Sheldon Herd Press Release

Wild horses are making their last stand across the American West– Cloud’s herd is the most famous and it is difficult to believe what a challenge it is to save them– one little herd! Here are two others that need our help as well! And many, many more after that.

Stand for the Sheldon 
The Horses that Congress Forgot

The intent of congress in 1971 was to protect all free roaming wild horses and burros as a national resource. § 1331. Congressional findings and declaration of policy

Congress finds and declares that wild free-roaming horses and burros are living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West; that they contribute to the diversity of life forms within the Nation and enrich the lives of the American people; and that these horses and burros are fast disappearing from the American scene. It is the policy of Congress that wild free-roaming horses and burros shall be protected from capture, branding, harassment, or death; and to accomplish this they are to be considered in the area where presently found, as an integral part of the natural system of the public lands.

When this act became law, horses within the Federal Wildlife service and parks system were somehow excluded from Congressional intent. 

Historically Sheldon gathers have been horrific examples of chaotic mistreatment of these magnificent horses. Often times the evidence implies a direct route to slaughter. Whenever we see an article about the horrors of a gather, the most frequent photo seen is from Sheldon 2006.

Many of the horses removed from Sheldon suffer severe trauma from these current processes that involve chaotic gathers and limited options for finding placement. A long- term implementation of policy that takes into account the adoptability of these animals and their ultimate safety must take place. This living symbol of America must be protected and treated with the respect they deserve. And at least afforded the same standard of “care” offered to other wild horses living on public land.

A stand has been made in Nevada for the horses that Congress forgot.
A children’s book illustrator has filed legal action.

Ultimately the weight of that responsibility will lie in the hands of the U.S. Senate as they consider S.1579. American intent in the original legislation was to protect ALL of OUR wild horses and burros.
Don’t let these horses be forgotten… again.

Follow the progress of this action, and to view the filed documents, visit the AOWHA war room:

Please help with this effort:

Laura Leigh


Tobin Horse Range Removals- Hundreds More Being Rounded Up in Nevada…

BLM plans to roundup and remove several hundred more wild horses from the Tobin Range Herd Management Area in Nevada which they plan to carry out next month. The deadline for public comment is this Friday, September 18th. Send comments re: ref. 4700/1792(NV-010)(NV-010-18) The “Tobin Range Capture Plan”. 

Send to:

Mr. Jerome Fox

Bureau of Land Management

Winnemucca District Office

5100 East Winnemucca Blvd.

Winnemucca, NV  89446


9 Responses to “Sheldon Herd Press Release”

  1. Kari Says:

    That’s a tight deadline for letters coming across the country. Is there a website or email address we can comment to?

  2. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Thank you Laura Leigh. Your information on the Sheldon Herd is another testament to government mismanagement and indifference. I really believe that it was the Fish and Wildlife Services duty to take steps that would have protected these horses in the first years of the 1971 Wild Horse and Burro Act. That no one”did the right thing” does not make them any less liable for the exploitation these horses have been subject to and the cruel horrors these horses have lived and died from during the roundups. The Interior Department needs an overhaul. That the entry of Ken Salazar was not made with a declaration to clean house was his first mistake. Horse people watched as he came to the Office of Secretary and kept on with the Bush Era tactics that perpetuated not only the new indifference and lies but the old, embedded illegal and profiteering double standards that still prevail. It is time to clean out the Interior Department, not just the BLM. The Cattoors are the like of which Dickens villains were made. They and those who have dealt with them or made profit from stealing our horses, Burns or no Burns amendment, are in the deep manure. It is time to clean the barn of them all. With information like this that is inflammatory, a thorough, impartial investigation should yield charges that will stick. Mar

    • Kathy c Says:

      Thanks for caring about the horses and burros at Sheldon. It is my understanding that they are still not covered under the current legislation. As S.1579 is considered, these horses may be forgotten again, unless the bill gets altered. BLM is just one hand of the Dept. of Interior, dirty hands.

  3. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    When sending a comment to get to Nevada on time for the 18th deadline, I would spend the $10. to mail overnight, it has to be signed for. They have to include your comments then. Mar

  4. Janet Ferguson Says:

  5. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Thanks, JF, glad to read this. Mar

  6. Angie Sellitto Says:

    I found this on the internet:

    Jerome Fox Bureau of Land Management Winnemucca District Office 5100 E. Winnemucca Blvd. Winnemucca, NV 89445 775.623.1500 e-mail:

    Note the email and phone number!

  7. Georgianna Clayton Says:

    It is now Sept. 18, if you didn’t send o message to Mr. Fox in Winnemucca, then CALL today!!! The number is (775) 782-4054

  8. Roxy Says:

    Wow, the Sheldon web site doesn’t tell the whole story .

    But they do have the right idea to leave the old horses alone, said all roundups occur before foaling season – are these two things still occuring in their roundups, or is this another zero out, any time of the year?

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