January 31, 2014, Bonsall, CA -Wild for Life Foundation welcomes in the New Year and ‘The Year of the Horse’ with ceremonial blessings for our four-legged relatives, the Horse.
“WFLF is grateful to Spiritual Leader and Elder Daniel Ramos, Navajo, Apache and Yamasee, who has come to lead us in ceremony with blessings for the horses, ” said Katia Louise, Wild for Life Foundation President. Wild for Life Foundation (WFLF) hosted the ceremony in the sanctuary pasture at Horse Spirit Ranch amongst the horses. “It’s time to be walking in the healing,” said young Elder Daniel Ramos. “These are the grandchildren who have been now brought. They’re with us and it is our place in the world to take care of them, and make sure that their souls and their hearts and their spirits run free.”
"Let us walk in harmony with the Horse," Elder Ramos said. "Our prayers carried forward by the circle bring healing for the horse Nation. And, as the healing of the horse Nation becomes part of our healing and they become part of us."
We invite you to join in our harmonious walk with America's horses and
burros as we reflect upon and share great honor for this majestic,
indigenous and sacred species. As we lift up the spirit of the horse, we strive to raise awareness in support of the rejuvenation of America's landscapes through restoring America's wild equines to their Native lands. Join us as we elevate respect for the strong emotional bonds shared amongst wild horses and burros; bonds which should preserved and protected.
The Wild for Life Foundation (WFLF) has proposed an Equine Preserve Plan which utilizes the Diné way of life and the Diné spiritual foundation to create and promote peace and harmony within the Diné community and with the Diné Sacred relative – the horse. The Sacred obligation and duty to protect the Diné relatives, the Horse and Nature is a fundamental element of WFLF's Equine Preserve Plan.
Navajo’s sacred horses and burros, like other countless wild equines across America, have fallen victim to the U.S. Government funded roundups and brutal slaughter, despite the overwhelming opposition by both the Navajo people and the public at large. Over 2,000 Navajo sacred horses have been violently swept up from their Native homelands and sent straight to slaughter since August 2013.
"By helping to save these voiceless, sacred lives, we are also helping to build the awareness for the need to protect America’s wild horses from roundups and slaughter,” adds Ms Louise. “America’s majestic horses heal our hearts and they can heal the lands.” Through WFLF’s educational outreach programs these Navajo Mustangs will also help to educate and show the world that the re-introduction of equines to rangelands, in truth can rejuvenate the environment.
Craig Downer, BOD Wild for Life Foundation, wildlife ecologist, and author of “The Wild Horse Conspiracy” points out that wild horses are a big benefit to the ecosystem. They help to create that very important soil substance known as Humus...which makes the soils more nutrient-rich, adhesive and more retentive to water. This aids greatly in increasing the moisture of soils and elevating the water tables. The manure of wild horses builds the soils and disperses the intact seeds of many species to a much greater degree than cattle and sheep. Wild free-roaming horses also greatly reduce the possibility of catastrophic fires which can sterilize the soils and destroy its seed banks.
The Wild for Life Foundation (WFLF) is working together with the
traditional Navajo people to create an environment that promotes the
humane treatment of all animals. “We stand in solidarity with the
traditional Navajo people in recognition of their horses and burros as
‘Di’ yin’ Nohooka’ Diné’, Holy Earth Surface People’s Horses,” said
Katia Louise, of Lakota Sioux descent.
"The horse is our medicine, and has helped us survive many hardships. They must be given respect and honored for their Sacred place within the creation, as they possess the same fundamental right to life as we five fingered ones do," says Leland Grass, Traditionalist, Nahooka' Diné. "We must create a working solution today so our children won't be fighting amongst themselves tomorrow."
About The Wild For Life Foundation: Lifetime Equine Refuge (LER) is the primary equine rescue and sanctuary program under the Wild for Life Foundation (WFLF), a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit charity dedicated to saving, protecting and preserving equines through rescue, sanctuary and education. WFLF and its wild horse preservation initiative serves as an educational platform for the protection of wildlife through the provision of long term sanctuary of wild horses and burros removed from America's rangelands.
Wild for Life Foundation, an all volunteer 501 c3 charity that relies
100% on donations is working around the clock to assure the forever
safe harbor for these and other wild and domestic equines. Funds are
being raised to pay for needed the horses' most urgent needs including
feed, hay and vet medical care. Donations can be made on line and by mail, and are 100% tax deductible to the full extent permitted by law.
To find out more about Wild for Life Foundation, go to:
www.wildforlifefoundation.org, www.LifetimeEquineRefuge.org, www.SavingAmericasHorses.org
Federal ID No. 26-3052458.
Wild for Life Foundation
19510 Van Buren Blvd, # F3236
Riverside, CA 92508
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Photos: Courtesy of the Wild for Life Foundation (WFLF)