Time for another entry in Friday Fictioneers challenge, courtesy of Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. If you want to give it a try, check the info on her blog. 100 words more or less, inspired by a photo, here we go….


 Copyright –  Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

My sister sounds tired and her voice quivers.

“How many do you have?”

“Seventeen. You?”

“Eight. But I am going out again, there are few more places I need to check.”

“I hear they are closing in from the west, with helicopters and 4wheelers. Be careful.”

I know my words fall on deaf ears, cause I too will be heading out again.

My eight year old is stuck to my left hip, watching the horses.

“What will happen to the ones left out there? Who will help them?”

I don’t know what to say to her…I just don’t know.

My fellow blogger Mary Hone posted an emotional response to the fact that Bureau of Land Management plans a roundup of wild horses in February. Reading some more into it gave me a glimpse into complexity and tragedy of the problem, again confirming how disastrous our actions are to the echo system and the future of this planet. Emotions and reality often clash, but are inseparable in the end.

Tales from the back road: Help Save The Wild Horses

Bureau of Land Management

Success Spoils a U.S. Program to Round Up Wild Horses

37 thoughts on “Circles

  1. The wild horse roundup has been going on for decades. I imagine in the current climate it will only get worse, but remember that horses themselves are a non-native species. Like the Europeans, they arrived early and changed everything. Without the horse, the Comanche would never have become the fiercest Native American tribe on the continent. There’s a great book about that called Empire of the Summer Moon, if you’re interested.

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  2. michael1148humphris says:

    Loved the way you wrote this story up… once horses were mans best friend. Here we are culling deer, badgers, feral domestic cats, grey squirrels and so on.

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  3. A grim picture. Interesting that I read this as people looking for survivors with enemy troops closing in (and the “ones left out there” are people they haven’t found), then I read your explanation.

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  4. I was touched by your take on the prompt and appreciated the explanation and the comments. I can really sense the horror of being caught up in this dreadful slaughter and including the 8 year old daughter was very powerful. Well done.
    xx Rowena

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  5. Coming from the Wild West, I’ll agree that this is a complex problem but many wild species are effected by over grazing, including the wild horses. The BLM walks a tight rope between horse advocates, hunters, cattleman and outdoor enthusiasts. We can all agree that cruelty does not need to be part of the solution. Thanks for calling attention to the lovely horses.

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  6. gahlearner says:

    Heartbreaking and well written story. Isn’t there a gentler way to relocate them if there are too many in the area? Competing with people is never a win situation for wild animals.

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