Horse News

Restoring the Takhi

written by R.T. Fitch, photography by Terry Fitch appearing exclusively in trueCOWBOY magazine

the Force of the Horse® is not a message spoken strictly in America

“Many people have asked Terry and I when we are going to write about our experiences in both Outer Mongolia and China after spending the past summer, there, and I guess the only honest way to answer the question is that we had so much to tell and so many images to share that it was like climbing a mountain just to get all of the data organized; but now we are ready.  Appearing in the pages of trueCOWBOY magazine is our first general overview of Mongolia and the distilled impressions that we took away.  In the weeks to follow we will look deeper into the other issues that face equines in Asia and how they relate to our horses, here.  We live in a marvelous world and spend our lives on a most interesting planet; there is never a day that goes by where we not only learn something but also have an opportunity to help, improve and make the earth a better place to live.” ~ R.T.


Sandwiched between Russia to the north and China to the south the vast, untouched grass covered mountains and plains of Outer Mongolia have been and still are today the perfect setting and habitat for all things equine. It is here, half way around the globe, an emerging democratic country is turning the clock back in an effort to return to the wild an exquisite creature that was allowed to go extinct many decades ago; the prehistoric Takhi (Przewalski’s horse) of Outer Mongolia is making a comeback…

click (HERE) to read the story in its entirety and to visit trueCOWBOY magazine

Photos by Terry Fitch, jerky and shaky video by R.T. Fitch, music by the Mongol Band

5 replies »

  1. Super article, RT & Terry. Sure does tell you that “if we could build it, they would come”, doesnt it?
    If only it could be accomplished HERE. No fences, No BLM monitoring & harassing. Just people who could learn to respect the horses for what they are. I receive pictures & emails from Pam Nickoles about her trips into the desert & mountains to see the wild ones – brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it. How great it would be to be able to actually get somewhat “close & personal”
    to these horses that way.
    Keep on telling it like it is, RT
    Thanks so much


  2. With appreciation of the work you are doing by looking at the deep issues confronting the wild horses of the US and the world. This is a very feel good story and lifts the spirit but I see the serious underlining story, if only people would see it. The repatriation of an almost extinct wild horse back into a freedom state.

    The US is turning the clock back by removing wild horse herds, as was done to millions of bison in the effort to deprive the Native Americans of substance. Getting personal – My ancestry goes back a long time, 17th generations and each having great affection for our horses. I had the opportunity to read actual ship manifests which identified those that came to New Spain, and the notations stating how many horses along with horse armor each soldier brought to New Spain.

    I believe my ancestors made a mistake in coming here.


  3. Can’t help but mention the similarity they are to our own Kiger horses we have in our Northwest. The BLM continues to castrate the stallions and colts and gather them for “adoption”. The “good” news is that they have postponed the Kiger gather for another 1-2 years for now.


  4. Just went on the site for Dayton Hyde’s sanctuary in the Black Hills (thank you to whoever mentioned his name here) had seen an article about him in a magazine years ago, but never realized what he had done for the wild horses – or actually what he still is doing. Just spent an hour or so reading about the sanctuary & about the books hes written, etc. Amazing man. Someone who actually has put his money where his heart is. I doubt it was easy setting the place up.


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