Thirteen California wild horses are captured and released in Colorado

Wild horses wander in the Sand Wash herd management area 45 miles west of Craig, Colo., in the Sand Wash Basin. Joe Amon, The Denver Post.

OUTTHERECOLORADO.COM (22 Jun. 2020) — Thirteen wild horses removed from an overpopulated range in California were released back into the wild in Northern Colorado over the weekend.

According to a report from CBS Denver, the thirteen wild horses taken from Modoc National Forest are now settling into their new 60-acre home near Red Feather Lakes. The horses are the first of 19 total to be released on the range in Colorado.

The non-profit organization Love Wild Horses says the “wild ponies” also play a big role in reducing the risk of wildfires by consuming fuel loads such as underbrush and other vegetation through natural grazing patterns.

If you want to see wild horses, here are four spots where you can still see them in Colorado.

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FEATURED IMAGE: Wild horses wander in the Sand Wash herd management area 45 miles west of Craig, Colo., in the Sand Wash Basin. Joe Amon, The Denver Post.

Compton Cowboys: The Book

Compton Cowboys "Peace Ride" for Black Lives Matter. Image: LA Taco.

We here at the Fund for Horses were happy and so proud to see all of the excellent horsemen (and women) riding their horses in the Black Lives Matter protests around the country. A hundred black horse riders showed up to support the Compton Cowboys ‘Peace Ride’ for Black Lives Matter earlier this month.

The Compton Cowboys are a group of friends from childhood who use horseback riding and equestrian culture to provide a positive influence on inner-city youth, and to combat negative stereotypes about African-Americans in the city of Compton, California. Their catchphrase is: Streets Raised Us. Horses Saved Us.

A book about the Compton Cowboys was published in April and we were excited about promoting it. But events overtook us. We are rectifying that now.

Buy this book

Support the Compton Cowboys and their mission plus get a terrific read when you buy this book from Amazon. We guarantee you will love it.

Written by Walter Thompson-Hernandez, the full title is The Compton Cowboys: The New Generation of Cowboys in America’s Urban Heartland.

Grab your copy at Hardback prices and audio CD are right at $20.00; the Kindle version at $15.00. If you no longer shop Amazon please grab a copy where you do like to shop. You will be glad you did!

In the meantime

Until your copy of the book arrives, check out this L.A. Taco article, ‘A Hundred Black Horse Riders Showed Up to Support the Compton Cowboys Peace Ride for Black Lives Matter’.

Source: L.A. Taco. Click image to visit article.

They have a stunning series of images from the ride (like the one above) and behind the scenes ‘back at the ranch.’

The article starts:

More than a thousand people showed up to support a procession and rally held at the Compton courthouse yesterday. The ‘Peace Ride’ was organized by the Compton Cowboys in support of George Floyd the Black Lives Matter movement. Over 100 Black horse riders showed up from all over Southern California to the protest.

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Speaking of back at the ranch . . .

Source: L.A. Taco. Click image to visit article.

Thanks everyone. We appreciate you.


P.S. You can also grab the book at Target »

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Oakland’s protest rider on why she took to horseback for George Floyd

Breanna Noble didn’t plan to ride her horse into the George Floyd protest in Oakland, but it was her way of doing something positive.

The killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer has left much of the country reeling. Police have clashed with protesters nationwide, and many have publicly described feelings of despair and outrage.

But Friday, May 29, 2020, at an Oakland demonstration for George Floyd, protesters described a different feeling, if only for a short while — awe.

A woman astride a large brown horse rode majestically through the crowd that evening, even as police and protesters prepared to square off in protests that would eventually descend into clouds of tear gas, flash grenades and open anger for justice.

Brianna Noble didn’t plan to ride her horse into the George Floyd protest in Oakland, but it was her way of doing something positive.

Brianna Noble, 25, rode her gelding, Dapper Dan, fist held high, with a sign reading “Black Lives Matter” hanging next to her. Photos of Noble and Dapper Dan leading the crowd were described on social media as inspirational and led to a striking moment of hope during what’s been a turbulent several days of protests.

“It wasn’t a very planned thing,” the 25 year-old Bay Area native told the Guardian. “I was just pissed, sitting at home and seeing the video of George Floyd. I felt helpless and thought to myself: ‘I’m just another protester if I go down there alone, but no one can ignore a black woman sitting on top of a horse.’” 

‘No one can ignore a black woman sitting on top of a horse.’

Noble says that the focus on destruction was another motivator for her to bring her horse Dapper Dan into downtown.

“I know that what makes headlines is breaking windows and people smashing things,” Noble said. “So I thought: ‘Let’s go out and give the media something to look at that is positive and change the narrative.’”

Noble, who trains feral and wild horses, also works to change narratives in the equestrian world which, in California, is majority white and has a high financial barrier to entry. She hopes that, in addition to contributing to the movement against police brutality toward black and brown people, she will become the first black woman to do horse jumping in the Olympics and bring low-income kids into the horse community.

“When you’re black it doesn’t matter how loud you scream or how deep your words are, nobody would listen,” she continued. “So to now have found this amazing pedestal — my horse Dapper Dan to sit upon — and not have to say a word is amazing.”

Photograph: Stephen Lam/Reuters

Racehorse Jabber Now dies after suffering an injury at Los Alamitos

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PATCH.COM, Ashley Ludwig reporting, May 27, 2020, reports:

LOS ALAMITOS, CA —Another racehorse died after suffering an injury at the Los Alamitos Race Course, state regulators said Wednesday.

Veterinarians humanely euthanized Jabber Now, a 6-year-old thoroughbred, Tuesday, according to the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB). The horse finished last in the third race at Los Alamitos on Sunday, and official results from the track made no mention of any injury.

The Horse Racing Board’s fatality report lists his death as “racing-related.”

Attempts to reach Los Alamitos officials for further details were unsuccessful, and CHRB spokesman Mike Marten told City News Service he had no additional information about the death.

HORSERACING WRONGS reports the following horses have been killed at Los Alamitos so far this year:

Ruby Roundhouse, Jan 1, Los Alamitos S – “gastrointestinal”
Jest Famous, Jan 7, Los Alamitos S – “gastrointestinal”
Eyell Be Back, Jan 10, Los Alamitos R (euthanized Jan 12) – “carpus”
Katies Easy Moves, Jan 19, Los Alamitos R – “fetlock”
Is It Over, Jan 21, Los Alamitos S – “gastrointestinal”
Radio Tim, Feb 21, Los Alamitos R – “fractured fetlock”
Street Machine, Feb 21, Los Alamitos R – “fractured fetlock”
Chickititas Favorite, Mar 8, Los Alamitos R
Flokie, Mar 29, Los Alamitos R
The Cullinan Dream, Mar 31, Los Alamitos S
Royal Callan Rocks, Apr 2, Los Alamitos T
Chromie, Apr 11, Los Alamitos R
La Dorada Czech, Apr 15, Los Alamitos S – “gastrointestinal”
Shes Our Dasher, Apr 16, Los Alamitos T
Isla’s Toy, Apr 17, Los Alamitos R
Rowboat Romeo, May 9, Los Alamitos T
Tap the Wire, May 9, Los Alamitos R
Unidentified, May 24, Los Alamitos S
Jabber Now, May 24, Los Alamitos R (euthanized May 26)

S=Dead in Stall

Kill racing not horses.

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