Equine Rescue

US Army – Civilian led Environmental Division / Range Control at Fort Polk proceeds with unethical capture methods

They’ve reached a new low!

Despite ongoing litigation the US Army – Civilian led Environmental Division / Range Control at Fort Polk again has decided to proceed with unethical capture of horses using damaging capture methods.

As of 4/30/18 it is reported that approx 37 Horses are in the North Fort holding pen. The pen is approximately 150ft x 150ft and is holding studs, mares and babies all together.

70% of horses in holding have wounds / deep lacerations on the pastern or fetlock area ….indicative of winching and/or roped and dragged by legs

Additional documented injuries are as follows:

  1. Gray mare yellow puss coming out of fetlock wound
  2. Bay yearling can’t put weight on hind end
  3. Boss stud has laceration on neck

Majority of the horses are injured.

Initially 9 horses were seen late last week and over night the count grew to 37 so these horses are likely to be in holding at another location before being brought to the holding pen located on North Fort Polk.

Pegasus’s witnesses and experts, including Dr. Brendan Batt, Dr. Tom King, Stacey Alleman McKnight, and Dr. Bruce Nock, as well as other local organizations have explicitly expressed that they are available to the Army for consultation and would love to help. The Army should also consult with Dr. Sponenberg (Amicus) and the Livestock Conservancy, as well as national groups like HSUS, state groups like COLAA, and organizations with wild horse experience including American Wild Horse Campaign.

The only way to find the best solutions is to engage in honest and open consultation with as many experienced people, experts, and local stakeholders. It is extremely unfortunate that the Army has chosen to ignore help and proceed with cruel and inhumane capture methods.

The horses are in immediate danger and urgently need veterinary care due to injuries sustained during unethical and inhumane capture.

Under Louisiana Criminal Law Statue § 14:102.1 it is a Crime to withhold veterinary care once the horses have been remanded into their custody.

Feel free to include the following in your message:

The Army’s capture methods have injured the Fort Polk horses, and failure to provide veterinary care now that the Army has captured the horses and are keeping them in a corral is an ongoing crime in Louisiana. The Army must hire an INDEPENDENT veterinarian, one not associated with the contractors who inflicted these injuries, to treat the horses’ wounds and provide ongoing care while they are in the Army’s possession:

A. (1) Any person who intentionally or with criminal negligence commits any of the following shall be guilty of simple cruelty to animals:

(c) Having charge, custody, or possession of any animal, either as owner or otherwise, unjustifiably fails to provide it with proper food, proper drink, proper shelter, or proper veterinary care.

(i) Mistreats any living animal by any act or omission whereby unnecessary or unjustifiable physical pain, suffering or death is caused to or permitted upon the animal.

(3) For purposes of this Subsection, if more than one animal is subject to an act of cruel treatment by an offender, each act shall constitute a separate offense.

La. Revised Statute § 14:102.1


Contact Key Decision Makers and implore them to allow an INDEPENDENT veterinarian to address the welfare of these horses.

I encourage EVERYONE to contact the following people IMMEDIATELY and you are more than welcome to cc me on any and all correspondence relating to the welfare of these horses, cc this email address: admin@pegasusequine.org

1) Contact LDAF State Vet Dr Brent Robbins
email: StateVeterinarian@ldaf.state.la.us

Dr. Jonathon Roberts
email: jroberts@ldaf.state.la.us

Dr Diane Stacy
email: dstacy@ldaf.state.la.us
phone: 225-925-3980

2.) Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry

Mike Strain
phone: 225-771-8942
email: info@mikestrain.org
email: commissioner@ldaf.state.la.us

John Walther, Assistant Commisioner
email: BrandCommission@ldaf.la.gov

File a Complaint: 225-922-1234
Livestock Sanitary Board: 225-925-3980
Buying/Selling/Transport without certificate
Livestock: 800-558-9741

3.) Director / Chief Environmental Division at Fort Polk – Milton Wayne Fariss
phone: 337-531-7008

4.) U.S. ARMY provided Website specific to these horses & Public Affairs:
website: http://www.jrtc-polk.army.mil/trespass_horses.html
email for Public Affairs at JRTC Fort Polk – U.S. ARMY:
phone: 337-531-1344
phone: 337-531-1418

5.) Contact Armed Services Commisson
website: https://www.armed-services.senate.gov/
email: julie_tarallo@mccain.senate.gov
email sandra.ross@mail.house.gov

6.) Louisiana Senator – Bill Cassidy
phone: 202-224-5824
email: ron_anderson@cassidy.senate.gov

7.) James N. Mattis, Secretary of Defense
1000 Defense Pentagon
Washington, DC 20301-1000

Photos taken at North Fort Polk Holding Pen 3/29/18-3/30/18

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  1. The grey stallion appears to have a hernia on his belly and a terribly overgrown left hind hoof. Was he in this condition in the wild or did he get that way in captivity? If in the wild, I understand rescuing him on the basis of his problems, but there is absolutely no excuse to put him in a pen with other stallions where he’s bound to get hurt even more. If he got that way in captivity, shame on those who’ve neglected to care for him properly. It’s already unacceptable as it is that these horses have been injured as a result of faulty planning. If Fort Polk’s Range Control division refuses to seek assistance in capturing and managing these horse properly, they need to be held accountable.


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  3. These Wild Horses are an important part of Louisiana’s history and as such should be preserved and protected.

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  4. This comment says it all..

    “I remember we had this same debate a few years ago. Fort Polk acting like the government acts explained their position and decided the horses need to go. We all met at the Bayou Theater whereas the DPW and a few other suits began to explain how they arrived at their conclusion. After an hour of looking at charts, graphs, excel spread sheets and other useless information, they could waste time with, they concluded the horses were destroying the grasslands and rivers and streams. They disclosed that they had conducted an Environmental Impact Assessment. They said the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)supported their claim. When they opened the forum up for questions some old dude in the back said, Your EIS says that a 3-4 hundred pound horse is destroying the grasslands but it did not mention that a 50 ton tank that cuts ruts 2-3 feet deep is not harming anything. I say you are full of …. until now. LEAVE THEM DAMN HORSES ALONE. THEY ARE NOT HURTING ANYTHING OR ANYONE…”


  5. The Public Affairs guy said theses are not wild horses. They have shoes on. He also says that they have been seen by a Vet. Fact or Fiction, this is what I was told


    • Is there any proof these are or were shod horses? Surely this would be public as part of the effort to eradicate them, if true.

      Easy to say, hard to prove.


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