Who is killing our Horses?

 According to some large horse Facebook pages, there is are concerted attacks on our horses. Not the wild ones, but our pets, our partners and our working stock.

A six year old girl’s miniature horse found shot to death.

A childs’ birthday present found shot to death.

A young woman’s paint trail horse found shot to death but suffered horribly.

A therapy horse shot with two arrows. She later died after surgery.

A young boy walked in on someone attacking their horses in a barn. Two horses killed, the boy hospitalized.

Over and over, our horses are being found dead. The question is why and how? And how can we prevent this from happening to our horses?

 

Debi Cole to The American-Canadian Horse Warrior Forum

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This horse killing thing has got to stop! We must consider the reasons behind them. So there must be some hard questions answered.
Why so many of these horses are much loved pets? Are they mad at the owners? Are they jealous we have them?

Is it a neighbor or someone from another town or place?

Are the victims ‘special’ in that they are kept in a yard or a front pasture that allows easy access? Or are they locked up at night in a protected area away from the road?

Are there alarms, lights, guard dogs to awaken the owners or do you find the victims in the morning?

Do we think that some of these shootings are politically motivated or just done by evil, cursed people. By that I mean could a competitor be taking out their challenger for the upcoming county fair?


Perhaps there should be some rules posted by this or some other venue. I remember when you were supposed to leave a halter by the barn door in case of a fire. Then, not to, so your horse couldn’t be stolen. Then don’t lock the barn or do lock the barn. Where are we at today?

We need to take valid and successful precautions to protect our livestock. I no longer live in the country, but I remember that my Grandpa always kept a loaded gun by the door. He had big farm dogs and when they started barking, he got up, grabbed the gun and went out in hunter mode. Sometimes it was a coyote, sometimes a possum, sometimes a man who got the bejabbers scared out of him. Now, Grandpa never actually shot a person but he did fire up in the air once or twice. But believe me, if a dog or another animal had been injured, there would have been a dead man in the driveway. But that was old Texas.

Can we at least start compiling a set of suggestions for owners so they can protect their animals.

So what ARE the right things to do to protect our beloved animals?

Can we do this here? I would like to.

Please, if you have some valuable info or suggestions, feel free to post here. I will consider it and pass it along.  This wasteful, hateful killing has got to stop.

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An Open Letter to Senator Ted Cruz and John Cornyn

Dear Senator Cornyn and Senator Cruz

My name is Deborah Cole of Converse Texas. I am emailing you today to ask you not to vote for any language that allows unrestricted sales or transfers of our wild horses and burros, which was presented by Representative Stewart in the House Bill. I also do not want restrictions lifted that allow my tax dollars to be used for the destruction  (slaughter or euthanasia) of healthy or unadoptable wild horses or burros.

Wild horses and burros need to be managed on the range with a safe birth control vaccine. The facts about this vaccine presented thus far in congressional hearings, have been incorrect. PZP can be darted by helicopter, or by ground. Volunteer groups can, and are in some herds, be used to do the darting and record keeping. PZP costs under $30 per dart. Which is considerably less than rounding them up and warehousing them.

 

I know you have seen the survey’s that clearly show the American people are not in favor of slaughter, and there have been huge outcries from the American people not to allow what Mr. Stewart called ‘humane’ euthanasia. We must not take a step backward, to be a less compassionate society, when there is a humane way to manage our wild icons, an important part of my culture, my family history and our heritage.

Please know that the people who voted for you with faith in your abilities and that you represent want you to vote NO, on any language in the bill or introduced during the Senate hearings, that means the death of our wild horses and burros. Thank you for hearing my voice on this important issue.

Our country and Texas in particular was built on the back of these magnificent animals. They deserve protection and humane management not slaughter.

Sincerely

Deborah Cole


A Eulogy for a horse.

 

SCARLET NATION
2 FEB 1989 – 4 AUG 2017

Scarlet’s doctor and I have decided to let her go across the bridge to Summer-land this Friday. Her old injury has caught up and she’s only on three legs now. She won’t even let me touch her right rear leg to brush it. I will go out early and she will gorge on baby carrots. I will groom her and talk to her and love on her.

How do you say goodbye to your best friend of 28 years? But she’s in pain and losing weight. She has never starved, never been overworked, never been beaten and never done a mean thing. We’ve laughed together and I’ve cried on her neck through the death of others I’ve been entrusted with.

I will get another horse, but not another colt, an older settled one. At 64, I don’t want to leave any orphans in my wake. And of course, she will leave very large hoof-prints on this earth to fill and in my heart. She is irreplaceable.

Some people say I rescued her. She was born solid red in a spotted Appaloosa world. She is bred to the purple, being a Great Granddaughter of Prince Plaudit and a Granddaughter of Colida. Her half brother, Impressive Powder won both World and National Reining Championships, Her half sister Powder Puff, won Texas Junior Reining horse and probably more I don’t know of. There were more, but I lost track of them when we moved to a boarding stable. But I think, she rescued me.

Scarlet was primarily raised to be my trail horse as the Appaloosa Horse Club didn’t allow showing of solid colored horses back in the 90s. We did a lot of trail riding and even a little endurance racing for fun. But her real job was to take care of me when I returned from Desert Storm with pulmonary problems and other issues. The joke around the stable was she cough broke, cane broke, crutch broke and cast broke.

At one point, we went a whole year without riding. When I did manage a saddle again, it was like we’d never stopped except of course I was heavier and slower. Since she was reining/cutting bred I occasionally left the saddle but she never left me behind. Scarlet would always wait for me to get up and get back on. She would stop, turn and berate me for embarrassing her in front of other horses. She also was sharp at chasing dogs who thought horses should run away. A true warrior in every way, she always carried the Appaloosa spirit whether chasing a dog, standing up to a running herd of cows or facing down a llama.

After abandoning the Appy people (who wouldn’t let us play with them), We turned to the welcoming arms of the American Indian Horse Registry. We never made a show or trail-ride with them because by now we were both a little to old to haul for hours to go to a function. But Scarlet and I excelled at Counting Coup and Trail-riding ultimately winning the Hall of Fame Award for their group. Not bad for a filly who was a misfit in her own bloodlines.

But three years ago, after a wonderful fall ride, she got cast in her stall and tore muscles in her right hind leg. I could tell she wasn’t ready to leave yet. After her initial recovery while she could trot out and even canter a bit but she was never stable enough to carry a rider. So I found her two places with two lovely ladies one after the other. Stacy Kirgen and her kids patted her and praised her while I took care of my Mom who passed in 2015. And when they moved their farm to another state, she introduced me to Kristen Brewer of Skull Crossing Ranch. There Scarlet has spent her last year standing under the beautiful Live Oak trees in her ½ acre pen.

But the time has come, my beauty, for you to cross the bridge leaving behind your old, aching body. You can run and play in green grass meeting my other horses who have passed before you. Say hello to Mike, Shadow, Charro, Flash, and Chili. You may even see your mother Spur’s Carrie Nation, your sire R Plaudit’s Bingo and your big brother Impressive Powder. You can tell them of our adventures at Bandera, Perdenales Falls and the many other trail adventures. May you all run free and happy in the tall grass. Play in the sweet water lakes and stand under the shade of the tree of knowledge.

Wait for me my darling. We will meet again.

You never hurt me until you left me.


Info on our Texas Congressmen in reference to Horse Slaughter Bill and Wild Horse/Burro culling.

First thing, we in the state of Texas do not control any wild horse herds. I know that. But, since this is on a federal level our Congressmen will have a say in their situations. Please take a moment and make a phone call or send an email to support and keep our national icons, the American Mustangs and Burros wild, free and ALIVE!

Let them know you are AGAINST THE FY18 Stewart bill. This bill basically guts the 1971 Wild and Free Roaming Act of 1971 allowing culling of the 92,000 wild equines of  America. That is ninty two thousand horses and burros. Yes, that number is correct and its pretty much all of them.

And also that you are for the S.A.F.E Act (awion.org) the Safeguard American Food Exports Act. Please let them know that you support and care about our wild horses and burros.

Now both of these monstrosities have already passed the Committee. Henry Cuellar voted yes on them so I would say Texans concentrate on Cruz and Cornyn. If not in Texas, please look up your (2)Senators and (1)Representative to give him/her your opinion and your support.

In Texas, to let your duly elected Representatives know how you stand against the culling of 92,000 wild horses and burros, here is their contact for your Texas Senators. Ted Cruz’s San Antonio # is 210 340 2885. For Washington, it’s 202 224 5922. Website is www.cruz.senate.gov. For John Cornyn’s phone number is 512 469 6034. His Washington office is 202 224 2934. His website is www.cornyn.senate.gov. Now each district has their own Representative. Converse and south AKA Dist 28, have Henry Cuellar, who FYI voted to fund inspectors to allow horse slaughter in the U.S. in comittee. Please call him and tell him how displeased with his stance on this issue. HIs San Antonio office is 210 271 2851. His Washington office phone is 202 225 1640. website is cuellar.house.gov

Comments to WhiteHouse and getting comments to President cause he needs to know 202-456-1111 switchboard 202-456-1414 or you can go WhiteHouse.gov to give comments

Please take action or it will be too late.


Why NOT to breed your dog

My statement for the day.

 

Just because you have a ‘registered’ dog does not mean you should allow it to reproduce. Breeding a common type animal of any bloodline doesn’t assure that you will accomplish anything or make any money. A registered black Lab who doesn’t hunt or meet the standards of the breed is just another black dog.

 

A cute little doggie is not a standard to go by. Lots of people say they ‘love’ their breed of choice. Pit Bulls, Labradors and Chihuahuas all have fans, but they are the most euthanized breeds because there are just too many of them. There are more dogs and cats than people who want them.

 

If you have a champion or otherwise titled dog you should also take the time to have them certified by a vet. There are some insidious health issues that should not be passed on into the gene pool. Hip Dysplasia is the most well known among many large breeds. Eye and Sinus problems are common place in the bulldog type dogs that often require expensive surgery. Golden Retrievers have very high cancer rates. Terriers have luxating patellas and eye issues. And some dogs only live to be 7 years old.

 

If your champion whatever breed it is, has these issues they should not be bred to reproduce them in the next generation. Follow the form of the breed description, not the fashion of the day. Be kind to your breed and keep it healthy.

 

And be responsible for the dogs, and cats, that you bring into this world. Know where they are and that they are safe. Be willing to to take that puppy back back so it doesn’t wind up in a pound. It’s the right thing to do.


A Little Common Sense about Heat.

This is long but please read it to the end. It’s getting to be summer and looks like a hot one. Why did I bother to write this. Cause you are my friends or at least friendly acquaintances and I want to get Christmas cards from you.
I’m a born and bred 6th generation Texican, 64 years old. In the AF I was in Korea and froze my ass off. In Saudi Arabia I was happy with the 135 degrees. Of course, I wasn’t humping a 60 lb pack either, but I could do everything I was supposed to.

 

The point of my story? You have to be very careful in high heat. Stay hydrated, wear protection of sunscreen, long sleeves and a hat with a brim that’s not touching the top of your head. And stay out of the sun in midday. Siesta is a way of life to us old timers. It’s not a cute custom, its necessary. Did I say drink lots of Water! Coke, beer and coffee don’t do it. Remember, once you get Heat Exhaustion its like malaria, it never quite goes away and you have to be extra careful. My German farmer ancestors would get up at daybreak, do whatever needed to be done, come in at noon, eat a good meal of protein, carbs and veggies, then take a long nap. Then they’d work in the house or barn until 4 PM or so and go out to work to dark. No A/C at all cause it didn’t exist back then.
As a 911 operator I saw two heat-related deaths. Both AF guys in great condition. A pilot and a high ranking officer. Both went out in the midday heat wearing skimpy clothes and ran for exercise. The pilot was literally found in a ditch, no ID so it took fingerprints to tell us who he was. The other gent was running around perimeter road. But they knew him cause of who he was. But his rank didn’t save him.
So, here’s the third tip. When you do decide it’s safe to run, at the very least carry your identification and a list of your medications. That way if they do find you alive its easier to help you.

 

And last but not least, if you run at night, please run in a well-lit area, and wear reflective clothing (or at least white). I was driving out to our old barn along a dark road, no lights whatsoever. All I saw was little flashy things close to the ground but I pulled over as to not hit the bunny. As I passed by I saw it was a young lady in a dark sweat suit running beside the road and in a large grassy field. I went on out to do the horse thing and noticed a very large tractor mowing the grass. This Scared me stupid. On the way back, I passed the gal again. This time I stopped and made her get in the car and took her back to her car. Why? She was running in the dark in a place that had rattlesnakes, coyotes and stray dog packs. But what really scared me was if she had fallen, been bitten by one of the above or passed out, that big ole tractor would not have seen her. She would have been found by someone in the morning all shredded. I still get the shivers.

 
So, here you go. Please, please think of the worst thing possible and move to prevent it. I’m not that smart, but my grandparents and their parents taught me some common sense and self-preservation. I can only hope this tirade of mine might, just maybe prevent some unnecessary injuries or save a life.
I’m through now. Thanks.


What I have learned by joining a writing group.

Two years ago I joined The San Antonio Writer’s Guild. I have learned much from the monthly meetings with both independently published authors and authors with contracts.Then there are the weekly Critique meetings where your work is read aloud by another member then opinions are given on it by the others. There are a few things I have learned that can be put in little rules. I thought I’d pass these on to my friends who want to write a memoir or short story or even a novel. This is what I have learned:

1. You must write to edit. If there’s nothing on paper you can’t fix what’s wrong.

2. If you mention bringing a gun with you, you must also use it or take it with you at some point.

3. There are always too many thats in the world.

4. Do not use the same word four times in the same paragraph.

5. Do your research!

6. Do not have too many people in a scene at the same time, you will confuse your audience. This includes dogs and horses.

7. Show, don’t tell. Let your character(s) feel free to walk around the room and do things. Don’t stick him in a chair and make him pontificate. I have noticed that some men have trouble accepting multitasking by the women characters. But the women will get it.

8. For us old folks, only use one space after a period and Oxford commas are now looked down upon.

9. If you use a mythical creature, be certain you know the myth.Fairys, elves, leprechauns, trolls, pookas and gorgons are all very different things.

10. And for pity’s sake. Do your research!

Of course, this is not all by a long shot, but if you start here, you’re on the right track.

But most of all it is your story. You can do whatever you want, so don’t take any critiques personally. Write for yourself and your audience but do us all a favor and do it the best you can.Good luck. Go to your yellow legal pad/typewriter/dictaphone/computer and write.