Who Will Look After the Nokotas When Frank Is Gone?

Brother Leo died unexpectedly three years ago and now some are wondering what will happen to the herd when Frank passes on, according to a story appearing in today’s edition of the Grand Forks Herald.

There are currently abut 300 head in his care, thought to be descendants of Sitting Bull’s horses.

Their predecessors were removed from Theodore Roosevelt National Park in the 1980s and 1990s.  The horses you see in the park today are not related.

Insiders are looking for a benefactor to secure the horses’ future when the time comes.

RELATED: New Film About Nokota Horses in the Works.

New Safeguards for AIP?

The Adoption Incentive Program remains in effect, despite legal actions, but additional measures were announced today to provide greater oversight and protection of animals placed into private care.

The news release did not indicate if the new steps would apply to sale-eligible animals and those sold outright, sometimes for as little as $1 each.

RELATED: Adoption Incentive Backfiring or Working Exactly as Planned?

More AIP Fallout?

A rescue in West Fulton, NY has increased capacity to take in former wild horses that ended up in kill pens.  The woman running the operation pays 75 cents per pound to get them out and $1,000 or more to ship them home, according to a story posted yesterday by The Daily Gazette of Schenectady, NY.

She said that one of the mustangs brought in last year was supposed to be in long-term holding with the government paying a rancher for her care but she was handed off to kill buyers instead.

RELATED: Adoption Incentive Backfiring or Working Exactly as Planned?

Training Feral Horses

Wild horse enthusiasts will get a chuckle out of this propaganda piece dated June 25 by the rancher-friendly Capital Press of Salem, OR.

As for the trainer featured in the story, you probably don’t want a horse handled by her.

Like adoption events, EMM and TIP are rarely discussed on Western Horse Watchers because they are too far downstream in the management process and deflect attention away from the ranchers and the underlying causes of wild horse removals.