Judge Sides with BLM’s Quest to Destroy Last of Wyoming’s Wild Horses & Burros

Source: Mulitple

Dispite Evidence that BLM Violated Environmental Laws the Deadly Roundup Will Proceed

BLM Captives; Freedom Lost ~ by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

BLM Captives; Freedom Lost ~ by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A federal judge has denied a well aruged request from wild horse and burro advocates to block the federal government’s plan to round up  800 wild horses in Wyoming and virtually “zeroing-out” several very significant herds.

Judge Nancy Freudenthal in Cheyenne on Thursday denied the group’s request for an injunction. The groups responded by filing an appeal with a federal appeals court in Denver.

The groups are challenging the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s plans to remove horses from the Great Divide Basin, Adobe Town and Salt Wells Creek herd management areas in southern Wyoming areas starting next month.

The groups claim the federal agency failed to follow environmental laws in planning the action.

The state of Wyoming has inappropriatly intervened in the lawsuit, saying wild horses must not be allowed to damage the lands or conflict with private property rights, even though private cattle and sheep outnumber the horses over 100 to 1.

Editorial: East Coast’s wild horse herd deserves protection

by the Editorial Board of the Winston-Salem Journal

Tourists still cherish the sight of the horses.

Corolla Wild HorsesAs coastal wild horses live their untamed lives, they face challenges to their very existence. It’s time for our lawmakers to take action to preserve these natural wonders.

For hundreds of years, Spanish mustangs moved freely along the Outer Banks. In these days of heavy development, they roam around the northern Outer Banks town of Corolla, which only in the last several years has seen that development.

Tourists still cherish the sight of the horses. Several tour companies make money off them. But they are now threatened by overexposure to man and federal policies that leave them severely inbred, The News and Observer of Raleigh reported recently.

Some tourists, perhaps not accustomed to nature, have taken to trying to chase the horses down for photographs or to feed them foods that, while fine for people, are sometimes deadly for horses.

When approached by authorities, some tourists have reacted belligerently, the News and Observer reported. And federal policies limiting the number of horses – roughly 100 now – has led to dangerous inbreeding.

Some federal authorities would like to see the herd shrink even further; they describe the herd as pests that compete with native wildlife species for food and fresh water. If so, they’re pests that have been part of the landscape for 500 years.

Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina sponsored a bill last year that passed the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously that would allow the herd to grow to 130; a few horses from the Shackleford Banks, on the southern tip of the Outer Banks, would be added to infuse some fresh genes into the herd. The bill has languished, though, in the Senate.

It should be passed. And better protection for the horses is needed as well, including stiff penalties for interfering with federally-protected wildlife.

These horses are beloved by many of North Carolina’s citizens, as well as visitors. They’re a remnant and reminder of a wilder past, and should be cared for and protected.

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Protestors claim BLM Wild Horse policies are wrong because cattle ranchers are favored

as published on Country10.com

“Older horses are the Encyclopedia Britannica of the herds and they keep the stallions from breeding when conditions are not good.”

Marjorie Farabee and Simone Netherlands were two of the protesters at the BLM Wild Horse Advisory Board meeting today at CWC. (Ernie Over photo)

Marjorie Farabee and Simone Netherlands were two of the protesters at the BLM Wild Horse Advisory Board meeting today at CWC. (Ernie Over photo)

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Wild Horse advocates gathered outside of the student center building at Central Wyoming College to protest the Bureau of Land Management’s treatment of and plans for Wild Horses across the West. Simone Netherlands, representing Respect 4 Horses, said she attends every BLM Advisory Board meeting on Wild Horses held twice a year around the region.

“There is no overpopulation of wild horses, we’ve gone from over two million wild horses to just 30,000 in the wild,” she said. “but they complain that they’re overrun with wild horses.”

In prepared remarks delivered at noon, Netherlands said, “we now have over 50,000 wild horses and burros stuffed in holding facilities. Broken wild horses, without their families, some in feedlot like conditions, with no protection from the elements.” She also said the current horses in the wild have less than 26 million-acres in which they are allowed to live while cattle are allowed on 160-million acres.

Netherlands said the BLM is advancing policies that are directly opposed to their mission. “Their mandate is to protect wild horses, not do pest control for cattle ranchers. I’t’s not fair to wild horses, and it’s because they don’t make anybody any money,” she said. She said wild horses “are only allocated 18 percent of the forage in wild horse management areas while cattle get the rest.”

Marjorie Farabee, with the Wild Horse Freedom Federation, said the BLM is also collecting the older horses, “breaking up families and losing the knowledge of the herd, like where to find water and shade in the desert. Older horses are the Encyclopedia Britannica of the herds and they keep the stallions from breeding when conditions are not good. They’re upsetting the balance.”

“Every wild horse we have today is a survivor of two centuries of persecution by ranchers and our government,” Netherlands said. “It’s a very sad and scary state of affairs, that just like the rainforest of the Amazon, our own government is exploiting and using up our public lands for the benefit of profit driven businesses. It’s time someone steps up and fixes this very very broken program. It is unsustainable, unscientific, inhumane and a despicable waste of our taxpayer dollars.”

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A Talking Horse of a Different Color: Blue

as published in the New York Times

‘BoJack Horseman,’ Netflix Animated Series, With Will Arnett

Anyone who had young children back in the 1960s no doubt had to deal with the questions raised by “Mister Ed,” the sitcom about a talking horse. “Daddy, can horses really talk?” “Mommy, how come the pony at my birthday party didn’t say anything?”

Bojack HorsemanThese are nothing compared with the questions parents will get if they make the mistake of letting young children watch “BoJack Horseman,” a saucy animated series also featuring a talking horse that began streaming Friday on Netflix. “Daddy, do dogs really date humans and have sex with them? How?”

This hilarious and ribald show is not intended for kiddies, or for anyone who cherishes the somewhat cherubic image Will Arnett has recently built up on series like “The Millers” and “Up All Night.” Mr. Arnett is the voice of the title character (and an executive producer), a horse that once had a beloved TV series but is now in the washed-up star category.

BoJack isn’t the only talking animal in this world; all of them are pretty chatty. And they intermingle, in all senses, with people. BoJack, for instance, is trying to write a memoir with the help of the human Diane (voiced by Alison Brie of “Community”), who is dating Mr. Peanutbutter (Paul F. Tompkins), a dog and another once-famous star.

This irks BoJack more and more because, as the show goes along, he, too, falls for Diane, and Mr. Peanutbutter’s sitcom was basically a rip-off of BoJack’s. Galling, for horse or human. In one episode, BoJack steals the “D” from the “Hollywood” sign to try to impress Diane.

Other voices in this star-heavy series come from Amy Sedaris (a cat who is BoJack’s agent) and Aaron Paul of “Breaking Bad” (BoJack’s human buddy Todd). Like some of television’s more out-there animated shows, this one is hard to describe beyond broad outlines, because it’s so odd, a combination of droll and naughty that seems improbable but works deliciously. More proof that much of the funniest stuff available for viewing these days is drawn, not performed on a soundstage.

Banned substances on horses undercut compliance claims

by Paul C. Barton, Tennessean Washington Bureau

“Has there ever been any sporting event with that rate of cheating?”

SoringWASHINGTON – Putting mustard oil, kerosene, diesel fuel and other blistering agents on Tennessee Walking Horses has long been part of the cruelty of soring — the infliction of pain on the animals’ front legs and hooves so that touching the ground causes them to recoil in agony and achieve a higher-stepping gait.

But Department of Agriculture documents show the horses frequently face a second set of chemicals as well — those used to mask scars and numb a horse’s pain to fool inspectors.

And walking horses at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville — which starts Wednesday — test positive for masking and numbing agents more often than not, leaving critics to doubt the industry’s claim that at least 97 of every 100 horses are free of soring and their owners and trainers are in compliance with the Horse Protection Act of 1970.

USDA‘s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has a long list of banned substances its inspectors test for at events like the Celebration. They are banned because they can be used to hide evidence of soring. They include many substances associated with industrial processes, such as making dyes and pesticides, bleaching wood pulp, and making paper and packaging.

Some, such as o-Aminoazotoluene or anthraquinone, are animal carcinogens. Still another, sulfur, is sometimes mixed with motor oil to make a paste that is rubbed on a horse’s damaged areas to cover up soring.

And pain-blocking chemicals like lidocaine are applied in amounts calculated to keep a horse quiet during inspections but wear off in time for the pain to return in the show ring when the horse needs to demonstrate the exaggerated “Big Lick” gait, the American Veterinary Medical Association contends.

USDA records show 67 percent of horses examined at the Celebration in 2013 tested positive for substances that could mask soring.

“Has there ever been any sporting event with that rate of cheating?” said Teresa Bippen of Friends of Sound Horses, a St. Louis-based organization.

The masking and numbing agents wouldn’t be needed if soring were as limited as Big Lick owners and trainers contend, say supporters of the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act. The proposed bill in Congress would amend the 1970 Horse Protection Act and significantly bolster USDA’s ability to police the practice.

“The percentage of prohibited foreign substances found at Tennessee Walking Horse shows in recent years speaks volumes regarding the high degree of soring that still occurs within the Big Lick segment of this breed,” said Keith Dane, a specialist on equine issues for the Humane Society of the United States.

Dane and other PAST Act supporters see the prevalence of substances used to hide soring as rigging the Horse Protection Act compliance statistics cited by bill opponents.

Jeffrey Howard, spokesman for the Shelbyville-based Performance Show Horse Association, one of the major groups representing the industry’s Big Lick faction, declined to answer questions about the results for banned substances, saying they were based on “fundamentally flawed” information coming from “other parties,” a reference to groups like the Humane Society and the USDA itself…(CONTINUED)

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Prancercise Is Back With New Moves

Source: Yahoo Health, story by

“Hey Guys;  It’s ‘Feel Good Sunday’ and today we have something that my delightful co-editor and VP of WHFF, somewhat, strong-armed me into posting as your goodie for the day.  ‘You gotta run this on Sunday’ was the message from Deb so being that I am used to getting nudged about by boss mares (I have no hair on my back-side from being nipped so much)…it is here.  But please be assured, I am NEVER going to do this in public, NEVER!!! (In fact, I don’t think I will even do it in private)  Keep the faith and enjoy.” ~ R.T.

“develop some fitness straight from the heart.”

Prancercise Lady is back! The woman behind the workout sensation that draws inspiration from a horse’s gait, Joanna Rohrback, recently released “Official Prancercise®Fitness with Passion,” part two to her viral fitness hit. The original Prancercise Fitness Workout video has been viewed more than 10,000,000 times.

Despite how kooky Rohrback’s exercise tips seem, she might actually be on to something. Her signature moves, which include “the prancercise gallop” and “the prancercise box,” combine cardio and arm movements that work the entire body. And a new addition seen in the latest video doesn’t just mimic the massive creatures, she actually runs alongside some horses.

Joined by Victor Cutino, president of horse sanctuary Peaceful Ridge Rescue, the pair attempts to “develop some fitness straight from the heart.” Interestingly, close equine interaction has actually been shown to help mental health patients. In fact, horse counseling is a growing trend in psychotherapy for patients with PTSD, grief, depression, substance abuse, autism, and anxiety.

Rohrback’s rhymes and eccentricity might make for a good laugh, but Prancercising is totally serious.

Wyoming Gov Says Wild Horses Are Stealing from School Children

forward by R.T. Fitch – Pres/Co-founder of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Several Hundred Horses Guilty of Starving Millions of  Government Subsidized, Private Welfare Cattle

“If dumb could dumber it just occurred in the State of Wyoming as Governor Mead crawled into bed with the state’s welfare ranchers by pointing a finger (which one?) at the state’s few remaining wild horses for stealing the grass right out of private cattle’s mouths and money away from school children.  “DOINK”

The few horses that survive on millions of acres are outnumbered hundreds to one by cattle and sheep and the (allegedly) federally protected horses are at fault?!?!  NOT!

Set aside all of your sensibilities and read the official press release, below, put out by the Gov’s office; it is  frighting on so many levels that I am afraid to commit my thoughts to text.  I guess the word incredulous comes to mind accompanied by a very loud and melodramatic sigh.  Color me dumbfounded…but still, we keep the faith!” ~ R.T.

Wyoming Gov Mead's new wheels

Wyoming Gov Mead’s new wheels

(Cheyenne, Wyo.) – Wyoming is seeking to intervene in a lawsuit brought against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) by wild horse advocates who are challenging the BLM’s decision to remove wild horses from private lands in southwest Wyoming. The BLM’s decision complies with an agreement between the BLM and a group of local ranchers. The area involved is part of the checkerboard where private, federal and state lands are intermingled.

“I want to step in to protect the value of Wyoming’s land, defend our sovereign right to manage our wildlife and support ranching families,” Governor Mead said. “We are not against having wild horses on the public lands but they need to be managed appropriately. They must not damage the land or wildlife or conflict with the rights of private property owners. The BLM has a plan in place and it should be implemented.”

The State of Wyoming owns approximately 62,000 acres in the area. Wyoming’s mission for its State Trust Lands is to effectively manage natural resources and the funds generated from those state lands for current and future generations. Revenue from those lands goes to schools.

In the motion to intervene the State points out that it leases land to ranchers, but livestock are managed, are on the land for only a few months and remain only if there is adequate forage. Wild horses stay on the land year-round and increased populations of the horses inhibit the State’s ability to get the full value of the leases to benefit schools. Additionally, other wildlife can suffer, including some local sage-grouse populations.

–Gov. Matt Mead’s Office