Urgent Request from ISPMB

Please help as you can- thank you!
Karen Sussman Saving a White Sands Yearling

We will be out of hay in just two weeks and we desperately need your help. In the past month, we have suffered from three blizzards leaving snow drifts over twelve feet high.  Our four wild horse herds are eating more to maintain their energy in calories.    We  have a donor who has promised to help us by promising our hay suppliers payment for the past six months.  Payment was scheduled for early January but the transaction is delayed making our situation critical now.   We must raise $50,000 as soon as possible.

You can help save our wild herds.  We are the only organization in the U.S. managing entire herds of wild horses.  Our behavioral studies over the past ten years have brought extraordianary results in developing a model management program for wild horses on public lands.  Two herds that we study have not been manipulated by removals in decades with the exception of gathering them to come to our site in South Dakota.  There are only two other herds in the United States that would fall under a no gather policy and those are the Cerbat’s in AZ and the Mongomery Pass in CA.  Otherwise, the other 199 wild herds on public lands have been rounded up every two to three years destroying the integrity of the bands and ultimately destroying their highly evolved educational system taught by the older wiser harem stallions.

Saving our herds is crucial in the plight of all wild horses in our country.  Can you help by donating?


25 Responses to “Urgent Request from ISPMB”


    REP. JAMES VIEBROCK BURIED HIS PRO-HORSE SLAUGHTER BILL in S.B. 795 which means there is unlikely to be a public hearing on the bill in the Senate. He now does not have to answer to the public for his bill promoting horse slaughter.

    • Janet Ferguson Says:

      MO House Rejects Horse Slaughter
      Posted May 5, 2010 by lauraallen Horse Slaughter

      From Animal Law Coalition website:

      Update May 5, 2010: The pro-horse slaughter provisions from Missouri H.B. 1747, that were sneakily buried in S.B. 795, an unrelated bill, have now been withdrawn from S.B. 795.

      The Missouri House of Representatives began debating S.B. 795 yesterday with the pro-horse slaughter provisions in the House Committee Substitute version and continued today to consider a number of amendments. The bill finally passed but without the horse slaughter provisions. The public outcry against the horse slaughter provisions was so intense legislators including the sponsor of the original pro horse slaughter bill, Rep. James Viebrock, decided not to include them in S.B. 795. Legislators received hundreds of letters, faxes and calls just since the weekend when it was discovered the provisions of H.B. 1747 had been buried in S.B. 795.

      This means currently there is no bill with a hope of passing in the few remaining days of the Missouri 2010 legislative session that contains the pro-horse slaughter provisions.

  2. Barbara Warner Says:

    Visit the web site http://www.ispmb.org to donate or get the address to send a check.
    It was snowing just the other day in SD even though it was almost like summer in other places. The horses need hay now. Please donate.

  3. Janet Ferguson Says:

    Where can I see a copy of their latest financial statement or annual report.

    What is their primary source of funds.

    What year did these blizzards occur that are mentioned in the above article?

    What is their relationship with the Indian Tribes in that area?

    • LindaH Says:

      You can go to “http://www.guidestar.org to access the info you might be looking for. You do have to register, but you can access their I-990 at least. It’s a good resource for info on most foundation.

      • Janet Ferguson Says:

        Thank you for the link — it is impossible to find specific information on the ISPMB website. This will allow me to do research without “laying an egg” in the future

      • jo bunny Says:

        janet, most all of that information is on their website, INCLUDING the link to guidestar! (see my other note…it’s currently awaiting moderator approval) for even MORE information about ISPMB…..

    • jo bunny Says:

      janet, most of these questions can be answered on their website….www.ispmb.org

      i’m sure that if you wrote to their office, they might also be able to send you the information you request. but do know….karen works a full time job, she manages the four herds of horses, drives 2 hours each way to get hay for the horses each week, AND is the only person currently running the office, so please be kind & patient with your request!

      from what i hear, snow & blizzards happen EVERY year south dakota. did you know that it is STILL snowing on the reservation? there is an article from january on the website & i have posted a great article on facebook about cate, one of the foals that almost died during this last winter….who with her friend, naki washi, was being cared for in karen’s own living room.

      with the price of hay on the rise, the cost of hay to feed the horses now over $2500 per WEEK, & with the economy in the slumps & donations to ALL charities WAY down from previous years, coupled with the fact that they lost one of their major sponsors in the last year, they are really in need of our assistance!

      this organization was founded by wild horse annie. they are celebrating their FIFTIETH YEAR in operation….the longest wild horse & burro organization in existance in the US that i know of….i think that in & of itself deserves credit & recognition, as well as our support. i think that it’s AWESOME that TCF is reaching out to their own members to ask for help for ISPMB. we are ALL in the fight together! we ALL need to join together to fight for ALL of the wild horses & burros on public lands & i am grateful that organizations like ISPMB & TCF exist & join forces to help each other out! THANK YOU, TCF!!!

      if you would like to learn more, check out their website & some of these places below.

      this past weekend, karen did a radio show on blogtalk radio, the vickerstree show.

      they also just sent out the latest newsletter…be sure to read the article that talks about the research that they are doing with mary ann simonds (whole horse institute) & princeton university…..

      mara legrand did a great interview of karen sussman last december

      & while this is about 1 1/2 years old, please check out the listing of people at the wild horse summit in 2008….co-hosted by karen sussman of ISPMB & jerry reynoldson of wild horses 4ever. a great many people came together to talk about the issues of the wild horses & burros on our public lands.

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        Thanks Jo Bunny! It is truly important that Karen survive. i do wish she had more help and if only there were young volunteers who could go there and help her?? This is the first and oldest place and Wild Horse Annie’s legacy is here. This place must survive.

        Let’s stay ON TOPIC here!! This .org needs funds and management for the future. Hay could be grown just for these horses if land were found to do this. Making this operation sustainable should be a goal for all the advocates. We need Karen Sussman’s research and this cannot be stressed more!! This lady has been doing too much on her own for too long. It would be a wonderful gesture for people to et out there and help her change things so this does not happen next year!! mar

      • Suzanne Says:

        More info here: http://themustangproject.wordpress.com/2010/05/07/urgent-urgent-call-for-help-may-07-2010/






    “Tina Nappe: Wildlife will suffer if horses remain on the range,” Reno Gazette Journal (04-28-2010)

  7. isopod Says:

    …if the wild mustangs don’t remain on their range lands, fire hazards go up! Where is Medicine Hat?



    Update May 7, 2010: The pro-horse slaughter provisions from Missouri H.B. 1747, that were sneakily buried in S.B. 795, an unrelated bill, were NOT withdrawn or removed by amendment from S.B. 795 on May 5 as previously reported.
    S.B. 795 is currently in a conference committee because the Senate has refused to concur in the House Committee Substitute which passed the House with amendments, including the pro-horse slaughter provisions. If you live in Missouri, find your state senator here and urge them to reject the pro-horse slaughter provisions from H.B. 1747 that are buried in S.B. 795.
    Contact Missouri’s Governor Jay Nixon and First Lady Georganne Nixon. Here is more contact info for the governor:
    Office of Governor Jay Nixon
    P.O. Box 720
    Jefferson City, MO 65102
    (573) 751-3222

    • Janet Ferguson Says:

      Thanks, Louie: “You see the strangest things when you don’t have a shotgun!”

    • Suzanne Says:

      It’s true, Louie. Either someone was mistaken or outright lied. Anyway, time to write these clowns again. Do NOT put any reference to horses or animals in any way in the subject line or your email will be blocked. These guys are something else!

      • Janet Ferguson Says:

        I wonder if the term “equid” were used, if that would provide a “stealth” shield!

        PHONE CALLS ARE BEST I THINK (my opinion).




    ISPMB’s Wild Horse Conservation Program


    Partnership with Princeton University and the Whole Horse Institute

    ISPMB is proud to announce that Princeton University and the Whole Horse Institute are partnering with our organization to conduct wild horse behavioral ecology studies. Dr. Cassandra Nunez, Associate Research Scholar at Princeton University, and Mary Ann Simonds, Director of the Whole Horse Institute and equine behavioral ecologist, along with Karen Sussman, President of ISPMB, will investigate the various behaviors of four separate herds under ISPMB’s care.

    The purpose of the study is to identify the critical variables of functional populations of wild equids, specifically focused on social behaviors of individuals leading to the development of a model which can be used for both population management and conservation of critical genetics. ISPMB’s four herds have been managed for a number of years in the same environment, but with each herd isolated from each other. The herds demonstrate cultural differences and thus offer a unique opportunity to study the comparisons between herds.

  11. Jan Eaker Says:

    Karen is working hard to keep these horses safe, let’s try and help her! She does work with the young Natives on the reservation, she is on Cheyenne Reservation Land, I believe,

  12. Barbara Ellen Ries Says:

    April 2010, URGENT!!
    The International Society of Protection for Horses and Burros historically has saved the
    American Wild Horse ~ it’s now time to assist them from a FEMA, State of Emergency.
    Save Wild Horse Annie’s Horses Today
    Last year’s fall / winter brought record blizzards, record drifts of snow, and damage to electric and water system to all of South Dakota was given a declaration of a National Disaster in March by President Obama and Governor Round’s. ISPMB and horses and Karen Sussman have experienced the best of times, “no horses died.” Karen remains positive and she will remain firm to rebuild her funds and plans to be an international model, a book about Wild Horse Annie was released and Princeton is first time study about the remarkable behavior of Karen’s wild horses.

    The family has experienced the worst of times in debt, damaged and depleted, research study from Princeton a book was written about Wild Horse Annie the Founder. April Weather is still bring records rains, several inches of snow, floods are where there were none and 50,000 in past hay debt is due in January and rising.

    You are probably asking how you can help. Its simple send a donation of $ 5-$ 10-$15 -$20-$25 on up monthly. You will be updated by a fall birthing of a monthly newsletter blog. Help Wild Annie’s Horses”.

    It’s hard to believe that South Dakota was the disaster which went unnoticed by the Haiti earthquake. We need to turn our concerns back to the horses and release the Wild Horses need our help and it is URGENT today!!
    From: Karen Sussman
    Subject: Urgent! Fall in love with a Wild Horse and pay as little as $ 10.00 dollars on up** a month for its care. You will receive updates on your horse on the upcoming ISPMB newsletter blog. Coming in the fall/winter after the horse’s lives are secured.
    Date: Wednesday April 12, 2010, 7:46 PM
    We have received notification that ISPMB is a non for profit seeking to get over the hump. This news is from Karen Sussman President of 400 hundred wild horses the need is great but people’s hearts’ are bigger than anyone can imagine. Wild horses are of need of hay the current hay bill is 2,500.00 per month and is ballooned due to the hay company bailing out in the early fall causing emergency need with delivery problems, droughts and high hay prices the emergency ballooned by reversing the Burn and more will be coming to the computer per web blog newsletter.
    Can you please call a friend or another person and ask them to donate with you. This is critical to the future of wild horses.
    You can also contact Karen Sussman about larger donations. This is a 5013c non for profit organization. The horses cannot be replaced when they are gone they will be gone. All donations are tax deductable.
    To find your representative and phone number goes to: http://www.congress.org
    We appreciate every effort to help save America’s wild horses, send a donation today for this URGENT EMEMERGENCY SITUATION
    Karen A. Sussman
    President, ISPMB
    PO Box 55
    Lantry, SD 57636-0055
    Tel: 605.964.6866 (due to situation please only call 11-5:00 and leave a message)
    Cell: 605.430.2088 (emergency only/large donors)
    Saving America’s Wild Horses and Burros since 1960
    Become a member of ISPMB today!

  13. Barbara Ellen Ries Says:

    ISPMB has an objective to maintain our Wild Horses

    Through conservation ~

    Creating a new paradigm

    Assisting the wild horse with preservation and solution oriented research

    Summary: In 1999, ISPMB took a vested leap creating a new paradigm in preservation and protection of America’s wild horses by creating this conservation program.

    We are the only organization in the U.S. to manage entire herds of wild horses gaining eleven years of data and have a premier study describing wild horse behaviors.

    President Karen Sussman has been in the wild horse movement professionally for nearly thirty years. Our organization has accomplished so much in our past 50 years through its famous teachers and experts, Velma Johnston and me, Karen Sussman.

    Our reputation is impeccable, not only with the BLM but with all the wild horse and burro groups and conservation groups in the U.S. therefore Princeton University has agreed to collaborate with ISPMB and will be here in June 2010.

    Our goal: is to validate all of ISPMB’s extraordinary findings:

    We were fortunate as our first two herds had not been disrupted, rounded up, etc. in decades of time.

    These two herds are the most natural behavioral healthy herds in the U.S. Our third herd came in late in the year of 2004. It was this herd that created an eye opening experience as to the effect of multiple round ups of horses and the devastating effects on the herd.

    There are very few behavioral studies in the U.S. We are the only ones that have ongoing studies now for eleven years. I’m sure it is no surprise to you that BLM does not have data or even a solid management program for wild horses and burros in our country.

    Our Conservation program has one of the greatest opportunities to save our wild horses on public lands.

    Our data after Princeton becomes involved will be undisputable.

    Here is what we are finding: Because of BLM’s lack of knowledge in managing wild horses, they have created a doubling of the fertility rates in 197 herds by their removal methods.

    We have the answer as to why the fertility rates have doubled in the past 15 years.

    With our ongoing evidence, we believe we will be able to stop helicopter roundups of wild horses and BLM will have to manage wild horses in their best interest. Because of BLM’s lack of knowledge in managing wild horses, they have created a doubling of the fertility rates in 197 herds by their removal methods.

    BLM’s removal methods have destroyed the horse’s social structures which resulted in a severe lack of modeling to younger horses by the older and wiser horses. This has happened by younger and younger stallions taking over the harem bands. The best analogy is that the Harvard professors are no longer in charge of the harems which have given way to younger stallions that are the equivalent of grade school children.

    We have started another study on our dysfunctional herd that had been nearly eradicated over the past ten years on Sheldon Wildlife Range. Our goal is to find out the best way to manage wild horses that have not had behavior modeling from the older and wiser animals. This is no small feat. However, when we are successful in this area, we will be able to transfer our findings to the public lands herds.

    We also believe that the futures of the herds on public land are at great risk for survival over the long term because of the breakdown in their educational system through the destruction of their social harems.

    Finally, we will share our “model management” program with the BLM. Most of the programs that BLM have are from ISPMB.

    We believe our Conservation model has the greatest advantage now to save wild horses on public lands, more so than any other means currently in place from law suits to public protests. We believe that if we can work together, we can truly solve the wild horse dilemma once and for all.

    I hope you will consider helping us as we continue our work with Princeton in these first ever historical behavioral studies, helping us to make sure that our Conservation model continues. Working together can create a momentous change at a time when our wild horses need us the most.

    For the horses,

    Karen A. Sussman, President, ISPMB

    PO Box 55, Lantry, SD 57636-0055

    Tel: 605-964-6866 (11-5 pm.)

    Saving America’s Wild Horses and Burros since 1960 with your Donations

    501c3 Green Organization


    What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say – Ralph Waldo Emerson

  14. barbara ries Says:

    Hello to ISPMB, President Karen Sussman, wild horse advocates and all international media outlets,

    Thank you for your great support of ISMPB.

    Please except my retraction statement : To Whom It May Concern: On, or in the month possible June by it was in July of 2010 ( I ), Barbara Ries sent out a press release on behalf of Karen Sussman in hopes of helping her raise funds for ISPMB , International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros.

    I apologize that this was sent without her knowledge or permission and the statements made in the press release were taken completely out of context.
    Specifically, Princeton University is not at this point involved with ISPMB. However, ISPMB is working with Mary Ann Simonds of the Whole Horse Institute
    and Dr. Cassandra Nunez from Princeton University in designing a wild horse ecology study to define functional and dis-functional wild horse behaviors relative
    to various equine cultures. This program needs funding in order to be implemented.

    Please accept my apology as my eagerness to help overshadowed my journalistic professionalism. I apologize for any time or inconvenient in my behalf to ISPMB and it’s President.

    Sincerely ,
    Barbara Ries

    To ISPMB , President Karen Sussman
    PO Box 55
    Lantry, SD 57636-0055

    Cell: 605-430-2088

    Saving America’s Wild Horses and Burros since 1960



    July 12, 2010 Barbara Ries – 520-509-6268
    Radio and TV Shows Karen Sussman- 605-964-6866


    International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros ( ISPMB ) Lantry, SD- Creating a new paradigm for the protection of wild horses and burros through the development of the International Wild Horse and Burro Conservation Center, the International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros, is the only privately funded organization managing entire herds of wild horses.

    The Conservation Center began eleven years ago with the acquisition of the last of the White Sands Missile Range horses from White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The capture and release onto private lands of the White Sands wild horses was documented by Life Magazine in 1999. The following year, ISPMB obtained its second wild herd known as the Gila Herd. These rare Spanish horses are the descendants of stock from Father Kino’s mission (1600’s) in southern Arizona. These horses have appeared twice in National Geographic Magazine (2004 and 2009) and most recently this year’s Smithsonian Magazine.

    Both the aforementioned herds exist only on ISPMB’s ranch. ISPMB received two more herds under the premise that these herds existence were threatened with possible elimination from their home territories in the state of Nevada. They are the Catnip Herd and the Virginia Range Wild Horses.

    Living amongst the wild herds, Karen Sussman, president of the ISPMB, has documented wild horse behaviors for years and can provide interesting topics of discussion and public engagement such as: The Need to Protect America’s Wild Horses and Burros Who Are Fast Disappearing from the American Landscape; The Connection of Horse and Human Culture; Wild Horse Annie’s ( ISPMB’s first president ) Outstanding Achievement’s in Wild Horse and Burro Preservation; Anything You Wanted to Know About Wild Horse Behaviors and Their Highly Evolved Communities; How You Can Help to Protect America’s Wild Horses and Burros for Future Generation to Enjoy; Ecotourism – Enjoying the Beauty of Wild Horses.


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