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Today Neta’s toughest adversary is the fossil fuels industry.  Her fight to protect her home, the water, the land and air is unprecedented in West Texas:


“I knew this would be a difficult battle …little did I know my opposition of the fossil fuel invasion in this Desert Oasis, my home, would be like jumping into a den of Rattlesnakes”!

In 1984, Neta and her family moved to Balmorhea State Park in Toyahvale, Texas.  Rhyne's husband, Darrel, had just taken a job as superintendent at the Texas State Park.

Neta and her family loved their new home, swimming in the San Solomon Springs pool and riding bikes through the campground, making new friends with each spin. Life was peaceful.

By David Hunn, Houston Chronicle December, 2016

Little did Neta know this peaceful existence would soon take a drastic turn.  The struggles have been many beginning with Neta's fight  for her Civil Rights and her land, to surviving “Terminal Lung Cancer”, advocating for the slaughter bound horses, and now battling the Fossil Fuel Industry.  

'Biggest Oil Find' of 2016 Puts Crown Jewel Texas Oasis in Crosshairs for Fracking

By Sharon Kelly 

To learn more of Neta's "Life In West Texas" and the causes she fights for please visit:


“Wanted Live Rattlesnakes”



Desert Diving Surprise


Passionate about the issues Horses, Burros and Mules face today Neta Founded a Non-Profit Organization Thundering Hooves. 


Please visit the links below to learn more on THUNDERING HOOVES and how this grass roots initiative has evolved into a platform of education and awareness honoring and celebrating the Horse.

News From Indian Country, May 2016

Thundering Hooves Santa Fe Plaza

Memorial Fence 



Family Says Reeves County Wins Rights to Road That Leads Nowhere

by Cierra Putman, NewsWest 9


"They're admitting that this toxic fracking wastewater will pollute the fresh water," said Neta Rhyne, who owns a scuba diving and swim shop across the street from the state park and has become a leader of the protest movement there. "They're just a couple miles down the road fracking and putting this toxic water in the ground." 

              Story by David Hunn, Houston Chronicle, January 11, 2018

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