Hoof Beats on my Heart
My first visit to the wild horses was a year ago. I had no idea I would become so entwined, so passionate, and so connected to them and their lives.
Someone commented on my Instagram one day that she felt the horse photos are my best work. I replied, “Because I am passionate about them.”
To experience the raw, wild, and yet tender way they live their lives is an experience like no other.
Observing them, learning from them, and feeling a part of them in me is awe inspiring.
I love learning about their personalities. Who’s who in the herd, how they interact and connect with each other.
The American Wild Horse Campaign is doing a social media campaign today to bring awareness to the fight the wild mustangs are now facing. The current administration has included wording in the new budget that would open the door to the slaughter of tens, of thousands of wild horses that the BLM has rounded up, unnecessarily. The government spends so much money keeping the horses in what is basically a feed lot, rather than leave them on the range and treating them humanely with birth control. They have created the problem, and now they feel the only solution is to slaughter the horses they have, so they can round up even more.
Of course behind all this is the ranchers. They want every horse, in every state removed. Sadly, the BLM listens to their voice, and their dollars.
So today, I joined with thousands of other wild horse lovers to support the American Wild Horse Campaign in helping get the word out. We have to be the voices for the wild horses, we are all they have to save them from slaughter, and extinction. The hashtag for today’s social media campaign is #ImWithTheBand. Use it, share it, re-share it.
As always, 15% of any wild horse prints I sell from Mary Hone Photography is donated to American Wild Horse Campaign, and they need funds now more than ever to stop the destruction.