Freedom for 17 Fort Polk Horses

By Amy Hanchey

After months in the making 17 wild horses from Fort Polk , Louisiana completed the long journey to Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary on Saturday September 15th, 2018.

These 17 horses were part of the May 2018 Round Up. Circumstances surrounding this round up are explained in this Article.

In summary the May 2018 Round Up consisted of approximately 37 horses. The 501c3 who was working with the army at this time is known as, Meridian Falls Ranch. However when Meridian Falls Ranch got the call they were not prepared, ,but did not pass up the opportunity to take horses. So a group of caring individuals got together, took responsibility and worked to save the 37. Sadly only 25 were saved by this group of caring individuals and in the middle of coordinating placement for the remaining 12, Meridian Falls Ranch decided that they would take them, even though we had worked to locate a short term holding location which would have secured their safety.

Still to this day the whereabouts of the 12 are unknown, and we fear the worst for them as well as the subsequent June Round up of 32 horses. Meridian Falls to this day has yet to disclose their fate to the public and has in fact removed their social media pages from Facebook.

This incident along with information received in response to a Public Records Request from Texas State University prompted a series of articles, letters, and responses including the following;

US Army, Civilian led Environmental Division / Range Control at Fort Polk, and Texas State University fund Thompson Kill Buyers

Federal Grant Money Funding Felons: Thompson Horse Lot

Letter of Concern

Change.org Petition: Protect Louisiana’s Wild Horses

Since May 2018 Round Up there have been subsequent Round Up/Removals in June, July, and August.

Round Up Tracking will give you info about all round ups documented under the Army’s COA7 , since its inception in October 2016, to date approximately 239 of Louisiana’s Wild Horses have been evicted from their homelands under a plan that failed to consider the welfare of these horses whose antecedents have ranged on this land for over 150 yrs as well as ethically considering the potential effects on the cultural landscape per section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, a complete Environmental Impact Statement, work to find sanctuary with Kisatchie’s 604,000 acres and there should be an organization included whose sole purpose is to protect the welfare of these animals.

The Civilian led Range Control division at Fort Polk has been ramping up their plan to “eliminate” Louisiana’s Wild Horses despite ongoing litigation which was filed December 2016, including an Amicus Brief filed by Dr Philip Sponenberg speaking to the potential genetic significance these horses have on a worldwide scale.

It is crucial that we continue to take action and communicate our disapproval to both Army and Public officials.

But today we can all breath a collective sigh of relief knowing 17 will have a chance at a proper life. They are gentle horses who find comfort in their herd families and want nothing more than their freedom.


A Very Special Thank you to Mrs Susan Watt and BHWH Sanctuary staff photographer, Rianna, for capturing these truly breathtaking photos.

Love this little herd!

Please consider donating to Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary in the name of these 17 Fort Polk Horses
https://www.wildmustangs.com/donate

So many amazing people and organizations came together to make this happen and without each one I don’t know where these horses would be.

Stacey A and Mr Glen and all the staff at SLPAC, Without you it wouldn’t have been possible. Thank you for your heart and dedication.

Dr Cramer and staff at Louisiana Center for Equines, for getting their vet work in order in the most safe and gentle way possible. Special thank you to Kelli Briscoe took the bull by the horns and filled vials, labeled blood and hair samples like a pro!!

All our donors who made this possible on such short notice! I can’t tell you how comforting it is to know I’m not alone here, thank each and every one of you.

To all our friends, team members, and followers who are always there to help uplift encourage and share the fight to protect Louisiana’s Wild Horses. A super special Thank You to Mrs Suzanne Roy of American Wild Horse Campaign who has helped us beyond measure. Without her this fight would be impossible. Tulane and ALDF, your dedication to these Horses is their life line.
Thank You. We are stronger together #TeamHorse

Thank You to Mrs Jen Reid at Best Friends Animal Society for working to find these 17 a forever home and covering transport!

Mr Clay Gilchriest, our hauler, who did an amazing job keeping both the horses and me calm, Bless you! Thank you Mr Joey Dickey for the referral.

Huge Thank You to Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary for opening your home to these horses who will now have a chance at a proper life together; WILD & FREE

Stay up to date by following us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FortPolkHorsesPEGA/

#KeepWildHorsesWild

3 comments

  1. Great news for those few horses that now have a new forever home. Thank you all who have helped with this and although all were not saved, each and every single one counts. It reminds me of the Starfish Story:

    A young girl was walking along a beach upon which thousands of starfish had been washed up during a terrible storm. When she came to each starfish, she would pick it up, and throw it back into the ocean. People watched her with amusement.

    She had been doing this for some time when a man approached her and said, “Little girl, why are you doing this? Look at this beach! You can’t save all these starfish. You can’t begin to make a difference!”

    The girl seemed crushed, suddenly deflated. But after a few moments, she bent down, picked up another starfish, and hurled it as far as she could into the ocean. Then she looked up at the man and replied, “Well, I made a difference to that one!”

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