Return To Freedom http://returntofreedom.org Wed, 24 Aug 2016 06:23:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 600 Wild Horses To Be Rounded Up In Checkerboard Area http://returntofreedom.org/2016/08/16/600-wild-horses-to-be-rounded-up-in-checkerboard-area/ Tue, 16 Aug 2016 05:28:25 +0000 http://returntofreedom.org/?p=18128 Return to Freedom and coalition partners AWHPC & Cloud Foundation continue to challenge the planned removal of wild horses on the Wyoming Checkerboard.

Wyoming Checkerboard

Wyoming Checkerboard

Published Aug. 16, 2016: Wyoming Public Radio Network

By MELODIE EDWARDS

For the second time in two years, the Bureau of Land Management will round up all the wild horses that roam a controversial area in southwest Wyoming. Known as “the Checkerboard,” it’s an area where wild horses live on federal and private land, but a court decision ruled that the BLM must manage the area’s horses as if on private land. The horses collected in this round up will eventually be put up for adoption. 

Rock Springs Field Manager Kimberlee Foster says, by court order, they will have to remove about 600 horses in the Great Divide Basin, Adobe Town and Salt Wells herd management areas. She says various interest groups have been arguing over what to do with horses on the Checkerboard for decades and the battle continues to be litigated in court.

“It’s unusual to have private land within a herd management area because it’s difficult for the Bureau of Land Management to manage,” Foster says.

Foster says the number of horses allowed in the patchwork area has been the same since the 1970s—about 300 total. But by 2010, the area was well over its population limit and the Rock Springs Grazing Association had run out of patience.

“Due to budget and a variety of priorities, BLM was not removing horses in as fast a manner as Rock Springs Grazing would prefer,” Foster says. “So I believe it was 2010-2011, the court martial was notified to enforce the agreements that were already in place.”

Foster says 1,200 horses were removed from the Checkerboard in 2014 and that roundup is still being challenged in court.

The latest roundup is scheduled to be conducted with helicopters sometime in October following a 30-day public comment period.

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Army will dispose of 750 Fort Polk Horses, Louisiana http://returntofreedom.org/2016/08/16/army-will-dispose-of-750-fort-polk-horses/ Tue, 16 Aug 2016 04:50:17 +0000 http://returntofreedom.org/?p=18121 Fort Polk Horses, Louisiana

Fort Polk Horses, Louisiana

Published in News of The Horse

August 16, 2016

Fort Polk, Louisiana – Between 700 and 750 wild horses are “trespassing” on Fort Polk, and the Army has implemented a plan to move them off the base.  Course of Action 7 (CoA 7), authorized by base commander  Brig. Gen. Gary M. Brito, will be implemented immediately.  The army states the horses must be removed to allow the critical training that occurs on the base without interference from the horses and for the safety of the soldiers.

CoA 7 commands that the wild horses be corralled 20-30 at a time.  The captured horses will be offered first to 501(c)(3) animal welfare organizations.  If no organization takes the horses, they will be offered to any citizen who will take them.  Should no one take the horses, they will be transported to an auction and be sold.  The time frame for each group of horses is 30 days from capture to shipment to the sale barn.

“This plan gives all interested parties the opportunity to be involved in helping the Army solve the problems it faces.  For this program to work, we need your help. We look forward to working with interested parties to help these horses find permanent homes while making Fort Polk a safer place for our Soldiers to train,” said Brito.

Related Articles & Links:

Information on Fort Polk Horses Found Here

KATC Story 

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Blawn Wash Round up – Utah August 2016 http://returntofreedom.org/2016/08/13/blawn-wash-round-up-utah-august-2016/ Sat, 13 Aug 2016 05:46:29 +0000 http://returntofreedom.org/?p=18118  

Blawn Wash Roundup 8-10-16, Utah

Blawn Wash Roundup 8-10-16, Utah

Today, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Cedar City field office began capturing and wild horses they deem to be “excess”, from within and outside the Blawn Wash Wild Horse herd management area (HMA). The Blawn Wash HMA comprises about 62,787 acres of public and state land in Western Utah.blawn wash day 1

Blawn Wash is one of four Herd Management Areas that make up the Bible Spring Complex—Bible Spring, Blawn Wash, Tilly Creek and Four Mile—are all located in western Iron and Beaver counties, approximately 30 miles west of Milford, Utah in the Wah Wah and Indian Peak mountain ranges. The agency plans to remove approximately 150 wild horses from State, private and BLM lands located in Beaver County.

Roundup contractor: Sun J

 

Day 1-Aug 10th:Horses captured: 15

RTF volunteers watched this family band of seven horses lose their freedom and their home on the range early this morning.  There was one foal, one yearling, four mares and a stallion.  As they came around the corner towards the trap, the helicopter was down low pushing them in the desired direction towards the trap.  The stallion was in the middle of the group close to the mare and foal, while there was a mare in front leading and one behind.

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Later in the afternoon we followed them to the temporary holding pens located away from the trap site where we saw the mare and her foal in a separate pen with a mare and foal from another band.  The rest of the horses were separated into two other pens of mares and stallions.

Blawn Wash Roundup Temp. holding 8-10-16, Utah

Blawn Wash Roundup, Temp. holding 8-10-16, Utah

In the stallion pen we managed to locate the band’s stallion and his yearling colt standing close together as if for comfort and reassurance.  Both were looking through the pen fencing trying to see their family.

Blawn Wash Roundup 8-10-16, Utah

Blawn Wash Roundup 8-10-16, Utah. Stallion and his young colt in trap site holding coral.

Day 2, August 11: 31 Horses removed (31 horses were gathered without incident (23 drive trapped, 1 roped, 7 water trapped)

Steve Paige and RTF volunteer Samantha Asher did the best they could to document the horses from about 1/2 mile away where observers were placed. Small bands of horses came in throughout the long day. This small family band, mare, stallion and a very young foal who could not keep up. The foal was later roped and brought in to the trap site.

Photo: Samantha Asher

Photo: Samantha Asher

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Photo: S. Asher

PH: Samantha Asher

Ph: Samantha Asher

4-foal

Ph: S. Asher

Ph: S. Asher

Ph: S. Asher

Ph: S. Asher

Day 3, August 12: Horses captured: 25

Day 3. Family band. Photo: Steve Paige

Day 3. Family band. Photo: Steve Paige

Another Family band. Day 3 Blawn Wash. Photo: Steve Paige

Another Family band. Day 3 Blawn Wash. Photo: Steve Paige

As cows graze undisturbed this bay stallion was repeatedly herded by the low flying helicopter.

As cows graze undisturbed this bay stallion was repeatedly herded by the low flying helicopter.

The lone bay stallion escaped through the funnel jute, lame in his hind rear leg from the constant siege of the extremely low copter.

The lone bay stallion escaped through the funnel jute, lame in his hind rear leg from the constant siege of the extremely low flying copter.

Day 4, August 13: Horses removed: 13 horses were gathered (12 drive-trapped, 1 roped) without incident.

 

Day 5, August 14:

28 Horses Captured

Deaths- 1 – Sadly a 2 year old gray filly died of a broken neck during morning feeding in the small temporary holding trap. RTF has complained about the amount of horses in those small gather site holding corrals. In our opinion, the horses are confined in too small an area for the numbers.

Today there were no observers. RTF crew had to leave.

Day 6, August 15: 

15 horses captured

41 horses shipped to Axtell off site holding corrals.

Four Observers.

 

For BLM’s daily gather reports click HERE

Whenever we see these relatively small numbers of horses being torn apart, taken from the range- at great cost to both the horses and the tax payer- we have to say WHY? These are numbers that can be managed on the range. It is only competition for livestock that drives this. And for what?

C’mon Utah, use fertility control, improve fencing, steward the land, pay the rancher an incentive while the fertility control program gains momentum and shows results – stop  wasting funds on these small needless roundups- start now.


Related Articles & Links:

The Salt Lake Tribune, Aug. 12,2016

State gains a toehold in wild-horse control, 2/15/16

 

Background (source BLM):

The Agency is fulfilling an Agreement they made on February 3, 2016, with the Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA), to manage wild horses cooperatively that have entered onto SITLA lands. The Agreement, which is subject to congressional appropriations, places priority on the removal of excess horses in the south-central and southwest areas of the state, where a lawsuit was originally filed by SITLA to pressure BLM to increase their “management” of wild horse herds.

The horses will be pushed by helicopter into traps then transported to the Axtell Contract Off-Range Corrals in Axtell, Utah. Axtell is one of two locations in Utah that provides care for up to 1000 wild horses in pens on 32 acres. The horses receive feed, mineral blocks, fresh water and veterinary care as needed.

Animals removed from the range will be made available for adoption through the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program. Those that are not adopted will be cared for in long-term pastures, where they retain their protection under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.

For details on the reasons that determined the operation, read the Environmental Assessment, DOI-BLM-UT-C010-2014-0035

 

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Protecting wild horses and our public lands http://returntofreedom.org/2016/08/12/protecting-wild-horses-and-our-public-lands/ Fri, 12 Aug 2016 19:43:13 +0000 http://returntofreedom.org/?p=18078 Frisco-5831

Horses flee during the recent Frisco HMA roundup in Utah. (Photo by Steve Paige)

 

Return to Freedom Founder and President Neda DeMayo calls on local, federal and state government leaders not to lose sight of wild horses and burros during the debate over control of our shared public lands. 

 

By Neda DeMayo

As published by the Las Vegas Review-Journal

 

It will shock no one that during a presidential election year, the Republican and Democratic party platforms are filled with conflicting ideas about the future of our public lands.

 

The Republican platform calls for turning over “certain federally controlled public lands to states” and urges “state leaders and representatives to exert their utmost power and influence to urge the transfer of those lands … to all willing states for the benefit of the states and the nation as a whole.”

 

That stance is consistent with bills introduced this year by House Republicans that would see the federal government turn over control of forest lands and Bureau of Land Management property.

 

Meanwhile, in their platform, Democrats declare that “we need policies and investments that will keep America’s public lands public, strengthen protections for our natural and cultural resources, increase access to parks and public lands for all Americans, protect native species and wildlife, and harness the immense economic and social potential of our public lands and waters.”

 

Alas, this is not a new argument: President Hoover urged Congress to turn over millions of acres of federal land to Western states. Hoover’s proposal fell apart because of opposition both from states themselves and those concerned that a wholesale turnover of public lands would include national forest system lands.

 

There’s no question that state and local stakeholders deserve a voice in the management of federal lands in and around their borders. But what should not be lost amidst the talk are the voiceless, including thousands of wild horses and burros, which, in 1971, at the urging of the people nationwide, were declared unanimously by Congress to be “living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West.”

 

Under pressure from all sides, the BLM faces an enormous and expensive challenge in overseeing some 67,000 horses and burros on the range and, sadly, another 45,000 in short-term holding pens and long-term pastures.

 

As embattled as the BLM is, it has the opportunity — indeed, the responsibility — to guide a future for the horses in its care. The BLM works for all of us — from ranchers to animal advocates — as it cares for land to which all Americans share the deed.

 

In 2013, the National Resource Council presented BLM with a path forward for wild horses that includes greater use of existing birth control for mares. Turning federally owned land over would complicate a debate over those animals too often fraught with tension.

 

It would likely doom many horses. States including Nevada, Utah and Wyoming have shown a willingness to eradicate wild horses, as have landowners who shipped horses to slaughter despite the broader public’s will that the animals be protected.

 

Finally, scattering oversight of public lands would open wide to personal and corporate agendas lands that belong to all of us, as citizens and as taxpayers. In a Colorado College poll released this year, almost 60 percent of respondents across seven Western states opposed turning federal land over to states.

 

As complicated as reaching consensus may be, there is still cause for hope that we can proactively preserve the resources, habitat and wildlife on our public lands. Landowners, conservationists and all levels of government have begun working together to protect sage-grouse habitat, for example.

 

That said, we should not be so naïve as to believe that those parties would do so without worries about grazing and other restrictions that would be imposed if the bird were listed as an endangered species.

 

Horses roamed the range before the founding of the United States — and before the advent of election-year politics. Those that remain on our public lands are the descendants of the animals upon whose backs this country was built.

 

Now, that public land and the life it holds are our collective inheritance. We must manage it wisely, ethically and humanely — together.

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Blawn Wash Round up Began Today- Utah Aug. 10, 2016 http://returntofreedom.org/2016/08/10/blawn-wash-round-up-began-today-utah-aug-10-2016/ Wed, 10 Aug 2016 05:13:19 +0000 http://returntofreedom.org/?p=18061  

Blawn Wash Roundup 8-10-16, Utah

Blawn Wash Roundup 8-10-16, Utah

Today, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Cedar City field office began capturing and wild horses they deem to be “excess”, from within and outside the Blawn Wash Wild Horse herd management area (HMA). The Blawn Wash HMA comprises about 62,787 acres of public and state land in Western Utah.blawn wash day 1

Blawn Wash is one of four Herd Management Areas that make up the Bible Spring Complex—Bible Spring, Blawn Wash, Tilly Creek and Four Mile—are all located in western Iron and Beaver counties, approximately 30 miles west of Milford, Utah in the Wah Wah and Indian Peak mountain ranges. The agency plans to remove approximately 150 wild horses from State, private and BLM lands located in Beaver County.

Roundup contractor: Sun J

 

Day 1-Aug 10th:Horses captured: 15

RTF volunteers watched this family band of seven horses lose their freedom and their home on the range early this morning.  There was one foal, one yearling, four mares and a stallion.  As they came around the corner towards the trap, the helicopter was down low pushing them in the desired direction towards the trap.  The stallion was in the middle of the group close to the mare and foal, while there was a mare in front leading and one behind.

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Later in the afternoon we followed them to the temporary holding pens located away from the trap site where we saw the mare and her foal in a separate pen with a mare and foal from another band.  The rest of the horses were separated into two other pens of mares and stallions.

Blawn Wash Roundup Temp. holding 8-10-16, Utah

Blawn Wash Roundup, Temp. holding 8-10-16, Utah

In the stallion pen we managed to locate the band’s stallion and his yearling colt standing close together as if for comfort and reassurance.  Both were looking through the pen fencing trying to see their family.

Blawn Wash Roundup 8-10-16, Utah

Blawn Wash Roundup 8-10-16, Utah. Stallion and his young colt in trap site holding coral.

Day 2, August 11: 31 Horses removed (31 horses were gathered without incident (23 drive trapped, 1 roped, 7 water trapped)

Steve Paige and RTF volunteer Samantha Asher did the best they could to document the horses from about 1/2 mile away where observers were placed. Small bands of horses came in throughout the long day. This small family band, mare, stallion and a very young foal who could not keep up. The foal was later roped and brought in to the trap site.

Photo: Samantha Asher

Photo: Samantha Asher

photo: S. Asher

Photo: S. Asher

PH: Samantha Asher

Ph: Samantha Asher

4-foal

Ph: S. Asher

Ph: S. Asher

Ph: S. Asher

Ph: S. Asher

Day 3, August 12: Horses captured: 25

Day 3. Family band. Photo: Steve Paige

Day 3. Family band. Photo: Steve Paige

Another Family band. Day 3 Blawn Wash. Photo: Steve Paige

Another Family band. Day 3 Blawn Wash. Photo: Steve Paige

As cows graze undisturbed this bay stallion was repeatedly herded by the low flying helicopter.

As cows graze undisturbed this bay stallion was repeatedly herded by the low flying helicopter.

The lone bay stallion escaped through the funnel jute, lame in his hind rear leg from the constant siege of the extremely low copter.

The lone bay stallion escaped through the funnel jute, lame in his hind rear leg from the constant siege of the extremely low flying copter.

Day 4, August 13: Horses removed: 13 horses were gathered (12 drive-trapped, 1 roped) without incident.

For BLM’s daily gather reports click HERE

Whenever we see these relatively small numbers of horses being torn apart, taken from the range- at great cost to both the horses and the tax payer- we have to say WHY? These are numbers that can be managed on the range. It is only competition for livestock that drives this. And for what?

C’mon Utah, use fertility control, improve fencing, steward the land, pay the rancher an incentive while the fertility control program gains momentum and shows results – stop  wasting funds on these small needless roundups- start now.


Related Articles & Links:

The Salt Lake Tribune, Aug. 12,2016

State gains a toehold in wild-horse control, 2/15/16

 

Background (source BLM):

The Agency is fulfilling an Agreement they made on February 3, 2016, with the Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA), to manage wild horses cooperatively that have entered onto SITLA lands. The Agreement, which is subject to congressional appropriations, places priority on the removal of excess horses in the south-central and southwest areas of the state, where a lawsuit was originally filed by SITLA to pressure BLM to increase their “management” of wild horse herds.

The horses will be pushed by helicopter into traps then transported to the Axtell Contract Off-Range Corrals in Axtell, Utah. Axtell is one of two locations in Utah that provides care for up to 1000 wild horses in pens on 32 acres. The horses receive feed, mineral blocks, fresh water and veterinary care as needed.

Animals removed from the range will be made available for adoption through the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program. Those that are not adopted will be cared for in long-term pastures, where they retain their protection under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.

For details on the reasons that determined the operation, read the Environmental Assessment, DOI-BLM-UT-C010-2014-0035

 

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Forest Service to Remove 200 Horses From Devil’s Garden, Modoc, CA http://returntofreedom.org/2016/08/09/forest-service-to-remove-200-horses-from-devils-garden-modoc-ca/ Tue, 09 Aug 2016 22:29:31 +0000 http://returntofreedom.org/?p=18070
Bachelor stallions at Modoc's Devil's Garden

Bachelor stallions at Modoc’s Devil’s Garden,Photo: Courtesy of FS


 
 

Return to Freedom is working on finding ranches that are willing and able to take a community of horses (family and social bands) as part of a relocation project. Please contact us if you are in a position to provide a lifetime sanctuary for bonded horse groups. wildhorses@returntofreedom.org

 
 

As Published on USDA -Forest Service Website

 

The Devil’s Garden Plateau Wild Horse Territory is well known across the US for the wild horses it produces. Historically, horses have run on the Devil’s Garden Plateau for more than 140 years. Many of the early horses escaped from settlers or were released when their usefulness as domestic animals ended. In later years, like many areas throughout the west, local area ranchers released their domestic horses out to graze, and then gathered them as they were needed. Not all were ever captured.


 
With the passage of the 1971 Wild Horse and Burro Act (PL 92-195), private horse roundups ended. In 1974, as an initial step toward management, the Forest Service inventoried the Devil’s Garden Wild Horse population for the first time. The new Devil’s Garden Plateau Wild Horse Territory Management Plan, completed in 2013, set an Appropriate Management Level (AML) of a maximum of 402 total horses.

 

In February 2016, Modoc National Forest personnel completed a “Double Count” aerial survey of the wild horse population in and around the Devil’s Garden Plateau Wild Horse Territory. The results of the survey show the wild horse population is greater than the AML of 206-402 adult wild horses.

 

Data collected is compared using statistical modeling to estimate sighting rates for observers during the survey. “Using this method, we estimate the current wild horse population is 2,246 adult horses,” said Forest Rangeland Management Specialist and survey coordinator, Jenny Jayo. “This means wild horse population size has nearly doubled since February 2013 when the last inventory was completed. Wild horses now occupy an area more than twice the size of the territory designated for their use by the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971.”

 

Many horses have moved off of the Territory and Forest onto private and tribal land. The Modoc National Forest is currently planning to remove wild horses from private land where requested. This is a top priority under the 2013 Devil’s Garden Plateau Wild Horse Territory Management Plan.

 

Removal of these wild horses will allow recovery of range and riparian ecological conditions on the private or tribal lands, as well as reduce damage to privately owned fences and competition among wild horses and other uses.

 

Once gathered, these wild horses will be transported to short-term holding where they will be fed, watered and humanely cared for until they are adopted or otherwise placed in private care with qualified individuals or groups who will provide the animals with good homes. Providing homes for these horses will contribute significantly to the health of the herd and the range supporting them.

 

The Modoc National Forest is seeking additional partners in forming a collaborative group to help ensure the health of gathered horses, find good homes for the animals that cannot remain on the territory and contribute to a sustainable situation for this great American resource.

 

For information on how to apply to be part of the collaborative group or how to otherwise contribute to this effort, please contact Forest Range Program Manager Jim Wright at jimmywright@fs.fed.us. To learn more about how to help provide homes for these unique horses, please contact Public Affairs Officer Ken Sandusky at modoc_info@fs.fed.us.

 

Related Links:

Devil’s Garden Plateau Wild Horse Territory

Herald and News

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Tonic of Wildness- Buy Tickets here for Event at Beckmen Winery http://returntofreedom.org/2016/08/05/tonic-of-wildness-buy-tickets-here-for-event-at-beckmen-winery/ Fri, 05 Aug 2016 02:10:33 +0000 http://returntofreedom.org/?p=18057 Wine Label Photo: Tony Stromberg

Wine Label Photo: Tony Stromberg

Date: Sunday, August 14, 12:30-4 PM
Where: The Beckmen Vineyard, by the Beckmen Pond, 2670 Ontiveros Rd., Los Olivos, CA

Limited to 100 tickets, buy now! If you know someone who may enjoy attending, please share this!
Tickets: $100 per person, includes Return to Freedom logo-etched wine glass and wine tastings (Beckmen and Red Roan Wild Blend)!

You can pay for your tickets here:


Tickets




Or contact us at:
programs@returntofreedom.org or 805-737-9246 – Victoria Lohman

Thank you for your support!

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The Tonic of Wildness~ Special event at Beckmen Vineyards! http://returntofreedom.org/2016/08/04/the-tonic-of-wildness-special-event-at-beckmen-vineyards/ Thu, 04 Aug 2016 23:58:15 +0000 http://returntofreedom.org/?p=18037 Wine Label Photo: Tony Stromberg

Wine Label Photo: Tony Stromberg

 
 
 

“The Tonic of Wildness”

 A Special Wine Event ~ Sunday, August 14

Beckmen Vineyards ~ Los Olivos, California

Introducing Red Roan Wild Blend created by Beckmen Vineyard Exclusively

To Benefit the Wild Horses and Burros at Return to Freedom’s Wild Horse Sanctuary

 

 
 
We are all excited to taste the Red Roan Wild Blend created by Dr. Kevin Beckmen with his family vineyard to help RTF. The award winning Beckmen wines are produced on the Beckmen’s certified biodynamic vineyard.
 
 
Join us for a relaxing picnic style afternoon by the pond at the Beckmen Vineyard Winery estate and tasting room! Good wine, food, music and friends!
 
 
 
Date: Sunday, August 14,  12:30-4 PM

Where: The Beckmen Vineyard, by the Beckmen Pond, 2670 Ontiveros Rd., Los Olivos, CA

Food: Healthy Organic locavore foods and refreshments

Wine: Tastings of Beckmen wines and Red Roan Wild Blend !

Music: Beautiful South American acoustic and vocals by Jacqueline Fuentes and Manabu

Raffles include:  A Case of Red Roan Wild Blend and Unique Vacation Experiences

Limited to 100 tickets, buy now!  If you know someone who may enjoy attending, please share this!

Tickets: $100 per person, includes Return to Freedom logo-etched wine glass and wine tastings (Beckmen and Red Roan Wild Blend)!

 
 
 
You can pay for your tickets here:


Tickets




 
 
 

Or contact us directly:
Email: programs@returntofreedom.org or Phone: 805-737-9246, Victoria Lohman
 
 

Hope to see you there!
 
 

Neda and the RTF Team

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Extended Only Through this weekend! – Commemorative Return to Freedom T shirt! http://returntofreedom.org/2016/07/30/extended-only-through-this-weekend-commemorative-return-to-freedom-t-shirt/ Sat, 30 Jul 2016 17:46:11 +0000 http://returntofreedom.org/?p=18034 RTF FB Ad

Only through this weekend!!! 

You can purchase our new commemorative Return to Freedom T!  Thanks to our friends at One Skater who created it to support RTF!

Fresh color and message  – we LOVE your support which helps Return to Freedom remain one of the premiere wild horse and burro sanctuaries in the U.S.

We hope that you will treat yourself to one of our fun and whimsical custom T’s and enjoy wearing it tis summer!RTF_MOCKUP_TB_MENS_9596c62b-4ed4-4537-8f2d-688f2563d0ce_1024x1024

Thank you for all the wonderful support throughout the years.

Click here to purchase 

Thank you as always, we couldn’t do this without your immense support, passion and respect for all horses. Everywhere.

Happy summer to you,

Neda and everyone at Return to Freedom

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More Days of Summer ~ It’s not too late to register for programs at the Sanctuary ! http://returntofreedom.org/2016/07/29/more-days-of-summer-programs-at-the-sanctuary-this-summer/ Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:49:19 +0000 http://returntofreedom.org/?p=18030

rackley-ad2August 20th ~ Animal Communication and Wild Horse Walk ~ Cindy Rackley, Animal Communicator will teach you how to listen and communicate more fully with your animal companions while learning techniques that will validate your information.  At the end of the class we will be guided by Neda DeMayo, founder of Return to Freedom,  while walking among the wild horses at the sanctuary.  You will be able to not only observe their behavior, but also see if you tap into what they may be telepathically communicating.

Class Fee:  $275    

Contact  Cindy Rackley, Reiki Master     hawkmeadow4@q.com or 360-825-6949    www.cindyrackley.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

rackley1August 21st ~ Reiki For Horses/All Animals and Herd Observation.  Learn how to give the healing energy of Reiki to horses and all animals, learn their chakra systems and how to scan their bodies for energy blocks.  Taught by Cindy Rackley, Reiki Master/Teacher

After the class we will walk in the hills with Neda DeMayo, founder of Return to Freedom, while she teaches you about herd observation.

Must be pre-certified to at least Reiki Level I to take this class.  Class Fee:  $225

Contact  Cindy Rackley, Reiki Master/Teacher  at   hawkmeadow4@q.com or 360-825-6949    www.cindyrackley.com

 

 

 

 

August 27, 2016~ Join us at Return to Freedom's Wild Horse Sanctuary near Jalama Beach for a relaxing day of Yoga, Meditation and Hiking! Reservations Required.

August 27, 2016~ Join us at Return to Freedom’s Wild Horse Sanctuary near Jalama Beach for a relaxing day of Yoga, Meditation and Hiking! Reservations Required.

Saturday August 27,  8am-4pm for the 4th Annual one day Yoga & Hiking Retreat at Return to Freedom’s Wild Horse Sanctuary, Lompoc California location. For the fourth year, this special day is generously donated and hosted by Jodie Kallas, Yoga Teacher, and long time supporter. This relaxing day at the sanctuary includes: 2  yoga classes for all levels, Guided meditation and a robust hike among wild horse and burro herds.

Yummy refreshments, healthy snacks, locally grown organic vegetables and fruits. $255 per person with 55% of the proceeds donated to the sanctuary. For further info and sign up go to: http://www.yogalongisland.com/ (2016 California retreat page) ~ For Questions Call Jodie at: 516-459-0503

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