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Wild Lands Wild Horses
“Wild Lands Wild Horses” is an exploratory docu-series traveling across 12 states within 150M+ acres of public lands. Wild Horse advocates and photographers, Jamie Baldanza & Deb Lee Carson, transports us through America’s western landscape bringing national awareness to the majestic yet politically complicated lives of America’s Wild Horse.
"Wild Lands Wild Horses"
America’s wild horses are in crisis.
For centuries horses have ploughed our fields and carried us into battle. Caught in the crossfire over land use rights and a shrinking wild landscape, America’s wild horses are struggling to survive.
Some still roam wild, but those thousands that have been gathered are held in government contracted facilities with little hope for adoption.
150 million acres of western public lands belong to all of us, and we can do right by its wildlife. But the issues are complex, and won’t be solved by shouting on social media.
Join wildlife photographers Jamie Baldanza and Deb Lee Carson on their mission to document America’s most elusive herds of wild horses and examine their politically complicated lives.
JAMIE - CREATOR/HOST:
Jamie Baldanza has loved horses since birth, and quit her job as an advertising Creative Director to photograph wild horses across the U.S.
Today, she leverages her passionate Instagram following to raise awareness for the plight of these majestic animals.
Wild Lands is the culmination of her outstanding photography and tireless advocacy.
DEB - WRITER/CO-HOST:
Deb Lee Carson is a photographer and artist whose Fly Without Wings exhibit pays tribute to America’s wild spirit, and has raised substantial funds for wild horse non-profit organizations.
Her new work, entitled Wild and Untethered, was exhibited at the Anderson Center in Red Wing, MN and was made possible by a grant from SEMAC.
Deb has more than 50 years of equine reproductive experience, 12 years observing wild horse behavior, and 3 years working as a field research technician with the CSU wild horse contraceptive study.
EXPECT TO SEE:
LAND & HORSES
Each episode of Wild Lands Wild Horses tells the story of a native herd, their personalities, and the human factors that weigh on their lives.
Understanding the history of the land, behavior, and social structure of wild herds is crucial in finding a solution.
Adoption is a second chance for horses rounded up by the government. Each episode of Wild Lands Wild Horses profiles a once-wild horse that has been adopted by a sanctuary, a loving home, or equine therapy programs.
Wild Lands, Wild Horses is not here to preach.
Interviews with ranchers, advocates, scientists, government employees, and politicians combine to tell an honest story about the complexities of the modern American West, and the threats that face the remaining population of wild horses.
WHERE WILL WE GO IN THE SERIES?
We will be visiting California, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, and North Dakota!
WHY AM I DOING THIS?
Living in New Jersey, an area of the United States with very little experience or positive exposure to America’s wild horses, I realized that they are desperately in need of more engaging and constructive publicity. In the face of their ongoing battles to stay on the range and for those 45,000 wild horses who are in need of adoptive homes, my goal with "Wild Lands. Wild Horses." is to heighten America’s awareness through truth and in-film documentation. I hope to save our iconic western heritage, and offer solutions that will work for all special interest groups involved in our public lands.