Behind the Scenes with Hannah and Her Horse

“It’s ‘Feel Good Sunday’ and with your permission I would like to share a short clip with you that has had me rolling on the floor.  We are by no means endorsing the product that is being represented but I now know for sure that I have a four legged twin brother in the world of equines.  In more ways than one, perhaps.  Enjoy!” ~ R.T.

Texas Horse, stranded in rising flood waters, shot in the head by suspect

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“As we Houston Area residents struggle to clean up from the historic flooding, some idiots have the time to use an innocent horse for target practice.  For some men, there is no limit to the depth of their depravity…it sickens the stomach and saddens one’s heart.” ~ R.T.

rednecks-with-gunsAn animal cruelty case is being investigated by the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office after the agency learned of a deliberate shooting of a horse at a residence on CR 1335 B in the Moss Bluff area of south Liberty County.

Several calls of complaints from citizens on Wednesday, May 26, prompted the investigation.

On Wednesday, Deputy Linda Bloomingdale, working closely with the Houston SPCA, found the horse standing on a small patch of dry ground on an area surrounded by recent flood waters.

According to a report from the sheriff’s office, witness accounts said that a man was observed with an unknown caliber rifle shooting at the horse on Tuesday. Initially findings suggest the horse was struck in the head at least twice and possibly a third time.

A warrant was secured by Dep. Bloomingdale for the seizure of the wounded horse and a second horse that also appeared to be suffering from some degree of neglect. The horses were loaded onto trailers and brought through the flood waters to the Houston SPCA office where they will be treated for their injuries.

A seizure hearing is set for June 8 in Pct. 1 Justice of Peace Stephen Hebert’s court to determine ownership of the two horses. A criminal investigation is ongoing to identify the person responsible for the shooting. Once a suspect is identified, it is anticipated that animal cruelty charges will be filed.

Anyone having information regarding the identity of the person responsible for this offense is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 936-336-4500.

Band New Found Glory Saves Horse with Same Name

Story by Jonathan Lintner as published on The Courier-Journal

new_found_glory_2014A well-timed Twitter search this week led Florida-based rock band New Found Glory to save a Thoroughbred with the same name.

Guitarist Chad Gilbert was perusing social media after New Found Glory announced a new tour and stumbled upon a photo of a yearling filly caked in mud and scheduled to go to slaughter.

“This makes me really sad,” Gilbert tweeted. “I wish I knew how to keep it.”

Thankfully, he was responding to the account Freedom4Horses, which seeks out new homes for those heading to the auction block.

The two exchanged messages, eventually leading Gilbert sending a simple $350 payment.

“Meet @newfoundglory the HORSE!” Gilbert posted to his Instagram account. “Last night at 9pm I came across a horse that was supposed to be slaughtered at 10 am this morning. Sooooo we bought it! Saved it and found her a home! She is somewhere in Texas now and I hope we get to meet her in person soon!”

the Freedom4Horses account also reported that advocates paid to rescue New Found Glory’s sister, sending her to the same farm.

Auction HorseInstagram | @xchadballx

Meet @newfoundglory the HORSE! Last night at 9pm I came across a horse that was supposed to be slaughtered at 10 am this morning. Sooooo we bought it! Saved it and found her a home! She is somewhere in Texas now and I hope we get to meet her in person soon!

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Wild Burros Inadvertently Save Life Of Hiker Lost In Death Valley National Park

Posted on National Parks Traveler

“The burros have never had it easy with our government agencies…”

A group of feral burros inadvertently saved the life of a hiker lost in Death Valley National Park by leading him to water.

A group of burros, like this one near the Wild Rose area of Death Valley, helped a lost hiker stay alive in the park's backcountry/NPS file photo.

A group of burros, like this one near the Wild Rose area of Death Valley, helped a lost hiker stay alive in the park’s backcountry/NPS file photo.

Park officials said the unidentified man set out for a hike on May 5 at Saline Valley Dunes, an area in the northwestern corner of the park that you need a four-wheel-drive rig to reach. Four days later, rangers received word that a white pickup truck had been parked there for several days.

“Rangers searched the area on Sunday but were unable to locate anyone associated with the truck. Through investigation, they determined that it had been rented by a single person and had not been returned by the rental contract’s termination date,” noted District Ranger J.D. Updegraff. “On Monday, the Beverly Hills Police Department checked at the man’s home and confirmed that he was overdue and a search was begun.”

This past Tuesday, around 10 a.m., the man was found roughly five miles from his vehicle and to the east of the dune complex.

“The man reportedly set out alone for a day hike on the morning of Tuesday, May 5th, and became disoriented. Unable to find his way back to his vehicle, he followed a group of burros to a watering hole where he subsisted until rescue arrived,” the district ranger reported. “The man was transported to Northern Inyo Hospital where he is being treated for second degree sunburn and a rhabdomyolysis,” a disease in which muscles breakdown.

Memorial Day: Horses of War

by and published on Horse Nation

“As a person who has enjoyed the company of many horses over the years, I thank heaven that I have never had to take one to war.” ~ General Sir Frank Kitson

The first records of horses used in warfare date to Eurasia between 4000 and 3000 BC.  This Sumerian illustration, dated from 2500 BC, depicts horses pulling wagons.

The earliest written training manual for war horses was a guide for training chariot horses written at approximately 1350 BC followed by a guide to training riding horses in 360BC, written by Greek cavalry officer Xenophon.

Muslims, Knights of the Crusades, Japanese Samurai, American Indian tribes, such as the Comanche, and Civil War soldiers all used the horse as a powerful weapon of war.

A few of the more interesting facts I discovered were “that stallions were often used as destriers due to their natural aggression.  However, there may have been some use of mares by European warriors, and mares, who were quieter and less likely to call out and betray their position to the enemy, were the preferred war horse of the Moors, who invaded various parts of Southern Europe from 700 AD through the 15th century.  Geldings were used in war by the Teutonic Knights, and known as monk horses.  One advantage was if captured by the enemy, they could not be used to improve local bloodstock, thus maintaining the Knights’ superiority in horseflesh.” – WIKIPEDIA

At the turn of the twentieth century during WWI, millions of horses were sent to the war front.

Still, horses were struggling to find their place in modern warfare.  Trenches, barbed wire, machine guns and finally tanks, introduced in 1917, would render cavalry almost useless.  No longer a glorious mount for a soldier, the horses were reduced to pack animals, hauling millions of pounds of ammunition, guns and supplies to the front.

“Horses were easier targets than men, and you could do more damage to the enemy’s supply lines if you hit the horses,” says Simon Butler, author of War Horses.  Still, without working railroads, horses were the only transport for heavy equipment, men and supplies.  8 million of these silent, tireless heroes would not survive the war.  “Of the one million horses which left Britain for the Western Front,  just 60,000 returned,” reports DailyMail UK.

Horse FlagIt was the role as pack animal that would make horses crucial in the Second World War.  The Soviet Union, Nazi Germany, Japanese and American (though to a much lesser degree) forces all used horses and mules extensively as pack animals and for scouting missions.  In fact, George S. Patton wished for more on the front, saying, “Had we possessed an American cavalry division with pack artillery in Tunisia and in Sicily, not a German would have escaped.”

The German army used 2.75 million horses – more than it used in WWI.

The Soviet Union used 3.5 million.

Most if not all of these horses died on the battlefields or were abandoned after the war.

Only recently have these valiant actions begun to be memorialized.


And yet the fighting is still not over.  A small number of horses are still required for scouting missions and undercover operations even today by multiple countries.  The book, Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton, details how American Special Forces utilized horses extensively during the recent war in Afghanistan.

Remember to honor all the veterans this Memorial Day, four legged or two.

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14 Donkeys Who Prove They’re Secretly The Cutest Animals

By Audre Az as published on The Dodo

“It’s ‘Feel Good Sunday’ so please enjoy and keep the faith!”

Often under-appreciated, donkeys may not be the first animal that comes to mind when you’re looking for non-stop cuteness…. Until now. Need something to brighten your day? There’s a donkey for that!

1. This baby donkey rocking an extra-fluffy hairdo.


2. This brave guard donkey (and his llama colleague) protecting a flock of sheep from a coyote.


3. This donkey who likes to cart around his feline friend.


4. This pair of donkey pals just horsin’ around on a beach.

(YouTube/Funny Animals)

5. This dashing donkey who found an extra comfy chin rest.


6. This bold burro with an itch to scratch.

(Facebook/Lavender Dreams Donkey Rescue)

7. This newborn donkey who’s just learning how to scamper.


8. This duo of Greek donkeys sharing a tender moment.

(Flickr/Klearchos Kapoutis)

9. This frisky foal caught in the act mid-frolic.

(Facebook/Muriel Burnadou)

10. This trusty trio proving that three really is company.


11. This marvelous jenny with ears like antennas.

(Flickr/Pete Markham)

12. These super-rare, super-shaggy Poitou donkeys with dreadlocks.

(Facebook/Fermeduchampduparc Asinerie de Ouismes)

13. This mother and foal who totally nailed the family portrait pose.

(Facebook/The Donkey Sanctuary)

14. And finally, to warm your heart, this formerly neglected donkey learning to love again.


Action Alert: Comment on BLM’s Removal Plan for Youngsters from Cloud’s Herd

Information provided by The Cloud Foundation

The BLM is seeking your comments on their proposal to remove “up to 25” young horses from the range starting this year.

Cloud and Encore ~ Photo by Carol Walker of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Cloud and Encore – photo by Carol Walker of Wild Horse Freedom FederationBackground: The Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range (PMWHR is a spectacular wilderness but a high percentage of the 39,651 acres is rocky and unproductive for grazing. The herd now exceeds 160 adult horses. Without range expansion which TCF actively pursues, there must be some limited removals to ensure that the range continues to support the herd. There are no livestock on the range. The BLM is seeking your comments on their proposal to remove “up to 25” young horses from the range starting this year.

Because BLM’s email system is inadequate to accept large volumes of correspondence they request that you send a snail mail letter. Please formulate a polite letter in your own words. Here are some points to make:

  • Strongly Encourage BLM to adopt Alternative A, which calls for small, incremental removals as opposed to one large removal. Alternative A comes in response to suggestions made by responders to the Scoping document.
  • Ask that a time limit of three years be placed on these small removals, then assess whether further removals are needed based on the new PZP protocols as well as unpredictable limiting factors (i.e. weather/predation).
  • Remove no more than 6-10 young animals in any one year, so all the horses removed will have the opportunity to find good homes and the fragile genetics of this unique Spanish herd are not placed in jeopardy.
  • Do not eliminate the yearlings from the removal protocol. Yearlings are traditionally the most easily adopted, and adapt more readily to a domestic setting. Spreading the limited removals over mainly the yearling and two-year old quadrants will ensure that no unique animals will be removed and that the horses will be more likely to find homes and successfully adapt to a domestic life.
  • Remove as few three year-old as possible. Many three year-old fillies are settling in to life with their new bands and most three year-old males have become bachelor stallions, honing the skills they will need to one day win a mare. Because of this and their age, three year-olds typically require more time and expertise to gentle and train than most yearlings and two year-olds.
  • Do not remove any young horse that threatens the loss of a genetic line.
  • Do not remove any young horse that threatens the loss of a color. Encore is a low priority based on her sex and color. Mato Ska is the only blaze-faced roan that has ever been born on the Pryor Mountains to our knowledge. Palominos, Blue Roans and Buckskins are rare colors that must be preserved.
  • Please acknowledge that we appreciate being listened to!

Send your letter postmarked by June 6 to:
BLM Billings Field Office
Attn: Jared Bybee
5001 Southgate Drive
Billings, Mt. 49101-4669

For More Information call Jared Bybee: 406-896-5223
Environmental Assessment.
BLM Press Release
TCF Action Alert on Scoping Notice

Mystery of Hitler’s Missing Horse Statues Solved

Thorak’s “Walking Horses” — standing 16 feet high and 33 feet long — once guarded Hitler’s New Reich Chancellery in Berlin

Model of the Reich Chancellery building, designed by Albert Speer: The bronze statue of “Trabenes Pferd,” or “Trotting Horse,” is by sculptor Josef Thorak. (Heinrich Hoffmann/ullstein bild via Getty Images)

Model of the Reich Chancellery building, designed by Albert Speer: The bronze statue of “Trabenes Pferd,” or “Trotting Horse,” is by sculptor Josef Thorak. (Heinrich Hoffmann/ullstein bild via Getty Images)

Struggling artists often crave official recognition. A grant from the National Endowment for the Arts or designation as a poet laureate doesn’t just help financially — government support can help creative types build a career and burnish a reputation.

Unless that government is the Third Reich, and the patron is notorious Nazi Albert Speer, who took a shine to the work of a sculptor named Josef Thorak in Germany before the outbreak of World War II.

“Thorak worked on statues intended to represent the folk-life of Germany under Nazi coordination; these works tended to be heroic in scale, up to 65 feet,” according to Holland’s German Art Gallery. “… Albert Speer referred to Thorak as ‘more or less my sculptor.’”

Now, one of Thorak’s works has been unearthed in a black-market raid. German police discovered two massive bronze Thorak sculptures, dubbed “Walking Horses,” during an investigation targeting eight suspects in an illegal art trafficking ring, Berlin police spokesman Thomas Neuendorf told the Associated Press. The dealers wanted some $5.6 million for the statues, according to Bild newspaper.

Thorak’s “Walking Horses” — standing 16 feet high and 33 feet long — once guarded Hitler’s New Reich Chancellery in Berlin, planted on either side of the stairs to the building. During World War II, they were relocated and, in the 1950s, popped up on a Red Army barracks’ sports grounds in Eberswalde, a town northeast of Berlin in the communist German Democratic Republic, according to Agence France-Presse. The sculptures showed signs of the battle they had been through, painted gold to mask their bullet holes.

Then when the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, the horses went missing. Some speculated they were sold by the GDR. Police recently started investigating when they learned someone was attempting to sell them on the black market.

Police raided homes in Berlin, Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia and Schleswig-Holstein, seizing several other pieces of Nazi-era art, including a massive granite relief by German sculptor Arno Breker depicting muscled, shirtless fighters wielding swords in what police called “typical Nazi style,” according to BBC News…(CONTINUED)

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Wyoming can now put you in jail for sharing nature photos with the government

by Walter Einenkel as published in The Dailey KOS

It’s not just the wild horses targeted by the State of Wyoming now they are taking a shot at YOU!

This shot is actually illegal to take according to new bill.

You can face a $5000.00 fine and up to a year in prison if you share your nature photography with the government, according to a new Wyoming law. The Wyoming Senate just signed Bill 12: Trespassing to collect data (or Date Trespassing Bill). Ostensibly a private property/trespassing law, Bill 12 is incredibly wide-reaching:

The new law is of breathtaking scope. It makes it a crime to “collect resource data” from any “open land,” meaning any land outside of a city or town, whether it’s federal, state, or privately owned. The statute defines the word collect as any method to “preserve information in any form,” including taking a “photograph” so long as the person gathering that information intends to submit it to a federal or state agency. In other words, if you discover an environmental disaster in Wyoming, even one that poses an imminent threat to public health, you’re obliged, according to this law, to keep it to yourself.

As ThinkProgress points out:

“We are deeply concerned that this poorly written and overly vague bill will prevent concerned citizens and students from undertaking valuable research projects on public lands, out of fear of accidentally running afoul of the new law (the scope of which no one clearly understands) and being criminally and civilly prosecuted,” Connie Wilbert, organizing representative for the Sierra Club’s Wyoming chapter, told ThinkProgress. “There is no need for this new bill, and we can only conclude that it is an attempt by private landowners to scare people away from valid research efforts on public land.”One of the most troubling components of the law, according to Pidot, is that it specifically targets data collected to be shared with the government, a focus he calls “anomalous, bizarre, and radical.” Under the statute, a citizen who uncovers an environmental disaster or public health threat — unless they’ve obtained specific permission from the landowner before collecting that data — would themselves be breaking the law by reporting it to the authorities.

The Clean Water Act clearly articulates that citizens should be involved in helping to keep our water clean. What seems to be at work is all of the E. coli bacteria that people keep finding in Wyoming waterways is really inconvenient.

Why the desire for ignorance rather than informed discussion? The reason is pure politics. The source of E. coli is clear. It comes from cows spending too much time in and next to streams. Acknowledging that fact could result in rules requiring ranchers who graze their cows on public lands to better manage their herds. The ranching community in Wyoming wields considerable political power and has no interest in such obligations, so the state is trying to stop the flow of information rather than forthrightly address the problem.

Considering that Wyoming’s right-wing quackery is so intense that the ACLU is closing up shop there, this isn’t that surprising but it’s no less fortunate either. Will they use this law to criminalize nature photography? No. But they are clearly criminalizing whistle-blowing.

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