Wyoming, its wild horses, and the BLM

A Note from Lauryn 

Dear Wild Horse and Burro Supporters;

Rock Springs, Wyoming, is not exactly what I would call ‘close’ to Colorado Springs. Nevertheless, our new intern, Erin Clifford from Michigan, and I hopped in the car and started up I-25 northbound, picking up our fellow wild horse advocate friend, Rachel Reeves, along the way.

When we finally pulled up the drive to the BLM office the first thing I noticed was my tax dollars at work: a shiny new building complete with landscaping and the works.

BLM Office in Rock Springs

Our little group of advocates joined together outside the building, which included our carload, a few other superb advocates from Northern Colorado, and two delightful women who came all the way from California! We totaled ten people, but our signs and presence were enough to frustrate the folks inside.

From left: Advocate extraordinaire Linda Hanick, Erin, and Lauryn

Part of the protest crew. Photo by Frances Miller

During the meeting itself we were surrounded by a lot of ranchers, most of who belonged to the Rock Springs Grazing Association – the largest grazing association in the country. Each of them gave a sentence or two on the plusses of helicopter roundups and how necessary they were, same ole, same ole. We had some great points brought up by each of the wild horse advocates who spoke. Trying to explain the issues we have with helicopter use during roundups in only three minutes is no small feat!

With everyone a little tense after the meeting, Rachel, who is quite familiar with the herds in the area, suggested journeying up the road to the White Mountain, one of the herds that is slated for a roundup and now is going to have only gelded stallions remaining post-roundup if the BLM has their way.

A White Mountain mare

The sun was slowly setting, but as it was the summer solstice and we were out on the range well after 9 watching the horses and enjoying  “magic hour” with them. It was Erin’s first wild horse experience, and you should have seen her face!

One band was urged on by their stallion

An older bachelor is forced onward by a bay roan stallion

Lauryn & Rachel

In the morning we woke up early to stop by the Rock Springs Corrals, the short-term holding facility in town. The only way to find it is to follow the sign that says “Wild Horse Viewing” which inspired a large eye roll from yours truly. We parked at the overlook to the corrals and were glad to see that at least the corrals were clean. It seemed they were in the middle of doing a lot of cleanup, probably in preparation for the White Mountain herd that we had seen just last night. It was a bitter reminder of the impending terrible summer that faces those horses and the ones in the Little Colorado herd just next door.

The Rock Springs Corrals

Instead of taking the normal interstate highway drive back to Colorado Springs, we diverted to visit Colorado’s largest herd in Sand Wash Basin just north of Maybell. To get there we drove through the Salt Wells herd area in Wyoming, but we saw no horses. This herd was devastated last year. Almost all the horses are now incarcerated at taxpayer expense.

We drove into the Sand Wash area as far as we could, given the short amount of time we had to spend there. We encountered some absolutely stunning bachelors and a large band that had a couple of foals. They are truly a striking herd based on what we saw.

This pinto bachelor was really beat up, but still going strong

An absolutely stunning trio of bachelors

It doesn’t matter how many wild horses you’ve seen or where you’ve seen them, they still leave you awestruck every time. It’s truly an addicting experience, and we were hard-pressed to leave Sand Wash. And it is a strong reminder of how important it is for us, the American public who these horses belong to, to stand up and give a voice to all our wild horses and burros. I know I’ll do my best to make sure the wild ones stay wild.

All the best,

Lauryn

P.S. Thanks to all of you who continually help us in our struggle for Cloud, the rest of the Pryor herd, and all wild horses and burros across the country. We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without your generous donations.

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7 Responses to “Wyoming, its wild horses, and the BLM”

  1. Jeannie Jacobs Parisi Says:

    PSS~Thank you Lauryn and everyone else for trying to change the tide for the Wild Horses and Burro’s. Thought of Wild Horse Annie today and how amazingly, she accomplished what she did. So, onward for her, for what she fought for and what we all continue to fight for, Justice for the Wild Horses and Burro’s.

    Jeannie Jacobs Parisi

  2. Wyoming, its wild horses, and the BLM (via ) « Adventure. Says:

    […] Lauryn wrote this on the Foundation’s blog… I will reblog this so as to avoid having to write more about the Wyoming Trip A Note from Lauryn  Dear Wild Horse and Burro Supporters; Rock Springs, Wyoming, is not exactly what I would call ‘close’ to Colorado Springs. Nevertheless, our new intern, Erin Clifford from Michigan, and I hopped in the car and started up I-25 northbound, picking up our fellow wild horse advocate friend, Rachel Reeves, along the way. When we finally pulled up the drive to the BLM office the first thing I noticed was my tax dollars at work: a sh … Read More […]

  3. Laura Says:

    Beautiful photos of the horses, they are stunning!

  4. myshilohranch Says:

    Thank you SO much ladies, from the depths of my heart … you are the precious few that are actually going to make a difference for our Wild Mustang Herds. Thank you too Melody Perez for your report on the proceedings.

    Excepting you few … I am APPALLED, ASHAMED and deeply DISAPPOINTED at the LACK of attendance of “advocates” for our Wild Ones at this meeting.

    PEOPLE: IF we are NOT willing to step out of our comfort zone and GO to these meetings … we WILL lose our mustangs! NOT showing up is a NO vote for our Wild Ones!!

    IT IS TIME TO WALK OUR TALK! God knows, we have all done plenty of talking!

    Thank you again for you, on the ground … the horses need you!

  5. cssssswv Says:

    Makes my Heart WEEP !
    I Still will never ‘get’ HOW the Legal
    Edict to : “Maintain as SELF-SUSTAINING,
    Free-roaming Herds”….could possibly
    Be explained (via Any level of
    Double-speak, or other language)—
    to include ‘Man-made Castration of ALL
    Males, & thus a Totally ‘NON-Reproducing
    HERD’ !!!!
    Is not ‘this’ the very Definition of a
    “NON-Self-SUSTAINING Herd” ? ? (What—
    They’ll Sustain them by…CLONING?)
    & How Could it possibly be ‘argued’ as Otherwise ?
    **& can you Imagine??
    –sadly watching…These remaining HERDS,
    slowly Aging; Trying EVERY tactic they know, to
    Make it Work!; recombining bands, changing
    Leaderships, & grazing, & pathways…
    Growing More & More CONFUSED and
    DESPONDENT…through their remaining
    Years 😦 ….to finally lay down to DIE,
    1-by-1…Believing* Only that
    They have FAILED each other!!!….until
    All are GONE ?? **I cannot Conceive the
    Atrocity & despair of this ! 😦
    {Didn’t Any of BLM members/staff or Gov’t READ…
    The “STORY of The ENTS & The ENTWIVES” from
    Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings ??? 😦

  6. cssssswv Says:

    Any BLM members/staff or Government READ The “STORY of The ENTS & The ENTWIVES” from Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings ???

  7. Louie Cocroft Says:

    Thank you to EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU who made the journey to attend that meeting. We all owe you a debt of gratitude.
    That shiney new, taxpayer funded building would certainly make
    a nice Wild Horse and Burro Advocate center, wouldn’t it.

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