Wild Horse Annie- One Inspirational Little Lady who did more for our wild herds than anyone else…

An excellent article from Wild Horse (& Burro) Warriors and this includes a link to a 1975 article as well.

A Post Act Interview with Wild Horse Annie

The article (link above) was first published in Sports Illustrated in May 05, 1975, just a few years after the passage of the Wild Free-roaming Horses & Burros Act, which of course, “Annie” was instrumental in its passage. Note she speaks here of the backlash of opposition that was voiced for many years against the Act even after its passage, and the death threats made against her personally by certain individuals and other “strong-arm” violent types that would be classified as “terrorists” today. “Wild Horse Haters” hated when the Act prohibiting the use of motor vehicles and helicopters first passed in the 1950’s, and they really hated it when the 71 Act was passed,…..and they hate it still. Nothing much has changed with them, except they do their mis-deeds, “horse disappearing acts,” and killings out of view of the public eye. They still hate the wild equines and the people and the laws that protect them, and they also hate the governmnet telling them what to do or not to do. They do not abide by laws that they do not like and will always find a way, legal or not, to get around them. They laugh at the laws they dont like as they break them, and gladly! They are good ole boys just havin a good ole time….They are the Wests “Arm-chair Anarchists” who are generally ignorant of the real world, indifferent to anybody or anything except their own causes. They are narrow-minded, self-serving types that know nothing or could care less about “the greater good” or “the will of the people,” let alone care about any “gol’ dern animules.”… article continued on Wild Horse (and Burro) Warriors Blog

12 Responses to “Wild Horse Annie- One Inspirational Little Lady who did more for our wild herds than anyone else…”

  1. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    This is a great article and serves to add spirit to the campaign we wage now to restore protections and dignity to our wild herds. Glad you got this up. mar

  2. Jan Says:

    Wild horse annie was a remarkable person – she saw how the horses were treated and knew it was wrong – thru thousands of letters written by school children, the public and congress were swayed to write laws to protect the horses – she did not have the internet, the media nor even long distance phone yet she got people involved to save the horses – she is like the martin luther king for the horses and we stand where she stood a little over 40 years ago carrying on her fight to save the horses – she did it and we can do it too



  4. Janet Ferguson Says:

    Please tread softly with this information. This may be a green shoot leading to a better future for all our free roaming wild horses and burros on public lands. Remember “it’s an ill wind that blows no good.” (That is not referring to an oboe, but the fact that even in the worst storm, some good can come about.)


    I wasn’t aware of this until this a.m. Haven’t read the whole thing.
    But can’t help but thinking that this will be “a good thing” for our American free-roaming wild horses and burros on all public lands.

    Please tread softly.

    • Marilyn Wargo Says:

      Interesting. She talks about a registry but I think it just is for adopted and owned mustangs and burros, but will look into it. This always used to appeal to me, but not now. I guess she is not going until next year. I certainly hope many things happen before then. mar

      • Janet Ferguson Says:

        Hi, have just been reading this. . . she had some health setbacks, then training her beautiful white horse, she has this dream, and is trying to put it together!

        It is really a wonderful idea. I really think she’s on to something!

      • Laura Evans Says:

        Regardless of wether or not we get some changes made before then I think this needs to be an ongoing fight. The problem with the 1971 act isn’t that it didn’t work, it’s that people don’t know what’s going on. When we win this battle, if we just let it go we will be right back where we started from 20 years from now. Probably less time. I think this is an awesome way to educate people, especially school children. There so much political correctness going on in schools these days but how many schools would turn down an opportunity for some one like this to speak to their students? I think I will see if she’s coming this way and maybe my family can put her up for a night.

      • Janet Ferguson Says:

        I am going to send her the info I have on my state, however, her path is pretty far south of here. . . she needs places along the way.

  5. Erin wells Says:

    while reading this article it suddenly accrued to me that as a South African horse owner and lover i my never get to see a mustang. it just about kills me that there are people out there who would want to remove these animals. people must be blind to the grace and freedom horses bring us. there are so few truly wild animals left we must do all we can to keep them wild. wild horse annie has set a path we all can work on. if this abuse t horses and there freedom gets loud enough. something will have to be done. there is a whole world of horsey people that will give there all for them

  6. Barbara Ellen Ries Says:

    Wild Horse Annie was an individual that proves ~ one person can make a difference for Wild Horses

  7. Janet Ferguson Says:

    My understanding is that the Wild Horse Annie legislation failed to account for reasonable population growth of the herds — is this true or false (my understanding).

  8. Barbara Ellen Ries Says:

    In one of the year’s most stirring biographies, David Cruise and Alison Griffiths paint a vivid portrait of Velma Johnston, an intrepid Nevada secretary whose dedication to wild mustangs captured the heart of the country and led to legislation that would preserve the animals who embody the wild spirit of the American West. Wild Horse Annie and the Last of the Mustangs: The Life of Velma Johnston (Scribner; March 16, 2010; $26.00) is the first to tell the full story of Velma’s life.

    March 2010, Order Now! Proceeds directly benefit, International Society of the Protection of Mustangs and Burros, Velma’s Original Organization.
    through ISPMB/Karen Sussman. http://www.ispmb.org/about

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