Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Iceman's Journey

Eric and Iceman spent most of the morning walking all over the ranch and exploring new territory this morning. They had two of our wandering burros, Margarita and Taco, join them for the first quarter of the trek..but they soon turned around when they ventured too far from all of the hay and cubes. Iceman is doing so well, and seems to be very comfortable and willing with Eric. They walked all through the Mesquite trees and the "back forty". No saddle work today, just some quality time.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Gus and Iceman

Mustang helping Mustang, haha...only at Shiloh. :)

Augustus is helping Iceman learn how to lead properly. We think he just wants a new playmate in the turnout more often.

Iceman Update 09/27/09

It was another big weekend for Iceman. Dave and Eric really make a great team, and Iceman was kept busy for most of Sunday morning. He is really taking the saddle well, and seems to be responding better now that they have swapped out the nylon halter for a rope halter. Eric took him out of his stall and walked him all around the property, allowing Iceman to see more sights and sounds of the ranch he has never seen before. Iceman has really started to understand being led, and is able to follow on a much shorter, relaxed lead. After a few laps, Iceman was brought into the nice, sandy arena for the first time. Dave took the rope and decided to work on some Parelli techniques. They focused on the "Seven Games", and the response back from Iceman was wonderful...Mustangs are so incredibly intelligent. After some ground work, it was time to try the saddle. Iceman handles the additional pressure very well and stays fairly calm and comfortable with the guys at his side. Dave went first, testing out the limits...but unfortunately the saddle slipped a bit and we had a bit of a rodeo, haha. Eric went second, managed to hop all the way in, but didnt stay on too long. Iceman spent the rest of the day in the arena, enjoying the soft sand and processing his morning activities. Meanwhile, his best bud Sidewinder watched very intently and was anxiously awaiting his return.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Upcoming Clinic at Shiloh!

Please join us on November 1, 2009 at Shiloh as we welcome Extreme Mustang Makeover participant, Joe Weitekamp, for a special clinic.

A perfect opportunity for those who have horses who need some help. Joe will be teaching his techniques of handling and gaining the respect of a difficult horse on the ground and building a stronger relationship with your horse.

Please click here to find out more and to sign up! Auditors welcome as well!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Iceman Update: Fly Mask

Great day at the ranch today. Eric worked a bit with Iceman this afternoon and managed to get his fly mask back on. From the looks of it, Sidewinder is definitely the culprit who ripped it off, haha. The mask was taken off, put back on, taken off, put back on...no issues. Mission Accomplished.

House Passes Titus Resolution in Support of National Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Day‏

Washington, D.C.Congresswoman Dina Titus spoke today on the House floor in support of House Resolution 688, which she introduced to support National Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Day, which is recognized on September 26, 2009. Below are her remarks as delivered and attached is the resolution, which passed by voice vote.

“Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and I would like to thank Chairman Rahall and Subcommittee Chairman Grijalva for bringing this timely resolution to the floor today.

“I rise today in strong support of H.Res. 688, a resolution I introduced with my colleagues in the Nevada Congressional Delegation in support of the goals and ideals of National Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Day.

“Wild horses and burros are living symbols of the independent, free spirit of the American West. My state of Nevada is home to more than half of the wild horses in the country, and our state quarter depicts a trio of wild mustangs.

“The Wild-Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act, which became law in 1971, gave the Secretaries of Agriculture and the Interior responsibility for the humane capture, removal, and adoption of wild horses and burros. The agencies ensure that ‘healthy herds thrive on healthy rangelands.’ But because these animals have no natural predators, herd sizes can increase dramatically in very short periods of time.

“In order to maintain balance on the rangelands, wild horses and burros are gathered and offered for adoption and sale. Currently, there are some 31,000 wild horses in short-term and long-term holding facilities, with 18,000 young horses available adoption. Although reasonable people might disagree on the appropriate number of horses that should be allowed to roam free, ranchers, wild horse advocates, environmentalists, animal lovers, and taxpayers alike can agree that there is a pressing need to improve upon the adoption programs to remove horses from holding facilities and place them in good adoptive homes.

“On September 26, 2009, a number of private organizations will assist with the adoption of excess wild horses and burros in conjunction with the first National Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Day. State BLM offices, as well as rescue centers, wild horse groups, and volunteers from all walks of life will be engaged in activities leading up to, and on, this important day.

“BLM, the American Horse Protection Association, the Mustang Heritage Foundation, the Humane Society of the United States, and Wild Horses 4Ever all support National Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Day; and more than 65 adoption and educational events will take place across the country in support of its goals. Wild horse advocates have set a 1,000 horse and burro adoption goal for National Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Day. This will save taxpayers $1.5 million dollars. This has already begun as we saw this past weekend at a successful adoption event in Pahrump, Nevada.

“The resolution we are considering today supports the goals of National Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Day to be held annually in conjunction with the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture. It also recognizes that creating a successful adoption model for wild horses and burros is consistent with the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burros Act of 1971 and beneficial to the long-term interests of the people of the United States in protecting wild horses and burros. Lastly, my resolution encourages Americans to adopt a wild horse or burro and own a living symbol of the historic and pioneer spirit of the American West, just as my sister, Rho Hudson, did when she adopted a wild burro, Sadie, who is a nice addition to her ranch in Pea Vine Canyon, Nevada.

“More than 220,000 wild horses and burros have been adopted since 1973. By placing this renewed emphasis on the importance of wild horse adoption programs, we will protect the welfare of these majestic animals and save taxpayer dollars at same time.

“So thank you again, Mr. Speaker. I urge passage of this important resolution and yield back my time.”

Monday, September 21, 2009

Iceman's Big Day 9/20/09

Sunday was a huge day for Dave, Eric, and Iceman. Dave and Eric decided they were going to get down to business and put their skills to the test. Within a few minutes they had Iceman completely saddled and started the journey over to one of our round pens. Iceman was successfully led across the property and entered the pen without too much difficulty. As Iceman was worked, he stayed focused and seemed to be processing and understanding, licking those lips often. After about an hour or so, they decided it was time to call it a day, and Iceman was led back to his stall. Iceman was unsaddled, reunited with Sidewinder, and went back to business as usual stuffing his face in his hay pile. It was a huge accomplishment for Dave and Eric, and hopefully next weekend will be just as exciting.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Local Adoption Event / Pahrump, Nevada

National Wild Horse Adoption Day

Pahrump Wild West Extravaganza @ Saddle West Casino

1220 South Hwy 160, Pahrump, NV / September 19 & 20, 2009

Saturday September 19, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday September 20, 9:00am - 2:00pm

First come first served throughout the event

For more info, please visit www.nwha.com

Wild Horse Advocates Set 1,000 Horse and Burro Adoption Goal Fort Worth, Texas, July 1 --

Wild horse and humane animal advocacy groups from across the nation are joining forces for a single cause: to encourage the American public to consider and act on the adoption of a wild horse or burro. A goal of 1,000 adoptions has been set for the first National Wild Horse Adoption Day to be held September 26, 2009. Local wild horse advocates and fans can take advantage of National Wild Horse Adoption Day by attending an event September 19 & 20, 2009 at The Wild West Extravaganza in Pahrump, NV. The National Wild Horse Association will have gentled horses available at the event on a first come first served basis both days.Nearly 33,000 mustangs roam federal lands across the West. In order to manage the herds and maintain both land and herd health, the Bureau of Land Management oversees the adoption of wild horses and burros through public adoptions held throughout the United States. Since 1973, more than 220,000 wild horses and burros have been adopted. Horses between the ages of 1 and 6 years old are typically selected from the herds for adoption, but a horse of any age can fit into the right farm or ranch. For many mustang adopters, having the opportunity to work with a horse or burro with a storied past and an unconventional upbringing brings a unique and special element to their relationship. The groups supporting National Wild Horse Adoption Day, in addition to the BLM, include Wild Horses 4 Ever, the American Horse Protection Association, the Mustang Heritage Foundation and The Humane Society of the United States. The goal of 1,000 horses adopted through a National Adoption Day program could create a savings of more than $1,500,000 for the BLM and the American taxpayer. For more information on events or how to volunteer, go to nationalwildhorseadoptionday.org, nwha.us or call The National Wild Horse Association at 702.452.5853.