Ladies Signature Series Wild Horse Wallet!
Around 1900 there were about 2 million horses running free.
Millions were shot, poisoned, slaughtered, and considered as pests by western Ranchers.
In the 1950’s (when Wild Horse Annie first brought horses to the national spotlight), there were only about 25,000 left in the wild.
In 1971, The Wild Horse & Burro Act was passed, and there were about 54,000 horses in the wild. It was a long, hard battle for Horse Advocates to get this passed, but the law set aside 54 million acres for wild horses. – the initial public land where these horses were already established.
Now in 2009, there are approx. 32,000 horses in the wild. Some say fewer, and want an actual census of horses and land to be done by a third party.
The BLM plans to remove 12,000 horses between Sept 2009-Oct 2010.
If they conduct these expensive roundups in the next 12 months, that will leave about 20,000 horses in the wild – about 1/2 of the horses than when the Law was initially passed in 1971!
The BLM is greatly reducing Wild Horses to near-extinction, and very quickly too.
Since the 1971 Law was passed, 25 million acres (about 50%) have been quietly taken away from the wild horses. Because of these little known BLM actions, the BLM tries to claim that these current (smaller and fewer) Ranges are overpopulated, and the land is ‘degrading’. They claim that round-ups are for the safety of the horses – to prevent starvation.
That is simply a lie from the BLM to convince the average American that round-ups are needed.
There are 3 million cattle, 100:1 ratio of cattle to wild horses on public land.
The horses are being mis-managed and driven to extinction, one horse range at a time, all across the great American West.
Please contact your State Senators, Congressmen, and the Obama Administration, to support the ROAM ACT and the Wild Horses. Give them back the land that should be theirs in the first place.
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.
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.
‘Cloud, Challenge of the Stallions’
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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
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).
Title: Playful Paints
-TPPA Texas State Merit Winner
-TPPA Best Animal Trophy Award
-Kodak Gallery Trophy Award
-Regional (Southwest States) SWPPA Merit Winner
-PPA International Merit Award
-PPA Loan Collection (Highest PPA award given)
And its one of my Best Selling 16×20 Fine Art Prints!
Purchase this award-winning horse Fallery Print at our main website, and we’ll donate partial proceeds to The Cloud Foundation – helping America’s Wild Horses!
www.kathyweigand.com click on Fine Art Collections & Horses
Makes a great Christmas Gift!
The BLM’s photos of the horses up for auction & sale on Sept 26, 2009 near Lovell Wyoming
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.