Why the Checkerboard Wild Horse Roundup in Wyoming is Personal
by Carol J. Walker, Dir. of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federation
*Reminder* Please call your Senators this week to save our wild horses – more at the end of this blog post.
This roundup is personal. I have been following, photographing, documenting and observing the Adobe Town Herd since 2004 and have a very special connection to these horses, who live in the wildest and emptiest of lands. This roundup is personal because horses I know and have cared about for many years are being removed from their homes and are losing their families forever. Worst of all, with the vote on the 2018 Budget in the Senate looming, all of these horses that are removed could soon be facing mass killing and slaughter along with the 46,000 wild horses and burros in holding facilities.
A proud stallion
Mare and foal
Lots of greys
A buckskin stallion
After one of the long days of this interminable roundup, I drove in the afternoon into the area with the horses I know best because they had not yet been removed. I saw family after family, and the horses were on edge, perhaps they had heard the helicopters in the distance earlier, but i would not be surprised if they knew something was up. The horses in adobe Town tend to be more alert anyway – they are not like many herds that are used to human visitors. I will be lucky if I get to be close enough to photograph and sit for a while with any of these families.
Strawberry roan stallion
First I saw a very colorful family, and on the other side of a fence, a sorrel stallion with a flaxen mane.
Then as I drove on, another grey stallion caught my eye. The Adobe Town Herd has a lot of Spanish blood, and grey is a dominant color among Spanish horses, so there are a lot of greys.
A grey stallion and his family
As I drove on, I was hoping I would see my mustang Mica’s father and his family. I had seen them a month ago after not having seen them for two years, and I was really worried that they might be rounded up and separated. I did find them coming up the hill, and surprised them, so they ran off a bit, then turned to look at me at a comfortable (for them) distance. I spent a while with them, then reluctantly made my way toward the highway. After leaving them I saw another family with a stallion who was very alert, but they were not concerned about my presence and only moved off when a gas truck roared by. READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE HERE.
Please call your Senators this week. Our wild horses are depending upon you to be their voice and save them from senseless slaughter and killing.
Call Your Senators and the Senate Appropriations Committee now -this week is it! Keep calling and faxing all members of the Senate Appropriations Committee –and particularly the members of the Subcommittee on the Interior- asking them to oppose any language allowing BLM to sell without restrictions wild horses in holding or authorizing the killing of healthy wild horses in holding or on the range as “management option”.
Senators on Appropriations Committee:
(CHAIR) Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) 202-224-5054 202-224-5321
Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) 202-224-5744 202-224-3416
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) 202-224-6665 202-224-5301
Sen. John Boozman (R-AR) 202-224-4843 202-228-1371
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) 202-224-3841 202-228-3954
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) 202-224-4041 202-224-9750
Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) 202-224-5042 202-228-3075
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 202-224-3041 202-228-0285
Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HW) 202-224-3934 202-228-1153
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) 202-224-2152 202-228-0400
Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) 202-224-6521 202-228-6966
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) 202-224-2541 202-224-2499
Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) 202-224-4623 202-228-0447
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) 202-224-2523 202-224-2693
Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) 202-224-4654 202-228-0629
Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) 202-224-5721 202-224-8149 (Pro-slaughter shill, Don’t bother with him)
Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) 202-224-2644 202-224-8594 (Don’t bother with him)
Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) 202-224-2651 202-228-1236 (Don’t bother with him)
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) 202-224-2841 202-228-3194
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) 202-224-6621 202-228-3261 (He is our sponsor, no need to contact)
Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) 202-224-2551 202-224-7999
Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) 202-224-5754 202-228-1015
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) 202-224-3753 202-228-3997
Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) 202-224-4642 202-224-4680
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) 202-224-5972 202-224-3808 (He is also our sponsor, no need to contact)
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) 202-224-4944 202-228-3398 (Pro-slaughter shill, Don’t bother with him)
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) 202-224-0238 202-224-3479
Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) 202-224-2621 202-224-0238
Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) 202-224-5653 202-224-9787
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) 202-224-6472 202-224-7665
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) 202-224-3954 202-228-0002
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