I’ve been going through all my spring photos, and I have so many to share, I figured it would be best to get them all in one place. A photo dump blog post. LOL. If you follow along on Facebook, or Instagram, you’ve seen some of these as the daily puzzle on the Wild Mustangs Forever page, and also group.
So, without further ago, some of my favorites. Right now anyway.
Springtime, is of course baby time. Some cute new faces on the range this year.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is “Celebrating” 50 years of the wild horse and burro act. They are touting what a wonderful job they have done protecting our American Mustangs and burros, but what’s really been going on for the past 50 years? What exactly have they accomplished?
Let’s first take a look at how it all began. I recently read a book that talks about the history of the mustangs in the west, and how they have endured, and survived decades of persecution and abuse. Mustang: The Saga of the Wild Horse in the American West covers the history of the mustangs from how they got here, there is proof they were reintroduced to this continent, to Velma Johnston’s fight to keep them safe and free. Velma fought hard for 10 years to get protections for our mustangs and burros. Her work was tireless, and I’m sure at times frustrating and all consuming. Finally in 1971, Pres. Nixon signed the Wild Horse and Burro act making it illegal to harrass, or kill our mustangs and burros. The BLM was given oversight of the program, which apparently Velma was ambivalent about, given that the BLM was also over livestock grazing on public land. Of course it was the livestock industry who had been persecuting the horses in the first place, because they wrongly saw them as competition for forage for their cattle and sheep.