A tribute to the spirit of wild horses and burros

Cody/ a virtual vigil

Cody Wyoming Area
(McCullough Peaks Herd Management Area and it’s 100 + Wild Horses)

December 15th, 2011 is an important 40th Anniversary for anyone who realizes that our Wild Horses are a Priceless National Treasure.

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

The thought is a simple one, light a candle!

* We will not be having an outdoor candlelight vigil in our area since our weather has been quite unpredictable this year.

On December 15th, 1971, after many years of struggle the efforts of Velma B. Johnston (Wild Horse Annie) and her supporters (including thousands of school children) paid off. President Nixon signed into law the Wild Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act.

Thanks to the efforts of ‘Wild Horse Annie” and others, we are fortunate to still have the opportunity to look out over the prairie and watch family groups of wild horses grazing and roaming freely over our public lands. 

For anyone who has had the opportunity to feel the earth shake under your feet as you watch the wild horses in our area running wild and free you will understand that our Wild Horses are Priceless National Treasures. Studies are providing more evidence that the horse originated on this continent and migrated to other continents over land bridges and then became extinct on this continent. It appears that they are now a reintroduced species. Wild Horses are part of our national history. They once pulled our plows and wagons, they carried us to the hunt and war, they carried our children to school and they carried us to our final resting place. They are a Priceless Treasure that we must preserve with dignity and honor to pass on to future generations! 

Join us in remembering that the fight to gain accountable protection for our “living symbol of the pioneer spirit” wages on.
Your candles will be a symbol that we will not give up until each life is protected under law and is given humane care as outlined by law. That these Priceless National Treasures receive their fair share of resource when they live free on public lands. And they are treated with the respect and dignity they deserve when removed and enter into domestication and sanctuary.


If you would like more information about the efforts being done to protect the wild horses in the Cody Wyoming area (McCullough Peaks Herd Management Area). Please visit FOAL (Friends Of A Legacy) at : www.friendsofalegacy.org .

For Our Wild Horses,

Thank You! Sue Forst


One response

  1. Deirdre Boyne

    Thanks, Sue. You are a very wonderful person.

    January 5, 2012 at 1:07 pm

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