It didn’t take long; only several weeks ago New Mexico announced plans to purchase 12,000 acres of private land with the intent to turn a portion of the property into a wild horse sanctuary and already the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is attempting to interject itself squarely into the middle of the state’s proposal.
Don Glenn, chief of the BLM’s rouge and dysfunctional Wild Horse and Burro program was quoted in a recent Santa Fe New Mexican article saying: Continue Reading
Ah, the BLM, as usual busy destroying horses‘ lives and human jobs. On October 15th 2010, a BLM contractor helicopter drove a frightened young, wild foal so relentlessly that the foal broke a leg, wranglers shot him and hauled his mother away for adoption or a lifetime holding pen. Local people lose another opportunity to prosper with their wild horses. The road not taken. Let’s go down that road… Continue Reading
(In My Humble Opinion) by R.T. Fitch ~ author of “Straight from the Horse’s Heart“
Fight to Save our Wild Horses Progresses
It’s been a tough month for Wild Horse Advocates, even tougher for the horses. Months of legal planning had been mapped out by the HfH Advisory Council in an effort to stop four, specifically targeted BLM roundups from occurring. Two of those were postponed by a year, one directly due to our efforts. But the other two went forward, one struggle even made it to court. Did we make any progress? Were the horses helped in anyway? To put it mildly; “You bet ya!” Continue Reading
U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley, III, sitting in the Eastern District of New York, observed in his ruling on October 21, 2010 that “the Court is accustomed to dealing with bulls and bears on Wall Street, [but] this case turns its attention westward to wild horses in Colorado”. Continue Reading
Joint Press Release from ASPCA, Habitat for Horses, the Cloud Foundation and the HfH Advisory Council
BLM Moves Forward to Zero Out Wild Horse Herd
NEW YORK-The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), along with Habitat for Horses, the Cloud Foundation, and Dr. Don and Toni Moore, today responded to a federal judge’s ruling that declined to issue an injunction preventing the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from continuing its inhumane and illegal roundup of wild horses from Colorado’s North Piceance herd area. The case, brought against U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar in New York, charged that the BLM’s ongoing treatment of America’s federally protected wild horse herds violates the National Environmental Protection Act, as well as the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971. Continue Reading
It has become glaringly apparent, particularly to the interested public over the past year, that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), under the auspices of the Department of Interior (DOI), keeps and considers no one’s council but its own. Continue Reading
Battle to Save Colorado Wild Horse Herd goes to Court Today
As in times a century and a half ago the people defending their land, their families, their way of life planned for months; knew they were outnumbered yet also knew that they were right. The land that they defended belonged to all people along with the wild animals on it, but a huge and out of control government claimed it for its own and nothing could stand in its way as it swept to the west consuming all and killing many as it’s illogical and inhumane policies destroyed not only the land but the animals and people who lived in harmony upon it. Our Native Americans never properly recovered and now the very same government that destroyed a nation of people is ensuring that even the last vestige of their wild American horse shall be no more. Continue Reading
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) empowers itself to do pretty much whatever it wants with its interpretation of the “Multiple Use Mandate” from the The Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA). This should really be called the BLM’s Multiple RUSE Mandate. Continue Reading
Comment on BLM Winnemucca Resource Management Plan
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is accepting comments on its draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) developed by the Winnemucca District Office in Nevada. This document will set management policies for 8.5 million acres of public land in Nevada. Continue Reading
A wild horse and burro adoption event, organized by the Bureau of Land Management, took place in Virginia last Saturday. Over thirty wild horses and burros were there for people to adopt.
The Bureau of Land Management has been created to manage the population of wild horses that roam free in ten U.S. states. Since horses are not indigenous to the area and have no natural predators, their numbers have well exceeded carrying capacity for the land. Some of the wild horses and burros gathered from BLM roundups wind up being slaughtered. Continue Reading
The Przewalski’s Horse is the last wild horse, which has not been crossed with any domestic horses. This is why people call it the last original wild horse alive.
Other wild horses like the Mustangs in the USA oder the Brumbies in Australia originate from domestic horses, which had the possibility to escape into wildlife what means into liberty. In opposite to this the Przewalski’s Horse does still have his origins in the wild horses. Continue reading →
Bucky (aka Mr. Buckskin), a 12-year old buckskin stud, was one of the original Calico stallions identified by the sanctuary Return to Freedom for rescue in July. Along with 18 other stallions, Bucky was to be a founding member of the proposed Return to Freedom/Soldier Meadows Ranch Wild Horse Preserve, located in the Calico Mountains Complex where Bucky was captured in a January 2010 BLM roundup. Continue reading →
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is in the process of updating the Resource Management Plan (RMP) for the Winnemucca District in Northwestern Nevada. This document will determine management policies for 8.5 million acres of public land and for 20 Herd Management Areas, affecting thousands of federally-protected mustangs and burros. Continue reading →
Thanks to the documentary efforts of wild horse advocate and videographer Elyse Gardner, we now have graphic evidence of the lengths to which the BLM and its hired helicopter contractor will go to intimidate and capture fear-stricken wild horses. Continue Reading
The Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plans to round up and permanently remove 1,659 wild horses from the Antelope Complex in northeast Nevada which emcompasses more than 1.3 million acres and four herd management areas (HMAs): Antelope, Antelope Valley, Goshute, and Spruce-Pequop. Another 50 horses living outside the borders of the Antelope Complex will also be removed. This helicopter roundup is scheduled for January and February 2011 – in the dead of winter. Of the 427 mustangs allowed to remain, 214 mares would be administered the two-year immuno-contraceptive drug PZP, and the herd’s gender ratio would be artificially skewed to favor males. Continue Reading
Ginger Kathrens, Director of the Cloud Foundation and Emmy-award winning filmmaker, will give two presentations in Colorado this November- please spread the word and for those who can come, look forward to seeing you soon. Continue Reading
Federal wild-horse managers are suspending adoptions from their Herriman center and placing a quarantine on about 500 animals because of an equine-distemper outbreak.
Eleven horses have died – some on their own and some from euthanasia after being badly stricken – and two- or three-dozen more show signs of the upper-respiratory infection, said Gus Warr, head of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s Utah wild-horse and burro program. Continue Reading
Nevada is home to most of the nation’s wild horses. And it is that time of year again, when the horses are coming down from the hills to find green grass to graze On one night last week, Thursday, three were hit and killed by cars… Two in the Moundhouse area outside Carson City, and this horse in Damonte Ranch. Continue Reading
The magnificent buckskin stallion, captured in the Calico Mountains roundup in Nevada, earlier this year, then shipped to a BLM facility in Oklahoma is now safely back in his home state after a 1600 mile journey. Continue Reading
With simultaneous roundups underway in Twin Peaks, California and Utah’s Confusion and Conger Mountains, the BLM’s aggressive assault on wild horses across the West continues in force.
The BLM has attempted to tightly control access to the roundup sites, largely keeping public observers at a distance that makes up-close and compelling photographs difficult. The agency’s interest in controlling images of the roundup was made clear when the New York Times caught helicopter contractor Dave Cattoor on video instructing his wrangler on what to do to make sure that the observers did not get photographs of injured horses: Continue Reading
The Dressage at Devon Web site invites us to be part of the magic. Well, this year at Devon we were part of history too.
“Shocker at Devon”
Padre, a ten year old American Mustang stallion, cleaned up. He won the 4 year old and up stallion class and he was Reserve Champion stallion overall. He competed against Holsteiners. Hanoverians. Oldenburgs. And he kicked equine butt. Padre is not only the first American Mustang to compete at Devon, he went home with a neck ribbon 🙂 Congrats to his owner/handler, Patti Gruber at Wayfarer Farms in Illinois. Continue Reading
He was young, so young that life had no fear or pain. His life revolved around the warmth that he felt from his mother, her milk and the sun. All the warmth made him feel happy, it made him glow, it made him feel loved.
His family was not large but they made him feel safe, they did not play often as he was the only baby but they made him feel loved. There was his father, bold and strong; his young mother, his older sister and two aunts that kept an eye on him if he should stray far from his mother. Continue Reading
Without any drama and absent of any fanfare I would simply like to state that behind the scenes there are many, many people actively engaged in attempting to do what is right for the wild horses. Continue Reading
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) continues to move forward with its legally challenged wild horse roundup of Colorado’s North Piceance wild horse herd and killed yet an additional 2 horses during alleged illegal activates, yesterday. Continue Reading
Restraining order filed in NY court to stop already deadly mustang roundup 10/15/10
New York Federal Court to Hear Wild Horse Case
Mare roped, drug into trailer and later shot in contested BLM Colorado roundup
New York, NY (October 15, 2010)—A New York Federal District Court Judge will consider a request on October 20 to stop the federal government’s roundup and removal of Colorado’s North Piceance wild horse herd. Second-string contractors, hired by the BLM, already have killed one mare who attempted to escape with her baby. They roped her, choked her down, kicked her and then dragged her into the trailer. Yesterday the mare was shot. An application for a Temporary Restraining Order/Preliminary Injunction was filed yesterday by the plaintiffs, Habitat for Horses, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), The Cloud Foundation, Toni and Don Moore, DVM in order to stop the roundup. This legal action is co-funded by Habitat for Horses Advisory Council and the ASPCA. Continue Reading
Equine Advocates Use Science Against BLM’s Bad Math
A September 24th flyover survey of the California-Nevada Twin Peaks Herd Management Area by respected wildlife ecologist Craig Downer reveals that only about 265 wild horses remain in this 798,000-acre range in the wake of the recent BLM roundup, which captured 1638 horses. Fourteen of those horses died in BLM custody or as a direct result of physical injuries or trauma sustained during their capture. Continue Reading