Wild Horse Education

Holiday Weekend; Books, Stories and a Movie

Over the holiday weekend you may be tired from the travel and preparations of your holiday. Crowded stores filled with shoppers looking for a deal may be something you avoid like the plague, or embrace with a first aide kit handy.

When you take some time to relax we have a few suggestions for the tired “equine warrior.” This year the fight for our wild ones and wild places has been intense. The fight against slaughter of our domestic, and formerly wild, is as hard as it has ever been. The fight is not over. Both of these issues have had conflicting votes in the House and Senate and have gone into conference. We all still have much work to do. You can send a FAX over the weekend, but remember to recharge your passion, we have a long way to go.

MovieA short film, “Wild Horses.”

In 2014 Film Director Stephanie Martin made the “top ten” directors to watch list after releasing her short film “Wild Horses.” The short won numerous awards. Stephanie has been awaiting a way to distribute to help raise awareness for wild horses in America. You can now rent the film at this link for .99 cents. https://vimeo.com/ondemand/wildhorsesdww/119181205

To read more about the background of the movie and how a film director, directing her first film, came to a roundup and became a declarant in litigation, not once but twice, click here: https://wildhorseeducation.org/2017/04/14/wild-horses-short-film/

“Wild Horse” books, (for Wild Horse Education readers) you can grab in hard copy, or on your Kindle, this weekend. (If you order on Amazon remember to go to “AmazonSmile.com” and enter us as your charity of choice to help us stay in this fight!)

51w1MxGJl9L._AC_US218_Wild Horse Country, written by Pulitzer Prize winner Dave Philipps, is a new book on the history, myth and fact surrounding America’s wild horses. A brief glimpse into our work is offered in this book as part of the authors travels through wild horse country. (It can be ordered at this link: https://smile.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=wild+horse+country)

“She has a detailed understanding of the law and a passionate desire to see wild horses treated humanely, and, because of this, she has dedicated her life to making sure the spirit of the Wild Horse Annie Law is carried out.” ~ Dave Philipps, Pulitzer prize winning author, writing about Laura Leigh, founder of Wild Horse Education. Our founder is about as deep in the politics of management of wild horses and burros in our country as one can get. She had hoped Dave would take on the bigger threats and wade, bravely, through the swamp. However she says the book is a good beginning and has many often overlooked facts. She reviews the book here:   https://wildhorseeducation.org/2017/10/10/wild-horse-country-not-really/

51fGumYAzALBorn Wild – The Soul of a Horse, Joe Camp. Joe and his wife Kathleen adopted a mare from the Triple B roundup in Nevada. They did not know she was with foal. This beautiful, unpretentious, book shares there journey to understand their new family member and create a lasting bond with the mare, and her newborn. (Born Wild can be ordered at this link and viewed free on Kindle with an Amazon account, click HERE).

“The book should be titled ‘The Man Who Listens to Horses’ – Some days this battle has me saying ‘what am I doing? Beating my head against this wall just hurts.’ But then you see something like this book, Born Wild, and you can say to yourself ‘This is why.’ To see that people like Joe Camp pay attention, and how deeply this has touched him; and to know that sweet mare that I saw so brutally taken from her home has found a place of understanding in this craziness, well all I can say is -Thank you Joe.” – – Laura Leigh, Founder – Wild Horse Education in an early review.

A Novelette, All The Pretty Horses Must Die, free on the Daily Beast.

Ketcham portrait for HuffPoAuthor Christopher Ketcham (Harper’s, Penthouse, Rolling Stone) spent two years putting together a piece on wild horses. The article takes a good, long, look at the history of wild horses, and how the often dark politics has created an often viciously contentious reality today. A reality that has a conversation of “putting a bullet into the heads of tens of thousands of wild horses” at the forefront; an exploitation of land, horses and people.

“In April 2017, Leigh got a call from the office of Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), who was curious about wild horse management in Nevada. “What are the issues facing horses there?” a staffer asked.

The first thing to understand about the situation in Nevada, Leigh replied, is the extent of the capture of the BLM by the livestock industry. “The BLM has been corrupted by cowboys,” she told the staffer. And the Nevada BLM was the most cowboy-corrupted of all.” 

You can read the entire, over 8,000 word, article here:  https://www.thedailybeast.com/trumps-cowboy-allies-say-all-the-pretty-horses-must-die

And if you still want more… you can meet some of WHE’s volunteers and supporters that have written #MyGivingStories for #GivingTuesday here:  https://wildhorseeducation.org/mygivingstory/

The Fight Nobody Knows About
– Cathy Ceci, volunteer board member of WHE
One of the most moving sights in the wild came to me in the dark of night on a camping trip many years ago. Thundering hoofs in the darkness revealed a band of truly wild horses. In the bright moonlight, they looked like passing ghosts except for the majestic stallion. He whirled abruptly, stomped and snorted, staring at us until his band was safely past our camp. His presence was majestic and wild, and very protective of his family. I could see a young foal, carefully shielded from us by the mares. He was so small, so vulnerable to everything.

We unite in our passion for wild horses and wild places. The fight is not easy. Enjoy your holiday weekend.

On Monday and Tuesday we have an opportunity to double contributions to this important work. Can you help us get the word out? We are only limited by our resources. Thank you!   https://wildhorseeducation.org/2017/11/23/black-friday-cyber-monday-givingtuesday/

You can also support our work through iGive or AmazonSmile as you do your holiday shopping. 

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