Candles Burn for the Love of Equine Freedom
“Yesterday, December 15th 2011th, was the fortieth year anniversary of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burro Act and thousands, if not millions, of compassionate equine advocates were lighting candles in memory of all the wild horses and burros who have lost either their lives or their freedom since the law first went into effect. Diluted, twisted and bastardized by multiple administrations for the sake of special interest profits the very horses and burros that the law intended to protect are now hunted, abused and removed from their rightful land by they very federal agency that was charged to protect them. How have we gone so terribly wrong?
Many people lit their candles in quiet groups while others privately reflected upon all that we have lost; Terry and I fell into later category. Not ones to normally allow open flames in our barn we carefully lit a scented candle on the concrete floor of the center aisle as our rescued equine companions gleefully munched upon their evening dinner. We later brought the candle in, still lit, to spend the evening with us. It was a sobering time as we reflected upon how the quest to help in saving the wild ones so drastically changed our lives and altered the path of our future. We likewise thought of those who were doing the same, elsewhere, particularly Laura Leigh and Elyse Gardener who were lighting candles, not in a warm barn, but out on the cold Calico Complex range where the BLM and their cruel and questionable contractor, Sun-J, were committing the very atrocities that we were reflecting upon. It broke our hearts.
We published nothing, yesterday, out of respect but today we pick the torch back up and share with you a poem of thanks and of love to you; those who give a voice to those who cannot speak for themselves. We share the horses blessings with you and thank you for all that you did, do and will accomplish, it is a true pleasure to be associated with such an outstanding group of special spirits. Thank you.” ~ R.T.
Thank you, Great Spirit, for the blessing of today.
We give thanks for the gift of this day; for being granted another opportunity to be alive from when the sun comes up until it retreats into the night.
For those of us who live wild and free, under the deep blue sky, we thank you for the unfettered glory of living our lives as you meant them to be lived.
Those of us who awoke inside crowded and dusty pens thank you for another chance; perhaps today will be the day that we are set free to run with our families across our plains, once again.
We penned ones want to, also, thank you for the chance to make the point, to send the message and to be the martyrs for the lesson that you have laid upon us.
We can endure the pain, suffering and even death knowing that by being the silent recipients of all of man’s evil we will bring to light the need for change; you have taught us well.
Our thanks go to you for the wisdom of your plan that one day mankind will look at what he does, to us, and change his direction in how he treats this world.
It is through your design that man will, once again, become as one with his surroundings and the living creatures that walk upon this planet; and you have chosen us to be the carriers of you message.
By the abuse that is rained down upon us, man’s eyes will be opened to the atrocities that he both intentionally and unknowingly commits against man, beast, earth, water and air. Our suffering will be his awaking.
You anguished through this with your Son, oh Wise One, and the message was heard. It is our hope that this message is received while our diminishing numbers can still survive.
We also give thanks for those two legged allies who stand beside us and give us a voice when we cannot speak; they are a special breed and we know that they walk very close to you, Great Spirit.
They come in many shapes and sizes and help in so many ways. From extending a gentle hand to fighting a war of words, they are there. They have been with us for years, bearing witness to our suffering which has hurt them as well; yet they remain beside us, fighting, planning, giving of themselves and glowing with hope.
Their warmth sustains us, their courage buoys us and their love uplifts us. We thank them too, Great One, as through their work with you, a tribe of our brothers will run free for just a little longer, even if it is only a matter of days. The gift of just one day is very special to a wild horse as we live in the now, the past cannot be changed and through our actions of today, tomorrow will be cast.
We thank you this special day and ask that you grant blessings upon those who speak for us; their efforts rewarded with divine love and hope for we need none ourselves as you have blessed us with this day and what a wonderful day it is.
Thank you, kind Master, for your blessing of today.