Wild Horse Field Reports from Eastern Nevada

In partnership with GrassrootsHORSE I am charged with the task of providing field reports on the many small bands of mustangs that I customarily follow, anyway — plus some new ones. The objective being to develop a more comprehensive body of information about our native wild equids — both before, and following BLM roundups.

I will add links to my blog as each report is made.

  1. Siegel Creek Band Of Wild Horses (2011.MAY.22)
    (Antelope Complex WHA – Post-Roundup)
  1. Long Valley Herds (2011.MAY.04)
    (Triple B’s WHA: targeted for round-up beginning July, 2011)
  1. Schellbourne Pass Band Of Wild Horses
    (Antelope Complex WHA – Post-Roundup)
  1. Kinsley Herds (2011.MAY.01)
    (Antelope Complex WHA – Post-Roundup)
  1. Cherry Creek Band Of Wild Horses (2011.APR.26)
    (Targeted for round-up beginning July, 2011)
  1. Butte Valley Bands of Wild Horses (2/11.APR.24)
    (Triple B’s WHA: targeted for round-up beginning July, 2011)

Round-ups begin again in this area on July 01, 2011, when the BLM intends to remove approximately 1,700 more wild horses from their native ranges in eastern Nevada. (Nearly 2,000 wild horses were taken in January and February of this year.) A few of these will be entered into “adoption” programs, fewer still will be treated with experimental anti-fertility drugs (PZP) and released.

According to BLM statistics, approximately 6% of the horses pursued will die during the roundup. Many of these will be heavily-pregnant mares and very young foals. Others at high risk are older animals, and horses in poor physical condition. A few will die from traumatic injuries which may include broken necks and legs.

The majority of survivors will be taken to long-term “holding facilities” throughout the US, where they will spend the remainder of their lives in pens.

Round-ups cost American taxpayers approximately $7,000,000 per year; and animals retained in long-term holding are maintained at a reported cost to the public, of approximately $475 per horse, per year. There are currently more than 30,000 wild horses – from Nevada,alone – in long-term holding- most of them located in Oklahoma and the midwest.

CAMERAS are the most effective tools we have, in this struggle for the humane treatment of America’s living legends. I am always happy to share my direct experience of the wild ones with others, and I invite you to come and ride along with me on an eye-opening journey that is sure to impact and inform your perception of this issue.

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