Overview

Dear Supporters– the efforts made by so many on behalf of these horses are staggering, we feel that we can make real change if we keep up the pressure. Thank you for everything you have done and are doing!

Just wanted to post a quick all-inclusive update to keep everyone up-to-date:

1. AUCTION: The Pryor auction is to be held on Sept. 26th outside of Lovell, WY- 57 horses, including 12 over ten years old, will be up for adoption. Older horses who aren’t adopted will be sold. We are still working on plans A, B, and C to save these older horses and keep the band stallions with their mares. Thank you for your outpouring of support and work– we will keep you updated on these efforts. These older horses should never, ever have been removed from their wild home. Read more details on the auction by clicking here.  There is camping available nearby, click here for more information. 

2. BLM ADVISORY BOARD MEETING & MUSTANGS on the HILL in Washington DC:  Please bring your friends (and ask pro-mustang Celebrities to come)  to Arlington, VA for the BLM Advisory meeting! This board has been stacked against the horses for over a decade, let’s make a strong showing for the horses and the future of our wild herds! Then let’s head to the hill… On Tuesday, Sept. 29th we’ll start out with a press conference and then fan out for meetings with Senators. Read more here!   Here is a great new article on the ROAM act, let’s get this passed immediately. 

3. KEEP CALLING: Let’s keep up the calls, e-mails, faxes and letters. 

Please take time to call and write your local media as well as national media— we have made an incredible impact but we cannot let up now. Tell them that this is an issue that matters to YOU, ask them to involve you or another local advocate in the story. 

Ask for the release of the older horses and reform of the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program, fax your comments as well:

  • White House Switchboard – 202-456-1414 (fax: 202-456-2461) E-mail here  Ask for Senior Advisors:  Valerie Jarrett  and David Axelrod. Ask for Michelle Obama too, her office is recieving a tremendous number of calls and they need to continue.
  • Call your Senators – switchboard 202-224-3121 and ask that they support S1579, The Restore our American Mustang (ROAM) Act
  • Call the Senate Committee of Natural Resources – 202-224-4971 (fax 202-224-6163) Email here. ask that they push the ROAM Act through immediately– it must go up for a vote soon in the Senate

Demand reform for our wild horses!

Looking Glass greets Conquistador and another bachelor- 1996

Looking Glass greets Conquistador and another bachelor- 1996

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65 Responses to “Overview”

  1. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Makendra, Why is it too late for the thousands? Is it too late to save the horses in holding?? No way back…? After what Paul McGuire said in “Horseback” online, I feel that BLM is very agitated with us. He is nearly taunting us about the right they have to destroy those horses. What do you think can be done for them?? Mar

    • thecloudfoundation Says:

      Hi Mar, thanks, I should clarify– i was thinking too late for thousands who have died…. DEFINITELY not too late for the thousands in holding. I’ll have to fix that. Let’s pass the ROAM act which would restore some of their legally designated rangelands and get a fair number turned back out I believe. Thanks, Makendra

  2. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Thanks so much, I just wanted to be clear. We all have to be careful, there are so many sharp ladies here. It is great. But, yes, to free those that can be, again would be so gratifying. Mar

  3. jo bunny Says:

    FYI….the link for the whitehouse “email here” (which should connect us to http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact) in your post above is taking us to the BLM newsroom website!!

  4. Barbara Steele Says:

    This resolution is due to be voted on today concerning BLM adoption. Wonder if the “goals” are to get all the horses rounded up?

    H.RES.688
    Title: Expressing support for the goals and ideals of the first annual National Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Day taking place on September 26, 2009.
    Sponsor: Rep Titus, Dina [NV-3] (introduced 7/28/2009) Cosponsors (2)
    Related Bills: S.RES.221
    Latest Major Action: 7/31/2009 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands.

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    • Morgan Williams Says:

      It can’t be good that the resolution is being sponsored by a Rep from Nevada.

      My head is just swimming. Could it be that there may be one or two Reps there willing to challenge the BLM’s ideals & goals? I truly hope so.

      Dear God, our American Mustangs and burros continue to be degraded & reduced to a number on a piece of paper labeled a house resolution being voted on by a bunch of ‘suits’ who have possibly never laid eyes on Mustangs or Burros in the wild nor seen the beauty of the land they live on. A stupid piece of paper and a thoughtless “aye” vote cold mean no more freedom to the living, breathing, intelligent Mustangs afforded the rights already given by the sheer will of the American people in 1971. Then, no longer is the land they were given public property to be cherished and nurtured for future generations of Americans and international tourists. Little do each Subcommitte members know the grave consequences we all face if they do not investigate what they are voting on. This world was created to thrive in a delicate balance of dependence between God, man, animal, plant, dirt, minerals and elements. The balance is being destroyed brick by brick until one day the whole system collapses and no one can survive. Artifical means of life support is not true existence.

      • jo bunny Says:

        & even worse, suits like salazar who (according to an interview with d.feinstein) seems to think that the wild horses & burros are someone’s pet horses that are just being let loose out of back yards & left on public lands for the government & thus taxpayers to take care of…… suits who have no clue about the history of these horses, that they have been here for a few hundred years, that they are a totally different breed than thoroughbreds & quarterhorses, that these animals have highly socialized behaviours & hierarchical structures within each band……no! you’re bloody right! these people have no f$%#^&!! clue what they are voting on or even talking about…nor how their votes affect the lives of not only these horses, but also of our environment, of us,of our children, of our future generations. totally clueless.

      • jo bunny Says:

        so here’s an idea…going back to the suits who most likely have never set eyes on a wild horse much less the lands in which they live….what if each of those suits (ie, the senators & other congressmen with whom everyone is meeting next week) could receive copies of the Cloud videos at these meetings??? i’d be happy to throw in a couple of extra bucks to TCF so that each senator could at least see these magnificent wild horses in nature, where they belong, interacting with one another as deeply caring & socialized beings……so that they could see them as the beautiful wild horses that they are, not like vermin or reproducing rats with numbers on tags in cages…..

    • Janet Ferguson Says:

      This is the first thing on their agenda.

      Are they trying to “look like good guys” or is it just because it’s a timely subject. and they are acknowledging the need to recognize this program and need for adoptions?

      Then there’s poor Senator Byrd in hospital. Dear me.

  5. Suzanne Moore Says:

    I’d like to think that the “goals” were to get all the horses adopted out to good homes, but I kinda doubt that’s what it really is…

  6. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    If only the number of horses that were taken were actually closely related to the number of horses that can get adopted. Since the removals point to BLM not using science and trying to tell us the range of horses is depleted and unable to support them when, in truth, it has and does support them well, why should we believe anything they say? Let them vote. It is counter to reality. Their reality is the situation they created. Mar

  7. Morgan Williams Says:

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2009-09-22-byrd-fall_N.htm?csp=34

    URGENT NEWS ON SENATOR BYRD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! His health is in trouble.

    09-22.09

  8. Suzanne Moore Says:

    At least he doesn’t seem to be really injured – they were just being very careful, as they should be. The piece says that at this time at least, there is no reason to believe he will be admitted to the hospital.

    Sure hope he’s OK!

  9. Janet Ferguson Says:

    Just heard he was back in the hospital! I will send positive thoughts his way!

  10. Janet Ferguson Says:

    On 9/9/09 at 10:36 a.m. Marilyn Phillips posted re: Jim Sparks being THE ONE WHO ULTIMATELY HAS THE DECISION AS TO THE OLDER HORSES. MP also indicated that within BLM’s own guidelines “”Herd Management Plan dated May 2009, it states that no horse over the age of 20 is to be removed.
    Has anyone phoned Jim Sparks on this issue? Should he be contacted now?
    If so, what is his phone number?
    Thank you.

    • jo bunny Says:

      how ’bout just sending him emales??? lots & lots of emales……maybe a few faxes……..a few more emales…….

      think that they might get through?????

  11. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Jim Sparks is out of the Billings office…looking for a number Mar

  12. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Complaints to Billings Office is 406-896-5013…Mar

    • Janet Ferguson Says:

      Marillyn you are absolutely right — James Sparks is the fieldmanager out of the billings office.

      there is ALSO a James R. Sparks who is a wildlife biologist out of theMissoula office which got me all flumuxxed I am so sorry I got mixed up!

  13. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    We were contacting him in the beginning. I thought his number was up, but some things pre-blog may not be here… Mar But Billing BLM is on another list or online.. Mar

  14. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Jim Sparks Head of Billings Field Office; 406-329-3827 Mar

    • Janet Ferguson Says:

      Thanks I will call right now.

      • Janet Ferguson Says:

        OK, this is the thing:
        Sparks is not the one. The wild horse and burro specialist Jared Bybee and/or Nancy Bjelland are the ones — not yet confirmed but for now it’s a start: I am going to find out by calling their office: 406-896-5013. This seems to be coming full circle deja vu etc., etc .,
        Emails for above people are:
        NBjelland@mt.glm.gov
        JBybee@mt.blm.gov
        try different combinations of caps if you need to if the emails don’t work (capitalize different letters).

        Sparks is in a satellite office, and is a wildlife specialist. Lady who answered states that office has nothing to do with the wild horse/burro program.

        The above people (Bjelland and Bybee) are directly related to roundup. I am going to call to see if they have decision making on the ground as for the older horses, etc. Or once the roundup is over, is it out of their hands? I am going to try to find out. Nothing to lose, right????

      • Janet Ferguson Says:

        OK, they are sending me now to “External Affairs”, Greg Albright or Mary Apple. I am leaving a message now requesting the name of the person to contact who might have decision-making authority about returning the older horses to the range if not adopted at the Britton Springs event.
        For anyone else who wants to find out who this person is, you can call Greg Albright at 406-896-5260. Bybee and Bjelland are being protected from our calls by the BLM, by directing us to “External Affairs.” I will let you know if I can get a name from Mr. Albright so I can contact this mystery person to request that the older horses be left on the range if not adopted, and question the procedural note posted by MP, that indicates they were not to have taken them off the range to begin with.

      • Janet Ferguson Says:

        Sparks # is 406-896-5013. He is Field Manager at the Billings Office.

        He is the one to call as decision maker about which horses will be adopted, etc.

        I am going to request he return the older horses to the range if at all possible, perhaps if the wild horse specialists, Bjelland and Bybee will sign off on it, if they are not adopted.

    • Janet Ferguson Says:

      To clarify my comments, below, when I called that number, MW, (for Sparks) was told he is not in the Billings office, but is the wildlife biologist for Missoula office, and the Missoula office has nothing to do with wild horse and burro program. Bjelland and Bybee are in the state office (406-896-5000) When you ask for them, you get directed to “External Affairs” (Greg Albright or Mary Apple). their # is 406-896-5260. I will try to get the name/email of the person who has the decision making power about the older horses.
      Sorry if this has already been covered, etc., I am just trying this out today to see if I get anywhere.

      • jo bunny Says:

        isn’t mary apple a public relations person??? if that’s the case, she won’t have anything to do with making a decision regarding the horses.

        what about dean bolstad, “wild horse management specialist” & deputy division chief of the wild horse & burro program??? 775 861-6611

        think maybe HE knows something about horses?????

      • jo bunny Says:

        should anyone want to try, mr. bolstad’s cell phone

        (775) 750-6362 (cell)

        emale…. Dean_Bolstad@blm.gov

        he’s actually the only one in the blm who has responded to any of our emales! not a very positive one, but at least it was polite & it was a response!!

      • Janet Ferguson Says:

        JB — Marilyns name & # above is CORRECTAMUNDO.

        I got sent to another James R. Sparks who is a wildlife biologist out of the billings office by someone at BLM.

        Sorry about all that confusion — follow the person MW said to call:”Jim Sparks, Field Manager, Billings Office at 406-896-5013. Mary Apple confirmed he was the right one and she also confirmed the “second” Jim Sparksin Missoula (NOT the right one).

        The right one’s email is probably this:

        Jim_Sparks@blm.gov

        Sorry to have caused all this confusion, aided by support staff at BLM!

    • Janet Ferguson Says:

      Marilyn 3827 is for the Missoula office — that Jim Sparks is a wildlife biologist who has nothing to do with the wild horse & burro program.

      the Jim Sparks at the Billings Office, is Field Manager, and same building as Bybee and Bjelland.

      HIS NUMBER IS 406-896-5013, according to Mary Apple of Billings External Affairs. Mary said the reason Bybee/Bjelland’s calls are going to External Affairs is because of the business with the adoption.

  15. Janet Ferguson Says:

    To TCF – Point #2, above. Also on that website is a related article titled “problems mounting for wild horse management” Keep clicking at end of “great new article on Roam” link, above (in post from TCF) and you will find this article. The latter portion of this article reads:

    ….”As for the claim that there are other lands available for the horses, Gorey says there is virtually no such land that can provide year-round forage for a suitable habitat.

    “It’s an irony that some of these (advocacy) groups blame grazing for all the problems,” Spratling adds. “Getting rid of cows is not a solution. Horses can eat themselves out of house and home; they simply exceed in number what food is available.”

    Gorey points to an independent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report last year, titled “Effective Long-Term Options Needed to Manage Unadoptable Wild Horses,” calling it an unbiased report that supports the BLM. That report, available on the GAO Web site, says the BLM has made “significant progress” toward setting and meeting the appropriate management levels of wild herds, and that it is committed to improving its direct-count method, which currently results in an undercount of the population.”

    The GAO points out that the 1971 law allows the option of humanely euthanizing animals that are unadoptable or to sell “without limitation” (meaning that slaughter is an option) horses older than 10 and those younger that have been passed over for adoption at least three times, based on a 2004 amendment. It recommends that the bureau should initiate discussions with Congress on addressing the BLM’s noncompliance with these directives.

    While humane euthanasia and selling without limitation for possible transport to slaughter are legal options, “there’s no appetite for euthanasia or slaughter,” says Spratling.

    The advisory board on which he sits last met in Reno in November, approving 19 recommendations to the BLM, among them the following: that “as a last resort” sale-eligible animals not sold or adopted after 30 days be offered for sale without limitation or be humanely euthanized, that all emergency gathers have a veterinarian present and that animals showing signs of disease or stress that could make them susceptible to life-threatening illness when moved to a holding facility also be humanely euthanized.

    Euthanasia is to be performed only by a veterinarian or under a DVM’s supervision, following American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) guidelines and in compliance with state veterinary practice acts and laws.

    The euthanasia measure had only one dissenting vote, from the wild-horse advocacy representative.

    At that November meeting, the advisory board also heard from Mrs. T. Boone Pickens, wife of the Texas oilman, who said she is working with others to acquire enough land to provide permanent sanctuaries for free-roaming wild mustangs. Mrs. Pickens, in a telephone conversation with DVM Newsmagazine, said she is vehemently opposed to horse slaughter.

    The BLM will consider the advisory board’s recommendations, and perhaps Mrs. Pickens’ offer, at its next meeting, Feb. 23 in Reno. It can accept, reject or modify the recommendations.

    “We could use a many more like Mrs. Pickens,” Spratling says.

    “But realistically, unless we control the horse populations outside (holding areas) to keep those areas sustainable, and manage the numbers inside, we won’t solve this problem. Good management ultimately is the key,” he says.”

    So basically this news entity “looks good” by posting the ROAM article, but if you follow up on related articles, you will see what their spin actually is. My take on it – but judge for yourself. . . . .The Advisory Board meets at least twice a year. September’s meeting will be followed by another one in Reno in February, according to this article (I assume it is Feb 2010). What horrors are in store for the 30,000 mustangs now if the ROAM isn’t passed and BLM gets the vets on its side???

  16. Janet Ferguson Says:

    MW HOPE YOU GET THIS

    I was sent on a wild goose chase by a well-meaning support office person but finally after talking to the External Affairs, they sent me to your person:

    Jim Sparks (I tried to write this down above on the blog in a few places so my wrong info is slightly more obliterated).

    Sparks is the one — your original # you gave is CORRECT.

    (as far as I can tell at this time)

  17. Susan NY Says:

    This stonewalling sounds like a typical day in the life of a person on hold with their HMO, trying to get medical care they are paying for in premiums. Insurance company staffers make commissions to say no, what’s the incentive for the BLM?

    Both runarounds happen for the same reason: Greed, lack of respect. Jim Sparks is the vortex around which this roundup revolves. If there is a money trail [and there usually is] I would look for it to pass through his influence.

    • Janet Ferguson Says:

      scary.

      I’m gonna wait to see what TCF says about contacting Jim Sparks, Field Manager, Billings Office, before I try to.

      Per MW, above.

  18. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    was this all going back to the “fact” that horses over 20 are not to be rounded up? Grumpy Grulla was from the Forest Service as are Conquistador and a large handful of over 10 horses. If she were let loose and Conquistador, maybe they would come over to the mountain with all their family gone. But still, are they intending to geld all these band stallions theY took from Forest Service?? Is that happening before adoption? Please do tell us if you know,TCF… mar

  19. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    I got it, JF< but I am trying to get a response from TCF. They are busy, I know, but are these stallions to be gelded? I certainly hope that Ginger's plans A & B
    were to keep them as is. Mar

  20. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Yeah, i think he is very important but sensitive as in, they have to keep dealing with him. Mar

  21. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Senator Byrd be well, we need you and thank you for your eloquence. Mar

  22. Morgan Williams Says:

    Just something for additional foundation information on the battle we are currently engaging:

    I am watching on my local PBS channel a series called “The Forest Service and the Greatest Good: A Centennial History”. I watch a lot of PBS.

    This series is available in a book from Channel9.com. This 2 hour series is giving tons and tons of information on America’s beginning of land and forestry conservation. It is giving the foundation for all we see happening at this very moment with the Wild Mustangs and Burros. President Theodore Roosevelt (Teddy) began a GREAT idea and had a great big heart for preservation, along with the first man to run the National Forestry (last name Pinchot). Great ideas always get muttled, abused & thwarted for greedy purposes when the right leaders die or must leave their posts.

  23. Christine Says:

    I Have An Update to Add.

    I’ve been working all day to get the Cloud Foundation CafePress stores up, with only some success. You can see the items that are up here, and ready for purchase – http://www.cafepress.com/CloudFound02 which have a new version of the Conquistador shirt. There will be dark shirt versions and another more generic version with different wording (dark and light versions) as soon as CafePress cooperates with the rest of the image uploads!

    The other design is here:
    http://www.anthroland.com/art/furry/OpenGates.gif This will also be a bumper sticker.

    There is one more, my own original design, but Makendra said she wanted to think about that one first. If anyone is curious, its here – http://www.anthroland.com/art/furry/LibertyandJust-Horse.gif

    The CafePress stuff should hopefully be all up by tomorrow evening at the latest. I don’t know if there will be time to get the shirts before the sale and DC rally.

  24. Morgan Williams Says:

    Here is a quote from a famous conservationist in my home state, Aldo Leopold. One of the well-known quotes from the book which clarifies his land ethic is:

    “A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.”

    George Santayana, philosopher, essayist poet and novelist:
    “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

    Is the American federal government repeating the criminal mistakes made with the native Indians, the native Buffalo, the timber famine, the dust bowl? Doing the same crafty trick of propaganda with the general public to gain support?

    George also said:
    “Fanaticism consists in redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim.”

    This quote is confirms my conviction to stay on track with our battle to save our American Mustangs & Burros on public lands. Also, to fight to the very end to stop slaughter of wild and domestic equines.

  25. Christine Says:

    Caps and bumper stickers are now here – http://www.cafepress.com/CloudFoundation

  26. Deb Creten Says:

    Unfortunately, I live in the Adirondack mountains of upstate NY and am too far away to make it to Britton Springs (or any of the adoption sites) this weekend. I just had to put my 19 year old Mustang cross down due to a broken leg, and would be willing to take a few of the Pryor horses – but I do not have the 6 foot fences needed at the moment. I have 25 of 63 acres of lightly wooded property fenced (barbed wire, unfortunately, with some electrobraid) for my own horses. I wish you the best for finding homes for all of this group – let me know if there is anyway I can help.

    • Morgan Williams Says:

      Deb C.

      Have you heard of Equine Advocates?
      michele@equineadvocates.com
      http://www.equineadvocates.org/

      YouTube – horsefootage’s Channel
      Source: http://www.youtube.com

      Safe Home
      Since 1996, Equine Advocates has helped rescue thousands of horses from slaughter, abuse and neglect. At EA?s Safe Home Equine Rescue & Sanctuary in Chatham, NY, we have 68 rescued equines including horses, ponies, donkeys and mules (and a few other animals saved along the way). On the sanctuary grounds, we have an Education Center where visitors of all ages attend seminars and symposiums on equine issues, care and natural horsemanship. All visitors, of course, also get to meet our amazing equine residents.

      If I were living in NY and were close enough, that’s where I would volunteer!

      I am so very sorry about your beloved Mustang. Truly sorry. I know your heartache. I was just thinking this morning about my Sugarbabe, a draft pony. I saved her tail the day she was put down.

      May God ease your heartache.

      Morgan

  27. Janet Ferguson Says:

    Today you can find t-shirts, hoodies, bags, and YARD SIGNS on the CafePress. Use above link!!

  28. Donna Buscemi Says:

    I’m reading Hope Ryden’s book – “Americas Last Wild Horses”. In it Hope talks about how each member of Congress received a Copy of her book back in the Wild Horse Annie days. Why don’t we do this again! And send a copy to Michelle Obama. I sent a letter to the President. Just got an e mail response today. I’m sure it’s from a staffer but it is signed Barack Obama
    Her’s a copy
    Dear Friend:

    Thank you for writing me about the welfare of animals. I appreciate hearing from you and value your input.

    I am committed to making my Administration the most open and transparent in history, and part of delivering on that promise is hearing from people like you. I take seriously your opinions and respect your point of view on this important matter. Please know that your concerns will be on my mind in the days ahead.

    Thank you again for writing. I encourage you to visit http://www.WhiteHouse.gov to learn more about my Administration or to contact me in the future.

    Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

    Sincerely,

    Barack Obama

    I live in MD and can send copies of Hope’s Book to my Senators. What do you all think?
    Donna

    • Morgan Williams Says:

      Donna:

      Your idea is terrific, in my opinion.

      I personally think each person here has to make their own call on where their individual efforts are best placed. We each have great ideas and a tons of passion. You must do what you believe is the best use of your talent, ambition, time, money and efforts. When I was going in too many directions last week, I reigned myself in and chose a path. That path is proving to be very fruitful and I will stick with it.

      Right now, I am thinking about buying 2 more tee shirts for my Senator and his staff member Erin Meeds. I will give it them as a gift for taking time to meet with me & others on the 29th. His schedule is packed but he opened up a slot.

  29. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Donna, I bought Hope’s book in 1972. She was my hero for many years and I still love her, but her book was written on the Pryor horses nearly 40 years ago.
    Ginger’s books are up to date, and there are others out there, too. But, maybe they would appreciate the original. Do it. Everything will help. Mar

  30. Donna Buscemi Says:

    Mar, It’s a newre edition but still relevant. I think the eons of mistreatment of the horses and the ways of the Western horse management are enlightening and depressing. Maybe if they see how these wonderful animals have been mistreated for so long – they’ll be more compelled to help.
    Gonna send them!

  31. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Donna, yes, it is true, it has not changed much. You might stress that in a note.
    It is worth every effort and if you get through to one person it could mean all the difference in the world. If there are ladies, you may get through to many… mar

  32. jan sterling Says:

    how about if people could send the two dvds on cloud to the committee debating the ROAM bill – most of those people may not even heard of cloud or know what a wild horse really is – its not someone’s domesticated horse that got loose or was turned loose to fend for itself – need to get the video out there to the public – i wrote animal planet to see if they could borrow or buy copies from pbs to show on animal planet –

    the more people who are made aware of who and what cloud and other wild horses are the better – especially in washington – did anyone send copies to obama’s daughters and the video that is on youtube by sheryl crow – i asked animal planet to run that one or just send the link to people – its 27 minutes long and is very graphic

  33. jan sterling Says:

    went to govt page – seems there are so many other issues before the president that the poor horses just get shoved further back – no body really knows their plight nor seems to care but a few in washington

    • Morgan Williams Says:

      Jan,

      Yah, but…. those few in Washington who care about preserving wildlife & public lands for future generations have nice LOUD voices and refused to be squelched. They have the strength of character to endure a long race and the ability to keep their minds fixed on a goal. They refuse to give up on a cause that brings them no personal glory or gain but rather honors the greater good & balance of mankind with creation.

  34. jan sterling Says:

    for those of you who watch pbs – the ken burns series on our national parks starts this weekend – on sunday so ck your listings

    • Morgan Williams Says:

      Jan,

      I have been watching Ken Burns the last month or so as my local PBS station gives previews. Ken has incrediable passion. It leaps through the TV screen.

      Last week I watched other documentarys on PBS about the history of American conservation. One was called “The Greater Good”. The timeliness of this education to the public was pretty kool!

  35. jan sterling Says:

    just in passing went to blm website last nite and they had a comment about the pryor horses – that mares did not have much milk and foals were thin – did not get that impression from seeing video ginger took – and she made comment mountains were still green in late august and in the roundup videos everything is still green so why would blm say this – to convince people horses are going hungry so they can round them up??

    • Morgan Williams Says:

      The BLM ‘horse experts’ have the timing of their facts confused, once again, beyond any use of common sense and basic intelligence. The mare were NOT lacking adequate milk while roaming peacefully in the Pryor Mts before the hideous roundup. Once needlessly stressed by the helicopter, run at a full gallop for miles while concerned for their babes, lungs forced to ache for breath at high respitory rates, given timed forage instead of constant grazing —- of course the mare’s milk production was reduced!! Of course the foals are thin. They can hardly stand to nurse. The mare’s body is taking resources from lean body mass to produce milk, which then causes the mares to appear thin too.

      The stupid nonsense the BLM pumps out to the public will soon be ceased.

  36. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Morgan, you are one in a million. mar

    • Morgan Williams Says:

      Golly. That was a nice thing to say. Thanks Mar!

      Back at you, too!

      I take it that you can’t sleep tonight either? Your in Colorado. It must be 1:18 a.m. I have been awake again since 11:00 pm after falling asleep early. I was up a lot on Friday night too.

  37. jan sterling Says:

    just saw the mustangs on sunday morning – they were filmed in mojave but in nevada – since mojave comes thru to california why cant we have some mustangs turned loose here in california – i live in apple valley which is where roy rogers used to live – places up here still open like lucerne valley – could use a few horses there

  38. jan sterling Says:

    i just emailed mary landrieu from lousiana to stop the blm – dont know how much input she can muster – i am going to email all the peope on the engery bill but i am going to write her and send her some personal stories i have seen on tv

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