Senate Directs BLM to Get New Game Plan for Wild Horses in One Year

Thank you Senator Mary Landrieu!  

By Steven Long, Horseback Magazine

The United States Senate has passed a tough new bill that orders the Bureau of Land Management to institute a new plan for its management of wild horses. The legislation was introduced by Sen. Mary Landrieu (D), La.

“Sen. Landrieu continued her efforts to protect wild horses by championing bill language to prohibit the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from using taxpayer dollars for the destruction of healthy, un-adopted horses and burros…” read the rest of the article here.

* this is different than the ROAM act– keep working to pass S.1579 through the Senate!*


52 Responses to “Senate Directs BLM to Get New Game Plan for Wild Horses in One Year”

  1. heatherinNS Says:

    Yes!! Yes!! Yess!! Thank you Senator Landrieu!

  2. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Yes, thanks for telling them to use the adoption horses, a brilliant idea that can place hundreds of horses and help Americans learn about how versatile they are.

  3. jo bunny Says:

    i’m confused….was ROAM actually passed? steven long’s article says that it was, but the previous posting on TCF blog says that we still need to get ROAM passed…..i can’t find the senate record of it having passed on their website……is it just not yet updated??? what’s up????

    • jo bunny Says:

      never mind that last post….NOW i see the line at the bottom “this is different than ROAM….”

      back to calling, writing, emaling, writing, calling, emaling…..

    • Marilyn Wargo Says:

      It is still in committee. But Mary Landieu blasted BLM at the Senate and told them they had to find uses for horses for adoption like on police forces and such. it was written into the Appropriations bill for BLM. Like their budget. If only it had been enough to stop round ups, but she put in- no healthy horse or burro was to euthanized and none could be sold to go to slaughter. It may help the captured horses get through the winter. It is not ROAM< but it is help. mar

  4. Suzanne Moore Says:

    This is a different bill. ROAM is still in committee as far as I know, and hasn’t yet come up for a vote in the Senate.

  5. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Sorry, Landrieu

  6. Karen L. Says:

    This is progress! Sen. Landrieu is making herself visible as an advocate for the horses, while letting the BLM know that they are being scrutinized and their funding is becoming dependent upon the quality of the choices they make. She’s saying that the taxpayers have a voice in how our horses are treated. May God bless her.

  7. Carole Menninger Says:

    I plan to call and thank Sen Landrieu Monday morning first thing and hope those who have’t yet, will also call and thank her.

    Just emailed my friends, customers AGAIN to go online and make donations if they haven’t yet done so. God knows, the special interests groups, like the ranchers, are doing all they can with their big bucks to stop us.

    Unless we all keep up the pressure on this government to make changes to how they “”manage”” our wildlife, our precious horses, wolves, bison, nothing will change.

    And it just makes a person feel good to be doing something to help, whether calling, faxing or donating – even if we can’t be there in person!!

  8. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    This is also a holding pattern so we have time to get ROAM in place. I think this will help emmensely just because it is a rebuke of BLM and it is in the public record. Mary Landrieu has been a true force for the horses. Mar

  9. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    we are going down to the Jicarilla Reservation to find the roundup. It is somewhere, it may have started or is about to. We will find out what we can. We will see if locals can get us to it. I will be back later. Mar

  10. jo bunny Says:

    so….has the BLM responded to Senator Landrieu’s action in Congress???? now THERE’S a response I’d be interested in reading from them…..
    Mar, good luck at Jicarilla Reservation this weekend. We are looking forward to hearing your report….& are keeping our fingers crossed for the horses there…..

    • Janet Ferguson Says:

      Maybe we could post this article in the Billings Gazettee– as a response to Ms. Catoor’s diatribe!!!

    • Karen L. Says:

      jb, I don’t think there has been time enough for a “response”; but with the passage of ROAM (HR1018) in the House, and the Senate version of ROAM now in committee, Sen. Landrieu is keeping the pressure on the BLM by adding a completely separate piece of legislation regarding appropriations/funding. She is coming at them (the BLM) from a different direction. Just as ROAM has to be passed by both the House and Senate, so does this new bill with wording on appropriations. It originated in the Senate, and must now go to the House. I think she must be very clever, and her timing is impeccable!!

  11. Barbara Steele Says:

    That lady Mary Landrieu has real horse sense. She knows the American public is concerned about wasteful spending (no matter what side you are on) and the majority of the American public has no stomach for killing horses in massive numbers. She rolled this into the Dept. of Interior Appropriations Bill and nobody can argue the facts she has pointed out. Now for the R.O.A.M Act—she is on the Senate committee along with a bunch of western senators. Since the R.O.A.M. bill will go towards solving the problem of these expensive holding pens, how can these committee members argue aqainst the bill? She very carefully tried not to step on any of the ranchers toes(at this time). She also made reference to private/public programs for the horses opening the door to a deal with Madeline Pickins. Check out Pickins web page. She got some big time events to promote wild horse. Southern Methodist U. mascot is the Mustang. Think lots is going on behind the scenes!

    • Karen L. Says:

      Yes, for the first time in the couple of years I’ve been working on slaughter and/or mustang issues, I believe I can feel momentum building—at every level of involvement.

  12. Christine Says:

    You guys know that Madeleine Perkins mentioned in one of those interviews on her site that she plans to sterilize all the horses she gets, right? Geld the stallions and give the mares PZP.

    What she wants to do sounds really good to me, too…too good, which makes me cautious.

  13. Barbara Steele Says:

    Just saw on Cloud twitter that Conquestidor has been adopted and will be out of the pens tonight.
    Wondering about Grumpy and his mares?????????

    • Morgan Williams Says:

      The Pryor Mustangs adoption & auction event today has been filling my head today too. I don’t have Twitter. I am praying for all the BLM adoption sites nation wide today. Many Mustangs may have gone to wonderful forever homes today.

      I am anxious to hear more news about the Pryor Mustangs! Hopefully soon, someone will have time to post an update.

    • Karen L. Says:

      I would really love to know who adopted Image. Of course, that’s an assumption that he’s been adopted, but I can’t imagine his not being one of the most fortunate—or Rain, either. Maybe someone at the adoption site will post details tonight.

      • Christine Says:

        Actually, the BLM cannot release that information as per the Privacy Act. So whoever did or their friends, etc, would have to make it known they adopted him.

    • Christine Says:

      Barbara, I don’t suppose you could post a link directly to their Twitter page, including the entire URL? I’ve been having a lot of trouble with Twitter otherwise myself…I’m not a member as it wouldn’t work with my connection, but the pages usually are fine.

      Karen, the horses that are unusually colored are the ones who are usually snapped up first, so its pretty much a given that Image was adopted and there probably was a bidding war for him, too. The plain bays and browns are the ones that usually aren’t adopted. The plain duns in this group would have had less interest than the ones with markings, too.

  14. Morgan Williams Says:

    Wooooooohoooooo! Way to go Sen. Mary Landrieu! Way to go US Senate!

    Absolutely! Momentum is building and fruits of everyone’s labor will be revealed.

  15. Courtney S. Says:

    Awesome! THANK YOU for putting care and thought for these horses into your work, Sen. Landrieu! I applaud your initiative to stop the senseless waste and add some accountability to the actions of the BLM.

  16. Jane Says:

    Thank God! Thank you Sen Landrieu for listening to the people. Now let’s get that cemented in the ROAM Act and forever stop these ghastly events that are so upsetting to the horses and the people that love them.

  17. Angela Sellitto Says:

    Go Mustang Mary!

  18. jan eaker Says:

    The twitter update was posted @ 1 pm Mountain Time, hoping for more news soon, as the adoption is over by now, I think the stand by Sen Landrieu is awesome, I actually got a reply this week from one of my Senators, was amazed, said he would keep my concerns in mind,usual political talk, but at least he responded,

  19. Christine Says:

    From the Pryor Mountain Blog Comments

    “This just in, From Carol Walker:
    Ember and Image get to stay together at a great home, Ginger took Sax, other great homes were found for Rain, Arrow, Sage, Helena Montana, Stiles, Cassidy, and the lame fola and mare – the foal is looking better by the way. Again thanks to all who helped. This is a wonderful outcome!
    “Conquistador gets to have his mare Cavaletta with him, and the four bands of Forest Service horses, including Floyd, that the Cloud Foundation was trying to keep together, will be together, all 15 going to a ranch of ….
    Conquistador went… for the highest $ value as someone was trying to outbid the Cloud Foundation – $2500!”

  20. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    We just got back. i have to try to find this place where the roundup will be. I am hoping they have not started. it is not south of us near Dulce. Someone would have known, the tribal police would maybe have known. It is not on the res but nearby. If anyone has ever known about the location for a roundup in central north, New Mexico, please tell me. I will go over by Navajo lake tomorrow. I have heard of horses being in that area. BLM land is all about the Jicarilla Res. and could be anywhere. If the tentative ending date is sept. 30th, wed. and they are takng out 150 horses, all of the horses located there, it would take them at least 3 or 4 days. The land is rugged desert all about 6,500 to 7,000 ft. Not a mtn side like the Pryors.. If I can’t find it I will call and ask BLM. I was told that dates can change, and do. “Depending on outside influences” it says on the schedule. Who could that be?? Mar

  21. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Another big WOW!! But Conquistador and those great stallions and older mares get to stay together!!! I am delighted.. The ‘good homes’ for Cloud relations is wonderful. What a relief. Hope all the others are well and accounted for. Mar

  22. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Ginger has Sax, wonderful. Mar

  23. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Ginger has Sax, wonderful…. Mar

  24. Diana G Says:

    Senator Landrieu played a critical role in this fight. Please reach out and thank her personally. It is so important to let her know how much all of us appreciate her advocacy. I just sent her a very grateful email. I encourage everyone to do the same. Thank you.

    Her website:

  25. HeatherinNS Says:

    I was SO HAPPY to open Facebook tonight and see the above note from Carol– I just had to post it to the Pryor Wild site… : )
    Thank you Carol for the updates, and Ginger, and everyone for making this a happy ending! Looking forward to getting the long version of things when I get off work tomorrow night…
    I’ll be calling in my donation via phone on Monday, couldn’t do it before the weekend got here.

  26. jan eaker Says:

    I am sooo happy w/this outcome! thanks for the updates, I’ve been glued to this computer, hoping for a good outcome, which this is, I hope they get some pictures of Conquistador as he’s reunited w/cavaletta and running free once more, good work and great thanks to all who helped make this happen. Now we must continue the fight to help all those others who don’t have names, but still need us to set them free/prevent their capture as well,

  27. cindy Says:

    Does anyone know what happened to Ichilay and her band?

  28. Rachel Says:

    I liove Sen. Landreiu for all she’s doing! She’s a wonderful lady, but… I’m confused. Why not just support the ROAM bill? That also protects them from the euthanasia/send to slaughter threat doesn’t it? And then some. And ROAM has passed the House. Why bring up a new bill that will have to go to the house for a vote when we have one that does more and works better that is very close?

  29. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    She was adopted. If you go to Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center blog, Matt did have photos and a chart there so you could figure it out. There is someone here, CStone, who knows most of the horses, maybe she will tell you… mar

  30. cindy Says:

    Thank you!

  31. Morgan Williams Says:

    I have been reading website for a couple of hours on HR 2996. Here is the best link I found to size up the specific portion of the Appropriations bill passed on 09-24-09:

    H.R. 2996, an appropriations bill for 2010 for the Dept. of Interior including the Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”).

  32. Barbara Ellen Ries Says:
    Sunday, September 27, 2009
    Postcard Campaign for ROAM Act
    Congressional WH&B Postcard Campaign


    In 1971, an unprecedented letter-writing campaign moved Congress to pass the Free-Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Act, declaring “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.”

    Over the past thirty-eight years, the intent of the Act has been consistently ignored. The Department of the Interior continues to waste tax dollars on eradicating America’s wild horses and burros with aggressive removal policies favoring private interests over both law and the will of the people. Today, almost 19 million acres that the Act granted the Wild Horses & Burros have been taken away. There are more wild horses and burros now in government pens than in the wild. Recently, BLM began asking Congress for the right to kill them by the thousands or sell them openly for slaughter.

    Please help tell our U. S. Senators we, the American people, want our few remaining Wild Horses and Burros to remain free on the land that was granted them in 1971, and on which they, and their ancestors have lived for centuries.

    Four-color postcards have been purchased for a National writing campaign using a photo courtesy of Carol Walker – Living Images. It also has Wild Horse Annie’s quote printed across the bottom (front). “These horses belong to all the people of America and they exist on lands that belong to all the people of America.” – Velma “Wild Horse Annie” Johnston

    These cards & applicable pre-addressed Senator labels will be provided FREE to all Host Organizations willing to get them written. NOTE:20every U.S. citizen has 2 Senators — i.e. every person needs to write 2 cards.

    We need citizens of every state to send these cards urging their Senators to co-sponsor the current S.1579 bill. This is the Senate version of the recently passed House’s HR 1018 (R.O.A.M Act). We urge you to have all your friends, families (including children) and club members write cards to their Senators telling them how they feel about America’s Wild Horses and Burros.

    The host organization, in each area, will be responsible for postage to DC (a postage donation jar on a table is recommended). Any monies collected, above the DC postage costs, belongs to the local participating host organization. Key to the success of this campaign is: the General Public must be asked to write their thoughts There & Then – No “take-home and do later” of postcards.

    Contact: and request the Senate cards be mailed to you.

    Please include: your name, postal mailing address, e- mail address, how many (x 2) and for what State(s) you want them labeled for.

    Thank you for taking time to help
    “The Wild Ones”

    Breaking News from the Int’l Fund for Horses

    Horse Power to stream Natl Wild Horse and Burro Meeting Live
    HORSE POWER, a 501(c)(3) non profit organization, and its educational partner, Sierra Nevada Community Access Television, are proudly bringing to the public the complete National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory meeting, Monday, September 28th, from 8 am – 5 PM.

    The National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board meeting will be web-streamed live from the Arlington Hyatt Hotel, 1325 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia.
    The meeting will cover issues relating to the management, protection, and control of wild horses and burros on Western public rangelands.

    Topics include: Old Business, Update on Pending Litigation, Gathers, Adoptions, Facilities and Forest Service Updates.

    Additionally, the Board will hear recommendations and input from the Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board, wild horse and burro advocates together with comments from the Public.

  33. carol poole Says:

    Just found this article and comments.

  34. carol poole Says:

    here’s another…

  35. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Thanks, Carol, that was well done on a local level. The second article you posted didn’t take… I take it there is no news… mar

  36. Janet Ferguson Says:

    This is from the Compassionate Animal TV Blog: And I quote:

    “In addition to “Mustangs on Capitol Hill” on September 29Th, there’s an effort to keep a strong presence in D.C. through the end of this congressional session. We are encouraging our members and all horse advocates who can attend D.C. for a day or two, to do so between September 29th and the end of October. The Horse Defense Fund will be lobbying for both The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act and for The ROAM ACT during the week of Oct. 18th. This means we would need folks in D.C. for a day or two during the week of Oct. 4th, Oct. 11th and Oct. 25th.”

    They give ‘The Cloud Foundation’ for more info on above.

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