Monday, September 28, 2009

Gus and Iceman

Gus spent some time socializing with Iceman on Sunday. It was fun to see the two Mustangs interacting with each other. I think Gus is very interested in helping gentle Iceman as well, and spent some time working on leading :)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Desert Walk

Last Wednesday, Augustus and I took a long walk outside the ranch gates and went exploring through Sandy Valley. We went a way Gus has never been before and he enjoyed all the new sights and was very entertained. He did great, walked right by my side, and only let out a few snorts when we were in the company of some nearby horses. The only thing that scared him was seeing the emu over at Kingston Ranch, who was hanging out at the fenceline along the road, haha. Apparently, those emu's just cant be trusted.

House Passes Titus Resolution in Support of National Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Day‏

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Dina Titus spoke today on the House floor in support of House Resolution 688, which she introduced to support National Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Day, which is recognized on September 26, 2009. Below are her remarks as delivered and attached is the resolution, which passed by voice vote.

“Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and I would like to thank Chairman Rahall and Subcommittee Chairman Grijalva for bringing this timely resolution to the floor today.

“I rise today in strong support of H.Res. 688, a resolution I introduced with my colleagues in the Nevada Congressional Delegation in support of the goals and ideals of National Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Day.

“Wild horses and burros are living symbols of the independent, free spirit of the American West. My state of Nevada is home to more than half of the wild horses in the country, and our state quarter depicts a trio of wild mustangs.

“The Wild-Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act, which became law in 1971, gave the Secretaries of Agriculture and the Interior responsibility for the humane capture, removal, and adoption of wild horses and burros. The agencies ensure that ‘healthy herds thrive on healthy rangelands.’ But because these animals have no natural predators, herd sizes can increase dramatically in very short periods of time.

“In order to maintain balance on the rangelands, wild horses and burros are gathered and offered for adoption and sale. Currently, there are some 31,000 wild horses in short-term and long-term holding facilities, with 18,000 young horses available adoption. Although reasonable people might disagree on the appropriate number of horses that should be allowed to roam free, ranchers, wild horse advocates, environmentalists, animal lovers, and taxpayers alike can agree that there is a pressing need to improve upon the adoption programs to remove horses from holding facilities and place them in good adoptive homes.

“On September 26, 2009, a number of private organizations will assist with the adoption of excess wild horses and burros in conjunction with the first National Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Day. State BLM offices, as well as rescue centers, wild horse groups, and volunteers from all walks of life will be engaged in activities leading up to, and on, this important day.

“BLM, the American Horse Protection Association, the Mustang Heritage Foundation, the Humane Society of the United States, and Wild Horses 4Ever all support National Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Day; and more than 65 adoption and educational events will take place across the country in support of its goals. Wild horse advocates have set a 1,000 horse and burro adoption goal for National Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Day. This will save taxpayers $1.5 million dollars. This has already begun as we saw this past weekend at a successful adoption event in Pahrump, Nevada.

“The resolution we are considering today supports the goals of National Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Day to be held annually in conjunction with the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture. It also recognizes that creating a successful adoption model for wild horses and burros is consistent with the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burros Act of 1971 and beneficial to the long-term interests of the people of the United States in protecting wild horses and burros. Lastly, my resolution encourages Americans to adopt a wild horse or burro and own a living symbol of the historic and pioneer spirit of the American West, just as my sister, Rho Hudson, did when she adopted a wild burro, Sadie, who is a nice addition to her ranch in Pea Vine Canyon, Nevada.

“More than 220,000 wild horses and burros have been adopted since 1973. By placing this renewed emphasis on the importance of wild horse adoption programs, we will protect the welfare of these majestic animals and save taxpayer dollars at same time.

“So thank you again, Mr. Speaker. I urge passage of this important resolution and yield back my time.”

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Local Adoption Event / Pahrump, Nevada

National Wild Horse Adoption Day

Pahrump Wild West Extravaganza @ Saddle West Casino

1220 South Hwy 160, Pahrump, NV / September 19 & 20, 2009

Saturday September 19, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday September 20, 9:00am - 2:00pm

First come first served throughout the event

Wild Horse Advocates Set 1,000 Horse and Burro Adoption Goal

Fort Worth, Texas, July 1 -- 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.

Local wild horse advocates and fans can take advantage of National Wild Horse Adoption Day by attending an event September 19 & 20, 2009 at The Wild West Extravaganza in Pahrump, NV. The National Wild Horse Association will have gentled horses available at the event on a first come first served basis both days.

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 a storied 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 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.

For more information on events or how to volunteer, go to, or call The National Wild Horse Association at 702.452.5853.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Those Bloomin' Pods....

Gus is a happy camper since all of those tasty Mesquite pods are blooming! He loves this tasty treat and enjoys our walks through the Mesquites when he can have a few bites along the way. I think he enjoyed these out in the wild. Fresh and sweet, similiar to Molasses... he is all smiles right now.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Back in the Saddle....

Gus is three now, so we are ready to go. He has been under saddle each time we have been together the last few weeks, and I have been working with him bareback and in the saddle. I think he knows that we are on a mission now and not just playing around, cause he has bucked, some days more than others, each time we put our game faces on, haha. It hasn't been out of control...yet, and always fun. Maybe next time someone is around when we are working we can have the camera ready in action mode...just in case.