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Here’s the letter that won a small victory for the horses of Nevada…: Maybe it will work for your state!

I get the feeling that many of you feel a bit hopeless for the plight of the horses…

Either it is fighting to save the wild ones, fighting to save ours from slaughter, fighting to save the neglected … fighting fighting fighting.

I know, I hear you.

However, on this Friday, I would like to bring all of you this letter that actually got results… This letter was presented in person (via a small crowd) to the Governor of Nevada – in his office – and read aloud.

It took a month or so of conviction and tenacity.  But, after some time, the Governor actually helped his administration and the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign come to a compromise regarding the wild and estray horses.

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You can read about it here.

Anyway, I asked the Chairperson of the AWHPC to please send me the letter she read to the Governor.  I thought it might help others get started in their own campaigns for the horse.

She obliged and said that ANYONE can use this letter as long as it is for the betterment of the plight of the horse.

So, here you go…  If you were wanting to write something but were stuck, here is a great template.  Also, go to their website for inspiration.  These folks are devoted!

Have faith.

Remember, for those we can save, it means everything.

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(Thank you, American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign!)


January 4, 2013

Governor Sandoval

On behalf of all the wonderful people who took the time from their busy lives and holiday bustle to sign and send in their letters to you, I would like to convey their concern, frustration, and outrage with how our Nevada wild horses are being treated by those who have been tasked to manage them.

I stand here before you today to ask you to support and protect our Nevada horses.  They cannot speak for themselves so we are here to speak for them.  And we aren’t going away.

Actions taken by the Nevada Department of Agriculture have woken a sleeping giant – the many people who have for decades enjoyed, embraced, admired, and respected their neighbors – the wild horses of the Virginia Range.  And they aren’t going away.

The methods used to take up our horses and then dump them at the auction yard have caused public outrage.  Countless attempts by citizens to contact the NDoA to complain about its methods have gone unanswered.  But that doesn’t mean that we’re going away.

We came today to tell you that we’re here to stay.  We will continue to fight for our horses and we’ll ensure that the next generation does the same.  Because we’re not going away.

You have the power to make a difference.  To stop the mistreatment of our horses.  To reduce public safety issues.  To value the horses for what they represent now and can do for the state going forward.  To stifle any discussion regarding horse slaughter taking place in the State of Nevada.  To align the goals of the State with the goals of the voting public.  Because they’re not going away.

We encourage you to take action today to ensure our 41 horses being held at the prison here in Carson City do not go to auction next week and those and all future horses removed from the range be handed over to the care of advocates.  Because we’re not going away and our numbers are growing.

I would like to present to you the approximately 1,800 letters that were sent to you from across the state, the nation, and from around the world!  Please listen to what we have to say because we are willing to help and we have the knowledge.  All you need is a little faith – faith that good people can make a difference, that good people and horses mean something in Nevada.

Respectfully submitted

On behalf of all present and those whose hearts are here with us today

Shannon Windle, President

Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund

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When you feel overwhelmed or hopeless, take a deep breath, step back and remember Helen Keller.

I’m guessing she felt overwhelmed and hopeless a time or two, eh?

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Many of you have asked me what the animal communicator said about introducing the Llama (Audrey) to Bodhi, Hubby’s horse.

For those of you who are new to this blog (Hello!), we brought the llama home to be a friend with Bodhi because Bodhi has been fighting with all of the other horses here.   This fighting behavior was new and quite disturbing to us so we had an animal communicator speak to Bodhi to ask him why…  Bodhi said many things which we have taken to heart (he is a much happier horse now!) and Bodhi also said he would like a sheep or a goat for company.


Instead, we got him a Llama.

You see, this particular llama (Princess Maidu who we renamed, Audrey) needed a home and Hubby didn’t want to re-fence Bodhi’s pasture to contain smallish sheep and/or goats…  so the llama seemed like a good idea.


We housed Audrey in the pasture adjoining Bodhi’s pasture.  She was safely on her side with the common gate closed.

It seemed like Bodhi was interested and happy with Audrey.  He didn’t run the fenceline trying to get at her and he seemed to eat peacefully with her directly on the other side of him.

However, even though it looked promising, I was fearful of putting them together.  Audrey appeared to be very fragile at 150lbs and I know Bodhi can be a brute at 1400lbs.

Yikes!  He could really hurt her badly.

So, I decided to call the animal communicator again before putting them together.  I wanted Bodhi to understand how fragile she is and that he needed to be extra careful with her.

(In case you are wondering, the communicator’s name is Candi Cane Cooper – yes, her birth certificate name – and she runs a wonderful horse Rescue down in Southern California.)


Candi called at precisely our appointment time.  (I liked that!)

She relaxed me and then we got into it.

“Bodhi is much happier nowaways!”

–Yes, I said, we implemented all of the advice and knowledge from our last consultation.

“Good.  It worked. Bodhi is coming around wonderfully!”

–I’m calling about the llama we have for him.

(long pause)

“Is she black”


“Oh, I see her very clearly…  She is young.”


“She has a little girl voice!”

–She does?

“Yes and she says you tell her she is pretty all the time.”

–I do!

“Oh, Bodhi is chiming in.  He really, really, really likes her!”

–He does?!

“Yes!  He says no other horse has a llama!”

–That is true.  Not around here, anyway…


We spend the half hour talking about the ways to introduce the two of them – asking each of them to agree to the terms and asking them if they understood what we were asking of them.

Audrey interjected that she liked it when I called her “llamallamallama” and felt that was her name.  She thought Bodhi was ‘really big’ and asked that we give her a place to run to in case he started playing too rough.

Bodhi was very nervous to be put in with her because he felt he might mess up and bite her too  hard.  He was very concerned about the difference between horse play and llama play.  He asked over and over that I not leave him alone with her until he was sure how to play.

Candi kept telling him that he could use his lips but not his teeth.  Bodhi kept asking for me to referee and not leave him alone with Audrey llamallamallama.

Candi told Bodhi that I would halter him during the beginning so he wouldn’t have to worry.  He was relieved.

Audrey said that she didn’t like halters and she didn’t understand the lead thing.

Bodhi said he she should take note when he is on the lead because he is really good at it and would show her.

I told Bodhi that llamas are good protectors.  Bodhi said that he was a great protector.  Candi suggested to Bodhi that he could be Audrey’s protector.

Bodhi loved that idea!  He kept talking about protecting her and how good he would be at that.

Audrey said she didn’t like the name ‘Audrey’ and wondered why we kept using that name for her.  She preferred llamallamallama and Princess.

Candi asked Audrey how she liked her new digs and was she lonely for llamas.

Audrey said that she loved the new place because she didn’t have to battle anyone for food.  She also stated that the food here was much better and that she loved the pellets I give her (llama food).  Audrey thought the types I hay I have are really flavorful.

She said she was  more at peace here than her old place because it felt very serene here…

Except for the dog.  The black one with the white.  (Dexter,  my 13 year-old Aussie Kelpie.  He is a bad dog sometimes.)

Candi took it upon herself to talk to Dexter.  She told Dexter that he was not allowed to stalk the llama.  And, if Dexter went anywhere near the llama, he would have Bodhi to contend with – in a big way.

Dexter is terrified of Bodhi.


Directly after the call, I went outside to where they both were.

Bodhi was running the fence calling after her.  Audrey Princess Llamallamallama was at the far side of her pasture.

She trotted over and Bodhi settled down.

I observed.

Then, she got bored and wandered away.

Bodhi called after her and ran along the fence, making sure he could see her.

This was odd behavior.  He had never done that before.

I thought that he was starting his “Protection” mode.

I decided to call him BodyGuard Bodhi.

He was being so earnest in his new job; it was endearing.


So, I haltered him up and and opened the gate between them.

Princess llamallamallama gallumphed over (llamas are not graceful at any speed other than a walk…).

Immediately, Bodhi stood rock still.  He didn’t move past my shoulder.

That’s when the sucking and nibbling started.

Bodhi would nibble my arm and look at me.

Bodhi (sucking my arm) “Is this too hard?  Can I do this with her?”

Me:  That’s fine.  But, she’s pretty hairy… you really don’t want to suck too  much.

Bodhi (nuzzling my arm) “How about this?  Is this too hard?”

Me:  That seems fine.

Bodhi (using his teeth): “How about this?”

Me:  Aw c’mon, knock it off!


I swear, he would nibble my arm, look at me and then look at her.  Then, he’d try anther amount of pressure on my arm, look at me, look at her and then do it again.

He was driving me crazy.

However, he never moved.  He didn’t get excited.  He didn’t try to snorffle her, he didn’t pull on the rope… he did nothing except suck on my arm.

So, I decided to walk him up to her.

She did nothing.  He did nothing.

She went into his pasture and checked it out.

He watched without being upset.

She ate his food.

He didn’t care.

This went on for too long and the nondrama was becoming boring.

So, I let Bodhi out to eat green grass on the lawn outside their pasture.

She cried out for him (well, actually, it sounded more like a car horn honk than a cry…).

He looked up – and then went back to eating.

Very uneventful.


I am going to ask my neighbor to lend me a few panels so that I can make an escape triangle in her pasture.  In this way, if I put them together and he is too bouncy, she can run into her triangle and be safe.

So, I have to do that.

But, I’m feeling very confident that he got the message:  She is fragile.  He has to be very careful.  His job is to protect her.


Bodhi has been acting like a little hen with her.  Although they aren’t together, he notifies her when it is feeding time, he has to be able to see her at all times or he gets a bit upset, he calls to her if she wanders too far off and he snorffels her through the fence when they are close.

Dexter has not gone anywhere near that pasture.

I find all of this very amazing – and I’m just going with it.  Whether any of this is mystical, I don’t care…  Whatever created the conduit between animal and human so they can figure something out, is A-OK with me.

Who knows? – maybe just having a gobetween person allows the heart and mind to open up and feel what the animal needs.


All I do know is that they seemed to have understood my intentions regarding my consultation with the animal communicator – and we all benefited.

I’ll keep you posted!



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