We would like to take a moment, out of your busy holiday, to send you a little bit of holiday cheer and hopefully brighten your day. Yesterday we released a short New Year clip on Facebook staring the world renowned, professional sledding team comprised of Vicki Tobin and […]
Fighting the Good Fight for the Horses and Burros Takes a Toll on Free Time “John Holland, president of the Equine Welfare Alliance and covert owner of Howling Ridge Film and Fertilizer Co., has been entertaining us with equine holiday videos over the years. But this year we […]
Today is Sunday, precisely one week before Christmas so I tender for you, this day, an original equine related Christmas story. But today’s story tugs at my personal heart-strings with more vigor than necessary. This tale was written several years ago, immediately after the loss of my German Shepherd companion, Nikki. With her passing many creatures were living with a gap in their hearts, this feeling does not only apply to humans but to our animal companions as well. Her partner in arms and constant friend was Terry’s good buddy, Kenny, a massive white Shepherd that cried, howled and looked for Nikki weeks after her departure. The story that follows was one I wrote as Kenny and I tried to find our way through our sadness and grief and is forever alive in our book “Straight from the Horse’s Heart”. The hole is still there but both of us learned to live with it, except that today the hole in my heart is much wider as our good friend and trusty companion, Kenny, crossed over the bridge on Friday, December 16th 2011. We miss him, even the horses wonder where the evening guardian is that watched over the barn while they ate…it is now so empty without the bouncing, forever happy German Shepherd.
Twas the night before Christmas on our public land
not a Mustang was stirring, knowing what was at hand.
They huddled in fear hoping someone would care,
in hopes that the advocates soon would be there.
On the first day of Christmas,
Ken Salazar gave me
One rogue BLM agency.
Deanne Stillman author of Mustang, Twentynine Palms as posted in the Huffington Post 12/23/2008 “Once again it is “Feel Good Sunday” and events in the world make it difficult for us to truly feel good while others are suffering. But with that in mind, we are going to […]
As of late it has been a difficult ride for the horses of the United States of American, both domestic and wild. From the gaff of language being stripped from an Ag bill that defunded horse slaughter plant inspections and then signed by the President to the rapid, cruel and possibly unlawful trapping and removal of protected wild horses and burros from public lands by Obama’s BLM; things have been bleak and looked like they were heading south, until…enter stage left, Steven Spielberg with his latest epic film War Horse. If ever the American public needed to be informed on the plight of the American horse it is now and Mr. Spielberg just opened up that conversation on Christmas Day.
Christmas Commentary by R.T. Fitch ~ President Wild Horse Freedom Federation The Horses Thank All of You for Who and What You Are For the safety and security of my wife, Terry, and our ranch I rarely divulge my location, travel plans or activities. But being that it […]
As I have done twice a day 365 days a year for most of my adult life, I am on my way to take care of the barn people. Tonight is special because it is Christmas Eve. As I make my way along the two lane country roads that lead to the barn, the darkness and silence of the cold southwestern Pennsylvania night is interrupted only briefly by the Christmas lights on barns and homes scattered throughout the open fields.
by Vicki Tobin and R.T. Fitch, Illustration by Kerry Kelly of the Houston Chronicle ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, and All through the land…. Twas the night before Christmas on our public land, Not a Mustang was stirring, knowing what was at hand. They huddled in fear hoping […]