Phantom Stallion E-Newsletter January 2010
When I told you that the Phantom Stallion roams the Calico Mountains which are home to many living wild horses and asked you to send your letters, art, and epostcards to BLM, YOU responded like champions!
And you know what? I am very sad to report that of the nine people sitting at the table for the BLM's Wild Horse and Burro advisory board -- only two agreed to look at even a few of the more than 200 letters you got to me in just a few days!
You stood up for what you believe and they refused to listen to you. After that, I had no qualms about joining a law suit to focus attention on what BLM is doing.
I went to Washington, D.C., and appeared in federal court to stand up for you and the horses.
I've been talking to many reporters, government officials and regular folks about the wild horses and what you want.
Here's a New York Times photo of the Calico Range horses, dripping with frozen sweat, after they've been chased by helicopters, at 30 miles per hour, into pens. They are exhausted and bewildered because their families have been torn apart.
For the New Year, I'm toasting your MORAL COURAGE and the hope that 2010 is a better year for every species on earth, including humans!
This just in . . .
HORSES IN THE CLASSROOM!
Whether you are writing a story for your school newspaper, a class assignment or just want some extra information to include in a book report, lots of you have asked me for websites with up-to-the-minute facts on wild horses and here are three I trust:
I keep you up to date on horses and books here, too: http://terrifarley.com/blogger.html
I'm updating the TEACHER CENTER page of PHANTOMSTALLION.COM with -- wait for it! -- WILD HORSE MATH! You may have noticed that Sam and I have trouble with numbers, but when it counts and when it's about horses we love, it's somehow easier!
Keep checking that page and feel free to print it out and share with your teachers!
Why Worry about Wild horses?
Over 6 million head of livestock (cattle, sheep, etc.) graze on public lands and pay the government less each month than it costs me to feed my pets.
Paying the government per animal isn't such a bad deal, either, because in the 19th century, 2,000,000,000 (two million) wild horses roamed the West
Over 6 million head of private livestock graze on public lands for less each month than it costs me to feed my pets, however
How many will be left?
HOW CAN YOU HELP THE WILD HORSES?
Write to President Obama http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact
Write from your heart, and don't worry. Our president has two children he loves very much. He's used to talking to kids!
Here's a sample note:
Dear President Obama,
Please stop BLM from rounding up any more mustangs until Congress can investigate BLM's treatment of America's wild horses.
Once these wild horses are taken from their homes on the range, they could be gone forever.
Ask your friends to write, too! This is the time to act on your beliefs!
Phantom Stallion and Wild Horse Island trivia quiz
READ Terri's blog WABI SABI WEST on January 5 for the answers!
"She's just actin' like a mare," Pepper said. He shook his head sadly like being a mare was a disease that Tempest was bound to catch sometime and I wanted to shove him right out of the saddle.
That was this morning, and thinking about what could have happened to Pepper -- and me, if I'd gone to his rescue -- makes me shiver, now.
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