Song of the wild horse: New single “Mustangs” celebrates Idaho equines

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Idaho band a.k.a. Belle and wild horse group Wild Love Preserve have collaborated on a very special project to benefit the preservation of Idaho’s wild horses with the band’s new single, Mustangs.

While this song was inspired by the screenplay, The Misfits, written by Arthur Miller, the lyrics also resonated with the story of Wild Love Preserve founded in 2010 in Central Idaho.

In February, Catherine Merrick of the Boise-based indie band a.k.a. Belle reached out to Andrea Maki, the founder of Wild Love Preserve, with her desire to support the non-profit’s ongoing work in preserving Idaho’s wild horses in their native habitat. As a singer/songwriter, Merrick has been a lover of horses since childhood, and as a youngster dreamed of saving wild mustangs as visual artist, Maki, has done with her organization in Idaho.

In Merrick’s initial letter to Maki she wrote, “We are about to release a single called Mustangs. Though it is primarily based on the screenplay written by Arthur Miller, The Misfits, it is still, in essence, a song about mustangs, as well as the changing world we live in and people who are struggling with progress.”

In turn, after receiving Merrick’s letter and listening to her song, Maki was touched and inspired to fuse song, lyric and visuals into a video with some of her 2014/15 footage from the range, and with Wild Love Preserve’s 130 rescued Challis, Idaho wild horses.

Mustangs in the wild in Idaho.
Mustangs in the wild in Idaho. © Andrea Maki

The resulting video collaboration has organically unfolded in a manner that reflects stars aligning on behalf of the greater good. a.k.a Belle and Wild Love Preserve are mutually delighted by all of the productive good energy and collaboration which serves to benefit Idaho wild horses remaining wild on their home turf.

Mustangs release date is March 4 via Bandcamp. The Record Exchange in Boise will be selling download cards and folks will be able to pick up a WLP wristband with purchase. In addition to spreading awareness, a.k.a. Belle is donating proceeds from the single Mustangs to Wild Love Preserve.
a.k.a. Belle

2 thoughts on “Song of the wild horse: New single “Mustangs” celebrates Idaho equines

  • February 23, 2016 at 5:35 am

    Horses are not native to Idaho.

    • February 22, 2017 at 8:51 am

      Yes, they are a native species to Idaho and the North American continent, this a universal fact of our evolution, hence the Hagerman Fossil Beds National Museum in Hagerman, Idaho. The Hagerman Horse (Equus simplicidens) was a North American species of equid from the Pliocene and Pleistocene periods, first appearing around 3.5 million years ago, and the Hagerman fossils represent the oldest widely-accepted remains of the genus Equus. An average Hagerman Horse was about the size of an Arabian Horse and probably lived in grasslands and floodplains, which is what Hagerman was like 3 million years ago. Native North American horses went extinct approximately 10,000 years ago, as did many other large-bodied species of the period. It is one of the oldest horses of genus Equus and is recognized as the State Fossil of Idaho.

      Cattle rancher, Elmer Cook, discovered fossil bones on this land in Hagerman, Idaho in 1928 and showed them to Dr. H.T. Stearns of the U.S. Geological Survey, who in turn passed them to Dr. James W. Gidley at the Smithsonian Institution. The bones were identified as belonging to an extinct horse, hence the site became known as the Hagerman Horse Quarry. Three tons of excavated specimens were sent to the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., producing twenty complete skeletons, more than 100 skulls, and forty-eight lower jaws along with numerous isolated bones. Paleontologists believe that an entire herd of these animals were probably swept away and drowned by flood waters, ending up buried and fossilized in the soft sands of this river bottom. Visit the Hagerman Fossil Beds National Museum in Hagerman, Idaho to experience and learn more about this spectacular and unique history in person. For more:


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