Good Morning! Sorry I am late. My Mother is visiting…
Today I wanted to share with you another interview HORSE AND MAN created with radio talk show host, Rick Lamb. This guy has it sweet! He lives in Arizona, has his own recording studio (he does many things audio) and gets to produce a radio show of is own design which is all about horses. Rick’s enterprise has really grown since we interviewed him. You should check out his website. Wow! Lots of stuff going on. Anyway, Rick has a passion like well… maybe yours truly… and he couldn’t be a nicer guy. It is no wonder all his guests open up with him and give him great conversation. Here is a link to our interview with Rick Lamb, radio talk show host
I also wanted to take this time to introduce you to Madeleine Pickens, if you don’t already know about her. She is fighting the US Gov’t (BLM) for the rights of the Wild Mustang. I don’t want to get into the politics of the fight because it is very deep. But, I do want to speak about her devotion and passion to save the Mustang – not to mention her tenacity!
Her game plan, in a nutshell, is that if the BLM doesn’t want to take care of the Mustang because it is too expensive to house the over 30,000 in holding pens and the wild ones are “ruining the land”, then she said that SHE would take them. Yup. She has enough money to purchase lots of land to house them all, with a plan, of course. But, the BLM is fighting her on every turn. I went to a BLM meeting here in Sacramento last year. It made me crazy. Totally stupid.
Anyway, Madeleine’s point is that if it is costing the tax payer too much money to support the Mustangs, give her a bit less than the US Gov’t is spending now and she will do it. Well, when I was at that meeting last year, the BLM created lots of nonsense and white noise about Madeleine and then went on to say that they would rather gather them all and sterilize them. Oy. I don’t have the time to write about all the rebuttals during that infamous meeting.
But back to Madeleine. What I love about Madeleine Pickens is that she isn’t emotional in her information or her fight. She just tells it like it is. And, if you want to help, her website is very user friendly. I am amazed at how really non-invasive and “one click” her HELP NOW bulletins are formatted. Literally, you can help by just clicking a button and you will be counted. She has done all the work. All the info is there and it is very easy to access and help. Amazing. Thank you.
As for my opinion on the BLM, let me just say that Congress passed the Wild Horse and Burro Protection Act in 1971. Either follow it or have all of us vote again on the facts. But, don’t use my tax dollars at your will, BLM. Also, I do watch what is going on and I’m angry that the BLM is finding loopholes that allows them to gather when they are not supposed to gather. This winter’s gather that just ended (read about it on Maddy’s site) was a terrible thing to do at that time of year to these horses, many were killed/trampled/foals aborted. This nightmare was able to be carried out because the BLM moved the horses onto private land so they wouldn’t be beholdin’ to the US Gov’t laws. Pretty tricky.
Anywho, to me, the BLM has done many stupid human tricks with regards to the Mustang and I applaud Madeleine Pickens for standing up to them and keeping the fight alive. I cannot imagine anyone else — other than someone with very deep pockets — who could keep the fight going against those monolithic lobbies. Truly. Who could fight one of the strongest unions? Madeleine Pickens does it with elegance. And, anyone who can create such a user friendly way of voting and helping is a good friend of mine!
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