Wild Horses and Their History: Time to Correct Things

“An estimated 1 to 10 percent of all species that ever lived have left fossils, and an estimated 1 to 10 percent of those will ever be found. . . Horses are the only “complete-Link” we have that has a complete fossil record to their history.”

Many of us today promote the educational values of reading. Many folks read, but what is the quality of their reading. I bring this up, because we discover the quality of those that read, today, is very low and things are missed, quite often, that become significant later.

The quality of research remains similar, and the small innuendos between contrivance, confusion, and controversy become issues of concern. Just as often the mental-filtration of information or our perceptions, become self-contrived, and we accept some things, but more often than not those other things we do not accept, or unconsciously pass-by as inconsequential – The problem starts here, as those “things” we neglected to understand, were indeed significant within explanation.

Saying this, we now move to the history of the “horse” which coincides with several other mammals (especially the Pygmy Mammoth), which, we now conclude, the Pleistocene Era was not as damaging to wildlife or humans, as first thought or even conjectured; which, often becomes what we reference as a “tainted-history” situation. The fact is DNA and telemetry within science shows this quite evident, and developed through several theories — locating grazers, for example the Pygmy Mammoth and “Horse” bones at archeological digs, showing they survived through the Pleistocene and onward into several “Eras” of human-habitation in areas the dig-sites located when, indeed, both assumed extinct – on the west coast, and the Pacific Northwest, and in Alaska as well),

This is not quite malicious-science (driven by personal agendas, special interests, or political concerns) or of a malicious nature, but “snobbery” (ie. A significant explanation and something no historian want to reference at times) as well as the issues of “process” or what we can accept as a paradigm or idea, especially within financial realms of budgets for digs, between the financing and logistics of such an expedition, it’s simply not easy undertaking. It is when so many questions develop, from the overlooked, or often precisely ignored issues come into the light, that suddenly the old-paradigms of fact become “castles made of sand that wash out into the sea” so to speak. Suddenly, budgets obtained and dig-sites once again “unearth” information previously overlooked. What we must not overlook either, is the fact of those bones which appear insignificant, are tossed aside.

Are all archeological discoveries found through sound science and financing of a dig site? We can go to the Pygmy Mammoth site of Channel Islands National Park, California, where the Archeology crew were having lunch on the island, where one of the crew sitting on the head of a Pygmy Mammoth (unknowingly since such a small portion uncovered), and was not discovered until days later, and upon second thoughts during another lunch at the same site – financing through the National Park Service easily accomplished when they realized the reality. Not so with many other types of digs.

Keep in mind that the key-piece to non-survivability of the “horse” is predicated upon “. . . not such good evidence. . .” as much as upon conjecture, opinions, or a convoluted-theory or non-availability of bones – but this is not a truism either, currently (it is simply acceptable to accept this theory, and to remain out of controversy, then actually approach it, as the actual snobbish and conservative aspects of this community is quite extraordinary, indeed).

This is where the questions start, and with the unique things we find through Oceanic-telemetry, as well as videos, of small areas of a vast oceanic-bottom in the Bering Sea (the area of the Bering’s Land Bridge) and “Beringia” (which can also be an entire series of articles, quite an interesting place, and developments dramatic to the extreme) –

The fact is when we can ultimately get down to those meadows, perhaps villages and other items of interest to our history, Paleontologist’s surmise that  changes, and some surmise even extreme changes perhaps, in the matters of our factual life-history may take place. This is not something new, but old news, indeed, and that “. . . horses instead went westward from the Americas, where their respective species had developed.”

Now the questions start to multiply, but wait, there is much more. Yes, a minute detail often overlooked by many, but a reality just the same (and the many dig-sites where horse bones are showing up, surprisingly many, in the Pacific Northwest, for example, of many more – and I will cover them in Part II and Part III of this series).

Dig-Sites and More Questions

“The University of Colorado study was the first to identify protein residue from extinct camels on North American stone tools and only the second to identify horse protein residue on a Clovis-age tool. A third tool tested positive for sheep and a fourth for bear.

All 83 artifacts were shipped to anthropology professor Robert Yohe, of the Laboratory of Archaeological Science at California State, Bakersfield, for the protein residue tests.

“I was somewhat surprised to find mammal protein residues on these tools, in part because we initially suspected that the cache might be ritualistic rather than utilitarian,” Yohe said.

“There are so few Clovis-age tool caches that have been discovered that we really don’t know very much about them.”

Anthropology professor Douglas Bamforth, who led the study, said the discovery of horse and camel protein on the tools was the clincher for him that the tools were of Clovis origin.

“We haven’t had camels or horses around here since the late Pleistocene.”

Significant here, to keep in mind, is the fact or assumption, that Clovis would be the first to use tools – oddly, we automatically assume, as well, it was for ritualistic situations, rather than the situation of just cutting up the food-supply, as we all know we are now much more civilized than human’s during the stone-age (sarcasm here), which would be the subject matter of an entirely different article.

But it is not just the Clovis situation we find troubling here, rather in-addition to, and the fact that, and often overlooked, the situation of horse-meat being available, would mean horses existed, beyond a doubt. As well, the last statement, “We haven’t had camels or horses around here since the Pleistocene.”

Now we can start to confirm things, or the difference between a passive statement of compliance – or the fact they would even “date” another bone-find with something so contrived or opinionated as horses being non-existence (theory/conjecture only – and troubling to many others as well, not just myself) within current dig-sites, and the puzzle, whether or not this community wants to admit it or not, is starting to fit together – we are looking at a situation, as pointed out here, that the Clovis people and their tools have not been dug-up very often at all, and the fact admitted, “. . . we don’t really know very much about them.”

“At the time, the prevailing theory was that the Clovis were the earliest human inhabitants of the Americas, with sites across North and Central America containing their iconic spearheads. As early as the 16th century, Europeans proposed that a land bridge between Asia and North America might have provided the route for early human migration; by the 1940s scientists were actively looking for and finding evidence for the bridge’s existence. And in the 1930s, spear points discovered near Clovis, New Mexico, were also discovered to match the artifacts found in Beringia . . .” (A bathyscaphe is a free-diving self-propelled deep-sea submersible, et al, robotic submarines) “. . . convincing people that the Clovis came first, approximately 13,000 years ago.”

But when Cinq-Mars brought the fragments found at the Bluefish Caves back to the laboratory, he came to an incredible conclusion: humans had actually occupied North America as early as 24,000 years ago.

Naturally, the scientific community was skeptical. Other archaeologists raised a number of doubts about the bone samples. Anything in the environment can leave marks on artifacts: freeze-thaw cycle can snap bones, wolves (author’s note: wolves considered extinct over many centuries, as bone finds very uncommon, but used often when debating the authenticity of bones – yes, hypocrisy and contrivance alive and well at times) and other carnivores chew on them, rocks fall on them from the ceiling of the cave. And it just didn’t fit into the Clovis hypothesis.”

“For at least 70 years, everybody was stuck on ‘Clovis first,’” said anthropologist Dennis Stanford with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. “Anybody that came up with another kind of site was shouted down or disproved.”

The discord surrounding Cinq-Mars’ discovery resulted in a portion of the collection never being thoroughly analyzed, and researchers eventually lost interest. But now, 40 years after Cinq-Mars’ initial discovery, it seems the archaeologist has been vindicated.”

“. . . The earliest bone to show distinct human-made marks—a horse jaw, sawed by a stone tool that indicates the hunter was attempting to remove the tongue—dates to 24,800 years ago.

The horse mandible was the most exciting find for Bourgeon. It bears multiple straight cuts, very similar to those made by stone tools and distinct in shape from marks made by carnivore teeth and natural abrasion. Additionally, the cuts match the patterns that would be created from butchering the horse. Altogether, Bourgeon says, the marks on the bone fulfill multiple criteria that would classify them as having a cultural origin, whereas it would be hard to explain their existence by natural processes.

“It was fairly exhausting,” said Bourgeon of their investigation in an interview conducted in French. “But I was really passionate about the project. When you see those traces of cuts on the bones, and know that horse is believed to have disappeared 14,000 years ago (note: Current finds at dig-sites in the Pacific Northwest, find horse bones dating to 2,000 to 12,000 years ago as well, which means horses actually proven to be alive and well within a time of their assumed extinction. . .), that means we can guess humans were here before. It was a huge discovery.

Bourgeon and Burke’s research provides new evidence for a more recent hypothesis that aims at overturning the old ‘Clovis first’ assumption (note: which today it has overturned the Clovis-First theories, as their digs continue in the Yukon). Known as the Beringia standstill hypothesis, it states that there was a pause in human migration from Asia to North America between 30,000 and 15,000 years ago due to the frigid climate. The standstill coincides with the last glacial maximum (about 26,000 years ago to 19,000 years ago), the most recent period in Earth’s history when the ice sheets were at their furthest southward extension (think glaciers down to New York City).

If the evidence bears out, it would also mean that humans came to North America a whole lot earlier than previously believed: 10,000 years earlier. Humans (and horses – i.e. project here they come from the America’s and not from Siberia to . . .) were living in the Siberian Arctic prior to the last glacial maximum, when the climate was milder and hunting options were abundant. Archaeologists have found evidence of human habitation in western Beringia (the landmass now beneath the Bering Strait) from 32,000 years ago, near the Yana River. But as the climate grew colder, humans would have been forced to migrate in search of food and shelter.”


When we overlook the minute details, the statements made by people passively, which suddenly become relevant – is one of life’s wonders, for sure. That lunch on the Channel Islands that developed into a question days later (I was there watching as it played out, as a matter of fact), that become a very significant find on the West Coast – and spurred financing toward many other Pygmy Mammoth and horse bone finds as well. What has been found, is the fact horse-bones have a high-potential of discovery, and indeed more Mammoth bones at the same sites, as well as other ancient bones — or other grazers that also survived the Pleistocene ERA and throughout history — oddly, many thought to be extinct, and similar time-scales as the Horse, or Pygmy Mammoth . . .

Achievement, many times, marked by questions. How do these questions derive? Where do they come from? In many cases they come from the person, standing watching a situation, or experiencing a situation, and then wondering why? What? Where? When? And the ultimate How Come this was never discussed, or why was that circumstance not financed, or all this time I thought, or was told . . .

My key-point here is exact – and that is the circumstance that there is a lot more to horse history than what we know now, or should I say acknowledge? We are a society of acceptable-opinion only, and fail to do research on how or why opinions become so narrow, judgmental, process-like or even hypocritical.

The actual history of the horse falls directly into dark, vast abyss that often does not reflect the light of day, and just as often, many afraid to venture forth and find out that truth – that circumstance that contradicts the very history of what we learned about, and also learned to never question it.  Now we are questioning it, because things are not fitting well within the perspective, properly.

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Part II — Rewilding America’s Wild Horses

“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.”  — Aldo Leopold

This secret thing that we all suppose is around somewhere or another . . . there is no secret. We are connecting the old and established, the well-researched, the obvious resolution, the climax, the ultimate instrument, the experienced occasion, the robustly gathered data, the interpretive realm of taking data and presenting it in our common English language, combined with the great science that makes headlines.

We wind this up into a ball of knowledge, and spread it out before the public at large, this thing, we call “Rewilding.”  It has got to do with years of working on conservation problems having to do with resource extraction, ungulates, and predators, and the land being connected to all, as one functioning organism.  This is Leopold at its best, but we have gone through that lands ethic, through the good times, the misunderstood times, and now the confusion over not just Leopold’s Lands Ethic, but the term conservation itself – hunters and trappers have an opinion based on no evidence at all, and attempt to change the terminology and definition of “conservation” – perhaps why the wildlife system of today remains broken and by a process that confuses conservationism with the lust of the kill, or sport of it all and the outright ignorance that goes with it.

What true conservationists realize is the fact that yes, we have made mistakes in the past, but showed us the value of what we were doing. This is a positive-and-negative Universe of ours and living within it and figuring out how to live among all this diversity of species, we experience the upside and the downside, learning from both.  This is what experience is meant to be.

Often, we were on the right track but regulated from misinformation and misunderstood how exactly evidence works within the bounds of data-interpretations, that is, until wildlife started to disappear, and disappear it did.  We can all admit reflection upon a lot of mistakes, but the overwhelming significance that developed into an awareness that every living thing plays a role and has ecological value – again, Leopold’s reasoning as well, becomes a very real circumstance.

The truth is resource management, even today, needs to shift from the focus on economics and extraction (economic ecology) to a more holistic view of a “biotic-community” or what the reality of it is, the view of maintaining and restoring all species, including large predators, the horse, the wolf…

Rewilding and Land Health

As we look at those today, in positions of responsibility attempting to take-away our Endangered Species Act, I cannot help but reflect upon its reasoning.  I experienced first hand the Spotted Owl venture, and agreed with-it, after I seen the tragedy of what Washington and Oregon State loggers were doing to our timberland’s and forestry. Where I used to drive along in comfort, up to Mt. St. Helens constantly and see heavy timber stands, suddenly become lunar-type bald hillsides and mountain tops. The mountain spirits spoke, loud and clear, when Mt. St Helens erupted, stating ENOUGH LOGGING! ENOUGH HUMAN INTERFERENCE!

At the same time research people found, for example, the value of downed trees, retention of standing dead trees, and of course the maintenance of Owl Habitats, which become an enlightening situation, but not just due to the obvious, but we become enlightened to the prominent growth of ignorance, and just how ignorant people could become over the Spotted Owl issues. This seemed to originate with a couple of very uneducated and ignorant talk-show hosts, that derived a large demographic from their ignorant and very biased views. Indeed, it showed us all the strength of stupidity, the isolated human-species, was something to pay attention to and not just shrug off as irrelevant.

Most of the variation in how the term ‘rewilding’ is used depends on the degree of human intervention in improving the functions and services provided by ecosystems that are “rewilded.” Rewilding strategies range from emulating the past by direct and intense human intervention, called “Pleistocene Rewilding” to attempting to foster the future co-existence of natural and anthropological systems with minimum human intervention, dubbed “Passive Rewilding.”

Advocates of Pleistocene rewilding propose introducing functionally equivalent extant species as substitutes for extinct taxa. Translocation rewilding shares the roots of Pleistocene Rewilding but focuses mainly on re-introducing species that occurred more recently than the Pleistocene.

At the other extreme of the human intervention gradient is Passive Rewilding, which requires little human intervention in order to allow ecological succession to reach a sustainable state within a landscape matrix of cities, infrastructure and croplands by exploiting opportunities provided by long-term socioeconomic trends, such as the release of lands for wilderness owing to rural abandonment.

Rewilding differs from simple reintroduction in that it is mostly concerned with reintroducing species that have a high potential to exert an influence across several trophic levels, under the assumption that such species will have disproportionally large and beneficial effects on communities and ecosystems. Generally speaking, the idea is to introduce a top predator (such as wolves) or a dominant herbivore (such as bison, or the wild horse, that both once roamed the Great Plains of the US or similar landscapes all across the America’s) and that these reintroduction’s will restore key ecological processes via top-down control (control of populations on a lower trophic level by activities at a higher trophic level, e.g. when predators control a prey population), return an ecosystem to a previous state or re-initiate key ecosystem functions.

“You’re only given one little spark of madness. Don’t ever lose that, no don’t. Because that’s what keeps you alive.”  – Robin Williams

The “nay-sayers” of trophic cascade science state Economic Ecology above all else and find there may not be a controlled-financial aspect within this structure. Myself and others find that it is unneeded, and always has been. But this brings up another situation, those against Ecological Habitat Empowerment, and that is the element of “Change”.  And this alone scares the hell out of many people, many administrators of wildlife, as they sit within their broken system of wildlife management, their sadly antiquated belief system with their attempts to manipulate good science by financial profit margins, which does not work at all – as the ideology of both are totally different, totally inadequate to support the other.

Trophic Cascade Science

This biodiversity tool creates change for those destroyed habitats’ where a single-species priority, such as cattle was the norm, and everything else was killed-off to better promote the graze for the cattle. What trophic cascade effect develops is an ecological habitat strength, ecosystem resilience and an established persistence over time.

Can we work wild horses within this paradigm?  Absolutely. The fact is that to maintain diversity within any ecosystem enhances their ability to recover naturally, which also means moderation in all species birth rates (E.O. Wilson explains this thoroughly and often to initiate communication between those administrating people, ironically in charge of wildlife management, and those that strive toward ecological health as a priority through better management paradigms) do develop within a natural circumstance. When all is said and done, the ability for an ecological habitat to recover naturally after a disturbance is governed by the diversity upheld within the habitat itself. This provides resources for truthful multi-use of Pubic and Federal Lands situations, and not just a statement that is meant to merely cover-up corruption, as the Bureau of Land Management and the Department of the Interior currently use these terms commercially, rather than to actually manage our Lands, our environment, within a context of a positive nature.

What has been lost is the fact we, as taxpayers, pay for the separation of our Public and Federal Lands to keep them non-commercialized, as our cities and townships commercialized enough. The situation of “Raw-Material” commercialization has over-flowed into what we, as American’s felt was our lands, our areas of remoteness to enjoy as American’s, and lands we had fought for and were proud of sustaining – separate from the drudgery of the common commercialized world – and to actually step in cow-shit while camping, was and remains unacceptable!

Make no doubt there are challenges that come with implementation of “rewilding” within the scope of predator-prey relationships and in applying the trophic cascade science to support ecosystem management. The concepts of minimal viable population (unique upon each habitat due to variable natural circumstances that exist) and ecological effectiveness paramount.

Viability refers to the likelihood of a species to persist for some period of time. Effectiveness refers to the impact of the species’ presence, abundance, and distribution in achieving ecosystem conditions. Here is where we have the problems with both the BLM and State Wildlife Management programs, and their single-species perceptions based on minimal viable population (MVP) sizes.

Their concept is not compatible with the natural necessity of progression in our wilds (quite obvious due to the wildlife kill-off percentages (very real and well documented through science and data recovery), and a mere 40% approximately, availability of our nations wildlife left on this planet) nor to the trophic cascade approach of ecological system process and management – and their concepts very different from an ecologically effective population, which does represent an ecosystem perspective.

This answers the question, also, as to why State and Federal agencies are intimidated by Wild Horses, because they really do not fit in with any of their single-species paradigms (which their paradigms indeed destroy federal and state lands, well proven with data/evidence) and the simple presence of the Wild Horses, and wolves ironically, show this quite well. Yes, some how or another “Fools” have been placed in charge of making decisions for our State and Federal Lands, that is quite obvious today, and out in the wilderness areas we see it daily.

For example, if we had fifteen pairs of breeding wolves in Oregon and within their management plans – or ESA’s (and ignored the ignorance of welfare ranchers and wolf-haters alike and who have no idea what conservation is or is not), it may be a viable population, yes, but it may not necessarily be an ecological effective number of wolves, defined as one capable of triggering a trophic cascade.

Science and Its Roll

What we can all agree upon, is the shift toward ecologically-effective population perspectives, and acknowledge top carnivores’ role in structing ecosystems. This is essential, because it incorporates our current knowledge of just how keystone predators can be essential to their environment.

For a quick example, just the presence of wolves in an area, and browsers such as deer and Elk keep moving, rather than stay within an area and deplete the vegetation, and when wolves not present only move-on when no browse left and the areas compromised – which horses do not do, as they consistently roam, but have been blamed for area depletion. Just a note here: I have found those who make these statements, obviously and when they mention the areas I have been in, I see little to no horse hoof prints, and a lot of deer, Elk, and Cattle tracks and scat (yes, I recommend all writers of ecology and the wild horses come out to the range and see much more information than a computer can give you).

This strategy can be essential, as it improves the environment. These keystone predation effects increase diversity, and this is what we are after – Ecosystem resilience because of keystone effects. In an effective ecology ideology, for example in an aspen community, an ecological effective wolf population creates a phase-shift from an intensely browsed forest understory to one characterized by sapling growth above browse height. “Ecological effective densities are relative because ecosystems are complex and vary across time and space.” Various sampling methods can be used to measure this situation, so data is essential as well, and other methods of data gather, of the diversity within a habitat, of significance.

We do not hide from the truth but use the truth effectively to enhance our wildlife and all around natural habitats for best function. Excuses are a non-viable creating function, and not used within our nature’s process – as being non-useful entirely. Similar to fine tuning a car, smoothness and synchronizing all portions of the car demanding, but doable and when running properly, is something of elegance, speed, and durability over time. If something is not running right, then an excuse made, then one can be sitting alongside the road in a remote desert area, with no phone, and . . .


The more we discuss “Rewilding” and the tools, such as Trophical Cascade Paradigms’ the more useful information we come across, to enhance our Ecological Systems, true enough; but to also enhance our Wild Horse viability, as I believe we owe it to these amazing icons of American History.

But the Wild Horses also come from prehistoric times, and Paleontology is showing us their history complete, especially in the United States. Buffoons are the only people that differ to the history of the horse to be incomplete, but then, they are also the one’s who remain destroying not only our culture but our Environment as well.

The reasoning for “Rewilding” and its necessity for the Wild Horses will continue, as this is a very important realm to explore, to save our Wild Horses from the prevalent ignorance within their management on Public and Federal Lands that exists today. Abuse and slaughter of our horses very prevalent today, as well, and history will certainly show our future generations just how bad people can get and make excuses for themselves while abusing and slaughtering such a beautiful piece of our history, and its dynamic-stature as a Horse, itself.

This is the end of Part II and Part III – will delve into the trophic cascade paradigms, as well as further our exploration into Rewilding the Wild Horses. This is a complex subject, and breaking it down for understanding is essential, in order to have any type of dialogue with our government legislators or those who want resolution for our Wild Horses and placing them back onto OUR Public and Federal Lands.


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Wild Horses and Rewilding Them; Enough corrupt government infringement

“One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds.  Much of the damage inflicted on land is quite invisible to the layman.  An Ecologist must either harden his shell and make believe that the consequences of science are none of his business, or he must be the doctor that sees the marks of death in a community that believes itself well and does not want to be told otherwise.” – Aldo Leopold

Welcome to the world of Wild Horses mis-managed by our government, entirely, of the Apex-Predator kill off for sport and reasoning based on pure ignorance, and natural landscapes considered unuseful unless making money for someone – somehow (oh yes, never forget the livestock mentality – which must make money or else it is of no use — of total ignorance as to what horses or other wildlife is and is not) and to the world of instability, in both the landscapes we inhabit and the economic uncertainty and climate variability.

But many, including myself, see hope out of all this uncertainty – if we can only be truthful about what is ongoing, certainly right there and in front of us all.  Like reworking a statue, sculpting with love and pure common-sense reasoning, and taking something that has been destroyed but not beyond repair, and ultimately making it better than it had ever been before.  This is what quality people do when saving our wildlife from terrible, abusive people and their inhumane ways of controlling them, as if abuse is a sacrificial option and is okay to do . . . well, it is not at all!

When we discuss “Rewilding” of America’s Wild Horses, we are now discussing yet another option, of many others, rather than use Pesticide PZP or other destructive breed controls that destroy the horse’s physical and mental process (as many science papers state clearly), as well as destructive within our natural environment.  These supposed positive ideologies are in reality, not positive at all, but truthfully darting Our American Icons, the Wild Horses’ to extinction.

A “Rewilding” Ideology (or an option of many), can connect Ecological Habitats via Federal Lands, State Lands, Public Lands, and Private Lands together.  This situation then becomes one of shared-benefits that can and would protect ecological property values for all involved.  Yes, enhancing Ecological Habitats, which in turn enhances the over-all Environmental Landscape, which in the evolution of this type of resolution becomes also profitable, and hardly at any cost to maintain, if at all.

Currently we use Public and Federal Lands for forestry (the cattle portion very corrupt) oil drilling, mining (and lose money yearly for taxpayers in the billions of dollars from either no payments or mismanaged regulatory situations from the very corrupt Bureau of Land Management), and especially cattle grazing – which is a mere 4% of ranchers in the United States (i.e. welfare ranchers), they are a provider of 2.9% of their beef product to the commercial markets, and their sales receipts are less than 1%, and with a 34% throw-away margin (commercial Beef Overall in America USDA Beef Assimilated Stats) we discover no need for our Public Lands to impose upon the taxpayer’s (i.e. $ Billions of dollars yearly for welfare rancher subsidies) any longer, nor the necessity, as truthfully, the taxpayers obtain no benefits, and never have, from BLM’s grazing permit programs, which remain corrupt in total, at almost every phase of these subsidy programs.

When we begin to consider the Wild Horses, true enough, the limitations exist, but those same values that limit the process, also enhance the ecological process. We endeavor to enhance the overall environment, by indeed implementing a process that enhances many ecological habitats. Profoundly, we can establish a system, where diversity within those habitats do exist within wildlife, and use the Trophic Cascade Principles as a working-device to create separate habitats in accord with each ecological island.  I am speaking here of Biodiversity and the web of life, more on a continental scale, than a simplified local scale – whereas a local scale of a healthy ecological enhancement process does benefit our overall Environment.

The Lakota Indians have a powerful prayer, “Mitakuye Oyasin,” which means “All My relations” or “We Are All Related.”

What is encompassed within this strategy is taking advantage of the values we have found in keystone predators in maintaining the diversity of life via trophic cascades, is the importance of conservation networks that emphasize core habitat areas as well as corridors, and our dependence on the earth’s services in the form of ecosystem integrity and resilience.  We find the greatest impediment being the facts of Rewilding is an unwillingness to imagine it as a reality.  But then, we have the Yellowstone National Park and the wolves as an excellent example of “Rewilding”, and yet many want it discontinued, despite the positive nature of that program.  This shows us just how broken our Wildlife Management System and government agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management as well as the Department of the Interior, and their corruption, are today.

Ecosystem Management

An effective approach to conservation, the real definition and not the sudo-attempt at conservation through single-species priorities and the hell with the rest of wildlife and vegetation that does not make money that we see today; rather, establishing natural habitats managed toward diversity of wildlife, uphold diversity of acceptable regional vegetation, enhancement of water resources, and doing this responsibly and without hindrance from offset regulatory-systems that simply do not work at all.  Then we allow the ecological habitat to mange itself, which also enhances the entire Ecological Habitat through moderation and a natural progression of resources.

“Rewilding” essentially addresses our current and future needs of this before-mentioned network of wildlife reserves, both public and private.  This also provides our tools for Ecosystem Management to maintain biodiversity and ecosystems within a broader variety of landscapes, and significant here, a larger base for those lands dominated by multiple-uses.  A natural moderation of wildlife population, and of concern here, would be the wild horses and of benefit to all of the diverse wildlife as well as the vegetation and watering resources.  Considering here the usefulness of the wild horse and its grazing of invasive vegetation, which restores fundamental indigenous vegetation while reducing any aspects of wildfire happenings.  Interesting how a proven circumstance can work, when allowed, when compared with human-interference and human-ignorance not allowing these options to develop.  And then, as happens today with both wildlife management and lands management situations, the lies start pouring into the equation, and everything becomes disrupted, then destroyed.

A Reality — Today’s Biodiversity

Today is challenging for biodiversity, and as with anything of decency, a fistful of truth and good, often must be learned.  Time is now of the essence, and rather than stand and defend itself among those who lie, cheat, and swindle, in order to make money, and who do not improve the plight of wildlife and environments alike, we must aggressively start approaching resolutions, and meet the negative and challenging situations straight-on.

Human-caused changes in the ecosystem will continue, as will global warming and will be a direct attritional negative value, of human indulgence upon itself.  Fencing areas in because one may have a Grazing Permit, as with our Public Lands and Welfare Ranching, is symbolic of taking something innocent and non-invasive, and quite frankly destroying it for greed and knowledgably favoring corruption at the same time.  This is Economic Ecology at its worst, and favoring a single-invasive-species, such as cattle, defies science in total, and has for many decades and even centuries’ over time.

The fact is our own power, our personal power is limited.  Our power comes from many people speaking up and standing strong and against those that would keep perpetuating circumstances that will ultimately destroy our ecological habitats, our environmental Landscapes, and finally our human-species, and all due to ignorance.

Human activities have caused eutrophication of lakes, acid rain pollution, erosion due to negative land use and poor management of lands and poorly constructed roads, introduction of exotic species such as cattle and wreaks havoc with lands not receptive to cattle (i.e. an invasive species) what so ever, and habitat fragmentation or the separation of healthy ecological habitats by fencing them off and placing invasive and exotic species onto fenced in locations –

We need to identify what holds a healthy ecosystem together.  We have very fine examples, although, and attention must be paid to those circumstances that actually developed into a positive lands value.  What was the interactions between the top carnivores, for example, their strengths and direction they took, their niche and how it created a positive value as a top-down keystone predator within the trophical cascade ideology (proven with sound data and good science time and again)?  Then we take it even further, and consider what are the unique elements of each island-habitat, and how are these components of a system directly sensitive to change, and the breaking points beyond which restoration may not be possible.

Human needs also need to be placed into this equation, within a common-sense aspect.  All of the best intentions, I believe, will simply not work if we do not place the human factor into them.  If you have not already guessed, it is simply wise to integrate humans into the equation with wildlife, as achieving a sustainability for biodiversity and whole ecosystems – and for humans and wildlife and for the habitat they require.

The extension of this article, is to explain the mapping operation of obtaining our goals.  Make no doubt it is a bumpy road, as always conservation and resource management always has been, and always will be.

I liked the explanation a friend stated the other day, “Our road, John, is fraught with bumpy roads, unexpected curves, and challenges beyond imagination.  But you and I are the utility vehicles, and we were meant to do this, and those challenges although daunting as they are and will be, but always doable for us. Keep that in mind.”


Oddly Wild-Horse’s and Apex Predators Face Extinction – Government Agency Ignorance Out of Hand

“How many actually see what is going on within our natural habitats? Well, I do know one thing, if more American’s seen what it is our government agencies are doing on Our Federal Lands, many would be up in arms over several issues.” — John Cox, Cascade Mountains

There are some instances that leave an indelible mark on our subconscious, as a trait of simply being part of the human species – it is called “Fear”. Why should we discuss this situation? Because we have a “refusal-oriented mind-set” to accept Predator’s in our wilderness areas, and the element of discussion here.

This becomes very odd, as Apex Predators enhance an Ecological System and develop, within context, the situation of health and diversity. This “thing” diversity is much more than just a term, it becomes a fact, a quality toward life that is fundamental for all to survive. Diversity enhances our over-all environmental circumstances in a positive manner within a larger landscape of a quality living standard, as well.

The mind-set that frightens us, is the fact of Apex Predators being too much of a “self-willed beast” of prey (i.e. referred to as Wyldeor in Middle English).  It is our “attempt” to compete (our comparable wild-nature of survival aggressively out of control actually), when we consider ourselves prey when it comes to Apex Predators in nature.  We set-aside the fact we are also Apex Predators.  We also would like to ignore the facts we have many similar traits to the predator-species, but we also have a more ignorant or aggressive survival instinct on this planet – a situation of “to hell with everything else, I am taking what I can for me, whether I need it or not” attitude.

As science shows, this does get us into some very questionable grounds, and into messing with nature at a very low-level, no intelligence, and creating the very situations that we wanted to control – Coyote Kill-Offs exemplify this very well, and every time there is a heavy kill-off of the coyote, there is an abundant over-population for coyotes within the next two years – explained by well-founded science and data gathering, the Ecological Habitat, a natural selection sequence, correcting for the kill-off; whereas, the coyotes, when we allow nature to take its course, establishes over time a moderate population of the coyote (this pertains to many other wildlife as well) within the Ecological System, and beneficial to the overall environmental systems health.

Fear Symptoms and Cause

Although, we have the unorthodox ability to deny, within our own minds, such attributes – which saves us from self-ethical or self-moral judgements upon ourselves.  Mostly out of “Fear” and the assumptive quality we do have from ignorance (or not knowing what it is we do not know), but we separate it at times, whether consciously or subconsciously, and actually assume our superiority over all else that exists and lives on this planet – as some type of excuse for our questionable actions. We have to go out and control the deer population, for example, by a kill-off paradigm set of odd principles and older mythical beliefs on what it is to be a man or a woman of. . .? But the system is broken entirely of this so-called Game Management, and it simply remains as it always has been, a non-workable ideology in real-time management, and just bad-science, all to make a few bucks.

This current game management system, in any state, does not account for the “Permit” kill-offs, but rather, how much money was made for the year on the selling of license and permits. For example, when nature correcting for the situation of too many permits issued, to large of a kill-off, and the deer move to a suburban area for safety reasons, conflicts with people begin to develop. Then technology (discussed below) enters the landscape, and birth controls, at taxpayers’ expense develops to relieve the problems, and everyone forgets the “Cause” and reverts to making money off of the symptom – and at the same time the state management of wildlife looks forward to selling more permits for other wildlife, or people getting their hunting permits to do the same things next year.

Then, at the same time, an Apex Predator moves into the area. This due to the symptom of deer moving from their wilderness area, to safety, and near homes in the burbs. Again, the cause ignored in total and once again “Fear” steps up to the plate. The Cougar (or Predator attracted by the deer) is shot and killed due to being too close to human’s. The public led to believe an over-population exists of the Prey animal, which it does not, but then the ability for the agency to make more money on permits, and you can see, this situation only one of many others, how the wildlife kill-off has escalated out of proportion.  And the Cause? Well, that is left ignored, and eventually forgotten all together.

This is a type of odd hypocrisy, when we observe the destruction we impose on this planet, and very distinctive from other species that exist. Predators do not seem to have this quality, but we simply do not consider this, as their survival attributes much different, and some of their qualities unacceptable too us.  Even though we pass a profound judgement on these Apex Predators, the dilemma of reality through good science and observation, is the fact their destructive influence on this planet is “Zero”, when compared to ours.

Yet, we accuse the Apex Predators’ for many things, just as we do Wild Horses or wolves or other wildlife. We neglect to look at ourselves as a species, because after all, we are so advanced over all the other species on this planet, aren’t we? Hypocrisy is when we have lost the ability to look at ourselves within a truthful context, and to “truthfully” not see the good things we are destroying. As a society, this alone can be a very devastating circumstance, as we see with the current kill-off (ignorance combined with hypocrisy) of Wild Horses as well as many Apex Predators. This mind-set, of necessity supposedly, is destroying our Ecological Habitats on our Nation’s Lands, and Our Federal Lands.

The problem? The wolf, the Cougar, or the bear can, and sometimes does compete with us directly, and that frightens people. Or, the fact they even exist in the mountains or deserts we inhabit for entertainment or exploration, adds a dimension of “fright” when thinking about those “perhaps” situations of running across an Apex-Predator.

Wild Horses and Human Conflict Predation

A good example of how ignorant Human Predation, and how we excuse it, is the current on-going tragedy of America’s Wild Horses. Living in the wilderness or within their natural environments on Public Lands has become tragic for them . . . The reality? Well, in truth, the horses much more safe living with Apex Predators within healthy ecological habitats and nature’s process of life, and breed controls derived from a natural biological circumstance, developed on a natural basis. Nature and the natural process is well defined, and moderation within nature’s populations becomes a process human’s simply do not, nor obviously, understand at all; although, seen quite prevalent from those of us who observe the natural progress in action (note: I have explained the natural moderation of wildlife within two previous writings, based on excellent science and observations of wildlife by many biologists, independent researchers, and research scientists, to include myself, so I also speak with first-hand knowledge).

But what must be kept in mind during management planning, is the fact of a firm “diversity of wildlife” in order to work naturally, which must be “all inclusive” and made available within the Ecological Habitats being developed. This is simply good management, so unlike and in contrast with the “broken” wildlife and lands management systems of today, and from state to state.

When we look at the reality, there exists far more interference, far more death and abuse, and far more non-reality controlled-technology within our human species management actions and within our natural areas, contrary to a functional and natural environment or to actually develop a healthy ecological habitat.  Yes, it is our motivational instinct, our “Fear” that remains the driving force of today, toward this thing we call “Economic Ecology” or what some refer to as the destruction of our Natural Environment. Another issue can be made in the matters of “Competition” within this false Economic Ecology standard of today, that in reality merely favors industry over all other species, and look-out, because it is all inclusive of the human species as well.

The Wild Horses simply a tragic victim of this “Fear” based on a competitive mind-set, that in reality is more of a symptomatic (and symbolic which is also useful here as well, for our future as humans on this planet) or collusion at reducing competition and all the things that come with that situation — calling Wild Horses “livestock” or “Feral” within a demeaning context – remains a travesty of terminology and indeed very condescending – which we do before killing others in wars, or whatever the circumstance to harm or even kill someone, a person or animal, as an affirmed excuse for the ignorance.

But the Opposition-Complex of life is always a blink away from ignorance, and it becomes a choice rather ignored in today’s competitive world, and that is, the actual reality of survival and learning how to get-along, so to speak, rather than kill-off other species hatefully, or competitively (which due to technology, “competition between wildlife and human” is no longer a definable term for such travesties as hunting or trapping).

We find this to be yet another level of profound ignorance, that is not only destroying our wilderness environment, but conclusively destruction of ourselves and upon this planet.  And when we are gone as a species, the world simply replenishes itself, and with nature over time (nature’s time), so if it could form any type of conclusion, it would probably be – good riddance to the human species. . .

Antiquated Mind-Sets and Technology

One of the travesties of this entire discussion is the fact, within an Economics Ecology, we form technology before we catch-up, so to speak, within a mental mind-set with our surroundings or our natural environment. Yes, we simply ignore it, and more comfort derived from older and antiquated mind-sets toward nature, as if a challenge to explore it, or hunt or trap, especially with our new, and expensive technology of weapons or devices to get out there. The truth is, we do not update Wildlife Management or Land Management paradigms with current technology, that would create a positive environment for all.

Because of the technology, or the daily use of it, as well as the barrage of advertising for its very necessity to life and a must-have for life-giving quality of life (supposedly), we have things imposed upon our mind-sets, whether we know it and acknowledge it, or not.  We then find the necessity to go and experience nature with our consumptive technology – which includes modern guns and ammo of efficiency, as well as expensive motorized vehicles that must be used — RV’s the price of a home in suburbia and many a simple human-species park in nature (gas and diesel very expensive as well to get there) and in reality, simply watch television inside, otherwise why pay so much for them if not used.  Yup, common-sense out the window, replaced by . . .

As we deal with technology and industry daily, from turning on a light, to our showers, to our computers and television or phones, among much more.  Our subconscious tells us survival is based around whether our “mobile phone” is working or not. And if it is not, it is the end of our world as we know it.

Now we are starting to connect the dots, so to speak, of our mind-sets with nature.  To actually assume we may run across an Apex Predator within a visit to the mountains or desert environment, is too extreme, or beyond imagination, or our reality-based mind-set of survival and surrounding ourselves with technology, and it is technology that makes us safe?  Is it, really?

So, is hunting and trapping popular among some of the more “fear-based” individuals? When actions speak much louder than words, absolutely, this group is afraid of everything, and by damn they will let you know they got a gun. The guns and knives, bows and arrows, and everything else nothing more to them than artillery to protect themselves (the competitive-complex combined with the “Fear-Complex” is very disgusting at times, to many people, especially when you have those slobbering on themselves while ranting all cougars and wolves must be killed because they kill elk and deer and cattle and . . .).

The Apex-Predator, called the “self-willed beast” of prey, or Wyldeor – perhaps we should start taking a look at ourselves, at what our society has become, and rather controlled by outside influence, to do nothing more than destroy our natural habitats, and for very bogus reasoning, based upon ignorance mostly, combined with a heavy dose of hypocrisy and greed.  And how do we know this? Watch what happens if the television goes off during a Super Bowl, or the World Series, good luck on that outcome.  The burden of proof well established – and lord knows, if the mobile phone goes bad, or breaks – look out!

Cause and Effect of Wildlife Kill-Off

Basically, and very truthfully, the mind-set of this situation is mostly not of keeping up with technology, but the refusal to grasp a common-sense approach toward nature, or what is referred to as a healthy mental-state-of-mind to a non-competitive and all-is-connected on this planet — and living by sharing our planet with all other living beings of all types. Taking only what is needed, is something learned within nature, something of a survival technique accomplished by all wildlife in a natural setting, and apparently, by our actions and mind-sets, the human-species does not understand what so ever.

Using technology to better our environment, is something else, obviously, the human species (or those in administrative and responsible position managing our lands and wildlife) simply do not understand – but what is also obvious to many, is that ignorance is a choice.

The fact is this, we have a lot to learn from nature. People like Walden or John Muir, or many of the others, found going living within or going into the mountains a living experience – without guns and ammo or bows and arrows, by the way . . . and there existed far more Keystone Predators at that time than now.

Then we go to Leopold, and his lessons learned from actually a wolf-kill off experiment in science and research, that devastated an area in total.  It was only bringing the wolves back to that same area that saved it. Often, I have found, when discussing wolves, hunters will bring up Leopold and his wolf kill-off, but apparently, they did not read the rest, where the wolves come back to save the ecology, and Leopold’s mind set? Well, it was Reversed, and conservation toward wolves becomes a scientific fact or a positive paradigm, and an ecological habitat enhancement, as well as a new look at Keystone Predators. But today, and with all the negative mind-sets, it is obvious we learn nothing from history, apparently, which equates to ignorance, and from several mind-set-complex situations that become detrimental to many a human.

So why the Wild Horse kill-off, and why are so many simply making excuses to compete with one another to profit from the tragedy of this kill-off, and pretend what they do is saving the Wild Horses?

We can easily state, through evidence of actions based upon the lie of over-population of Wild Horses, which is a lie of lies, but technology and genetically altered this and that for birth control, based from the lie of over-population. . . In reality, is greed and materialism at its worse, as a motivational instinct, as we see almost daily now – but this is merely the symptom, and we find “Fear” the cause.  History show us this, repeatedly, as well.

The tragedy of tragic events, especially for Apex Predators as well as the Wild Horses, which are pray wildlife as well as of significance historically, shows us what? Well, that ignorance and “Fear” are of no value what so ever, and nature suffers tremendously. As well, and under the guise of all of these falsified terms and methods, supposedly to control, but in reality, destroy our nations landscapes and wilderness areas, as well as the wildlife, these people, government agencies and their contractors/supporters, make large profits. Time to rethink our relationship with our government, our non-profit corporations, our industries, our Natural Environments and our Living Wildlife — right now, before it’s too late.



Bureau of Land Management Costs Taxpayer’s progressively more and more as their Pesticide PZP Program, based on lies and misinformation, Continues

“There comes a time when we have to look at these very costly government programs, and see exactly what the motivation as well as the outcome beneficial to taxpayers, in reality will become. Those, programs, such as the BLM’s Pesticide PZP and Birth Control Programs, have progressively become more expensive, more outlandish and obviously based on lies and  misinformation of wild horse band counts on Federal Lands.  But worse yet, a travesty that creates destruction of our Federal Lands from an overpopulation of cattle.  This situation is not beneficial to taxpayer’s what so ever, but destroys elements within our nation’s food chain, that is extremely significant, but sacrificed for a mere less than a 1% market sales share of beef domestically. . . ”  — John Cox, Cascade Journal

The choices we make, often many can find motivation for them. My choice, for example, in defending wild horse herds on Federal Lands, is without monetary motivation. I do have a “Total Respect” for wildlife, and for wild horses in common with domestic horses. I do not receive any “financial returns” for writing and investigating all those involved in the wild horse world.

We have found, and continue to observe, a “Coyote Syndrome” developing within wild horse herds. This happens when nature readjusts from its primary ecological habitat to the intervention or kill-off, or sudden displacement of well adjusted (e.g. in nature habitats adjust for particular populations, which in turn or natural progression moderate the breed, or actual birth control, over time and when human’s do not interrupt the natural process) indigenous wildlife, that take significant part in enhancing the ecological zone.

The kill-off generates a progressive adjustment, whereas, more birth happens over a short amount of time, until the habitat can re-moderate, over a longer period of time, the circumstance of breed control itself – but continued kill-off or displacement interrupts the ecology permanently.

At that time the population becomes less (as good science shows us nature has the ability to also moderate its own type of birth controls – and its adjustment more co-existent with each habitat than a human-perspective of what the habitat possibilities can become), and a nurturing situation once again takes place within a natural ecological habitat process into a healthy environment –

We see human intervention develop into awkward circumstances for ecological systems to remain or even become healthy, thereby, the system reacts negatively, and the human-intervention simply destroys the habitat. Add to this a single priority-species human paradigm, cattle, which outnumber the wild horses at least 50+ to 1, and we have a destroyed habitat. Bureau of Land Management knows nothing about nature’s laws, wildlife breeds, vegetation complex, water systems, or how to establish healthy Environments – as their consistent actions show us over a long period of time.

In my perception, from numerous aspects of evidence and other miscellaneous information I have found, as well as my small group, those that do receive financial awards, for example within a donation context, and yet, do not follow through as to why they received the donations, is simply taking ADVANTAGE OF A “Tragic Circumstance” America’s Wild Horses have found themselves experiencing today . . . i.e. being attacked not only by corrupt government agencies, but Welfare Ranchers and yes, even Advocates – all to acquire monetary $$$$$ gains for themselves.

“. . . the assertion that the use of Pesticide PZP (i.e. EPA Registration documents) does not “harm” the animals or “disrupt herd dynamics” is scientifically baseless. The few scientists that have actively promoted the use of PZP on wild horses, like the late Dr. Jay Kilpatrick, primarily researched the efficacy of the drug on controlling fertility (e.g. small deer bands). Pro-PZP researchers have never directly researched the potential effects of the drug on the animals themselves.” Neither has there been experimentation and references through good data gathering on the use of this product on a larger scale, than small deer herds – and the information still lacks refined scientific data, to reference or confirm any type of positive situation to continue its use on wild horses.

Independent research, however, shows that PZP—which is derived from pig ovaries and is registered as a pesticide by the Environmental Protection Agency—can have lasting adverse effects on wild horses. According to Dr. Cassandra Nuñez PZP is associated with ovulation failure and can alter the birthing cycle of wild horses, resulting in birth out of season where the foal can die for lack of available food.

“Dr, Nunez also found that PZP has significant consequences on social behavior of wild horses. Normally bands of wild horses are very stable, and mares will stay with males much if not all of their lives. However, when they have been treated with PZP and mares cannot get pregnant, they will leave bands. This creates instability in the bands and effects the health of the group members. And worse, the disruption causes, eventually, uncontrolled birth year around. . .”

The reality of Sterilization does exist, also, at a high percentage – but other occurrence, much more serious exist, within the disrupted cycles of the mares, and some progressively younger mares giving birth at best awkwardly, which are not capable to handle a new foal mentally, and run-off without the initial life-giving nutrients’ the foal requires to remain alive.

Currently, there is no confirmable “positive” situations to use Pesticide PZP on a government-based program, as we find throughout history — government quite questionable when birth controls are used ambiguously, which, as history shows us quite often, are used abusively and without ethics or regulatory codes attached.

By day’s end, those that advocate for the forcible drugging of America’s wild horses lack any type of broad vision in regard to actually improving the future for any Federal Lands. Their knowledge of wildlife withn those same Federal Lands, just as the BLM or DOI, apparently highly questionable within appropriate or qualified skills to manage America’s Federal Lands.

There is also the fact, conclusively, that the Pesticide PZP information is not referenced with confirmable research data on wild horses, or deer. What is found remains non-confirmable sales-rhetoric on what is believed to happen internally, within deer mostly, and horses as some type of Ad-Hoc circumstance of rhetoric. The outcome so inconsistent, and the supposed facts of outcome, over the years, on the east coast, for example, we discover is nothing more than several situations, other than Pesticide PZP use taking part in the breeds being controlled in those locations. One extreme example is the high tides in winter, and the wild horses that roam within that tidal zone being swept out to sea often and confirmed by many people within those areas.

Thereby, myself and others find no ethical background to support the use of any birth controls on the wild horse populations on Federal Lands – and simply perceive it as a very disgusting type of Experimentation, conducted by very disgusting people that are simply taking advantage of a Tragic and government manipulated circumstance, for some to obtain profit $$$$ — while the Reality of the Tragedy always prominent – The Wild Horses Sacrificed for Monetary Gain – nothing more than Outstanding Greed!  — John Cox, Cascade Journal

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“I see things changing, soon. The heart speaks volumes, the mind does listen, although a little slower than what the heart shows as truth. Change is in the air, it is in the water we drink, and the mountains we climb.”  — John Cox, Cascade Journal

Let’s discuss, for a moment, the “Spirit” of the horse. There apparently is a lot of difference in this term, from one rider to another, or those that do not ride but love horses. So many, that when we discuss “Spirit” these days, I ask point blank, “What is it you think spirit is?”

I am in agreement with very few others when the matter discussed, as I believe that “Spirit” is the pure essence of the horse, and can sometimes only be found with others that are with their horse’s often. It is that inner “wild” part that all are born with. When left untouched or unaltered by humans’, it does allow the horse the power to remain true within itself, and to who they are as an individual. Today, I very much believe people have a problem with the term Independent as well, and feel uncomfortable around those of us who have an Independent nature about us – that inner-spirit that is elusive to many.

More so, it also gives the horse the power, or essential form, to be a member of their Band of Horse’s or family, or when placed together, as a Herd, and to remain prominent among the others. This is something that has taken millions of years of evolution, and their indigenous nature so to speak (which the wild horses are and have been indigenous to the America’s – their link is complete, as their actions also show us this when we leave them alone, or when we view without perceptions of myth, which are quite obvious) and which also ensures the survival of both the individual and the species as a whole. It is the human-nature of ignorance, of entitlement, of arrogant perception that demands this to be taken away from the wild horses.

Unfortunately, as other’s have pointed out to me as well, this is the type of “Spirit” that many old horse trainers wanted altered, or “broken out” of them, which they assumed would make them better at utility objectives, like transport or being ridden without temperament, or being useable. And just as unfortunate, this “Spirit” I speak of here, has indeed been intentionally watered-down by humans, through many centuries of selective breeding, of the domestic horse.

I believe this ancient “Spirit” I speak of here is lacking in domestic horses, and those that deal with wild horses, at least a few, must understand this to break a wild horse correctly – although, most do not understand this at all, and apparently many go to auction — and the trainers, no doubt, not knowing what it is they do not know.

This is mostly due to not having a thorough knowledge of how to work with them, all the while to maintain this “Spirit” as discussed here. The fact is, all the things that make a horse a horse, are those things within this “Ancient Spirit” — a horse that remains untouched by human’s, no intervention what so ever, and the known fact, other than and beyond human perception, the natural nature of a horse is its connection to the “Wilderness – to the Wilds”.

As a result, most horse people have never experienced or even seen this “Ancient Spirit” I speak of here. It is this “Spirit” (i.e. or lack of knowledge on how to reinforce the same, rather than train the horse), when ignored or left unseen and onward with domestic training, that the horse appears erratic, high-strung, and with very animated behavior; which, are the attritional aspects of breeding that were never meant to be; but, remained within the ancient portion of the horse’s mind-set itself – which, and I am not surprised, ends up as some sort of new explanation as what the “Spirit” of the horse is, within this false perception or lack of thorough knowledge about the “Spirit of the Horse” that in simple terms, many horse people do not understand at all.

What develops here is the term “Spirit” no longer refers to the horse’s internal or external presence, and as dictated by Nature – but rather toward a horse’s human-made behavior. So, we use human-made breed controls, dangerous pesticides, and roundups that establish a pre-tense to slaughter and edible product, mostly because human’s do not understand the very elements, or mental-mind set as a basic-aspect, within the domestic horse and what we have created.

So, understanding the wild horse, all the while placing it within what we supposed to be understandable-terms we use today, that actually, and in realty, have nothing to do with a truthful explanation of wild horses at all. We lose so much, to include our wild horses, by our menial attempts at humanizing Nature’s Best, the wild horse, so we can manipulate or profit from them. And off we go, hypocrites with hands in pocket, and those involved wanting to blame everyone else. . . Change is eminent, as ignorance only lasts for so long.


A Simple Moment In Time — Wild Horses

John Cox and Wild Horses

I stood on a small knoll, but high enough to overlook a large valley basin. Looking back toward the three horse trailers still hooked to the trucks, complete with three wild horses in each trailer, my heart beat fast; which, my gut told me everything was okay.

The friendly sun, high in the blue sky complete with a few white clouds around, shined its light directly upon us.  The slight breeze smelled of fresh rye in the vast basin fields to my front.

Mother Nature has blessed us this day, as we return her children to their rightful home. We placed no chemical or other methods derived from human-perception, within their bodies – we will leave them with how we helped them, with pleasant memories, and know that a proper respect was taken and given, from living souls, one to another – human to horse, horse to human and each in our way.

We setup block-transmitters, to block GPS, so our final unload-destination, or telemetry, was not recorded, anywhere.  The wild horses finally safe from the mediocrity, from the lies, from the deceit they experienced from humans.  Oh yes, they understood the abominations and the plight they faced.  They understood all right, it was in their eyes, in their jerky and stressed reactions to every movement, when we first picked them up.

Now surrounded by the smell of the rye grass, they stood motionless inside the trailers.  Silent, unmoving, and their eyes – I could see their eyes while I walked toward the trailers.  Love is the only term I could really think of at that moment, and the child-like anticipation they showed.  They knew they were safe.

I raised my hand in the air, gave the slide-out sign.  The trailer doors opened simultaneously.

The first horse, in the far trailer stepped out, the mare, the Queen.  Her majestic manner expressed a Queen, for sure.  Her stance as she watched her Stallion, James, step out from the trailer nearest me.  I simply knelled and watched, along with the crew, at such amazing and majestic movements from these horses.  They knew their homeland well.  Each sniffed and snorted for a moment.  Finally, they understood in total, the ground they stood, being safe for all of them.

A yearling stepped out, then another from the middle trailer.  Another yearling, a mare beside it we named Princess, then the other mares, stepped beside their yearlings, nudging, licking.  Nine wild horses.  Nine horses to start something we knew would become of a natural circumstance, within a natural environment.

The need for our ego-blessed manipulations did not exist – we saved them from those who believe their manipulations correct, and Mother Nature wrong, for some odd reason.  But one thing we all believed in doing this, was that we knew the twisting and reworking of the term Humane was worthless – their definition not of Humane Reasoning what so ever; because just like the wild horses, we knew those who benefited from birth controls and castration, were only mindful toward greed, toward wild horses no longer existing on this planet.

The small band of nine horses come together in the knee-high rye grass.  James stopped, looking back at me, his eyes glowed, his stance majestic, his black coat swayed, his mane blew upward, in contrast with the green rye grass around his legs.  The breeze swayed the grass very slight, as if bowing to that same majestic stand of James.  His chest thrust out.

He was telling me, Thank You.  I know what you did, and for my family and I, Thank You.

I am pretty sure a tear run-down my cheek, but I wiped it away.  As the Queen nudged James, he snorted, turned toward her, then they, all together galloped off.  A band together.  A band free of intrusion, free from humans.

I gave the signal to load-up.  As the trucks started, and everyone on the crew in the trucks, I stopped at the door of the truck.  I stood for a moment, then could not resist.  I glanced around one last time.

James’ band was running over the knoll a short distance away.  He had stopped, turned, and was looking at me for the last time, as if a salute given, between both he and I.  As he turned and galloped off, to catch up with his band.

I turned and got into the truck, not looking back again.  We done something good in life and saved some souls.  How much better can life become?  Well, to do it again, in another area, band by family band, another time, and save another soul.