Don’t Fence Me In….Help Save a Legend

Don’t Fence Me In!


The Fight to Save a Legendary Wild Horse Herd
From Director Ginger Kathrens

The Custer National Forest awarded a contract on August 6, 2010.

It calls for the building of new, bigger, stronger, longer fence to prevent the Pryor Wild Horse Herd from grazing on their mid-summer through fall pastures atop their mountain home.

The first question I am always asked is “Why?” To answer honestly, I am not sure what is pushing this kind of expensive and unwanted project.

But, to even try to answer the question requires a bit of a history lesson. 

Those that read my blog know that from time to time I post things  of others that are either of interest to me or things that I think should be brought to the public’s attention. This is something I think the Public should be aware of; another BIG “oops” that a branch of our government is in the process of making.

This subject is very dear to my heart. Did you see the story on Public TV about “Cloud” and his herd? Maybe you bought the book and read it to your children.

Cloud and his family are in trouble and need the input of the general public to come to their aid. Please go to

www.thecloudfoundation.org  to learn the rest of the s

tory and how you can get involve. I thank-you for expending a helping hand to Cloud and for helping preserve an important part of our Western Heritage and History.

Miniature Horse Helping Hand Update

I am happy to give this update: I just received a phone call from the Houston SPCA. The American Miniature Horse Association has stepped forward and is donating 100 brand new halters for these little ones. Thank-you so much, this is a big help.

 If you would still like to give a donation for the care of the miniatures you can do so by either calling Steinhauser’s feed store in Hempstead, TX where an account has been setup for the mini’s, go online to the Houston SPCA’s website or put a donation in the mail to them. I included all this contact information in the article below.

 The SPCA has been receiving calls from people wanting to foster care horses NOW and this is just not possible. I understand that some are upset as they have not received a return phone call. Please understand the staff is NOT avoiding anyone; they just have their hands full right now and cannot answer all the phone inquiries; animals needs first before phone calls.  The Staff’s main focus and priority is to get these little ones through processing, vet checked, evaluated and started

on whatever care and treatment programs they might need.

All this is part of the process to see who later is are is not candidates for adoption or foster care and what may need to be done for others to get them to that stage. All this takes time so please, be patient.

 

 I will keep you updated on the miniatures progress.

If you have questions you are welcome to email me. Thank-you for your concerns and continued support.

Help for situations like this could not be possible without all of you.

 Blessings, Sid Chipman

“Patience is not how long you wait for something but the attitude you have while you wait.”

Miniature Horses Get A Helping Hand

105 Miniature Horses were voluntarily turned over to the Houston SPCA by their owner who was overwhelmed and could no longer care for them due to the economy.

My husband and I went over yesterday to lend a helping hand and take a few halters.

Some of the little ones are in really poor condition. After they are all vet checked, for the first couple of days they will receive a diet of  fresh hay and then slowly introduced to grain.

The SPCA is in need of halters and lead ropes for these little ones. Of course donations are appreciated too. You can donate online at   www.houstonspca.org  or snail mail at  Houston SPCA, 900 Portway Drive, Houston, TX 77024 and in Memo on your check put Minature Horse Donation. This will ear mark your  donation for feed and other supplies required to take care of the minis.

In several weeks the SPCA will be looking for permanent homes as well as foster homes for some of these little guys.

They also have quarter horses and other breeds that are in need and ready to go to homes now. Please give this need some serious thought and pass it on to others that you feel might be able to lend a helping hand to any of these horses. 

My husband and I are going back to the facility Saturday to help and will keep everyone posted with updates here on the blog.

Please keep all these horses, the people that are caring for them and their prior owner in your prayers.

AMERICA’S Wild Horses DYING During Roundup -Call Obama

This morning I received the email below from the ASPCA Advocacy Alert.

I don’t know why I am surprise as BLM (Bureau of Land Management) didn’t listen the last go around so why should things be any differnt now. They are still out of control and continue to do their own thing. Some how all this has got to STOP!  

Wasn’t the killings during prior roundups enough? What did they not understand about not being able to run horses, especially foals until their hoves come off and then wonder why they died

? Why have you not learned?  I pray to God that you do not have animals of

your own for they surely need to be under the protection of St. Francis. Obama or someone needs to give the BLM an attitude adjustment and clean house.

Why won’t BLM listen to the cry of the American People for humane justice for these beautiful icons

of our Western Heritage? What gives them the right to not follow rules and orders or not have a check and balance system for their department? Who put them in office and when and how can they be replaced

? Please forward this to all your friends and ask them to call Obama, their Congressman, Senator and all the Animal Clubs they know and be a voice for the Mustangs before they become only a page of our past history.

Dear Animal Advocates,

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is the agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior that administers America’s public lands, including the animals who call these lands home. As part of its wild horse management program, the BLM periodically rounds up large numbers of wild horses and moves them into long-term holding facilities.

Over the weekend, the BLM began its latest roundup of more than 1,200 federally protected wild horses on public lands in Nevada. The use of helicopters to run the terrified horses over miles of scorching desert resulted in serious injuries and several horse deaths, which led to temporary suspension of the roundup.

This occurred in spite of the fact that the BLM, under intense public criticism, established an open comment period on its plans for wild horses that is not over until August. Instead of waiting to hear what the American public has to say, BLM officials decided to go forward with these cruel and brutal roundups in the blistering heat of summer (several more are scheduled for the coming weeks). This, of course, is funded by your tax dollars.

What You Can Do 
Call the White House Comment Line today at (202) 456-1111. The Obama Administration needs to be told—politely!—that the BLM’s actions are underhanded and inappropriate, and that the current roundup and others scheduled this summer must be cancelled immediately.

Please visit the ASPCA Online Advocacy Center at www.aspca.org/BLM to learn more about this issue and to see some tips on what to say when you call.

NOTE: This morning I called the White House Comment Line. I was very polite, did not raise my voice but I know you could tell there was urgency and concern in my voice.  As I tried to state my concerns the guy who took the call kept acting like I was throught with what I had to say and kept trying to hang up. I finally had to politely tell him I was not finish with my comments.

I thought I was calling the White House Comment Line established so that the American people could voice their concerns; I guess I was  either wrong or the guy did not understand that his job description was to listen and record the concerns of the people.

UPDATE:

July 14,2010
 
A Nevada federal judge has signed an injunction stopping the roundup of wild horses after the deaths of 12 following a helicopter stampede in the high summer heat. For details go to www.horsebackmagazine.com.
YES! Thank-you Lord. 
Note: 7-17-2010 And the saga continues – please read below:
July 16, 2010
 
Bulletin
 
A Nevada federal judge has declared the Bureau of Land Management ban on public and media observers of its wild horse roundups unconstitutional, yet has lifted an injunction stopping a “gather” near Elko after at least 12 horses died of heat stroke. Judge Larry Hicks ruled the roundup my proceed in high summer heat.

For more details go to www.horsebackmagazine.com.

Comment: I would like to know how something that is declared by a Federal Judge “unconstitutional” be ok to do?

Mommy, Why Didn’t You Protect Me?

Emma Thompson’s mother shed tears as the verdict of 20 years was read. I wonder if she cried each time her boyfriend beat her daughter

?

The Mother cried again when Emma’s father asked her how she could let her boyfriend climb the stairs to her 4 year old daughter’s bedroom knowing what was going to happen. I wonder if she felt her daughter’s fear with the approach of each footstep.

As a Mother looks at her daughter she should see love and hold happy memories in her heart. Where was that loving arm of protection? Are her memories now the screams of her daughter as she was being sexually abused

?

Tears flowed again as Emma’s grandmother explain how they had been robbed of sharing all life had to offer with this precious child. I wonder if her daughter had not died would she have continued to watch Emma suffer until she drew her last breath. 

Was this Mother going through her own hel

l? Was she so scared of her boyfriend that it robbed her of a “Mother’s Instinct” to protect her child?  Is there more to the story; why haven’t we heard it? The boyfriend’s in jail and Emma’s Mother is……………….

If Emma had lived, how long would it have been before someone realized what was happening to this child? Why didn’t Emma talk? Had she been threaten; was she scared the boyfriend would kill her Mother. What scars would she have had to over come? What would her life have been as a child dealing with a transmitted sexual disease?

Emma’s calls for protection are now a thing of the past for Our Lord blesses little boys and girls like Emma and turns them into Angels.

Footnote: When I first saw this story on the news I cried. All I could think of was the fear and abuse that this child and other children so unnecessarily have to suffer.

When you hear something like this it is so hard not to cry out; Why couldn’t that Mother  protect her child? Why didn’t others notice what was going on?

Why did this child have to suffer? Because two people chose to do wrong instead of right.

Lord, I try to remember that unless you walk in someones shoes you do not know what they feel or what they are going through in their daily life but at times like this it is so hard to do. Lord, we pray that You will give us compassion and understanding. Help us to trust in You even when things seem so dark for we know You are the way and the light.

Help me to follow the Serenity Prayer.

Lord, we are thankful that Emma is safe with You.

We ask that You have mercy for Emma’s Mother and that You protect all the children and adults who are in an abusive situtation. Please help each one find a voice and the strength to break away from those chains and into a better life.  In Jesus name we pray and we thank-you Lord. Amen

Prayer For The Week 7/11/2010

cardinal-arabians.com.ebozavr.com Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.

Psalm 69

Lord Jesus, we hear in scripture who is my neighbor

? We also hear that the one in need is our neighbor and we are to respond to their needs.

Help us to think of others rather than ourselves.

Help us to be able to put aside our own needs. Help us to respond to those around

us who are in greater need then we are and help us to do so with joy in our hearts. We ask this in your name.

Amen

Take from Prayer of the Day – www.FamilyRosary.org

Amber Waves of Grain

Quite a few years ago, 1995 to be exact, my husband and I had an opportunity to drive from the East coast, Daytona Beach, Florida to the West coast, San Diego, California.  As we drove across this beautiful A mer

ica of ours my mind kept going back to the lyrics of one of our now most famous patriotic songs, “America the Beautiful”. From Sea to Shinning Sea, we saw those amber waves of grain and purple mountains majesty. I had often wondered how Katharine Lee Bates in 1893 came up with all those words for what at that time was her poem called “America” and now I know.

Now we find ourselves returning home from a different direction across this great country of

ours.

I am glad to be home but this time I feel we need a vacation from the vacation; 3,551 miles in seven days in a different place every night was a little much.  Our journey took us to Michigan where we attend my husband’s class reunion. It was nice to be able to put a face with the names of people he has shared stories about with me. Everyone knew him but he did not recognize everyone.  So funny when he thought the lady of the couple we met upon arrival in the parking lot was a classmate when actually it turned out the husband was the classmate. 

I was surprised to learn that with their struggling economy the majority of his classmates still lived in the surrounding area.  My husband left the cold when he join the Navy and never went back other than to visit his parents; and now they too like a lot of the landmarks have passed away.

This time our journey was different; the landscape of America had changed. We could tell the famers had been hard at work as we watch the winds blow through the amber waves of grain and beautiful corn fields and whistled along  through  empty buildings and deserted areas dotted with “For Sale” signs. So many homes and  businesses   caught up in the sound of stories laced with hard times, lay offs and lost revenue.

My husband came from a busy rural town that was only a few blocks long with no stop lights. The town supported three bars, numerous churches, several garages, hardware stores, a small book store, a gas station, several resale shops, a grocery store, burger shop, restaurant, senior center, barber and beauty shop.  Hard times have really hit this area, how hard you ask - a small grocery store, barber shop, gas station, hardware

store, and print shop are the only businesses that remain open in town.

With all due respect  Mr. President,  maybe you should take better notes in regards to the condition of our current economy and how it really is affecting the working men and women in small town America. They are struggling to take care of their families, keep their homes, pay their bills and cannot even support a gathering place in one bar much less  all three bars  so, they all closed down along with the other businesses in their town. They have their faith but even their churches are suffering as there is little money going in the plate when it is passed to support all the many that now need assistance. I think many would agree that these things are a statement that speaks loud and clear as to how well your “recovery programs” are working all over this country in small town America. Mr. President, we found this scenario over and over again as we traveled through the towns and communities of these United States; but then you and I don’t travel in the same circles so I guess that is why you can’t and won’ t see i

t.

After experiencing all this I am happy to report that towns may have gotten smaller due to the domino effect of the economy but I tell you this, we found the “American Spirit” alive and well

and brightly burning. No matter where we went the attitude was “by the grace of God we will get through this”. They said they will make it not because they are waiting for a handout but because the old American way is to ban together with your neighbor, go out and beat the bushes so to speak, to make those ends meet, be a support system for each other and know in your heart “God sheds His Grace on Thee.”

Teamwork or Missing in Action

Within the last week two events have occurred in differnt communities put on by two different organizations. Both events took place during a hot and muggy day. Each event secured donations from local businesses and members.  Each organization put out flyers, had articles in the paper, put ads on their webpage and  bent the ear of many a person with news about their up coming fundraiser. Both organizations were providing a community service and hoped they would be able to make a little profit for future activities.  After all was said an done each experienced a modest turn out.  So, what was the difference and how did it effect the two events and its members?

The location and co-operation from the manager of each facility was one key factor.  A working relationship between an organization and a facility manager is a must. If that relationship is not established from the get go it can help make or break the over all experience the people will have that attend the event as well as the people who put on the event. 

One facility was clean, ready for clients and came with a professional attitude and staff doing everything they could and then some even to the point of making suggestions on ways to make the event even more successful for all involved.

The other facility was in disrepair, not furnished with the proper necessities, including minor but important items for the restrooms, which should have already been in place and cleaned.  The various areas of use had to be cleaned several times before being considered safe and functional. The working relationship from the get go was if you want it – it will cost extra. The sad part  is that with just a little TLC  to the facility and a cooperating attitude of professionalism from management this could be a great money maker for it’s managing board and provide a unique service to the community.

The second factor was the support received from each organizations membership.  I was raised to believe that you joined a church, organization, club and etc. because you had a common belief or interest and wanted to help promote that interst and/or provide a service to your neighbor and community.

The “Reality” is that it doesn’t always work that way and I have for the life of me to understand why not?  One group stepped forward, work together and enjoyed the fruits of their labor.  However, the large majority of members of another group were what I call  members “Missing In Action” as they were no where to be seen. The active  members were tired from a long day of work and left with unanswered questions including as to why wasn’t there a show of support from our other  fellow members ? 

Have they forgotten what their organization is all about? What happen to the belief of cause and purpose that brought them to seek membership in the first place? Don’t we care about our fellow members,  accomplishments, success, goals reached and services provided? 

 Is it easier to pass the buck and let your fellow members do your part; after all you did pay your $25.00 to join so why should you have to participate? Isn’t this a social club? Such an attitude but reality is a lot of people feel that way.  What if you didn’t pay dues but volunteered, for a lot of people the same story still applies. You are a social club in that you come together  united by a belief or purpose and you can have FUN together on the road to your accomplishments. Then there is the other “Social” club where you come together to just have a fun period all the time, which there is nothing wrong with that, but sometimes we tend to forget what club we are in.

The main issue in most organizations is how do you get everyone to do their part? How do you stimulate involvment so over and over again you don’t see the same faces coming forward as “team players” to get things done while the rest of the membership is “missing in action”. Maybe we need to have a good screening process in place for membership and let prospective members know what we are about and what is expected of them when they join the organization before they sign that membership application. It reminds me of some horse owners, I have horses in my pasture to say I have horses but I never do anything with them and sometimes I don’t even take care of them but I have a horse. Same thing, I belong to this or that club and I never do anything but I belong to that club.

Just as members have an obligation to their organization or whatever it is they are a part of, so does that organization have an obligation to their membership. Running any organziation is work and most of that work takes place outside of the meeting. It takes a slate of officers that can come together and lead their fellow members  in a respectful manner to  accomplish their common goals. Keep things interesting at your meeting. I know that is not always possible depending on the business at hand that needs to be covered as some of it can be boring but thats all part of it. Have speakers of interest, if possible have a little variety and don’t always meet in the same place. Be open minded and listen to your members they might surprise you as to what they have to say or contribute. Keeping in contact and letting your members know what is going on is not only important but it is the right thing to do as your members are the foundation of every organization; without a membership there is no organization, club or even a church.

Everyone should have been taught, and I know they all haven’t been,  that when you join an organization, no matter if you join as a youth or an adult, you assume the responsibility of being part of a group of people and sharing in whatever activities it takes to keep that group going wither it be physically helping in some capacity as an active warm body, being a participant,  or being a financial supporter for the group. 

Maybe we should add to our club bylaws that the ability and purpose of  membership in any organization includes being able to work together as an active team to build a strong foundation which would give that organization the advantage to succeed  at any undertaking  they choose no matter how big or small.

As you read this please understand my comments are not directed at any one person or group as this problem seems to be a common issue among a lot of well known and not so well know organizations all over.

I only hope my comment make you rethink your role in whatever current organization, club and yes, even church that you attend. Are you doing your part as a member and if not, why not? Maybe that group is not for you and there is another one that will serve your interest or family better so that when you do accept that membership you are ready to be an “Active Member” and not a “Member Missing In Action.”