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.”
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.
Here’s the proud Mama;
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.
Then you have the Robin that just doesn’t care one way or the other;