Red by Sue Ratcliffe

Viewed 388 times as at Sep 29 2011!
Favourited by 21 people!

Featured in: Around the World, Awesome Wild Animal Group, High Quallity Images, Nature in its Entirety – Nothing Man Made – Group, Cover Shots, The Group, Equine Portrait Photography and Art, Art Universe,Amazing Wildlife

Challenge Winner: Equine Art and Photography

Nikon D300. Sigma 150-500mm lens.

Post processing done using Photoshop and OnOne Software.

This handsome stallion is living in the Triple B Complex (Antelope Valley) just north of Ely, Nevada, USA with his familial herd. He is an absolutely handsome stallion, was very curious about us 2 leggeds and was very comfortable with us getting close as he and his family grazed amid the sage brush alongside the BLM road.

On July 20 2011, the BLM started another round-up in the Antelope Valley, specifically in the Triple B complex. The BLM is planning to round-up 1,700 horses as it says the 1.3 to 1.7 million acres of BLM land can only sustain 500 – 700 horses.

It is heartbreaking to hear that so many horses that are fit and healthy such as this stallion are going to be round-up …chased by a helicopter for miles through desert and scorching temperatures …..some will be run to their death….others will be injured and hurt……and many many many more will be torn away from their familial herds.

It will just absolutely break my heart if many of the horses I was able to photograph with Jeanne Nations in the Antelope and Triple B complexes are included in this senseless and unnecessary round-up. Horses such as this magnificent creature may not fare well in a round-up in the soaring and searing temperatures as he will try to protect his family at all costs.

Please support helping stop these inhumane round-ups.

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  • Kimberly Chadwick
    Kimberly Chadwickover 3 years ago

    Fabulous and instant fave!!

  • Thank you most kindly Kimberly….very much and very greatly appreciated!!!! Thank you for the fave!!!!!

    – Sue Ratcliffe

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 3 years ago

    Nice capture Sue

  • Thank you Larry ….very much and very greatly appreciated!!!!

    – Sue Ratcliffe

  • RVogler
    RVoglerover 3 years ago

    Wow, awesome image, full of color, warmth, movement and life! It’s an immediate favorite :)

    …then I started reading…

    I am stunned by your description, I had no idea this round-up was an on-going matter of such great concern. I now view this wonderful yet poignant image with a heavy heart and wonder – how can such beauty be treated this way?

  • Thank you most kindly RVogler….very much and very greatly appreciated!!!!The round ups are definitely a major oncern and one I try to bring as much awareness as I can to the plight of so many of these magnificent beings. Many are killed and many are permanently damaged both physically and emotionally. It just breaks my heart that we cannot protect them all.

    – Sue Ratcliffe

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellover 3 years ago

    Beautiful work Sue . x

  • Thank you most kindly Irene ….very much and very greatly appreciated!!!!

    – Sue Ratcliffe

  • Mark Hughes
    Mark Hughesover 3 years ago

    Gorgeous capture of this beautiful stallion Sue. It’s a dreadful thing this round-up!

  • Thank you most kindly Mark ….very much and very greatly appreciated!!!! These round ups just break my heart that so many of the these majestic beings are hurt in them every year. I wish I could save them all!

    – Sue Ratcliffe

  • Sophie Lapsley
    Sophie Lapsleyover 3 years ago

    Once again such an awesome image.
    I agree this is not a great way to deal with this issue, on the otherside I have also seen horses in similar situations starve to death as numbers are just too many for an area to support. There has to be a better way

  • Thank you most kindly Sophie ….very much and very greatly appreciated!!!! You are right when you say that many also starve to death as the area can’t support them …… in those cases the BLM does help ……but surely there has to be a more humane way to deal with this growing problem and the politics around grazing rights for cattle on the land alotted for horses.

    – Sue Ratcliffe

  • George Lenz
    George Lenzover 3 years ago

    another fantastic shot..

  • Thank you most kindly Greorge ….very much and very greatly appreciated!!!!

    – Sue Ratcliffe

  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelover 3 years ago

    stunning !!!!

  • Thank you most kindly LoneAngel ….very much and very greatly appreciated!!!!

    – Sue Ratcliffe

  • kristijohnson
    kristijohnsonover 3 years ago

    This is a stunning portrait of this beautiful animal !! So glad someone like yourself is telling the story of these gorgeous horses….It breaks my heart to know what can and is happening to them. Thank you Sue for your compassion and talents!!

  • Thank you most kindly Kristi….very much and very greatly appreciated!!!! Thank you for your kind words and your support Kristi……much appreciatd….it means a lot to me. These round ups just break my heart but if we keep bringing awarenesss to the plight of these mangnificent beings, maybe the tides will turn in their favour one day.

    – Sue Ratcliffe

  • TheBrit
    TheBritover 3 years ago

    A wonderful image and a heartbreaking story! it is very sad!!

    Brit :(

  • Thank you most kindly Brit….very much and very greatly appreciated!!!! Thank you for your support and for stopping by!

    – Sue Ratcliffe

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