Archive for April, 2013

1296-Mandy-giving-Birth-8Easter weekend was very special this year, on Good Friday two new wild horses were born and on Easter Sunday a third was born.  Raine (standing) gave birth around 5 pm and it triggered Mandy (Raine’s daughter) into labor. The 2nd baby was born at 6 pm. Mandy is a young 2 1/2 year old first time mother. She was exhausted. When I arrived she wasn’t moving and the baby wasn’t breathing. So I decided to assist. I broke the sack open so the baby could get air and helped her out a little further. Once her rib cage was expelled Mandy was able to continue the process. I named her Faith; she was a little premature and small but doing fine. It only took her 30 minutes to get to her feet. The really interesting thing to this birth, the babies have switched mothers. Raine is nursing her granddaughter and Mandy is nursing her sister.  The switch is permanent. If I hadn’t witnessed the switch, I would not have believed it.

Lily gave birth on Easter Sunday at 5 pm. All babies are doing well. These horses are part of the herd on Wild Horse Mesa at the New Mexico / Colorado border. Usually the babies are born at night in the trees and I get to see them the next day. I have lived with the horses for eight years and they trust me, so it didn’t bother them that I helped. Maybe that was the plan. It was an experience I will never forget.

Spirit of the Wild Horse, a nonprofit foundation is looking for sponsors for this year’s babies to raise money for next winters hay.  The continuing drought makes winter foraging hard for the bands of horses.  By offering hay every couple of day, the horses stay on the mesa and off the highway and ranches. For more information, donate hay or to sponsor a baby, email: 1285-Mandy-giving-Birth-6 1281-Mandy-giving-Birth-5 1276-Mandy-giving-Birth-4

Wild_Horses01_High_ResThousands years ago horses were more distributed on the European lands, than in modern times. It was, particularly, wild horses, which nowadays is considered an extinct species. Their habitat embraced the areas of steppes and semi-steppes of Europe, Central and Northern Asia, the main difference between modern and glacial era horses is in lower height and dark belt on the back horses had. Herds of these animals roamed the steppes, making an annual migration path passing hundreds of kilometers. However, climate change, as a common factor of animal evolution, contributed to their extinction. In particular, the reason they disappeared is that forests significantly replaced steppes and wild horses were left without favorable pastures.

Four thousand years ago wild horses could be called prehistoric species, but lately some individuals were revealed. It is related to Tarpan in Russia and Przhevalski’s horse in Mongolia. Probably, it is appropriate to make some overview of main wild horses’ species. View full article »

wild-horses-muralThe ground begins to faintly rumble under your feet as your stand on a hillside admiring the beautiful mountain scenery. You wonder were this powerful feeling could possibly be coming from. Faster than you can associate what the source may be, the rumble gets closer and louder and even more vibrant through the masses of earth and wild grass you stand on.

From over the hill stampedes a great herd of wild horses in a flash of wild colors. A hundred feet pounding in close unison, source this rumble as these majestic, historical animals prance and pound by.

Sadly, there are several issues plaguing the survival of this type of horse. Primarily, culling of large groups of these horses is the main source of their demise, followed by habitat destruction, horses being stolen and sold for profit and an ever demanding need by these animals for food and water. View full article »