Equine Rescue

Update: Fort Polk Horses of Kisatchie

If you follow us on Facebook at, Fort Polk Horses of Kisatchie, you may know that much has transpired since our last email. To briefly recap, we left off on the heals of the August round up and we had just received word of September round up.

The events of the September 2019 round up are as follows: Meridian Falls Ranch (MFR) coordinated with Jacob Thompson to have the horses picked up from Fort Polk. Agents of Thompson Kill Pen picked up the horses from the army base and took them to one of their many holding locations. Shortly afterwards the horses were being offered for sale.

Thankfully, Baby Girl Horse Rescue & Veteran Therapy purchased 20 of the 21 horses from the September round up to save them from a horrible fate in the hands of Thompson Kill Pen, under the purview of Meridian Falls Ranch and Fort Polk Range Control Officials.

To see more about past round ups please visit Round Up Tracking

The moment horses from round up #13 were unloaded to safety. Huge thank you to Baby Girl Horse Rescue and Veteran Therapy
It is truly a tragic situation when a 501c3 organization claims to be a “rescue” or an animal welfare organization but in reality is only concerned with their own financial gain at the expense of the welfare of Louisiana’s Wild Horses. The horse industry is riddled with such entities who take donations from the public and claim to protect horses, but in all actuality send horses to auction and ultimately slaughter.While Pegasus Equine Guardian Association (PEGA), has received several reports in the past of MFRs ill intentions, it is always difficult to prove such matters. However, as a result of a public records request to Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF),  PEGA is now able to substantiate reports that the 501c3 on the top of the Army’s list, Meridian Falls Ranch (MFR), is in fact misleading the Public and key decision makers. See documents received as a result of PEGAs public records request to LDAF here. LDAF Response to PRR by PEGA

In light of recent information obtained from LDAF as well as the past charges against the founder of this organization (Meridian Falls Ranch), we hope that the IRS and the Army will re-evaluated their professional relationship. As it will be made plainly clear that this group claiming to be an animal welfare group does not truly have the welfare of these genetically unique horses in mind.  Despite the inference in the Army’s chosen course of action (COA7), where they explicitly say “animal welfare organization” with 501c3 status will
be able to take the horses.

Read more at PEGAs Blog

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  1. Brushing Up on Military Missions

    Army mission

    The Army exists to serve the American people, defend the Nation, protect vital national interests, and fulfill national military responsibilities. The Army makes up the nation’s largest and most extensive military ground capabilities. Currently, approximately 499,000 active duty Army troops are backed up by 700,000 National Guard and Army reservists. The Army is responsible to provide necessary forces and capabilities in support of the National Security and Defense Strategies of the United States.
    The Army’s mission is codified by federal law:

    Preserve the peace and security and provide for the defense of the United States, the Commonwealths and possessions, and any areas occupied by the United States

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  2. Preliminary Genetic Analysis Reveals Fort Polk Horses have Strong Spanish Associations, Unique in Remaining Wild Herds
    Straight from the Horse’s Heart
    October 8, 2018
    Source: PEGA

    How could the Army have gotten it so very wrong?
    Preliminary genetic analysis from random samplings of generationally wild, free roaming horses at Fort Polk in Louisiana confirm heavy Spanish association. While variables weigh into genetic testing results, the Fort Polk horses consistently pair with Puerto Rican Paso and Venezuelan Criollo , based on the preliminary genetic analysis by Dr. Gus Cothran, Ph.D.
    The phylogenetic tree chart below shows grouping

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  3. These are Heritage Horses and very much a part of Louisiana’s (as well as military) history.
    OUR military should be protecting them.

    NATIONAL HISTORIC PRESERVATION ACT

    This Act may be cited as the “National Historic Preservation Act.”
    (b) The Congress finds and declares that-

    (1) the spirit and direction of the Nation are founded upon and reflected in its historic heritage;

    (2) the historical and cultural foundations of the Nation should be preserved as a living part of our community life and development in order to give a sense of orientation to the American people;

    (3) historic properties significant to the Nation’s heritage are being lost or substantially altered, often inadvertently, with increasing frequency;

    (4) the preservation of this irreplaceable heritage is in the public interest so that its vital legacy of cultural, educational, aesthetic, inspirational, economic, and energy benefits will be maintained and enriched for future generations of Americans;

    (5) in the face of ever-increasing extensions of urban centers, highways, and residential, commercial, and industrial developments, the present governmental and nongovernmental historic preservation programs and activities are inadequate to insure future generations a genuine opportunity to appreciate and enjoy the rich heritage of our Nation;

    (6) the increased knowledge of our historic resources, the establishment of better means of identifying and administering them, and the encouragement of their preservation will improve the planning and execution of federal and federally assisted projects and will assist economic growth and development; and

    (7) although the major burdens of historic preservation have been borne and major efforts initiated by private agencies and individuals, and both should continue to play a vital role, it is nevertheless necessary and appropriate for the Federal Government to accelerate its historic preservation programs and activities, to give maximum encouragement to agencies and individuals undertaking preservation by private means, and to assist State and local governments and the National Trust for Historic Preservation in the United States to expand and accelerate their historic preservation programs and activities.

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  4. About time!

    Article in E&E news: https://www.eenews.net/stories/1061462929
    IG complaint accuses BLM chief of ‘inappropriate’ ethics
    Scott Streater, E&E News reporter Published: Monday, November 4, 2019
    An advocacy group wants the Interior Department’s Office of Inspector General to investigate whether the acting chief of the Bureau of Land Management is working to revise federal wild horse and burro policies to “directly enrich” special interest groups he has formally recused himself from interacting with on bureau issues.

    The formal ethics complaint filed today against William Perry Pendley suggests that the acting BLM chief has been working on wild horse and burro policies with some of the organizations on his 17-page recusal list. They include the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, which advocates for livestock ranchers, as well as the farm bureaus in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Wyoming.

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