The Wildhorse logo is an artistic replication of a BLM Freezemark.
The United States Bureau of Land Management (BLM) gathers wild horses and burros every year for herd and land management*. Each animal is “branded” on the left side of its neck with a series of alpha angle symbols (explained below) that together represent the animals’ heritage and age plus the unique “registration number”.
The “U” before the freeze mark is on every BLM brand. The oversized “U” at the end, ONLY appears on horses that are considered “unadoptable”. Either too old or too wild.
So, on our logo the “year of birth” is the birthyear for Punchers & Poets & Wildhorse Redemption; ’16. Our ‘registration number’, 030309 is the date I was laid off my last “real job” and the day that songwriting became my living; March 3, 2009.
And, of course, I am unadoptable. Too old or too wild is still up for debate.
*The documentary “Wild Horse Redemption” features a cooperative program between the Colorado correctional system and the BLM and inspired the title track.