Free Wild Horses! Prevent WildFires! Save & Love Wild Horses Today!
Free Wild Horses! Prevent WildFires! Save & Love Wild Horses Today!
I founded “Love Wild Horses” in 2018 and began advocating and saving wild horses and set up Native Wild Horse Protection, and our very busy Facebook page “Wild Horse Protection Act” in August of 2010.
My inspiration to begin saving the wild horses was spurred while creating a painting of a vision I had of a beautiful white horse in need of help, who was resting with an angel. The vision called to my spirit to look into what was happening with America's wild horses, and my research uncovered the tragic plight of the wild horses being harmed - their land, families, and freedom being taken from them by the very agencies who were assigned to protect them.
Since then, under the banner of “Love Wild Horses (LWH), I have organized and helped to gather more than 700,000 supporters; designing and launching campaigns and events to give voice to the mustang's crisis - introducing lawmakers and the public to shift the paradigm and help them to survive and thrive.
My work includes documenting photographing and filming the wild horses in the wild and in the BLM holding facilities, helping rescue missions, appearing in news spots and documentaries, gathering and delivering more than 100,000 messages to law-makers, holding wild equine educational and awareness gatherings, creating digital 42' banner with 5 rotating messages that aired in Reno, Nevada, obtaining aid for water and feed for thousands of wild horses in need, helping to save the lives of more than 90 wild horses, helping support many horse rescues, airing of wild equine news and actions, and obtaining a partnership with the Federal Government to create wild horse life-sustaining water sources.
My background in creating justice began with supporting children in their right to speak for their protection in California courts. These efforts helped change a California State law granting children's voices the right to be heard. I received a "Courage Speaking" award for this work by the Center For Judicial Excellence. Protecting our most vulnerable and innocent one's is especially dear to my heart.
Today my work focuses upon building the movement for the last of America's wild horses to survive in peace and freedom, and by implementing wildfire and wild equine, and global warming protection ‘natural rewilding studies’ to save the at-risk, imprisoned horses toward helping protect Western wildlands.
I attended the College of Marin and majored in Fine Art and Psychology. My study, understanding, and communication of wild horses and equine behavior and their healing ecosystems, wild places, and humanity, spans more than ten years and is my lifelong journey and passion - with the impetus upon natural and compassionate action and ecological balance.
Prior to my work with LWH, I was a professional fine artist oil painter, model, dancer and yoga instructor, and entrepreneur (creating “Perceptions,” my own natural cosmetic line). I have studied and practiced human healing arts for 20 years~:
I have always loved all animals and recognized their gifts for humanity and the world. Wild horses play such an important role in helping to heal and protect our Western ecosystems from wildfires and global warming and have so much to teach humanity- if we will just listen and grant them to remain free and survive.
Love wild Horses’ ethical foundation and actions are informed by Indigenous wisdom and the elders who continue generations-long relationships with the horses of the American West. ~
"A very great vision is needed and the man who has it must follow it as the eagle seeks the deepest blue of the sky." – Crazy Horse, Oglala Lakota
" The Earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the Earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web he does to himself" ~ Chief Seattle
Photo: By Susan Munroe
We welcomed Colleen Shaw as our Secretary upon the founding of our Nonprofit and we are grateful for her passion and expertise! She loves going on hikes and is a nature and wildlife enthusiast, as well as a gifted attorney and wise asset in helping us to save the wild ones.
Colleen Shaws Attorney at Law Bio: "Born and raised in Sonoma County, California, I have always had a passion for problem solving. As the middle daughter between two brothers, I had plenty of opportunities early on to resolve conflicts and propose compromises.
My education continues on a perpetual basis so that I can have the most up to date and relevant legal information for my clients.
In my legal practice, I apply my diverse global knowledge obtained while traveling and working abroad in over 15 countries to your unique problems, crafting creative settlements and compromises that are often surprisingly mutually beneficial. Each client is treated with respect and I work hard to see their dreams effectuated.
Let me take control of your legal problems so that you can get back to the truly important things in your life."
We invited and welcomed Michael Stocker to Love Wild Horses® Board of Directors in 2018! Michael brings with him more than 30 years of experience working in the nonprofit and environmental protection sector.
We are extremely fortunate to have his brilliance helping to guide our mission to save the wild horses and wild places with us.
A note from Michael regarding the critical relevance of our work:
“Love Wild Horses’ focus on compassionate range management sets an example of how we can work with nature to solve some of our more vexing wildlands problems. We have acquiesced far too long to corporate ranch welfare – much to the detriment of western environments and habitats.”
Michael Stocker is a technical generalist by predilection, an acoustician by trade, and a musician by avocation. He has written and spoken about marine bioacoustics since 1992 in public, academic, and regulatory fora. His conversancy in both physics and biology has proven invaluable in court testimony and legal briefs, defending the environment against the impacts of human-generated noise in the sea.
He is the founding director of Ocean Conservation Research (www.OCR.org ), a science and policy development NGO focused on the impacts of anthropogenic noise on marine habitats.
Over the past decade, he has written a series of short newsletters on marine bioacoustics, and environmental policy. Some 600 of these pieces can be found at www.Ocean-Noise.com.
Prior to focusing on ocean conservation issues, he worked in architectural acoustics, designing sound recording, and public exhibition facilities. Clients included the US National Holocaust Museum and the Monterrey Bay Aquarium. He was also the musical and electronic engineer for the prescient movie “Koyaaniqatsi.”
His book Hear Where We Are: Sound, ecology, and sense of place examines the phenomenology, cultural, and natural history of sound perception for humans and other animals.
Photo: By James Johnson
Jeanne Bencich Nations joined Love Wild Horses in 2016 as our Public Relations and Nevada Field Manager and assistant manager of our successful popular Facebook page "Wild Horse Protection Act" with over 700,000 supporters. She is a powerful positive light in the world and for all the wild horses, and we are fortunate that she is with us!
She connects her enthusiasm for saving the wild horses with her passion for photography, graduating from the New York Institute of Photography with top honors. Jeanne was a thriving commercial and wedding photographer before discovering enchanting and majestic wild horses when she moved to Nevada from Oregon and has never looked back. She went to college at Southern Oregon State University; her major was communications, and she studied photography.
When Jeanne discovered the horses needed saving, she felt it was her calling to help them. Jeanne is a force that never gives up, and she has been instrumental in creating freedom and survival and humane treatment to be realized. Through Jeanne's lens, the true beauty of Nevada's wild ones inspires people to join us to save the horses and our wild places with us.
In 2018 Jeanne helped us facilitate a partnership with the United States of America. For this project, she helped garner more than 900 people's support to develop a new and permanent water source to help the wild horses in North Eastern Nevada survive. She also has served on the Bureau of Land Management Resource Advisory Council for six years in an advisory position to the BLM in Northeastern Nevada.
Writing is something else she enjoys, and she has written many articles in defense of our wild horses to create an awareness of the critical issues our wild horses are facing today on public lands. Another achievement was having completed her first published novel about the Wild West a few years ago and is currently working on another one about the wild horses. Jeanne enjoys the outdoors, studying the wild horse herds in her area of rural Nevada and photographing their majestic beauty and freedom in their natural habitat, and spends much of her time documenting the horses for our nonprofit.
Evelyn Arce Erickson is one incredible positive force of change! For Love Wild Horses, she advises, educates, and connects our wild horse and land conservancy practices with Native American leaders and groups. She empowers the vital sharing of our -Wildfire and Wild Equine and Global Warming Protection Land Regeneration Natural Rewilding Studies to help and heal the wild ones, wild places, and surrounding communities.
Evelyn Arce Erickson, a longtime advocate for Indigenous-led philanthropy, has assumed the role of Vice President at Native Conservancy, the first Native-owned, Native-led land trust in the U.S.
“As a steady champion of Indigenous self-determination and seeing that Indigenous people’s gain critical access to more direct funding support for their First Nation communities during these world pandemic and climate changing times, Evelyn brings unique and strategic skills and experience to Native Conservancy,” said Dune Lankard, Native Conservancy Founder and President.
A descendent of the Muisca people of Colombia, Evelyn has led the charge to rally support for Indigenous-led philanthropy. She founded and ran for 15 years the International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP), a donor affinity group for Indigenous communities globally. Her work with IFIP set in motion a sea change in philanthropy that channeled hundreds of millions of dollars to Indigenous communities across the world. Evelyn was also instrumental in the publication of groundbreaking reports and guides on Indigenous philanthropy. Since 2013, she has served as Chair of the Development Committee for Cultural Survival. Evelyn holds a Master’s in Teaching and Agriculture Education from Cornell University.
“I am so honored to work with Dune and Native Conservancy to help advance Indigenous rights, food sovereignty and food security issues and develop sustainable models along with protecting millions of acres of land.” said Evelyn.
About Native Conservancy:
Native Conservancy’s work is founded in the struggle for environmental justice and ancient memories of blue water where wild salmon and herring by the millions swam back home to their river and intertidal origins. These memories called to us from beneath the black oil of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill and took form as a Will-to-Action.
All our work is done with and for Alaskan Native people. Native Conservancy’s focus is to continue preserving and restoring habitat, while protecting and enhancing Native people’s subsistence way of life by increasing Native community access to traditional seafoods like kelp and mariculture (bi-valves). By helping revive and maintain their relationships and rights to these traditional food resources, Native communities can grow, harvest and process their own foods to feed their people and share the excess in the marketplace direct.
Our vision is to create resilient futures for Indigenous peoples by preserving, repatriating and restoring ancestral homelands, and reviving traditional food culture and subsistence practices to nurture Native culture, health and spirituality and re-localization of economy.
We are so grateful to have beautiful Penny and Dewey Bunnell join the Love Wild Horses® Movement in 2017 ! They continue to be amazing allies for the wild horses, in lending their voices -empowering awareness to save & Love Wild Horses, with a public service announcement, at America's rock concerts, in magazines and social media platforms.
Penny and Dewey discovered the dire plight of the wild horses from Love Wild Horses' outreach work and in response made the decision to adopt a wild horse! They named her "Nonname" pronounced NoNameee inspired by one of America's hit songs "A Horse with No Name".
To check out what's happening with the band America, please click here!
Kisa Kavass joined Love Wild Horses as a supporting Photographer and social media volunteer in 2021 and we are elated to have her talent with us to help save the wild horses!
She was born in Adelaide, South Australia. At the age of five her family relocated to the United States and spent years living in and exploring various states before settling down in Nashville, Tennessee. Their travels imparted in her a strong curiosity about the world, nature and art, and the understanding that they are all intertwined. Her passion for creating and art led her to photography and she has worked as a professional portrait and fine art photographer for over twenty years. She has taught workshops on book-making, oil hand-tinting and alternative Polaroid film processes. Her fine art work has been featured in magazines and she has had photographs selected for many group and solo shows across the United States.
As the years have progressed her work has evolved and her themes have changed except for the deep connection with the natural world and the subjects within it.
For years Kisa has volunteered with animal rescue groups as both a foster for dogs needing adoption and as a photographer. This love of animals led her to travel to the western United States in search of America’s wild horses. The experience was even more impactful than she expected and she was impressed with the raw beauty of the lands and the magical, wild mustangs. Since the first trip out to see the mustangs, she has returned many times and has become well acquainted with the members of the herds and their stories. The wild horses are forever being threatened by round ups conducted by the Bureau of Land Management despite protections that have been in place since 1971. Kisa hopes that her images will inspire everyone to become more engaged in the plight of the herds and their family bands,and appreciate the importance of protecting our wild lands and creatures.
Two years ago she became involved with a domestic horse rescue in Tennessee realizing that our domestic horses are also in need of protection from abuse and the horse slaughter pipeline. She documents the horses and their rehabilitation through her photography and is a board member at Horse Plus Humane Society.
The intent is to share the feelings of being in the presence of these majestic animals, feel the magic, the strength, see the beauty and the freedom, and experience a connection with them through her photography and mixed media art.
The need to connect with the natural world, to be welcomed by its creatures,
to see beyond the visible, to be in harmony with and observe,
the hidden mysteries of nature have forever been my inspiration.
As an artist and photographer, I aspire to possess a heightened awareness,
and communicate it through my work.
The natural world is capable of creating such a sense of wonder,
as we feel the wind and ocean spray on our face, smell the wet earth after a gentle rain,
hear the sweet cooing of a mourning dove, or catch sight of a wild herd of horses race past,
leaving a cloud of dust behind.
The changing light that touches our world, as it rises in the morning and sets at end of day,
is forever transforming how we visually and emotionally experience the natural world.
The light is my paintbrush and the images I create with my camera,
are my words, my poetry , my music.
Our Friends Lee PlentyWolf and the Native American Music Award winning Plentywolf Singers along with Lakota Tribal members joins LWH in wild equine educational gatherings and awareness marches. They also composed an original Lakota drumming song and dedicated "Sunka Wakan" (Wild Horse Chasing Life" to help all the wild horses and all the horses. We are proud to have this indigenous teaching of the relationship between the Lakota people and horses and support to help and guide and support saving the wild ones and our land and water in balance and for humanity, too.
Lee Plentywolf resides in Colorado and regularly holds Inipis ~sacred prayer ceremonies.
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Photo: By James Johnson
We are thankful and honored to have Craig Downer's wild equine scientific contribution with us!
Craig, has collaborated with us for over a decade and he greatly admires our compassionate and forthright work for restoring the wild horse and burro herds to their rightful land and freedom. He supports and informs the Reserve Design approach to attaining truly long-term viable, ecologically harmoniously adapted, and naturally self-stabilizing populations of wild horse and burro herds throughout the West and in America. He Especially appreciates our enthusiastic and unflagging spirit, and has participated in the energetic and effective rallies we’ve hosted-with Jetara and Love Wild Horses at the Golden Gate Bridge, and in California's capitol, Sacramento. He is proud to serve as LWH wildlife ecologist and also greatly admires our artistic and photographic LWH creations of wild horses and burros and their natural habitats.
Craig greatly admires all the horse rescue work done by LWH and their steadfast and enthusiastic insistence that wild horses have a measurable and positive impact for much of the Wild West. These impacts include a major reduction of dry flammable vegetation associated with catastrophic wildfires, and the horses’ contribution to humus-rich soils which absorb and hold more water and increase soil water retention.
LWH is keen to recognize and promote the greater truth about these wonderful creatures on our public lands and elsewhere, also matching people with wild horses and burros who have otherwise unjustly lost their freedom and legal natural homes; bringing horses and people together to share their mutual great healing powers.
H speaks three languages and is fluent in Spanish, and has a high proficiency in French.
Craig C. Downer is a wildlife ecologist who has specialized in the Mammalian Order Perissodactyla. This Order includes the Horse Family, Equidae, as well as the Families Tapiridae and Rhinocerontidae. While earning his M.S. at the University of Nevada-Reno, he did a field study and paper on the Pine Nut Mountain wild horses. And later in his career he did a professional herd and habitat analysis of these unique wild horses that have a strong Spanish Colonial component.
Craig is also a University of California-Berkeley graduate majoring in Biology and specializing in Ecology with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He received the Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award.
He speaks three languages and is fluent in Spanish, and has a high proficiency in French.
Craig worked with Wild Horse Annie (Velma Bronn Johnston) in the 1970s when the Wild Free-roaming Horses and Burros Act (WFHBA) was first being implemented. He has given speeches, slide and PowerPoint presentations and guided films defending the wild horses and burros as well as written books and articles, including peer-reviewed scientific papers, about them.
As a legal plaintiff in numerous court cases, he has defended the rights of the wild horses and burros throughout America after having investigated their unfair treatment on the public lands throughout the West. His “Reserve Design” project for restoring the herds and their habitats to viable levels has registered with government agencies and many people, and is producing a much-needed turnaround for these magnificent and benign animals.
Craig is the first person to have done an in-depth study of the endangered Mountain/Andean Tapir and to have radio-collared and tracked this excellent relative, the horse in Sangay National Park, Ecuador. He has helped protect millions of acres of Andean forests and paramos in northern South America.
His organization the Andean Tapir Fund / Wild Horse and Burro Fund has awakened the public to the many positive contributions these species make to ecosystems, as well as examining their North American origins and long-standing evolution. His dynamic, greater truth- and justice-serving organization upholds the pure intent of the WFHBA. Its website contains his reports, articles, videos and interviews and those of others and provides an important overview on this subject as well as a well-informed and timely call to action.
Photo: By Cathy Kindsfather
We are incredibly grateful to these two big-hearted landowners for their rising up and working with us by adopting a herd of 19 horses in response to a Wild Horse Protection Act Facebook & Love Wild Horses action to rewild and adopt the at-risk U.S.F.S. captured horses and save them from high risk of sale to slaughter and imprisonment.
"As a Native American, I have always had a special connection to animals and nature. My whole life, I have had health issues and am blessed with an extraordinary family to support me. Animals have a unique way of knowing how you feel without having to explain. I have a special bond with my cats, dogs & horses. My husband and I decided to create Freedom Acres Reserve because we wanted to help preserve the Wild Mustangs history by rescuing a herd who had been ripped away from their free-range home and separated. We aim to share the healing power of these wild Mustangs with others and teach people the history and the positive truth about the mustangs.
For Native Americans, horses are a big part of our history. Therefore seeing them taken away from their land and freedom because someone else wants to take that land is like watching history repeat itself all over again with the Native Americans. What's happening for the wild horses and the injustice cast upon Native Americans must be set right.
Our Beautiful Wild Mustang Family rages in age from 6mo to 23yrs, and with our love and respect for them, they have grown to trust us and allow us to touch them. They help heal the soul and guide us in a better direction every day we spend time with them. This project is a big undertaking for us, and We are grateful to all the people who are helping us with the ongoing care of this beautiful herd. 's ongoing needs count on donations and support, and any amount that you can donate once or monthly would be of great help! Thank you from all the horses and us!" ~ Freedom Acres, Nina A.
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions. Your generous donation will fund the Freedom Acre Wild Reserve mission.
If you would like to help with a donation, please click "donate" and add in notes "Funding to help the Freedom Acre Herd!" Thank you!
~held at the Chumash Museum in Thousand Oaks California
We are honored to have Neta join us to help empower our work and together for all the horses!
Neta Rhyne, an award winning director, producer, and writer, is a proud enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation, Direct Descendent of the ‘Trail Of Tears’. Through her Cherokee heritage Neta has a deep rooted connection to the Earth and holds a special bond to the spirit of the horse. Neta founded Thundering Hooves 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2011 to bring awareness to the many hardships horses face today, and the important role we play in protecting the environment.
Through film, art projects, and special events, Neta is able to bring awareness to the plight of horses and the destruction of the environment by the fossil fuel industry. Netas’ Award Winning Documentary Films have garnered the attention of audiences all over the world. The Official Trailer to her most recent Documentary Short Film, ‘A Horses' Prayer’, aired as a Public Service Announcement for the SAFE Act 961/S2006, a Bill in Congress that would protect the Global Food Supply and close our borders to Horse Slaughter.
Today Neta continues to be a tireless advocate for the Horses, both Wild and Domestic, and stays active in her mission to help protect and save a series of artesian springs that have flowed for over 11,000 years in the Chihuahuan Desert of West Texas now in danger of disappearing …forever!