“His is a power enhanced by pride, a courage heightened by challenge. His is a swiftness intensified by strength, a majesty magnified by his grace. His is a timeless beauty touched with gentleness, a spirit that call our hearts to dream.”  Author Unknown


“His is a power enhanced by pride, a courage heightened by challenge. His is a swiftness intensified by strength, a majesty magnified by his grace. His is a timeless beauty touched with gentleness, a spirit that call our hearts to dream.” Author Unknown

With great difficulty and sadness, I share with you the passing of a most magnificent wild horse – El Mariachi. A horse that was admired, loved and an inspiration to me and so many others.

My life was forever changed the day I saw him in the White Mountain range of Wyoming. How our lives were to become connected, I could never have imagined, but I will always be grateful for the privilege.

Most of you know what El Mariachi meant to me, but I realize this is a shared heartbreak. He touched so many people. There was just something about him. He had such presence – you couldn’t help but be in awe of him. What an amazing creature. He made my heart sing.

Wild in Wyoming.

Wild in Wyoming.

In the wild - chasing another stallion down a steep hill.

In the wild – chasing another stallion down a steep hill.

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To all of you that came together on El Mariachi’s behalf, I send you healing thoughts and my utmost gratitude.

(To the readers of this post, please understand that I will not be sharing any details).

Some of my favorite images…

At his new home in Arizona.

At his new home in Arizona.

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El Mariachi with Hope.

El Mariachi with Hope.

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“I have seen things so beautiful they have brought tears to my eyes. Yet none of them can match the gracefulness and beauty of a horse running free.” Author Unknown

Run free El Mariachi…run free…

(The original story: “Rescuing An American Icon“)

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An adorable Mustang colt from the White Mountain HMA in Wyoming. If the current Record of Decision stands for the White Mountain and Little Colorado HMA’s, seeing young ones like this on these ranges will be all but a memory.

The BLM has chosen Alternative D. Spay the mares and geld the stallions to create non-producing wild horse herds. I just can’t wrap my head around it. And doing it in the field?! Beyond dangerous and inhumane. Please share the information, make the calls and send the e-mails. This is truly a disastrous plan for our wild ones.

The BLM’s Record of Decision from the Rock Springs, Wyoming field office regarding the White Mountain and Little Colorado HMA’s can be read here:

http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/wy/information/NEPA/rsfodocs/whitemtn-wind/rev-ea.Par.54148.File.dat/DR.pdf

Details and contact information (courtesy of Carol Walker) to voice your concerns and/or attend the planned meeting (a statewide hearing on the use of helicopters and motorized vehicles in the management of wild horses on June 21 at 5:30 at the BLM office in Rock Springs):

http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/news_room/2011/may/18hdd-helicopter.html

Wyoming State Wild Horse Specialist Amy Ruhs, 307-352-0375,

Rock Springs Wild Horse Specialist Jay D’Ewart, 307-352-0331

High Desert District Manager: John Ruhs, 307-352-0256

Wyoming State Director: Don Simpson, 307-775-6256.

And don’t forget about your elected officials! Let them hear from you as well. Contact information below:

https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

The Environmental Assessment (EA) can be read in its entirety here:

http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/wy/information/NEPA/rsfodocs/whitemtn_littlecolo.Par.10791.File.dat/2011_ea.pdf

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