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Updated: 2017-05-29T12:04:05.134-07:00

 



Ever wonder what has happened to these horses sinc...

2017-05-29T12:04:05.134-07:00

Ever wonder what has happened to these horses since they have been gathered? I adopted a mare that was one of the first horses gathered Dec. 28, 2009 from BlackRock east range. She was part of the mustang makeover in Ft. Collins, CO. in 2012 that is where I found her. What a sweet disposition horse she turned out to be! She has a wonderful home in Garden City, KS has some acres to go roam, goes on long rides in the rough canons at the State park monthly. She has been ridden in parades though she maintains a level of spookiness that has never left her. I understand her freedom has been given up but she has adjusted well. Her conversion rate on feed is so much higher than what my domestic horses are that she stays too fat. Even with regular exercise you can’t keep her thin. I would sum it up as she is fat and happy. When reading these stories please keep in mind that some of these gathered horses have went on to lead very good lives in captivity. The mustang has found a friend in me, and I a friend in her for life…



What the People want is REAL renewable energy, NOT...

2016-05-21T19:37:10.127-07:00

What the People want is REAL renewable energy, NOT corporate takeover of their Public Lands.
What the People want is their Wild Horses & Burros back on their Legal Herd Management Areas where they belong



Useful information shared. I am very happy to read...

2015-09-17T05:07:03.974-07:00

Useful information shared. I am very happy to read this article. Thanks for giving us nice info. Fantastic walk through. I appreciate this post.
horseback hunting



Interesting FACTS about the genetics of different ...

2015-01-31T16:01:39.549-08:00

Interesting FACTS about the genetics of different American Mustang herds can be found here:

"America's Last Wild Horses: The Classic Study of the Mustangs--Their Pivotal ..." By Hope Ryden



Later that day - a trailer was full full full with...

2015-01-31T15:55:22.518-08:00

Later that day - a trailer was full full full with 11 horses. One more pregnant burro was to be loaded. (She had a full milk bag.) Several people had wanted to buy her - she was very sweet - eating out of hand and excepting scratches willingly. When she was in the last chute box, I looked at the trailer door being opened again - and thought, "How is she going to fit in there?" Two front legs and a head in - she wouldn't go further - and it was hard to see where - with the horses filling the space completely - where she could move in. They pushed at her with the trailer gate - squishing her a bit. A cowfella said "Well folks this isn't going to be pretty" and strode away for a cattle prod. A teenage boy of about 17 who had been trying to talk the new buyer to sell her to him to no avail, said "Oh no, they just don't understand her. She knows enough about life to know we aren't wolves or coyotes; she doesn't have to be afraid of us - so she needs some room and a minute to do it on her terms." Then he and I watched her zapped a few times - and I thought - and now she's learned she does need to be afraid of us.

The young man walked away head down.

Florida is a big state - many people don't realize that. I spoke with the new owner - they had a nine hour ride home. Yes, the BLM have rules about that I know, and this person seemed to be doing this out of a sense of "rescuing" them and must have passed some criteria to have bought so many... But it was still, not going to be an easy time for that dozen animals.



To the comment from over 4 years ago - "My 3 ...

2015-01-31T15:54:06.891-08:00

To the comment from over 4 years ago - "My 3 BLM animals all have permanent damage from BLM abuse/mishandling."

I attended a BLM sale 1/30/2015 in Brandon Florida. Unfortunately I was in such shock, and trying to figure out how I could or someone within reach - help a filly that very nearly died while having triad to jump a gate that was not visually blocked by tying a tarp over it. The gate was over 6ft, but apparently feeling trapped in the chute she was in with the mounted BLM member behind her, the filly made numerous attempts from basically the very foot of the gate (no running jump here - but a frantic lurch and climbing jump) to make it up and over the gate. The gate had a 6 inch metal piece coming straight up from it's last rail - I thought several times she would rip herself between interior chest
and leg - or pierce her chest.

The filly caught her foreleg in the top break in the gate and was hanging and kicking - still trying to lurch over the top of the gate when the gate swung open and she was pulled around, hanging, flailing, twisting. She suddenly with a wrench and a drag flipped and fell to the ground


I had been thinking surely someone from BLM would run at her in the direction she could was open and was trying to get to - in order to stop her from trying.

I thought for sure once on the ground and frightened to the holding chute/box further behind her by a cowfella with a plastic bag on a stick - which looked so much more to me like a snake having been ripped into long waving rattling pieces - I thought for sure that the vet or someone would check her out as they got a halter over her head. But no, now in the boxed chute the door was pulled aside and she jumped into the next open space in front of her - jumping into the waiting horse trailer.

I regret I had handed my camera to a friend and got none of it captured on film. I'm sorry I am not being perhaps the best writer as I put these words here. But I left very disturbed.

This was Florida, that horse came from a far Western state, the BLM were doing this with the horses up for adoption for a long time now in general - and should have a good idea of a wild horse's reactions. Yet, my mere self could see so many simple "free" ways that entire scenario could have been avoided.

I go to horse shows and events all the time, and I see how people who perceive their horses as important to them - for whatever reason - financial, fame, whatever, simply as owners, - respond to their horses differently then how these overall "friendly" BLM folks did.

It wasn't that the BLM folks (there were men and women) were just outright cruel. But more like indifferent - like someone might be over a flock of commercial chickens when they aren't terribly empathetic to something simply because it's alive and can feel pain and fear.

I hope my point comes across. I don't think any of the BLM people there that day would have cared that the horse died. Just embarrassed that "we" saw it.



My question - why not make it possible for univers...

2015-01-31T15:49:14.610-08:00

My question - why not make it possible for universities that study zoology, veterinary medicine, genetics, etc to do or sponsor genetic testing from BLM herds when animals are captured?

We could start a genetic record and BLM doesn't need to foot the bill.



Right on the money. I interviewed Gus Cothran, wh...

2014-12-06T10:20:43.673-08:00

Right on the money. I interviewed Gus Cothran, who is a Texas A & M geneticist who has blood sampled the Cerbats twice. He says they are one of the most pure wild horse herds in the world and "might be the most pure." Gus has sampled and tested blood and DNA from over 200 wild horse herds around the globe.
I'm careful not to criticize the BLM too much on this herd, though. Through the years, the agency's decision making on the Cerbats has been sound, in my view. While the agency is clearly and deliberately downplaying the Spanish blood (Andalusian, most likely, while Father Kino's to the south were Spanish Barb from the north of Africa), it is responding to incidents around the Cerbat Mountains in a way that seems equitable to all involved, in my view.
-Len Johnson



Thanks for review, it was excellent and very infor...

2014-02-24T23:56:15.095-08:00

Thanks for review, it was excellent and very informative.
thank you :)



Thanks for blogging on this. The BLM seems to be ...

2013-04-07T10:50:30.936-07:00

Thanks for blogging on this. The BLM seems to be increasing its efforts to zero out areas and at the same time they are near the max holding cap or 53K wild horses and burros. I am not please with BLM!
cheers, Susan



Horse Breeding is not easily predictable within br...

2013-01-15T01:42:13.510-08:00

Horse Breeding is not easily predictable within breeds. Genetics and traits passed down within horses isn't well enough understood at this time to accurately predict the outcomes of horse breeding.



A rejection of priesthood and its pervasive signif...

2012-12-15T00:47:43.808-08:00

A rejection of priesthood and its pervasive significance. If you want to see reverent reception in the hand watch old Episcopal ladies at an 8 am service. They believed in transsubstantiation although they would never use the word nor know what it meant Buy watches



Hey Lady - I'd like to dedicate one of my all ...

2012-07-12T10:12:43.261-07:00

Hey Lady - I'd like to dedicate one of my all time favorite poems written by Edgar Guest in tribute to you, to try to say thank you for your work for the horses, and also for the wonderful gift of your friendship.
It would be impossible to find words that could express that enough, but this poem comes pretty close.

"Touching Shoulders"
~by Edgar A. Guest

There's a comforting thought
At the close of the day,
When I'm weary and lonely and sad
That sort of grips hold
Of my crusty old heart,
And bids it be merry and glad.

It gets in my soul
And drives out the blues,
And finally thrills through and through.
It’s just a sweet memory
That chants the refrain:
“I'm glad I touched shoulders with you!”

Did you know you were brave?
Did you know you were strong?
Did you know there was one leaning hard?
Did you know that I waited
And listened and prayed,
And was cheered by your simplest word?
Did you know that I longed
For the smile on your face?
For the sound of your voice running true?
Did you know I grew stronger and better because
I had merely touched shoulders with you?

I am glad that I live,
That I battle and strive,
For the place I know I must fill.
I’m ready for sorrows
And will greet with a grin,
Whatever fortune may send, good or ill.
I may not have wealth,
I may not be great.
But I know I shall always be true.
For I have in my life
That courage you gave,
When once I touched shoulders with you!


Love you, Cindy....thank you!
Valerie



Where are you? Are you on Facebook? Please find us...

2012-05-18T08:20:40.125-07:00

Where are you? Are you on Facebook? Please find us: Petition to Save the Wild Mustangs. Love your blog. Great info.



Great letter, very inspiring.

2011-12-02T07:54:24.249-08:00

Great letter, very inspiring.



Correction. The previous comment was posted under...

2011-09-13T14:57:40.673-07:00

Correction. The previous comment was posted under THIS article:

CHAMBERS OF CARNAGE
HORSE SLAUGHTER'S NEWEST UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATION



Cindy, just in case you haven't seen this post...

2011-09-13T14:50:48.776-07:00

Cindy, just in case you haven't seen this post, I'm pulling it forward so you can. It was posted under TALE OF CARNAGE:

DCovey said...
Yes indeed Atlantic has been mentioning American herds in their publication, and Andrew Cohen (with CBS) has been writing those stories. @EnviroEdgeNews on twitter is tweeting several news stories, and reports by horse welfare organizations just like a "news feed" would. NOTE that Andrew Cohen is following @EnviroEdgeNews on twitter - Go to twitter and see who else is following.

August 22, 2011 3:35 PM



Cindy, are you still checking comments? Much of y...

2011-08-17T21:31:39.380-07:00

Cindy, are you still checking comments? Much of your work has been posted in the ATLANTIC

Andrew Cohen hits another home run in the Atlantic
http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2011/08/the-quiet-war-against-wyomings-wild-horses/243286/



I'm sorry I never got to meet you, Cindy. I ha...

2011-08-06T09:05:45.290-07:00

I'm sorry I never got to meet you, Cindy. I have found your posts and research to be second to none. I have referred to your work numerous times and have even sent entire posts to by legislators. I'm sure I'll be back many times in the future as well.

Take care and enjoy your "retirement." And, if you ever want to come back, we would be overjoyed.



Cindy,I'm honored that I got to meet and talk ...

2011-07-01T01:31:16.916-07:00

Cindy,I'm honored that I got to meet and talk with you awhile during our advocate lunch in Phoenix. Your knowledge of obtaining important BLM documents under the FOIA inspired me to learn the same. The advocacy will sorely miss you, but we will carry on for you in spirit! I hope to run into you again someday.



Dearest Cindy, My most sincere gratitude f...

2011-06-14T02:09:37.198-07:00

Dearest Cindy,
My most sincere gratitude for all you have done. You gave so much of yourself, and I know all your work will help our wild horses and burros . What an inspiration you will always be !Thank you just doesn't seem adequate but I am not good with words like you are. God bless you and yours. You will always be my dear friend.
Love, Barbara



Cindy, I don't know where to begin. From the ...

2011-06-08T11:00:07.786-07:00

Cindy, I don't know where to begin. From the moment we first met, we connected through the burros. I have been in this battle for such a short time in comparison to you, and I already feel the abrasion of corruption running through my heart. It does hurt, and over time, with few wins to salve the wounds, it does come down to mental and emotional self preservation. It is my deepest hope that you will heal and come back and join us. Your heart and soul are all over the future victories we will attain. You, Cindy are going always be a part of this for you laid the ground work. Wheather you find the strength to come back or not you are always going to be a part of this. I love you. I know if you could you would. Vive el burro, and keep in touch, Marjorie and Miss Abby



Cindy, when the first ones are released BACK to wh...

2011-06-07T17:32:26.433-07:00

Cindy, when the first ones are released BACK to where they belong, you need to be there to "cut the ribbon".



Cindy, I know you have a family and work hard. Wha...

2011-06-07T16:07:25.700-07:00

Cindy, I know you have a family and work hard. What you have done is profound work. You influenced and taught us. You helped me see the BLM in a detailed light. Thank you for all you have written. I do wish you would continue because your view point is clear and seasoned. I am very sad and hope you will come back if distance and time get you thinking about the wild ones again. You are amazing. Big Love and Respect to you, mar



You and your work have been so precious, and as I ...

2011-06-07T15:18:13.739-07:00

You and your work have been so precious, and as I wrote you personally, I have nothing but honor for you and your decisions. There will always be a place for you at this table, and you and your work will remain as a fundamental part of the history we are making as we fight to keep these horses and burros visible in every way, fight to preserve their freedom and free ranging way of life supposedly guaranteed to them under the 1971 Act on their behalf, and as we fight to preserve our own stake in our public lands.
Your place at this table is secure, and you are always welcome to visit or re-enlist. Out of sight, not out of mind or heart...
WIth love and profound gratitude, wishing you all the best, nickers and brays on behalf of the thousands who've come before and are yet to be, Elyse