A tribute to the spirit of wild horses and burros


Celebrate 40th Anniversary of Passing of 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act 

Keep their light shining!



Our candles will be lit on December 15th from 5-7 pm to celebrate 40th anniversary of the passing of the Act. Please join us at Save The Horses, 1768 Newt Green Rd, Cumming,GA 770-833-7281 dogznhorses@comcast.net, We will honor the horses,burros and Wild Horse Annie. Candles,beverages and snacks provided.

“ The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way it’s animals are treated” MAHATMA GANDHI


14 responses

  1. I am so excited that I can’t think of anything else! I am still trying to figure out where to have this. Do I have it downtown Atlanta near Capitol Building or just have it at a farm where there are some mustangs to show off? The traffic in Atlanta is horrible and it would be hard for folks to get there from work but it would be nice for a lot of people to see what we are doing. However,would be nice to have it at a barn where we would have an electrical outlet and also a place to have a bonfire. I will figure this out in the next few days! We only have a month! I just found out I was going to do this!

    November 14, 2011 at 4:24 pm

  2. Forty years ago on December 15, 1971

    President Nixon signed into law the

    Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act.

    Join us in remembering that the fight to gain accountable protection for our “living symbol of the pioneer spirit” wages on.

    The thought is a simple one, light a candle.

    Please join us in a Nationwide Candlelight Vigil, as a symbol that we will not give up until each life that is to be protected under law is given the consideration due to humanely care for them as outlined by law. That they receive their fair share of resource when they dwell free on public land and are treated with the respect they deserve when removed and enter into the realm of domestication and sanctuary.

    In remembrance of the spirit of the law, and the continued will to see it implemented, candles will be lit across the Nation

    November 14, 2011 at 4:28 pm

  3. Did y’all know that there are mustangs here in the Peach State? We even have a mustang rescue called Mustang Wild Horse Rescue of GA,INC. The idea came about after our founder,David Hesse,went out west to Lifesavers for Mustang Boot Camp back in 2002. He was so impressed with these horses and their will to live and survive despite all the odds being against them. He discovered that many of them were small in stature but big in heart. So, he decided to start a rescue. His first rescued mustang was a little American Indian Pony whom he named Shawnee. The story was that her owners had died and she was running all over the place and starving in the Ozarks. He has been rescuing mustangs ever since. Our latest rescue is a horse who was chest high in water up in Kentucky. He named her Kentucky Rain and she is about 8 years old or so. I became involved with this little rescue in April of 2007. Don’t ask me how it happened, it must have been destiny because I didn’t have a lick of horse savvy at the time. I used to send money and write letters for the wild horses back in the early 1970s as a child and used to love the wild horses that I would see on the black and white television show ” My Friend Flicka”. I rode some as a child and loved horses from an early age. The 3 mustang mares I helped feed ,care for and eventually helped to gentle took me into their herd and never once bit or kicked me, even though they knew they could. Desert Rose from the Palomino Valley was my favorite. I also loved Aura, the very frightened mistrustful mustang mare. Sugar was a Sheldon Wildlife Refuge horse and nobody could touch her except with a bamboo pole. I could go on and on. Now I am on the board of directors and trying to help raise funds for our little mustang rescue. I probably spend way too much time worrying about mustangs when I should be doing more with my family but there is something within my very soul that keeps me a light for these magnificent animals!

    November 16, 2011 at 12:18 am

  4. Hey, Georgia, how about showing the wild mustangs your southern hospitality? Is there anybody out there in Dixie gonna shine their lights for the mustangs besides me? I am waiting………….

    November 19, 2011 at 2:24 am

    • Chris L

      Hey Tracy- You know I’m in! I was considering whether Stone Mountain- on the mountain would be a good place- it has such great energy! But being around mustangs would be very appropriate. We still have some time to figure it out.

      November 19, 2011 at 5:10 am

      • I think Stone Mountain sounds like a wonderful spot. I was told I need to get local press coverage, too, if I can. I will need all the help I can get. Thanks so much,Chris L!

        November 20, 2011 at 2:01 am

  5. I have asked Cheryl Flanagan from HRRRF(SAVE THE HORSES) if she would like to join us. I will also call the President of GERL(GA Equine Rescue League) or email when I return from out of town holiday travel 11/28/11. I would like to see all rescues/horse lovers join as one for one hour and light the way for the wild horses and efforts to preserve them. Heck, I might even see if Dept of Ag horse people want to join us. You just never know what might happen if only you ask. If you don’t, it is a 100% no answer.

    November 22, 2011 at 2:40 am

  6. Chris L

    Hey Tracy,
    That’s great! The more the merrier!

    November 22, 2011 at 3:40 am

  7. Jan Chudosky

    Hey Tracy! Thanks for stopping by Albany (NY!)! You’ve got some good energy over here, Girl!

    November 30, 2011 at 5:55 am

  8. Hallelujah! I have my location for the vigil! We will have it at Cheryl Flanagan’s horse rescue at 1768 Newt Green Rd, Cumming Ga and we will gather starting at 5:30 pm est. I am so excited I can hardly stand it! Cheryl is going to call her Native American friends to see who can do a drum circle. In the meantime, I have to get my flyer finished. Not too technologically advanced but I know how to push a button lol!

    November 30, 2011 at 5:39 pm

  9. Chris L

    That is perfect! As is the drum circle. I have a drum to bring. And possibly some drumming friends. Can we get some media on this too?

    November 30, 2011 at 5:45 pm

  10. Who was to know that when I wrote those letters for ” Wild Horse Annie” in 1971 that I would be helping her again in 2011 by organizing this 40th anniversary candlelight vigil. I am still in awe about it all! I am shining on for you, Annie! Shining on for America’s living legends,mustangs and burros!

    December 1, 2011 at 4:55 am

  11. Cheryl Flanagan 8:30am Dec 15
    My computer is working today so I will post if and when I can.
    Tonight at the SaveTheHorses.org Rescue Farm, we are holding a candlelight vigil in honor of Wild Horse Annie. (Velma B Johnston)
    6-7 PM Dec 15th. Hot Chocolate, snack and candles provided.

    “In 1950 one morning while driving to work, Velma witnessed a gruesome scene – wild horses crammed into a truck destined for a pet food slaughterhouse. Blood oozing from the truck revealed a yearling being trampled to death. She decided to expose this to the public eye. The massive wild horse and burro clearances from the Western public lands of the mid-1900s involved airplanes and many WWII pilots. They operated in conjunction with truck drivers and were aided by cowboys with lassoes and heavy truck tires. ”

    Sadly, the BLM is still mistreating Wild Horses that run on Public land, our land, our horses that belong to all Americans. Come and join us.
    1768 Newt Green Rd,
    Cumming, GA 30028
    Contact Tracy
    770 833 7281
    PLEASE SHARE?Crosspost. Thanks.

    December 15, 2011 at 2:10 pm

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