Last year Wild Horse Education created a #Kids4WildHorses, #4LegBrigade, with Little Brook Farm. It began as an idea to educate kids about wild horses by having 4 legged friends speak for other 4 leg friends.
The campaign quickly evolved into a letter writing campaign by children themselves.
In 2018 Wild Horse Education created this website, WHEKids.com, as a portal for children interested in America’s wild horses and burros. Every year we get dozens of requests from school age children for information or interview requests for class projects.
We often get very bust dealing with the world of public land and wild horses; the deadlines and chaos of the adult world. We hope this portal and the email: WHEKids@gmail.com serve as a resource so we do not miss any requests from kids, a voice that truly matters.
My name is Krieger. I live out West, where you come from. I remember when your friend Summer came to visit me. I was just a pup then. We went to see some wild horses that needed good homes like you have.
My best friend Laura has been really sad lately. She works really hard to try to keep the family you were taken from safe. She told me that they may be killed soon. She has been trying so hard to get other humans to listen. Sometimes it can be hard to do. It makes her really sad.
I’m writing to you because we found a letter from the wild ones that live free. They say that people need to understand who they are and the reality that they live. They said that they heard there are humans that are going to making big decisions soon.
I told Laura to send you my note and the letter from your family. I remember when we sent you some sage from your home. I hope you liked it. But this letter might be important.
Do you know anyone that can help? My mom and I talk to the wild ones but it is too far for them to travel, even though they are very strong and fast. Laura said there is not much time, that is why she is so sad. I don’t like it when she is sad.
I like going out to see your family in the wild. They are really cool.
I hope you can do something with the letter. Tell Summer I said hello.
Amado has his own mailbox. He received the letter from Krieger that included a range report about wild horses.
Very rapidly this turned into a campaign where children were writing to Amado and Amado’s buddy Fritz, a miniature horse that has taken part in “Horses on the Hill” and delivered letters to Congress became part of the story.
On Sunday we will feature some of the videos, drawings and poems we have received from America’s children about wild horses.
If you want to send us a piece to feature you can email at WHEKids@gmail.com
If you want to send a letter to Amado you can find the info here.
We will feature more from Amado and Fritz at Little Brook Farm in coming weeks.
Laura Leigh of WHE helped last year with a lot of the technical stuff like video editing. The number of letters WHE received and requests from kids after last years campaign showed us how important it is to give the voice of kids, and those that care about them, a place to be heard. So WHE Kids was born and a great group of volunteers have stepped up. More soon…