Monday, May 25, 2009

Trader Joe's

Just wanted to let everyone know just how awesome Trader Joe's is! Trader Joe's is a basic "neighborhood" grocery store that is well known for stocking the best types of organic, no preservative, fresh, healthy, unique, and imported foods. You can pretty much get whatever you want at Trader's, including milk, breads, meat, cheeses, and produce. But long story short, and speaking of the produce, one of our local Las Vegas locations have been helping out Shiloh by donating all the left-overs for our animals! Recently, Trader's donated about 50 cases of corn to us and we drove all around the ranch feeding the horses, dogs, pigs, cats, goats, llama, and any other type of animal I may be forgetting, haha. The following pictures are of Augustus eating some tasty organic corn for the first time. Thank you Trader Joe's for all that you do :) I know Gus is very appreciative.

Memorial Day

Augustus and I would like to take a moment and wish everyone a Happy Memorial Day! We are thankful for our service men and women - for protecting our freedoms, keeping this great country safe, and supporting those in need beyond our borders. We support your mission and are behind you 100%.

For love of country they accepted death...
~James A. Garfield

Spirit, that made those heroes dare
To die, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and thee.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

And I'm proud to be an American,
where at least I know I'm free.
And I won't forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.

~Lee Greenwood

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Hearing on helicopter round-ups‏

On Wednesday, May 20, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will conduct a public hearing to discuss the use of motorized vehicles or aircraft in the monitoring and management of wild horses and burros on public lands in Nevada.

Please contact BLM to protest the harsh practice of chasing wild horses and burros with helicopters, often over exceedingly long distances. Please also ask that what appear to be no-bid contracts to BLM's primary round-up contractor, Catoor Livestock Roundup, Inc., totaling about 18 million dollars (our tax dollars!) since 1996, be subject to review.

BLM's primary concern in round-up operations continues to be efficiency, to the detriment of the horses welfare. Instead of helicopters, urge officials to use bait trapping, a much safer and more humane method of capture. BLM has refused to use bait trapping in such instances as the 2007 Jackson Mountain round-up, when 185 horses ended up dying at the holding facility due to stressed immune systems. Demand that limits on distances over which horses may be chased be enforced, and that accountability and penalties be established for round-up contractors who violate humane handling procedures.

The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. in the Great Basin A and B conference rooms at the BLM Nevada State Office located at 1340 Financial Boulevard, Reno, Nev. To make oral or written statements to present at the hearing, contact JoLynn Worley at (775) 861-6515.

Written comments can be emailed to: or mailed to: BLM Nevada State Office, Attention: Helicopter Hearing, P.O. Box 12000, Reno, NV 89520 and must be received by Tuesday, May 19 to be considered at the hearing.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

National Wild Horse Adoption Day

National Wild Horse Adoption Day Set for September 26

Wild horse and humane animal advocacy groups from across the nation are joining forces for a single cause: to encourage the American public to consider and act on the adoption of a wild horse or burro. A goal of 1,000 adoptions has been set for the first National Wild Horse Adoption Day to be held September 26, 2009.

Horses between the ages of 1 and 6 years old are typically selected from the herds for adoption, but a horse of any age can fit into the right farm or ranch. For many mustang adopters, having the opportunity to work with a horse or burro with an intriguing past and an unconventional upbringing brings a unique and special element to their relationship.

Nearly 33,000 mustangs roam federal lands across the West. In order to manage the herds and maintain both land and herd health, the Bureau of Land Management oversees the adoption of wild horses and burros through public adoptions held throughout the United States. Since 1973, more than 220,000 wild horses and burros have been adopted.

Horses between the ages of 1 and 6 years old are typically selected from the herds for adoption, but a horse of any age can fit into the right farm or ranch. For many mustang adopters, having the opportunity to work with a horse or burro with an intriguing past and an unconventional upbringing brings a unique and special element to their relationship.

The groups supporting National Wild Horse Adoption Day, in addition to the BLM, include Wild Horses 4 Ever, the American Horse Protection Association, the Mustang Heritage Foundation and The Humane Society of the United States. The groups are working together to educate Americans about wild horse issues while promoting adoption of BLM wild horses through adoption events, training programs and motivational experiences, says spokesperson Jerry Reynoldson.

"The federal government, wild horse advocates, cattle ranchers and the taxpayers all agree that the current system of relying on a flat adoption market to sustain BLM mustang removal programs is an increasing drain on federal resources," he said. "While there is a difference of opinion on the appropriate numbers of animals removed, it is clear that there is an immediate need for a comprehensive, sophisticated, well managed and successful marketing and adoption program that will quickly place the surplus numbers of horses in holding facilities into qualified, adoptive homes.

"The day a horseman or woman brings a mustang into their lives, is one they will remember forever. These iconic symbols of our past and future bring a dimension to any horse lover's experience that will help them grow and deepen their understanding, skill and commitment to the special relationship we all have experienced with these magnificent animals."

The goal of 1,000 horses adopted through a National Adoption Day program could create a savings of more than $1,500,000 for the BLM and the American taxpayer.

State BLM offices, as well as wild horse groups, rescue centers, and volunteers will be engaged in activities leading up to and on September 26 to promote an understanding of and interest in opening new homing opportunities to these magnificent animals.

Activities will not only include adoptions, but will also include educational events and wild horse expos. More than 65 events will take place across the country in support of national wild horse adoption day, and other events may apply to be included on the calendar through the event web site at

For more information on events or how to volunteer, go to or you may call
coordinating director, Angie Grizzell, at 817-559-5650.

*Information taken from the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program website

Friday, May 8, 2009

The Clayton Boys

Just wanted to share these two pictures of my boys, Augustus and Sawyer. They are both doing very well with each other. Gus is still a little jealous, but he has come a long way with acceptance. Sawyer has learned to socialize and be a horse, leaving the ol' working horse days behind him. They actually run around together and can get within 5 feet of each other without biting and kicking. :)

Also, I am happy to say that Wishes has returned to the ranch. Jenny had recently taken Wishes and Colbert and moved them closer in town so that she could see them more often. Unfortunately for Jenny (but fortunately for Gus) it didn't work out the way she had hoped and they came back last week. I know Gus is happy that he doesn't have to deal with the long distance relationship anymore. :)

Friday, May 1, 2009

The Nebraska 200


The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is assisting with the care and placement of 220 Mustangs that were seized from a neglectful situation in Alliance, Nebraska. HSUS is seeking qualified adopters and horse sanctuaries to provide permanent homes for these animals.

The horses have been under qualified care for approximately two weeks and are current on their vaccinations and Coggins. Many of the mares are pregnant or have foals at their side. The majority of these horses are unhandled mustangs. The horses are currently being temporarily housed at the rodeo grounds in Bridgeport, NE, therefore HSUS would like to place them in permanent homes as soon as possible.

Adoptions are being handled by Front Range Equine Rescue on behalf of Habitat for Horses. Interested adopters should contact HILLARY WOOD of Front Range at 719-481-1490.

Contact Information
Hillary Wood
Front Range Equine Rescue
phone: 719-481-1490