BLM Dictates Terms of Surrender to Fish Springs Advocates

The number of wild horses in the Fish Springs area must be reduced from 78 to 58 by 2020, according to a report posted 09/21/18 in The Record-Courier.

“If you need our help with panels or bait trapping to get that reduction done, we will schedule that help.”

The requirement, part of a plan for managing the horses, was laid down by Mike Courtney, acting director of the BLM in Nevada.

He also stressed the importance of ‘healthy rangelands.’

“That means no more than moderate utilization 40-60 percent forage species between wild horses and livestock.”

Yep, the number of horses in the Pine Nut HA (south of the Pine Nut HMA) must be reduced by 25% and livestock will get 50% more forage than the horses—on lands set aside for the horses.


Will the advocates help the BLM set the traps, as was done a few weeks ago at Little Bookcliffs?  How much PZP will be required to impose a negative birth rate on these horses?  How many poor ranchers will be hurt by the mandatory AUM curtailment?

There is no curtailment.

Courtney said the planned roundup of horses in the HMA should happen sometime between November and January.

This is what happens when an unelected bureaucracy caters to a special interest against the wishes of the American people.  The special interest, of course, is the oil and gas industry, as indicated by all the drilling rigs, frac tanks and generator sets in the Fish Springs area.

The last things you’ll see are stock tanks, cattle gates and T-post fencing.

RELATED: Status of Fish Springs Horses to be Discussed Tonight.

What is a Freeze Mark?

It’s an identification symbol burned into the hide of a wild horse or burro after capture, usually on the upper left side of the neck.  The procedure is often carried out in the field before the animals are brought to BLM corrals for adoption.


The last four digits correspond to the number on the neck tag worn by the animal at adoption.  Freeze marks can be hidden by manes and will change in appearance as the horse ages and as his winter coat comes and goes.

RELATED: The Mark of Authenticity.

BLM Concludes Eagle Gather

BLM announced today that the helicopter roundup ended on 09/21/18, with 303 horses removed from the Eagle HMA in eastern Nevada.  Three were euthanized and none were returned to the range.  Refer to this news release, posted earlier today.

Captured animals were taken to the Palomino Valley Wild Horse and Burro Center north of Reno, NV, to be prepared for adoption or transfer to long-term segregated holding in off-range pastures.

Gather stats and daily reports can be found at this page.

No livestock were harmed in the process.

RELATED: Emergency Gather Starts This Week at Eagle HMA.

More Trouble for ISPMB

A man who bought a 660 acre ranch from the ISPMB so it could be leased back has sued the organization for $135,000 in delinquent rent, according to a report in AP News posted earlier today.

The International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros, established by Velma Johnston, gave up most of its horses in 2016 when a whistleblower revealed the conditions at the ranch.  The horses were placed into private hands the following year through an adoption program coordinated by Fleet of Angels.


Carbon Capitalists Greatest Threat to WHB?

An opinion piece posted today in the left-wing blog Down to Earth states that wild horses and burros in the western U.S. are ‘…under siege by oil, gas, mining and other special interests.’  They are not.  The greatest threat to WHB is public-lands ranching.

The writer mentions livestock grazing in the essay but most of the blame is placed on the oil and gas companies, which she refers to as ‘Carbon Capitalists.’

Thus it is possible she takes this position not because she cares about the horses but because she’s a liberal.

How many frac tanks and drilling rigs do you see at this post?  How many excavators and dump trucks do you see in this post?

How many oil companies have written Zinke demanding that wild horse populations be reduced to AMLs immediately?  How many mining companies have been outspoken cheerleaders for the ovary cutters at the BLM?

Wake up, people.  These companies do not require tens of thousands of acres to go about their business.  Public-lands ranchers do.  That’s why the space available to WHB has been going down, along with the AMLs attached thereto.

Acceptance of this trend as axiomatic, a given, is at the root of the ‘humane management’ paradigm, which can only result in total defeat for the horses (and great satisfaction for their enemies).

Woman Battles BLM to Defend Pryor Mountains Horses

Her track record is mostly defeat but she never gives up.  Refer to this story in the Gillette News Record dated 09/22/18.  A fine example of wild horse advocacy.

“Tillett opposes both the gathering of mustangs and the administering of PZP fertility control.”

Unfortunately, the writer did not explain the relationship of the woman to those who helped save these horses in the early days of the wild horse preservation movement.

The name Tillett is not to be taken lightly in the Pryor Mountains, as noted in the 14-minute video at this post.

Horse Barn Kits

Here is an example of what you can get nowadays.  Everything is cut at the factory, with some items pre-assembled.  This photo shows a 40 ft x 36 ft Great Plains Western model by Sand Creek Post & Beam.  Also available with living quarters on the second level.


Would be nice to add open shedrows on both sides so the horses could find shelter from rain or snow without going in the barn.  No stalls, no paddocks to keep them separated.

The fence would have to be more substantial if you were adopting mustangs.  The rails should be on the side of the posts where the horses are.  Pipe panels would be more durable but probably cost more.  BLM requires a six foot fence but if you adopt from a rescue or sanctuary that requirement might be waived.

Stock Tank Update

One of the stock tanks on the Virginia Range is now on float control, with a temporary water supply.  The horses empty them in a few days when filled manually.  They are on private property, elevation 6500 ft.  Hopefully the horses won’t pull the hoses apart.

These are the tanks that appear in the trailcam photos posted from time to time on these pages.  Yes, it is illegal to feed wild horses in Nevada but not to water them.

The idea is to keep the horses up in the hills and away from problems in suburbia, a practice known as ‘diversionary watering.’

Stack and Pack on the Range

Looking north across the Virginia Range, where the population density is ten horses per thousand acres, maybe a bit more, compared to the average density of one horse per thousand acres on lands managed by the BLM.  Sardine city!

Critics say the current population of 3000 horses is unsustainable and needs to be reduced to around 500, not because they care about horses, but because they’ve been lying about the carrying capacity of the land.

Can’t have the wild horse advocates pointing to a case that doesn’t fit the wild horse narrative.  Filmed 09/21/18.

CANA Foundation Sponsors Panel on Wild Horse Protection

This was in the news a few weeks ago but was avoided due to skepticism about the organization and disdain for the venue—the show circuit—which is bad for horses.

Besides, liberals aren’t known for conserving anything that’s right and good.  But the idea of returning wild horses to wilderness areas to help prevent wildfires, by grazing down excess forage, is worth considering.

RELATED: Benefits of Wild Horses.