The World of Mustangs is your opportunity to discuss the history, organizations, and policies that impact wild horses and burros in the United States. You will prepare for discussion by reading primary literature, watching videos, researching questions, and writing summaries. Then you will meet by an audio conference (phone or web) with your classmates to engage in a guided discussion highlighting differing perspectives. This class meets once a week for 13 weeks.
Course Topics and Calendar
Tuesdays at 6:15pm Mountain Time (Denver)
9-Jan Wild Horse and Burro Program
16-Jan Disposal of Excess Equine
30-Jan Birth Control in Wild Equine
6-Feb Range Management Fundamentals
13-Feb NEPA for Wild Horses
20-Feb The WH&B Advisory Board
27-Feb The Adoption Incentive Program
5-Mar Wild Horse Annie and WH Advocacy
12-Mar The Prison Program
26-Mar Doing Business with the Feds (we are going to buy a ranch and start a mustang rescue!)
Note that the MHF module has been replaced by the AIP module (27 Feb).
Mechanics of the Class
The class will use Jamboard and Hypothes.is. These might be unfamiliar apps, but they are easy to learn and use. Each week there will be at least two reading assignments, which you will read and annotate. There are orienting activities and vocabulary drills. You will be encouraged to submit links to related material. You will then prepare a concept map of the material studied in that unit. On Tuesdays at 6:15 MST (Denver), we will meet for 45 minutes to discuss the material. We will look at your assignments during the discussion and debate some of the issues.
This isn’t a class for slackers! Lots of college-level reading. You can expect to spend a minimum of three hours per week in order to complete the course material, activities, discussions, and assignments. The class must be done on a computer, not a cell phone or tablet.
If you make it through to the other side with a passing score, you’ll get a certificate of achievement and you will know more about the topics than 99% of other mustang fans. Learn to have confidence in your voice. You will know the primary literature, the rules, and exactly how things really work in the modern world. Cut through the misinformation and disinformation with an evidence-based perspective.
- a current news article “Wild horses put up for adoption by the government are ending up at risk for slaughter” – Sept. 27, 2023 https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/wild-horses-adopted-at-risk-slaughter-rcna116913 Be sure to watch the related video on that page ;
- the syllabus (let me know what is exciting and the areas you are most interested in).
If you need an independent version of the slideshow to follow along on another device, use this ugly link: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vQCXWGdA5UujJ_H_5OIqFpr03fQwjSudKtM3cBokAKb0NE-orn69EgZtXc54WPyn6wrRcpr7RWB5Glx/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=600000
It’s going to be awesome!
The consensus every year has been that this class is jaw-dropping. We cover a lot of ground at a respectable depth. You will have gained a perspective that only in-depth study can provide. I am really looking forward to being part of a deep conversation with like-minded folks that find the wild horse and burro world fascinating. We all get broader perspectives. See you there!