Information Session

WHOAS had to reschedule the information session that we had planned in December for the Sheep River Library in Turner Valley due to a snow storm that enveloped the area.  The new date is Jan 16, 2020.  We still have some calendars  available and will have them for sale at this event.

WHOAS will continue to host information sessions in the new year, throughout the province.   As well we can give presentations to 4H groups, schools and other interested organizations at their request.

On behalf of our beautiful wild horses we wish you all a great new year.

 

 

Season’s Greetings

On behalf of the WHOAS Board of Directors, but especially the wild horses of Alberta themselves, we would like to take this time to thank all of you who continue to support us in our work to protect and save these magnificent horses. Thanks to all who have purchased our calendars, to those who have donated to all our different projects and those who offer the horses their moral support. We are truly grateful and will continue to work hard and speak up for the welfare of these horses.

December’s Colours

As December rolled around, wild horse country has quieted down with the end of the big game season. With the reduced vehicle traffic, your wild horses have started to resume what would be their normal winter habits. The snows have started to accumulate making for very pristine settings, which allows the diverse colourings of our wild horses to shine.  This beautiful buckskin mare with her bay foal and stallion stands out in the winter sunshine.

This lovely bay coloured mare and her foal find open forage around the bushes and trees. As the winter progresses they will depend more on areas like this.

Here is a grey coloured mare also finding suitable grasses near the bases of trees and bushes. Its this ability to adapt to the ever changing conditions in our Alberta foothills that allows the wild horses to thrive.

Further to the west where the chinook winds blow harder, the sun still has some warmth to it to expose south facing hillsides. This young mare is grulla coloured and takes advantage of one these hillsides.

 

This is a red roan coloured stallion who has found an area that is windblown and more exposed to feed in. One interesting aspect about these roans, whether red or blue, is that their coats darken considerably in the winter months.

Even though this picture shows this stallion with reddish colouring, he is actually mostly black. The late afternoon sun highlights the true magnificent beauty of him as he stands so proud. He was so curious and just stood watching us intently for the longest time.

Meanwhile, his buddy, this light coloured bay, paid no attention to us at all as he pawed looking for grass to eat. It was hard to get him to raise his head so that we could get a facial picture of him.

This little grulla or dun coloured baby has a dark dorsal stripe down its back and stripes on its front legs which some wild horse experts attribute to their Spanish descent.

No matter what the colouring of the horse may be, they are all unique and beautiful, true symbols of the spirit of freedom and wildness. Like this boy, a good roll in the snow feels wonderful, even if it is very cold. It helps keep their coats clean and in prime condition to fight off the hardships that any winter weather may bring. After his roll, he stood up, shook off the snow and gave us a “huff” and went off to join his herd.

Need a stocking stuffer or a gift for a horse lover on your list? There is still time to order a 2020 WHOAS fundraising calendar. You can order online from the  Facebook page by clicking on the POWr PayPal Button or visit our website and click on the link at the top of the home page. You can also order through the mail by sending a cheque made out to WHOAS, Box 4154, Olds, AB  T4H 1P7. The cost is $25 which includes postage and handling and we mail them out as soon as we receive your order. All monies raised through the sale of our calendars goes towards our projects to save and rescue our Alberta wild horses. Thanks to all of you who support us.

This little one is enjoying the sunshine while at rest. Let’s hope the rest of the winter is not too harsh for the horses and all the other wildlife.

 

 

Interesting Documentary

You may be interested in viewing this mini-documentary produced by Zoocheck on our Alberta wild horses. It has the perspective of several experts and provides insights from our First Nation’s as well.

All the information presented in this documentary represents the views from all wild horse advocates in regards to the presence and the role the wild horses continue to play on Alberta’s landscape. They are part of our rich heritage and history.

https://www.zoocheck.com/wild-horses/

I’m Safe Back At Home.

Almost 2 months ago we found this horse with a halter on out west in wild horse country. Where did he come from and why was he here? We checked with AEP, RCMP and LIS to determine if someone had reported a lost horse. There was nothing reported on their files. When we first saw him we could only see his left side before he ran off with his new wildie buddy.

When we next saw him we were shocked to see that he had the wild horse freeze brand on his right hip. All horses that we rescue are freeze branded before leaving to go to their new homes. We did not post this then as we did not want him unduly chased or harassed. Over the next few weeks, we made attempts to find him and approach him. The stallion he was with, however, would flee when he saw us.

Good news! On Sunday, November 24th, a team of dedicated WHOAS volunteers was able to catch him up and return him to his rightful owner. He is now safe and enjoying his nice green hay.

 

Wild Horses and Public Awareness

Throughout the year WHOAS will be hosting several educational and public awareness events on our beautiful Alberta wild horses.  These events will allow the public to gain insight into the horses.  Where did they came from, what role do they play in the foothill’s ecosystem today, herd dynamics and what you can do to help protect and save them for future generations. Public awareness and education is an important factor in our efforts to ensure the horses remain free and wild on the landscape.

Our next event is this Saturday, in Olds, at the Cow Palace,Olds Country Wonderland Market, 5116 – 54 St, Olds.  This event has well over 200 tables with a vast array of wonderful crafts.

If you’re in the area, just drop in for a visit at the Sheep River Library in Turner Valley, next Thursday, November 28. Our next one is at the Rocky Mountain House Public Library on December 5.

We will also be at the Cremona Winterfest on Saturday, December 7. You will find us in the Gold & Silver Hall, on Centre St. with our fundraising calendars for sale.

WHOAS enjoys making presentations to schools, 4-H groups and other interested organizations who want to know the history of the wild horses in our province. To arrange an event, contact us at our email:

WHOASalberta@gmail.com 

 

Changing Seasons

All fall the weather here in the Alberta foothills has been from one extreme to the other.  One day it can be sunny and very warm and then the next a snow storm.  The wild horses though are enduring it all very well.  Here this beautiful stallion stands protectively beside his very pregnant mare on a cold November morning.

At this time of year the sun still has enough warmth to melt the snow on the exposed hill sides. This allows the horses to easily find enough feed without having to paw. This handsome young stallion, perhaps the son of “White Spirit”, feeds along such a hill side with some other bachelor boys.

In the valley bottoms, the heavy willows can also keep the snow from covering the grass. This young stallion has found that that grass is still very green and lush in this area. At first all we could see was his ears until he poked his head up to look at us.

A couple of days later, the weather had changed again and clouds hung low covering the mountain peaks. We found this large herd feeding in this open meadow still able to easily able to paw through not too much snow. The snow was soon to start falling again and they moved off into the protection of the trees.

Next day the sun was out again and this small family was taking advantage of the warm sunshine. All the horses, even the youngsters are still in excellent condition despite the ups and downs in the weather.

This gorgeous, pregnant mare, who is part of another herd, was also enjoying a warm day. Her eyes were closed as she snoozed and ignored us totally.

Just a reminder that our fundraising calendars are available and they can make the perfect Christmas gift for the horse lovers in your families. All the money from the sale of these does go back into our work to protect and save these magnificent Alberta wild horses. You can click on the link at the top of our page to find out how to order online or by mail. Thanks to everyone for your continued support.