He staggered off into an island marsh and vanished last winter, leading conservationists to believe the last mule living among North Carolina’s wild coastal mustangs had died.
But Raymond, as locals call him, proved too stubborn to go quietly.
Not only has the once-crippled mule re-emerged on Corolla’s beaches, but he picked up a harem of three mares.
“He’s sterile, but he doesn’t know it and we’re not going to tell him,” says herd manager Meg Puckett. “He challenged a much younger stallion for those mares and he won. That’s saying a lot.”
Even she thought Raymond had died after a risky last-ditch effort was made in November to save him. A group of specialists with the Corolla Wild Horse Fund drugged Raymond and literally sawed down his hooves, which had become so deformed he couldn’t walk.
“A domestic horse would not have survived. He was just too stubborn to die,” Puckett says. “It’s that ornery, stubborn side that has made him one of the best known of the herd. Everyone knows Raymond.”
WILD HORSES — Terence C. Gannon, host of Not There Yet podcast, kindly brought this to our attention to share with you.
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…
MEAT OUT FOR MUSTANGS — We agreed to continue Meat Out for Mustangs every Monday until the wild horses remaining on public lands are left there with no further human interference and the ones held in captivity are either restored to their original HMAs or placed in strategically designed reserves.
Our campaign was certainly timely.
When the 2018 Trump budget proposal came out allowing the BLM to conduct the wholesale murder of wild horses in long and short term holding, we had already drawn a lot of attention to their plight. The budget move against the Mustangs proved to our accusers who said we were exaggerating the issue that we clearly are not.
Interestingly, our plan would achieve a much reduced BLM budget which requires killing no one.
Keeping in spirit with our Meat Out for Mustangs campaign, on request here are 8 totally cool and delicious homemade vegan popsicle ideas. Click images for recipes.
1. Blueberry and Granola Breakfast Popsicles
A breakfast popsicle. How sweet is that?
2. Avocado Lime Popsicles
3. Vegan Blueberry Coconut Popsicles
4. Patriotic Popsicles
These are not just awesome for the 4th of July. They are awesome all summer long!
5. Cantaloupe Lucuma Popsicles
6. Lava Flow Popsicles
Made with pineapple, mangoes and strawberries.
7. Watermelon Kiwi Popsicles
We may have saved the best for last even though all of the foregoing are divine. Sigh!
8. Creamy Chocolate Mint Vegan Popsicles
Take the Pledge!
One day a week can make a world of difference to our planet and those who live on it. If you haven’t already done so, take the pledge to meat out for Mustangs every Monday.
MEAT OUT FOR MUSTANGS — Meat Out for Mustangs will continue beyond May. Due to the incredibly high level of participation and feedback from you, we will Meat Out for Mustangs every Monday for the rest of the year.
Meat Out for Mustangs is a campaign on behalf of Mustangs in the U.S. This has been a very timely campaign. One of the benefits of a campaign like this is that it keeps the plight of U.S. Mustangs in the forefront of our thought and active on their behalf.
It is not just citizens in the U.S. who are participating in this campaign to raise awareness about the plight of its Mustangs and the startling destructive practices against them. This campaign has taken on an international flavor.
People are participating in Meat Out for Mustangs — for America’s wild horses — in the following countries:
This is a very moving tribute to how widely cherished wild horses and in particular the American Mustang is outside this U.S.
Here are the general percentages on participants’ “meat out” choice.
How many have taken the pledge?
Well, we don’t know exactly because we can barely keep up with the pledges which have been pouring in steadily since May 1. However, as of this writing we are just over 90,000 in the U.S. and over 100,000 overall. This of course does not take into account those who are taking part and not signed a pledge.
In the meantime, there is plenty of work to do. U.S residents, please take action on the BLM’s budget proposal for 2o18 »