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$8,820
pledged of $40,000pledged of $40,000 goal
115
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, July 20 2012 5:09 PM UTC +00:00

About

America’s wild horse herds are in jeopardy of extinction, and I present new solutions in my new book, Galloping to Freedom: Saving America’s Wild Horses. My Kickstarter campaign will raise money for the book’s printing and distribution. I am no stranger to publishing: my first book, Wild Hoofbeats: America’s Vanishing Wild Horses, is an award winning book first published in 2008 and currently in its second edition, selling 6000 copies.  My second book, Horse Photography: The Dynamic Guide for Horse Lovers is also an award winning book published in 2010, in its second edition, and selling well.

Wild Hoofbeats: America's Vanishing Wild Horses by Carol J. Walker
Wild Hoofbeats: America's Vanishing Wild Horses by Carol J. Walker

At the time I wrote Wild Hoofbeats, the main solutions for helping these heritage animals stay wild and free were to spread the word about the wild horse and to write Congressmen and Senators, urging them to support legislation to save America’s wild horses. Since then the situation has changed dramatically.

A wild stallion in the McCullough Peaks Herd Area
A wild stallion in the McCullough Peaks Herd Area

Now more than 45,000 of our wild horses are living in holding facilities, where they are at grave risk of being euthanized. Fewer than 30,000 remain free on public lands. Our President and Secretary of the Interior have both turned deaf ears to all pleas from the public for changing the destructive and expensive management strategies of the Bureau of Land Management. But there are ways to help.

Three generations still free in the McCullough Peaks Herd Area
Three generations still free in the McCullough Peaks Herd Area

This book will provide pro-active approaches that will change the way the public and land managers view the situation and its solutions: First, developing a cooperative relationship with the Bureau of Land management is vital whenever possible, and the book provides a terrific example of a partnership that is helping a wild herd in Wyoming. Next, failing cooperation, what is working today is litigation. There are 3 organizations right now fighting to keep our wild horses on public lands. Litigation requires strategies and funding, and the book discusses methods to support legal action.

Wild families driven by the helicopter in the Sand Wash Herd Area
Wild families driven by the helicopter in the Sand Wash Herd Area

Finally, we must plan for the future. Private sanctuaries for wild horses can preserve these horses for the future, independent of government policies.

Galloping to Freedom presents the serious arguments for proposed solutions, but it is also an elegant and evocative coffee table book, filled with my beautiful, award-winning images of horses in the wild and in sanctuaries, in vibrant color and in a large hardcover size that invites the reader first to browse, then to engage with the subject matter.

The stallion Freedom at the Return to Freedom Sanctuary in California
The stallion Freedom at the Return to Freedom Sanctuary in California

If you support this project, this book will be printed, published and distributed this year, 2012, and will get the urgent message out to people who can help save our wild horses.

The wild stallion Cloud in the Pryor Mountains of Montana
The wild stallion Cloud in the Pryor Mountains of Montana

Thank you very much for your support! I cannot do it without you.

Rewards for Backers

First edition copies of the book that this project is about, Galloping to Freedom: Saving America's Wild Horses are the most exciting rewards. This big, beautiful 206 page full color hardcover coffee table book is filled with over 200 of Carol Walker's images, and will retail for $39.95.

Galloping to Freedom: Saving America's Wild Horses
Galloping to Freedom: Saving America's Wild Horses

Carol Walker has been offering wild horse wall calendars to benefit the Cloud Foundation since 2010, and this 2013 Cloud Foundation Calendar is the latest edition, with over 60 images of Cloud's herd in the Pryor Mountains of Montana. This calendar makes a terrific gift. It will retail for $14.95.

The Cloud Foundation 2013 Wild Horse Calendar
The Cloud Foundation 2013 Wild Horse Calendar

For major supporters, there are fine art prints and stretched gallery wrapped canvases of images by Carol Walker, appearing in the book Galloping to Freedom: Saving America's Wild Horses.  Carol's photographs capture the soul and spirit of these wild horses, and she is an award winning, internationally renowned wildlife photographer. More of her work can be found at www.LivingImagesCJW.com.

Some images from Galloping to Freedom
Some images from Galloping to Freedom

"Save America's Wild Horses" Products are new this last year and feature an image of a wild horse in the Adobe Town Herd Area.  There are decals, coffee mugs and key chains that help you show your support for our wild horses.

"Save America's Wild Horses" decal, coffee mug, key chain
"Save America's Wild Horses" decal, coffee mug, key chain

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    Will be listed on the Supporters page in the book Galloping to Freedom, and on our website. Will receive email and blog updates on the progress of the project. Will receive 2 "Save America's Wild Horses" decals.

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    Will receive one of the first copies of Galloping to Freedom: Saving America's Wild Horses, first edition, signed by the author, Carol J. Walker. (For international supporters, add $10 to your pledge). Will receive 2 "Save America's Wild Horses" decals. Will be listed on the Supporters page in the book Galloping to Freedom, and our website. Will receive email and blog updates on the progress of the project.

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    Will receive one of the first copies of Galloping to Freedom: Saving America's Wild Horses, first edition, signed by the author, Carol J. Walker. (For international supporters, add $10 to your pledge). Will receive 1 copy of the 2013 Cloud Foundation Calendar. Will receive 2 "Save America's Wild Horses" decals. Will be listed on the Supporters page in the book Galloping to Freedom, and our website. Will receive email and blog updates on the progress of the project.

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    Will receive one of the first copies of Galloping to Freedom: Saving America's Wild Horses, first edition, signed by the author, Carol J. Walker. Will receive 1 copy of the 2013 Cloud Foundation Calendar. (For international supporters, add $15 to your pledge). Will receive an 8"x10" archival print of a wild horse image from the book, signed by Carol J. Walker. Will be listed on the Supporters page in the book Galloping to Freedom and on our website. Will receive email and blog updates on the progress of the project.

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    Will receive one of the first copies of Galloping to Freedom: Saving America's Wild Horses, first edition, signed by the author, Carol J. Walker. Will receive 1 copy of the 2013 Cloud Foundation Calendar. (For international supporters, add $15 to your pledge). Will receive 1 "Save America's Wild Horses" coffee mug. Will receive a 12"x18" archival print of a wild horse image from the book, signed by Carol J. Walker. Will be listed on the Supporters page in the book Galloping to Freedom and on our website. Will receive email and blog updates on the progress of the project.

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    Will receive one of the first copies of Galloping to Freedom: Saving America's Wild Horses, first edition, signed by the author, Carol J. Walker. Will receive 2 copies of the 2013 Cloud Foundation Calendar. (For international supporters, add $20 to your pledge). Will receive 2 "Save America's Wild Horses" coffee mugs. Will receive a 20"x30" archival print of a wild horse image from the book, signed by Carol J. Walker. Will be listed on the Supporters page in the book Galloping to Freedom and on our website. Will receive email and blog updates on the progress of the project.

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    Will receive two of the first copies of Galloping to Freedom: Saving America's Wild Horses, first edition, signed by the author, Carol J. Walker. Will receive 3 copies of the 2013 Cloud Foundation Calendar. (For international supporters, add $25 to your pledge). Will receive 2 "Save America's Wild Horses" coffee mugs and 1 "Save America's Wild Horses" Key Chain. Will receive a 24"x36" archival print of a wild horse image from the book, signed by Carol J. Walker. Will be listed on the Supporters page in the book Galloping to Freedom and on our website. Will receive email and blog updates on the progress of the project.

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    Will receive three of the first copies of Galloping to Freedom: Saving America's Wild Horses, first edition, signed by the author, Carol J. Walker. Will receive 3 copies of the 2013 Cloud Foundation Calendar. Will receive 3 "Save America's Wild Horses" coffee mugs and 2 "Save America's Wild Horses" key chains. Will receive a 30"x40" gallery wrapped canvas, ready to hang, of a wild horse image from the book, signed by Carol J. Walker (for international supporters, shipping outside the US, canvas will be rolled to ship, not stretched on frame). Will be listed on the SupportHers page in the book Galloping to Freedom and on our website. Will receive email and blog updates on the progress of the project.

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    Will receive a one day trip with Carol Walker observing wild horses in Wyoming or Colorado. Trip will include all day viewing/and or photographing horses in the wild, lunch, dinner and 1 night accommodations at a place nearest the horse area. Dates and location to be arranged at the reward winner's availability in 2012 or 2013.Will receive 5 of the first copies of Galloping to Freedom: Saving America's Wild Horses, first edition, signed by the author, Carol J. Walker. Will receive 5 copies of the 2013 Cloud Foundation Calendar. Will receive 5 "Save America's Wild Horses" coffee mugs, and 3 "Save America's Wild Horses" key chains. Will receive one 30"x40" gallery wrapped canvas and one 40"x60" gallery wrapped canvas, ready to hang, of wild horse images from the book, signed by Carol J. Walker (for international supporters, shipping outside the US, canvas will be rolled to ship, not stretched on frame). Will be listed on the Supporters page in the book Galloping to Freedom and on our website. Will receive email and blog updates on the progress of the project.

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    Will receive a two day trip with Carol Walker observing wild horses in Wyoming or Colorado. Trip will include all day viewing/and or photographing horses in the wild, lunch, dinner and 2 nights accommodations at a place nearest the horse area. Dates and location to be arranged at the reward winner's availability in 2012 or 2013. Will receive 10 of the first copies of Galloping to Freedom: Saving America's Wild Horses, first edition, signed by the author, Carol J. Walker. Will receive 10 copies of the 2013 Cloud Foundation Calendar. Will receive 10 "Save America's Wild Horses" coffee mugs. Will receive one 30"x40" gallery wrapped canvas and one 40"x60" gallery wrapped canvas, ready to hang, of wild horse images from the book, signed by Carol J. Walker. (For international supporters, shipping outside the US, canvas will be rolled to ship, not stretched on frame). Will be listed on the Supporters page in the book Galloping to Freedom and on our website. Will receive email and blog updates on the progress of the project.

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