BLM Seeks Off-Range Pastures for Wild Horses and Burros

Facilities must be located in Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington or Wyoming and must have a capacity of 200 to 10,000 animals, according to a story posted today by KMVT News of Twin Falls, ID.

The initial contract period is one year, with renewal options of four and nine years.

Proposals must be submitted by July 19.

Western Horse Watchers was unable to find an announcement of the solicitation at the agency’s news site.

ISPMB Building Heritage Center?

A statement issued today said the new facility will offer family-friendly mustang safari tours and luxury accommodations for guests wishing to stay overnight.

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 conditions at the ranch.  Approximately 900 animals were placed into private hands the following year through an adoption program.

The sanctuary took in horses from White Sands, New Mexico, Gila Bend, Arizona, the Virginia Range and Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge, both in Nevada.

‘Think Like a Horse’ Loses One of Its Stars

A video posted yesterday tells the story.  He was born and captured in Nevada.

The YouTube channel, started in 2009, has quite a following.

In late 2011, when I was new to horses, I saw an ad in a magazine that said ‘think like a horse.’  Made sense so I searched the web, landed there and never went anywhere else.

As of today, the loss is not mentioned on the Think Like a Horse web site.

Cost of Horse Food Rising

Here are the prices at the local feed store as of May 1:

  • Alfalfa-grass hay, $19 per bale if you buy 20 or more (add $1 if not)
  • Equine Senior, $27 per 50-pound bag
  • Rice bran pellets, $19 per 50-pound bag (discount for 5 or more dropped)
  • Oat hay pellets, $19 per 50-pound bag
  • Alfalfa hay pellets, $18 per 50-pound bag
  • Layena Crumbles, $21 per 50-pound bag (for chickens)
  • Salt with minerals, $11 per 50-pound block

The drive-out price was $673, including $55 for our precious government.

If you deduct the chicken feed and two salt blocks, the total still exceeds $600, putting the cost of feeding six horses for one month at approximately $105 per AUM.

RELATED: Grain Tank Refilled.

Backstop for Hay

This hay room is in an old horse stall, so the partition was already there.  When you cut the hay strings, the bales don’t come apart because of the wall.

It’s also nice to lean against or catch your balance when you’re pulling bales to the top of the stack.  They weigh around 100 pounds each.

I can stack four of them while standing on the floor but must stand on one of them to lift them any higher.  The top of the sixth bale, on the right in the following photo, is about eight feet up.

The capacity of this area is 30 bales.  They are stacked on pallets.

Each bale contains 15 to 18 flakes.

RELATED: Hay Transport, Hay Reserve.

Backstop for Hay 03-27-21

Remembering Brenda

She’s been gone for eight years.  I never met her and spoke to her only once by phone.

Her horse came to the ranch in 2012 while she sought treatment.  Her husband was inconsolable a year after she died.

He’s put on some weight since then, maybe a bit too much.  He’ll be 25 in June.

He’s in the background in the following photo, taken March 21.

Remembering Brenda 03-28-21

Grain Tank Refilled

You probably guessed that the local feed store is a Purina dealer.

The drive-out price was $666.73, which included 20 bales of alfalfa-grass, ten 50-pound sacks of grain and one 50-pound sack of chicken feed, plus tax.

That payment will keep six horses fed for about a month, which works out to a little over $100 per AUM.

It also works out to about 2,500 pounds in case you’re wondering who had to stack it.

The cost to feed cattle and sheep on public lands is $1.35 per AUM, which explains in part why there is so much interest in getting rid of wild horses and replacing them with privately owned livestock.

RELATED: Extra Grain Storage.

Grain Tank Refilled 03-27-21