Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas 2009

Merry Christmas, Everyone! Have a safe and happy holiday and we hope you have fun bringing in the New Year!

Eric, Augustus, and Sawyer



Thursday, December 24, 2009

Shiloh's Reindeer 12/24/09

Poor Adopted horses and their crazy owners, haha. These reindeer (Gus, Sawyer, Borrego, and ranch dog Spur) are just in time for Christmas Eve.







Friday, December 18, 2009

More time in the saddle 12/18/09

Another great day in the saddle. Thanks to Sharil for snapping these pictures.





Thursday, December 17, 2009

Perfect day for a Ride!

What a great day today! The weather was awesome. There was barely a breeze and the temperature was about 60 degrees. It was so warm you could go shirtless, and maybe even layed out poolside (if you had a pool)! Augustus had alot of fun today. He is getting darker now that his winter coat is coming in and I love it. We spent alot of time in the saddle today and did some riding in our big arena. He is just so smooth...I mean, he is the perfect horse to ride. My butt never left the saddle once when we were trotting around. We are still a bit rusty with some aspects, but all in all he is really doing great. I imagine I'll be posting some pics from "out on trail" after the first of the year since it shouldn't be long before we both feel confident enough to make that leap. Looking forward to more riding tomorrow!




Wednesday, December 16, 2009

A Snowy Thursday

Didn't make it out to the ranch the other day to see Gus due to some snowfall. We always have snow every winter in the surrounding mountains, and sometimes the pass road gets shut down. I made it about halfway up, but had to turn around. Last year I kept going, and unfortunately couldn't make it back into Las Vegas...didn't want to be "snowed in" again in Sandy Valley. When I made it back down into the valley, I detoured through Goodsprings to try and catch a glimpse of some of our local Mustangs but they stayed hidden that morning. I did snap these shots of my snowy day though. I hope you enjoy.




Thursday, December 10, 2009

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The New Wanderer

A friend was walking through the ranch gates, heading toward their tack shed, and managed to snap these pictures for evidence. Looks like a certain grey Mustang escaped his pasture and was hanging out with some bad influences. There is no telling how long Gus was roaming the property, but it is certain that he learned some bad habits from Charlie...one of the ranches' resident trouble-makers, haha. Thanks to Robin for the evidence, otherwise I never would have believed that my son would be misbehaving :)



Monday, December 7, 2009

Disappointment Valley / A Modern Day Western

Disappointment Valley exposes mismanagement and corruption within the Bureau of Land Management.

Here's how you can help:

1) Call President Obama (202-456-1111) and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar (202-208-3100). Demand a Congressional investigation into the Bureau of Land Management. Ask for independent studies on statistics of the wild horses and do NOT rely on the BLM statistics. They are flawed and misrepresent the truth.

To contact your congressman, visit: www.house.gov

2) The R.O.A.M. Act is currently siting in the Senate Committee of Energy & Natural Resources as S. 1579.

Please contact the Senators on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee and ask that they support the R.O.A.M Act (S. 1579).

www.senate.gov

3) Share this video and information with friends and family. Most people don't know wild horses still roam the west, let alone they are being rounded up and slaughtered. The public has fought to support these horses in the past. We can do it again! The more people who become aware of the issue, the better chance they have for survival.

www.theamericanwildhorse.com

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Letter from Madeleine Pickens

December 3rd, 2009

Dear Friends,

In keeping with my commitment to protect America's wild horses, I thought it important to provide you with an update of where we are with the plans to build a sanctuary for thousands of wild horses currently in holding pens across the country and to inform you of a new initiative I am launching on another front: the wild horse gather schedule that has been proposed by the Bureau of Land Management.

Nearly 18 months ago I launched the effort to buy a ranch in Nevada to build a state of the art wild horse sanctuary that would be home to thousands of wild horses that currently stand in holding pens, their fate uncertain. At the time I began this odyssey, there was talk of euthanizing thousands of the wild horses that were and remain in BLM's holding facilities. We were able to take that discussion off the table, though many horses are still going to slaughter in Mexico, and we proceeded to circulate the plan from my Foundation to build a sanctuary that would provide a permanent home for the horses and be accessible as an educational and tourist destination for the American people. We met with every official within the Department of Interior, including Secretary Salazar, assistant secretaries, the new BLM Director, Bob Abbey, and many members of Congress, along with their staff.

Secretary Salazar has embraced the idea of public/private partnerships and creating what he calls "preserves," basically along the lines of the proposal I submitted for the sanctuary in Nevada, with one significant difference; he wants to build them in the Midwest or the East, far from the natural habitat of the wild horses and their natural range, Nevada and the other states in the West. His announcement also included plans for two "preserves" that the BLM would buy with $96 million dollars of taxpayer money that would house a total of around 7,000 wild horses.

While the Secretary was making his recent announcement to create "preserves" for wild horses, he also laid out his plans for other management activities with the wild horses. Included in his proposal was the announcement that the BLM is going to gather between 12,000 and 13,000 wild horses in the next calendar year, beginning later this month. This proposed gather schedule threatens the very survival of the remaining wild horse herds in the western United States and must be stopped.

Among the many things I have discovered during 18 months of negotiating with the BLM is that their management style goes from crisis to crisis, never quite achieving any resolution of a major problem before a new one arises. At the time I began the discussion of a sanctuary for wild horses, there were 33,000 of them in various holding facilities, some short term and some long term. There are still 33,000 wild horses in holding facilities, some that have been in the same facility for up to two years, and still no answer to that problem. The holding facilities now managed by the BLM are full to the maximum and they are having difficulty finding more long term holding, another concept unique to their management style and arguably not consistent with their mandate under the law to "preserve and protect" wild horses for future generations.

In spite of the fact that all the facilities are full, they propose to gather another 12,000 horses with virtually no place to put them. Even if the Secretary's announced plans to buy and create two preserves could be done, it could not be accomplished for another one to three years at the earliest and that is assuming that the Congress will appropriate the money, an assumption that is unlikely given the current budget crisis. And yet my Foundation plan to build a sanctuary using private dollars for the purchase of the land languishes on some bureaucrat's desk.

Rest assured I will not give up on the plan to build the sanctuary so the American people have a place where they can come and witness the majesty and grace of our great legacy, the wild horses. But I must also turn my attention to what I consider the current crisis and challenge, the gathering of 12,000 or more wild horses.

There are many reasons why we must stop this massive gather. To begin with, there is a legitimate dispute over the number of wild horses remaining on the range, and the BLM number of over 30,000 must be called into question. There have been repeated calls for new census methodology to be utilized to determine the actual number of wild horses remaining on the ranges in the western United States. The BLM has resisted these calls and relied on outdated and ineffective methods of counting horses. Before we know how many wild horses actually remain on the range, we cannot allow 12,000 or more to be gathered.

Over 21 million acres of land originally designated as Herd Management Area available to our wild horses has been taken away from them. This was done by zeroing out over 100 Herd Management Areas designated by the original Will Horse and Burro Act legislation. The BLM committed over a year ago to produce a report on the status of those lands, yet nothing has been forthcoming in that regard. In most cases, those 21 million acres are now being grazed by cattle.

Another argument not being taken into consideration deals with the genetics of the herd structure of many of the herds and bands of wild horses designated for gathers in the coming year. Many equine scientists have written and discussed the issue of genetics and many have concluded that taking existing herd numbers below certain levels will have a devastating effect on the future reproduction rates and activities of those herds. The BLM is not applying a scientific approach to the issue of genetics when designing these gathers and the result of ignoring these issues could easily result in the future disappearance of these wild horse herds through sickness and disease or inferior breeding.

As I mentioned earlier, there is no room for 12,000 additional wild horses in the BLM's existing facilities. Gathering them without a plan that addresses where to put them will only result in another round of discussion about euthanasia and slaughter.

I am launching an effort to stop these proposed gathers and I will engage at many different levels in order to succeed. Your continued monitoring and support of the wild horses is greatly appreciated and I ask you to continue to check my website (www.MadeleinesMustangs.org) for updates on my efforts to stop the gathers and to get the sanctuary built. Together we can succeed in protecting our wild horses for future generations.

Thank you,

Madeleine Pickens

Friday, November 20, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Round Pen / Under Saddle

Just wanted to share a short video of Gus under saddle with yall. This was taken the same day as the photos from the post below. Enjoy!


video

Monday, November 16, 2009

Update 11/16/09

Hey everyone! It has been a crazy few days. For starters, "Yours truly" is now 30 years old. My birthday was November 12th. I brought the thirties in right by celebrating with friends at the Pioneer Saloon out in Goodsprings, NV. The craziest part of the night was seeing my Dad and Stepmom walk through the door! They drove all the way from Texas just to surprise me. It was such a great night and I couldn't have been surrounded with better folk. Earlier that day I spent a short time with Augustus and we took a long walk just relaxing before the big festivities. My folks came out to the ranch the following morning, along with my bestfriend Tim Riley and his fiancee', and snapped the two action shots below. It was a nice visit, and I think even Gus was surprised to see his Grandpa walk through the ranch gates. As for riding, Gus is coming along wonderfully as you can see. We spent some time round penning and polished off some nice trotting and even a canter. We are still awkward with turning to the right and we need some better brake pads, but all in all he is shaping into the perfect Mustang and I couldn't be happier. He is really comfortable and smooth to ride, perfect movement. I don't think my butt ever left the saddle once. Maybe by January we will be sharing with yall some shots of us outside the ranch gates! Keep those fingers crossed. :)







Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Upcoming Joe Weitekamp Clinics

Joe Weitekamp
Horsemanship Clinic
Getting Respect on the Ground


Joe Weitekamp will be in Payson, AZ for one day only November 7th, 2009 and will be
holding a 4-hour horsemanship clinic at Patterson Farms.

Topics covered will include:
Establishing leadership
Building trust
Defining your space
Catching
Leading
Controlling your horse's body from the ground


Whether you have a green horse that has not learned any manners yet or a seasoned
horse that has developed bad habits, this clinic will get you on the right track to
developing a better relationship between you and your horse.

Location : Patterson Farms
271 Sprague Rd
Star Valley, AZ 85541
Time 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Cost $40.00 for Horse/Handler Teams
$20.00 to Audit
Registration By email: jweitekamp@lvcoxmail.com
By Phone: 702-664-4381

Please register early as space will be limited.

I am also looking for one demonstration horse to use during the clinic. Horse must be
dominant, pushy, won’t stand quietly, etc.

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Joe Weitekamp
Horsemanship Clinic
Getting Respect on the Ground


Joe Weitekamp will be holding a Horsemanship clinic December 5th, 2009 at Diamond
W Ranch in Las Vegas, NV

Topics covered will include:
Establishing leadership
Building trust
Defining your space
Catching
Leading
Controlling your horse's body from the ground
Trailer Loading


Whether you have a green horse that has not learned any manners yet or a seasoned
horse that has developed bad habits, this clinic will get you on the right track to
developing a better relationship between you and your horse.

Location : Diamond W Ranch
Las Vegas, NV 89143
Time 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Cost $50.00 for Horse/Handler Teams
$20.00 to Audit

Registration By email: jweitekamp@lvcoxmail.com
By Phone: 702-664-4381


Joe Weitekamp's website can be viewed at : www.diamondwranch.net

Augustus and Jeremy

Thanks to Deonna for taking these great pictures of Jeremy with Gus. These pics were taken before our clinic with Joe Weitekamp at Shiloh. Gus gets pretty jealous and hates staying in his pasture when there is alot of activity happening, so Jeremy took him out and they spent some time together while I was busy with Iceman.


Sunday, October 25, 2009

November 1st Clinic

Please join us on November 1, 2009 at Shiloh as we welcome Extreme Mustang Makeover participant, Joe Weitekamp, for a special clinic.


A perfect opportunity for those who have horses who need some help. Joe will be teaching his techniques of handling and gaining the respect of a difficult horse on the ground and building a stronger relationship with your horse.


Please click here to find out more and to sign up! Auditors welcome as well!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

The "Not So Scary" Horse Eatin' Ball

Just some more fun pics of my boys and that big ol' greeen ball, haha. They decided it wasn't as scary as before, and after checking it out, they pushed it around a bit. Today was just a fun playday though. Lots of running around, bucking, farting, rolling, and being a horse. I hope you enjoy these pics as much as I do. Have a great night!