Magic Mustang Tamer

World of Mustangs

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, 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 11 weeks. Here is the calendar:

  • The Wild Horse and Burro Program – January 5
  • Disposal of Excess Equine – January 12
  • NEPA for Wild Horses – February 9
  • The MHF – February 23
  • Wild Horse Annie and Wild Horse Advocacy – March 2
  • The WH&B Advisory Board – February 16
  • The Prison ProgramĀ  – March 9
  • Birth Control in Wild Equine – January 26
  • Range Management Fundamentals – February 2
  • Adoption – January 19
  • Doing Business with the Federal Government – March 16

The topic of Gathers may replace either Prisons or Doing Business depending on student interest.

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 Tuesday at 2:30 pm Denver/Albuquerque ( class is moving to a better time, now projecting it to be 7 pm) time, we will meet for 45 minutes to discuss the material. We will look at your concept maps during the discussion and debate some of the issues.

This isn’t a class for slackers! Lot’s of college-level reading. But if you make it through to the other side with a passing score, you’ll get a certificate of achievement.

Applications and Fees

This is a truly unique class. What does it cost? Before I tell you, let me tell you this: only 12 people can take this class at a time. You have to prove that you really want to take the class and can handle the technology by annotating two things:

  1. a current news article (The Wild Horse Wars, Washington Post, Nov.18, 2020);
  2. the syllabus (give me the info I need to know to make the course meet your needs).

Sign up for a Hypothes.is account through the Quick Start Guide for Students, click into the WOMustangs Applicants group, then annotate both items on the list. Convince me that you will be an engaged student and I will waive any fees.

If you need a 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

If you cannot access the Washington Post article because of a paywall, let me know right away and we will see how to do a workaround. If you can’t make the discussion time, we can work around that as well.

It’s going to be awesome!

I am really looking forward to being in to a guided study group of likeminded folks that find the wild horse and burro world extremely interesting. See you there!