Wild Horses of Missouri Field Diary 05/06/2022 - Shawnee Creek Herd

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05-06-2022 Wild Horses - Shawnee Creek Band - www.timlaytonwildhorses.com05-06-2022 Wild Horses - Shawnee Creek Band - www.timlaytonwildhorses.com05-06-2022 Wild Horses - Shawnee Creek Band - www.timlaytonwildhorses.com It was an overcast Friday evening, and all 13 horses in the herd were present at Shawnee Creek.  The foal and all of the horses look great.  

With the grass growing greener and taller every day, the horses have plenty to eat now after a long winter.  I watched them try and eat the tiny little bits of grass off the winter landscape for several months, and I realized how hard they are forced to work every day to eat. 

Two emotions washed over me every time I saw them working so hard.  I am thankful for the abundance of food that I have and how easy it is for me to acquire the food.  This one is easily overlooked in our modern times, and the wild horses make me realize how thankful I am.  I also learned they never complain or seem upset about the work they must do to survive.  I watch all of the social interactions between the horses in the herd, and it is clear they have a bond and are connected.

Wild Horses of Missouri Videos by Tim LaytonWild Horses of Missouri Videos by Tim Layton I noticed they have been eating dirt recently. They started a new mud hole up by the main entrance to the fields a few weeks ago. It is clear that based on tracks and the condition of the landscape, they spend a considerable amount of time here.

Dirt is a normal part of a horse's diet because it is a good source of various minerals.  If horses are dehydrated, they will eat dirt with a high salt content to help quench their thirst, but these horses have an endless supply of fresh and clean water, and they are doing this to add variety to their diet. 

Follow along on YouTube with Tim and Lesa behind the scenes as they track, find, and try and photograph the wild horses of Shannon County, Missouri.

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Enjoy the video, and as always, I appreciate your support of these wild horses. Together we can raise awareness to help keep them safe now and in the future.  I will continue to invest my time and effort in creating videos and photos, and by you sharing them, you are helping elevate and raise awareness of how special and important they are.  We know that people protect what they love, but it is impossible to defend and love something you don't know anything about.   

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HISTORY OF THE WILD HORSES OF MISSOURI

8/1/20 - Shawnee Creek Mare - Wild Horses of Missouri by Tim Layton8/1/20 - Shawnee Creek Mare - Wild Horses of Missouri by Tim Layton Shannon County is home to a beautiful herd of wild horses located in Southeast Missouri in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways on public land about 130 miles from Springfield and 150 miles from St. Louis.

Ozark National Scenic Riverways is the first national park area to protect a river system and the only state where wild horses still roam free. It hasn't been an easy path for the wild horses over the last 100 years, and it would be foolish to think current conditions couldn't change and put the horses back in danger again. 

During the 1980s, the National Park Service announced a plan to remove the wild horses, and people were outraged. 

In 1993 the U.S. Supreme Court denied a final appeal to protect the horses and gave the National Park Service the right to remove the horses from federal land.  

The national park service started removing the wild horses in a profoundly upsetting way to residents and horse lovers around the country.  The people of Shannon County and horse lovers around the country rallied together, and the Wild Horse League of Missouri was formed.

Luckily, by 1996 the Wild Horse League of Missouri, which formed in 1992 to save the wild horses, received help from the people of Shannon County, Congressman Bill Emerson, Senators Kit Bond, and John Ashcroft.

05-06-2022 Broadfoot Wild Horses © Tim Layton & Associates, LLC05-06-2022 Broadfoot Wild Horses © Tim Layton & Associates, LLC Their tireless efforts paid off, and President Clinton signed a bill into law on October 3, 1996, to make the wild horses of Shannon County a permanent part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.  

People worldwide visit Shannon County in hopes of seeing these majestic wild horses.

The Missouri Wild Horse League works with the National Park Service to capture some horses when the herd exceeds 50.  The captured horses are taken into care and evaluated before being adopted by loving families for permanent homes.

It is important to remember that these horses are wild. When looking for them, be sure not to approach them or feed them. It is essential to keep these animals wild and free and for you to be safe. The horses are big, strong, and unpredictable and for your safety, keep a safe distance of 100 yards or more between you and the horses. 

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