno and her baby!

Uno is a beautiful pinto mare from the US Forest Service-managed Devil’s Garden Wild Horse Territory in California. She was born wild and free in 2018 but was soon rounded up by the agency and sent to a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) holding facility. From there, she was adopted through the disastrous Adoption Incentive Program (AIP) and arrived at a kill pen soon after her adopter received the full incentive payment. When RJF Equine saved her from slaughter, she was pregnant and soon gave birth to a beautiful appaloosa baby!

Duo’s baby Gemini

Duo is a stunning bay mare also from the Devil’s Garden Wild Horse Territory. Like Uno, she was pregnant when RJF Equine rescued her from a kill pen, and was able to give birth to a beautiful baby named Gemini.

Trinity and her three-day-old filly

Trinity and her adorable foal are RJF Equine’s most recent kill pen rescues! Thanks to the rescue’s swift action, this sweet filly gets to grow up strong and healthy by her mother’s side and the pair are safe from the horrific fate of slaughter.

We’re honored to work alongside and support our rescue partners, like RJF Equine, that do so much to save our beloved mustangs and burros from danger. And we couldn’t be more grateful for our other partner in these rescues — you

Without the help of supporters like you, this work wouldn’t be possible. Your support for our Rescue Fund gives us the means to sponsor continued care for these deserving horses and many more like them. So today, as we aim to hit our $15,000 Rescue Fund goal, will you make another donation to help us support more lifesaving rescues?


Thank you for your support,


Just $1,216 to go for our Rescue Fund! Can you help us??


The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

With just a few hours to go until midnight, I wanted to make sure I updated you on our progress:

Right now, we’re just $1,216 away from hitting our $15,000 Rescue Fund goal! That is truly astonishing progress, but as you know, to make the maximum impact for these vulnerable animals, we need to raise the full amount.

What does hitting this $15,000 goal mean? It gives us the resources to be ready the next time a wild horse or burro is up for purchase at a slaughter auction or a foal is found in critical condition on the range.

Your support drives just how many rescues we are able to power. So, with just a few hours until midnight, I’m asking if you’ll chip in so we can better support the on-the-ground organizations doing the hard work of rescuing these innocent animals and creating a safe, happy, and secure environment for them. Will you contribute to help us reach our $15,000 goal?


Thank you so much for stepping up to help us protect these animals and provide support to organizations whenever we are called upon!

— Suzanne

Meet Ranger: a heartwarming testament to the importance of our work


The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Our Rescue Fund powers a variety of critically important work from providing lifesaving medical care to foals on the range to even outbidding kill buyers at slaughter auctions to protect victims of the BLM’s failed Adoption Incentive Program. But no matter how many rescues we fund, just know that this work is only possible because of supporters like you, Meredith. 

We’ve supported a lot of rescues as of late, so we’ve set a goal to raise $15,000 by Tuesday at midnight to add some much-needed resources to our Rescue Fund. With more support, we can help even more of these beloved animals in need of care. If you’d like to continue to power this lifesaving work, will you donate now to help us reach our goal?

Today, we’d like to introduce you to one of the recent rescues, a sweet long-legged boy named Ranger who was born on Nevada’s Virginia Range:

Ranger’s story begins when at just two days old, he got mixed into the wrong band and was separated from his mother. Once this was reported to a local organization, Wild Horse Connection (WHC), they called the Least Resistance Training Concepts (LRTC) rescue team to the area. The skilled rescue crew was thankfully able to secure him. The team tried to reunite him with his family, as they were still very near, but his mother would not come to him, and the stallion kept chasing him away. 

After attempts to reunite them failed, LRTC rescue members gave Ranger a critical supplement to ensure he received colostrum, and they transported him to LBL Equine Rescue. Unfortunately, after several hours he began to show signs of intestinal distress. He was rushed to the emergency vet, where he tested positive for an infection and had to be hospitalized for a week while he received lifesaving antibiotics. But little Ranger recovered, and was released back to LBL Equine Rescue!!


Here at AWHC, we partner with local rescue organizations like WHC, LBL Equine Rescue, and LRTC to fuel their work as they care for orphaned or abandoned foals on the Virginia Range. Your support enables us to help these organizations with funding to make sure no foal is left behind. 

The work AWHC and our partners do to help foals like Ranger wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for our Foal Rescue Fund. Due to the high amount of rescues we’ve assisted with recently, we need to replenish our fund. Reaching our $15,000 goal helps us bolster our Rescue Fund to help more foals like Ranger. If you can, will you make a contribution to help us reach our $15,000 goal, Meredith?

Thank you,

American Wild Horse Campaign

830 ➡️ just 80 horses. Speak up NOW for the Bible Springs wild horses before it’s too late!


The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

A LOT has happened already this month! Today, we wanted to share with you some of the past weeks’ news including an interview by our Executive Director, Suzanne, a recap of our recent webinar, and actions you can take to help protect Utah’s wild horses from proposed roundups. Read on and see how you can help to protect these cherished animals. >>

TAKE ACTION: Stand Up for Utah’s Wild Horses!

The freedom of the wild horses of the Bible Springs Complex in Iron County, Utah is on the chopping block once again. Four wild horse herds live within the 215,000-acre public land Complex and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking to reduce the population from approximately 830 to just 80 horses. 

To add insult to injury — 17 of the 19 grazing allotments that overlap with this wild horse habitat are failing the BLM’s land health standards and, according to the agency: they’re failing because of livestock grazing. Yet the BLM continues to unfairly scapegoat wild horses for the impacts of private livestock. The BLM must instead redirect its focus on reducing livestock’s impact in this Complex. Please speak up for these wild mustangs and show the BLM you stand in opposition of this roundup by submitting your comments today!


ICYMI: A Wild Night!

Late last month, we hosted A Wild Night: A Series of Short Films — a virtual event featuring a series of documentaries on our beloved wild horses and burros! The event also featured a fascinating panel discussion with some distinguished speakers.

Didn’t have the chance to attend? Don’t worry! We recorded the event for you to watch in case you missed it. Hear from our expert panel, watch the documentaries we shared that celebrate our cherished wild herds, and learn more about our work to keep these animals in the wild where they belong at the link below!


WATCH: AWHC Calls for Emergency Halt to Roundups

In the wake of 145 wild horse deaths at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Cañon City Off-Range Corral, we are calling for an emergency halt to all federal wild horse and burro roundups. Our call comes after the BLM recently released internal assessments documenting widespread animal welfare violations that place thousands of federally-protected wild horses and burros at risk of disease, injury, and death.

Our Executive Director, Suzanne Roy sits down with Fox5 Las Vegas to discuss. Watch her interview here:


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

American Wild Horse Campaign

Less than a month until 🚁 🚁 >> Help us protect wild horses and burros now!


The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

In less than a month, Bureau of Land Management helicopters will descend on America’s beloved wild horse herds as roundup season begins in full force. The first target? The cherished wild mustangs that call California’s Twin Peaks Herd Management Area (HMA) home.

Families will be broken apart, innocent animals will lose their freedom forever, and there will be casualties from the BLM’s brutal helicopter roundup operations. Enough is enough.

We refuse to let this tragedy occur outside of the public eye. That’s why we send observers to document as many of these roundups as possible — we must show the world what is happening to our wild horses in these remote regions of the West. We also document these roundups to hold the agencies and government contractors accountable for the animal welfare violations that are routine at every roundup.

This spring, we’ve trained a team of new roundup observers who are ready to deploy to every roundup possible. Training and sending observers out into the field for each roundup requires serious resources, but this work is critically important. So today, we have to ask: Will you please donate $25 or more to help us hold the BLM accountable?


We need all hands on deck — this fight is not just about keeping wild horses free, it’s also a fight for their very lives. Because right now, wild horses are dying in two major BLM holding facilities that are experiencing infectious disease outbreaks. Even worse – according to the agency’s own internal assessments — there are systemic animal welfare violations across multiple BLM corrals that hold thousands of captured mustangs and burros.

We must protect them. We’re using every resource at our disposal to ensure wild horses and burros stay where they are safest — in the wild and with their families. A key component of that work is documenting the real-life costs and consequences of the BLM’s costly and cruel management practices. Please, help us sustain our roundup observation program and fuel our field programs with an urgent donation today.


Thank you for your support,

Suzanne Roy
Executive Director
American Wild Horse Campaign

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