April 09, 2012

Wild horse rescues another horse from drowning in Arizona
Stallion named 'Champ' grabbed filly by neck and dragged her to safety.

In the late 15th century after the Europeans reintroduced the horse to the Americas, some horses escaped and formed feral herds. These herds still roam the west today although there is much controversy surrounding them as cattle ranchers continue to move their cattle stock onto lands that the wild horses now occupy.

The video below shows an incredible example of how the wild horses look after their own when a young filly gets in trouble while crossing a river. The stallion with her takes quick action to try to save her before she is swept downriver. He is unflinching in his attempts and even tries not to hurt her as he struggles to get her back toward the shore.

America's Endangered wild horses

In the states of Nevada, Wyoming and Colorado, several times a year, the Bureau of Land Management conducts a wild horse and burro roundup. Using helicopters and flying low enough to nearly touch the backs of their prey, they herd thousands of these horses and burros into chutes that were previously set up, funneling the mares, stallions, and foals into a holding pen. Herds and family groups are broken up, many animals are injured, some even die during this desperate run. The remainder are then kept in the blazing hot sun, fed and watered whenever the keepers get to it, and are basically in a concentration camp for animals. These are the magnificent animals who symbolize the West. These are the animals the Bureau of Land Management likes to "manage," a euphemism for "getting rid of." Why does the BLM do this? It's very simple...the public lands are wanted by the ranchers for their cattle, they certainly don't want to share any forage or water with wild horses and burros that earn them nothing. Cattle ranchers have lots of clout in Nevada and that strength puts their needs over everything else, including these wild animals. A cattle rancher will never admit to having enough land for his herd, always wanting more. The BLM is more than willing to work hand-in-glove with the ranchers, and they could care less about the horses and burros. They've become just a nuisance! (source ~ excerpt written by Nancy Carol)



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Responses to "Wild stallion saves a young horse from drowning (Video)"

  1. Anonymous says:

    As any animal lover knows...animals have feelings and can solve problems. Horses also have good memories. I love this story!

  2. Anonymous says:

    All Animals have all kinds of instincts, wether it be human or animal. There senses are so much sharper than ours that they sense danger, fear, and anything else that could effect their well being. This story is so beautiful and my heart felt so warm reading this. I just wish human beings could be the same way!!, most of the time.

  3. Thay have family and friends just all things, now even them for a very long time are told where to live and who can live there.

  4. Teresa says:

    Beautiful, beautiful video!

  5. Anonymous says:

    I love horses and have owned horses. They truly take care of their own, and Champ was so brave to help the little filly. They have feelings and concerns just like us. And souls. They have souls. This is a beautiful video, and I am happy I saw it.

  6. how nice to see this!

  7. Anonymous says:

    I Love all Animals,But mostly Horses,Everyday Man needed these horses in the past.And like always History has a way of repeating itself,so they will need them in the future as well.when all the oil is gone,all the natural gas is gone,we will all be going back in time and live like the Amish.GOD Bless you all.

  8. An absolutely beautiful story, and Ms. Standridge was lucky to be there at the precise moment that it happened. ALL animals have feelings, they all communicate in their own way. It's a shame that there are so few people in the world that realize it. They don't know what they are missing.

  9. Nice ! Warms my heart !

  10. Anonymous says:

    oh god what a good story

  11. Anonymous says:

    So pleased to have found this...I ask everyone who liked this story to fight against the Horse Slaughter houses in the US that are estimated to slaughter 300,000 t0 400,000. horses a year...that includes healthy, young horses, pregnant mares, former race horses, your stolen pet horse, your daughter's pony that you think will go to a nice family...Please help stop this brutal cruelty...

    ZR

  12. Anonymous says:

    I have been to several adopting events for the horses that have been rounded up. Are these events no longer being held?

  13. Amanda says:

    Stop the horse slaughtering!!!! Is it really that hard not to buture an innocent animal????? Come on people wake up!!!!! Open ur eyes!!!! We've got to seriously step up to stop the government from killing off everything wild left in this world
    ALS

  14. Anonymous says:

    I thank Becky Standridge so much for sharing this beautiful story and her photos! I hope when the government makes their annual round-up of wild horses, that the horses are not ending up in a slaughterhouse. That would be truly tragic. I am for closing all of the horse slaughterhouses in the U.S.

  15. Ronni says:

    Horses have been with us (humankind) at least since the iron age, perhaps before...They have tolerated us, worked for us, provided transportation, trade, and yes, love.

    We owe them so much...the least we humans can do is let them live their lives free. They have souls, are social creatures...they deserve our compassion and respect.

  16. Anonymous says:

    The introduction to the video talks about the Bureau of Land Management round ups of wild horses to remove them from grazing lands desired by cattle owners. Horses are extremely social animals, traveling in families of a stallion and his mares. When these family groups are split up, the stallion mourns for his family, sometimes to the point of death. These animals are intelligent and sensitive. We owe them the right to live in peace and quit making them subject to the demands of cattle owners.

  17. Gail Hunt Speed says:

    What a wonderful story!

  18. Anonymous says:

    That was awesome it really reaffirms my belief in a God who gives all his creatures great and small what they need to survive instead of taking his glory and giving it to evolution we should thank him for knowing what we all need and taking care of us.

  19. Anonymous says:

    It's a great story, but leave the wild horses and burros alone they have a right to roam free! To round them up for slaughter makes me sick! This has to stop, heartless *******people!

  20. Jan M. says:

    I agree. Leave these beautiful creatures alone. They are part of this country and our heritage. They have a right to live and be free.

  21. Jan M. says:

    I agree. Leave these beautiful creatures alone. They are part of this country and our heritage. They deserve to live and be free.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Wow amazing. These horses are beautiful creatures and look out for each other no matter what. Beautiful

  23. Noƫlla says:

    thanks for sharing....it's a lovely story !

  24. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful story about our beautiful horses! They truly do have souls. I am a former horse owner - as a child growing up - they were a huge part of my life. I am very thankful for the experience. Thanks for sharing - let's get legislation done to protect them!

  25. Anonymous says:

    Amazing animals.I agree leave them alone.

  26. Thank you for sharing your story! It's truly inspirational and demonstrates very clearly the love and intelligence horses possess.

  27. Eva Jackson says:

    Beautiful and intelligent creatures. They should be able to roam free ...Do people have to destroy everything that interferes with their money making scheme??? Will they ever have enough money???

  28. Anonymous says:

    follow the money . who rounds up the horses ? who pays them ? who owns the slaughter houses ? who pays them ? who inspects the meat (the USDA ) who buys the meat ? who gets that money ? what countries is the meat shipped to ? have you ever saw horse meat in the stores (publix, harveys,


    , Albertsons or any other stores

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