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…

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Help keep us in the field and the courtroom!

Help keep us in the field and the courtroom!


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”

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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CLOUD’s herd in grave danger, again!

All the Wild Horses in the Pryor Mts. are in great danger again by the BLM and their plans to hold a roundup this summer. We NEED to protect them in any way we can! PLEASE HELP!

Go to the website and see how:

From my fb wall:

Cloud the Stallion shared a link.

Breaking News: BLM issues record of decision to remove 30-40 Pryor wild horses ages 1-3 years:
Breaking News: BLM Decision to Remove Young Pryor Mustangs Issued
Major Removal Threatens Cloud’s Pryor Herd BLM expands removal plan for young Pryor Mustangs BILLINGS, Mont. (April 5, 2012)—Yesterday, BLM issued their Decision Record to permanently remove …

Summit of the Live Horse, Oklahoma Cty, OK, 4/4/12

Miss the Summit of the Live Horse yesterday?
Check it out online here:
Conference of the Live Horse Oklahoma City, OK
Conference of the Live Horse Oklahoma City, OK:Recorded on 4/3/12 recorded on USTREAM. Breaking News

Pam Nickoles Photography Blog: Wild Stallion

Isn’t this a gorgeous Wild Horse stallion? This is from the blog of PAM NICKOLES a very passionate advocate for our precious Wild Horses and also a very gifted Equine and Nature Photographer. Please “Like” her blog and sign up to read it regularly.
Epona’s Blessings to You and the Wild Ones

Pam Nickoles Photography

Running after a band stallion whose mares this bay boy would love to steal. Piceance Creek/East Douglas HMA near Meeker, CO (2011)

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