Posts tagged ‘americas wild horses’

August 8, 2011

New! 2011 Wild Horses Christmas Cards & Fine Art Prints

Bridger: A Wild Stallion in Wyoming, McCullough Peaks


   I have always loved and admired Wild Horses and preserving safe numbers in the wild for future generations to enjoy is one of my utmost priorities.     I enjoy watching these beautiful animals in the wild – there is something special about them!

Bridger is special to me.  Whenever I get the chance to see him, at the Wild Horse Range near Cody Wyoming, I am so happy to see that he hasn’t been rounded up yet!  He is still free!
He is a big handsome stallion, that seems to have a more laid-back personality.  I could just stay out in the quiet desert for hours watching him and his wild horse family.

There was something special when his eyes met mine out there in the Wyoming desert.   

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October 28, 2009

Bridger update

A huge THANK YOU to fellow photographer Pam Nickoles who just found out and informed me, that one of my favorite Wild Horses, Bridger, from the McCullough Peaks Range was not rounded up and is still living free!

Pam and Carol Walker were both so helpful! – Thanks!

A small bit of good news when the world seems so tough now-a-days!

Bridger is the big, stocky grey stallion on the left.

bridger

Bridger and Bachelor Stallions, McCullough Peaks

 

October 25, 2009

McCullough update

After a one-day delay because of muddy conditions, the McCullough Peaks Round-up is over. 

The BLM claims that the 110,000 acre conditions are becoming ‘degraded’.   I just do not believe that.    In fact, in late 2004 (just after my very first visit), the BLM removed around 400 horses from McCullough!   So the land can support many more.

The horses, unless they are old or injured,  are in healthy condition, and even fat, as having built up much of their reserves for the harsh Wyoming winters.   The horses will eat just about anything including sage,  a fast spreading, and poor nutrient plant that cattle will not eat.

The water reservoirs are still holding water too after the summer.

I am still trying to find out if one of my personal favorite horses, Bridger, was removed.  (see his photos below)

I am happy to announce that no horses were killed or injured during this particular round-up.  Cattoor was the contractor.  Small foals & their Mothers were separated from the other adults to prevent injury to the foals.  That is much better results than in the past many years of round-ups.  Perhaps since the Public is paying more attention to Round-ups we will continue to see fewer injuries or deaths during these stressful ordeals.

The BLM did not remove all 122 horses as they had planned.  

193 horses were captured by helicopter over several days.   93 horses were removed, leaving only 120 head on McCullough Peaks (110,000 acres).   Many of the returned mares were also darted with the birth control drug PZP, so we’ll see fewer births in the next few years.

Studies show that at least 150 head are needed for safe genetics, so now the amazing McCullough Peaks Range is below safe Genetics Levels – like so many other ranges.

The 93 removed horses have been shipped to Rock Springs until next Spring.   Stallions will be gelded, all are freeze branded, and some may even be ‘gentled’ at a top-dollar expense.   – a taxpayers expense for the next 6 months.

So far, plans for their adoption will be in the Spring of 2010, perhaps the horses will be shipped back near Cody Wyoming for the adoption.  

Meanwhile the Market, for all horses, is down, and its very low for Wild Horses.  There are very few people who can house, train, and care for a Wild Animal. 

 

Only approx. 3,000 were adopted last year, and nearly 12,000 horses are planned to be removed this fiscal year.   So the round-ups are being conducted at an amazingly fast, unprecedented,  and very costly pace.

The McCullough Peaks Range is a favorite for many of the local citizens of Cody, Powell, Lovell,  as well as travelers to the Yellowstone Area.  These Wild Horses can be easily viewed along or just off of the Highway.  The local citizens too  are voicing their concerns, but it seems to be going to a silent BLM ear.

October 14, 2009

So sad … McCullough’s Round Up

Bridger - McCullough Peaks Wild Stallion

Bridger - McCullough Peaks Wild Stallion - one of my favorites!

Bridger, McCullough Peaks Stallion

Bridger, McCullough Peaks Stallion - he is beautiful! My fav!

Title 'The Chase' McCullough Peaks

Title 'The Chase' McCullough Peaks - The little Pinto is fiesty!

McCullough Peaks in black & white.  A fast summer storm approaching.

McCullough Peaks in black & white. A fast summer storm approaching.

McCullough Peaks, one of my favorite places to visit while in Wyoming!  My two young children, husband, and I have visited this Range several times since my first visit in 2004.   My children, then aged 6 years and 9, both had a wonderful time -eventhough we were in the ‘middle of nowhere’ – they never have been ‘bored’ like kids often get after several hours.  It is such a wonderful experience to take the next generation into the Wild Horse Ranges!  My kids have even said they like it better than Yellowstone at times! WOW!

I am thankful that we have had the chance to visit, but I am so nervous & worried for the horses.  Which ones will the BLM take away?  Bridger my favorite?

Sadly, I cannot be there during the round-up.  Before BLM released these round-ups, I had already booked these dates.

This round-up is unnecessary right now and its so sad that the BLM are removing 122 horses!

Whenever we visit, we are lucky if we see about 40-50 head.

Right now the BLM is the Wild Horses greatest enemy with these large round-ups.

October 14, 2009

BLM 2009-2010 Wild Horse & Burro Round up removal numbers

Here it is folks, and it is scary!

The BLM’s official Round up plans for the next year.  The numbers are unbelievable!  They are indeed are bringing America’s Wild Horse population to extinction.   The mares that will be released back will be darted with PZP Birth control, leaving all these herds with below safe genetic numbers!

2010 GATHER SCHEDULE This gather schedule is subject to change. 9/15/2009

State Agency Herd Management Area Complex Start Date End Date

# Planned  Gathered    # Planned Removed species

AZ BLM Nuisance                                10/1/09 9/30/10                45                                    45 Burros

AZ BLM Lake Pleasant                        10/1/09 9/30/10                 30                                    30 Burros

NV BLM Caliante complex                   10/1/09 10/14/09               278                               278 Horses

UT BLM Onaqui                                  10/1/09 10/4/09               200                                 150 Horses

ID BLM Four Mile                                10/6/09 10/9/09               122                                 107 Horses

ID BLM Sands Basin                          10/10/09 10/13/09           112                                   99 Horses

WY BLM McCullough Peaks               10/15/09 10/20/09            211                                122 Horses

NV BLM Garfield Flats                        10/16/09 10/20/09           250                                 167 Horses

NV BLM Tobin Range                        10/22/09 11/3/09               443                               421 Horses

WY BLM Fifteen Mile                          10/21/09 10/28/09            333                               280 Horses

WY BLM Green Mountain Red Desert 10/30/09 11/25/09           354                                272 Horses

WY BLM Crooks Mountain Red Desert 10/30/09 11/25/09           70                                  13 Horses

WY BLM Lost Creek Red Desert          10/30/09 11/25/09           261                                230 Horses

WY BLM Stewart Creek Red Desert    10/30/09 11/25/09             300                              209 Horses

WY BLM Antelope Hills Red Desert     10/30/09 11/25/09            141                                 97 Horses

OR BLM Hog Creek                            11/5/09 11/9/09                 146                               116 Horses

OR BLM South Steens                        11/10/09 11/20/09            395                              236 Horses

CA BLM Massacre Lakes                    12/7/09 12/14/09              187                                162 Horses

OR BLM Palomina Buttes                    12/16/09 12/19/09            93                                   61 Horses

OR BLM Paisley                                  12/20/09 12/25/09           223                                163 Horses

NV BLM Calico Mt Complex                 12/1/09 2/28/09              3186                             2806 Horses

UT BLM Confusion                              1/15/10 1/21/10               200                              185 Horses

CA FS McGavin Peak                          1/24/10 1/29/10                20                               20 Horses

NV BLM Eagle (WC/DLC)                      2/7/10 2/20/10               727                              643 Horses

CO BLM West Douglas HA                  2/21/10 2/28/10                60                                 60 Horses

AZ BLM Cibola-Trigo                           3/4/10 3/10/10                  90                                 90 Burros

NV BLM Hickison                                3/2/10 3/15/10                  92                                75 Burros

AZ BLM Alamo                                  3/11/10 3/14/10                 35                                   35 Burros

How can the BLM get away with this?

October 13, 2009

Wild Horses as Wildlife

Raven, one of the few images I have of him before he passed on...

Raven, one of the few images I have of him before he passed on...

Do wild horses deserve their place in America?

  • Wild Horses were established and evolved in North America long before Man arrived.  They were here first and should have always been considered as ‘wildlife’.
  • About the time ancient Man arrived, the Wild Horses disappeared in North America.
  • When re-introduced to America by Man horses were long used as one of Man’s greatest tools, were dependent on horses to survive, and for human transportation until recent Railroads and Automobiles were invented.
  • When you think of the ‘Old West’ or ‘Wild West’, you think of horses.
  • Both Cattle Ranchers and the BLM control much of the Land in the Western US, and both consider wild horses as pests.  Cattle Ranchers work closely with the BLM, and want cheap grazing land.
  • Since the 1971 Wild Horse & Burro Act was establishd, over 50% of the original land set aside for horses by Congress has been removed from the horses by the BLM.  The numbers of horses have been greatly reduced by the BLM.
  • No other wild species in America has realized such a huge population decrease since 1900, but especially in the last 20 years.  Yet the BLM still falsely tells the American Public that Wild Horses are overpopulated.
  • At the rate the BLM is removing the horses by the thousands from Public Land, it won’t be long and the Wild Horses will again be extinct in North America because of Man and greed.

Meanwhile, Cattle originated in Asia.  It was the horse that moved cattle into the American West by cattle drives.  It was horses that were hitched to the front of a wagon, pulling settlers into the American West, while a milk cow was tethered to the back of the wagon.

You decide.  Do Wild Horses deserve to live in America?

Be sure to see Channel 8 Las Vegas News Report…
I-Team Special: The Stampede to Oblivion

October 11, 2009

New Wild Horse Gift Store

Black Tee from Wild Horse Gift Store

Black Tee from Wild Horse Gift Store

Wild Horse Gift Store
Wild Horse Gift Store
Wild Horse Gift Store
Wild Horse Gift Store
Our lil’  Wild Horse Gift Store  is re-opened, and we will be adding more horse images soon from the McCullough Peaks & Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Ranges.  Partial profit proceeds will be donated to TCF to continue helping the Wild Horses.
October 3, 2009

Third Cloud Movie, Oct 25th, on PBS

NATURE
‘Cloud, Challenge of the Stallions’
Click to watch Preview Trailer…
http://video.pbs.org/video/1226379302/feature/96

Program: Nature

Episode: Cloud: Challenge of the Stallions

The continuing saga of Cloud, the wild, white stallion of the Arrowhead Mountains of Montana. Now a confident band stallion in his prime, Cloud rules the mountains, gathering mares and expanding his reign, as the story turns to his two sons: Bolder is his by birth and Flint, sired by another stallion, who Cloud raised. Will nature or nurture produce the next great stallion of the Arrowheads?
Premiere Date: 10/25/2009
TV Rating: NR

Conquistador

Conquistador. Rounded-up & adopted in Sept 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do not miss this wonderful episode on the Pryor Mountain Wild Horses by Ginger Kathrens!  I know that I will love this movie, but will be sad too when watching and knowing that several of the horses are now gone.

Cloud: Challenge of the Stallions premieres Sunday, October 25 (check local listings).

If you missed the first two installments, watch Cloud: Wild Stallion of the Rockies and Cloud’s Legacy: The Wild Stallion Returns online.

September 24, 2009

Pryor Horse Auction Photos

The BLM’s photos of the horses up for auction & sale on Sept 26, 2009 near Lovell Wyoming

http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/mt/field_offices/billings/adoption.Par.71138.File.dat/adoptionlist.pdf

 

UPDATE  09/27/09
from TCF

All 57 either adopted or sold to good homes!

4 bands of Forest Service horses, 15 total including Floyd and Conquistador and his mare will be kept together at a ranch near their homeland.

Ember and Image get to stay together, have a great home, also adopted into great homes were Arrow, Rain, Helena Montana, Stiles, Cassidy, the lame foal with his mom, who is looking better, and Ginger got Sax.

Conquistador had the record bid – $2500

Huge thanks to all the Freedom Fund donars and all the supporters who made this possible – this is a big win…. TCF

On a sad note, Ginger and others visited the horses on Pryor Mountain, and they are reporting that many of the horses are still foot-sore and lame… even Cloud, the most famous living Wild Stallion.   It was difficult to watch them even walk over to the watering hole.

It is so sad what this roundup has done to these horses.  The BLM has over 31,000 horses it is holding and could be sold, yet they just had to torment this herd to gather 57 more horses at a huge taxpayer’s expense.

September 23, 2009

Wild Horses on CNN

Click the link below to see the CNN News Report on Sept 23, 2009!

I Just Saw This on CNN.com: Wild horses sold to slaughter?

Although CNN Suggests that these 57 Pryor Horses could very well be sent to slaughter, I feel very positive that they will be adopted out, and the older horses will be purchased outright thanks to Ginger Kathrens, The Cloud Foundation, and all of the media on this story… I hope that they get good homes!  The adoption is tomorrow!

-Kathy