Wild Horses – Photographing the Wyoming Checkerboard Horses in Canon City

SOURCE:  wildhoofbeats.com

by Carol Walker, Director of Field Documentation, Wild Horse Freedom Federation


The beautiful boys 1-4 years old in pen 3 were curious about us

As many of you know, it was quite a process obtaining permission to photograph the wild horses rounded up last month in Wyoming’s Checkerboard Areas who are now in Canon City Short Term Holding at the prison facility.  However, on Monday, no one could have been more helpful and accommodating than Fran Ackley and Brian Hardin, who spent 4 1/2 hours with us, taking us to every pen, and making sure we could get good angles, tag numbers, and good views of the horses.  They want these horses to go to good homes.


Fran Ackley was an excellent guide

I did my best to photograph as many horses as possible and have their tag numbers visible for people interested in adopting them.  I did not photograph every horse – some were behind other horses, and the sheer number was overwhelming.

You are welcome to download and use the photos for identification purposes and to send to Lona Kossnar, but please respect my copyright and do not use them for anything else without my permission.  You are also welcomed and encouraged to share these with anyone who is interested in adopting a horse or horses.


Beautiful young mares 1-4 years old in pen 21


I have broken the photos down into age groups.

First are the foals and weanlings in this link:


Images 1-5 in pen 13A, images 6-57 are in the two adjoining weanling pens, 36C and 36D, images 146-149 are in pen 23.

Then the young mares, ages 1-4 in this link:


Images 59-93 are in pen 21, images 94-100 are in pen “No Man’s Land”, images 101-125 are in pen 22 and images 126-145 are in pen 25.

Then the young stallions, (soon to be gelded) ages 1-4 in this link:


Images 150-155 are in pen 8B, images 156-225 are in pens 3 and F, images 226-246 are in pen G.

The older mares, ages 5 and up are here:


Images 339-387 are in pen 26, images 388-441 are in pen 18. You may notice hip brands on some of these mares – this is because they were treated with birth control, PZP either in December of 2013 and/or October of 2010.

The older stallions, 5 and up:


Images 247-313 and 327-338 are in pens 19b and 19C, images 314-327 are in pen 9.

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2 of the older stallions                                                      Older mares


Two stunning weanlings, a dun 9135 and a grulla 9133 in pen 36C


You can use the neck tag numbers on the horses for identification purposes.

Some notes about the horses – the 9000 numbers are from Great Divide Basin, the 7000 numbers are from Salt Wells Creek and Adobe Town.  They do not list any horses as being from Adobe Town, but there are Adobe Town horses mixed in with the Salt Wells Creek horses.

These are NOT all the horses brought in during the Checkerboard Roundup.  The other 600+ are at Rock Springs Corrals.  They are not ready for adoption there yet.  There are also about 100 weanlings and yearlings and two year olds from Salt Wells Creek that went to Axtell, Utah’s wild burro facility.


There are no burros in Wyoming, Marjorie, but there are burros at Canon City! Ginger makes a few friends.

Several of us have photos posted of these horses out there, so there is no guarantee that a horse pictured will still be available.  I am not in charge of adoption, I am only the photographer.

The next adoption day event is November 21st (but you can call to adopt at anytime with an approved adoption application). Information about the event, how to find out more about individual horses or to download adoption forms can be found at these links:



Through the Canon City BLM office, the first 150 miles of shipping is FREE!  There are group shipping options as well for folks that are interested in the horses, but live a distance away.  Please contact the BLM office directly for specifics.

Lona Kossnar at (719) 269-8539, or email her at lkossnar@blm.gov

Please be kind to and patient with Lona – she will have LOTS of folks contacting her and I know she will do her very best to help all of you!

Pam Nickoles was also there photographing and you can view her images here:

(http://www.nickolesphotography.com/f106188461) entitled “Canon City BLM Checkerboard Horses”

And Amanda Wilder, who has images on her Facebook page with each horse identified by tag number:



The weather changed just as we were leaving – we had good timing!


NV Wild Horse Rescued from Sticky Situation

Source: Reno’s News 4

SPARKS, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) — One wild horse found herself in a sticky – and smelly – situation on Tuesday.

According to Lyon County officials, wild horse advocates and the Lyon County Technical Large Animal Response Team responded Tuesday afternoon to a Virginia Range wild mare that found her way into the Truckee Meadows Waste Water Treatment Plant on Cleanwater Drive in Sparks.

The mare was found by facility personnel stranded in a waste water settling pond, which contains waste solids. She was apparently in the water for about four hours.

Two of the volunteers trained in both HazMat and large animal rescue were ready to don HazMat suits and go in the gooey material to secure the animal for extrication, when she gave a mighty try and managed to get her front hooves on solid ground. The volunteers were relieved to see the mare pull herself onto solid ground and avoided taking a murky swim.

The volunteers built a decontamination corral and gave the smelly horse a thorough decontamination wash down under the supervision of a facility manger before she was let loose to rejoin her companions.

Ironically, the horse entered the facility during a project in which the fencing was being upgraded to prevent such things as curious horses.

Shannon Windle of Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund on Wild Horse & Burro Radio (Wed., Nov 12)



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Our guest tonight is Shannon Windle, President of the Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund in Reno, Nevada.


Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund is an all-volunteer registered 501( c )3 non-profit organization to protect and preserve the Wild Horses that settle in the foothills surrounding Hidden Valley during the winter months.  For over 20 years, volunteers have monitored herd health, grazing availability, provided attention to sick and injured horses and foals, aided in state run adoption processes, and installed and mended fencing and cattle guards.  Other volunteers are involved in ensuring federal and state departments are working within the statutes that provide protection and care for the Wild Horses.

This group is currently trying to find adopters for Virginia Range Horses before the horses are sent to auction, where they could potentially be purchased by “kill buyers” and sent to slaughter.  Please visit the adoption link for Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund: www.wildhorseadoption.org

This radio show is hosted by Debbie Coffey, Vice-President & Director of Wild Horse Affairs at Wild Horse Freedom Federation. Continue reading

Veterans Day 2014: An Anniversary Worth Notice

By Stacey Oke, DVM, MSc as published in theHorse.com

More than 8 million horses served in World War I and only a fraction survived

In December 2013, a massive ice storm hit the northeast, rendering millions without power. Our elderly neighbors “rescued” my children and me, and we stayed huddled in front of their fire, which served as our only source of heat and light for several days.

The primitive living conditions reminded my neighbors of growing up in the midst of World War II, diving head first into the trenches lining the perimeter of the school yard when the sirens sounded and standing in the bomb shelters reciting times tables whilst breathing as hard as possible to make their gas masks puff ever so slightly from their faces to produce a flatulence-like sound.

Sgt Reckless the real War Horse

Sgt Reckless the real War Horse

Just like young people continue to find small joys in childhood even in the midst of war, horses and other equids continue go to work helping their human companions in any way they are asked. It is simply their nature. While many human soldiers bravely elect to serve their countries, equids have been called to duty over the centuries, without choice or complaint.

Recall some of the following facts:

  • More than 8 million horses served in World War I and only a fraction survived;
  • The British Army alone recruited 1 million horses—more than 90% died;
  • In addition to direct attacks, causes of death in war horses were due to disease, starvation, thirst, and exposure to the elements;
  • In World War II, Germany reportedly used 2.75 million horses, while the Soviets used 3.5 million; and
  • After surviving a war, horses were rarely returned to their homes. Instead, they were repurposed and sent to other war zones.

Every Nov. 11, people throughout the world remember, thank, and celebrate veterans in different ways. And, for the past several years, TheHorse.com has recognized the role of horses in warfare, each year with a different goal—unwanted horses, maintenance of equine war monuments, a moment of silence for horses, for example.

This year, we seek to raise awareness regarding the continued war efforts that horses make through equine therapy. Our human heroes return from war expected to rejoin society despite bearing physical scars and emotional wounds. Yet again, our equine companions give selflessly to help our veterans heal as highlighted in the award-winning documentary Riding My Way Back.

There are a number of organizations offering healing services to veterans, such as the Injured Marie Semper Fi Fund’s Jinx McCain Horsemanship Program  and Saratoga Warhorse that “provides each individual with a unique experience that helps to release stress.”

Many more veterans could and would benefit from equine therapy. This Veterans Day, during the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, consider making a donation to an equine therapy organization to show support not only for the veterans horses help today but also the scores of service animals lost to the trenches over time.

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Antibiotic Substitute Found In Mushrooms That Grow In Horse Dung

SOURCE:  Headlines & Global News


The substance was found in grey shag that grows on horse dung.

By Rebekah Marcarelli

Researchers discovered a new agent in horse dung-grown fungi that could be used as an antibiotic.

The protein, dubbed cospin, has the same bacteria-killing effect as antibiotics, but belong to a different biochemical class, ETH Zurich reported. The potential antibiotic substitute was found in the mushroom cap of the Coprinopsis cinerea, which grows in horse dung.

Researchers cultivated the fungus in a laboratory along with several types of bacteria, and found it was able to kill them off.

The team found copsin can bind to lipid II, a building block for cell wall bacteria; If the protein does bind to the lipid the bacteria are no longer able build new cell walls and die.

“Whether copsin will one day be used as an antibiotic in medicine remains to be seen. This is by no means certain, but it cannot be ruled out either,” said Markus Aebi, Professor of Mycology.

Even if the substance is never used as a substitute for antibiotics, the findings could provide insight into how fungi use defensins (a group of small proteins that fight microorganisms ) to protect themselves while keeping resistance at bay.

“Fungi have internal instructions on how to use these substances without resulting in selection of resistant bacteria. How to decode these instructions is an intriguing problem for basic research,” Aebi said.

The researchers are currently looking at potential applications of copsin, which has been registered for patient approval. The protein is extremely stable, making it less susceptible to degrading enzymes and high temperatures. It can be heated at a temperature of 100 degrees Celsius for several hours. The researchers believe the protein has these exceptional qualities because it has a compact three-dimensional structure.

Copsin could also have applications in the food industry because it can kill contaminating pathogens such as Listeria.

The findings were published in a recent edition of the Journal of Biological Chemistry,

Sexism Straight from the Horse’s Mouth: Life as a Female Vet

Author Adele Williams ~ Lecturer in Equine Medicine at University of Surrey


“I specifically requested one of the male vets, but it is just a vaccination so I do hope you’ll be able to do that …”

Vet at WorkPicture this. Your prize horse needs a vaccination. Who should turn up to deliver this but a veterinary graduate of ten years, specialist in equine internal medicine and teacher to veterinary undergraduates. Today is your lucky day! Or not.

“I specifically requested one of the male vets, but it is just a vaccination so I do hope you’ll be able to do that …”

Emma Watson’s recent UN speech got me thinking about when I’ve experienced sexism during my professional life. I am a lecturer in equine medicine at the University of Surrey. In the UK about 85% of vet graduates are female and Emma’s speech hit on a truth that is perfectly illustrated in my experiences as a female veterinarian.

Shouldn’t happen to a vet

The above example is one of many. I turned up at a yard one morning to vaccinate horses. A middle-aged woman greeted me with the above statement, and at the time I smiled politely and quietly got on with my job while secretly thinking: “I’m more qualified and have dealt with a far higher and more complicated caseload than any of the male vets at the practice. I am more than capable of giving injections and filling in vaccination forms.”

But it also made me nervous and made me think: “I hope this horse doesn’t react badly to needles and it doesn’t go wrong to validate any of this person’s opinions.”

I worked hard to become a specialist vet. I have a passionate dedication to equine health and welfare. Needless to say I’m capable of vaccinating a horse and much more beside – and that has nothing to do with my gender. And of course, the vaccinations went without a hitch.

Had I been a recent graduate, this person’s comments may have been enough to push my nerves over the edge. The horse may have picked up on that and reacted badly to the needle, becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy, but for the wrong reasons.

Was I shocked to hear this kind of seemingly sexist attitude? Only slightly. My experiences of negative treatment due to my gender have most often been from clients rather than the profession itself. Interestingly, those attitudes have largely been directed from female clients.

Underpaid, under-represented

Women have struggled to enter certain areas of the profession, such as orthopaedic surgery, farm animal practice and high-power positions in higher education. And there are some veterinary practices that have a very high ratio of male to female vets – and where all the partners in the practice are male.

This is becoming more noticeable as times have changed; where once 99% of new graduates were male, today, the vast majority are now female. While there are many possible factors that may contribute to the under-representation of women in some areas of veterinary work, sexism is one factor that warrants consideration. Further research is urgently required to understand why woman are under-represented in certain areas.

For young students the attitude is part of the learning experience – I’ve had male vet students with me in practice when clients, invariably female, have presumed that the student is my senior colleague or that I am the student. I’ve addressed this problem by introducing myself as the vet and the student as the student; yet still have had the client ask the male student’s opinion over my own.

I recently read an article written by an Australian male student on sexism he has noticed towards his female colleagues. His words put eloquently into reality the position the industry faces:

I still come across, and will continue to come across, sexism in the vet profession. As a male I am more employable, can earn more money (mean salary in the US is US$112,000 compared to $88,000 for females – much lower for both in Australia) and am more likely to enter into a practice partnership or ownership. All of this is despite the fact that there are plenty of females in my course who will make better veterinarians than I could ever hope to be. It’s because I’m a male – and it’s because of inequality.

Universities and private practices should closely examine their employment policies so that new graduates are given support and equal opportunities. We as a profession need to engage with the public and ensure they understand that female vets are just as suitably well-qualified and skilled as male ones.

The key aim for all veterinary schools is that their graduates, regardless of gender, are confident, compassionate and excellent veterinary surgeons. Indeed, the issue has been raised with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, the governing body of the veterinary profession, and the effect of sexism and gender inequality will be on the agenda for forthcoming projects around the well-being of the profession and its longer-term direction.

This article originally appeared in (The Conversation)

British Woman Succumbs to Cancer after Final Farewell with Favorite Equine Friend

Source: Multiple

  • Sheila Marsh said an emotional goodbye to her beloved horse Bronwen 
  • Dedicated staff at Wigan Royal Infirmary arranged the visit
  • The 77-year-old grandmother lost her battle with cancer just hours later
  • Pictures from family album show the pair together in their prime at shows
  • Mrs Marsh, whose condition deteriorated, owned Bronwen for 25 years 
  • Family say the pensioner took ‘comfort in the beautiful moment’ 

Staff at Royal Albert Edward Infirmary in Wigan granted Sheila Marsh’s last wish, by arranging a visit from two of her horses on Monday afternoon.

The hospital said the 77-year-old, unable to speak properly due to illness, “gently called” her favourite horse, who then nuzzled her cheek.

Mrs Marsh, who used to work at Haydock Park Racecourse, died early on Tuesday.

The grandmother from Wigan had six horses, three dogs, three cats and other animals.

But after a farewell visit from one of her dogs last weekend, she told hospital staff of her wish to see her favourite horse Bronwen, who she had looked after for the previous 25 years.

They arranged for Bronwen and another horse to come to the hospital car park, where nurses wheeled Mrs Marsh in her bed.

Infirmary nurse Gail Taylor said: “The horse, Bronwen, walked steadily towards Sheila.

“Sheila gently called to Bronwen and the horse bent down tenderly and kissed her on the cheek as they said their last goodbyes.”

Mrs Marsh’s daughter Tina said: “It was very important for my mum. She was one of the most hard-working people that you could meet and she would do anything for anyone.”

Pauline Law, deputy director of nursing, said staff felt privileged to have been involved.

“This was obviously extremely important to [Mrs Marsh] and her family and we feel privileged to have been able to provide this support at this crucial stage of her care,” she said.

“It is absolutely right that we should pull out all the stops to ensure that our patients and their families receive personalised, compassionate and dignified care at the end of their life and this is what we will always strive to achieve.”

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