Remembering our War Heroes

May we remember our brave men and women that have died or fought for our freedom and those that still serve our country.

I would hope that we can also take a moment to remember the millions of horses that also died on the battle fields.  Horses throughout the history of mankind have always served us with little thanks for the important part they have played in our heritage and history.

Please take a moment to remember.


First Blast of Winter

Cold and snow have enveloped Alberta and in wild horse country the horses are quickly adapting to the change.  The temperature was -9C and snowing lightly today as we travelled some of the back trails checking on them.  Snow on the ground allows you to see the tracks of all the wildlife that are moving around in the area,  from the deer and horses to wolves and other small animals.

It was a delight to come around a bend and find one of favourite stallions “Socks” overseeing his herd from an open hillside.  The snow is only about 10 cm deep and very soft, allowing the horses to easily push it aside to get to their feed.

This young colt is one of his offspring and was  busy watching five young studs who were very busy foraging through the snow close by.  What name should we give this little charmer?

It is early in the season right now, but all the horses including this year’s foals are all looking in excellent condition.  This is so important as it enables the horses to better survive the hardships that the winter season can bring.

A little further along we came across this handsome young pinto stallion feeding close to three other herds.

He has just a small harem of two mares and as you can tell this beauty is pregnant with his foal.

He made sure to keep the girls away from any of the other horses feeding in the same area.


These mares were were part of a herd of eleven that were also close by. The two roans we had shown earlier in the summer with much lighter coloured coats. Roans can darker up substantially as their winter coats thicken.

As we continued along we found this three-year old boy munching with some other bachelors. We have followed him since he was born and he has turned into quite a handsome stallion.

A break in the clouds allowed the sun to shine on this stallion who has two mares and two foals this year. The sun truly highlighted the beauty of this Alberta wild horse.

As Christmas approaches, remember to purchase the 2018 calendar. The calendar has been produced since 2004 as means of fundraising for WHOAS’ work to protect and save your Alberta wild horses. We appreciate your support and hope you enjoy the photographs and stories.  See the link at the top of the page.

The Start Of A New Herd


Throughout the year we follow the wild horses, checking on them and tracking their movements.  It is heartbreaking sometimes when we know a horse has passed, but most of the time it is very heartwarming in a lot of what we are allowed to witness with them.  We would like to share a little story about some of the beautiful horses that we follow.

We have been observing the young bay coloured boy, “Zephyr”,  pictured above, since he was forced to leave the herd he was born into.  He has roamed through the hills, sometimes by himself and then at times he has joined up with other boys like “Goldie” he is pictured with here. He turned four this year which is the age that young studs are trying to start their own herds.

On of the most dominant stallions in this particular area is the one we call “Socks.” We have featured him many times in our calendars and in these story lines. He is a magnificent specimen and true patriarch in this area.  Socks has sired many offspring over the years many who take on his colouring.

This is “Socks Junior” who has grown, inhabits the same territory and has established quite a herd of his own. You can definitely see the similarities in the bloodlines.

In the spring of 2015 one of Sock’s mares was scooped up by a large bay stallion. At that time she was pregnant with the Sock’s foal. Here’s the mare with her filly born in 2016. We have named her “Willow”. You can certainly tell who the sire was. As the year rolled along she continued to grow and thrive with her herd. Her mother is a very protective mare and leads the herd.

By the summer of 2017 she had certainly grown but was still with her herd. However, things were about to change as her mare had been bred by the new stallion and had foaled out a colt. This foaling two years in a row is not a common occurrence with the wild horses but because the new stallion wanted his own bloodlines, she had been bred.

Here is Mom with the new baby and our girl beside her. As summer came to a close her mare would have nothing more to do with her and because she was sired by another stallion, the herd boss allowed her to be chased out. Such is the dynamics of the wild horses. However being on her own was not to last long.

“Zephyr” had never been too far away and it was thrilling to find him just the other day joined up with his new girlfriend. Oohh la la! Yeah! He was standing so proud with “Willow” feeding close by. He was not going to let anyone or any other horse near her! Right now she is too young to breed and they will just be together until she begins to cycle in a year or so. It will be interesting to follow these two.

“Willow” looks to be content with her new circumstances and a strong stallion to protect her. These are the heartwarming moments of being a part of the dynamics of the lives of our Alberta wild horses.

Our Adoptables

This is Cascade.

And this is Chico.

These are the two boys that we rescued a few weeks back. Their gentling process is in full swing and they are responding very well. They are taken into their stalls in the barn for feed and grooming in order to get used to the human touch. Soon they will be gelded and with a bit more time will be ready to be adopted to go to their forever homes.

If you are interested in either of these boys, we encourage you to come out to visit them and find out how our volunteers have been working with them. You can contact us to arrange a visit via our email:

A small way that you can help these horses is by the purchase of our annual fundraising calendar. All the money raised by the sale goes directly to our programs – adoption/rescue and contraception. These are the programs that will assure that the wild horses of Alberta remain forever on the landscape for generations to come. Your support is important.

They also make excellent gifts for Christmas, for example. You can find them for sale at the Millarville Xmas Fair, November 9-12, at the Sundre Museum, at the Olds UFA or order them via PayPal through our link at the top of our page. You can also send a cheque or money order to WHOAS, Box 4154, Olds, AB T4H 1P7.

Autumn Splendour


Autumn so far this year has been one of many different weather patterns.  From  the brilliant colors of the tree leaves and very warm temperatures, to rainy days and then to snow event days.  Only in Alberta!  The wild horses though are doing well and starting to change their routines as the next season gets closer.

We have been able to get in few rides on our horses to enjoy the company of the wild horse herds and the beauty of the country they call home.  We were saddling up the one day when this young boy came along to investigate our horses.  Likely due to the very dry conditions this summer, we have not been finding the horses up on the ridges. Just below where this boy appeared there is a spring and where we found lots of horse tracks. Keeping closer to water sources is where they have been hanging out.

We met this herd down in a creek valley but upon seeing us they raced up the ridge. Two foals were with this band including this little black beauty. She was so curious and unafraid. As you can also see the lead mare is looking very healthy and pregnant.

A little further along we came across another herd feeding in a clearcut again close to a small stream. You cannot believe the deadfall that is hidden underneath the tall grass. Yet it is amazing that these wild horses seem to navigate and traverse such difficult terrain with ease to find such luscious grass.

Coming up out of the creek bottom you can see that the grass is up to their bellies. Such a beautiful setting to find them. We’re hoping for more nice fall weather to enjoy our horse back rides with these wonderful wildies.

We continue to welcome school groups, interested social groups, and others as well as visit 4-H clubs giving a presentation on the history of the Alberta wild horses and the work that WHOAS does to protect and save them. We look forward to further visits.

2018 WHOAS Calendar

Our yearly 14-month fundraising calendar is now available. The cost is $25 which includes postage and handling. You can orders yours now with PayPal or send a cheque to:

Box 4154
Olds, AB   T4H 1P7

Thank you for your support and interest in our efforts to further protect and save our Alberta wild horses. All funds raised goes toward our work with the horses. Your support is so important to the horses and we thank you sincerely.

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New Rescues

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About two weeks ago WHOAS received information about two young wild horse studs that were causing a problem for a private land owner.  The two young boys had wandered onto the property and had managed to get into a pasture where they were chasing his mare and three geldings around.  We were requested to assist the owners to deal with the boys.  There is also a major highway a very short distance away and there was fear that the horses could wander onto the road, becoming a danger to the public and to themselves by maybe being hit by a vehicle.

Our first trip up to the property was to bring panels and gates in order to set up a pen to lure the horses in to.  This was done and salt and feed were put inside in order to lure the horses in.  We left after we had instructed the owner on what to do when the boys did enter the pen.

Later that night we were informed that indeed the two youngsters were now in the pen and secure inside it.

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A team of WHOAS volunteers then went back up early the next morning in order to load the boys up and bring them back to our handling facility.  We backed our trailer up to the gate, opening the gate and doors.  The two were not panicking and took their time to look everything over.

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The biggest thing in being able to load the horses safely is patience.  We allowed them to take all the time they wanted.  As they got close to the trailer we moved in some more panels behind them.  This prevents them from challenging it and us and maybe hurting themselves.  It is always about the safety of the horses.

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With a little bit of encouragement the boys jumped up into the trailer.  We let them settle down as we took down our panels and after they were loaded, we were all on our way.

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At the WHOAS handling facility we backed up to our pens, opened the door and let the two beautiful youngsters unload themselves and enter in to what is to become there new home for a while.  Again the two were quite calm as they wandered around their pen smelling everything and checking out what these new digs were all about.

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The whole time the horses were not excited and soon one and then the other took a good dust bath.

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It did not take them long to find the waterer, salt block and then the delicious and abundant hay.  They are safe now.  It would have been nice if the studs had remained free, but once they are on private land and WHOAS has to pick them up ,we are not allowed to turn them loose again.  The two boys will begin a new life at our facility and in a short time the gentling process will begin with our expert horse handlers.  A little later they will be gelded, wormed and vaccinated.   The gentling process will continue until they are ready to be adopted out to new homes.  As with all our other adoptees we know that they will have good life and be loved and enjoyed by their new human partners.

Please contact us at it you are interested in coming and visiting these two new amazing young boys.