I know that a lot of people contact us to ask what they can do to help wild horses stay free and we all feel pretty helpless as we watch roundup after roundup and the thousands of wild horses in holding pens getting bigger never smaller. BUT there is solution, there are things to fight for, because as the BLM has proven for decades, roundups and holding are NOT the answer.
If you watched our film about Goliath, Red Lady and their son Bodhi please take the time to read this page and take action to help all the other horses who were not as lucky and still languish in steel pens across the American West or are at risk of being rounded up by the BLM in the near future.
This is one family saved and reunited but on that day 2,000 wild horses were robbed of their freedom and are in BLM holding pens still separated from all they love and know.
Here’s what YOU can do to help today
RIGHT NOW there is a disastrous Cattlemen’s/ASPCA/HSUS plan making its way through congress that calls for the removal of over 100,000 wild horses and burros from the range over the next decade. No wild horse advocate should ever agree to or support a plan to manage wild horses on the range to low AML and we should always keep fighting for those figures to be raised, for there to be less cattle and sheep on public lands and a better deal for our horses and burros who are given such a thin slice of the public lands mixed-use management pie.
This plan is called ‘the path forward’ but is a huge step backward for wild horses and it will soon be up for Senate approval in the Fiscal Year 2020 Interior spending bill. They are asking for six million dollars to kick it off and that money would also be the money used to pay for spay experiments on our beautiful Warm Springs horses in Burns BLM if the plan gets the green light.
Our wild herds are protected by federal law and should be managed on the range, not warehoused and sterilized at tax-payer expense .
Be their voice and call your senators today.
Find your senators’ phone numbers here or dial 202-224-3121 and simply ask for them by name and you will be connected. Please where possible make the call as emails are easy to ignore and delete.
If your Senator is on the list below and is on the Appropriations Committee it is even more crucial to call !!
Senator Shelby (R-Alabama): (202) 224-5744
Senator Leahy (D-Vermont): (202) 224-4242
Senator Blunt (R-Missouri): (202) 224 5721
Senator Graham (R-South Carolina): (202) 224 5972
Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida): (202) 224 3041
Senator Daines (R-Montana): (202) 224 2651
Senator Patty Murray (D-Washington): (202) 224-2621
Senator Shaheen (D-New Hampshire): (202) 224 2841
Senator Tester (D-Montana): (202) 224 2644
Senator Hyde Smith (R-Mississippi): (202) 224 5054
Senator Capito (R-West Virginia): (202) 224 6472
Senator Van Hollen (D-Maryland): (202) 224 4654
Senator Chris Coons (D-Delaware): (202) 224 5042
Senator Moran (R-Kansas): (202) 224 6521
Senator John Kennedy (R-Louisiana): (202) 224 4623
Senator Boozman (R-Arkansas): (202) 224 4843
Senator John Hoeven (R-North Dakota): (202) 224 2551
Senator Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut): (202) 224 4041
Senator Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia): (202) 224 3954
Senator Alexander (R-Tennessee): (202) 224-4944
Senator Reed (D-Rhode Island): (202) 224-4642
Senator Tom Udall (D-New Mexico): (202) 224-6621
Senator Merkley (D-Oregon): (202) 224-3753
Senator Gardner (R-Colorado): (202) 224-5941
Senator Cortez Masto (D-Nevada): (202) 224-3542
Senator Rosen (D-Nevada): (202) 224-6244
Senator Feinstein (D-California): (202) 224-3841
Senator Harris (D-California): (202) 224-3553
Senator Collins (R-Maine): (202) 224-2523
Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska): (202) 224-6665
Senator McConnell (R-Kentucky): (202) 224-2541
Here is a clear, simple script to use when you call:
Hi my name is ……………………(say your name) and I live in ………………..(town) Please ask Senator ………………… (say your senator’s name) to OPPOSE funding in the FY20 Interior Appropriations Bill for the BLM/Cattlemen’s/ASPCA plan to roundup and warehouse over 100,000 wild horses and burros from public lands over the next 10 years. We need oversight into the BLM as they are failing our wild horses. Thank you for your time.
Please be polite and courteous. We want to represent wild horse lovers as reasonable and rational people so it’s best to keep emotion out of the call and be professional.
Speak up on Social Media.
We want to target the senators on the Senate Appropriations Committee also - use social media to make your feelings heard to them
Twitter: Send your own tweet to the individual Senators on the Appropriations Committee listed below telling them : “Support keeping America’s horses on the range, wild and free. Path Forward will destroy America’s wild horses and burros. Please OPPOSE funding for this proposal in FY20 Approps bill.”
Facebook: Write a comment on the Senators page asking them to : Please OPPOSE funding in FY20 Interior Appropriations Bill for BLM WH&B ‘the path forward’ which would roundup and warehouse over 100,000 wild horses and burros from public lands over the next 10 years. This does not have grass roots support and is opposed by over 100 equine welfare organizations.
Here are some of Skydog's alternatives to roundups and holding pens
Plus some ideas to be implemented for the humane care of wild horses managed by the BLM ------> Let's stop focusing on the problem endlessly and move into the SOLUTIONS:
Raise unnaturally low AML's for wild horses and burros in areas where the range can sustain higher numbers of equines ;
Stop Wildlife Services killing natural predators in BLM HMA’s ;
Reduce Livestock grazing on lands designated for wild horses. The BLM can reduce conflicts with livestock grazing by offering grazing buyouts or compensations for reduced grazing
Restore the millions of acres of lost wild horse rangeland and RETURN wild horses in holding to Herd Management Areas and Herd Areas given to them legally;
Design individual plans for each HMA based on science and research.
Enlist local volunteers to monitor and document herds so we have accurate figures of horses in the wild. As well as photograph family bands for people to reunite them;
Provide shade and shelter for mustangs in short term holding facilities ;
Stop helicopter roundups for good - use bait traps only - then use the millions of dollars saved by stopping this brutal practice, on getting the horses they already have adopted into good homes ;
Use fertility vaccines in the field to slow population growth and prevent further roundups until all the horses currently in short term holding are adopted;
Use social media and the internet to promote adoptions with more information about horses and burros immediately as they come off the range;
Open up access to private BLM facilities to give more horses a chance to be adopted out of them;
Take better precautions when transporting wild horses to adoption events and exposing them to diseases like strangles.
Have better oversight of deaths and injuries in the BLM corrals and better training for wranglers to prevent such injury.
These are all practical and effective methods that could be implemented to help our wild horses stay on the range, get back on the range, be treated better during roundups and in holding......why aren't any of them being used ?
Whenever I get overwhelmed with sadness I go out and spend time with Goliath’s family and it gives me the strength to keep fighting for all the rest. They heal me. This is a long battle but sometimes we have to stop and rejoice in the small victories, before getting right back to work for these horses. We for one won't stop until things change. We feel as though we are building an army right now and that is powerful. One day soon we are going to rise up and say ENOUGH.
It is important to remember the devotion and kindness, the love and deep bonds these horses make. Deeper than the ocean and higher than the mountains they live under. This is real love without bounds that deserves to be honored and protected and fought for. Goliath and Red Lady are our inspiration to keep fighting and hope you will all never give up working to protect them.
BE A VOICE FOR OUR WILD HORSES AND BURROS AND LET THE GOVERNMENT KNOW YOU LOVE OUR WILD HORSES WILD AND MANAGED ON OUR PUBLIC LANDS. LET THEM KNOW THAT YOU WILL VOTE TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE AFFORDED THE PROTECTIONS THAT THEY DESERVE AND BEEN AFFORDED. CONSTANT ROUNDUPS AND HOLDING ARE NOT THE SOLUTION.......
Who you can Contact
Find your Senators and Representative: https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials
President Trump: https://whitehouse.gov | 202-456-1111
Vice President Pence: https://whitehouse.gov | 202-456-1111
Acting Secretary of Interior David Bernhardt : email@example.com | 202-208-3100
Acting Director of BLM, Brian Steed: 202-208-3801
Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue: 202-720-2791
other actions to take THAT will help our wild horses and burros
VOLUNTEER - We are always looking for volunteers to come and work at the ranches or in administrative roles for Skydog Sanctuary. We have two locations - our main wild sanctuary is in Central Oregon, one hour from Prineville, Bend and Redmond. Our other ranch which acts as an education center and location for people to spend time with gentler mustangs is in Southern California in Malibu. If you are interested in volunteering, either at the ranch helping take care of horses, or administratively or in any other way we would LOVE to hear from you.
ADOPT - There are over 44,000 mustangs standing in holding pens who need loving homes and a life outside those dirt pens and steel bars. That is no life for wild horses and the process is simple and easy. It costs 125 dollars to adopt a living piece of the American West and give back to these horses who deserve so much more. It now costs only 25 dollars to buy a sale authority horse and give it back a life.
If you have some land PLEASE adopt a couple of horses and turn them out to live free on it, what ranch doesn't look better for having some beautiful wild horses grazing in peace as part of the view. We will help you every step of the way if you want to adopt a wild horse or rescue one in an auction or killpen. There is nothing we wouldn't do to help you every step of the way, from filling out to forms to explaining the process or to point you in the direction of your local auction or kill pen.
Imagine if everybody added two mustangs to their herd of cattle they might be running, or to their domestic horses. We have a dream that every fancy dressage, hunter jumper or polo barn in the US adopted two mustangs for the trainers to work with. What they would find out about the way a horse’s mind works and how to communicate more effectively would change the world for these wild horses. If you have a horse already boarded at a barn or ranch, ask around and see if anyone else would like to adopt a mustang with you and gentle them. It is an experience you would never forget x
SHOUT - if you see a mustang in need. If you know of a mustang in a kill pen or at auction please call us or message us immediately with as many details as possible. We can only rescue the horses we know about! If you hear about a mustang at auction or in a kill pen or in a terrible situation or going cheap on Craig's List please send us the link so that we can try and help it, or network it to safety and a new life. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
DONATE - Of course we cannot keep rescuing wild horses without donations. There are high costs involved in taking care of them, from hay and feed to vet and farrier bills every dollar counts and it would be gratefully received. We can change this situation if we all rally behind these horses and help band together to get them out of their bad situations to a new life here at Skydog.
All money donated to Skydog goes directly to the horses here and gives us the ability to rescue and take care of more. Ideally we would love you to sign up to do a monthly donation so that we can rest assured with donations moving forward. Or please join us on Patreon where you can see exclusive videos and photographs of horses in our care and behind the scenes of some rescues as they happen.
SPONSOR - This is truly one of the best things you can do to help us take care of our rescued horses. For 100 dollars per month you can choose a horse or burro whom we have saved, who lives here, and you will receive a sponsorship certificate, regular photographs and video of your horse or burro PLUS the opportunity to come to our ranches and visit the horses you have sponsored. Go to our SPONSOR page to see the horses and donkeys and click on their photos to find out more about them.
So if you would like to come personally meet Goliath, Red Lady or Bodhi, feel free to sign up to sponsor one of them or any of the horses on our Sponsor page.
NO BEEF OR LAMB - Cattle and sheep are grazed on public lands where the wild horses live. Cattle ranchers get the BLM to round up horses to allow more grazing for their livestock. Recently a group of cattle ranchers persuaded the BLM to round up 1500 wild horses at Beatty's Bute in Oregon and these ranchers supply directly to Whole Foods. By stopping eating their beef you send a loud and clear message as a consumer and stop the endless demand for burgers and steaks in this and other countries.
WATCH Cowspiracy and educate yourself about how eating beef is destroying our planet and your health and negatively effecting the mustangs for America.
SPREAD THE WORD - Tell your friends and family what you have learned about the wild horse situation and tell THEM what they can do. Our biggest goal is to educate and inform because if we shout loud enough for these horses we actually can change things. Our wild horses deserve better.