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Mustang Sally by Julie Marks

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Before, 1971, when Velma “Wild Horse Annie” saved the country’s wild horses, they were being trapped in a brutal airplane roundup slaughtered and sold as steak overseas. Due to the heroic efforts of this wonderful woman, in 1971 congress passed a law that banned the inhumane treatment of wild horses and put safeguards into place so they could not be sold for slaughter. That law was a result of two decades long crusade by Velma Johnston, but in December 2004 the law was abolished by Senator Conrad Burns who put the final touches on his rider No. 142, which removed all protection for wild horses (and burros) that were over the age of 10. Horses like wild Mustangs could be sold to the highest bidder without limitation at auctions, local yard sales or any convenient livestock selling facility. Conrad Burns passed his amendment on an appropriations bill that no one knew about. This is the height of corruption, precisely contradicting how our government was designed to protect our constitutional amendments. It is believed that his motivation was to protect the ranchers who leased the lands for cattle and sheep grazing. President Bush who loves to present himself in the image of the American Cowboy signed the rider into law exposing his hypocritical facade by posing and appearing to protect our wild horses, the United States living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West. This photo is a figure of a Mustang from my collection of the Trail of Painted Ponies, an artistic organization dedicated to horses lovers and artists, both amateur and professional. I love this particular horse as he represents two American Icons, the horse and the infamous car that has been a legend for those who have loved and owned these historic and cars from the popular convertibles in the 1960’s to the speed of the Shelby Cobras, a legendary car built by Carroll Shelby and often associated with the Ford Mustang. In the last two years, the car was revived and redesigned to celebrate the history and vitality of this American icon dating back to the early 1960’s. In addition to my Mustang horse with a motor and pipes attached to his side with fashionable sunglasses, I have a collection of Painted Ponies and every horse I buy helps charities designed to protect our precious wildlife. The Mustangs have been celebrated in film, literature and our nation’s history helping Lewis and Clark completes their historic expedition during the opening of the Western frontier. The
beautiful horses pulled plows, delivered mail and carried soldiers in battle. What is so tragic is that most of the horses killed for human consumption and profit are not old or lame, but are healthy racehorses, riding-school and show horses, stolen horses and federally protected wild horses. This is a passionate fight and we can only hope that with the help of animal rights organizations all over the world. For those interested in learning more about this critical cause, go to www.hsus.org, the humane society that is spear heading the campaign to overturn the cruel amendment that supports slaughtering horses.

It is also interesting to look at the innovative work of the artists at the official website of their store @www.trailofpaintedponies.com who accept contributions and sell their yearly beautifully painted horses to support this honorable cause. The beautiful designs are collectibles and the Native Collection honor the historic Native American tradition of painting one’s horse with dramatic colors and symbols for war or ceremonial purposes. Each figurine captures the spirit and authenticity of the original Painted Pony and comes with a story

tag that relates the inspiration for the Pony’s markings. The Trail of painted Ponies donates a percentage of the proceeds to
Organizations that support the arts, education, animals and the
environment. What could be a better gift to myself? ☺ :))

There is a wonderful poet on RB, Sally Omar who has worked
very hard to pair her intuitive and heartfelt poetry with a variety of members. She collaborated and added her special magic with several of my pieces that enhanced the symbolic content of
my photography. Sally also has collaborated with Marie Sharp
and Helen Bascom to complete two books, Angel Wings & Poems
and We are Women. She also is the proud co-host of the SISTERHOOD with the exceptionally talented linaji. Sally
has always driven a Mustang and honors the car and
the noble spirit of the wild horse. I dedicate this song to Sally
and the amazing R&B artist who wrote it, Wilson Pickett. Let’s
celebrate all the causes that promote justice, animal rights
and the environment. Put your dancing shoes on and take
a ride with Sally, “ride, Sally, ride.”

“Mustang Sally, think you better slow your mustang down.
Mustang Sally, think you better slow your mustang down.
You been running all over the town now.
Oh! I guess I’ll have to put your flat feet on the ground.

All you want to do is ride around Sally, ride, Sally, ride.
All you want to do is ride around Sally, ride, Sally, ride.
All you want to do is ride around Sally, ride, Sally, ride.

One of these early mornings, oh, you gonna be wiping your weeping eyes.
I bought you a brand new mustang ‘bout nineteen sixty five
Now you come around signifying a woman, you don’t wanna let me ride.
Mustang Sally, think you better slow your mustang down.
You been running all over the town now.
Oh! I guess I’ll have to put your flat feet on the ground.

All you want to do is ride around Sally, ride, Sally, ride.
All you want to do is ride around Sally, ride, Sally, ride.
All you want to do is ride around Sally, ride, Sally, ride.”

Wilson Pickett (1941-2006)
Mustang Sally

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mustang sally, wild horse annie, painted ponies sally omar, wilson pickett

Comments

  • CanDuCreations
    CanDuCreationsalmost 5 years ago

    Very creative fantastic work Julie. Thank you for your pleading for the wild horses.

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