Lawsuit to Protect Wild Horses Continues Despite Denial of Injunction Against Massive Roundup

U.S. District Court Judge Paul L. Friedman ordered a lawsuit challenging a Bureau of Land Management roundup of thousands of wild horses in Nevada forward, but denied a preliminary injunction to stop the removal of horses, which is scheduled to begin December 28.
Judge Friedman’s 25-page decision indicates that he found merit in IDA’s argument that the BLM’s practice of stockpiling tens of thousands of horses in long-term holding facilities in the midwest is not authorized by law. Click here to read more.

From The Animal Law Coalition: Judge Friedman Denies Preliminary Injunction But Questions BLM Policies

Associated Press article:

LA Equine Examiner Article:–sort-of

Pre-decision Report from CBS’s George Knapp— excellent:


79 Responses to “CALICO COURT UPDATE”

  1. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    This is not right and I know this judge has said things critical of BLM but he seems to have just not seen the depth of the problem. Mar

    • Karen L. Says:

      Mar, You’re right about the lack of urgency in your remark on the other thread. The judge is giving the BLM something to think about though. If they want to transport the horses and place them on land where they were not found previously, then I’m guessing they have to appeal this ruling to do so. He seems to have accepted the idea of overpopulation—that bothers me more than anything.

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        That’s what I mean by the depth of the problem. He was duped and we had fervently hoped he would not fall for the overpopulation and the overgrazing. How can anyone make this kind of decision with out seeing things in the field?

        So where will these horses go after they are not adopted? Quick sale by the head like before? $10. per horse. Off to Canada or Mexico and no quarantine needed. This is what will happen, I fear. Mar

    • Janet Ferguson Says:

      Just wanted to mention that anyone on Facebook can go to, “Cloud the Stallion” and see mention of a 25-page paper the judge wrote up. No doubt the info we get may be discombobulated a bit — context, contradictions, etc., since it is 25 pages long. Hope we can see the entire document — did I see a website on R.T. Fitch’s column or something where the 25 page ruling can be read?? Thought I saw something last evening on the web somewhere — maybe Laura Allen’s column? Too much Puccini in my ears at the time. (I was blogging from the Grand Opera — just kidding) it was on PBS –which brought us CLOUD.

  2. Susan - NY Says:

    Mar, Agreed.

    While the Judge says the BLM needs another plan other than the ones they have, if they go ahead with the roundup – with no money for destroying the horses, and long-term holding not OK – the agency has a history of heads we win, tails you lose math, un-branded horses moving all over, and no accountability or respect for authority.

    I hope for the horses sake there are humane, independent observers on the ground if the BLM goes ahead. I wonder what this ruling means as far as the mares now nearing term, is it better from a veterinary perspective for these mares to be hunted in the dead of winter?

    We need a whole new way of working with these equine populations, one that honors the horse, the American people, history, and science. I hope we reach that while there are still some genetically viable herds left.

  3. Janet Ferguson Says:

    Might his ruling be construed as the first nail in Salazoo’s Extinction Acres Project???

    Too bad he believes there is an overpopulation of horses! Shame on him.

    • Susan - NY Says:

      He did appear to accept the BLM’s contention there is an overpopulation, and I’m not aware of any hard science or census numbers that don’t wiggle when you walk to back that up.

      If Salazar’s corporate zoos in the East are moving horses to new locations and holding them long-term, which the Judge disagrees with, we have made progress.

      We understood that the standard for getting an injunction is high. Thanks to the legal team, to Craig and AWI for taking the voice of the people – and the voice of reason – to Federal Court.

  4. Janet Ferguson Says:

    The article doesn’t say whether or not the judge spoke about the legality of using helicopters in the roundups.

    I think a 7 year old could pick out the old horses without running them all into a corral, lock, stock, and barrel.

    What’s the point of all that ropin’ and runnin’ at those rodeos if those fancy cowpersons can’t go out on the range and rope an old horse instead of spending $9,000 a day for a helicopter at taxpayer expense?

    • Karen L. Says:

      I think paragraph 5 says BLM’s current methods are okay.

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        Yes, too bad he has not seen what he is ruling on. Now we will have more horses in danger of slaughter. What does the judge expect to be done if they can not go to long term holding and should not be returned to the range?? This is not clear.. what is he getting at? Horses not adopted, dead end? Mar

      • Karen L. Says:

        Maybe he’s encouraging further litigation?

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        Karen, I bet he is. But there is no time left for these horses who will not be allowed to be kept together in bands or allowed to reproduce. No one can just lease grazing land because the wild horse is not in the category of livestock unless it suits these people. They are not wild life. They are having their land grabbed and get no compensation for its use or loss to them. Disenfranchised horses. Stolen, kidnapped by aliens and taken into the gray world without freedom.

        We need to find out if Reynolds Wolf has got his budget to film and report at Calico for CNN. Mar

  5. jan eaker Says:

    This is sad news, my horses are cautiously moving around in the icy conditions here, I can’t imagine taking a whip out and making them run down the hill and back up, much less using a helicopter,
    I am very disappointed in this ruling, does he really think an agency that has blatantly disregarded the law is going to follow his suggestion???? God help us w/our government, and this is a Clinton appointee,

  6. Robin Bailey Says:

    Karen, I’m hoping you’re right. I’m sure the plaintiff’s had a Plan B in case this happened, but it would be great if the BLM was halted by the Judge’s ruling on the long-term holding facilities. Slaughter and euthanization of healthy mustangs/burros is out now, due to recent law, right? So like Marilyn asked, now what?

    • Karen L. Says:

      I’m not sure. Paragraph 4 says the judge takes into account the lack of appropriations for euthanization or slaughter; but then Salazar has said the DOI acknowledges that the public does not want these outcomes for the horses as well. Maybe the judge is trying to force the BLM to reconsider in the only way he could. We need to know how binding his decision is with regard to their ability to “transport” and “hold”.

  7. Janet Ferguson Says:

    I think he implies that the Salazar plan is illegal.

    The Advisory Board of the Wild Horse and Burro program is non-functional. This needs to be looked at with a fine-tooth comb.

    That Administrative Law requiring functional Advisory Boards for some government entities needs to be brought out and some work needs to be done on this.

    • Janet Ferguson Says:

      in violation of the Administrative Procedures Act, 5 U.S.C. §701 et seq.

      (from Laura Allen’s article)

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        Yes, I think he has taken some options from BLM but that has not exactly stopped them before. Mar

      • Karen L. Says:

        Maybe the judge is saying to file a new petition if the BLM tries to transport. God, I so want to hear Mr. Spriggs’ take on this! Now!

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        If BLM sells the horses at the holding facility, as usual, BLM will do no transporting. The ‘Buyer’ does the transport. This has not been a part of this hearing except maybe to be part of BLMs bad management and the intro Mr. Spriggs did on them as background.

        if this pushes BLM in a corner it will be the horses that pay the ultimate price. Mar

      • jan eaker Says:

        Yes, the BLM cannot euthanize these horses,or take them to slaughter, but there is no regulation preventing them from selling the older horses outright to killer buyers who will take them to Canada/mexico for slaughter,
        I agree w/you Mar, the horses are going to suffer, I felt that even if there had been an injunction issued for THIS roundup, the BLM would have just gone on and rounded up some other herd, w/no advance notice.
        My dearest wish for these people is that they are run down icy mountains in the dead of winter, running for their lives, terrified of losing their families, and then placed into a pen w/no shelter from the elements.

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        Amen to that, Jan. mar

      • Karen L. Says:

        Yes, this is like a complicated chess game with living creatures. All we have is Salazar’s acknowledgment of public outrage over sale for slaughter. Still would like a sense of direction from Spriggs.

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        The horses once removed as excess horses cannot then be returned to their herd areas. This is terrible. We need to prove that none of the horses taken in 2009, 2008 and however far back we must go, were never excess horses because of the manipulation of HMAs by BLM. Where do they go? They cannot be put on leased range because they are not livestock. BLM will not deal with the public. They will grudgingly deal with some advocates but their manner is often threatening and condescending. These are not excess horses they are going after on Monday. There may be far less than BLM has indicated because the locals have said there were less than 900 up there.

        How do we stop this? mar

  8. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Slaughter is not off the books if they sell the horses because they can’t stock pile them or return them to the wild. Slaughter is in the buyers hands. Not BLMs, so they think. It can still happen. It may be what we are about to face with long term holding horses. If they are sold then it is the buyer’s call. They know all the killer buyers, too. Do not think they will not follow that route. They have an ‘order’ for 10,000 horses in Canada. mar

    • Susan - NY Says:

      Areed, Mar. We need to keep an eye on that, though if it costs as little as a dollar to the BLM’s 2010 budget to sell them “without limits” (code for slaughter) wouldn’t that violate Mary Landrieu’s amendment to the appropriations bill in September?

      For race tracks that have zero-tolerance policies for slaughter- trainers or owners lose their stalls for good – they are held responsible even if they pretend they had no idea where the horse was going, because everybody knows what’s going on.

  9. jo bunny Says:

    words fail me here,….another 3000 lives shattered… another 3000 wild horses gone…another 3000 of earth’s beautiful, magnificent creatures destroyed……..heartbreaking, indeed.

    craig, laura, terry, & everyone who worked so hard to stop this roundup, a mighty big thank you. we know how diligently & passionately you all worked to stop this blm action. you put your hearts, your souls, your everything into this & we appreciate your herculean efforts to save the calico complex herds of wild horses. your love for these animals, for their wildness, their beauty, their freedom is apparent in everything you do & have done for them & for that, we cannot thank you enough.
    we WILL keep fighting. we WILL continue to stand up for all of our nation’s wild horses & burros. we WILL NOT be discouraged by this action. we WILL still stand tall in the face of those who are trying to destroy these wonderful animals. we WILL ALWAYS continue to combat the greed, the stupidity, the evil of those who wish to see them gone. we WILL continue to crusade for the land, the rights, the protections & the freedoms of the wild horses & burros to be restored & returned to them. we WILL FOREVER keep our promise to honor, respect, & revere the wild horses & burros, these wondrous gifts of mother earth. we WILL NEVER STOP.

    • Susan - NY Says:

      Thank you, Jo, for voicing the truth of it – the people will not give up, we will stand with the horses, for common sense and for our children.

      We need to focus our energy to passing the R.O.A.M. Act and holding the people’s employees accountable, to pulling the wild horse program out of the hands of bureaucrats who continue to demonstrate they are at odds with the will of the American people.

    • kas0859ohio Says:

      Well said. Let’s keep the faith and hope that justice will eventually be done. President Obama has a chance to make this right, I pray he finds it in his heart to put a stop to this massacre.

  10. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Here! Here! Jo Bunny…. mar

  11. Janet Ferguson Says:

    Here’s a report I you can keep your eye on:

    If you take the number 1200 which is for one week only of horses sent to slaughter from New Mexico to Mexico, it would’nt take that long for the ones in holding to be disposed of, since there are more ports of no return into mexico than just New Mexico. Who is watching all the horses?

    • Susan - NY Says:

      As far as we know, plenty of stolen domestic horses make their way across the borders for slaughter, too. Nobody offloads them and scans for microchips, and as for horses with freeze brands ..we hear a lot of horses are going across logged as “geldings.” It is a definite risk, as the BLM has been caught before.

      As long as the wild horses are making money for “subcontractors” – rancher friends of the BLM – they are an asset.

      We need to pass the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act – the law will ban transport to slaughter. That will protect the wild horses and burros, too. We understand there is a “secret hold” in the Senate, which may be at odds with the transparancy law passed in 2007.

      Please call your Senator and ask that this bill – S.727 – Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act – be moved out of committee and voted into law ASAP!

    • kas0859ohio Says:

      JF- Good question, who is watching the horses??? Almost 46,000 horses slaughtered this year, since the year isn’t over I’m sure this number will grow. This is a national disgrace. When the powers that be ordered the equine slaughterhouses closed, did they not foresee this problem?
      Or did they not care? Or did they leave that door open on purpose?

      SHAME on them all!

  12. jo bunny Says:

    & as that wise old soul mr. fitch would say, “i think it’s time for an adult beverage” after reading this news.

    • Marilyn Wargo Says:

      No kidding, where is the Cognac?

      The thing about selling the horses cheap and fast, is they are no longer the BLMs or ours even. They become private property and can be taken to slaughter. Why did we get up in arms about the Virginia Range horses going to that slaughter bozo? because they could be taken to slaughter as it is his business. Then we had the Pryor adoption and sale. Why did we have a freedom fund for the Forest service horses? Because they could have gone to slaughter. Tell me what has changed of significance from BLM having trucks come in and haul out horses from long term holding and they have called the killer buyers themselves and sold them by the head and truck load. This was happening this year still.

      I do not want this to be true but it has happened over and over and as far as I know it was never stopped.

      No one is watching our horses but some good locals who we may not hear from and some advocates who may be on the scene. mar

  13. Janet Ferguson Says:

    Watch out for THIS group:

    A captive bolt mechanism at a horse processing facility is the most reliable, certain, and stress free (for both horses and humans) method of quickly and painlessly ending a horse’s life;

    • Janet Ferguson Says:

      When this document was published I do not know but it is from the website: (re: 2010 budget justifications of the BLM)

    • Suzanne Moore Says:

      We already know about THIS group, and they are dangerous and powerful. It’s nothing but a thinly disguised collection of those who want to bring back slaughter. One of it’s founders is our old friend, “Slaughterhouse” Sue. I believe that says it all.

      • kas0859ohio Says:

        Overall very few people let their horses starve to death, or the world would be littered with carcasses. These people act like the only options are to let your horse starve or slaughter it. That’s just B*LLSH*T! Ask your vet if you could not afford to humanely take care of your horse would they step in and take care of it for you. How many vets would say no? They make no mention if people would stop over-breeding, there would be a lot less problems in “the market”.

        “A quick, painless euthanasia while still in good condition, and providing nourishing meat for hungry people is a far more humane fate than an agonizingly prolonged death of starvation.”

        They also fail to mention transporting terrified horses thousands of miles and literally stabbing them in the back is NOT a HUMANE FATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    I could not getin this the last time youhad it up, but I did this time and it says that BLM is asking for a $26.5 million increase in budget from 2009 to 2010 to the amount of $67, 486,000. because of the cost of holding. Mar

    • Marilyn Wargo Says:

      Above that is a record of expenses or distribution of money? What is this about in your mind, JF? mar

      • Janet Ferguson Says:

        It shows less spent on gathers and more spent on housing while AML’s actually aren’t improving much. I keep going back to the fact that it states the BLM WHB program’s sucess is judged by how closely the AML’s can be reached and maintained on a cumulative basis. (I have LaBoehme in one ear. . . so forgive me for lack of focus)

        This means that AML’s are “God” for the BLM, and you can see the havoc it is wreaking.

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        Janet, yes, this is what we have been told recently when you were heavy into researching grazing. I feel as if we all could have written books about this, each with a distinct viewpoint. Mar

  15. Karen L. Says:

    Everyone, The IDA site has posted their report on today’s decision. They are calling this a partial victory, not a defeat; and they are filing formal requests with Obama and another agency to halt the roundup based on the judge’s having found solid merit for the suit to go forward. Here is the link:

  16. Susan - NY Says:

    The “captive bolt” has been discredited as a processing tool for horses, because it has never been used with the “captive” aspect for horses.

    Horses’ heads are not restrained. They struggle and rear and fight to avoid what they have been watching happen to the horses in front of them.

    Horses – with their thin necks, 100% prey & flight nature – are unsuited for this type of processing. We – those of us who have been lobbying to pass the Federal ban on horse slaughter for years as a humane piece of legislation – know full well that many horses subject to even USDA-inspected processing on US soil woke up and were fully conscious for the processing. The data is available from the USDA, FOIA evidence, online at

    This is going on in Mexico now, with the way they handle horses. Same in Canada, with the bovine “captive” bolt. Horses suffer way more than other animals because (and I love cows!) horses are not cows.

    The “captive” bolt was shortened some years back, when our beef producers allowed Mad Cow infected (BSE) cattle into the food supply.

    We need to understand this history to protect our hoses. How did Mad Cow get into the world food supply? Greed.

    The US Cattlemen – led by Charlie Stenholm, a former TX Congressman, a pro-horse-slaughter Republican – lobbied to prevent implementation of safety measures at cattle US processing plants that would have kept downer cows out of the US (and world) food supply.

    The lobbying succeeded. Safety measures failed to be put into law.

    Result? Mad Cow, of course. Downer cows – and Mad Cow – made it into the world food supply – from the US – less than a year later.

    The world’s response? Over 40 countries slammed their borders to US beef.

    Money was at stake! Charlie Stenholm (lobbyist and former TX Congressman) and the USDA (funded by the US taxpayers) got busy.

    USDA taxpayer dollars were used – at the urging of the Cattlemen – to market US horses as a healthy alternative to US beef. Never mind the drugs banned from the food supply given to horses, the braddacio of “stable to table in 7 days” or the marketing photos used in Europe showing – and still showing! – wild American horses grazing, and drinking pristeen waters, on public land.

    Result? Demand for US horses rose in Europe, and numbers of US horses slaughtered rose. From a few thousand to over 300K.

    After US corporate greed allowed Mad Cow into the food supply, the “captive bolt” was shortened to not send so much neurological material (from cattle) into the bloodstream when a cow was “processed.”

    Horses are not cattle, but they suffer for the US shortsightedness on how to proess beef, the Mad Cow.

    Unfortunately, the shorter bolt means many horses (with brains deeper in their heads) are awake for their last moments at a slaughter house.

    For a horse, with a different shaped head, and the horses’s natural instinct to avoid anything in their visual sphere, being flight animals, they often remain fully conscious.

    This is the grim reality of horse slaughter. Hopefully Federal Judges will pay attention to veterinary forensic testimony when cases involving this come across their benches.

  17. Suzanne Moore Says:

    Yes, thanks so much for this late link! It really is a victory since the suit is going forward, hopefully to a successful outcome. Perhaps the BLM can be “persuaded” to hold off on this gather as well. The judge did advise against it after all.

    I was kinda prepared for this about the preliminary injunction because on the IDA site the other day they mentioned that the bar is extremely high to get a preliminary injunction on an ongoing case. I guess that’s the way the law works, but it in no way means we won’t win in the final verdict.

    I just hope and pray that we can still forestall the Calico gather anyway.

    • jo bunny Says:

      but where he suggested that the agency postpone the roundup scheduled for 28 december, there was also this:
      Judge Friedman did also say the public and BLM’s interest in controlling the overpopulation of wild horses could be negatively impacted by a delay. He said “issuance of an injunction at this stage might lead to substantial growth in already overpopulated herds” in the Calico Complex. The judge said that, according to BLM, a spring roundup could result in more injuries for the wild horses.
      does this last statement not contradict the first one?? eeks. i’m confused over this one!

      • Karen L. Says:

        Maybe as the lawsuit goes forward, the plaintiffs can demand a precise definition of “overpopulation” with real numbers to support it. All I can figure about the “more injuries in the spring” idea is that foaling would be in progress(?)

      • thecloudfoundation Says:

        Correct–closer to foaling time. But a big concern for BLM is availability of equipment/contractors. The concern for the horses is secondary I’m afraid. I am confused with the ruling and have yet to have a substantive talk with our atty. to see how she interprets this. We have not yet given upon Calico or any horses still in their legal homes. Merry Christmas Ginger

      • Suzanne Moore Says:

        Thank you so much, Ginger. I needed that! We are with you all the way. If there is anything I can do, just let me know.


      • kas0859ohio Says:

        I wonder if Judge Friedman was or would be able to see the ‘Round-up Wreck’ video? Surely it would go a long way in persuading him the way the “gathers” are conducted and are inhumane?

        I am still wondering if the individual contractors or their employees could be charged with animal abuse?

      • Suzanne Moore Says:

        I agree – I’m confused too.

    • Barbara Steele Says:

      Really wanted to see the Calico roundup stopped and still hoping for a Christmas miracle but I see a glimmer of hope in these legal proceedings. Didn’t the Congress give the BLM a large sum of our tax payer money to “get it right”–and it looks like the “right” is the demolition of the wild horse herds. Maybe we need to get back on Mary Landrieu’s case and all the other senators about BLM mis-appropiations of government funds, their lack of accurate numbers. After all they are holding these horses illegally on land not covered under the law. BLM needs to be stopped and taken out of the horse business now.

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        Yes, we do need to be contacting our supporters in Washington, anew. Maybe they can help get this roundup stopped. mar

      • Robin Bailey Says:

        I just received responses from my two senators here in Alabama. Shelby replied that I should voice my concerns for the “BLM’s accountability practices” to the Gov’t Accountability Office. But Sessions (who is on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee) wrote me that he had forwarded my letter to the “congressional liaison” at the BLM and “asked them to make note of your concerns, address them in a direct response to you, and to provide me with a copy of that response”. It is Christmas Eve, so I’m holding out some optimism for hope here that perhaps Sessions is giving this a bit more of a look-see than he had been.

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        I hope so, Robin. I have written a reply to Obama from his Christmas greeting. I have appealed to him as my former senator and asked he save the wild horses from this roundup now and in the future.

        Maybe we should use this and see if it may help engender some compassion from him. mar

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  18. jan sterling Says:

    while the president and his family get to spend a nice warm holiday in hawaii – our beloved mustangs freeze to death

  19. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Ginger, Thanks for that. We are with you all the way, I am sure all here agree. Mar

  20. T.A. Paxton Says:

    Ebenezer Scrooge must be running the BLM. The concept of scaring any horse into galloping down mountains in icy winter conditions is the definition of inhumane. If a wild predator does it that’s one thing, but humans are supposed to be better than that. The only thing worse is that they are doing it at Christmas! It’s casting a shadow over the whole holiday, for me at least. How many will end up injured or dead in this roundup? It would take a miracle to avoid it-and I don’t think the BLM leaders care enough to provide one.

  21. Marilyn Wargo Says:


    No Tears in Horse Heaven
    I have not been keeping up with this blog for months now, but that doesn’t mean things weren’t happening. Lately it’s been crazy evil things where I cried to see Thor and Jacob loaded onto a truck that my gut instinct told me was a kill buyer. Suddenly I find out who is honest and who is not. Who cares and who does not. And I find out that there is no way to stop it from happening. I would have adopted them myself rather than let them go like that, but by the time I knew what was afoot, it was too late.

    Maybe it wasn’t a kill buyer. Maybe it was a loving adopter who just took the horses without looking at them, without being interested in what they were trained to do, without caring that they were crammed too tightly in the back of a giant stock trailer and were fighting. Anthony doesn’t want me to be blogging about USFS mustangs being sent to slaughter, so I am not. I am blogging about wishing my gut instincts were wrong and hoping that pregnant Angelina is going to have her foal out in her new home. That Jacob will be like a giant teddy bear under saddle. Maybe where they went to will be like horse heaven.

    All mammals understand hospitality.

    If you would like to talk to me, click the Call Me box. It will ask for your phone number, then it will call you. When you answer, it will call me. It’s free and it doesn’t do anything evil like put you on a calling list. It would be so nice to just chat with you about horses and mustangs for a few minutes. If you have a moment, please try it.


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    • Marilyn Wargo Says:

      Patricia works gentling and training Jicarilla horses in Farmington, New Mexico, for the Forest Service. She has a variety of new training videos, some I have posted, and with a few of the horses I saw when I visited there in October. She had eluded to some of the horses being sold to kill buyers and said she was always trying to be sure the horses were actually being taken by people who wanted them. She is proud of her work. There are only a couple hundred horses left in the area the Forest Service is taking them from. They catch about 18 or 20 at a bait trap and then bring them to Patricia and a couple other trainers who work apart from her. They do get high adoption rates. I feel very badly she has possibly lost horses she is obviously fond of. I believe I met them both, too. mar

      • jan eaker Says:

        Hey Mar, I just “met” these horses from Patricia’s blog; they are all on there listed as “Mustangs available for adoption.” All were older, not readily approachable, so I don’t know, I hate to agree w/Patricia, but what else can you think but the worst; they were just older, bay horses that look miserable where they are. It is so sad;
        I have contacted president Obama, too, still hoping for a Christmas miracle,
        it is so icy here in IL, i didn’t even let my horses out of the barn today, I skated most of the way out to feed this morning. I can’t conceive of running them in this, or even putting them out til I can get the ice chopped up, at least around the water tanks; how can anyone not understand the cruelty of this roundup, ANY roundup for that matter, but these winter roundups, especially, I am praying for someone to stop it, i truly am,

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        Jan, After 90 days the horses can be sold for $25. and that is what happened to them. They were trained. She does good work, you should watch her videos. Because she had trained them, she had loved them for their personalities and like she said, she would have kept them herself. She was ever wary of this happening. Mar

      • jan eaker Says:

        That’s terrible, I can’t imagine the feeling to care for, train and come to love these horses and then know what is happening to them in the end. How horribly sad, that this is still happening in America that welcomed an era of change just over a year ago, and what has changed, absolutely nothing for these horses.

  22. Suzanne Moore Says:

    It’s icy here in North Central Indiana, but it’s so warm the ice is thin and the horses crunch right on through. They don’t wear shoes, so the footing is fine for them. Supposed to be near 40 on Christmas Day – with rain. UGH! I’d rather have snow.

    • jan eaker Says:

      My horses are shoeless as well, but it was cold enough here today that it was like a hockey rink outside, after 100 pounds of rock salt, I have traction, I think, but I’d rather have snow too, the last week or so has been great, enough snow on the ground so the horses and dogs could gt out and run, my dogs wouldn’t even run on it this morning, that’s how icy it was, more rain, then snow and cold, I just hope it snows enough to cover up the ice,

      • Janet Ferguson Says:

        My shoes are horseless; flash flooding, 40 mph wind gusts here. . . Rudolph has his work cut out for him tonite!

  23. Michael J Ahles Says:

    You can’t fight City Hall, the cattlemen, or BLM, nor can the mustangs, but we can choose what we eat. A boycott of beef will set the west free again, Will set the mustangs free, tell a friend.


  24. nancy Says:

    I am an East Coaster who is equally appalled by what is going on. It seems that most of the burden has been shouldered by those horse-lovers in closer proximity. Have you contacted the USEF and other competitive organizations to get the word .. and their resources .. involved? I would be happy to lend a hand – just need specifics as to what we want people to to do. As you have been saying, this is a NATIONAL issue.

  25. nancy Says:

    And Pony Club is also a powerful voice! There is nothing like a lot of little girls (and boys) petitioning Congress to get attention.

  26. Connie Brady Says:

    I’ll be happy when this year ends. It seems that I’ve accomplished nothing in standing up for this country’s wildlife which includes not only the wild horses but the
    Yellowstone bison and my beloved wolves. If left up to the BLM and the Forest Service these Icons of the West and this country are headed for extinction. I don’t want to live to see history repeated.

    I’ve written, called, etc. everyone (including Judge Friedman) who has a say in these matters and all to no avail. Harry Reid and John Ensign send me the same old, same old “form letters” and other elected officials in the Nevada don’t response at all. I’ve made it clear to all officials in Nevada that form letters don’t cut it and they need to stand-up for our horses.
    Ken Salazar doesn’t respond at all and in my opinion doesn’t give a damn. Members of the Natural Resources Committee appear to be on the side of the wild horses and bison but “nothing gets done”. Obama and company don’t respond and this makes me sick because I thought he represented a “New Day”.
    However, I will not give up because I truly love and cherish this country’s wild horses, Yellowstone bison and all wolves wherever they may be. We all must continue “the fight on behalf of the animals we love who have no voice”.

  27. Janet Ferguson Says:

    Here’s a BLM link with maps, etc. on Calico Roundup

  28. Susan Blackbird Says:

    Be Persistent
    Do not let placating responses from government officials shake your confidence. The Talking points below will help you address and rebut common misconceptions. The fact is that solutions need to be implemented to secure a place for our wild herds in the American landscape. A Congressional inquiry into this issue is long overdue.

    We trust that a concerned and active citizenry can affect federal legislation, even in the face of opposition from special-interest groups. Wild horse advocacy is actually considered one of the most efficient grassroots movements in the nation. This was confirmed in 2006 by several Members of Congress polled by the Institute for a Democratic Future.

    In 1971, it was an unprecedented letter-writing campaign conducted by schoolchildren across the country that became instrumental in securing the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act. Some of the letters were eloquent in their simplicity, showing more wisdom and common sense than all of the testimony of the scientists and wildlife managers combined.


    # 1. There is no overpopulation of wild horses on public lands.

    Wild horses comprise a minute fraction of grazing animals on public lands. When the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act was passed in 1971, Congress stated that “wild horses and burros are fast disappearing from the American scene.” Since then, population levels have been slashed by about half, to less than 25,000 animals. To evaluate population levels and justify round-ups, BLM estimates an annual population increase rate of about 20%. This unsubstantiated number appears grossly inflated when compared to the *National Academy of Sciences’ *estimate of a 10% annual population increase rate.

    # 2. Wild horses are not the cause of over-grazing of the public rangelands.

    The main cause of degradation of public lands is livestock use, not wild horses. Cows graze within a mile of water, while wild horses are highly mobile, grazing from five to ten miles from water, at higher elevations, on steeper slopes, and in more rugged terrain. A congressionally-mandated study by the National Academy of Sciences found that wild horse forage use remains a small fraction of cattle forage use on public ranges. Private livestock outnumber wild horses at least 200 to 1 on public lands.

    # 3. Most wild horses are NOT suffering from starvation out on the range.

    The majority of wild horses captured are in good condition. Despite federal protection, wild horses have been relegated to the most inhospitable areas of the range. Still, they have adapted and survived. Cattle fencing on public lands can prevent horses from accessing scarce natural water sources and disrupt their widespread grazing patterns. In such instances, better in-the-wild management is the answer, rather than costly and traumatic round-ups.

    # 4. BLM’s removal policy is not fiscally responsible.

    In-the-wild management would save millions of tax-dollars. BLM’s wild horse and burro budget was increased by 50% in 2001, then by another third in 2005, to fund a massive removal campaign. It costs as much as 3,000 of our tax-dollars to remove and process a single wild horse for adoption. A 2004 USGS study found that in-the-wild use of contraceptive measures alone would save 7.7 million tax-dollars annually.

    # 5. Wild horses are native to North America, not exotics. *

    Modern molecular biology has shown wild horses to be a reintroduced native North American wildlife species. Horses reintroduced by the Spanish were genetically equivalent to those that had gone extinct in North America 12 to 11 thousand years prior. The American wild horse evolved over the past 500 years and adapted to the same ecological niche as its native ancestors had once thrived in.

    On behalf of the horses, thank you for your support

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