Advocates Disappointed with Heber Recommendations

The proposed management plan for the Heber WHT is now in the public domain and some wild horse advocates are not happy with it, according to a story that appeared today in the White Mountain Independent.

One person said the collaborative working group that drafted the plan had a pre-set agenda to remove all free roaming horses from the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.

Another said the group was trying to solve a problem that didn’t exist.

A third person said she was removed from the group because she disagreed with some of the recommendations.

Comments on the plan can be submitted to the Forest Service this summer, according to the report.

RELATED: Heber Management Plan Drafted.

Horses of the Coalfields

Wild horses roam the abandoned coal mines in southern West Virginia, according to a story posted today by the Herald-Dispatch of Huntington, and mine owners don’t always consider them a welcome addition.

Tinia Creamer, founder of the Heart of Phoenix rescue, says many were abandoned by people who don’t want them anymore, or are looking to sell them but let them go to save money until a buyer is found.

She met last week with legislators to discuss the wild horse issues but concedes the meeting focused mostly on tourism, noting that organizations that use the horses for that take no responsibility for their care.

Given that things didn’t go exactly as planned, she wonders what the legislators might propose and if the horses would be better off left alone.

Paiute Roundup Draws Lawsuit

A wild horse advocacy group and Palomino Valley resident have joined forces to sue the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe for taking privately owned horses from private property during the tribal roundup in Palomino Valley, NV earlier this month.  Refer to this story, posted today by KOLO-TV in Reno.

Also named in the suit are the Nevada Department of Agriculture, Cattoor Livestock Roundup, Inc., the tribe’s contractor, Zena Quillan, a woman who allegedly bought the captured horses from the tribe and sent them to slaughter, and two Department of Agriculture employees.

What’s the punishment nowadays for horse theft?  Why isn’t this a criminal case?

RELATED: Paiute Roundup Snares Privately Owned Horses.

Assateague Island Welcomes New Foal

A pinto filly was born to first-time mom Susi Sole last week, according to a report posted today by the Maryland Coast Dispatch.  The arrival brings the wild horse population on the barrier island to eighty.

Fertility control efforts were suspended recently, because of the shrinking size of the herd.

The distribution of males and females on the island is now wildly skewed, based on a census from last November, a result that should be investigated.