A Wild Horse Release is a Bittersweet Reminder of Those Who Are No Longer Free
This morning the BLM allowed me to watch the release of the 6 Curlies that were released back into Salt Wells Creek. Of course I much prefer watching wild horses be released than be rounded up, but as much as I was elated for these 6 lucky horses, I was very sad for those they left behind at the holding facility.
I was not sure which horses were going to be released, but when I asked at 6:30 at the BLM office I was told no pintos were to be released but some curlies. This meant Maestro would not be released, much to the disappointment of local people who consider him a favorite.
We stopped on County Road 76 off of Hwy 430. These horses had been captured near Maggie Springs off 191, so it was not where they were captured. However, the BLM had not rounded up any horses off County Road 76 so there should be other wild horses around – I saw fresh manure and knew I was right. The trailer went down the road making sure that the road was still good and not too muddy, then they called for us to follow. They put us at the top of the hill and as it turns out it was the wrong side of the road, but I did the best I could to take photos in such a way that people could identify the horses. As it turns out they were all curlies. The two black mares got out first as they were in their own compartment in the back. They ran as soon as they got out, two big girls who reminded me of war horses in their outlines. READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE HERE.