Equine Rescue

Clare Staples of Skydog Sanctuary on trying to save the lives of wild horses with special needs (Wild Horse & Burro Radio, Sat., 6/1/19)


Join us for a special show, Saturday, June 1, 2019

5:00 p.m. PST … 6:00 p.m. MST … 7:00 p.m. CST … 8:00 p.m. EST

Listen to the archived show (HERE!)

(NOTE:  There was a “glitch” with the sound at the beginning of the show, and except for the “glitch” at the beginning, you can listen to the entire show in the archive by clicking the word “HERE” above.)

This show will be archived so you can listen to it anytime.

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Our guest on Saturday evening will be Clare Staples, Founder and Pres. of Skydog Sanctuary  Skydog Sanctuary has locations in Malibu and Mariposa, California as well as a 9000 acre ranch near Bend, Oregon.

After being rounded up and removed from public lands by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), a wild mare recently gave birth to twins in BLM corrals at Burns, OR.  The statistics about any mare conceiving twins is 1 in 10,000 and the chances of those babies being born healthy and growing to term, and the mother surviving, is nothing short of MIRACULOUS.  One foal was a little weaker and frailer, and the BLM staff thought the foals would do best with extra supplements, good alfalfa, minerals and access to vet care to make sure they were in the best health and would survive.  Clare flew up to Oregon to see the mare and foals, and arrangements were made for her to pick them up and bring them to Skydog Sanctuary for the extra TLC and vet care.

But then there was a “glitch.”  The mama mare is on the list for an upcoming BLM “spay study” (using an archaic and barbaric spaying procedure on wild mares).  So the BLM decided not to let the mare be adopted out or sold.  Instead, the BLM decided that her babies would be taken away from her and her ovaries would pulled out.

We’re going to give you a lot of important information and let you know what YOU can do to help, including contacting your Congressional representative to complain about this bad BLM management decision.  Please help spread the word and share a link to this on your social media.

Skydog Santuary’s facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/Skydogsanctuary/

Names of BLM personnel to email with your concerns and to ask them to give Skydog Sanctuary the mare and her 2 foals that are at the BLM Burns, Oregon off-range corral:

Holle’ Waddell, Branch Chief, BLM Wild Horse & Burro Program, Off-Range at hwaddell@blm.gov

Theresa Hanley, Acting State Director for BLM Oregon/Washington at thanley@blm.gov

This special “Saturday” show is part of our Wild Horse Wednesdays® series

This show will be co-hosted by Carol Walker, Dir. of Field Documentation, and Debbie Coffey (V.P. and Dir. of Wild Horse Affairs) of Wild Horse Freedom Federation.

To contact us: ppj1@hush.com


To find out more about Wild Horse Freedom Federation and our work to keep wild horses and burros wild and free on our public lands visit www.WildHorseFreedomFederation.org

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    • NOTE:  There was a “glitch” with the sound at the beginning of the show, and except for the “glitch” at the beginning, you can listen to the entire show in the archive by clicking the word “HERE” in the promo above.

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  1. There appears to be some internal conflict?
    First the sanctuary is contacted by the adoption staff…

    Skydog Sanctuary

    We were contacted by adoption staff at the BLM Burns corrals about a mare who had given birth to twins. It was the most incredible news for us. The statistics about any mare conceiving twins is 1 in 10,000 but the chances of those babies growing to term and being born healthy and the mother surviving is nothing short of MIRACULOUS. I was told one was a little weaker and frailer, understandably, and for that reason the staff thought they would do best with extra supplements, good alfalfa, minerals and for them all to have access to vet care to ensure they were growing in the best health and to make sure they survived.


    And then I got a message that there was a glitch. The mama mare was on the list for the spay study and for that reason she couldn’t be adopted out or sold. I had to read it several times.

    ROB SHARP, WH&B specialist at Burns District, has told us that they would rather shoot horses who are blind, club footed, injured or sick than send them to us. Even though we are offering to take them. Mr Sharp told me that in an email so that there was no misunderstanding.
    Apparently we made them look bad and be seen in a negative light, when I wrote about a sad donkey or posted a video of a wrangler taking Beth’s tag off mentioning that these animals would be euthanized if we didn’t take them. Of course that is the truth, but they apparently would rather you didn’t know that, regardless of the fact you can read it in the BLM guidelines, or see the evidence of that in any gather report.
    Sadly he won’t change his mind and we are no longer allowed to rescue those special needs horses. But the ones we did manage to get out mean the world to us and so we celebrate them.


      • Not “odd” at all – many BLM employees are members of livestock families who have grazing allotments on our public lands and they want the wild horses and burros GONE and what better way than to have an anti-wild horse person in a position to facilitate the “disappearance” of our wild ones?


  2. Wow, what an interesting case with a mare giving birth to twins. What a great sanctuary in general. I was thinking the other day about whether there were any documented cases of wild horses with equine infectious anemia and whether animal disease monitoring efforts extend to EIA in wild horse populations. I don’t suppose you would know anything about this?


    • I have never heard of a case and all the horses usually have coggins tests as they are often shipped between states – I imagine it would show up in that and be made public. But you never know – it’s an interesting point.


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