We spent the better part of the day at Theodore Roosevelt National Park yesterday. Sunrise is my personal favorite time of the day to visit the park. There is a peacefulness in watching the sunrise. Adding horses to the landscape only enhances the beauty of any sunrise!
We were blessed to be able to spend some time watching these two colts play: 2021 Colt Winchester (Democracy x Remington) and 2021 Colt Cadet (Justice x Arrowhead).
While most of the horses in the TRNP herd stay within their own band, it is always nice to watch the innocence of the younger horses as they give in to their curiosity and explore the world, and other horses, around them. That is just what these two did yesterday! Even more interesting was watching their fathers, stallions Remington & Arrowhead, casually keep an eye on their kids – almost both watching for their protection and also rooting their own kids on as they sparred with each other.
Moments like these also remind us that the future of the wild horses in Theodore Roosevelt National Park is uncertain.
Will Winchester and Cadet survive the impending roundups coming THIS March/April? How many of the 70 horses born between 2019-2021 will survive the roundups this year?
We understand that some of those 70 horses will have to be culled from the herd. We are fighting hard with our legal team for the park to use science and genetics when they plan their removals. Unlike other organizations who claim to advocate for this herd, we will NOT be blinded by our emotions and love for these horses and help the park continue to decimate this herd. National Park Service (NPS) policies state that they must use science and genetics when removing ANYTHING – even a weed from the park. We are simply asking that the NPS do their job and give the horses the same consideration they give to invasive weeds growing within the park boundaries.
We need your help! There are a number of ways that you can help us on our website (www.chwha.org), including making a one-time donation through PayPal. As we stated, we are working hard with our lawyers and other national wild horse advocates, but we cannot do this without your help! Our legal team is amazing, but they also need to be paid. Your donation to Chasing Horses Wild Horse Advocates will go directly to help us advocate for the horses that call Theodore Roosevelt National Park home.
Thank you for your support!