Posts tagged ‘equine’

August 8, 2011

New! 2011 Wild Horses Christmas Cards & Fine Art Prints

Bridger: A Wild Stallion in Wyoming, McCullough Peaks


   I have always loved and admired Wild Horses and preserving safe numbers in the wild for future generations to enjoy is one of my utmost priorities.     I enjoy watching these beautiful animals in the wild – there is something special about them!

Bridger is special to me.  Whenever I get the chance to see him, at the Wild Horse Range near Cody Wyoming, I am so happy to see that he hasn’t been rounded up yet!  He is still free!
He is a big handsome stallion, that seems to have a more laid-back personality.  I could just stay out in the quiet desert for hours watching him and his wild horse family.

There was something special when his eyes met mine out there in the Wyoming desert.   

Bridger is the first of my new 2011 Wild Horse Christmas Cards!  Collect them today and beat the Holiday rush!  Remember, its for a great cause too!

New!
2011 First Edition Wild Horses Christmas Cards benefitting Wild Horses
available at  www.westerngalleries.com


Standard shipping will be added & Texas Residents add Sales Tax

October 26, 2009

Wild Horse Population Numbers

The Numbers:

Around 1900 there were about 2 million horses running free.   

Millions were shot, poisoned, slaughtered, and considered as pests by western Ranchers.

In the 1950’s (when Wild Horse Annie first brought horses to the national spotlight), there were only about 25,000 left in the wild.

In 1971, The Wild Horse & Burro Act was passed, and there were about 54,000 horses in the wild.   It was a long, hard battle for Horse Advocates to get this passed, but the law set aside 54 million acres for wild horses. – the initial public land where these horses were already established.

Now in 2009, there are approx. 32,000 horses in the wild.  Some say fewer, and want an actual census of horses and land to be done by a third party.

The BLM plans to remove 12,000 horses between Sept 2009-Oct 2010. 

If they conduct these expensive roundups in the next 12 months, that will leave about 20,000 horses in the wild – about 1/2 of the horses than when the Law was initially passed in 1971!  

The BLM is greatly reducing Wild Horses to near-extinction, and very quickly too. 

Since the 1971 Law was passed, 25 million acres (about 50%) have been quietly taken away from the wild horses.   Because of these little known BLM actions, the BLM tries to claim that these current (smaller and fewer) Ranges are overpopulated, and the land is ‘degrading’.  They claim that round-ups are for the safety of the horses – to prevent starvation. 

That is simply a lie from the BLM to convince the average American that round-ups are needed. 

There are 3 million cattle, 100:1 ratio of cattle to wild horses on public land. 

The horses are being mis-managed and driven to extinction, one horse range at a time, all across the great American West.

Please contact your State Senators, Congressmen, and the Obama Administration, to support the ROAM ACT and the Wild Horses.  Give them back the land that should be theirs in the first place.

October 14, 2009

So sad … McCullough’s Round Up

Bridger - McCullough Peaks Wild Stallion

Bridger - McCullough Peaks Wild Stallion - one of my favorites!

Bridger, McCullough Peaks Stallion

Bridger, McCullough Peaks Stallion - he is beautiful! My fav!

Title 'The Chase' McCullough Peaks

Title 'The Chase' McCullough Peaks - The little Pinto is fiesty!

McCullough Peaks in black & white.  A fast summer storm approaching.

McCullough Peaks in black & white. A fast summer storm approaching.

McCullough Peaks, one of my favorite places to visit while in Wyoming!  My two young children, husband, and I have visited this Range several times since my first visit in 2004.   My children, then aged 6 years and 9, both had a wonderful time -eventhough we were in the ‘middle of nowhere’ – they never have been ‘bored’ like kids often get after several hours.  It is such a wonderful experience to take the next generation into the Wild Horse Ranges!  My kids have even said they like it better than Yellowstone at times! WOW!

I am thankful that we have had the chance to visit, but I am so nervous & worried for the horses.  Which ones will the BLM take away?  Bridger my favorite?

Sadly, I cannot be there during the round-up.  Before BLM released these round-ups, I had already booked these dates.

This round-up is unnecessary right now and its so sad that the BLM are removing 122 horses!

Whenever we visit, we are lucky if we see about 40-50 head.

Right now the BLM is the Wild Horses greatest enemy with these large round-ups.

October 13, 2009

Wild Horses as Wildlife

Raven, one of the few images I have of him before he passed on...

Raven, one of the few images I have of him before he passed on...

Do wild horses deserve their place in America?

  • Wild Horses were established and evolved in North America long before Man arrived.  They were here first and should have always been considered as ‘wildlife’.
  • About the time ancient Man arrived, the Wild Horses disappeared in North America.
  • When re-introduced to America by Man horses were long used as one of Man’s greatest tools, were dependent on horses to survive, and for human transportation until recent Railroads and Automobiles were invented.
  • When you think of the ‘Old West’ or ‘Wild West’, you think of horses.
  • Both Cattle Ranchers and the BLM control much of the Land in the Western US, and both consider wild horses as pests.  Cattle Ranchers work closely with the BLM, and want cheap grazing land.
  • Since the 1971 Wild Horse & Burro Act was establishd, over 50% of the original land set aside for horses by Congress has been removed from the horses by the BLM.  The numbers of horses have been greatly reduced by the BLM.
  • No other wild species in America has realized such a huge population decrease since 1900, but especially in the last 20 years.  Yet the BLM still falsely tells the American Public that Wild Horses are overpopulated.
  • At the rate the BLM is removing the horses by the thousands from Public Land, it won’t be long and the Wild Horses will again be extinct in North America because of Man and greed.

Meanwhile, Cattle originated in Asia.  It was the horse that moved cattle into the American West by cattle drives.  It was horses that were hitched to the front of a wagon, pulling settlers into the American West, while a milk cow was tethered to the back of the wagon.

You decide.  Do Wild Horses deserve to live in America?

Be sure to see Channel 8 Las Vegas News Report…
I-Team Special: The Stampede to Oblivion

September 24, 2009

Playful Paints

Playful Paints
Playful Paints

Title:  Playful Paints


-TPPA Texas State Merit Winner
-TPPA Best Animal Trophy Award
-Kodak Gallery Trophy Award
-Regional (Southwest States) SWPPA Merit Winner
-PPA International Merit Award
-PPA Loan Collection (Highest PPA award given)

And its one of my Best Selling 16×20 Fine Art Prints!
Purchase this award-winning horse Fallery Print at our main website, and we’ll donate partial proceeds to The Cloud Foundation – helping America’s Wild Horses!

www.kathyweigand.com     click on Fine Art Collections & Horses

Makes a great Christmas Gift!

September 24, 2009

Pryor Horse Auction Photos

The BLM’s photos of the horses up for auction & sale on Sept 26, 2009 near Lovell Wyoming

http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/mt/field_offices/billings/adoption.Par.71138.File.dat/adoptionlist.pdf

 

UPDATE  09/27/09
from TCF

All 57 either adopted or sold to good homes!

4 bands of Forest Service horses, 15 total including Floyd and Conquistador and his mare will be kept together at a ranch near their homeland.

Ember and Image get to stay together, have a great home, also adopted into great homes were Arrow, Rain, Helena Montana, Stiles, Cassidy, the lame foal with his mom, who is looking better, and Ginger got Sax.

Conquistador had the record bid – $2500

Huge thanks to all the Freedom Fund donars and all the supporters who made this possible – this is a big win…. TCF

On a sad note, Ginger and others visited the horses on Pryor Mountain, and they are reporting that many of the horses are still foot-sore and lame… even Cloud, the most famous living Wild Stallion.   It was difficult to watch them even walk over to the watering hole.

It is so sad what this roundup has done to these horses.  The BLM has over 31,000 horses it is holding and could be sold, yet they just had to torment this herd to gather 57 more horses at a huge taxpayer’s expense.

August 25, 2009

Getting to know the horses

** Copied from my Mustang Page that was written in 2006 ***

As a child, I was fortunate enough to have been raised on a farm with animals including horses, and I have always admired their strength and beauty.

When I was around ten years old, I was thumbing through a magazine, which included a short story and photos of some wild Mustangs, and I wished that I could see them in the wild.

My first true photographic encounter with Wyoming’s Wild Mustangs was in July 2004 during a visit to Cody Wyoming. We found the McCullough Peaks Range, around 40 (aka the Wild Bunch) all in seemingly good health, during our first visit.  It was a collection of families with various mixed colors (paints, palomino, sorrel, bay, buckskin, dun, roan…) and markings. They kept a very watchful eye on us at all times, never completely letting their guard down.

We immediately felt their amazing wild spirit.  What a fun day!  We watched the different family members interact… young foals would periodically nurse, sometimes a pair of friendly horses would ‘groom’ each other, and occasionally a few yearlings would playfully kick up their heels. We watched these horses for several hours in the quite desert, while also keeping an eye on the western sky.   Storm clouds rolled in all around and rain was falling on the distant hills, so we packed up our gear and headed back to Cody.  It was a short yet wonderful encounter!

In July of 2006 we returned to the McCullough Peaks Range. Ahhh, another beautiful Wyoming sunset! We paused on a ridge to watch the sunset over the high desert canyons and rolling hills. Other wildlife moved around us including antelope, rabbits, and a burrowing owl! In the distance we could hear a coyote barking while we watched the sun slip behind the hills. Although we only managed to find a handful of horses on that day, we enjoyed the peaceful desert evening, and it was a nice ending to an adventurous day.

Our next day trip to the McCullough Peaks would produce more horses.  Like our 2004 visit, several bands of horses had gathered together creating a large group of forty or so. We were spellbound by their presence, and my camera stayed busy! Thank goodness for long lenses.

We watched them until the horses finally moved on.

We kept going back to McCullough, but for our much anticipated last ‘horse day trip’ we cruised to Lovell Wyoming and up Pryor Mountain, which is just over the Montana border.  While heading up Pryor Mountain early in the morning, (approx. 8700 ft. elevation, 4×4 ) the roads were rough at times with ruts and washboard, but the area was filled with pretty rock outcroppings, tree clusters, meadows, and grand overlooks. As we rounded a curve, the landscape suddenly opened up to some beautiful mountain meadows, and we were thrilled to see several bands of horses right there in the open meadows!

As we rolled to a stop not too far from Penn’s Cabin along the Sykes Ridge Road (a very difficult road, 4×4 only – best with atv or jeep), a gorgeous black stallion (Raven) stood just a few feet away grazing, seemingly unmindful of our human presence.  He was a beauty!  This older stallion did not have any mares, and he stood alone. His shiny black coat was loaded with scars from head to hoof. The stallion kept busy grazing on the summer mountain grass, always watching, yet thoughtfully ignoring us ‘tourists’. Now at 18 years old, Raven has lost his mares and family to the younger and stronger band stallions (we understand that he lost them in the summer of 2005), but he is still a magnificent animal.

* NOTE *
Raven has passed on. (Winter 2007-08?) I will miss him much!  At least he lived and died FREE!

The Pryor Mountain Mustangs are very unique wild horses. They have the genetic DNA link to the Spanish Conquistador’s horses, which are a special part of America’s History!

We couldn’t believe that many of the wild horses on this mountain were fairly approachable, as we ‘stepped’ into their world. (ALWAYS KEEP A SAFE DISTANCE!)

We wanted to absorb as much as possible from each horse, and we quietly observed all of the wild horses around us. Most of the animals were steadily grazing, but several young stallions, or bachelor stallions, were running about chasing each other, their sure-footed pounding hooves could be easily heard hitting the rocky ground.

Like hawks, the band stallions were busy keeping watch over their families, making sure that no other stallion moved in too close.

We ‘absorbed’ all the horse activities that we could!  The horse ‘action’ was all around us!  What a special place!

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The wild horses and their scenic mountain home were magical – in a world of their own.

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Again, we began watching the late summer afternoon sky, as dark storm clouds and fierce lightening quickly approached the mountain.

We knew that we had to go… and that was very difficult for us.

~Kathy Weigand