New Blog Posts from American Herds and Humane Observer

American Herds: Calico: Past, Present & Future With the death toll still rising from the now captured Calico Complex wild horses while a bereft public stands outside locked gates, plans have been laid and continue to be made to perpetuate the crimes against these wild ones that began so long ago.

Humane Observer, Elyse Gardner: “PROCESSING” WILD HORSES BLM STYLE, and ABSCESSES CONTINUE – PROCESSING AND “PIGEON FEVER” UPDATE.

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44 Responses to “New Blog Posts from American Herds and Humane Observer”

  1. KA Schaaf(kasohio) Says:

    APRIL 15, CALICO GATHER UPDATE: Chest Hematomas
    During the last month, an observation of a condition unrelated to pigeon fever has been made in about 10 yearling colts that have chest hematomas. For visitors to the facility, these swellings could be confused with pigeon fever.
    The hematomas likely resulted from bruises caused by contact with the feed bunk. Modifications to the feed bunks are being made in an attempt to prevent this from occurring in the future.
    The hematomas have been drained and cultured as a precaution. The only bacterial growth obtained from these cultures to date has been Staphylococcus aureus. This bacteria is part of the normal skin flora and most likely an insignificant contaminant of the culture. This is not the organism that causes pigeon fever and is not a contagious condition.
    No complications from the hematomas are expected, and all treated hematomas are healing.
    Richard Sanford DVM

    Now what is the BLM up to? Are we advocates this stupid?

    • Jan Eaker Says:

      Yes, evidently BLM thinks we are REALLY stupid; Pigeon Fever, which THEIR vet diagnosed, has now morphed magically into -chest hematomas-UNBELIEVABLE!
      just watched the video, my horses have been handled from a very young age, and I KNOW they would be absolutely crazed by all of this; how do they put the words -humane treatment- anywhere in any reports on what these horses are subjected to.

    • Marilyn Wargo Says:

      And what of the adults that we all have seen in photos with neck, chest and girth swellings?? I do hope the pigeon fever runs its course quickly but to act like it was never there??? mar

    • sandra longley Says:

      Treated hematomas? It is not recommended to lance a hematoma, i hope that is not the treatment they are talking about..In the same way you wouldn’t lance a blood blister which is a hematoma…blood is a conduit and breeding ground for bacteria-it is better to leave it alone, it will go away on its own..Usually hemotomas are caused by a blow or pinch..something that would break a blood vessel, I didn’t notice anything on those feeding panels that should have caused that in so many..but with horses you never know..

    • Betty Kelly Says:

      4-20-2010 I see the old PVC vet, Dr. Sanford, is back. Agree with Barbara that Staph Aureus is not normal flora. Why are “hematomas” excised and drained? If left alone the blood will naturally reabsorb. Likely the BLM personal, including the “vets” are cross contaminating any wounds. Maybe they need a 101 refresher course in simple hygiene/sanitary techniques? Or a little hand sanitizer?

      Report of hematomas only confirms the brutal and inhumane attacks upon our wild horses by overpaid sociopathic BLM thugs. By the way, what anesthesia are you using for gelding, Dr. Sanford? Succinyl Choline as in the past? For the public’s information this drug only paralyses the muscles and provides NO anesthesia at all for the horse. Ouch!!!!!!

      Betty
      Carson City NV 89704

  2. Jan Eaker Says:

    I am worried now about sand colic, with all the sand there, that is a real worry, and it will be SO hot in the summer, does anyone in the BLM ever think about the horses????? I am sure BLM is just not used to all of this questioning, by SO many people. The report probably hasn’t been posted yet because they don’t know how to spin it so that we all will stop asking questions; well, that isn’t going to happen.
    These horses should be enjoying a beautiful spring in their mountains, instead, look at them, please SOMEONE who can actually stop this, please LOOK AT THEM!!!!!!!

    • Linda Says:

      The impression I got from the recent HSUS article’s pdfs is that horses shouldn’t need protection winter OR summer unless they’re sick. Will the next step be dropping shelters from the BLM adoption requirements?

    • sandra longley Says:

      I understood that there are cement feed aprons under the hay and horses are not eating off of sand

      • Jan Eaker Says:

        According to Elyse’s report, the sand is blowing everywhere, including into the hay. PLus, some of the hay will drop into the pens and the horses will pick at it and could injest sand.
        Their own vet called it PF, in my opinion,now because so many questions were being asked about it and what was being done for these horses, such as isolating them, what care, if any was being given to them, it has now become hematomas, caused by rubbing on the feed bunks which have then become infected, even though we have all seen pictures of horses with abcesses on other parts of their bodies.

  3. Jan Eaker Says:

    ELyse, I just read your article at Stablewoman Gazette. Please tell me what alternate universe the BLM official who told you “these horses aren’t scared” is living in, or what drugs he/she is on, becuase ANYONE who knows horses can see the fear leaping out of their eyes, nostrils and their entire beings!
    I know just what you mean too about these people who wave these bag-sticks at them; I saw it on one of the Pryor roundup photos. they want the horse to go forward, yet are standing at the horse’s shoulder whipping the stick around like it’s the HORSE that’s stupid. God help us do what’s right for these horses.
    I’d like to add little # 1067 to the horses you name at the very end, he/she was the poor little one you show in the video getting tortured, because that’s what this must be to these poor animals, pure torture. That ANY of them, after this treatment, actually allow a human to interact with them, halter and saddle train them and come to love that person, is a testament to the character and magnificence of these animals.

  4. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Thanks Jan, You have said it so well! I am so glad did. As long as these horses are in the captivity and power of BLM we will not like the way they are treated because they are not able to do any better with directives they have. That is not an excuse, it is a fact and since this is the visible truth to us I do hope we see changes since this is all getting us no where and the horses continue to be pat=y the price and be blamed for whatever their troubles are- which are BLM made. mar

  5. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    ooops

  6. jan Says:

    i got email frm some group for envirmental thing about the earth so i wrote them back about saving horses – and the article about the real treatment of the horses and danger of slaughter for the wild horses i sent to jane velez mitchell

  7. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    CALLED THE PRESIDENT’S LINE AGAIN TODAY. PERSON ON THE PHONE WAS INTERESTED AND WANTED TO KNOW MORE.

  8. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    AUSCHWITZ FOR HORSES

  9. Michael J Ahles Says:

    Solution

    A beef boycott will set the mustangs free.
    Try it please and you’ll see.

    =
    MJA

  10. Morgan Griffith Says:

    Mar as I read this that was exactly what I was thinking. The horses I saw were full on adults. Piece of c*** liars!!!

  11. Jan Eaker Says:

    Michael, I am not eating beef any longer, nor any meat that comes from a factory farm; I have a small business by me that sells free range chicken and eggs, home raised pork , they do sell grass fed, home grown beef, but beef I am done with, I haven’t eaten baby animals in years, just as a personal decision. Now, I will NOT support factory farms, and the horrendous care and deaths these animals suffer. I am also horrified by what they add to the animals themselves and also to the meat once it is processed. YIKES!!!!!! AMMONIA in ground beef to kill e-coli. Not for me,
    thanks for going out and checking on the horses, too.

  12. Jan Eaker Says:

    Friday,
    April 16 Most stallions and weaned colts are doing well and gaining weight. Mares from Black Rock East, Black Rock West and most Granite horses continue to do well. Mares from Warm Springs and Calico are improving. Mares that have been isolated for poor condition are gaining weight. No miscarriages occurred. Mares are actively foaling and new foals are born daily. Work to geld horses four years and younger began today.

    Facility Death: 0 Cumulative Death total: 79

    This is the latest update from the Calico corrals, the gelding is starting, I can only imagine the terror of these poor horses; after watching what they went through in the first go-round through the chutes.

  13. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    JAN, YES, THIS MUST BE CHANGED! WE MUST HAVE AN “IN THE WILD MANAGEMENT” PROGRAM IMPLEMENTED ASAP.

  14. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    ELYSE PUTS THE ANIMALS’ FEELINGS AND SUFFERING INTO WORDS THAT ARE LIKE ZEN ARROWS WHEN THEY HIT THE TARGET. SHE TRULY UNDERSTANDS AND SPEAKS FOR THEM. THIS HAS GOT TO BE SO HARD ON HER, YET SHE STAYS RIGHT WITH THEM–EVEN FOLLOWING THE TRUCKS.

  15. Jan Eaker Says:

    I have so much respect for Elyse and the oh so very valuable work she does , I don’t know that I have the temperament to do as she does. SHe gives witness to the suffering of these horses, brings testimony to us, and stands beside them and up for them in all their pain and terror. And then has the ability to make this real for us, so we know what it is truly like to be there.
    This situation MUST change. we must pray that it does.

  16. Michael J Ahles Says:

    If only everyone concerned for the well being of nature or the mustangs were to give up the consumption of beef, the cattlemen or the BLM would set the mustangs free.
    I think we all should try,

    =
    MJA

  17. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    MICHAEL, I BOYCOTT EVERYTHING FROM FACTORY FARMS TO CLOTHERS MADE IN SWEATSHOPS–HAVE BEEN FOR YEARS. I’VE HEARD THAT IT TAKES ONLY 5% OF CONSUMERS TO TIP THE MARKET. I’M TIPPING MY END AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.

  18. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    WE NEED TO ALL WRITE OR FAX HERE:

    MO Senate Committee to Take Up Scary BillPosted Jan 24, 2010 by lauraallen Horse Slaughter
    Update April 11: H.B. 1747, a bill to promote horse slaughter has been assigned to the Missouri Senate Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources Committee.

    Though it has not been announced, the committee is expected to take up the bill on April 21, 2010. Please find members here (just click on their names for contact info) and write (faxes are best) or call and urge committee members to vote no to H.B. 1747. Don’t wait. Do it now. This bill has already passed the state House of Representatives.

    In particular, contact these state senators to voice polite opposition to H.B. 1747: Sen. Jolie Justus (573-751-2788); Chair of the Agriculture, Food Production, etc. Committee Sen. Dan Clemens (573-751-4008); Senate Floor Leader Sen. Kevin Engler (573-751-3455) and the Senate Pro Tem, Sen. Charlie Shields (573-751-9576).

  19. Margaret Says:

    I too was at Fallon last weekend. Our escort Dean I thought was pretty nice and honest. Except for the part about pigeon fever. I’m not sure anyone bought BLM speak on that one. However, I will wait for the official word on that. I may not have liked the fact that I couldn’t call him or that he would call me on one horse that was lame–but at least I was getting the truth. Or so I felt. I don’t do well with liers.

    The sand was horrid. My eyes were sand filled in about 30 secs. As I was rinsing my eyes out Sunday night–it hurt. In the shower it felt like I had shampoo in my eyes it stung so bad. And the horses LIVE IN THAT 24/7.

    I heard Elyse ask about Mouse several times. I didn’t have a description so I couldn’t help look for him. I was the first one that saw Tomahawk and his son. And then in the next pen over there was another Tomahawk lookalike. As you come down stallion row you move from Tomahawk and he’s in that next pen. Across from Tomahawk is a wonderful colt that looks so much like Ginger’s Trace. Maybe we should start calling him that. I nudged Craig and said look–a Trace lookalike. And he agreed.

    I saw so many confused eyes. Ears pricked at me in a–who are you? kind of moment. But those that had been eating pulled their heads back into the corrals and wouldn’t put their nose back out to eat. I think some of them were curious to a point, some were frightened of people and alot just wanted to be left ALONE.

    I kept repeating easy, it’s okay. My hands are right here. I’m not going to touch. And I would have ears pricked at me in response. Little ears, full of hair. Not the tb kind–kinda long and all trimmed out for a horse show or whatever.

    I saw a couple that could almost double for Cloud. Oh they were beautiful. It’s so confusing for me. Why do we gather these most beautiful animals? Because we can? Just because we can doesn’t mean we should. They would be equally amazing in the wild.

    For the little ones we saw–that may have been deprived of mom or food. This is going to sound bad. But like Dusty they could become someone else’s dinner. This is the way it’s done in the wild. I know it isn’t always pretty or glamourous. But also when those animals have digested food and it breaks down–that becomes fertilizer. This is life at its most finest and real.

    They have so many frightened horses at Fallon. If you’re thinking about taking one–please get a trainer, find your patience, let the love come. It will if you take the time and allow it to develop. Read a book to your new horse. Let him hear your voice.

    My arm has given out now. Most of you won’t hear from me for a month or so in that I have to have surgery done on my arm.

    My best to all of you in the meantime.

    Margaret

  20. jan Says:

    your descriptions are so horrible for horses to have to live in constantly – what about newborns – do they have any shelter from blowing sand and dust – i know how sand and dust blows – i live in apple valley, calif and we get sand storms up here – cant imagine what is for poor horses – in their eyes and ears and it stings too – i think all who work for blm just shut their minds and hearts for these animals – they dont care they are miserable and sick – sand must blow in their water too – i just pray for horses to be released from their torrment

  21. jan Says:

    MICHAEL GOOD IDEA BOYCOTT BEEF BUT I WAS LED TO BELIEVE THAT THE CATTLE ON THE PUBLIC LANDS ARE NOT SOLD HERE IN USA BUT OVERSEAS – THEY ARE OWNED BY HUGE CORPORATIONS AND NOT SMALL RANCHERS

  22. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    MARGARET, I POSTED A GET WELL WISH FOR YOU ON THE
    FIRST BORN FREEDOM FUND FOAL POST–LAST OF 44 COMMENTS
    THANK YOU FOR GOING TO SEE THE PRISONERS.

  23. jan Says:

    i should not watch news – i just get upset – was watching news this morn about volcano in iceland and they reported that animals had been abandon when people left – including a herd of horses and some swans on a lake – seems they could have driven horses out of area – swans were wild so dont know about them – i wrote to hsus and asked if someone could rescue horses

  24. Michael J Ahles Says:

    When the beef industry demands the mustangs freedom, they will be free. Not until then. BLM is beef!
    Choose wisely what you eat,
    Boycott beef.
    Thanks,

    =
    MJA

  25. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    FOUND THIS IN SOME OF THE DATA THAT I HAVE SAVED. IT’S AN OLDER ARTICLE, BUT THIS IS WHAT WE ARE DEALING WITH:
    To Move an Ocean by Tim Findley
    Search in Category: Business: Agriculture and Forestry: Livestock: News and Media
    http://www.rangemagazine.com/specialreports/05-fall-move-an-ocean.pdf – Proxy – Highlight

  26. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    JUST JUMPED INTO THIS IN SEPTEMBER–HAVE A LOT OF CATCHING UP TO DO. HAD NO IDEA THAT THIS WAS GOING ON. THOUGHT OUR WILD HORSES AND BURROS WERE SAFE, AS DID MOST OF AMERICA. ELYSE’S DOCUMENTATION IS AN ACCURATE REPRESENTATION OF WHAT THE REST OF THE COUNTRY IS FEELING (THERE’S THAT WORD–FEEL–EMOTION). THAT WORD -(EMOTIONAL) IS THE ONE THAT IS USED TO DISMISS THE CONCERNS OF ADVOCATES BY OPPONENTS THAT APPARENTLY HAVE NO EMOTION.

  27. jan Says:

    was this why that reid told burns to write the rider that bush signed in 2004

  28. jan Says:

    i went back and googled water for las vegas – found one article in popular mechanics about las vegas running out of water and another on bloomberg.com – that the woman in charge of the project said she would pump water all the way from the mississippi river for las vegas – they are building a pipeline around lake mead to pump water to las vegas – one man mentioned all the golf courses in vegas – they can pump out all the water across the desert, including calif and we would never know – blame it on drought – where i live in san bernardino county there is a natural aquafilter system under ground in fact the mojave river runs underground up here in the high desert

    • Linda Says:

      This is what all my Colorado River research pointed to. Water for the cities – Las Vegas (fountains, lagoons, private swimming pools, golf courses [at least they now have Some natural landscaping]), Phoenix (CANALS, private swimming pools, golf courses, etc.), LA wants a big drink, and the majority is headed for California’s Imperial Valley.

      Believe me, it’s about economics, not ecology.

  29. jan Says:

    but read online that the federal govt seems to own most of nevada

  30. jan Says:

    tks louie for putting me onto this – guess maybe the ranchers better join with the mustang people to save their water

  31. Jan Eaker Says:

    do some research on how much water it takes to raise cattle in arid conditions, that is where a LOT of water is going out in Nevada,

  32. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    JAN, HERE IS ANOTHER LINK–PERHAPS YOU CAN TRACK IT BETTER THAN I COULD. NOT SURE WHETHER IT IS USEFUL

    http://www.publicland.org/LegSales.htm

  33. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    NO WONDER I COULDN’T FIND IT–IT ISN’T THERE

  34. jan Says:

    i emailed that rancher article to jon marvel over at watershed group and he said not to take article seriously but its the ranchers that want the horses gone and not some water project that they posted in their magazine – if ihad your email could send his email to you

  35. jan Says:

    i remember in the other article i read in bloomberg.com website that they just opened a new golf course in coyote springs and how much water they needed to keep everything green – arent there already a zillion golf courses in las vegas – who plays golf out in 120 degree heat??

    same way with palm springs i guess – they have a lot of golf courses for the rich and famous

  36. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    JAN, IT SEEMS AS THOUGH THEY ARE ALL PLAYING “PASS THE BUCK”. SURE LOOKS LIKE THE WATER IS A BIG ISSUE. FIRST GET THE RANCHERS TO GET RID OF THE HORSES AND THEN GET RID OF THE RANCHERS AND GUESS WHO GETS THE WATER?

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