Willow gazes out on a new year at Shadowlands Ranch.
January 8th, 2015
Happy New Year everyone! From my base of operations at Shadowlands Ranch in northeast New Mexico I hope it will be a good one. Shadowlands Ranch is home to the wild horses featured in my trilogy of non-fiction books "Sky-Dog!" "Cimarron!" and "Brand Name."
Willow's story (the horse shown above) is featured in "Brand Name," amongst many other stories of the wild horses adopted through the BLM. A mustang mare, rounded up when she was just a yearling in Wyoming, Willow's first years of captivity were harrowing, ultimately leading to her abandonment in a one-horse trailer on the side of the road in North Carolina. Rescued and rehabilitated by the wonderful folks at the Carolina Equine Rescue (CERA,) she came to live at Shadowlands Ranch in October 2011 and has been running free ever since.
New beginnings, fresh starts and following your dreams feature heavily in my horse trilogy, made even more compelling because all of the stories are true. Sometimes, no matter how far-fetched or unrealistic your dreams may be, just taking steps in the right direction can turn them into reality. By following my passions, horses, Wild West history, wide open spaces and New Mexico, a wild horse sanctuary was created in the heart of Santa Fe Trail country with vast vistas and the ghosts of those long ago pioneers murmuring in the prairie grass. No one is more thrilled than I am to find myself living this lifestyle in my middle-age!
Make 'following your dreams' your New Year's resolution and stay tuned to this blog and the shadowlands facebook page for updates about my books and my upcoming novel 'Into the Shadowlands," and its sequel (title yet to be determined!)
Have a safe and happy 2015! Anne J. Thomas.