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Update: Hay for Neglected, Captive Wild Horses

“As per our story, yesterday, we promised to keep our readership abreast of ways to assist hundred of captive wild horses in need and will continue to live up to that promise!” ~ R.T.


As the investigation in Lantry South Dakota continues, wild horse advocates from across the country have come together to help with hay for the starving horses at ISPMB, feeding is being supervised by the Dewey County Sheriff’s Office.

Thanks to Neda at Return To Freedom, Wild Horse Sanctuary and Preservation, Jill at Lifesavers Wild Horse Rescue and Susan at Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary for coordinating these efforts.

A hay delivery was made Sunday and they plan another for Monday or Tuesday.

It is approximately $1,300-1,700 a day to bring good quality hay to these horses. They will have an online link to contribute to the hay fund soon, meanwhile you can mail a check to Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary earmarked for ISPMB hay supply.

Their address is: PO Box 998, Hot Springs, SD 57747.

🐴 We will keep you posted on other ways to help!


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  1. Thank you for your donations for these horses. I’m hoping for the best for them. There have been comments that sounded derogatory to me but I still remember it’s the horses that need emergency care. I hope that the truth comes out soon as I’d like to know the details as to why this happened. As long as these horses don’t end up in a slaughter house somewhere after they have gone through this I’ll be happy. I’m concerned about the horses and I just can’t fathom the thought that Ms. Sussman would just let it get to this of her own free will. I am praying for all involved that good outcome is on the horizon and if there is any wrong doing that it is handled appropriately.

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  2. Its confusing after reading this as to who is really coordinating hay as ISPMB sent an email posting pictures of horses eating hay with only a few looking like possibly a 3-4 for body condition and asking for donations going directly to that organization.


  3. So glad the captors do not have access to any funding. We expect the worst from government agencies, and we are rarely, if ever, disappointed.


  4. Just can’t understand how this could have happened to the horses cared for by Karen Sussman. Karen seemed to be such a special person who did so much good for the horses who would have been put down otherwise.


  5. I agree with Chris 1055,.. So has it been established that C. Burns documentation is for real (july through sept 2016 and at the ranch only)?. Last year they had an emergency drive and it worked for the horses seem good still by June 2016 when photographers were doing a photoshoot there. I am not so much accusing Burns only just want the full story. Her only group she belongs to is BLM logical solutions who are notorious for distributing starving horse pictures around.
    Sussman said in years prior that the livestock corp. wanted to take the horses away due to nonpayment. If all true, Sussman got over her head, her board was not helping her stay above water, nor her manager Burns (who had worked for large Corp. prior) for that matter. ugg.
    They (livestock crowd) are going to milk this for all they can. A SD livestock feedlot company just got a long term contract with BLM. A SD lotto winner just opened or opening a Wild Horse EcoSanctuary. The lands around the Tribe are being asked to sell to a Trust. A lot is happening there. Ohhhh…


  6. Do you see any thin horses in this video?–oct 2- hell no..but today this burns woman is suggesting in a round about way that looking for a job and insinuates she is the person…well addicts all have 1 thing in common-whether they are recovering or relapsing, a lifetime of lying using and stealing to support their habit…yes there is more to this story..
    this gal videoing obviously has no experience she would know they have water-I saw the tub…hey thanks for the hysteria folks


    • sarah long video on FB made on her phone not pasting from copy go to FB I guess to watch..seriously I have had herds of horses for over 40 years, while some horses 30-may have died there are no starving or even thin horses in this video as she films many herds there on her phone apparently..she has been at the pipeline documenting and decided to go film at ISPMB…2 days ago


      • Anyone can just drive in & wander around??? At this point – I would think there would be someone keeping an eye on the place. But the horses on this video look pretty good!


  7. Some history

    Nobody’s Horses: The Dramatic Rescue of the Wild Herd of White Sands

    Descended from the greatest horses of the American West, the wild horses living on the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico — one of the most dangerous places on Earth – were a national treasure and a living legend. Big, strong, beautiful, and fierce, their ancestors were the mounts of the famous lawmen, hardy cowboys, and notorious outlaws who had once ruled the Wild West. Over the years, these far-flung herds of the Land of Enchantment had inspired many myths, and were said to be guarded by an implacable band of enormous, ghostly stallions that kept them from harm.

    But in 1994, after decades of suffering through droughts, food shortages, and all the dangers that go with living on a military-weapons testing site, scores of horses suddenly died. And almost two thousand were in such dire straits that they were unlikely to survive. In a race to prevent more tragic deaths, large-animal veterinarian Don Höglund was called in to organize and lead a team of dedicated cowboys, soldiers, and other professionals in removing the surviving horses and their babies to safety. Then would come the challenge of rehabilitating them, and eventually placing them in loving homes with people who could meet the needs of the highly spirited wild animals.

    For the first time in book form, Nobody’s Horses tells the dramatic story of these noble horses’ celebrated history, their defiant survival, and their incredible rescue.
    During the complex rescue, stampedes, escapes, and injuries ensued as well as struggles with animal rights activists and army officials. Everyone was in constant danger from unspent munitions on the ground and missile testing in the air.

    Cowboys, Native Americans, and ranchers — all of whom cared deeply about the fate of the horses — clashed in a battle of wills. And, of course, there were the horses themselves — wild, extraordinarily powerful animals, not easily managed or moved, who would become known to their rescuers as fascinating, individual characters — the wily old mares who evaded capture and led their bands to water and food, the beautiful colts and their amazing resilience and ability to bond with humans and each other, and the magnificent, powerful stallions who protected their harems and young against humans and predators. Luckily Höglund’s team was also extraordinary, and their mission a celebrated success for all the people involved, the horses that were rescued, and the grateful families who adopted these living pieces of an American legacy.

    Filled with history and heroism, adventure and rivalry, and, ultimately, the heartwarming alliances between horses and people, which made the whole endeavor worthwhile, Nobody’s Horses will stir the emotions and imaginations of horse lovers, humanitarians, and anyone who loves an uplifting tale of second chances. It’s a story of how Nobody’s Horses became Everybody’s Horses


  8. Wild Horses Ain’t Livestock, Group Tells N.M.

    In 1994, then Attorney General Tom Udall issued an opinion on a similar incident involving wild horses on the White Sands Missile Range.

    Udall wrote: “Since the wild horses on White Sands Missile Range are not domestic or domesticated and have not been raised or used on a farm or ranch, they are not ‘livestock’ and are not ‘estrays’ under the Livestock Code, and the Livestock Board does not have jurisdiction to take possession of the horses and sell them as ‘estrays’ under [the Livestock Code].” (Quotation marks and brackets in complaint, which cites Attorney General Opinion 94-06 (1994).)

    WHOA wants the Livestock Board enjoined from selling the horses impounded on Aug. 26, and from rounding up and impounding any more wild horses under “estray livestock” rules, and declaratory judgment that the Livestock Board has no jurisdiction to interfere with wild horses, which are not livestock. It also seeks costs of suit.
    Neither party could be reached for comment after business hours Wednesday


  9. Last group of wild horses trucked out of White Sands
    Published: Friday, May 28, 1999

    WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. {AP} With the thunder of 35 sets of hooves, the last group of White Sands’ wild horses was herded Thursday into two aluminum trailers bound for South Dakota.

    When the tractor trucks took off down the muddy road, it marked the end of the saga of the White Sands herd which once numbered 1,800 and had roamed free since before the ranchland became an Army weapons range in the 1940s.
    “I’m really happy to do this so the horses have a home,” said rancher Alan Amiotte, 55, who came to southern New Mexico to move the horses to his 10,000-acre ranch 85 miles east of Rapid City.

    Ever since 122 horses died of starvation and dehydration during a 1994 drought, the military and an animal protection group have worked to find the animals new homes.
    Adoptions that began in 1995 whittled the population down to about 80 horses this spring. Last month, 35 horses were taken to Amiotte’s ranch, where the latest group will join them after a 21-hour journey.

    As many as 10 horses remain on the 3,000-square-mile desert range. If any mares are found there are believed to be three or less they too will be sent to South Dakota. Any studs will live out their lives at White Sands.
    But Thursday was moving day for 26 studs, seven mares and two foals, some of which were so skinny their ribs could be counted. Under a bright blue sky, most were shooed from a holding pen into a 40-foot trailer and the rest into a smaller trailer.
    “It’s a happy ending for these horses,” said Karen Sussman, who organized the move with Amiotte and White Sands officials.

    Sussman’s nonprofit group, the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros, will use nearly $12,000 in private donations to move the horses and spend about $2,000 a month for their care.
    The horses are among an estimated 20,000 wild horses roaming free in Nevada, California, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico, Sussman said.

    On the South Dakota ranch, the horses will continue to roam free in badlands with knee-high green grass, rolling hills, towering pine trees and an abundance of fresh water.

    “These horses are going to heaven, and I mean heaven,” Sussman said.
    White Sands Missile Range officials were relieved, if a little sad, over the horses’ departure.

    “I’m glad that we came up with a solution and the horses have found a place to go that will keep them together,” spokesman Larry Furrow said just before the trucks pulled out. “But as most people on the range, I’m a little sad to see them go.”
    Horses have roamed the area for more than half a century.


  10. ISPMB has their own website, this seems very questionable to me. Elaine Nash is coordinator for adoptions, and the other sanctuaries have their own websites also.


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