Betty J. Slade
From the desk of Cammie Seferovich:
About the Claybank red dun pictures? It is a lovely color. People have often mistaken these horses for "dunalino" but nope-- no creme gene. I think the mistake is made because their bodies are so light in color (like a palomino) and the older brother especially has lots of white in his mane.
The prices for hay and fuel are so high in California that we are forced to sell many horses. It's sad, as the Sulphurs are really in need of preservation. Each one has precious DNA, but I may be forced to sell to those who don't have any interest in the Sulphur horses. I'll try my best to find homes who are really interested to support the preservation efforts.
Also, I have contacted the participants *(including scientists and historians) in the movie: Colorado Experience: Native Horses. I am asking as many professionals as possible to consider picking up the plight of the Sulphur horses and I'm sending a pleading out to the scientific community that they look at these horses from a different perspective: From that of the Native peoples oral traditions that speak of the people having horses before and during the time that the Spaniards brought any horses here-- considering that there may very well be pockets of horses that at least have indigenous equine DNA from North America and never left or disappeared from this continent-- and that Sulphurs might hold that key-- or "smoking gun" as it might turn out to be.
I just heard the other week that scientist team in Spain will (again) be looking at these horses from a "Spanish" connection lens. This is a crime to these horses at this point. Looking for any Spanish connection isn't a crime in itself, but it needs to be re-prioritized. If we first look to find if there is any evidence these horses contain indigenous/primitive/Late Pleistocene/Neolithic equine DNA, then the argument to protect them and the land they're on will be IRREFUTABLE.
Looking for a Spanish connection can be done AFTER we work hard and gain the protection for these horses they desperately need NOW. I hope to get more people to see this common-sense point of view.
It is a fact that the stance that these horses should be protected based on the premise that "horses were first in North America and they've been rightfully returned to their original land" did not work for all the times it has been attempted. NO. It will not work and we need to stop banging our heads on the wall.
There is enough supportive evidence in their behaviors and physical and genetic characteristics that suggest they might very well be at least in-part descended from very primitive horses. Could it be that they are in-part descended from horses that lived here and never disappeared from North America? Many of us believe it is possible.
So, we have nothing to lose in trying to find that connection. And if you think about it, it's concerning and baffling as to why these comparative studies have not been done yet. One scientist told us that he'd love to see it done, but that the Late Pleistocene or other samples seem to be "lost" or "not available" or key institutions seem absolutely uninterested in helping or doing this research.
Take care and be well,