Carol Walker on BLM’s plan to wipe out Wyoming wild horses on Wild Horse & Burro Radio (Wed., 9/7/16)



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Our guest is Carol Walker, Dir. of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federation.

The Bureau of Land Management is planning to remove all wild horses from Checkerboard lands in three of the largest remaining herds in Wyoming: Great Divide Basin, Salt Wells Creek, and Adobe Town. This roundup is catering to the Rock Springs Grazing Association, whose members own or lease the private land parcels in the Checkerboard and graze their livestock on the public lands through grazing leases in over 2 million acres. The BLM is ignoring the fact that over half the land in the Checkerboard is public land, belonging to all of the citizens in the United States. BLM Rock Springs Field Manager Kimberlee Foster publicly states: “For all intents and purposes, we consider all of the checkerboard private.”

Even though the BLM rounded up with helicopters and removed 1261 wild horses from this area only two years ago, they are now planning to remove at least 500 wild horses this fall. While this is going on, an appeal was filed in the 10th Circuit Court by AWHPC, the Cloud Foundation, Carol Walker, Director of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federation and photographer Kimerlee Curyl, and oral arguments for the case will be heard in September.

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Please Comment on the BLM’s Upcoming Checkerboard II Wild Horse Wipeout Plan



By Carol Walker, Dir. of Field Documentation, Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Here I am posting again about the Checkerboard, just two years after the Checkerboard Roundup in the fall of 2014.   1261 wild horses were removed forever from their homes and families because a powerful association of greedy ranchers think that the public lands that they lease to run livestock on belong to them.  Yet again, they want all the wild horses removed from 2 million acres in the Red Desert of Wyoming.

The BLM does whatever the ranchers say, and in fact, the Field Manager of the BLM Rock Springs Field Office says “For all intents and purposes, we consider the Checkerboard private.” But it is NOT private. In fact, over half of the Adobe Town, Salt Wells Creek and Great Divide Basin Herd Management Areas are public land, that belongs to us, the citizens of the United States of America, not the Rock Springs Grazing Association.

Now RSGA demands that 500 more horses be removed from these three huge Herd Management Areas, and soon there will be very few horses left even in the large public areas of these three areas. Because you see, horses do not stay in one place. They move where the forage is and in the winter, they move from the public part of the Herd Management Areas to the Checkerboard where the weather is milder. In the last Checkerboard roundup, which began in September, the BLM blamed advocates who brought a lawsuit trying to stop the roundup for more horses being rounded up, because it delayed the start by a week. This time, the BLM is going to start much later, mid-October, so that even more horses will have moved into the Checkerboard.

American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, the Cloud Foundation, Carol Walker and Kimerlee Curyl brought a lawsuit during the last Checkerboard roundup, and it is currently in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. The issues are the same – the BLM is treating the Checkerboard as if it is all private land and the wild horses are strays that must be removed. This is not true. If the BLM is allowed to continue to remove wild horses from private lands as an excuse to remove them from public lands, then the wild horses across the West are vulnerable to the whims of private rachers who want them ALL removed from public lands.

Because the plan was to remove as many wild horses as possible from these areas, the helicopter roundup took a very different turn in 2014 than roundups I had observed in the past. Old horses who were barely able to run, and normally would not have been pursued, were chased for miles to get them into the trap. One family of wild horses were dripping with sweat and exhausted before they were finally driven into the trap after two hours of being chased relentlessly by the helicopter. Pregnant mares and mares with small foals were chased as well for many miles. After the roundup when the horses were in the temporary holding pens, many horses died from breaking their necks on the panels, and after they were sent to short term holding many more died – over 100 died in just a few months. In Rock Springs, the mare pens were so overcrowded that newborn foals died. And these horses in holding can be sold for slaughter. Only a small percentage are adopted.

When you comment, the most powerful and effective way to do that is to use your own words and send comments directly to the BLM.

Some Points to cover:

The BLM cannot use a request to remove horses from private land as an excuse to remove wild horses from public lands – this is illegal. They cannot treat the entire Checkerboard Area as if it is all private land, nor can they treat the large tracts of public land in these Herd Management Areas as if it is private land. This will set a terrible precedent for wild horses across the West – this will leave them at the mercy of livestock ranchers who want all our wild horses removed from public lands.

This plan will bring the Great Divide Basin Herd Management Area to below the low end of the Appropriate Management Level, AML for this herd – and this is a violation of the Federal Land Policy Management Act, FLPMA. The Resource Management Plan is currently being revised for this area, but until it is revised, they must follow the existing AMLs for these three Herd Management Areas.

There was supposed to be an Appendix V in the EA which covered the impacts of livestock grazing – this was not included in the EA, despite my calls and emails. How can you possibly analyze impacts upon the Environment without taking this into account?

Read the rest of this article HERE.



Horse Sold at TN Auction Allegedly Victim of Soring

Reported by Hayley Mason as published on

“They put diesel oil, mustard oil, right in a very sensitive area. They actually cook these chemicals into the leg…”

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – The Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration is gearing up for another night of showcases, but one horse won’t be in the spotlight.

The horse exhibited several signs of soring. (WSMV)

The horse exhibited several signs of soring. (WSMV)

Earlier this week, a champion breed horse was found bleeding and with signs of chemical burns.

Animal cruelty activists say the burns and scars on the horse’s legs and feet are all signs of soring, an illegal method used to make horses perform with an exaggerated gait in competition.

Most trainers say they don’t practice soring anymore, but one rescuer says she has proof that’s not true.

Tawnee Preisner, president of the Horse Plus Humane Society, said the horse, Skywalks Magical Dream, was on his way to a slaughterhouse until she stepped in to purchase him.

Video recorded at an auction in Cookeville Tuesday shows the horse. Preisner said he was the only horse there in stacked shoes and chains on his ankles.

“We’ve got hair loss right here. These are actually open wounds,” Preisner said as she inspected the horse in front of Channel 4’s camera.

Preisner said those are signs of a show horse that has been sored and injured.

“They put diesel oil, mustard oil, right in a very sensitive area. They actually cook these chemicals into the leg,” she said.

That makes the horse flinch, she said, causing an exaggerated high-stepping gait known as the big lick.

“They’re actually flinching when those chains hit the pasterns, when it hits the tender burnt skin, and it causes them to flinch, which gives them that big lick,” Preisner said. “And people in the crowd start cheering for animal abuse and that’s wrong.”

Channel 4 looked at the horse’s registration paperwork to determine who might be responsible. The owners are listed as Sammy and Gayle Cagle.

Channel 4 contacted the Cagles about the soring allegations.

“It’s kind of surprising because we traded him off in January for another horse. That’s the last I’d heard from him,” Sammy Cagle said.

The couple said they traded the stallion in January to another local breeder. They received the horse Extra Special Jose, who just won the top prize in the celebration last weekend.

Sammy Cagle said they had not seen Skywalks Magical Dream since he traded him in. He insisted the paperwork should’ve been changed to reflect the trade. He added he had nothing to do with the alleged soring and insisted his horse is not injured.

Channel 4 called the Triple W Horse and Mule Auction to see if they had record of the last owner. A manager said he thought the horse had been sold at The Celebration last weekend, but later said he wasn’t sure.

“We don’t know exactly who owned him. When horses are consigned in the auction, we don’t get the consigner’s information. That’s why we’re hoping the USDA will get involved and fully investigate this case,” Preisner said.

Animal cruelty activists want greater accountability in paperwork, auctions, and inspections.

“This is horrific for the state of Tennessee,” said Clant Seay with Citizens Campaign Against Big Lick Animal Cruelty. “The state of Tennessee is better than this.”

Seay, who rallies activists to boycott The Celebration, is hoping the USDA will get tougher laws passed.

The USDA is currently in the process of gathering comments on the controversial issue. If legislation passes, chains, stacked horseshoes and other action devices could be banned at competitions.