Notes from Palomino Valley

The off-range corrals are now filling up with horses from the Eagle Complex.

When you get out of your car, their heads go up.  If you approach the fence, they bolt.

Yes, Virginia, they really are wild.

Critics argue that they’re escaped ranch stock, nothing special, and while that’s true in some cases, it was generations ago.  There’s no domestication in these guys.

They don’t want anything to do with humans.  As you can see below, safety is more important than food.

What happens when they’re placed into training programs with 100-day timeframes?

Their spirits are literally broken.  The goal is to cashier as many horses as possible through the programs, so more can be removed from the range and their food sold to public-lands ranchers.

Palomino Valley can hold up to 1,850 horses on 98 acres, according to personnel in the office.

Can you imagine the conditions for the horses if the CAFO proposed by Equine Elite is built near Burns, WY, with a capacity of 5,000 horses on a bit more than 80 acres?

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