Slaughterhouse survivors need help to stay in rented sanctuary

AWHI WY14 Spitfire Tara August 18 2016

From the American Wild Horse Institute

The WY14™ Herd of wild mustangs was rescued back from the Canadian Slaughterhouse yard. The need your help to live in the grassroots supported sanctuary on 300 rented bio-diverse acres for $2,500 a month.

Now that The Institute is officially a 501c3 nonprofit organization, not only are you donations tax-deductible but now we can look for grants to cover preservation program costs like this until the Eco-Sanctuary is ready. Meanwhile the WY14™ need your help through crowd-funding to stay in the rented Eco-Pasture on 300 acres.

AWHI WY14 August 29 2016

Please share the WY14™ Herd’s fundraiser: Together every dollar counts and helps this small herd of survivors.

GFM/FG takes about 10% in processing fees so the total goal is $2,760. All the money raised here goes to pay for a month of rented eco-pasture for their sanctuary housing and feeding 4 bands of wild horses. We are 100% volunteer–no salaries, no directors are paid. We do this to cut costs so all the money raised goes directly to program costs like this.

Please help the slaughterhouse survivors with a tax-deductible donation so they can stay on the 300 acres in September, continue to heal from the trauma of the roundup and slaughter of their families as part of this preservation project.

We welcome you to contact us if you would like to help create the AWHI Eco-Sanctuary for education and preservation.

The WY14™ Herd is very grateful their friends are helping them. They send you their love and blessings.

With loving kindness,

Anne Novak
Volunteer Executive Director

AWHI Ghost Dancer Band Eco-Pasture June 22, 2016

Mission: The American Wild Horse Institute is devoted to the education and preservation of American wild horses.

P.O. Box 5661
Berkeley, CA. 94705

501c3 Non-Profit Organization TAX ID: 464516347


Help wild horses rescued back from the slaughterhouse stay in sanctuary

Miracle rescue back from the slaughterhouse!

All the members of the WY14™ Herd except West were set aside for the foal sushi and sashimi market in Asia. That’s why they weren’t slaughtered before we could find them. The Canadian slaughterhouse ships live foals to Asia for sashimi! They were waiting to have a full plane load.

At 3-years-old, horse meat looks dark red but at 2 and under it is pink and sold as an expensive delicacy–“foal meat”. That’s why they quickly slaughtered everyone in their herd over the age of 2 except West. She was too heavily pregnant to legally transport from the slaughter house yard in Shelby Montana to the slaughterhouse in Calgary.

Craig Downer and many others have studied the WY14™ Herd and noticed the slaughter brands made from hot irons on these innocent mustangs. They are healing on 300 rented acres of biodiverse pasture after the roundup and slaughter of their herd.

We are creating a permanent eco-sanctuary for the WY14™ and others. We were awarded our 501c3 about 4 months ago so things are moving forward. If you would like to be part of the eco-sanctuary please contact us at We are looking into grants and how to get land but this takes time and we need help. Meanwhile the herd needs your monthly help. You can make a tax-deductible donation here: All the money raised goes directly to their pasture board.

We have been viciously attacked by PRO-Slaughter activists and their friends since January because there is a big push to wipe out America’s wild horses this year. You can help the WY14™ Herd stay on the rented pasture so they can have sanctuary. Please share the herd’s monthly fundraiser and make a donation if you can. Board is due August 1st. Click here to share:

Thank you for helping the only wild horses who have ever been rescued back from being owned by the slaughterhouse. Someday I hope you will come meet them. Thank you!

The WY14™ Herd sends you their Great Love and Gratitude for helping them and being part of their lives.

With loving kindness,

Anne Novak
Volunteer Executive Director
501c3 Non-Profit Organization TAX ID: 464516347

Mission: The American Wild Horse Institute is devoted to the education and preservation of American wild horses.

P.O. Box 5661
Berkeley, CA. 94705

AWHI Ghost Dancer Band Eco-Pasture June 22, 2016

Dry lightening starts fire near the WY14™ eco-pasture

From Anne Novak

Dry lightening started a fire near the WY14™, rescued wild horses, yesterday around 6:00 pm. The ranch owner and our volunteers with American Wild Horse Institute and Protect Mustangs were on site and ready with our evacuation plan if needed. We prayed through the night we would not need to evacuate but the trailers were hooked up and we were ready. Thank heavens we have a solid evacuation plan.

I don’t know if you know that I’ve been trained by the United States Pony Club (USPC) in Horse Management, assisted the Chief Judges as a Horse Management Judge at competitions so I have been well schooled in horse care, etc. Irma Novak who sits on our board is a USPC national champion in Horse Management. USPC is cavalry based so it’s all about being prepared, knowing what your doing and giving horses the best of care.

The WY14™ Herd were rescued back form the slaughterhouse yard by Mark Boone Junior and I in 2014. Right now they live on 300 acres of rented eco-pasture on a ranch run by professional equestrians in a very tight horse community. A lot of people have their eyes on the WY14™. We have volunteers living near the pasture. Please make a tax-deductible donation to keep them there. Board is due in 2 days! : Thank you and Bless you!

Yesterday some of our members helped evacuate some mustangs in private care who wouldn’t load into the trailer. They helped other horses too. The whole valley was filled with firefighters and people helping neighbors and animals who needed to evacuate.

Right now there are more than 2,000 fire fighters working on the fire with air drops coming from the nearby airport. We are still on alert even though people are bringing their horses back into the community. . . It pays to be safe.

Here is a photo taken from the ranch last night.

Time is ticking. Pasture board is due in 2 days Please HELP Donate and Share the WY14™’s fundraiser: Thank you and Bless you!

The WY14™ send you their Great LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. They are so grateful you are helping them.

With loving kindness,

Anne Novak
Volunteer Executive Director
501c3 Non-Profit Organization TAX ID: 464516347

Mission: The American Wild Horse Institute is devoted to the education and preservation of American wild horses.

P.O. Box 5661
Berkeley, CA. 94705

Protect Mustangs is an organization who protects and preserves native and wild horses.

Did you join the group requesting Nazi-like sterilization experiments on pregnant wild mares?

© EquineClinic.comn shared for educational purposes

© EquineClinic.comn shared for educational purposes

See the list of sterilization activists who are asking for sterilization experiments on wild mares below

A group of Pro-Experiment activists on a Bureau of Land Management (BoLM) support Facebook page called Wild Horses, BLM and Logical Solutions ( , have asked the BoLM to experiment on wild horses. They wrote a letter calling for the Oregon sterilization experiments. They also asked for PZP to be used on the more tame herds. Pro-Experiment activists in their group signed it. Pro-Slaughter activists signed it too.

If you have “joined” their group–just to watch what this treacherous group of Pro-Slaughter, Pro-Experiment, Pro-Livestock, Pro-Pesticide PZP activists, BoLM employees and supporters, etc. are up to–know that they count all their group members as people supporting their agenda for sterilization experiments on wild pregnant mares in Oregon and elsewhere.

Recently one of their admins boasted, “We have 2,000 members . . . “.

We were very shocked to see The Cloud Foundation board member, Linda Gresham Hanick, vocal in the Wild Horses, BLM and Logical Solutions group but since this group not only pushes for sterilization experiments on pregnant mares but also pushes for Pesticide PZP–like the Cloud Foundation who calls and partners with BLM for Pesticide PZP–we understand why their board member might be there. (

Hanick seems to have been also a vocal member of a group Facebook shut down for Harassment and Hate Speech targeting our volunteer executive director, Anne Novak who created the Forum on PZP for Wild Horses & Burros on Federal Land ( educating thousands of people on Pesticide PZP. Novak is against experimenting on wild horses, against horse slaughter and a strong advocate for wild horse freedom often quoted in the news.

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Many of the signors of the Ovarian Ligation and PZP letter were active members of a public group Facebook shut down for Harassment and Hate Speech targeting Anne Novak. Keep in mind Novak and other members of the Alliance for Wild Horses and Burros have been speaking out against the experiments since they announced them.

We have evidence of members of the Hate Group engaging in stalking, harassment, hate speech, etc. plotting to interfere with Anne Novak’s work, Protect Mustangs‘ mission as we as the mission of The American Wild Horse Institute, care of the wild horses rescued back from the slaughterhouse known as the Wyoming 14™ (WY14™) plus others and evidence of their plot to smear Novak’s good reputation and more.

Below are the names of the members of Logical Solutions who signed the letter calling for sterilization experiments on pregnant mares:

Proposal of Ovarian Ligation
By Sandee Force on Monday, August 24, 2015

From: Members of Wild Horses, BLM and Logical Solutions

To: U.S. Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Council

Re: Population Management of wild herds on HMAs

The members of the Wild Horses, BLM and Logical Solutions have spent time considering potential solutions to the ever increasing number of horses and burros needing to be removed from the range held in both Long Term Holding and Short Term Holding. We feel that a two pronged program would both greatly decrease the number of animals needing to maintained in this manner and allow older mares to live out their lives on the range.

We would like to suggest that ovarian ligation be put into an immediate test program in at least 2 and preferably 3 herds using herds that are widely watched and recorded by regional photographers. Our suggestion would allow for mares that are old enough to have had at least 4-5 foals accessed at gathering and removed to the closest holding facility to do ovarian ligation by a veterinarian who has experience in this procedure. We would suggest that working with the state veterinary school located closest to each facility would be the optimal way to get young vets trained on this procedure and to potentially hire vets specifically for the program from this pool of trained professionals.We realize that standard policy would normally be to spend a number of years doing in pen trials with horses that would be scheduled to go to LTH. We feel that this can be bypassed by using herds that are currently being observed and by training the photographers to record information on these mares that would give accurate information about how they assimilate back into the herds. We would like to suggest that along with the ovarian ligation all fillies 3 and under be given PZP and allowed to be more mature at first foaling.

To summarize our proposal as accurately as possible, allowing for changes needed by region or herd.

1. Two to three test herds be chosen that mares will be brought in and those 3 and under be given the correct dosage of PZP for their age and mares that are of an age to have 4-5 foals on the ground have the ovarian ligation procedure done to at the holding
facility. Those mares that are operated on can be held for an appropriate period for recovery at the facility to document reaction and to ensure proper healing of all incisions before being returned to the area that they were captured. Any foals that are under weaning age should stay with the mare in the holding facility and be release with her. Use a
small hip brand to designate ovarian ligation for observation purposes.

2. Any mare that shows a major genetic defect or has thrown multiple foals with genetic disorders should automatically be put into the ovarian ligation program no matter what the age.

3. Train photographers and volunteers to work with the USGS and Universities to properly document range interaction of both the mares who have been given ovarian ligation and those fillies given PZP. Video and photographic documentation of herd/band interaction would be ideal. It is imperative to have USGS and at least one University involved in both
documentation and study of the effect of ovarian ligation on herd dynamics and the health and well being of both, mares and foals as well as the local bands that they belong to.

4. Document the short and long term consequences of ovarian ligation on the mares, i.e. heath, longevity, and acceptance/position within the band. Note if the mares are removed from the bands and act like bachelor stallion bands.

5. Within 3 years if the results of the test herds are good expand to other BLM managed herds with the goal to cut down on required gathers to once every 6-8 years.

6. Look into the possibility of darting with PZP every 2 years to expand the time young mares have a chance to mature before starting to foal.

The goal of this plan is to decrease the rate of population growth on the range.
In conjunction it would allow these older mares to stay on the range without adding to population growth until their deaths and not have to be gathered and shipped to Long Term Holding Facilities for their senior years. Between the ovarian ligation and using PZP on the fillies the herd’s rate of growth could be reduced by 50% per year. This would substantially help both the range and the cost of gathering and housing the horses and burros while keeping more horses on the range. By hip branding the mares that have had ovarian ligation you would be able to gate cut those mares back onto the range at any subsequent gather and not have to haul them off the range.

Some of the herds suggested for this procedure are South Steens, Oregon; Sand Wash Basin, Colorado; Twin Peaks, California; and/or BLM HMA around the Reno/Carson area of Nevada. These are herds that have been previously documented and in the case of both Sand Wash Basin and South Steens there is photographic documentation of the herds for 5-7 years that would be available to work within this project.


Sandra Force – Junction City, Oregon
AJ Sutton- Lawndale,Ca.
Kari Masoner – Tuson, Arizona
Ana Andrick – Wellington, Colorado
Nancy Warrick Kerson – Napa, California
Kathleen T. Granzow – Genoa City, Wisconsin
Thomas P. Brunshilde – Hammond, Wisconsin
Karen Goodroad – Pleasant Hill, Oregon
Lea Erwood – Rosedale, IN.
Kathryn Shirley – Holly Springs, North Carolina
Margaret Rothauge (Maggie) Creswell, Oregon
Angela Robey – Witch Well, AZ
Tom Hool – Casper, Wyoming
Debbra Dotson Christensen – Coquille, Oregon
Stephanie Jones – Eugene, Oregon
Jamie M. Adkins – Casper, Wyoming
Lisa Sink-Sheridan, Oregon
Beverly Shaffer – Burns, Oregon
Ramona Bishop – Burns, Oregon
Shyla Creasey – Oregon
Stacey Harnew –
Andi Harmon – Burns, Oregon
Keelyn Fawcett – Salem, OR
Kimberly Omnes
Mark Omnes
Angela “Angel” Rakestraw – Dinwiddie, Va
Jennifer Gregton – Midvale, Idaho
Iris Benson – Corvallis, Oregon
Karen Landis – Centralia, WA
Candy Nichols – Poolville, TX
Christina Picchi
Bree Alsman – Sandy, Oregon
JoAnna Lamb – Boardman, Oregon
Tracey Westbury – Bellingham, Washington
Cathy Smith – Pleasant Hill, Oregon
Rhonda Chayer – Barton, Vermont
Debbie Jackson – Ellensburg, Washington
Jes Sothern – Oregon
Rex Moore – Denton, Texas
Rose Howe – Monument, Oregon
Kerry O’Brien – Van Nuys, CA.
Susan Clogson – Woodinville, Washington
Nancy Willard – Eugene, Oregon
Loretta M. Jones – Redmond, Oregon
Jennie Kreutzer – Arlington, Washington
Monica Shifflet – New Haven, PA
Crystal Cooke – Clovis, New Mexico
Christie Brown – Daphne, Alabama
Pat Garcia – Burnet, Texas
Carrie Marie Fuesler – Brownsville, Oregon
Jackie Mousseau – Clinton Township MI
Betty Forman
Kathy Tellechea – Lexington, OR
Jim Bishop – Hines, Oregon
Angela Huston – St Louis, Missouri
Mike Huston – St Louis, Missouri
Kay Hamilton – Phoenix, OR
Richelle Wilson – Hillsboro, OR
Suzanne Ganazzi – Point Reyes Station, California
Tina Smith – Sommers, Conn
Andrea Walker – Fort Worth, Texas
Jeni Adler Snyder, Oklahoma
Ash Michael – Madison, South Dakota
Ashley Lawler
Brigid Piccaro – Acton, California
Kathryn Meyer – Orion, MI
Nancy Kohl – Surprise, Arizona
Jeni Adler – Snyder, Oklahoma
Kate Bogel – Howell, New Jersey
Lara Mogensen – Ellensburg, Washington
Carol Davis – Selma, Oregon
Susan Humphrey – Hot Springs, South Dakota
Gini Everts – Eugene, Oregon 

Protect Mustangs is an organization who protects and preserves native and wild horses.

West escaped slaughter

AWHI WY14 West Foal April 24 2016 FB
West was pregnant when the BLM rounded up the wild herd at the request of the Wyoming Livestock Board. The whole herd was auctioned off in Worland to the kill buyers from the Canadian SLAUGHTERHOUSE. They were taken to the slaughterhouse yard. Shortly afterwards the transports to slaughter began. . .
The paint mare, known as West, was too heavily pregnant to legally transport across the border to the slaughterhouse. Her unborn foal saved her from death. The slaughterhouse workers would send her later–after the foal was born.
Everyone else in their herd over the age of 2 was sent to the Canadian slaughterhouse and slaughtered for human consumption abroad.
West’s stallion, who she loved very much, was slaughtered and the rest of her family was too. Even though West was kept back at the yard she felt their terror when they were all killed and slaughtered.
Grief consumed her.
Please HELP West and the WY14™ Herd with your tax-deductible donation so they can stay in the safe place on 300 acres of bio-diverse pasture. Please share their monthly fundraiser too: Board is due every month.
The WY14™ Herd sends you so much love for helping them. ❤️
With gratitude,
Anne Novak
Volunteer Executive Director
501c3 Non-Profit Organization TAX ID: 464516347
Mission: The American Wild Horse Institute is devoted to the education and preservation of American wild horses.
P.O. Box 5661
Berkeley, CA. 94705

Protect Mustangs is an organization who protects and preserves native and wild horses.

2-Year Anniversary of Slaughter Bound Roundup!

PM WY14 Saved May 2014 Neutral Zone

March 19 2016

Today marks the sad 2-year anniversary of the stealth BLM roundup, at the request of the Wyoming Livestock Board, that sent the majority of wild horses to slaughter for human consumption abroad. You can see what the BLM’s cruel roundup must have been like in this video clip:

The whole herd, from near Greybull, Wyoming—on the way to the Pryor Mountains, was sent to a slaughter auction. The Canadian slaughterhouse bought everyone in the herd except for 4 tiny foals. All of the members of the wild herd over the age of 2 were quickly slaughtered for human consumption abroad.

Please light a candle in their memory.

Mark Boone Junior and I are grateful to have rescued everyone under the age of 2. These fourteen youngsters are known as the Wyoming 14™ (WY14™). The herd is named after them. They are growing up now. . .

In the past 2 years they have gone from the horrible roundup to the slaughterhouse yard, the neutral zone, layovers and to the Eco-Pasture with plans for them to live on the Eco-Sanctuary once it’s ready.

Today you can help the WY14™ stay in their 250+ acre rented Eco-Pasture now with a donation for their board & security. They need to continue healing from the trauma of the roundup and loss of their families. Everyone in their herd–over the age of 2–was slaughtered for human consumption abroad. The youngsters felt the loss–especially the ones who were still nursing : (

Because of the haters and the stalkers, as of February 26th we’ve had to enlist an armed security guard for $1000. a month. He is basically doing a favor. His fee breaks down to $34 a day so he can just cover his costs. He has already caught one trespasser and prevented other incidents. God bless him.

Haters who are PRO-SLAUGHTER, PRO-BLM, PRO-PZP, PRO-STERILIZATION and PRO-EXPERIMENT advocates plus jealous haters are trying to disguise their hate group as a “watchdog” group. Alleged horse advocates are now working with PRO-SLAUGHTER advocates to libel/slander us because they want to interfere with our mission to preserve wild horses. The haters want to cause damage and harm for various reasons. We have consulted with lawyers, have alerted the authorities and will protect our ability to carry out the organization’s work.

Enclosed is the letter from the vet who inspected the WY14™ in response to malicious and false allegations as well as vicious lies spread around Facebook by haters. Dr. Peck D.V.M. started working with BLM wild horses in the 80s and now works with many groups, organizations, etc. who rescue wild horses. Dr. Peck says, “…I would grade the condition of these horses as excellent. They appeared very healthy and showed no signs of malnutrition.” and “In my years of experience, this horse holding area is the best I have seen.”

Please help make a donation to keep them in the Eco-Pasture: or by PayPal to or mail to PO Box 5661, Berkeley, CA 94705
Sharing the WY14™’s fundraiser by email and on social network helps them too!

Transparent Costs: The Wyoming 14™’s April eco-pasture rental is $2,500. (GFM/WP takes about a 10% fee on top so we are including the $250 fee here). Security is $1000. a month (GFM/RP takes about $100 so it’s included). The total is $3,850. If there is any extra money that comes in, it will be used only for the WY14™–to buy things they need like grain for example. The 250+ acre natural eco-pasture is helping the WY14™ so much because it resembles their natural habitat and is slowly helping to bring them back into balance.

The WY14™ herd will live in the Eco-Sanctuary once it is ready. At that point we can have visitors for events, etc. Right now we are looking for land and donors for the sanctuary. Please contact us if you would like to help create the eco-sanctuary. We are developing our business plan and natural herd management plan with experts to avoid inbreeding and enrich the planet with a sustainable, biodiverse program. Once we have 501c3 status, we can apply for grants. Right now we are a California non-profit organization.

Your donations are going directly to the WY14™ April pasture board and security. Feel free to contact me with any questions at Contact@ProtectMustangs or by mail to:

Anne Novak
Volunteer Executive Director
P.O. Box 5661
Berkeley, CA 94705

Thank you for helping the youngsters survive after the horrible roundup and slaughter of their Wyoming herd (Dry Creek). The eco-pasture is helping them heal in so many ways.

God bless all the good people who help the WY14™ and are their extended family. That means you.

The WY14™ are so thankful their friends are helping them. They send you their love and blessings forever. Please keep them in your prayers.

With gratitude,

Anne Novak

WY14 grazing for the first time since the slaughter-bound roundup

WY14 grazing for the first time since the slaughter-bound roundup

Protect Mustangs is a nonprofit organization who protects and preserves native and wild horses.

The Wyoming 14™ vet report is in

Truth speaks volumes

The letter from the vet who inspected the WY14™. Dr. Peck D.V.M. says, “…I would grade the condition of these horses as excellent. They appeared very healthy and showed no signs of malnutrition.” and “In my years of experience, this horse holding area is the best I have seen.”

Protect Mustangs is a nonprofit organization who protects and preserves native and wild horses.

Wild horses rescued from slaughterhouse are stalked, harassed by pro-slaughter & pro-sterilization advocates

Retaliation scheme against Protect Mustangs for speaking out against sterilization and slaughter

The pro-slaughter, pro-experiment on pregnant mares, pro-sterilization, pro-pzp advocates are posing as horse advocates in the “Sinister Solutions” group on Facebook. They broadcast the BLM agenda on their Facebook page sprinkled with BLM employees. It’s like an endless biased talk show. They bash and lie about real advocates championing the rights of America’s wild horses and Facebook lets them do it.

Several members of Sinister Solutions started a new group to lead the smear against us, the WY14™ and Protect Mustangs™. They are spreading lies, bashing, bullying and harassing us. They want to hurt the March pasture board fundraiser for the Wyoming 14™ (WY14™) and they want to hurt the wild horses.

The sinister group launched a Facebook page to find the WY14™ in their private location so they would lose their safety. Now their location has been disclosed to many pro-slaughter people. What is the real motive of the group run by BLM supporters?

Several haters and jealous people also joined the Facebook group to be part of the hate-fest. Their goal is to hurt donations for the WY14™ so the orphans of slaughter can’t pay their pasture board for March. They are trying to put them at-risk.

These online bullies are not only hoping for neglect but they are interfering in our program and work. It seems they are also threatening to cause harm. The pro-slaughter, pro-sterilization advocates are plotting to “swoop in to take them”. . . But we aren’t going to let that happen.

We have contacted the authorities. Protect Mustangs has enlisted an armed security guard for an additional $1000. per month after receiving screenshots of the stalkers plotting in the Facebook group. The WY14™ board is $2,500. Security is now $1000. and then GoFundMe/WP takes 10% combined for processing. That makes the total $3,850. per month until we can move them to a new location. I pray that’s very soon so the WY14™ can know peace again. Please donate here:

If you are hearing lies about missing horses or anything else, please call me and ask any questions. My number is 415-531-8454. You can also email us at All the members of the herd known as the WY14™ (14 + 2 foals) are fine and well cared for on a daily basis. Craig Downer, wildlife ecologist, will attest to that. You can read his report here.

You will remember that I spoke about the one mustang who escaped during loading from the layover sanctuary last August. His name is White Socks and he was invited to stay at Dreamcatcher for the winter. The haters and pro-slaughter people have been spreading lies to create hysteria that he was missing when we had already told supporters he was there. They even went as far as to violate copyright laws to harass and bully us. This is vicious, illegal and there’s more to it.

The WY14™ are sad that their peaceful eco-pasture has been ruined by stalkers with telephoto cameras posting smears on Facebook, spewing jealously, hatred and bad energy. The WY14™ were starting to get better after all the trauma from the BLM roundup where everyone over the age of 2 was killed at slaughter for human consumption. Now they are being persecuted again. . .

Keep in mind all this is happening when a few members of the WY14™ are going to contribute foals. These fertility-haters are spying on the pregnant mares, making false claims to animal welfare agencies and then rushing off on Facebook to spread gloom and doom about their pregnancies, calling them “rank”, “inbred”, and “ugly”, etc. This is so  wrong.

Right now the WY14™ need your help to share and donate for their March pasture rent. Please help them here: Please share often so others can help donate too. This makes a big difference.

Please keep the WY14™ in your prayers and PRAY we find the land for their permanent Eco-Sanctuary in California ASAP. This is an emergency now!

With love,

Anne Novak
Volunteer Executive Director

Protect Mustangs is a nonprofit organization who protects and preserves native and wild horses.

Below Susan Humphrey shares her view on wild horses–calling them feral and pests. Susan Humphrey is speaking about Anne Novak, Executive Director of Protect Mustangs in a public Facebook group.


Craig Downer visits the Wyoming 14

PM WY14 Craig Feb 24 2016

Yesterday, February 24, 2016, I visited the valley where Protect Mustangs keeps its Wyoming 14 wild horses and was able to see them. They are in good condition and they are in a healthy natural area with an abundance of springs and grass.

They are being well cared for on a daily basis and all had full winter coats. They were not frightened of me which indicated that the people they are associating with are treating them well. The bright sheen of their coats indicates that their health is good, as does the fullness of their muscles. Their hooves are in good trim.

Quality grass hay is available to them, though most of the wild horses were eating the grass that is beginning to spring up at the end of the winter season. There is no swamp in the valley bottom, but only areas of seepage from the springs. As the grass grows higher there will be even more ample forage for them, both in the valley and in the hillside.

PM WY14 © Craig Downer

This area has several hundreds of acres and the horses are not over their carrying capacity here. The acreage is shared with cattle off and on.

After spring arrives much of the horse droppings will be more rapidly decomposed and reincorporated into the soils, thus reinvigorating them and reseeding many valuable plants for the various herbivores there. A rest rotation will occur to allow the valley plants to grow up to a healthy level during the spring.

The hillsides are composed of granite outcroppings and there is much decomposed granite that keeps the horses hooves in fine condition. The horses move around to a large degree and go up into the hills, which keeps their muscles as well as hooves in good shape.

The fences I saw were not hazardous and there was some profuse willow clumps, canyons and hollows where the horses could seek shelter during storms.

These are very fortunate wild horses and I was very pleased to see how they had restored their health since their initial rescue from the killer buyers by Protect Mustangs. I am attaching some pictures I took. These give a much more complete picture of the situation concerning these fortunate rescued horses.

From my knowledge of wild horses, I consider these to be the Indian Pony type (some had appaloosa traits) and well worthy of preserving as a reproducing lineage that could restore wild horses where they belong in many areas where they have been thoughtlessly eliminated.

I am alarmed by the mean-spirited and biased attacks on Anne Novak and Protect Mustangs and their laudable rescue of the Wyoming 14 wild horses. I note that these detractors seem determined to put a negative spin on this whole rescue operation. They take a few isolated snapshots and then spin their interpretation of these negatively. This is not objective science, but political dirty work and is obviously being motivated by a desire to destroy Protect Mustangs–perhaps associated with its valiant defense of the wild horses in the wild and maintaining their integrity.


You can help keep the Wyoming 14 in their pasture by making a donation on this transparent crowd-funding site: Thank you!

Protect Mustangs is a nonprofit organization who protects and preserves native and wild horses.

Craig Downer endorses Anne Novak and Protect Mustangs

PM Craig Downer by Rona Aguilar

Testifying to integrity of Anne Novak and Protect Mustangs’ program for wild horses including rescued Wyoming 14

February 23, 2016

To Whom It May Concern:

I have known and worked with Anne Novak since 2009
and can testify to her integrity concerning the wild horses,
and to the integrity of her non-profit organization: Protect Mustangs.

She appreciates the great importance of maintaining the
natural vigor of wild horses in the wild. This includes keeping their lineages
reproductively intact. She has valiantly exposed the
hypocrisy of those who go along with partially or fully
sterilizing unique remnant populations of wild horses,
such as the group known as the Wyoming 14, which
she rescued from kill buyers. I have visited these horses
and consider them to be like the Indian ponies whose
numbers were extremely decimated in order to undermine
the original Native American culture and more nature-oriented
and nature-respecting way of life.

Ms. Novak’s organization Protect Mustangs
has courageously exposed the serious detriments of PZP administrations
on wild horse individuals and herds by citing and explaining scientific
investigations and publications that factually call these into question.
Also, she has currently exposed BLM’s plans to fund population control
experiments on pregnant mares and other wild horses, such as GonaCon™
and various methods of surgical sterilization. These are very much contrary
to the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act.
I have been involved with the Wyoming 14 project since it’s
inception and have earlier observed and photographed these wild
horses and advised Protect Mustangs on their condition and care.
I recommend that they be genetically tested in order to document their
unique heritage and to support their future protection.
I hope that they and their descendants can be reintroduced
into the wild in or near the area from which they were so thoughtlessly
removed. This would help restore the great
herds in this ecosystem where they possess generations
of natural adaptation. As an ecologist, generations of natural adaptation
is something I very much value and defend.

Finally, I would like to add that I have worked positively
with Anne Novak and her organization Protect Mustangs
and continue to do so at present. Contrary to rumors, there
is no “falling out” between us and I look forward to working
with Protect Mustangs to restore true integrity to our great
nation’s wild horse and burro program. This signifies restoring
the legal herds in their legal herd areas (BLM) and territories
(US Forest Service) as reproductively intact populations
at truly long-term viable levels and with minimal interference,
as accords with the basic mandate of the law. To this end and
as a professional wildlife ecologist, I am proposing a Reserve
Design approach that will also result in naturally self-stabilizing
population in the wild, free from gruesome chemical or surgical tampering.
This will truly obey the core mandate of the Wild Free-
Roaming Horses and Burros Act (contact me for more information).
I know that Anne Novak and her organization Protect Mustangs share
this wonderful and caring vision for the wild horses and burros with me.


Craig C. Downer

Wildlife Ecologist
President: Andean Tapir Fund/Wild Horse and Burro Fund
P.O. Box 456
Minden, NV 89423

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Ghost Dancer Oct 2014


WY14 grazing for the first time since the slaughter-bound roundup

WY14 grazing for the first time since the slaughter-bound roundup