The film presents a range of characters, from Andi Harmon, who reprises the role of Slaughterhouse Sue beginning at 1:05, to Gayle Hunt, a former USFS employee and founder of the Central Oregon Wild Horse Coalition, first appearing at 04:22.
Harmon’s remark at 03:36, ‘Our [not My] biggest issue is not being able to manage them right,’ suggests an allegiance to the livestock industry.
Hunt is a wild horse advocate, for the most part, although it was not apparent to this reviewer until the end of the film.
Keep in mind that all horse behaviors in the video are normal/natural, even when idiots are involved.
The segment at 6:03 shows the essence of their legacy, which must be protected from the PZP zealots, who not only accept the anti-horse agenda but are happy to participate in it. How many of them aborting/contracepting/sterilizing in their own lives?
Remarks by BLM manager Rob Sharp are predictable.
The trailer at 20:42 probably belongs to the Cattoor Livestock Roundup Company, a favored contractor of the BLM. Public-lands ranchers are not the only beneficiaries of declining wild horse populations.
Speaking of livestock, you have to wait until 21:27 to learn about the greatest threat to wild horses and burros on western rangelands. The concept of ‘multiple use’ mentioned by Harmon at 21:45 was not formally sanctioned until 1976, when FLPMA was signed into law. It is one of several amendments to the WHB Act that need to be walked back.
Grazing permit buyouts, mentioned by Hunt at 23:00, deserve further attention.
Next up, starting at 34:26, is the innovative Beaty Butte Wild Horse Training Facility near Adel, OR, founded by the BLM and local ranchers.
It is hard to watch. Horses locked in stalls, separated from others, running continually in the round pen with no release of pressure. Eventually they settle down, not because of trainer skill but because they give up (his words, 37:46).
No patience, no understanding, no relationship. The goal is to cashier as many of them through the program as possible, so more horses can be driven from their homelands, to be replaced with cattle and sheep. Look at them. Bits shoved in their mouths, paraded around like spoils of war, while livestock graze peacefully on land that belongs to them.
The following segment features more horses locked in stalls, standing in their own poop, tripping over lead ropes that should not be there (ditto for the halters).
The film concludes with a piece on the Trainer Incentive Program then transitions back to the forest with a question about wild horse preservation.
How much are we going to regret their loss when it’s too late?