It’s All About The Horse

This young bachelor stallion escaped roundup in August, 2011.

As the hills are currently overrun by hunters, he and his older companion stud have been hanging out in the lowlands, seemingly taking advantage of mowed-off shocks of uncultivated crested wheat left by summer grazing cattle.

In a few weeks, BLM plans another massive removal of wild horses from Nevada’s vast high desert , southwest of here. The propsed “strategy” includes the intent to castrate and release two hundred stallions like this fellow. Similar plans were scrapped in Wyoming, after scientists and other experts presented PROOF that such actions are not necessary or desirable.

Please join the effort to STOP these devastating BLM experiments on our treasured wild horses!

Petitions to sign
These are directly linked to the White House, and require 5,000 signatures to be considered. It’s very easy, and your voice truly makes a difference!

1) Reform Federal Wild Horse & Burro Management Programs and Related Policies

2) Protect Wild Horses and Burros; Reform Inhumane Interior Department Management Program That Wastes Tax Dollars

3) Restore the Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 to its original intent that no organization or person be exempt

4) Fire Ken Salazar as Secretary of the Interior

5) Stop all Wild Horse Roundups

6) Support a Ban on Horse Slaughter

American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign

Egan Basin – Butte Valley
Eastern Nevada, USA

Canon 550D EOS
Sigma 70-300mm


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Great Basin Life exists … between … high desert expanses and majestic mountain wilderness.

Daily, I watch the winds of change sweeping away what remains of our western culture and heritage, and the land that has produced them.

My mission is to preserve as much as I can, of that which will soon vanish, through my photography.

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  • Yool
    Yoolalmost 3 years ago

    What a beauty!!!!!!

  • Thank you so much, Yool – and esp. for the fav!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganalmost 3 years ago

    beautiful image

  • Thank you, Tina!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • dgrizzle
    dgrizzlealmost 3 years ago

    Arla, not only a wonderful image, but wonderful description with the petitions! Thank you for all you do!

  • Thank YOU, Darcy!!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynalmost 3 years ago

    VERY VERY STUNNING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Thank you, Guendalyn!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkealmost 3 years ago

    What a stunning capture. He is such a handsome fellow. Let’s hope we can put a stop to this travesty.

  • Thank you, Bunny! Time really is running out … !

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • AngieBanta
    AngieBantaalmost 3 years ago

    Fantastic capture of this wild beauty!!!

  • Thank you, Angie!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • piong
    piongalmost 3 years ago


  • Thanks!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Corri Gryting Gutzman
    Corri Gryting ...almost 3 years ago

    Gorgeous photo.
    I’m not seeing the link though…

  • Thank you, Corri –
    You’ll have to click on “Show Full Description” :)

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • kenroome
    kenroomealmost 3 years ago

    Hi Arla,
    What a beautiful animal. Your portrait shows this boy’s power and prestige. As requested I signed all the petitons, including the one to fire Ken Salazar. He is a former Senator from my state with deep family ties to ranching and farming. To my mind this is what the killing is all about: powerful money hungry people who perceive that the horse is in competion with their industrial agriculture concerns. The same cry comes from industrial ranching about wolves. It has nothing to do with animal welfare. If the concern were ecologically based, then society as a whole would be earth-based instead of financial based. Sorry I tend to go on. Great portrait and spirit.

  • Thank you, Ken – and don’t worry! I also tend to get animated over this issue.

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • ckredman031762
    ckredman031762almost 3 years ago

    Nice capture. Very beautiful and should be left alone. They are not harming us so why should we harm them?

  • Thank you, CK! Wild horses are often falsely blamed for “environmental damage”. They are much less destructive than cattle – or elk.

    – Arla M. Ruggles

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