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OPINION: Palomino horse facility needs shade

By ThisIsReno
Roof over hay stacks. Image courtesy of Monika Courtney.

Roof over hay stacks. Image courtesy of Monika Courtney.

By Monika Courtney, Evergreen, Colo.

Was the quick organizing of a BLM workshop in Reno a courteous act or another PR stunt – pulling a hand brake on bad publicity pertaining to animal cruelty at Palomino Valley government holding facility?

I fear it is the latter.

The workshop’s structure defined biased control, a la Delphi style. Time restraints and biased input by “experts” recruited by BLM, rendering opinions rather than integral advice on current lack of shelter in higher climatic heat trends… reflected disregard for horses and us.

Despite Joan Guilfoyle’s (Division Chief) welcome gospel of “engaging with public”, most left with a sense of non-accomplishment.

You may see a shade going up over the sick pen, the sole objective of PhD, UC Davis recruits insisting on lack of shade studies on wild horses, therefore forfeiting the benefits thereof to the confined, suffering equines in their care. They even claimed shade increases insects, when the contrary is pointed out by reputable equine veterinarian experts.

These vet recommendations, shelter/heat stress /nutritional info, NWS weather charts, photos of wild horses in shade on the range were submitted. Common sense of roof structures as they have over hay stacks but none for horses does not exist. It is dispelled with biased scholar magic geared to halt public pressure of increasingly concerned tax payers. Moreover, sequester excuses garnish the agenda. While monies are allocated to continued “emergency” round ups to stockpile more horses, non-existing “shade research on wild horses” is discussed to deter from the goal.

#8318 in pen 1, "to be trimmed." Image courtesy of Monika Courtney.

#8318 in pen 1, “to be trimmed.” Image courtesy of Monika Courtney.

The neglect is real. 7 inch long curled duck feet hooves of limping horses in the “trim” pen (just when?), foals baking, the suffering and inhumanity are a disturbing whopper to digest. Anyone in doubt, take a trip to PVC.

The ghostly broken spirits trapped onto 160 acres of hell are prisoners of a self-serving agency, demonizing them since decades. With a self-inflicted crisis, the budget pie is off the rocker as tax funds go to round ups, holding, and administrative overhead. Little to none is given to welfare or more sensible on the range management.

The one size fits all quick fix scriptures of BLM, evicting more horses as I type, causes unspeakable suffering. Yet, BLM creates horse mills resembling feedlots, with absence of modernity and wellbeing to animals, which would label any private person a sadist.

The saddest chapter in this book of misery is that those in charge are outlandishly detached. Federal guidelines to holding do not currently exist– but agony and suffering. Policy handbooks with strict quality care to be implemented are needed now. Life on the range, as the 1971 Act intended, with mustangs’ contribution to the balance of the eco-system where they also help prevent wildfires, seems to be a science BLM is not willing to consider.

Surely, life in the wild is more humane than the equine concentration camps and death pens. Thinking of the pleading horses I met at Palomino Valley… I think they would agree.

Image courtesy of Monika Courtney.

Image courtesy of Monika Courtney.


TWalkerGal August 25, 2013 - 11:40 am

@EWhitfield T Y ..   nicely written!  I agree w/you = ACTION NOW!

EWhitfield August 25, 2013 - 10:45 am

…there needs to be ACTION! NOW!

EWhitfield August 25, 2013 - 10:44 am

My family moved to Reno in 71. Back then, our homes didnt require air conditioning except maybe 5 days a year. Hell, I even remember the SUMMER it SNOWED. However as the years have progressed, the summers became hotter. More 100 degree days each year and many in mid to high 90s.
I also remember as a school aged child, likely around 75, being bussed out to PVC to see the horses. It was about then I became interested in them. Their gentle spirits. Their kind eyes. I remember the pens as they are today. Large groups of horses in dirt. I remember being told these were wild horses that were being adopted. My mother made sure I was educated on the other side of the story and was given the book, Mustang–the story of Wild Horse Annie. I still have it today.
PVC isn’t a new facility. It’s not like this issue sprung up overnight and BLM is trying to figure out how to care for these horses. It’s been there ALL ALONG, over 40 years that i can personally attest to, and these horses are being abused by legal animal abuse standards. There don’t need to be any more hearings.

TWalkerGal August 17, 2013 - 11:36 am

MonikaCourtney1 YES!  You bring up the true and basic points!!  How can these innocent victims of human financial greed and disregard be freed from this abuse?  Turn them loose?  Merciful quick death would be a yes vote if the horses were asked!!  This is sad and unacceptable!!

MonikaCourtney1 August 17, 2013 - 1:19 am


BLM must adhere to
accepted minimum care standards while these animals are in their care or
release them. The current situation resembles hoarding and worse. As the
fatality reports at PVC also cause concern to their accuracy, the distrust
of the public will be further manifested if real relief is not created
soon as common sense and increased global heat patterns demand. The
closed facility of Broken Arrow leaves for concern and does not convey
The ongoing round ups in
the face of sequester but to delay erection of simple and very doable
canopies to all horses in holding is not reform. We are tired of the empty
promises. So are the horses. Please do what is right and do it soon. I
offered to help raise funds if needed.
The workshop’s structure
was to leave us with little effect as to “engage” and leave
constructive ideas etc. To apply delphi tactics to an audience who travels at
their own dime to help effectively “brainstorm” is as insensible as
the allover treatment by BLM to the horses.  I prepared a well-rounded
package with info, and I am glad you asked me for one.
I hope to hear back with
news that reflect suggestions by noted DVM’s and adhere to modern
humane standards, currently absent at PVC and other holding,
forcing animals to endure stress, depression and agony. BLM must do
better. We want to see a real departure from past ways, as Ms. Guilfoyle
mentioned. Animal welfare is indeed not a new concept, and BLM must take it
into consideration based on reputable experts who know equines and their
needs. Plenty such resources are available.
Monika Courtney, CO.

MonikaCourtney1 August 17, 2013 - 1:19 am


Perhaps Ms. Stull ought
to spend more time on researching this concept. Or in her realms of research,
find real sustainable solutions that meet the basic and rightful needs of
animals in these prisons. Partnerships with solar panel companies would
illustrate how innovation can contribute to improvement with return opportunities.
I do not believe it takes an Einstein or excessive R&D investments to give
the suffering horses at PVC and in other holding increased comfort, which
they deserve. 
Canopies exist in
Ridgecrest. Massive roofs exist over hay stacks at PVC. I do not buy the
approach of Ms. Stull to deter from real increased comfort to all horses
in holding, by solely suggesting for shade over sick  pens to appease
the public. BLM has a commitment to these animals and to us. BLM must foster
the adoption of humane standards long ago. This requires a change in attitude
to collaboration with the public which this workshop was not. I for one, spent
over 600 bucks to come and be “heard”, as my contribution
felt important to me for the betterment of the suffering horses. 
In my
recent correspondence to BLM leadership, I have also suggested misters
and wind blocks for winter, a basic need of comfort. Horses turn
their butts to storms. At PVC they have nothing. The modest sprinkler is
not sufficient.  Any living creature seeks relief and
protection from harsh elements. The conditions at holding are

MonikaCourtney1 August 17, 2013 - 1:18 am

1) —–Original Message—–
From: Tcourt5096 <[email protected]
To: jatalbot <[email protected]>; joan_guilfoyle
<[email protected]>; clstull <[email protected]>
Sent: Fri, Aug 9, 2013 6:09 pm
Subject: Input as per BLM workshop, deadline Friday, Aug. 9th, by Monika
Dear Ms. Talbot, 
Ms. Guilfoyle,  I have
4 horses and prepared good input, yet I was not given much an
opportunity to present it. I am building more
backup by real experts who actually know all aspects of equines, such as
Dr. Holly Cheever, DVM of NY, whose extensive curriculum vitae
I enclosed in my package. The deplorable conditions and lack of
welfare cause concern and must be dealt with. National experts are taking
note.  Ms.Talbot, the suffering
is real. I have seen a lot, as I network rescue and work cruelty and starvation
cases of horses. The neglect at PVC to their welfare and basic needs is so bad,
it cannot be accepted. I will do anything in my power to continue to push for
change. I’d like to see BLM using a new sensible and honest approach,
making tax payers proud.  The BLM’s existing
structures at PVC over hay stacks proof that BLM does not need a
scientific excuse to understand what we are talking about. To be oblivious to
the horses BLM stuffs in holding to be neglected is a concern that
will not go away, but grow nationally and stronger, as I am just beginning to
expose the disregard, deter tactics and suffering in these feedlots.  I hope you looked over
the package I gave you. I will email the 5 DVM recommendations again,
just in case. More are to come. They all agree these animals are at risk
of heat stress / stroke. All equine experts I contacted, supplied real
recommendations, not opinions such as Ms. Stull, that simply make no sense to
justify the atrocious lack of current times’ infrastructure. 
All letters I brought
clearly express concern over PVC or holding in general. Some good public suggestions
were brought, such as Mr. Hendrick’s of Carson City – Solar panels for
shade could demonstrate how the increased heat pattern challenge (and it’s
real, weather charts supplied and conversations had with NWS) can be
addressed with creativity and innovation. I come from a country
that leads in innovation. It is home to the highest number of Nobel laureates
per capita in the world. I believe America must tap into the pressing
issues at hand such as self-sustainability of herds on the
range, secure a compassionate approach to holding which would make animals more
adoptable, PVC less dreadful, staff more fulfilled and  valued as to their

MonikaCourtney1 August 17, 2013 - 1:07 am

When millions (50% of $ 78 million) are allocated to  holding, yet current lack of minimal animal welfare husbandry standards, no relief with increased global heat patterns, not even a salt lick or minerals while telling the tax payers they responsibly care for the animals – there is something very wrong. Confined  horses in the care of an agency that denies any wrongdoing when animals suffer and feet are not trimmed which is animal cruelty. The bottom line is: They are no longer free to roam. They are confined and miserable. They are victims of agency hoarding, while the public who pays these people’s payroll to “care” for the horses they put in this misery, neglects their basic needs. The NV statute requires different. The stark contradiction present in this hoarding facility while tax payers are being told a fairy tale is an insult.

TWalkerGal August 15, 2013 - 6:58 pm

This equine abuse reminds me of the American Indians being rounded up, starved, mistreated, etc.. Today, as then, the ‘pork-bellied’ politicians hands/minds remained unstained and uninvolved…..  As I see it… ‘Nothing has changed over the years….’

JulietteDauterive August 15, 2013 - 11:06 am

LauraBell wrote: ” I seriously wish advocates would expend just half of the energy, time, and MAYBE some of their money on figuring out a way to hire LOBBYISTS that solely represent the interests of the wild horses and burros in Washington D.C. where ALL of the decisions and where the factions that seek to take over and CONTROL public land with FENCES have lobbyists hard at work EVERY DAY making sure that the politicians do what they want them to do.”
This is the crux of the matter. Unfortunately, even one lobbyist won’t make a difference. The reps with objectivity, and perhaps, hearts, will listen. The others are only listening to special interests that back up their wishes with big bucks. I just went to a town hall meeting with Senator David Vitter. It was an anti-Obama rally and everyone preaching to the choir and cheering each other. He got to my paper asking him to consider banning horse slaughter and he through it back on the table and got one he liked better. I spoke with him afterward and he said “That’s just more governmental regulations” before he turned to the stiletto heels crowd. I wanted to get that critical concern out, I never got to ask him about the waste of tax dollars holding our wild horse in holding pens. (Never mind their suffering; animals’ suffering is not on these people’s radar). It is all bout the almighty dollar- so you’d think they’d pay attention to this tax funded fiasco. but that is OUR money going to waste. Agrobiz lobbyist’s money is what most reps are concerned about. so I have offered no solution, but I do think a lobbyist is in order and I will contribute to that end. Andi think Ms. courtney would make a good one. Also the people running “Equine Welfare Alliance”. They are informed and talk facts and sources. My kind of clear information.

JulietteDauterive August 12, 2013 - 8:25 pm

LauraBell1 Some excellent points there. How to out-lobby Agrobiz? I do think there is more press about the issue, and comments are helping.

BarbCO August 12, 2013 - 1:18 pm

Many government agencies are in bed with academia. The UC Davis PhD students were called upon because the BLM already knew what their response would be. This participation with academia is nothing new and is not restricted to the BLM. It’s very sad that veterinarians evidently are not considered the experts. UC Davis relies on grants and taxpayer subsidized research to conduct studies. To claim that no formal studies have been done regarding lack of shade for wild horses is ridiculous. Anyone with half a wit and without conflicts of interest can see that the horses are suffering. Taxpayers need to rise up and make it known we are tired of paying for BLM’s abusive programs that cater to special interests as well as the endless funding of ridiculous studies at academic institutions.

LauraBell1 August 12, 2013 - 1:02 pm

@TerryW  The way that many (not just a few) domestic horses live out here in the desert is just like the way they live at Palomino Valley for the simple reason that MOST of us out here cannot afford, nor do we have AGRICULTURAL WATER RIGHTS to grow pasture. Our residential water rights on acreage ranging from 1 acres to 600 acres and above is only allowed to be used to grow a small lawn, water for the house on the premises, to water animals, etc. So I hope that people won’t get in trouble and have to send their horses to the weekly kill sales in Fallon, Nevada since many people are thinking that Palomino Valley is so cruel and awful but that’s how A LOT of domestic desert horses live.
So I suppose it is exactly what I’ve been thinking in that people from “not around here” in the barren desert (and I live where it looks like a nuclear bomb was dropped and we are the survivors. I too probably would be thinking the same thing if I didn’t live here, and probably did think the same thing before I moved here from SoCal 21 years ago. 
Where many of us live, including domestic, captive wild, and actual wild horses, also been described as looking like “the surface of the moon” too) so many people are simply not understanding that many, many horses are acclimated to where they live, many don’t even use shelters when they do have them in the summer, for blizzard conditions “wind walls” are used by more horses than actual shelters are (and I’ve had domestic and captive wild horses refuse to stand under their shelters, so they stand behind an outside wall of a shelter, loafing shed, barn, or shed instead).
And can someone PLEASE answer the question that I have asked over, and over, and over again regarding why won’t many of the advocates take into consideration of people and animals acclimating to their environment and as long as we have plentiful water so we don’t dehydrate, and plenty of food to eat, most non-compromised, healthy humans and animals do acclimate?
This whole thing makes me wonder what you folks in VERY HUMID conditions that deal with your own brand of weather (like tornados, hurricanes), and different kinds of soil, bugs, diseases specific to your area, etc would think if someone like me who has only been in extreme humidity about 8 times in Houston, Texas but never managed horses in it were to tell YOU what horses NEED when you as an experienced horse person KNEW they didn’t. I really think you would think I was an ignorant jerk if I insisted on things that you knew weren’t necessary, but the problem here is that if this issue were only about shelters, put in the shelters, the horses that want to use them can, and the ones that don’t want to won’t…..however, this is NOT just about shelters, but many are too short-sighted and inexperienced in this war to see it and the losers in the end will be all of the wild horses and burros when they are shipped off to slaughter because “the uninformed, naïve general public” believed the BLM’s propaganda bullsh*t………

Louie C August 12, 2013 - 12:59 pm

Comments due by Aug 19

Date: 07/05/13


Mark Mackiewicz

, 435-636-3616


BLM Seeks Comments on Draft
Supplemental EIS for the Ruby
Pipeline Project

Reno, Nev.— The Bureau of Land
Management (BLM) is seeking public comments on the Draft Supplemental
Environmental Impact Statement (Draft SEIS) for the Ruby Pipeline Project.
The Draft SEIS has a limited scope that includes updated information on the
historical extent of sagebrush steppe habitat, and present and reasonably
foreseeable future actions that could impact sagebrush steppe habitat. The
Draft SEIS also contains an updated cumulative effects analysis based on this
information, including indirect impacts on sagebrush steppe obligate species.
The BLM’s decision whether to reissue the ROW Grant and require additional
mitigation will be based on this analysis.
The Draft SEIS is in response to a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Decision
that found the Ruby Pipeline Final Environmental Impact Statement did not
provide sufficient quantified or detailed data about the cumulative loss of
sagebrush steppe vegetation and habitat. The pipeline has been constructed
and is currently operational. It includes an approximately 678-mile long,
42-inch diameter interstate natural gas pipeline that crosses 368 miles of
federal land beginning near Opal, Wyoming, extends through northern Utah and
northern Nevada, and terminates near Malin, Oregon.
The comment period begins July 5 and ends August
19. Written comments received during
this 45-day period will be considered during the development of a final SEIS.
The Draft SEIS may be viewed at: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/info/nepa/ruby_pipeline_project.html.

Copies of the Draft SEIS are also
available for review at the following locations:

• BLM Kemmerer Field Office, 312
Hwy 189 N, Kemmerer, WY, 83101;
• BLM Salt Lake Field Office, 2370 South 2300 West, Salt Lake City, UT,
• BLM Elko District Office, 3900 E. Idaho Street, Elko, NV, 89801;
• BLM Winnemucca District Office, 5100 E. Winnemucca Blvd, Winnemucca, NV,
• BLM Lakeview District Office, 1301 S. G St., Lakeview, OR, 97630;
• BLM Klamath Falls Resource Area Office, 2795 Anderson Ave., Ste. 25,
Klamath Falls, OR, 97603;
• BLM Surprise Field Office, 602 Cressler St., Cedarville, CA, 96104
• Additional locations where hard copies of the Draft SEIS can be viewed can
be found on the project website or by contacting the project manager.

Before including your address,
phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in
your comment, be advised, that your entire comment– including your personal information—may
be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment
to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, we
cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
Comments should be mailed to Ruby SEIS, c/o Bureau of Land Management Price
Field Office, 125 South 600 West, Price, Utah 84501; emailed to ,
or through the BLM Ruby website: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/info/nepa/ruby_pipeline_project.html

For further information, contact
Mark Mackiewicz, PMP, Project Manager at (435) 636-3616, Bureau of Land
Management Price Field Office, 125 South 600 West, Price, Utah 84501; email .

Louie C August 12, 2013 - 12:12 pm

The Mustang Conspiracy: British Petroleum and The Ruby Pipeline
In Part two of our hard hitting ATSNews Special Report: “SEX, DRUGS, MUSTANGS, CORRUPTION and BP TOO”, ATSnews’ Mark Allin (AKA: Springer) and 17 time Emmy Award Winner, KLAS 8 News Now (Las Vegas, NV) Investigative Reporter, George Knapp discuss the unbelievable corruption, sex and drug parties and payola schemes that transpired between the MMS and several Big Oil Companies. The Inspector General of the U.S. investigated the “Culture of Substance Abuse and Corruption” that ran rampant through the Denver Office of the MMS and several big oil companies from 2002 through 2006. The U.S. Taxpayer was bilked out of hundreds of millions of dollars, the environment was utterly neglected, the affected areas populations were at great risk (and still are), all for the betterment of a handful of Big Oil Companies’ bottom lines.
You may be surprised to learn that revenues generated by Royalties paid to the U.S. Government, in return for exploiting the oil reserves under public lands, is the second only to TAXES in total gross income for the U.S. Government. That’s a double edged statement. On the one hand, it becomes obvious why government is so happy to allow things like “self regulation” to companies like BP, in spite of their abysmal record. On the other hand, it begs the questions “Why do these appointed (NOT elected) officials sell these royalties for only pennies on the dollar compared to their fair market value? Why do they totally disregard the laws of the land and allow these companies to do whatever they want to increase profits and control costs by avoiding, or totally ignoring, health, environment and safety regulations?”
Because our public servants are, literally, IN BED with these companies.
Finally, part two also discusses the alleged, “real reason” for the very recent Mustang round ups off the horse’s legal land. The 675 mile long Ruby Natural Gas Pipeline that runs right through the Calico Herd’s protected lands. After hearing about this pipeline, ATSNews’ Mark Allin started doing some good old fashioned investigative reporting of his own to see just who was behind this pipeline, who would benefit from it most. What he discovered is disturbing but not surprising. The same Corporate Raiders who have been fined hundreds of millions of dollars, created environmental disasters all over the U.S. (and many other parts of the world) because they just turn their nose up at safety regulations, best practices, and common sense are ALL involved with the Ruby Pipeline.
The same bunch of villains who have plundered our public lands for decades, destroyed lives through their negligence and horrid lack of concern for anything but huge profits are now destroying yet another piece of Americana, the Wild Mustangs of the Great Southwest. Watch part two and find out who these corporate thugs are and hear Mark’s plea to the ATS Community to help us expose the rest of this story!

LauraBell1 August 12, 2013 - 11:59 am

Continue with your “push back” all of the so-called wild horse advocates who don’t seem to want to be educated regarding equine biology, physiology, behavior, and what is known as “acclimation” because their egos are running the show now, but I do feel the need to write this for those who do want to learn what is important for wild horses in the desert environment (and actually, most of the domestic horses we have out here in the DESERT too) both short and long term, and what is not:
All it takes is education and observation people, and not jumping to conclusions without that education in place that could have us play right into the BLM and our government’s agenda which includes not only the eradication of ALL wild horses and burros off of our federal/public and state/public land, but also the elimination by slaughter of the captive wild horses……
It will go something like this when presented by the BLM to “the uninformed, naïve general public” which is the majority of people in this country and most are not particularly horse lovers and while they will take a 2 minute poll and will vote against horse slaughter and also against the capturing of wild horses and burros, when push comes to shove, they *may* and probably *will* believe the government propaganda that goes something like this:
“well, EVEN the wild horse advocates say the wild horses and burros are miserable and sad in captivity (and now they can point to Monica Courtney’s opinion piece to back them up on their statement), and since we can’t turn them loose again because there is not enough food and water for them on the public land (a lie of course, but damn, the BLM would have to remove A LOT of the over 4 million cattle grazing at any given time on the public land in order to create any kind of semblance of balance, and the removal of cattle is NOT going to happen unless “the uninformed, naïve general public” get’s off their butts, loses the apathy and self-centeredness that is paralyzing them, regains their compassion, empathy and caring for other people and animals, etc and actually joins us in our quest to primarily manage the wild horses and burros in the wild where they BELONG), the kindest thing we can do for them is to “euthanize them” (which actually means ship them to slaughter people) and then they won’t be sad and miserable any more”.
I have also been noticing more and more lately that many reporters and journalists are putting out stories suggesting the “ware-housed” wild horses need to “have something done with them” because they are languishing in long term holding and the TAX PAYERS are paying for their upkeep and slaughter is being suggested more and more. Hmm, the BLM is still saying they aren’t considering it, but more reporters suggesting it.
Gosh, people don’t suppose that the BLM and the factions that seek to take over OUR public land aren’t putting those reporters up to that? Maybe the reporters are on the payroll of someone/an organization, etc that have an interest in horse slaughter and stand to make MILLIONS of $$$ off those warehoused wild horses if they are shipped, but the BLM will stand back and say “it wasn’t our idea” when it was.
So THEN because “the uninformed, naïve general public” who are the majority *may* believe the governments argument, they *may*, and probably will look the other way as people nowadays have a way of doing when an issue doesn’t directly affect them, as thousands upon thousands of wild horses are inhumanely slaughtered and OUR government pockets the by-the-pound dollars collected from their slaughter just as the “more pure” wild horse meat is sold and served for high $$$ in butcher shops and restaurants in Europe, Russia, Japan, China, and many other countries (and because of the apathy and disinterest by our general population, horse meat may be sold and served in butcher shops and restaurants right here in the United States too……….and for those who don’t know, horse meat is NOT used to feed the poor and hungry in other countries and sells for high dollars as “fine cuisine”, especially “filet of foal” or “veal” as baby horse is also called in the horse slaughter biz…. 
Currently PV is a public facility in a fishbowl setting whereby any citizen can drive around the outside, take photos and videos, mingle with horses that will come to the fence, etc. We can also go into the office any day of the week during business hours and ask to see the horses and the staff will let you walk around.
What I fear is going to happen however, and since it’s been in the works to close Palomino Valley for several years now, is that the facility will close and horses will be stored at private property facilities like Indian Lakes (formerly Broken Arrow but the name was changed after the Calico Complex debacle when so many horses died at the facility after their capture) where the public cannot go onto private property to see the horses, driving around the perimeter is impossible, we can’t keep even a reasonable count of the horses that are there, what condition they are in (and showing a few photos of horses with long feet is ridiculous because in the scheme of things and the fight these horses are in so as not to be slaughtered, long hooves are the least of their worries and experienced wild horse advocates know this, and showing a baby sun-bathing and laying flat-out in the sun as foals all over our desert communities, both wild and domestic do? Do some advocates know NOTHING about horse behavior, whether wild or domestic?), we can’t see them being handled, etc.
If that happens, it will be a very SAD day for the captive wild horses because people who don’t know what they are looking at at Palomino Valley are heading the horses toward getting the captive horses killed at slaughter……gosh, at least they wouldn’t be standing in the sun or the elements though, and since it will be an “out of sight, out of mind” scenario with the advocates, they’ll go back to their “real lives” and will convince themselves they did “a good thing” when they didn’t, and then those of us who have been involved in this fight for over 20 years will still be fighting and trying to clean up the mess well-meaning people left as they are back in “their real world”.
So rather than fight battles that are not relevant to the health of MOST captive wild horses, I’d RATHER see my tax dollars spent on hiring LOBBYISTS that are ONLY on the side of the wild horses and burros and will push the issue into the public eye and in front of our politicians faces that the wild horses and burros are SUPPOSED to be managed PRIMARILY on the public land AS PER THE LAW and NOT captured and eradicated………
Until the wild horses and burros and we advocates/wild horse lovers have lobbyist’s in Washington D.C. where all of the decisions are made on OUR SIDE representing the wild horses and burros and those of us who want them primarily managed in the wild as per the LAW, the horses and burros are at a distinct disadvantage in regard to rallying AND educating the general public, which are the majority of people in this country, to the side and defense of the wild horses and burros.

Louie C August 12, 2013 - 11:18 am

More from AMERICAN HERDS (excerpts)
What’s Left?
As the united call to stop BLMs unchecked assault on the American
mustang & burro continues to gain momentum, with over 180 organizations and
celebrities now supporting a moratorium to halt any further removals until key
issues can be resolved, here’s one more reason to demand a “cease and desist”
until a full scale investigation can be conducted on the Wild Horse & Burro
Program to determine what’s really left out on the range.
Until Congress demands
an independent count of the populations BLM has been reporting, both on and off
the range, the evidence continues to mount that “What’s Left?” has reached
critical levels of concern.

Louie C August 12, 2013 - 11:06 am

We have to get to the core of the problem. HOW have the millions of acres of LEGAL Wild
Horse and Burro Herd Area and Herd Management Area disappeared? WHO has
benefitted from the removal of America’s Wild Horses and Burros from Public
Lands? Certainly not the American
taxpaying public. These FEDERALLY
PROTECTED Wild Horses and Burros should NOT have been captured and removed in
the first place and should NOT be in these holding facilities.
Excerpts from AMERICAN HERDS:
Million Acres?
Since BLM announced they have captured
so many wild horses and burros from public lands they can no longer afford to
feed them and are looking into mass genocide or slaughter to solve the
financial dilemma, the public has been asking in earnest; why has 19 million
acres of habitat been zeroed out for wild horse and burro use and why can’t
those now on death row be returned to their legally designated territories
instead of killing them?
BLM has stated they are now looking into this option to see if there are any
areas they can be returned too, this is not the first time this has been
brought up. Yet when BLM has responded to this question before, they cite the
reasons they were zeroed out in the first place haven’t changed (checkerboard,
endangered species, etc.) so there is probably little hope of re-establishing
herds and habitat in most, if not all of these now zeroed out areas (at least
by trying to go through BLM!).
I have again asked BLM and USGS to address where are they getting “…88 million acres of public lands”
from? Obviously, if USGS is reporting the accurate acreage versus BLM, we are
looking at a loss of over 53 million acres since wild horses and burros became
“protected”, not 19 million acres as currently believed.

LauraBell1 August 12, 2013 - 9:54 am

Folks, I’ve put photos on my Facebook page of where I and many of these
horses live every day, in the SUN, the HEAT, the freezing, below ZERO temps in
the winter, with the HIGH WINDS that create ZERO visibility sand storms, etc.
So I suppose the next thing we’ll see is advocates patrolling the desert horse facilities to see if horses are utilizing their shelters or HEAVENS, if some horses have no shelter and the owners will be forced to get shelters, but instead they will discard their horses, then the weekly Fallon kill sales will have more horses going through that the kill buyers will buy, and then more horses will ship to slaughter in Canada and Mexico, and on and on……WHY CAN’T PEOPLE LOOK DOWN THE ROAD and see the damage they do just so they can correct what THEY think is wrong in the short term……..quite frankly, I’ve seen so many “advocates” come and go it’s not even funny, but this time I think we all should follow through and make sure they stay involved when the BLM shuts down the Palomino Valley Adoption Facility and puts horses on privately owned land facilities like Indian Lakes in Fallon, Nevada where when I drive by that facility out in the boonies, I can’t see the horses up close at all, I can’t go onto the property and ask to walk around as I can at Palomino Valley during business hours, etc.
I seriously wish advocates would expend just half of the energy, time, and MAYBE some of their money on figuring out a way to hire LOBBYISTS that solely represent the interests of the wild horses and burros in Washington D.C. where ALL of the decisions and where the factions that seek to take over and CONTROL public land with FENCES have lobbyists hard at work EVERY DAY making sure that the politicians do what they want them to do.
And I still want to see photos of the MANY horses that have died at Palomino Valley from the HEAT because by many of the advocates thinking (and most of them either do NOT live here in this harsh environment, or if they do, they are like advocates I saw at the workshop who would NOT be able to hike a 1/2 mile in the heat before dropping over from heatstroke because they are NOT acclimated to their environment and spend most of their time in air conditioning most likely) these captive wild horses should be DROPPING LIKE FLIES from the heat and there would be NO WAY the BLM could possibly hide all those bodies.
And photos of long hooves? Wow! In the long term scheme of things and with the goal of the BLM and the factions being complete and total eradication of our wild horses and burros off OUR public land, and the ultimate goal being sending the horses to SLAUGHTER, long hooves (and the horse standing next to that horse in the photo has perfect hooves) are the LEAST of the wild horses worries……..
If anyone wants to see the truth of what it’s like living here in the desert and see photos and videos of domestic horses, captive wild horses, and actual wild horses ignoring shelter, go to my Facebook page with an open mind, put your egos aside, try to learn something about horses, their behavior, physiology, and biology, and maybe you’ll see that as long as you only look at your short term issues, these horses are going to be eradicated and then disposed of through slaughter if we do not hire LOBBYISTS for them.

GrandmaGregg August 12, 2013 - 7:45 am

DebSchroer Regarding BLM Wild Horse and Burro Specialist training.  I think you will want to read this article  http://ppjg.me/2013/02/04/bureau-of-land-mismanagement-excels-at-manipulation-training/#more-22687 about the training that is given … “over 40 pages teaching BLM & USDA employees how to manipulate the public, in case the pesky public thinks they have a right to ask questions and get answers.”

RTFitch August 12, 2013 - 7:33 am

You have hit the nail on the head, Monika.  When the BLM will not even heed the advice of the very agency they hired then you know that the management is NOT on the up-and-up.
Likewise, positive change not will occur until the management of our wild horses and burros is wrested from the hands of this grazing agency  and turned over to a responsible agency/organization that would base sound decisions on science and fact versus special interests and the good ole boy club.

DebSchroer August 12, 2013 - 7:18 am

Perhaps we need “sensitivity” training for government employees (and sub-contractors) at the Bureau of Land Management.  I have been following this issue for several years, yet I continue to see the same pattern. Insensitivity to advocates, ignoring scientific studies, and the cruelty they impart to the animals that their very existence relies heavily upon (how ironic).  I live on the east coast, and have worked in government agencies on and off for many years.  I know that we were required to attend Diversity training, Workplace Violence seminars, Sensitivity training classes, etc. in order to keep our jobs.  It still is a mandatory requirement in all government agencies.
But I can see that the occupational organizational culture called “Code of the West”  or better known as “cowboy/girl” mentality is absolutely a serious threat to all concern, but especially very dangerous to our Wild One’s.  This mentality uses brute force rather than brains to work through the issues at hand.  Using harsh tactics to push through agendas, completely disregarding common sense advice by knowledgeable parties through scientific facts and/or advocates, is totally ignored. When this agency is questioned about their tactics, they revert to the outdated mode of thinking reminiscent of Roosevelt’s “Speak softly and carry a big stick” rhetoric. We are a more enlightened society now, and most if not all government agencies work  through issues taking into account all advice, from all parties concerned and will use some of that information to work through the issue at hand. But not this agency. They refuse to compromise. Their attitude is either “Our way or the highway” and  that is the real root cause of so much dissention.
The Wild One’s lives do matter, to a great many people, professional or not, who love their spirit and have nothing but their well being and health as the impetus to get these conditions changed for them.  The contentious and very violent reaction to the animals from this agency is the very reason we are so very adamant that their blatant disregard of their well being must change and very soon. If not, more animals will die in these unnecessary roundups, and the pressure on the agency to change will only increase as more and more people become aware of these unconscionable actions by a government agency who is paid with and by our tax payer dollars.

BarbCO August 11, 2013 - 10:53 pm

Thank you Monika Courtney.  One always has to question the validity of a workshop or meeting where the agency in question is the one who recruits the “experts”.  Your observations are worth far more in my opinion than these so called “experts”.  The BLM will continue it’s atrocious attempt at incarcerating and eradicating our wild horses and burros as long as they are given the money to do so. If taxpayers knew about their hard earned money being spent on such cruelty, there would be a huge outcry. Unfortunately, most know little or nothing about the issue. Your dedication is appreciated. If only we could clone you a million times.

MonikaCourtney1 August 11, 2013 - 10:49 pm

To present such a BS “study” to nullify the suffering of these animals is an insult. The bottomless agony at holding is hell. BLM is cozy with so many but the wild horse advocates. Who influences the hell policy hovering over holding ? All in Washington or Congress ought to see this hell existence for these horses. But then again, power and silence can be purchased. The board is stacked with bias, the head is a theatrical genius without any compassion, and the rest of them see their world thru the same prism. This is an unaccepable drift from the original intent. It will take Americans all over to denounce it and expose the farce that is BLM. It is a radical agency, brainwashed into intricately screw the horses while pretending they give a rat’s ass. What I saw on August 6th at PVC, proves complete opposite. Americans must wake up and act like patriots who have some pride left in our heritage, and counter the monopoly of greed and deception to which the horses and us all have fallen victim !!

MonikaCourtney1 August 11, 2013 - 10:49 pm

For America to treat its wild horses in this way is so shameful that anyone falling for the glorious grandstanding of the great US of A would be in shock to see what is really going down. The agony these horses must endure is nothing but animal cruelty. Complete disregard to their needs, their wellbeing, their vitality and health are the situation in a self-induced crisis with a biased budget pie and whining on sequester cuts… while this agency is hell bent to evict more horses to bring into this misery pit instead of smartening up and use innovative and more sensible 21st century values to manage on the range. They know the scoop… they know our wishes. But these big government collectivists abuse their position of power and steer the money to where they want it. They buy influence and develop and push their agenda. Any cause that meets that agenda… is being supported I am sure. UC Davis presentation is prime example.

MonikaCourtney1 August 11, 2013 - 10:48 pm

The indifference present to the suffering of these horses, from the entities that “manage” them – is beyond words. The neglect and ignorance are real – so is the suffering. The minimalist attitude and cruelty to which these animals are subjected is illegal to anyone but those with the fed badge. Insufficient water in black hot troughts in the hot sun, no shade to escape, no salt licks or electrolytes, no enrichment of ANY kind, foals  baking with their mothers hovering over them trying to give them relief… it is an Auschwitz for horses. Anyone claiming otherwise is either burnt out, deranged or delusional. Anyone not believing… go see for yourself. It will haunt you.

Louie C August 11, 2013 - 4:17 pm

Dr. Friedlander DVM, writes Congressman Raul Grijalva requesting
shelter for wild horses and burros
After blowing the whistle on the lack of
enforcement of humane regulations inside U.S. slaughter plants, Dr Lester
Friedlander was asked to leave the USDA. As highly regarded speaker, Dr.
Friedlander has since continued his work independently striving to enlighten
and educate the public. He is recognized in the Who’s Who in Veterinary Science
and Medicine, and for his work on the Board of Directors for the National
Association of Federal Veterinarians in Washington DC and he had received
numerous awards including USDA Certificates of Merit and Commendation and USDA
Veterinary Trainer of the Year.

whecologist August 10, 2013 - 12:46 pm

Just Excellent Expose, Monika!  But will the BLM officials listen?! They should listen and immediately rescue these horses from the continued torture and death to which they are being despicably subjected and stop the excessive roundups that are putting more and more thousands of these beautiful innocents in these cruel and disheartening “concentration camp” pens!

GrandmaGregg August 10, 2013 - 10:18 am

c/o [email protected]
You have been asked over and over to do provide shelter for Palomino
Valley and Broken Arrow and Litchfield and other Wild Horse and Wild Burro
holding facilities and you have ignored it. 
The Wild Horses and Wild Burros at the BLM facilities are forced to try
to endure an “oven-like” existence in the corrals during the summer and
blizzard conditions in the winter without any shelter from weather.  Horses and burros in the wild have the
opportunity to move under trees and into canyons for protection from the
elements – the key word here being MOVE. 
I have seen this with my own eyes. 
The Wild Horses and Wild Burros trapped in BLM corrals need shelter now.
This comes DIRECTLY from the BLM requirements for
Wild Horses and Burros:
What facilities must I have to adopt a wild horse or burro?
You MUST provide shelter
from inclement weather and temperature extremes for your adopted wild horse or
burro. Shelters must be a two-sided
structure with a roof, well-drained, adequately ventilated, and
accessible to the animal(s). The two sides need to block the prevailing
winds and need to protect the major part of the bodies of the horse or
burro.   http://www.blm.gov/or/resources/whb/files/adoption_requirements.pdf

BarbaraW August 10, 2013 - 3:27 am

This is a fine article that makes good horse sense . It is past time the BLM does what is right for our wild horses instead of managing them for extinction. It costs nothing to leave them on their legal public lands and a lot less to furnish them with hay and/’or  water if needed than to spend millions cruelly rounding them up. Many are dying in these feedlots where they do not have shelter, cool, clean water or even mineral salt blocks. Return the 50,000 in holding to the 22.2 million acres taken from them now, and protect and preserve our wild horses as the 1971 Wild Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act mandated.

TerryW August 9, 2013 - 6:56 pm

Shade, misters, and windbreaks are needed as well as free choice electrolytes – as in salt licks.  BLM’s horrific round up procedures and neglectful holding facilities should be a crime.  They would be if you or I did this.

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