… but for how long?

(2008) Our wild horses are at the center of tremendous controversy, as the government agency whose purpose is to protect the herds, announced that they have run out of funds for maintaining more than 33,000 captive horses — and one “solution” was mass “euthanasia”.

Recently, the BLM proposed eliminating eleven wild horse areas from the Ely, NV District. All 620 horses in this area would be permanently removed from their natural environment, purportedly blamed for “environmental damage”.

(2010) In the face of tremendous public opposition, the euthanasia proposal has been removed from discussion.

(2011) In February, the BLM removed nearly 2,000 wild horses from the Antelope Complex WHA in eastern Nevada. They plan to remove another like number from neighboring WHA’s in July.

(2011) In August, BLM removed several hundred wild horses from the so-called “Triple B” and “Maverick-Medicine” HMA’s in eastern Nevada.

In January, 2012, they plan to gather more than a thousand wild horses from central Nevada’s vast “Pancakes Complex”. Experimentally, all captured mares will be treated with anti-fertility drugs, and the sex ratio of remaining horses will be “adjusted” to 60 Male:40 Female. In addition, 200 gathered stallions will be castrated and returned to the range, despite the cancellation of an identical program in Wyoming.

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Great Basin Life exists … between … high desert expanses and majestic mountain wilderness.

Daily, I watch the winds of change sweeping away what remains of our western culture and heritage, and the land that has produced them.

My mission is to preserve as much as I can, of that which will soon vanish, through my photography.

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  • Mary Campbell
    Mary Campbellalmost 6 years ago

    Wonderful to see there are still wild mustangs running the range. Nice presentation.

  • Thank you, Mary!

    Yes, they are at the center of tremendous controversy in this part of the country …. remains to be seen, what will become of them, in the future.

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...almost 6 years ago

    awesome capture arla, the veiw is pure heaven,dawnx

  • Thanks, dawnx! :D

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Cagey
    Cageyalmost 6 years ago

    At last count there were well over 20,000 just in Nevada. Beautiful series Arla. I actually work for the gov’t agency that manages the herds and I work down the hall from the National Program Office. I’m trying to wrangle a photo expedition during one of their roundups. I just have to find the time. Beutiful shot by the way.

  • Thank you.

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • spotsnospots
    spotsnospotsalmost 6 years ago

    Now this is my kind of shot!!!

  • Mine too, Sandy :D))

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • arvyart
    arvyartalmost 6 years ago

    VEEEERY BEAUTIFUL! Too beautiful to be truth!

  • Thanks! :D

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Appel
    Appelalmost 6 years ago

    These Mustang shots of yours are so beautiful!!! You just capture them so well!!!

  • Samuel Fletcher
    Samuel Fletcheralmost 6 years ago

    Gorgeous shot Arla, congrats!

  • Thank you, Samuel!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • frenchbelle
    frenchbellealmost 6 years ago

    fabulous love it fb x

  • Thanks very much, FB!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • ourjrny
    ourjrnyalmost 6 years ago

    No!! They can never justify doing that!!!! I sincerely hope someone, a patron will step in and do something to save these beautiful animals. Personally I believe they are quite capable of fending for themselves and will survive if they are set free, protected by law and left alone.

  • Slaughter is definitely not the solution, in my opinion!
    Still, it is a very complex issue.

    The horses initially came under BLM management because they were diseased and starving. The herds were dying. They are much smaller in number now, but also healthier.

    As urban development increases, open range decreases, and competition with cattle and sheep for grazing land is intensified.

    It isn’t a black-and-white issue, and I think if anyone had an answer that would satisfy everyone, that would have been arrived at, by now.

    I’m glad you like the image! I consider myself blessed to have witnessed it.

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • ourjrny
    ourjrnyalmost 6 years ago

    ’Ae, I almost forgot to say this is a beautiful image!!

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