By Debbie Coffey Copyright 2013 All Rights Reserved.
The Bureau of Land Management adoption site for wild horses at the Sundance Ranch in Redlands, CA, has excellent shade structures that don’t seem to put the horses in any danger, are open to the air on all 4 sides, and also allow sunlight on the ground in the morning and afternoons, to help kill bacteria.
Look, they even added some trees for shade OUTSIDE of the pens.
Depending on the position of the sun, the shade covers different areas of the ground. To accommodate snow at other BLM facilities, this type of roof might need to cover more area and be more steeply pitched. But the posts are attached to the fence and don’t seem likely to cause injury to the horses.
Then again, the BLM hasn’t worried too much about the danger to the wild horses during roundups and transportation, during the use of a hot-shot, in squeeze chutes, and during the field spaying mares or gelding of cryptorchids (killing many in the process), which also don’t happen to wild horses out in the wild, so why BLM’s big concern about some posts attached to a fence?
While the shade cover at the Sundance Ranch in Redlands might be improved (the roof could be a little higher and an expert could make sure a horse can’t get its head caught between any pipes) this is a huge improvement over most BLM facilities (including Palomino Valley and Indian Lakes Road), and it accommodates all of the horses in this adoption site’s care.
Why can’t the BLM, the Department of Interior agency that drops millions of taxpayer dollars on the roundups of wild horses every year, fork over some money for shade structures like this? The Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, has a mandate to protect the wild horses. The BLM can build shade structures like the ones pictured, so why won’t they? How many more horses have to die before the BLM provides shade and shelter to captive wild horses?
The BLM can (and does) whip up an “emergency” roundup at the drop of a cowboy hat. Send your Congressional representatives these photos, along with the photos taken by many wild horse advocacy groups and individuals at Palomino Valley, and demand some of the “loot” from the Department of Interior’s oil & gas royalties subsidize the building these shelters for the wild horses, since the wild horses are being removed from their Herd Management Areas (HMAs) for oil and gas development on the same lands within the HMAs.
Also, demand a stop to all roundups and a Congressional investigation into every aspect of the BLM’s Wild Horse & Burro Program.
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