What’s not to like about Wild Horses


June 1, 2009 by torqdog


Yep, the wild horses ain’t as well liked by some as they are by most …… which includes Viv and I. We really get enjoyment watching them and seeing what magnificent creatures they are. Unfortunately, Ranchers and other folks that consider them a nuisance seem to have a bit of pull with the BLM who is responsible for their welfare…… or deathfare. For those unfamiliar, there has been much controversy regarding wild horses in Nevada with both sides trying to win public favor. The Ranchers seem to think that the horses infringe on their range for Cattle production. The problem with that is that much of the range their cattle graze upon is BLM land so that’s where the controversy begins. I could go on and on about this but time is finite and with this being my first thread entry, here’s a link;


I did find a little wiki on the Burns/Reid ammendment to the Appropriations bill of 2005.

The Burns Amendment;

“Burns added the Burns/Reid amendment to the Appropriations act of 2005, without discussion or agreement of the public or the rest of Congress. The Burns/Reid Amendment overruled the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act, which protected America’s wild mustangs and burros from slaughter. The amendment was negotiated with Senator Harry Reid as a response to Nevada’s ongoing “problems” with an explosive wild horse population, and added to the Appropriation act with the full knowledge of the Bush Administration. It was signed into law on December 3, 2004. When the public found out, they were outraged, and demanded an explanation. All that Senator Burns said was, “I think what we should do is put some language in this thing that allows the BLM to sell excess wild horses. I’d prefer to sell ’em to whomever. Maybe some of them will end up going to slaughter.”

Link; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conrad_Burns#National_Bison_Range

I would really rather tell you of our experience with the Wild Horses that frequent our walking park that we have grown attached to and consider our own. This herd was thinned from approximately eighteen horses down to six a few years ago. In this case it was apparently the city of Carson that took action when they received complaints from homeowners across Carson river in a area called Pinion Hills. The herd is known as the Pinion hills herd and the walking park is owned by the city. Last year, a Stallion was killed by a car driving in the area so we were down to five animals, a paltry amount for a herd of horses. Late last year, a stray joined the ranks bringing us back to six. Then around and about the beginning of March we had a surprise….. a new foal was born, cute as could be.

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Here’s the proud Mama;DSC01563 (Small) 

We personally think the Foal looks more like Dad but who knows?

Last weekend when Viv & I were out looking at wildlife through the telescope, we saw the herd up on the side of the Pinion hills so we turned the scope to see that another foal had been born recently bringing the total now to eight. It was interesting to see how much the first one had grown now with something to reference it to. People in the know who have allot more free time than us and kind of look after our herd say that in the last coule of days another one of the mares is looking quite preggers, ready to drop at any moment. We wanted to go up and look for them this evening but heavy Thunderstorms kept us home.

There have been times when the horses took some time off from being “wild” as witnessed on Thanksgiving day, 2005. DSC01694 (Small)

Then you have the Robin that just doesn’t care one way or the other;DSC01549 (Small)


8 thoughts on “What’s not to like about Wild Horses

  1. Da Goddess says:

    I have a problem with the thinning of herds like these. Nature allows conditions that limit herd size and people just don’t need to interfere.

    Keep us updated on the babies. They’re so stinkin’ cute!

  2. Jane says:

    how do you know the robin doesn’t care?????
    just kidding, thanks, i enjoyed this.
    i have seen the wild horses at Assateague .
    anyway keep us posted. i’ll check out the links.

  3. esarsea says:

    Interesting stuff, nice inaugural post!

    I took the liberty to add some tags for you. Tags help other people find your post when searching for terms or subjects of interest.

  4. bill says:

    The foal’s adorable…and delicious!

    But seriously, the BLM in Utah just auctioned off a whole passle of Mustangs from the Utah/Nevada border last week-end, I believe. It’s the first time I’ve seen or heard of them being marketed on the radio as more than a nuisance. They talked about how tough they are, what great endurance they have once broken for riding and the auction prices were going to be what you would expect to pay for a regular, domesticated horse.

    The “leftovers” were going to be given away to good homes…and kitchens…sorry, couldn’t help it.

    Had a bad experience helping a friend sell a young colt 20 years ago. A Tongan family showed up with a horse trailer, paid for it and as they were leaving, they informed Margaret that it was headed for the kitchen, not the corral. Really pissed off everyone at the barn.

  5. rsr348 says:

    Thanks for posting the pictures. Makes me think of a favorite Rolling Stones song. Different world out there from my northwoodsy Wis., but a similar battle between nature and farmers/hunters. The wolves are the “problem” up here. Not having a farm, I can’t really say whether that’s true, but it seems the deer need a natural predator. We see the redneck bumper stickers: “I love wolves. Basted, barbequed, …. (something with 3 b words I think…..can’t remember it now)
    I think they’re cool.

  6. rsr348 says:

    ….and broiled.” That would be the third b word. duh. I’m truly getting slower with age. And I think wolves are cool, not the bumper stickers.


    Bureau of Land Management on Rampage to Destroy Famous Wild Horse Herd
    For Immediate Release August 10, 2009

    Cloud and the wild horses of Montana’s PryorMountains are world famous but fame it appears is not going to protect the herd from a drastic government round up planned to begin September 1st in their spectacular wilderness home.

    There are currently only 190 wild horses (one year and older) living in the PryorMountains. The BLM plans to remove 70 of them, plus foals. According to the foremost equine geneticist, Dr. Gus Cothran, 150-200 adult horses are needed in the herd to ensure their genetic diversity, which is vital to their long term survival.

    These 70 horses would be placed in jeopardy. Any horses over 10 years of age can be bought directly by killer buyers and transported over the Northern border to Canadian slaughterhouses or south into Mexico. Younger horses not adopted would be put into government holding with 33,000 others that the BLM has removed from the wild and has proposed killing because they can no longer afford to feed them.

    BLM cites poor range condition as the reason to remove the horses but abundant snow and rain for the past two and a half years has produced wonderful range conditions according to all who have visited Cloud and his herd. The Agency is not listening to anyone. They want this herd gutted. Nearly all the mares returned to the range would be given an experimental two-year infertility drug, PZP-22.

    This helicopter round up is just one among many that the BLM is trying to complete, perhaps before the Obama Administration can catch up with what is going on.

    The PryorMountain wild horses are descendants of the Lewis and Clark horses who were stolen by the Crow Indians in the early 1800’s. They can be traced further back to the horses brought over with the Spanish Conquistadors in 1500 making them one of the most Spanish of all wild horse herds in North America.

    Please contact The Cloud Foundation for more information

    http://www.thecloudfoundation.org, info@thecloudfoundation.org, 719-633-3842

    • esarsea says:

      Thanks for your comments, Barbara. Sorry it was delayed a few days, it got caught in our spam filter because of the links (2 or more trigger the trap) and I have been away on vacation.

      Regards, Stu

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