From the “Wild Horse Education” Blog: Coping When It Hurts

From my friends and Wild Horse Advocates, Laura Leigh and Marta Williams

Coping When It Hurts

Deer Run wild horses

Deer Run wild horses

Here at Wild Horse Education (WHE) we get a lot of comments and emails asking how we cope with the stress of advocating for wild horses and burros. There are people that say they are afraid to watch videos and read posts. Many don’t understand how we can do what we do. Our VP Marta Williams is an author of several books including: Ask Your Animal, Beyond Words, and Learning Their Language. Marta offered to write a response. Thank you Marta.


Marta Williams, Author and VP of Wild Horse Education

Marta Williams, Author and VP of Wild Horse Education

Guest Blog by Wild Horse Education (WHE) Vice President, Marta Williams

Several people have called or written asking us for help on how to cope with what is happening to our wild herds. One person said she can’t sleep at night because she is having nightmares about the torture and suffering these animals are going through.

I often say Dickens got it wrong—our time is actually the worst of times. The truth is we will not be able to save all the wild horses and burros. All we can hope to do is stop the abuse, keep them in the wild, keep them out of the slaughter houses, and work toward some kind of relief for the ones taken from the wild, with perhaps some of them returned. That would be our best case scenario.

It is difficult in the extreme to deal with all that is happening to the animals and the earth and not go into denial, but rather keep moving forward, totally conscious of all that is wrong and bad.  However, that is really the only option. Dr. Helen Caldecott, the well known nuclear activist, advises that the best way to deal with grief and despair about what is happening in the world is to get involved and do something to address what concerns you the most.

You will probably have to keep trying things out until you find the course of action that is right for you.  When you find that, the anxiety and sleepless nights will at least lessen, because you will know you are doing the best you can to help change things. What you ultimately discover as your way of helping will be unique to you. I am now doing all I can to assist Wild Horse Education (WHE), and that is helping me sleep at night.

Naoto Matsumura, a rice farmer from the town of Tomioka, which is six miles away from the exploded Fukushima nuclear power plant, did something most of us couldn’t imagine. He went away when the power plant blew up, but could not sleep at night thinking about all the animals that had been abandoned in the town. Many were tied up, and many died of starvation.  So he had to go back. Now he is the only person living in the town. He lives alone, knowing he is totally radioactive and will die from it. But he is content because he is helping the animals for as long as he can and they are not starving any more.

Article and Video of Naoto:

Naoto’s Facebook page:

Laura Leigh, Founder of Wild Horse Education (WHE) followed her heart and ended up going on the road, devoting all her time, and often living out of a suitcase, in order to document, and ultimately change what BLM is doing to the wild horses and burros of America. Few people could do what she has done and continues to do, but this is what her heart requires of her.

For you, the right course of action may be writing letters every day for the causes you care about, or going to protests and public actions. Each of us has different skills and a different path. If you are not sure what it is you need to do to help, start asking to be shown what you are supposed to do. Then follow where your heart leads.

“Activism is my rent for living on the planet.” ~ Alice Walker

“Set Us Free” is a video of some BLM roundups in the year 2012. The video has a couple graphic images but is primarily a “fight song.” Turn up the volume and listen…

You can write to us at: or to Marta at:

Help keep us in the field and the courtroom!

Help keep us in the field and the courtroom!


Please help to Protect the Wild Burros, by Mustang Meg

Mustang Meg shared American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign‘s photo.
Wild burros get less attention than their mustang cousins, but their numbers are the lowest they’ve ever been, and deserve our protection too. Take easy action to stop them from being eradicated from Piute Mountain in the SoCal desert.
Photo by Mike Lorden

Their journey begins.. and has a happy ending.



SUMMER & AMADO are now together in upstate NY.

Here is what is going on in Arizona with the Salt River Wild Horses by one of our best advocates/photographers/stewards for the Mustangs in America, LAURA LEIGH. This lady has put in the hours, her heart and soul into documenting for the public about  what is truly happening to the Wild Horses in the West and all across this country. She is leading challenges with legal means and through courts and is having some outstanding success like no-one else in my opinion. Thank you Laura Leigh, for ALL you do for the Wild Ones.

~ Regina-Sophia

His Name is BEAU of the SWB Wild Horses, NW Colorado

Image shared on fb, by John A. Wagner, CO

Regina Siegel shared John A Wagner‘s photo.
His name is BEAU of the Sand Wash Basin.
Photo by John A Wagner fb page and “Sand Wash Basin Wild Horses”
My caption would be: “Nice Butt, BEAU”

Becky Standridge, Advocate for the Salt River Wild Horses at Tonto National Forest, Arizona


Please help Becky win this prize and continue to help these special Wild Horse families.

Click “Collect Me” to help me win a New York City photo exhibition and a$25,000 cash grant: One Life Photography Competition

via Becky Standridge.

Breaking News: Slaughter Plant in NM Plans to Butcher Horses

We need to protect All of our horses, the Wild ones as well as our domestic ones.

Straight from the Horse's Heart

Information supplied by Front Range Equine Rescue


April 10, 2012 (Larkspur, Colorado) — Through its own investigation, Front Range Equine Rescue (FRER) has discovered that Valley Meats Co., 3845 Cedarvale Rd., in Roswell, NM, has applied for inspection of horses to be “custom slaughtered” and “processed” for human consumption.  According to the facts uncovered, the facility has been involved in extended discussions with the Denver office of the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).  The FSIS inspects animals and meat in American slaughterhouses under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Horse slaughter for food is a national disgrace, given the iconic nature of American horses and the especially brutal methods used to kill them.  FRER has mounted an extensive legal battle to keep American horses from being slaughtered for food, in or out of the country, in…

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