Not There Yet: Mustang (Podcast)

Mustang Monument Resort wild horses.
Mustang Monument Resort wild horses.

WILD HORSES — Terence C. Gannon, host of Not There Yet podcast, kindly brought this to our attention to share with you.

MUSTANG

The burden of a name that has come to mean so much.

The word derives from the Spanish mesteño, which is defined as “wild; untamed; ownerless”. By letting the tongue dwell on the roof of the mouth you get to mestengo, a “stray beast”. From there it’s a small step to the word and an idea that has entered into our modern mythology.

Mustangs are wild horses which roam the North American southwest. These were initially descended from horses which escaped, were turned loose or stolen from…

Listen to the rest by going here. The text version of this essay can be found on Medium where it was originally published on August 15th, 2016. 

 

The extinct horses of Great Abaco Island may live again

Abaco horses were either roans or blue-eyed “splash white” pintos. © ARND BRONKHORST.
Abaco horses were either roans or blue-eyed “splash white” pintos. © ARND BRONKHORST.

WILD HORSES (Atlas Obscura) — An impending storm darkens the sky above the splintered canopy of Caribbean pines.

Milanne “Mimi” Rehor points out plants that once sustained the herd of wild horses that inhabited this limestone crescent in the northern Bahamas until just two years ago. “Palm fronds. They ate the palms, and briars, and of course the grass,” she says, and then nods toward a shiny green tree on the edge of the road. “Also this. Don’t brush up against this. It’ll give you blisters. Poisonwood. But after fires, the horses used to eat this, too, once the oils burned off.”

Equines long roamed the forests that blanket Great Abaco Island, but the last horse died in 2015, marking the extinction of a historically and genetically significant sub-breed of the threatened Colonial Spanish Horse. The Abaco Barb, like most feral equines, was compact and sturdy thanks to generations of surviving in the wild. The horses stood about 13.2 to 14.2 hands (54 to 58 inches) at the withers and each weighed an average of 800 pounds. Their feet were hard and well-shaped from trekking across the island’s rocky surface in search of food.

However, unlike most other wild horses in the Americas, the Abaco Barb spent generations in geographic isolation. According to equine geneticist Gus Cothran, who analyzed the DNA of 22 Abaco Barbs for Rehor in the 1990s, the horses were little changed from those brought across the Atlantic more than five-hundred years ago.

About half were blue-eyed “splash white” pintos, with belts and bonnets of white thrown against a brown hair base. Others were roans, with ivory hairs running throughout mahogany or copper coats, giving them a faded appearance.

Most were “gaited,” meaning that in addition to the four types of movements most horses use (walk, trot, canter, and gallop), they had the capacity for very smooth lateral gaits in which both legs on each side move in unison. Similar movements are seen in other horses with old roots, including Paso Finos, but not in more modern Spanish breeds.

Though the Abaco Barb thrived on the island for generations, beginning in the 1960s, human actions and environmental changes weakened the herd and ultimately led to [their] demise.

Today, Rehor still fights to maintain her vision of returning Abaco Barbs to their island via cloning. Read more »

Nunki, last of the Great Abaco Island Wild Horses, now extinct. Cloning the only way to bring them back?
Nunki, last of the Great Abaco Island Wild Horses, now extinct. Cloning the only way to bring them back?

We recommend you read this entire fascinating story »

America’s Wild Horses

TAKE ACTION

The U.S. federal government want to wipe out America’s remaining wild herds and murder the close to 100,000 they have mercilessly rounded up and imprisoned costing the taxpayer millions every year.

And that is why they want to murder them they say — because these horses are costing the taxpayer millions. Why? It is all thanks to the willfully cruel and negligent management of these horses by the federal government who needlessly put these horses where they are.

Please note. This ongoing unjustified mayhem and unilateral destruction of America’s iconic Mustangs continues on the taxpayer dime no matter who sits in the Oval Office. What lobby is behind this destruction regardless of who is President or what party is seemingly “in power”?

They must be exposed and stopped. Take citizen action. Lobby your lawmakers in Washington D.C. today on behalf of wild horses and burros. It is their job to make your voice heard. If they do not, vote them out of there.

Make a donation to the Horse Fund’s Horse on the Hill™ »

WHITE PAPER

Use your U.S. Representative and two U.S. Senators’ online contact form to leave a link to the Wild Horse Freedom Federations’s White Paper (http://wildhorsefreedomfederation.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/White-Paper.pdf) and ask them to vote against killing wild horses and burros in long-term holding or using them as work and experimental animals.

Please do it today. These horses cannot afford for you to wait. It truly does no get much more urgent than this. Help.

Find Your U.S. Senators »
Find Your U.S. Representative (you will need your zip code +4) »

Please store this information so you don’t need to keep looking it up, i.e. create a contact group on your phone with all the information you need for these people.

Read more on White Paper here »

Updated 4:49 pm EST

To recess or not to recess; to call or not to call

US Capitol Dome and Flag.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — August is typically a time when Congress adjourns for the month and lawmakers return to their constituencies — or in other words, go home.

This is not a typical Congress and August it seems will not be a typical month. Senators are probably the least likely to get out of town even though they seem hard to find except for Sen. Mitch McConnell who is probably afraid to go home.

It may not seem like a good to call. Anytime is a good time!

Offices continue to be staffed regardless of our lawmakers’ whereabouts, so please continue to call. If you cannot connect with anyone at your lawmakers’ D.C. offices, then please call them at their local office nearest you.

Look up your two U.S. Senators here »

Look up your U.S. Representatives here (need your zip +4 code) »

Please continue calling the U.S. House to end horse slaughter »

Join the Horse on the Hill™ Gang »

In the meantime, D.C. appears to be melting down quicker than the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz.  And not from the heat outside.

The Washington Post reports:

Talks between the White House and the Senate’s top Republican and Democrat broke up Tuesday with no progress on raising the country’s debt ceiling, an impasse that threatens a financial crisis if left unresolved.

The Senate and House have 12 joint working days before Sept. 29, when the Treasury Department says it would no longer be able to pay all of the government’s bills unless Congress acts. A default would likely set off a major disruption to the world financial system, with a stock market crash and surging interest rates that could send the economy into a recession.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has urged Congress for months to raise the debt limit, but the White House has lacked a unified message and run into resistance on Capitol Hill, where Democrats and Republicans are at odds on key tax and spending issues.

Diversionary Tactic?

This is possibly a diversionary tactic so we worry while certain among them go about their dirty work unnoticed.

Stay Focused

Do not let this allow you to take your eye off the ball. Keep the pressure on legislators. Don’t let them get away with a darn thing.

Calling all Americans to call their lawmakers in Washington to take a strong stand on behalf of American horses. Photographer unknown.
Calling all Americans to call their lawmakers in Washington to take a strong stand on behalf of American horses. Photographer unknown.

Online Contact

We are not unsympathetic and realize there are some of you who do not feel comfortable making phone calls.

This is a good time to use your lawmakers online contact form. Use the “Look up …” links above to find them. Tip: Write up what you want to say. Review it until you are comfortable. Copy and paste!

Our Legislative Wish List

Here are a few items on our Legislative Wish List for horses. We feel they are all reasonable and doable. What do you want? Add yours in comments.

  1. We want horse slaughter banned.
  2. We want the export of horses for slaughter banned.
  3. We want federally protected wild horses and burros left on public lands to live out their lives at liberty, unharassed by the federal government, as the original law intended.
  4. We want a humane plan developed and implemented to relocate wild horses and burros currently stockpiled  by the federal government and its contractors back to their original lands, or lands similar to the ones they were taken from.
  5. We want our wild horses and burros made safe from any form of human use or interference.
  6. We want the Horse Protection Act strengthened so there is not a single loophole wherein serial animal abusers can get away with the obnoxious and grossly cruel practice of horse soring.
  7. We want a federally appointed Commissioner of Horse Racing to govern what has become a massively abusive and murderous industry rife with drugging and cheating who is also empowered to work with federal authorities to send its culprits to jail for race fixing among other egregious crimes.

What would you like to see? Join us in comments.

Take Action in Your State

Action at the State level concerning slaughter and live export for slaughter is also critical in case we have any sort of failure at the Federal level.

Learn how here »

Thank you everyone. You are massively important to the success of these campaigns and we appreciate your efforts.

Wild horse and burro advocate takes to Facebook live to save America’s national icon

R.T. Fitch. Image Source: Horseback Magazine.
R.T. Fitch. Image Source: Horseback Magazine.

STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSE’S HEART (R.T. Fitch) — Long time Wild Horse & Burro advocate and co-founder of Wild Horse Freedom Federation intends to speak to the release of their detailed and informative White Paper on the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse & Burro Program, with a Focus on Problems Related to Holding Facilities.

Released just last Wednesday, the detailed report outlines years of deception initiated by the renegade federal agency who, to date, attempts to dissuade, delude and deceive the citizens of the United States and the very legislators that write the laws and control federal budgets.

“We have spent over five years gathering and cataloguing our evidence through FOIA and eyewitness accounts. We have actual BLM documents that the public and Congress have never reviewed; the evidence is damming by the BLM’s own account,” says R.T. Fitch. “What we present in the paper is only the tip of the iceberg and with the specter of the mindless murder of tens of thousands of wild horses and burros looming over the wild ones this information is critical and must be presented to the Senate and Congress, NOW! ”

R.T. intends to initiate his broadcast on Facebook July 29th at 5PM Eastern Time.

“I am, personally, treading into unknown technical territory as I have never done this before but we feel this is the best way to help to explain the current way forward in the fight to save our wild equines,” R.T. explained. “ We are just normal, stick-in-the throat, regular Americans doing our level best to make a difference. We hope our viewers will be able to look beyond any amateur fumbling; the point is that it is all about the wild horses & burros and we all need to take action and the time for that action is now”.


Please join R.T. as he speaks for the wild ones and, perhaps, field questions on
https://www.facebook.com/rtfitch at 5PM Eastern, today, July 29th, 2017


Keep the Faith.