compiled by Grandma Gregg

There are no “excess” wild horses and burros on their legally designated lands…



For the past 40 plus years the BLM management appears to be politically driven by financial stakeholders, i.e. livestock permittees, mining and energy corporations, large lobbying trophy hunting “clubs” and many more. But let’s face it … the only persons that have worked for 40 plus years for the extinction of wild horses and burros are those with a financial interest. This has been and continues to be unacceptable.

There are no “excess” wild horses and burros on their legally designated lands. In 1971 when the wild horse and burro protection law was unanimously signed by the Congress of the United States, wild horses and burros were found roaming across 53.8 million acres; known as Herd Areas. The American people are being misled by our government agencies that are mandated by Congressional Law to protect these animals. The wild horses and burros already have a place to live; and it is not in government corrals.   These animals and this land do not belong to the government or the Bureau of Land Management; the wild horses and burros and the land belong to you and me.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has not established the true population numbers of wild horses and burros on their congressionally designated range lands and therefore there is no justification for any capture, removal, permanent or temporary sterilization of wild horses and burros. None.

In addition, the permanent or temporary sterilization of any wild horses or burros in conjunction with the Bureau of Land Management is in direct conflict with the recent National Academy of Science (NAS) report and recommendations. http://dels.nas.edu/Report/Using-Science-Improve/13511  The NAS findings clearly state that the BLM has failed to provide accurate estimates of the nation’s population of wild horses and burros.  Therefore, the NAS cannot conclude that a state of over-population exists and or provide a recommendation for artificial management considerations such as fertility controls to control populations for which the complex population dynamics are currently unknown.  The NAS institute said the report lent credence to accusations that the bureau [BLM] has been ignoring science and grossly mismanaging the wild equines.

Tresspass Sheep LawnmowerThis National Academy of Science report reviews the science that underpins the Bureau of Land Management’s oversight of free-ranging horses and burros on federal public lands in the western United States and the report goes on to say, “The Wild Horse and Burro Program has not used scientifically rigorous methods to estimate the population sizes of horses and burros, to model the effects of management actions on the animals, or to assess the availability and use of forage on rangelands.”

The NAS report continues:

  • Management of free-ranging horses and burros is not based on rigorous population-monitoring procedures.At the time of the committee’s review, most Herd Management Areas did not use inventory methods or statistical tools common to modern wildlife management. Survey methods used to count animals were often inconsistent and poorly documented and did not quantify the uncertainty attached to counts.
  • On the basis of information provided to the committee, the statistics on the national population size cannot be considered scientifically rigorous.The links between BLM’s estimates of the national population size and its actual population surveys – the data that underlie these estimates – are obscure. The procedures used to develop population estimates for the Herd Management Areas from counts of animals are not standardized and frequently not documented.

More than ever before, BLM field managers and wild horse and burro specialists are challenged to base management decisions on accurate and credible population estimates.

The Fort Collins Science Center who guides the BLM’s aerial population procedures states, “Because population estimates drive nearly all management decisions pertaining to wild horses and burros, accuracy is important.” “Given the demand for reliable information on which to base management decisions, wild horse and burro managers need standardized, tested, defensible, cost-effective, yet easy-to-use aerial population estimation techniques for wild horse and burro herds in a range of habitats and across a range of population sizes and densities. The accuracy and precision of current wild horse survey methods have not been rigorously tested. Thus, a statistically valid estimation technique is needed.

 Personal thoughts about wild horse and burro census taking:

  • The census numbers are important but what is also important is the documentation proving or disproving accuracy of BLM’s census and population counts.
  • What is required is objective science and not political pressure from government officials and for-private-profit corporations who realize the financial importance of these lands that were once believed to be worthless and are now found to be very valuable.
  • One easy and inexpensive example of providing proof of the BLM’s census counts would be the use of a video camera (such as a Go-Pro) on the helicopter.

Why has this not been done by BLM for wild horses and burros census? Is it because it would verify the inaccurate and inflated census counts of wild horses and burros that are reported by the BLM? The BLM’s aerial surveys are not scientifically supportable and not defensible and therefore not credible.

Wefare CattleThere is NO reason for these wild horse and burro removals and destruction procedures … because there are NO excess wild horses and burros on their legally designated land. In 1971, when Congress passed the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, these animals were found roaming across 53,800,000 million acres. That amount of acreage could support more than about 250,000 wild horses and burros but even after 22,200,000 acres were stolen from the American people by government agencies the remaining 31,600,000 acres could support more than 100,000 wild horses and burros today. It is currently independently estimated that less than 20,000 wild horses and burros are living on their legal land today and yet the government continues its aggressive removal and destructive management toward total wild horse and burro extermination.

Here are a few examples of BLM’s burro population census from the BLM published annual herd statistics (note the inflated and biologically impossible annual increases highlighted in yellow):

Lava Beds, NV
Burros Population Per BLM Herd Stats
Year       (March 1st) BLM AML     10-16 Increase /Decrease % Change
3/1/2016 350 0 0%
3/1/2015 350 310 775%
2014 40 7 21%
2013 33 11 50%
2012 22 0 0%
2011 22 2 10%
2010 20 0 0%
2009 20 0 0%
2008 20 2 11%
2007 18 2 13%
2006 16 14 700%

McGee Mts., NV

Burros Population Per BLM Herd Stats
Year       (March 1st) BLM AML     25-41 Increase /Decrease % Change
3/1/2016 36 -88 -71%
3/1/2015 124 64 107%
2014 60 10 20%
2013 50 5 11%
2012 45 -61 -58%
2011 106 10 10%
2010 96 53 123%
2009 43 4 10%
2008 39 7 22%
2007 32 3 10%


Bull Frog, NV
Burros Population Per BLM Herd Stats
Year       (March 1st) BLM AML       55-91 Increase /Decrease % Change
3/1/2016 204 0 0%
3/1/2015 204 116 132%
2014 88 12 16%
2013 76 -42 -36%
2012 118 -6 -5%
2011 124 4 3%
2010 120 19 19%
2009 101 26 35%
2008 75 43 134%



Wheeler Pass, NV
Burros Population Per BLM Herd Stats
Year       (March 1st) BLM AML         20-35 Increase /Decrease % Change
3/1/2016 190 1 1%
3/1/2015 189 25 15%
2014 164 27 20%
2013 137 -45 -25%
2012 182 -28 -13%
2011 210 35 20%
2010 175 148 548%
2009 27 4 17%
2008 23 4 21%



Chemehuevi, CA
Burros Population Per BLM Herd Stats
Year       (March 1st) BLM AML       97-108 Increase /Decrease % Change
3/1/2016 890 148 20%
3/1/2015 742 524 240%
2014 218 46 27%
2013 172 29 20%
2012 143 24 20%



Big Sandy, AZ
Burros Population Per BLM Herd Stats BLM AML       111-139
Year       (March 1st)   Increase /Decrease % Change
3/1/2016 1201 166 16%
3/1/2015 1035 135 15%
2014 900 146 19%
2013 754 504 202%
2012 250 41 20%
2011 209 27 15%
2010 182 -2 -1%
2009 184 25 16%
2008 159 22 16%



These outrageous and biologically impossible population increases are not the occasional “bookkeeping error” this is FRAUD and by stating these population increases; the BLM is in violation of a federal crime known as title 18 – making false statements (see below).

 If any employee of the Department of Interior / Bureau of Land Management has stated to you otherwise, then they are in violation of Title 18 (18 U.S.C. § 1001). Making false statements (18 U.S.C. § 1001) is the common name for the United States federal crime laid out in Section 1001 of Title 18 of the United States Code, which generally prohibits knowingly and willfully making false or fraudulent statements, or concealing information, in “any matter within the jurisdiction” of the federal government of the United States, even by mere denial 18 U.S. Code § 1519 – Destruction, alteration, or falsification of records in Federal investigations

Current through Pub. L. 114-38. (See Public Laws for the current Congress.)

US Code Per the US Department of Justice, the purpose of Section 1001 is “to protect the authorized functions of governmental departments and agencies from the perversion which might result from” concealment of material facts and from false material representations.

There are no excess wild horses and burros on their legally designated land. These animals and this land do NOT belong to the government … the wild horses and burros and the land belong to you and me.

Feel Good Sunday: Horse And Dog Have Been Best Friends Since The Moment They Met

By caitlinnjill as published on The Dodo

“They built this amazing trust and knowledge of each other and this has only grown over the years,”

Leslie grew up always having multiple dogs around, and so when she moved out on her own, there was never any question about who her housemates would be.


Currently, Leslie has four Dobermans: Boss, Kyra, Gaia and Zeus.

All the dogs love each other very much, and are always following each other around …

… and getting into mischief together, of course.

Leslie also grew up around horses, and her horse Contino is just as much a part of the pack as the dogs — especially with Boss.

“The pack just knows how to deal and live around horses,” Leslie told The Dodo. “They’ve been around horses since they were allowed to go outside. However, the case of Boss is a different one.”

From the very first time Boss wandered around Contino’s stables, the pair were simply drawn to one another. Neither has ever been afraid of the other, and their bond is truly unlike any other.

“Boss was always fearless around him and was even curious to come close to lick or smell him,” Leslie said. “Contino accepted him amazingly since day one, so that’s about time when I realized their relationship was something special.”

Boss and Contino love spending time together, giving each other kisses and cuddles. Despite being much bigger than him, Contino is always very gentle with Boss, and seems to know exactly what he needs.

“They built this amazing trust and knowledge of each other and this has only grown over the years,” Leslie said.


Updates on USDA TWH Anti-Soring Legislation

by as published on Horse Nation

The equestrian internet has been on fire on both sides of the Tennessee Walking Horse (TWH) soring issue since July 25, when the Animal and Plant Health Inspections Service (APHIS), a department of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), issued their proposed rule to strengthen the Horse Protection Act of 1970 (HPA).

The APHIS/USDA Proposal

Tennessee_Walker_X-RayThe proposed rule makes two noteworthy changes:

  • APHIS would assume responsibility for training, screening and licensing horse inspectors. The inspectors would be veterinarians and veterinary technicians who would be required to follow APHIS rules and standards of conduct. This would end the industry self-policing.
  • APHIS would ban the use of all action devices, pads, and foreign substances at horse shows, exhibitions, sales, and auctions. This would align the HPA regulations with existing equestrian standards set forth by the U.S. Equestrian Federation.

APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea stated, “The recommended changes will ultimately help us end soring altogether by giving USDA direct control over the inspection process, and banning the use of certain equipment and training devices allowed under existing regulations. We believe an independent pool of APHIS-trained inspectors, combined with a ban on inhumane training methods, will be a more effective deterrent to the cruel and inhumane practice of horse soring.”

Recommendations came after lobbying on both sides of the issue. Many groups and individuals who support the big lick industry participated, as did the mainstream horse industry groups and veterinary organizations such as the American Horse Council, American Association of Equine Practitioners and American Veterinary Medical Association.

The Regulatory Impact Analysis and Analysis in Support of the Certification states that the rule “will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.”

Response from Big Lick Stakeholders

The Celebration in Shelbyville, TN, is the TWH show event and is predominantly a venue for big lick performance horses. The Celebration organization issued a statement on July 26: “The Celebration is disappointed with the proposed rule issued by the USDA-APHIS. The rule is deficient in its intended objectives and will have a devastating impact on the Tennessee Walking Horse industry and thus The Celebration, the community of Shelbyville and all those communities and charities impacted by our great breed.” The 78th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration will open on August 24th and conclude on September 3rd with the crowning World Grand Champion Tennessee Walking Horse.

The Tennessee Walking Horse Breeder and Exhibiters Association (TWHBEA) in Lewisburg, TN stated the following on July 27, “The proposed rule is clearly an overreach, typical of today’s Washington, and an overt effort to bypass Congress. In order to appease radical animal rights organizations, USDA is refusing to objectively look at the facts and instead implementing rules that are not based in science or reality.” TWHBEA claim that veterinary experts at Auburn University (1978 – ’82 study) and University of Tennessee support their view that the enhancement equipment (pads) does not harm the horses. They state they are funding their own study.

Response from Supporters of the Proposal

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), All American Walking Horse Alliance (AAWHA) and others have been posting energetic support.  Friends of Sound Horses (FOSH) shared via Facebook, “We’re rejoicing in the streets! The USDA has taken the next step in issuing regulations that will substantially reduce or eliminate soring.”

What’s Happening With the PAST Act 2015?

The PAST ACT 2015 (Prevent All Soring Tactics) is a bill in Congress aimed at closing the loopholes in enforcement of the HPA.  The PAST Act is endorsed by nearly all sectors of the horse industry, veterinary community, animal protection organizations, law enforcement and many in the walking horse show world. It has bi-partisan co-sponsorship of 263 members of the House and 49 members of the Senate. Click for a 2015 list of associations that support the PAST Act.

The first bill was introduced 2013/2014 with no vote. It was reintroduced in 2015. A small number of federal legislators have been successful in blocking the bill from coming to a vote. The bill continues to flounder in Congress. The APHIS/USDA proposal is seen by some (on both sides) as a way around Congress.

How to Participate in the APHIS Process

Regulations.gov has been created for the public to read the amendment document (Docket ID: APHIS-2011-0009) and voice their opinions. APHIS has planned public meetings to seek additional comments and feedback from the public. Those meetings are scheduled for the following dates:

  • Tuesday, Aug. 9: Embassy Suites, 1200 Conference Center Boulevard, Murfreesboro, TN.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 10: Clarion Hotel Lexington, 1950 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 16: Courtyard Sacramento Airport Natomas, 2101 River Plaza Drive, Sacramento, CA.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 6: USDA Center at Riverside, 4700 River Road, Riverdale, MD in Riverdale, MD.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 15: call-in virtual public meeting.

All meetings will be held at 9:00 a.m. local time. Register to speak online or 30 minutes prior to meeting.

I’ve personally observed the results of the action apparatus in my series “Saving Theo.” I have been exposed to other post-big lick horses that required rehabilitation. I have listened to farriers and veterinarians experienced in treating show horses. I have stood in the breezeway of a training barn next to horses standing off-balance in stacks. I support the proposal as an inducement to return the TWH to the uncontrived gait that is the foundation of the breed and to encourage the TWH industry to adopt humane training and show standards.

Go TWH, and go riding!

[USDA Proposes HPA Enforcement Rule Change]

[USDA Proposes New Regulations to Combat Horse Soring]

[USDA Proposes Changes to End the Inhumane Practice of Soring]

[Amendments to the Horse Protection Act Regulations]

[Celebration Stands by Tennessee Walking Horse; Opposes USDA Proposed Rule]


Opinion: BLM Seeks Comments on Wild Burros Devoid of Content?

OpEd by R.T. Fitch ~ president/co-founder of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

In my humble opinion:

Okie, Dokie; it has happened again, is it just me, am I truly the village idiot I once aspired to be (wow, non-intentional alliteration) or is something so upside down within the horse/burro hating BLM that no amount of sane contemplation can make their lack of logic work? 

I don’t know, that is why I am asking you.

I DON'T flippen believe it!!!Several weeks ago the BLM issued a press release, below, regarding the acceptance of public comment on their whiz-bang EA of their Black Mountain Wild Burro ovary frying proposal.  At first glance it is pretty straight forward in their typical “goose-step”, egotistical “thou shalt” way of the self-anointed annihilators of our wild equine but if you dig just a little deeper you can actually visualize the depravity that drives these destructive directives.

First, being the idiots that we are, we are given a terse lesson on what a ‘substantive comment’ really is, duuhhhh ~ “Substantive comments either question with reasonable basis the accuracy of information or present new information relevant to the analysis.”

Okay, got it, you want us to be reasonable and relevant so there shall be no “who was the genius who came up with this hair-brained idea” or clever new, innovative ideas like, “how bout letting nature run its course“, okay, we can do that standing on our heads, no problem, we are used to eating cow kaka.

Secondly, we are instructed on what NOT to do…oh no, we don’t want to piss off the widdle wangers ~ “Comments are not considered substantive that are emotional in nature or in favor or against the project.”

Alrighty, that is just easy peasy lemon squeezy; they don’t want us to speak from our hearts, get overly worked up, cuss, disagree, agree…whoa, let me try that again.  We can’t be emotional OR be in Favor of OR be Against the chemical castration program.  Not only are the poor burro’s little ovaries in the hot seat but I am feeling a serious BURN right behind my eyeballs just about now.  What the hell does that sentence mean?

Has the BLM gotten so wrapped up in TELLING us what they are GOING to do and how we are just going to have to take it that they have now instructed us that we must be totally passive in reviewing their plan and are required to just accept it without question or endorsement?  I don’t know about you but Homey, here, just ain’t wired that way.

I am so sick and tired of this out of control government agency breaking the law, sassing the public, tormenting wild horses and burros and cozening up with grazing, extraction and hunting interests that I could just blinkin explode.  I know there is no fixing stupid but these idiots don’t even make the simplest effort to disguise their incompetence and total lack of compassion.  How in the hell do they function on a day to day basis without written, hand-held  instructions?

It’s time to take note, tighten up our cinches, pull up the suspenders and come 100% face to face with the fact that we are NOT dealing with an honest, coherent, competent and transparent governmental agency and that we, as tax payers and the voices for the silent, should question and bring to task every single, minute move, suggestion, plan or proposal that this band of outlaws put forward into the light of day.  Not one thing can be trusted nor can these agents for special interests continue to be allowed to act, very poorly, as the alleged protectors of the last of our wild equines on their rightful public lands.

This little idiot release is the harbinger of bigger things to come and continues to highlight the fact that for the sake of the wild horses and burros, things gotta change and they have to change fast.  “There’s horses and burros to save out there, Mildred, we gotta get going!!!” and gettin going is what we gotta get after.  Calls um as ya Sees um my friends!” ~ R.T. (BTW, I have no opinion on this subject)

Release Date: 07/19/16
Contacts: Media Contact: Lee Tucker
928-505-1268, ltucker@blm.gov

BLM Seeking Public Comments on Environmental Assessment of Burro Contraceptive Pilot Program

KINGMAN, Ariz. The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Kingman Field Office is seeking public input on the Environmental Assessment (EA) of a fertility management pilot program as proposed by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

Approximately 5,000 wild burros currently roam public lands in the state of Arizona. The BLM protects and manages wild horses and burros under the authority of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 as amended, to ensure that healthy herds thrive on healthy rangelands. Because these animals have virtually no natural predators, their herd sizes can double nearly every four years.

The HSUS in cooperation with the BLM proposes to treat female burros in the Black Mountain Herd Management Area (HMA) with the immunocontraceptive vaccine Porcine Zona Pellucida (PZP), also known as ZonaStat-H PZP.

The HSUS’s focus for this project is to assess whether booster doses of ZonaStat-H PZP could be applied via opportunistic darting in a safe, effective, and economical manner as one method of reducing reproduction rates to wild and free roaming burros.

The BLM is accepting substantive comments through August 15, 2016 (for a total of 30 days). Substantive comments either question with reasonable basis the accuracy of information or present new information relevant to the analysis. Comments are not considered substantive that are emotional in nature or in favor or against the project. The BLM does not take into consideration the amount of comments on one particular issue.

The EA titled DOI BLM-AZ-C010-2016-0004, as well as online comment submissions are available on the BLM ePlanning portal at: http://bit.ly/BLM-AZ-KFO-WildBurro

A printed copy is available for public review during business hours at the Kingman Field Office located at 2755 Mission Blvd, Kingman, AZ 86401.

Written comments may be mailed or delivered to the Bureau of Land Management, Kingman Field Office, 2755 Mission Blvd, Kingman, AZ 86401.

All comments will be made available to the public.


Judge Rules in Favor of Pryor Mountain Wild Horses

CLAIR JOHNSON For the Independent Record

“By operating with an outdated AML when it made its 2015 decision, BLM’s excess animal determination was based, at least in part, on pure guesswork,”

A federal judge in Billings MT has ruled that the Bureau of Land Management used outdated information when it decided to remove wild horses last year as part of a population management plan at the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range.

Pryor Mountain Stallions ~ photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Pryor Mountain Stallions ~ photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

U.S. District Judge Susan Watters in a July 29 ruling said BLM’s reliance on the outdated management plan in making a decision that the range had excess horses that needed removal was “arbitrary and capricious.” Her order set aside the agency’s decision.

Watters’ ruling favored the Friends of Animals, a Connecticut-based advocacy group. The organization sued BLM last year after the agency said it would gather and permanently remove 20 young wild horses and continue removing six to 12 wild horses annually.

“We are thrilled the court didn’t let the BLM get away (with) violating the law,” said Jennifer Best, associate director of FoA’s Wildlife Law Program.

Watters’ ruling, Best said, recognizes “that BLM was removing wild horses from the Pryor Mountains before considering a reasonable alternative — determining what the appropriate population for the area is and whether the range could potentially support more wild horses.”

The judge’s order also found that BLM could “not ignore its promise to the public to do a more thorough analysis of the Appropriate Management Level before removing wild horses,” Best continued.

An AML, as defined by the agency, is the number of horses that can be sustained within a designated herd management area that maintains “a thriving natural ecological balance in keeping with the multiple-use management concept for the area.”

“I hope this decision sends a signal to the BLM that it cannot get away with ignoring its commitments and duties to protect these amazing wild animals, who are actually underpopulated,” Best said.

FoA alleged BLM violated federal laws by basing its 2015 Pryor Mountain horse removal decision on an outdated 2009 Herd Management Area Plan that established an appropriate management horse population of 90 to 120 wild horses. The appropriate management number, the group said, was based on a 2007 range evaluation, which the BLM was supposed to recalculate within five years.

BLM admitted it has not re-calculated the appropriate management level number since its 2009 decision.

Alyse Backus, a spokeswoman for the BLM, said on Wednesday a judgment had not yet been issued in the case and that BLM could not comment on pending litigation.

Backus said the 2015 horse removal did occur. The judge earlier denied FoA’s request for a preliminary injunction.

Watters’ ruling noted that BLM had stated in its 2009 decision that it would recalculate the appropriate management level within five years. “The Court finds that federal regulations, case law and its own representations to the public bind BLM to this commitment,” she said.

“By operating with an outdated AML when it made its 2015 decision, BLM’s excess animal determination was based, at least in part, on pure guesswork,” the judge wrote.

The Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range consists of more than 38,000 acres of desert, forest and high mountain meadows. There are no livestock grazing leases on the range, which was established in 1968 for exclusive use by wild horses and other wildlife. The herd is believed to be descended from horse used by Spanish conquistadors.


Marjorie Farabee on why Wild Burros are in Real Trouble, on Wild Horse & Burro Radio (Wed., 8/3/16)



Join us on Wild Horse Wednesdays®, Aug. 3, 2016

5:00 pm PST … 6:00 pm MST … 7:00 pm CST … 8:00 pm EST

Listen to the archived show (HERE!)

You can also listen to the show on your phone by calling (917) 388-4520.

You can call in with questions during the 2nd half hour, by dialing (917) 388-4520, then pressing 1.

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



Tonight’s show will be hosted by Marjorie Farabee, Dir. of Wild Burro Affairs for Wild Horse Freedom Federation, Equine Mgr. of Todd Mission Ranch (TMR Rescue) & founder of Wild Burro Protection League.  Marjorie will be joined by special guests.

Wild burros are in real trouble.  In January of this year, Mojave County Supervisor Steve Moss called for issuing hunting licenses to shoot wild burros in Arizona.  His claims were that the burros were overpopulated based on aerial count done by the BLM.  But, is this true? Are they overpopulated?  We know the numbers are vastly inflated. We know the burros are not genetically healthy due to the fragmentation of their habitat.  We know that their ranges are severely over-grazed.  But, who is doing the damage? And, what are the guidelines the BLM should be following according to law?  Why do BLM employees routinely ignore the grazing guidelines they are supposed to uphold?

Listen tonight and find out.

To contact us: ppj1@hush.com, or call 320-281-0585 Continue reading

BLM Sets Meeting of National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board

Unedited Press Release from the BLM

“We let the cat out of the bag on this one, last week.  But here is the ‘official’ press release in all it’s propaganda infused glory.” ~ R.T.

Release Date: 08/01/16
Contacts: Dorothea Boothe , 202-912-7654

BLM Sets Meeting of National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board for September in Elko, Nevada

September 8–9 meeting will be livestreamed at http://www.blm.gov/live

BLM Bored Member, during March 2011 Advisory Bored meeting, actively engaged in protecting the future of wild horses and burros ~ photographer unknown

BLM Bored Member, during March 2011 Advisory Bored meeting, actively engaged in protecting the future of wild horses and burros ~ photographer unknown

The Bureau of Land Management’s National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will meet September 8-9, 2016, in Elko, Nev., to discuss issues relating to the management and protection of wild horses and burros on Western public rangelands. The two-day meeting will take place on Thursday, September 8, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., and Friday, September 9, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (The meeting times are local time; Elko is in the Pacific Time Zone.) The meeting will be live-streamed at http://www.blm.gov/live.

The agenda of the upcoming meeting can be found in the August 1, 2016, Federal Register at http://go.usa.gov/x4TRJ. The meeting will be held at Stockmen’s Hotel and Casino, 340 Commercial Street, Elko, Nev. The hotel’s website address is www.northernstarcasinos.com/Stockmens-hotel-casino; its phone number is (775) 738-5141.

The Advisory Board provides advice and recommendations to the BLM as it carries out its responsibilities under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. The law mandates the protection and management of these free-roaming animals in a manner that ensures healthy herds at levels consistent with the land’s capacity to support them. According to the BLM’s latest official estimate, approximately 67,027 wild horses and burros roam on BLM-managed rangelands in 10 Western states.

The public may address the Advisory Board on Thursday, September 8, from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m., local time. Individuals who want to make a statement at Thursday’s meeting should register in person with the BLM by 3:15 p.m. local time, on that same day at the meeting site. Depending on the number of speakers, the Board may limit the length of presentations, set at three minutes for previous meetings.

Speakers should submit a written copy of their statement to the BLM at the addresses below or bring a copy to the meeting. There will be a Webcam present during the entire meeting and individual comments may be recorded. Those who would like to comment but are unable to attend may submit a written statement to: National Wild Horse and Burro Program, WO-261, Attention: Ramona DeLorme, 1340 Financial Boulevard, Reno, Nev., 89502-7147. Comments may also be e-mailed to the BLM (at whbadvisoryboard@blm.gov); please include “Advisory Board Comment” in the subject line of the e-mail.

For additional information regarding the meeting, please contact Ms. DeLorme, Wild Horse and Burro Administrative Assistant, at (775) 861-6583. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may reach Ms. DeLorme during normal business hours by calling the Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

The Advisory Board generally meets twice a year and the BLM Director may call additional meetings when necessary. Members serve without salary, but are reimbursed for travel and per diem expenses according to government travel regulations.

In its management of wild horses and burros, the BLM is taking a number of steps to ensure healthy horses and burros thrive on healthy public lands , including sponsoring a significant research program focused on fertility control; transitioning horses from off-range corrals to more cost-effective pastures; working to increase adoptions with new programs and partnerships; and requesting two new pieces of legislative authority — one to allow for the immediate transfer of horses to other agencies that have a need for work animals and one that would create a congressionally-chartered foundation that could help fund and support adoption efforts.

TX Cutting Horse Vet’s Horses Slated for Slaughter

by as published on Weatherford Democrat

“Veterinarian Leea Arnold, through an employee, declined to speak with the Democrat and forwarded links to American Veterinary Medical Association statements and frequently-asked questions regarding horse slaughter and unwanted horses.”

579cda9b10085.imageHorse rescuers say they ended up saving from slaughter several horses formerly owned by a Weatherford veterinary business specializing in cutting horse breeding.

A herd of horses bearing the brand of The Arnold Reproduction Center ended up scheduled for shipment to slaughter, according to social media posts, which the business acknowledged in a statement last week, calling the slaughter designation unintended.

Photos posted by the Kaufman Kill Pen Facebook page on July 22 and July 23 show at least a dozen horses bearing the LA brand and/or distinctive shoulder numbers, with some described as recipient mares.

The posts listed the dollar amounts required to save the horses from death.

Kaufman Kill Pen describes itself as a “page existing to help network homes for slaughter-bound horses” and lists animals for sale from McBarronhorses@yahoo.com in Forney.

Kaufman County horse trader Mike McBarron has drawn criticism from some animal welfare groups for his practices, including purchasing horses to send to Mexico for slaughter.

After social media posts about the horses went viral among the horse rescue community, The Arnold Reproduction Center acknowledged the incident.

“I recently sent some mares to the Cleburne Horse Sale,” The Arnold Reproduction Center wrote on Facebook Sunday. “I certainly never intended for them to end up in the slaughter pen. Many of these mares came to me through the sale barn system, were sick, completely unbroken and certainly destined for slaughter at that time (15 or so years ago). As long as these mares are reproductively sound, they stay in my herd – many probably longer than they are useful. My staff and I have taken the time, money, and resources we have to help these mares become useful and give them a viable purpose.

“I will use another avenue to re-home these mares in the future. If you are a non-profit organization and have your 501(c)3 at hand, I would be more than happy to donate any older or reproductively unsound recipients to your facilities as they become available.”

Veterinarian Leea Arnold, through an employee, declined to speak with the Democrat and forwarded links to American Veterinary Medical Association statements and frequently-asked questions regarding horse slaughter and unwanted horses.

It’s unclear exactly how many of Arnold’s horses ended up in the kill pen and how many were rescued or sent to slaughter. The Democrat reached out to McBarron by email for more information but did not receive a response by deadline.

One of the rescuers, Michelle McCarley, of Mt. Pleasant, told the Democrat that she became aware of the animals’ plight via Facebook.

After another woman identified the LA brand, McCarley said she spoke with Dr. Arnold on Saturday by phone, told her about the situation and confirmed that the animals in question had been recipient mares for Arnold’s business.

Arnold gave her descriptions and numbers for 21 horses, including information that could help rescuers find homes for the mares, such as whether or not the animals were known to be rideable, McCarley said.

McCarley said Arnold told her that a AQHA-registered horse listed on the kill pen page, Smart Jazzy Miss 198, and later rescued had been hers, as well.

Arnold did not otherwise offer to help the animals that were scheduled to be sent for slaughter, according to McCarley’s account.

McCarley said she and others on social media who organized an effort to save the animals were unsuccessful in coming up with enough money to rescue all of the animals in time.

However, McCarley said she and other donors were able to rescue three horses Thursday at $750 each.

According to social media posts, other rescuers purchased several others.

Arnold’s critics say it’s well-known in the horse business that slaughter horse traders, also known as “kill buyers,” often attend horse auctions.

“These people that are using them, these horses are making their fortunes,” McCarley said. “The very least that they can do is make sure that they end up in a safe place and find a retirement home, find a rescue, or establish a rescue for these mares.”

Recipient mares carry embryos for donor mares, enabling the donor mares to continue to race or show or to produce multiple foals each season.

During a 2013 interview with Horse Talk Live, Arnold said she has approximately 650 recipient mares.

The same year, Fort Worth Business reported that the cutting business made up about 60 to 70 percent of Arnold’s clientele, as well as those handling race horses and halter and reining horses.


VIRAL VIDEO: Horse uses owner as a ‘human pillow’

Sources: Multiple

“All I can say about this Feel Good Sunday installation is ‘If you haven’t seen it, you probably should!’ enjoy.” ~ R.T.

Hilarious video of a woman’s horse, Jimmy, using her as a ‘human pillow’ is going viral.

Lisa Brown posted the video to Facebook July 24, and it’s gotten over 5.7 million views since.

She wrote in a YouTube post:

“I was out in the fields early one morning, and Jimmy lay down to snooze, which he does often. I took my cup of coffee and went to sit with him. I was scratching and stroking him, and he began to lean on me and then pushed me gently back until I was basically his human pillow! Jimmy has a very peaceful nature, but he’s also a comic genius!”

New Government Report on Trespass Livestock

Source:  Western Watersheds Project

“For decades our wild horses and burros have been scapegoated as the primary reason for ecological destruction on our western public lands while in reality, the documented destruction has come from private, welfare livestock allowed to graze our land at subsidized prices while far out numbering the federally protected wild equines. 

This may come as a bit of a shock (tongue in cheek) but several of our federal agencies (BLM and USFS for example) are critically ate up with collusion and cronyism leading to a system of ‘good ole boy’ favoritism towards federally subsidized welfare grazing with little or no control YET the agencies, along with their welfare ranching buddies, point fingers at the wild horses and burros for grazing damage while they hold actual research at bay that verifies it is their private cows and sheep that are doing the damage and NOT the wild horses and burros.

Instead of reducing or eliminated grazing permits the BLM and USFS spend tens of millions of taxpayer dollars to attack, harass, capture, abuse, torture, experiment upon, warehouse and even sell horses and burros off to slaughter AGAINST the will of American taxpayers and  politicians.

Although today’s installment does not address wild horses and burros specifically it speaks to the problem that is used as an excuse for the corrupt agencies to illegally remove the protected equines from public lands while welfare cattle and sheep run amok.  It is all so screwed up that it is difficult for a sane mind to wrap itself around, but for the sake of the wild horses and burros we need to “get it” and continue to fight and speak on their behalf.  Become conversant on the subject, please, and ensure that all who you know are equally aware as it is only through the force of numbers will we be able to win this war.  Keep the faith my friends and keep on keeping on.” ~ R.T.

July 29, 2016
Online Messenger #335

photo by Jonathan Ratner

photo by Jonathan Ratner

A recently released report from the Government Accountability Office conclusively found what many WWP members already suspected: 1) Trespass livestock grazing is a pervasive problem; 2) It causes widespread ecological damage on public lands; 3) Land management agencies don’t adequately document these violations; and 4) Forest Service trespass fees are too low to serve as a deterrent. These facts add up to a very grim picture about illegal grazing activities on the lands owned and cherished by all of us.

WWP has been documenting trespass livestock grazing for years, reporting observations of cows and sheep in the wrong pastures, staying too long on an allotment, and on sensitive areas that are supposed to be protected from damaging hooves. These types of reports don’t get taken seriously and the agencies – despite BLM regulations requiring them to take action – often just deal with permittees through a casual conversation rather than formal documentation.

The GAO report verifies that the agencies are intimidated by dealing with high-profile repeat offenders and anti-government protestors, leading to a cycle of increased trespass grazing. The GAO found that even when the agencies do deal with trespassers, the penalties assessed are often too low to act as a deterrent.  This is especially true for the Forest Service where the penalty for trespass grazing may be even less than the cost of permitted grazing elsewhere!  Some ranchers consider these penalties “the cost of doing business” – within a business model that already steals value from our public trust lands.

As if these findings weren’t bad enough, add them to the fact that the GAO found much the same thing in 1990. The agencies largely ignored the government’s recommendations then; will they pay any heed now?

The report is a useful update on the general status of this overlooked issue, and it is due to the hard work of WWP staff in D.C. that this report was requested by Representative Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Committee.

Congressman Grijalva released his own press statement on the GAO findings. Grijalva stated “federal agencies’ first responsibility is to ensure the public receives a fair return for the use of public land. Right-wing anti-government rhetoric should not prevent agencies from enforcing laws written to protect the environment and economy of Western states.”

Thank you, Congressman Grijalva. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.