Wild Horse Freedom Federation does not support any wild horse being imprisoned in ANY BLM holding facility, and believe the wild horses should be left on their federally protected Herd Management Areas with natural predators and natural deaths controlling the population.
We have posted numerous articles about the “other uses” on the HMAs, including mining and oil & gas leases. We hold the BLM accountable for their actions (and inactions). We have posted articles about problems at Palomino Valley. We encourage the public to observe and report on what they see at BLM facilities, and we have posted many articles of these observations. We also make every effort to give facts to our readers.
Private contractors, not the BLM, feed wild horses at BLM’s Palomino Valley holding facility (and some other facilities), just as they do on a daily basis, on every other day of the year. To give you an example, look at a contract number L13PS00207 with the dates of this contract listed as 4/1/2013-3/31/2014. You can read this here.
Terms of this contract include:
(a) The Contractor shall feed the animals the quantity of hay necessary to satisfy the animal’s nutritional needs. The hay required for adult horses is 25 pounds daily and for adult burros is 12 pounds daily.
(b) The objective is for all animals to attain and/or maintain a good fleshy condition. Fleshy condition is described as: back level; ribs, not visually distinguishable; wither, rounded; shoulders and neck, blending smoothly into body. If this objective is not being met, a change in feeding will be directed by the PI, and/or the COR.
(c) In order to assure that all animals are able to maintain a good fleshy condition, the Contractor shall space the feed in the feeders/mangers so that all the animals are afforded equal access to the feed. After feeding pens, watch for hay falling outside the pen, along fence line and in alleys. It is the responsibility of the contractor to pick up this hay falling outside pens, along fence lines and in alley ways.
(d) In the event that the Contractor notices any animals in distress (i.e. sickly; injured; mares with foaling problems; or deceased animals; etc.), the contractor shall immediately notify a BLM representative of the problems so that appropriate action may be taken. The Contractor shall also notify a BLM representative of any water trough malfunction, but not turn off any tanks due to malfunction.
(e) The Contractor shall feed all animals in accordance with the requirements set forth above, at least once per day, every day, to include Saturdays, Sundays, and all holidays. Feeding shall be conducted within the hours of 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. All duties are performed out-of-doors and subject to a wide variety of climatic conditions from below 0 degrees in the winter to over 100 degrees in the summer.
(f) The Contractor’s personnel shall have the ability to drive/operate equipment such as diesel tractor with front-end loader, tractor-trailers, dump trucks, hay squeeze and forklift to perform such tasks as loading/transporting bales of hay through corral system to feed animals. The contractor shall provide the BLM a list of personnel that will be operating the equipment. The Contractor’s personnel that will be operating the government furnished equipment shall have passed a proficiency test prior to being authorized to use such equipment.
(g) At the end of feeding each day, the contractor will inspect for rocks wedged between dual tires on trucks and trailers to prevent damage to tires.
(h) Once per week the contractor needs to wash mud from towing vehicles’ windshields, tires and undercarriage. During periods when the corrals are extremely wet and muddy, feeding equipment needs to be washed daily to avoid buildup of debris that can cause damage to the feeding equipment.
(i) The Contractor’s personnel will be required to exert extensive strenuous physical activity in an outdoor environment, such as lifting bales of hay weighing approximately 100 to 130 pounds; operating heavy equipment; standing and bending for long periods as well as walking/working in outdoor corrals.
(j) The Contractor shall furnish his personnel with the following equipment: hay chaps, protective clothing, gloves, pitch forks, hay hooks, pliers, wire and twine cutting devices.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF BLM
(a) BLM will provide all the hay and supplemental feed which will be fed at the facility. BLM will provide equipment necessary to perform these feeding services (see paragraph 7.0 for the complete Government Furnished Equipment list). BLM will perform all maintenance and service to all vehicles and is responsible for repairing any equipment deemed defective through normal wear and tear. Any vehicles or equipment needing repair of safety items shall be removed from services until repaired.
(b) Every morning the Contractor shall check in with the BLM PI and/or the COR for the current count of animals at the facility. BLM representatives will also provide the following information to the Contractor:
(1) Type and amount of hay (grass hay, grass/alfalfa mix, and alfalfa hay) to go to each pen.
(2) The identity of pens that contain animals that day and the number of animals in each pen. Identify pens that horses will be moved into due to sorting and gathers.
(c) If necessary (e.g. when unexpected loads of animals arrive from gathers, when horses are sorted into different pens that were designated that morning, when animals require more feed than was fed, etc.) the Government reserves the right to feed the animals at the facility. Contractor shall check with the PI or COR before leaving to see if there are any changes.
(d) BLM will provide for the maintenance and upkeep of the equipment used by the Contractor for use in feeding the horses and burros at the facility. The Contractor should notify the PI or COR of any observed equipment problems that need attention. The Contractor needs only to provide an adequate number of its employees to perform the feeding services on a daily basis.
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