By GEORGE OSTROM from the Hungry Horse News.com
Ignorance and Tunnel Vision Blur Writer’s Perception
“A friend on FaceBook tipped me off to this little gem, below. Being a blogger and writer I am acutely aware of the fact that everyone is entitled to their own opinion but this ole back-woods cuss about takes the cake when it comes to cruelty, ignorance and a single minded buy-in to the BLM’s BS. You have to visit the “Opinion” website and drop off a comment or two as the author’s article has been up for over 24 hours with nary a comment to be seen. This will surely get your chaps hiked up but remember, Sunday is just around the corner and we have a special story to share that will wash out your minds and charge up your spirit so hang in there.
In the “mean” time…” ~ R.T.
Wild horses were back in the news earlier this month when the Bureau of Land Management reported the untamed mustang populations were out of control and they were going to remove 2,000 from Wyoming, plus a few from Utah and Montana.
Nevada wasn’t mentioned in spite of the fact that state has over half the estimated 33,00 wild horses freely roaming 10 western states. “Activists” were immediately critical.
Look at the problem: (1) The free roamers are using, and in many areas destroying, grazing range for themselves as well as domestic and native animals. (2) We the taxpayers are footing the bills for roughly 40,000 horses earlier taken from the ranges and placed in “long-term” holding pens. (3) Wild horse herd numbers on average double every four years. (4) Last year’s budget just for BLM’s care of penned horses was $36.9 million. Where does it end? As Larry Wilson would say, “What do you think?”
In the fall of 1938, my same-age uncle Stan Harris and I were sitting astride our trusty steeds by a dusty road running between the Bonner ranch and ours at Camas Prairie. Mr. Bonner came by driving a small herd of horses, including a pinto mare colt. He stopped to chat a minute and we asked where he was going.
Said he was taking the horses to the State Fish Hatchery at Ravalli. We wondered why so he explained, “They buy horse meat to feed the fish.”
Mr. Bonner obviously saw the emotional impact on two 10-year-old boys regarding the coming fate of the beautiful little colt. He pushed his old cowboy hat back on his head and said, “Tell you what boys. All of us ranching folks are hurting these days, but I can get along without the money for that colt. If you open the gate, I’ll drive her through and you can have her.” There was great joy on that day long ago, and “Dixie” grew up to become one of our favorite cattle ponies.
That is just one story to illustrate my long relationship with horses, and how much they’ve meant to me.
Click (HERE) to read the rest of Georgie’s mindless drivel