On behalf of WHOAS we would like to thank everyone who purchased our 2017 fund raising calendar. The demand has been overwhelming and we are now sold out. Next years calendar will be available by mid-October.
The WHOAS Board of Directors would like to extend to our members and to all of the supporters of the Alberta wild horses, seasons greetings and all the best for the new year. Thank you for your support and your efforts to protect and save our beautiful wild horses.
The cold winter has certainly set in throughout wild horse country. The horses are equipped to deal with these extreme cold temperatures. They grow heavy winter coats with an extra layer of hair on their ears and legs. They also have a unique circulation system to keep their legs and other extremities functioning properly. The real problem for our wild horses would be deep snow that covers their food sources, such as in the winter of 2013-2014. In winter the horses need to range far and wide to find suitable forage. This year so far there has been minimal snow accumulation and the horses are in excellent condition right now.
WHOAS continues with our projects and we hope that the success of these will prevent the AEP from calling for a capture season this winter. So far we have heard nothing about any decision being made by Minister Shannon Phillips to go ahead with this. There has been no further discussion about the progress of a management plan being put into place from the government. WHOAS has made our suggestions for management extremely clear and we do not support any indiscriminate capture season going forward.
2016 has been a good year for the Alberta wild horses:
- the winter of 2016 was warm with little snow enabling the horses to come through it in good condition
- the spring was warm and dry allowing for the early foaling season to be very successful
- the summer was wet resulting in excellent forage growth throughout the foothills providing lots of feed
- the fall lasted until the first of December
Our fundraising calendar sales have gone extremely well and we thank all those that have purchased them. We are so pleased about the reception of the wild horse documentary that CBC NewsNetwork produced, about the wild horses and WHOAS’ work for them. Just a reminder that on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, another half hour presentation will run on the CBC NewsNetwork. We hope you enjoy viewing this with family and friends. It’s all for the horses.
WHOAS continues to respond to complaints where the wild horse stallions are causing problems to private land owners. Usually these boys are trying to break into where land owners have mares and steal them for themselves. Unfortunately efforts such as changing them back onto the forestry or fixing fences do not always work. In the past a lot of times you know where these horses would have ended up. Now, however, more property owners are calling upon WHOAS to help out with these types of situations. We would rather see them running free and wild, but at least now can offer another solution which is adoption.
Buster is a rescued Alberta Mountain Horse. WHOAS took him in and have been working with the boy gentling him down, gaining his trust and he is also halter broken. He is around 14-141/2 hands high and with of course, excellent feet. These wild horses once trained have proven over and over again, to be remarkable trail horses. They are very sure-footed, level-headed and strong with excellent endurance. He has been gelded, wolf teeth removed, dewormed and vaccinated. If you are interested, please contact us to arrange a visit. The adoption fee helps recover some of the costs in our saving these horses.
Here is Bandit who was very determined young boy who had managed to get into a pen of the landowner’s registered Paint mares. He is about 5 yrs. old and 14 hands high. He has been gelded, wolf teeth removed, dewormed and vaccinated. He has progressed extremely well in his gentling process and shows great promise.
Baxter has been featured here before and is the old boy, about 15+ years old. He has had a tough life in the wild but is now thriving with our care and attention. He has also responded well to the gentling process. He has been gelded, wolf teeth removed, dewormed and vaccinated. We believe that Baxter would make an excellent companion pasture horse where he would be able to live out his life in peace. Our hope is that we find this type of loving home for him.
If you are truly interested,we stress the importance of visiting us and getting hands-on experience with the horse you may want to adopt. To arrange a visit please email us.
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.
The current Canadian Horse Journal’s Hoofbeat magazine has excellent articles on their service to us and our country. The most poignant one is a story by Jess Hallas-Kilcoyne called, The Real War Horses – Faithful Unto Death. In it she has several stories about the different roles these played in this war. It is in this article she tells of the over 4 million horses on both sides that perished due to this conflict. Some of these horses (hundreds) came from the areas where their descendants, our wild horses of today still roam.
So as these horses fought for our freedom WHOAS will continue our efforts to allow the descendants of these magnificent animals to remain free and wild. These are our Alberta Wild Horses.
We just wanted to let everyone know that our major fundraising event is the sale of out “Wild Horse” calendars and they are available now. You can order them on-line by clicking on the Purchase Calendar link at the top of the page. You can also send a cheque or money order to WHOAS, Box 70022, Olds, AB., T4H 0A3. They are also averrable at the Sundre Museum, Olds UFA Farm Store and we will have a booth at the Millarville Christmas Market, Nov 10-13, 2016.
All money raised goes toward WHOAS’s work to protect and save your Alberta wild horses. Be sure to watch CBC The National this Monday evening where Reg Sherren’s team presents a 10-minutes program on WHOAS’s work which highlights the contraception program and where most of our funds are spent.
Our fundraising efforts are becoming more important as the government’s wild horse management strategy is in the works and it does not sound good for the horses. More to follow.
WHOAS is happy to announce that our 2017 calendar will be available for shipping starting next week. To purchase one and support our work to protect and save our Alberta wild horses, click on the link at the top of the page for the “purchase a calendar”. If you wish you can also send a cheque or money order to Wild Horses of Alberta Society or WHOAS at:
Olds, AB. T4H 0A3
The winner is Delaney from Blackfalds, AB. Thanks to Jack Nichol, our lead wrangler, and John McFadden, a friend of WHOAS, who drew the lucky ticket at our rescue and handling facility west of Sundre.
WHOAS would like to thank everyone who purchased tickets and those who helped sell them. All the monies raised goes to support WHOAS’ work to protect and save your Alberta wild horses. Thanks also goes to CBC and the Heartland cast and crew for choosing our society to participate in this fundraiser this year.