Press Release: BLM Poised to Eradicate Last Large Wild Horse Herds in Wyoming

Press Release:  For immediate release

BLM Poised to Eradicate Last Large Wild Horse Herds in Wyoming

US Congressman, Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), supports listing of wild horses as endangered species

ROCK SPRINGS, WY (July 23, 2014) – The Cloud Foundation (TCF) with 280,000 followers, as well as numerous wild horse and animal advocacy groups, condemns the Bureau of Land Management’s scheduled roundup which will eliminate all wild horses on 1.2 million acre checkerboard land (alternating one mile square sections of private and public land for 20 miles on either side of Interstate 80) within the Great Divide Basin, Adobe Town and Salt Wells Creek Herd Management Areas (HMA).  The roundup of 946 wild horses is the first step in the planned total elimination of all wild horses in Great Divide Basin and Salt Wells Creek.

“Adobe Town, Salt Wells and Great Divide Basin are home to the largest free-roaming wild horse herds left in Wyoming,” states Carol Walker, renowned equine photographer and Wild Horse Freedom Federation (WHFF) Board member. Walker has photographed the unique southwestern Wyoming herds for 10 years. “Genetic tests link the Adobe Town herd to horses re-introduced to the America’s by the Spanish in the 1500s. Great Divide Basin wild horses are descended from Calvary remounts,” she continues.  “To lose the wild horses in this vast landscape known by local residents as the ‘Big Empty’ would be to lose touch with our western history, heritage, and the untamed spirit of the West.”

The roundups, aimed at appeasing the powerful Rock Springs Grazing Association (RSGA), are in compliance with a Consent Decree between the BLM and RSGA, a back door deal allegedly encouraged by then-Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar. According to the Consent Decree the BLM agrees to zero out Divide Basin and Salt Wells, arguing that these unfenced wild lands allow mustangs to freely roam into private land in the checkerboard areas. Yet even in the Adobe Town HMA, which contains only a small portion of land within the checkerboard, the BLM intends to slash the herd by 100% leaving only 500 horses on over 400,000 acres of federal lands.

While BLM and RSGA contend that 1,912 wild horses overpopulate the 2.4 million acres within the HMA’s, TCF and WHFF research reveals that 356,222 cattle and 45,206 sheep graze the same lands under federally subsidized grazing leases. While cattle and sheep are not on the range year round like wild horses, the monthly average of 68,740 cattle and 10,741 sheep is staggering compared to fewer than 2,000 wild horses.  Livestock, not wild horses overpopulate and degrade the rangelands

TCF and other advocate groups question the legality of BLM’s Decision to reduce herd levels far below Appropriate Management Levels (AMLs) set in their own Resource Management Plans, and without an Environmental Assessment as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

“Wild horse and burro herds and the federal lands on which they roam are under fire from those seeking to control land currently owned by the American public,” states Ginger Kathrens, Volunteer Executive Director of TCF.  Since 1971 wild horses and burros have lost over 20 million acres of habitat. 339 wild horse herds were designated for protection on western ranges when the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act was passed. Today only 179 herds remain. 70% of the remaining herds are no longer genetically viable due to their small herd sizes. The intent of the forward thinking, environmentally sound and unanimously passed 1971 Act has been totally ignored by the agency charged with protecting wild horses and burros.

As recently as July 10, Utah Representative Chris Stewart introduced HR 5058, The Wild Horse Oversight Act of 2014 which, according to a Salt Lake Tribune article, “could allow states to sell wild horses to slaughter.”

“Apparently, Congressman Stewart is not satisfied with the sweetheart deal welfare ranchers have had for decades, in which they pay virtually nothing to run their cattle and sheep on land owned by the American public,”  Kathrens says. She also attributes the dire situation to BLM’s bungling of the Wild Horse and Burro Program. “BLM has turned their back on management practices that would allow for the animals to live out their lives in freedom, rather than languishing in costly holding pens and pastures.”

“Wild horses are between a rock and a hard place.  The BLM wants to eliminate them in Wyoming, and Utah Congressman Stewart wants states to have the authority to eliminate them on federal rangeland,” states Paula Todd King, TCF Director of Communications. “This is why The Cloud Foundation joined Friends of Animals in filing a Petition to List North American Wild Horses under the Endangered Species Act.”

“With the myriad of threats posed to the remaining wild horse herds in America, it is past time that we look to science to guide their management on our public lands,” states US Representative Raul Grijalva (AZ).  “I support The Cloud Foundation’s call for wild horses to be federally protected under the ESA.”

The ESA petition’s introduction states:

The primary threats to wild horses on federal public land are habitat loss, inadequate regulation, and excessive round-ups and removals. Overall, wild horses on federal public lands face the threat of extinction due to at least four factors identified in the ESA. First, habitat loss, particularly from cattle grazing, mining, energy exploration, and urban expansion, endangers the distinct population segment (“DPS”). Second, human utilization threatens the species, specifically removal and sterilization to reduce the population and allow commercial grazing. Third, existing regulatory mechanisms are inadequate to manage the threats that face wild horses and may, in fact, constitute an independent threat to their survival. Finally, other natural and manmade factors also threaten the continued existence of wild horses in the United States, including their artificially fragmented range and small population size. Thus, it is vital to the survival of this population segment of wild horses that it becomes federally protected under the ESA

LINKS:

Livestock far Outnumber Wild Horses Targeted for Removal in Wyoming, Chart by TCF & WHFF

http://www.thecloudfoundation.org/images/7.23.14prwyru.pdf

BLM Schedules Wild Horse Removal from Checkerboard Lands

http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/news_room/2014/july/18rsfo-removal.html

Decision Record and Categorical Exclusion

http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/rsfo/Checkerboard.html

Federal Court Sanctions Gov’t Plans to Eliminate Wild Free-Roaming Horses from Wyoming Checkerboard

http://www.thecloudfoundation.org/news/press-releases/217-federal-court-sanctions-gov-t-plans-to-eliminate-wild-free-roaming-horses-from-wyoming-checkerboard

How the Department of Interior Sold Out America’s Wild Horses

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/03/how-the-department-of-the-interior-sold-out-americas-wild-horses/274159/

Ranchers are Scapegoating Wild Horses says BLM Scientist

http://www.thecloudfoundation.org/news/press-releases/247-ranchers-are-scapegoating-wild-horses-says-blm-scientist

Wild Horse Oversight Act

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr5058/text

Bill: Allow Utah, states to more aggressively manage wild horses

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58190806-90/horses-bill-wild-stewart.html.csp

Petition to List a North American Distinct Population Segment of

Wild Horse (Equus caballus) under the U.S. Endangered Species Act

http://www.thecloudfoundation.org/images/pdf/Final_Petition_Complete_As_Filed.pdf

Media Contacts:

Paula Todd King

The Cloud Foundation

843-592-0720

paula@thecloudfoundation.org

The Cloud Foundation (TCF) is a Colorado based 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of wild horses and burros on our western public lands.

International Horse Whisperer Team Up with Local Rescues to Spread the Word of Gentle, Trust-Based Training and Adopting Rescued Horses

International Horse Whisperer and Equine Behaviorist, Anna Twinney, and Reach Out to Horses were excited to team up with Zuma’s Rescue Ranch in Littleton, CO and Shiloh Acres Horse Rescue in Ault, CO for a week of rescue horses and trust-based horsemanship.
From April 21-27, Anna introduced 10 students and multiple rescued horses to the world of trust-based learning.  During the course of the 7-day event, the participants worked with horses who have been abandoned, abused, starved and sent to slaughter.  These horses, often troubled and leery of humans, are given a second chance at a new life.
Anna Twinney is known around the world for her gentle and genuine trust-based horsemanship methodologies.  Her unique program focuses on the language of the horse and using that language to work with the horses, giving them a voice and a say in their training.
“Bringing these horses around can be a tricky matter.  But the first step in any successful training program is to gain their trust through integrity, authenticity and compassion.  Once you have that you can often create a life-long partnership with a willing participant,” says Anna.
Once the horses are trained, Zuma’s and Shiloh Acres often have an easier time adopting out the rescued horses, finding them permanent homes with loving people and opening room for more horses to be rescued from unthinkable fates.
“I’ve been saying for the last few years that I wanted to find a different/new/better way to be with horses. I’ve finally found that way with Anna’s teaching.”  Janet Prior
Zuma’s Rescue Ranch is focused on pairing rescued horses with at risk kids in a nurturing, healing manner and environment.  Together they learn to trust and love one another. Once trust of the horse/human pair is accomplished, they move into learning to love and nurture themselves and others.

Shiloh Acres Rescue is a small, family operated non-profit organization  dedicated to helping slaughter-bound, abused, neglected and unwanted horses.

For more information about the week or to possibly adopt one of the horses contact Reach Out to Horses at info@reachouttohorses.com or Jodi at Zuma’s Rescue Ranch at info@zumasrescueranch.com or call 303-346-7493.

Follow the horses progress through the week on ROTH’s YouTube Channel and find hundreds more informitave videos!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anna is excited every year to bring horse and human together through true, trust-based horsemanship and 2014 is no different.

Join us in Colorado or Wyoming for an adventure you won’t forget, or see how you can apply these unique and powerful methodologies to your horses and start your journey as a ROTH Holistic Horsewoman or Horseman

No matter the event, they are sure to change your horsemanship, your thinking and your life, forever.

And don’t forget, if you can’t come as a participant, join us as an auditor. Come for a day or for the whole week!

Take the journey to another world. A world of trust, a world of partnership…

A World of Results!

Anna and the whole Reach Out Team!

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Photo by Lauren Munger

Photo by Lauren Munger

 

2-Week Holistic Horsemanship Certification Course

July 21st – August 1st, 2014
Zuma’s Rescue Ranch
Littleton, WY

Learn the Art of Trust and Horsemanship
with the Exclusive Reach Out to Horses Methodologies.

Whether your goal is to develop solid, well-rounded skills in your own private horsemanship or to become a respected expert in the equine industry, the Reach Out to Horses® Holistic Horsemanship Certification Course is for you.

This comprehensive program is designed for those who have a genuine desire to learn trust-based, gentle, non-invasive communication methods. It is the perfect starting point for equine enthusiasts, potential horse guardians, instructors, trainers, managers, those working in the equine industry, and those seeking to become professional trainers and clinicians.

This program has been carefully designed for more than a decade to give you the solid foundation crucial to the success in any discipline of horsemanship.

You will learn how to give your horse a voice, to understand the horse’s language, and converse using not only body language (that’s just the beginning) but through the many facets of the .

Find Out How You Can Be a Part of the Next Generation of Horsemanship…

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Colt Starting 101

April 21st – 27th, 2014
Zuma’s Rescue Ranch
Littleton, CO

1 SPOT HAS OPENED UP!
Spectators welcome

The starting process is one of the most impressionable times of a young horse’s life. Learn the highly effective, safe and very efficient ROTH methodologies for not only young unstarted horses but also to reestablish a more cooperative relationship with mature horses as well.

Learn More…

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Anna at the McCullough Peaks with the Mustangs

 

Reach Out to the Untouched Horse

August 25th – 31st, 2014,
Cody, WY

Spectators Welcome

This week-long, life-changing adventure not only takes you into the training process of untouched horses but you will also enter their magical domain and discover how you can help these majestic beings as they face the toughest challenge to their very survival.

You will begin to understand their non-verbal communication in the natural world and over the course of these 7 days you will discover herd dynamics and develop a bond through building a trust-based relationship. Through Anna’s unique and highly effective methodologies you will learn the art of training the untouched horse and help give these horses a second chance at life.

And when it is all over, we are proud to say that the BLM has given us their trust and the opportunity to adopt the horses we work with out to the world. Rather than going back to holding pens so many of us have fought to stop, we will be holding an adoption of these precious beings on Augsut 31st!

A true win-win-win for everyone. Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime experience in the Wild West!

Learn More…

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Foal Gentling

September 8th – 13th, 2014
Friends of Horses, Centennial, CO

Spectators Welcome

Where else can you have the opportunity to be the first to make that magical connection with a foal? Unless you own your own horses, the answer is…

NOWHERE!

Learn the art of gentle and trust-based foal gentling. Those first moment of contact between horse and human can be the difference between success and failure, partnership and trouble, and even life and death!

Through Anna’s safe and highly-effective methods you will understand just what it takes to succussfully prepare a foal for her new life in the world of horse and human. These very hands-on 6 days will touch your heart and your soul, will exhaust your body and exhalt your spirit in ways you can’t even imagine.

Learn More…

BLM Rejects Offer of Wind Protection for Corralled Wyoming Mustangs

Agency denies need for same protection it requires of all mustang adopters

In late January Lisa Friday and Ginger Kathrens of The Cloud Foundation (TCF) met with BLM District Manager, Mark Storzer, in Rock Springs, Wyoming to discuss ways to protect the over 600 horses held captive in the 30-year-old corral facility. Harsh westerly winds regularly blast the corrals and the BLM has tried to deal with the problem in the past by putting up plywood on the corral panels, but few of the wooden windbreaks remain.

“At the meeting, we discussed what might work for windbreaks and Mr. Storzer indicated that plywood is too heavy and the wind could topple the entire fence,” states Kathrens, Executive Director of the Colorado-based wild horse advocacy organization. “A week after our meeting with Mr. Storzer, we were excited to find a state-of-the-art lightweight product that is easy to install. I contacted Mr. Storzer and Joan Guilfoyle, Chief of the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program in DC, to let them know what we had found and that we were willing to purchase the material and have it installed at no cost to the agency.”

“But BLM chose to look a gift horse in the mouth,” states Friday, a TCF Board Member and wild horse adopter. “Via email, Mr. Storzer reversed course and told us ‘This facility has been in operation for many years and there has not been a need to install or construct wind breaks.’

During the same time period, Kathrens informed the American Humane Association (AHA) of the situation. They communicated with BLM, asking to help with the corral windbreak project and received a conflicting letter from the DC office of BLM in which Ed Roberson, Assistant Director of Resources and Planning stated that “Animals held at the facility receive… protection from the harsh winds through both man-made and natural windbreaks…”

Mr. Storzer explained in his email why there is no need for wind protection for the mustangs saying “On the range, within these herd management areas, the weather conditions are cold with few natural wind breaks due to the desert terrain.”

Carol Walker, noted wild horse photographer, author, and Board Member for the Wild Horse Freedom Federation, disagrees with Mr. Storzer’s statement. Walker has photographed horses in the area for years and states “I was just in the area two weeks ago prior to the big snow storm that came in, and I watched several bands of horses move to sheltered, protected areas that had little to no wind because of high cliffs. This area, which has many rock formations, mesas, and cliffs has an abundance of shelter for wild horses. These horses have the freedom to get out of the worst of the storm unlike their extremely unlucky brethren who are trapped in pens with no windbreak and no alternative but to huddle together in the freezing cold, snow, and wind. This is not humane treatment. This is abusive.”

Justin Scally, National Director for Humane Intervention at American Humane Association in Washington, D.C. said, “American Humane Association remains deeply concerned about the welfare of hundreds of beautiful horses after hearing reports that they are being warehoused without basic and/or adequate sources of shelter. These animals are now dependent on the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for their protection and while we applaud their requirement that potential adopters provide basic shelter for any horse someone adopts – they must be held to the same minimum standard.

“How hypocritical to require shelter for adopted animals but those kept captive for years are provided none,” adds Friday. “The BLM’s denial of help seems short-sighted if their main concern is for these poor horses that can no longer find shelter as they would in the wild.”

“In many states, confining horses in conditions like this is illegal!” stated Timothy J. Harvey, Humane Advocate, BLM Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board. “The fact that these windbreaks would be installed at NO cost to the BLM is in direct line with recommendations the Advisory Board has made in the past regarding accepting volunteers’ help both financially and with volunteer labor efforts. I do not understand why the BLM would turn down this offer.”

Adopters of any wild horse must provide proof of shelter before they can obtain an animal. Specific instructions state,You must provide shelter from weather and temperature extremes for your adopted wild horse or burro. Shelters must be a two-sided structure with a roof, well-drained, adequately ventilated, and accessible to the animal(s). The two sides need to block the prevailing winds and need to protect the major part of the bodies of the horse or burro.

Ed Roberson publicly asks for help in managing wild horses, yet continues to refuse help to care for those animals the BLM is supposed to be caring for.

Kathrens first contacted Mr. Roberson and Ms. Guilfoyle over a month ago regarding wind protection for the Rock Springs horses. To date Mr. Roberson has not responded to Ms. Kathrens. Ms. Guilfoyle only responded after she received a draft of the Press Release on Feb. 27, 2014 from Paula Todd King, Communications Director for TCF. Ms. Guilfoyle indicated she did not have time to review the “draft docs” by today. “We are unclear which ‘draft docs’ she is referring to besides the press release itself,” commented King. “Ms. Guilfoyle suggested we proceed with the press release.”

“In the meantime, a foal has recently been born in the corrals, the first of likely numerous wild horse babies,” Kathrens concludes. “This little one and the other little ones to come deserve protection. (Please see attached photo) I remain hopeful that something positive can be accomplished to help the captive mustangs.”

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Rachel Reeves, New Foal at Rock Springs Holding 2014-02-21

Links:

BLM Warehousing Wild Horses in Rock Springs Without Adequate Windbreaks or Shelters

BLM Helicopter Roundups Continue to Destroy Wild Horse Herds

The Cloud Foundation (TCF) is a Colorado based 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of wild horses and burros on our western public lands.

 

BLM Breaks Their Promise to Congress and the Public to Protect America’s Wild Horses and Burros

ROTH is sharing this Release sent to us by The Cloud Foundation. Make some time to call or write the people in your districts to let them know how this does not meet up with their promises.

BLM budgets millions for helicopter contractors to round up last of the wild horses and solicits for sterilization of mares and stallions in the wild.

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (Feb. 8, 2014) For twenty years Ginger Kathrens, Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation, has documented wild horses for PBS/Nature’s award-winning films, making her the country’s leading expert on wild horse behavior.

Upon hearing that the BLM budgeted two $6 Million contracts for helicopter roundups in 2014 and $1.5 million for plans to sterilize the stallions and mares she said, “The BLM is breaking their promise to Congress and to the American public. The case can be made that this is their solution to rid the range of our wild horses. They have made a mockery of the Wild Horse and Burro Act, an Act designed to preserve, not destroy wild horse families.

The Cloud Foundation advocates for economical, sustainable methods for managing wild horses and burros “on the range,” many of which were recommended in the June 2013, National Academy of Science (NAS) Report: Using Science to Improve the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program: A Way Forward. The report states: current BLM Management practices (helicopter roundups and removals of horses from the range) are facilitating high rates of population growth.

BLM is on a collision course with reality.  It appears they intend to continue inhumane and expensive helicopter roundups and removals of wild horses and burros when long and short term holding corrals are filled beyond capacity.

Will BLM simply castrate stallions and spay mares then return them to the wild, creating dead end herds and destroying the rich and complex society that Kathrens has documented over the years?  In Oct. 2013 the BLM issued a request for information for Wild Horse and Burro Sterilization or Contraception: Development of Techniques and Protocols, inviting research project ideas for the permanent sterilization or contraception of either male or female wild horses and/or burros in the field.

Does the BLM intend to showcase the few herd areas where PZP is effectively controlling population growth with the intent to annihilate the rest by creating non-reproducing herds?  Maybe this what Ed Roberson, BLM’s assistant director of resources and planning referred to in The Washington Post, Jan. 26, 2014 article U.S. Looking for Ideas to Help Manage Wild-Horse Overpopulation.

“This is my fear,” Kathrens says. “It is a fact that there are few mustangs left in the wild. The majority of our wild herds are not large enough to be considered genetically viable. The charge of overpopulation is a joke aimed at hoodwinking the media and the public.

“Rather than spend $1.5 million for further studies the BLM needs to use the tools it has.  Effective use of the proven and reversible fertility vaccine PZP will curtail population growth in an economical, sustainable way with no need for helicopter roundups. On the range management is being practiced in the Pryor Mountains of Montana, the McCullough Peaks of Wyoming, the Little Book Cliffs of Colorado, and it is being considered for the Onaqui wild horse herd in Utah,” said Kathrens.  “PZP has successfully controlled population in the Assateague National Seashore where wild horses have been darted with the drug for decades.   Instead, the BLM treated only 332 mares of the 4702 wild horses rounded up in 2013.”

The Cloud Foundation contends that BLM’s management of wild horses and burros on our public lands is wrong on every level:
·         It is a waste of taxpayer dollars.
·         It cheats the American public of the opportunity to experience these inspiring wild animals.
·         It violates the intent of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act. 
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Links:
Helicopter Flight Service – Wild Horse and Burro – Contract D13PC00091
Wild Horse and Burro Flight Services – Contract D13PC00079
Original Herds in 1971 – This map from the BLM shows all the Herd Areas in the US–where all wild horses were to be protected in 1971 when the law was passed.
Herds Today
BLM Completed FY 2013 Gathers

The Cloud Foundation (TCF) is a Colorado based 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of wild horses and burros on our western public lands

BLM Warehousing Wild Horses in Rock Springs Holding Without Adequate Windbreaks or Shelter

Fears build for foals and adults in subzero temperatures and wind

ROCK SPRINGS, WY. (Dec. 10, 2013) – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) helicopter roundup of Wyoming’s Salt Wells wild horses in the snow and cold is over, but the inhumane treatment of the over 668 captive mustangs is continuing according to eyewitnesses to both the roundup and the corralling of the horses.

After being driven into traps with two helicopters, most stallions were shipped 300 miles to the Gunnison Prison Wild Horse Program in central Utah, while the mares and foals were sent to the BLM’s Rock Springs corrals, according to Wild Horse and Burro Specialist, Jay D’Ewart. Neither facility has adequate wind breaks or shelter for the captive animals, and eyewitnesses in Rock Springs reported bitter cold and battering winds.

Noted wild horse photographer Carol Walker described the conditions: “Mares and foals seemed frozen in place, resigned, unmoving. There is no shelter for these horses in Short Term Holding Facilities and although they have heavy winter coats, these horses have nowhere to get out of the biting, stinging wind. In their natural setting, they would be out of sight in low areas, gullies, next to cliffs, sheltered from the wind.”

The Cloud Foundation (TCF) questioned the BLM in Rock Springs about whether there were windbreaks for the horses warehoused there. BLM responded by email that the horses do have windbreaks.

“Look at my pictures and see if you see adequate windbreaks,” says Carol Walker. “The temperature was below zero with the snow blasting through the pens where the horses were huddled together for warmth.”

TCF also requested an accounting of how many wild horses are currently being held in the Rock Springs corrals. The BLM public information officer told Ginger Kathrens, Executive Director of TCF in an email to file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for this information.

“Responses to FOIA requests typically take months and then the government may simply deny the information requested,” stated Kathrens. “Why is this information being kept secret? Have horses already died in these frigid conditions?”

Unless TCF gets a count immediately, there may be no way to determine foal survival rates since BLM, shockingly, does not count young horses less than six months of age. At the BLM National Adoption Center in Palomino Valley (PVC) foals that die that are less than six months of age are not counted and their bodies are shipped to local renderers with no paper trail documenting that they ever existed.

BLM was criticized for its lack of transparency in the recent National Academies of Science (NAS) review of the troubled Wild Horse and Burro Program but no recommended changes have been announced or implemented. The NAS also concluded that massive roundups, like the one just completed in Wyoming, are counterproductive and stimulate increased breeding among the remaining bands.

The Cloud Foundation is calling on Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to weigh in on the situation. “First the horses are rounded up in the bitter cold, and now they are trapped in small corrals that do not offer the horses any protection from the elements,” states Rachel Reeves who attended and photographed the roundup. “It is heartbreaking to see these wild horses being held captive in such inhumane conditions. I especially worry for the small foals, some of whom were less than two months old when they were rounded up and removed.”

Many advocates are disappointed with the continued lack of attention by Jewell, despite continued criticism from Americans all over the country. “As adopters, we must have adequate shelter for our BLM mustangs,” states Lisa Friday, a Virginia wild horse adopter and advocate. ”Why is the government not held to the same standard? It is long past time for a change!”

 

The Cloud Foundation continues legal battle to preserve Cloud’s Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Herd

Genetic Report Urges BLM to Increase the Herd Size

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO. (Dec. 5, 2013) – On Friday, Nov. 29, The Cloud Foundation (TCF) filed a Motion for Reconsideration on the heels of a dismissal of their lawsuit against both the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (FS) by U.S. District Court Judge Gwin. TCF’s case challenged the BLM on the setting of an Appropriate Management Level (AML), which would, according to TCF, jeopardize the long-term genetic viability of Montana’s Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Herd. The TCF case also sought to have the Custer National Forest remove a 2-mile long, 6-foot high fence, completed in 2011, which eliminates the majority of critical high elevation grazing for the herd.
The Motion for Reconsideration was filed on grounds the Judge failed to consider TCF’s key arguments, instead citing issues, which were not TCF’s main complaints, and actually contradicting a ruling he had made in 2010. The 2010 ruling allowed TCF to bring the FS into the case based on the construction of the new fence.
TCF argues that the two-pronged nature of the lawsuit against both the BLM and FS is essential. The small AML is based on the acreage within the designated Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range, a range that should be larger and include the historic use area of the mustangs in the Custer National Forest.
“A significant increase in the horse population is dependent on range expansion,” says Ginger Kathrens, Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation. “A larger population is needed to maintain the genetic variability of the herd.”
An August, 2013 report by leading equine geneticist, E. Gus Cothran, PhD, Texas A&M University, would seem to agree. Cothran warns of declining variability in the famed herd.  Analyzing the genetics of wild horses removed from the Pryor range last year, Cothran urged the BLM to “increase population size if range conditions allow.”
Today the Pryor herd is around 150 adult horses, down from highs in the low 200s in the late 1990s and early 2000s. In his report Cothran writes that a decline in variability is “likely due to the population size that has been maintained in recent years.”
“It’s pretty clear that the Pryor herd needs to be bigger,” concludes Kathrens. “The return of historic lands in not only the Custer National Forest but also in the Bighorn Canyon National Recreational Area is essential in order for the herd to grow to genetically viable numbers of at least 200-250 adult horses.”
TCF plans to continue their fight for Montana’s Pryor Mustangs, famous not only for their Spanish heritage but for the stallion, Cloud, documented by Kathrens since the day of his birth in 1995. The Emmy Award-winning filmmaker has produced three acclaimed programs for the PBS Nature Series about this still powerful Pryor stallion.

The Amazing Nakota Horses of North Dakota and the Kuntz Ranch

Photos Courtesy of Susan Solomon, Kathy King Raedeke and Anna Twinney

Photos Courtesy of Susan Solomon, Kathy King Raedeke and Anna Twinney

I often wonder what it is about the wild horses that keeps calling to my heart.  Is it the tremendous empathy I have for them?  Or am I able to relate to them in an unusual manner?

Throughout my life I have found myself in situations in which I needed to adapt to living in brand new counties, to new languages, to both City and Country life, and to a man’s world and learn to be self-reliant.  Although we truly cannot walk in our horses’ hooves we can certainly relate to all that they endure in our world and help them ease their way into our society.  Over 3 decades ago I began by learning their language, the language of Equus.

When I was invited to join Leo Kuntz at his ranch in North Dakota I felt intrigued and excited to meet not only the man behind this mission but the horses as well.  Over the years I have been blessed to work with many Mustangs and wild horses including: Cerbats, Kiger-Mustangs (Spirit – The Mustang from the Cimarron), Shy Boy (Monty Robert’s famous Mustang), Pryor Mountain & McCullough Peaks herds, Sulphur Springs, the Wilbur-Cruce herds and many more.  This was a chance to meet the Nokota horses…what gratitude I felt.

Our experience was memorable and it brings me great joy to share in some of the moments spent gentling Leo’s horses and watching them interact in their family groups.

I hope you enjoy,
Anna Twinney,
Founder, Reach Out to Horses

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 A word from Leo….

Leo
I thank Anna and friends for coming to the ranch for a very interesting clinic.  Over the years I have attended 622and watched many clinics.  I respect Anna’s methods in introducing the wild horse to the human world and think it has a place in everyone’s horse program.  I would also like to thank Anna for introducing more of the horse world to the Nokota Horse, a forgotten historic rancher strain of horses that find their foundation in the war and buffalo horses taken from Sitting Bull and other Chiefs upon their surrender, after Custer’s Last Stand.  These horses became the preferred ranch horses of the northern great plains. [Dobie..The Mustangs]

Hopefully, Anna’s methods and the Nokota Horse have a good future in the horse world.  Leo Kuntz, ND
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A video journal of our Nokota horse experience   
Introducing…the Nokota horses and Leo Kuntz through ROTH

Nokota wild horses – EXTREME Stallion behavior

Do you have what it takes to tame a wild horse?
We do at Reach Out to Horses

Control of body, mind & energy. A FEEL like no other – do you have what it takes to tame a wild horse safely for both you and the horse? “I respect what Annas doing. There is a set way of how the trainers do it. You go against the grain and you are putting yourself out there. Nobody teaches putting a wild horse in a box stall without a halter. Acclimatizing into a way of life they are going into…Leo Kuntz

ROTH gentle Nokota horses at the Kuntz Ranch in North Dakota

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Alecia Evans (CO):
“Thank for you allowing me to partake in this workshop and trusting me to come up to the task. I knew that it was going to be life-chaning and transformative, I just didn’t know how much. Having horses and being around domesticated horses is a completely different experience than being around an untouched wild horse. The awareness that my experience with Moonshine and the other horses provided me about the true essence and sensitivity of these majestic beings was often beyond words. It led me to a new level of being present, of being trustworthy and of the responsibility I now carry to do my best by all horses and humans. Anna, you are an extraordinary teacher and leader and I was truly blown away by your full presence every minute of every day. Thank you for sharing your gifts and knowledge with us all and for all that you sacrifice to do so.
And to Leo who so graciously allowed us into his home and into his herd, I thank you so much for being so open to sharing your experiences, knowledge and heart with us and the horses you love so dearly.”

Karen (NY):
“I’m really glad I came. I took a leap of faith and thought to myself just jump into the unknown, be adventurous. I learned a bit more about myself and about the horses. I’ve never seen or been anywhere like this (Leo Kuntzs Ranch in ND). Getting to know Leo and having him with us throughout the clinic was invaluable and really added tremendously to the experience. (Thank you Leo)”.

Kathy (OH):
“I cannot tell you how much I love this man! Ive been blessed by him. It’s a privilege and honor to know him through these horses. It was important for me to bring Anna here and her magic. Ive been struggling for a long time where I would bring my horsemanship. I came in fragile and I couldn’t ask for a better experience. Thank you both for taking a leap of faith!”

Laurent (CO):
“Thank you Leo for letting us in your museum. Thank you Ms Anna, with respect, for your good work and good advice. What I want to thank most of all is the horse! I started a friendship with Snowstorm and we had intimate moments. He doesn’t belong anywhere else.”

Susan (NC):
“I think you know I’m adaptive to whatever. When you said we are going to ND and I don’t know where, I said: “I don’t care”. This sings to my heart. Every time I work with the horse they ground me and allow me to again give back to people. hopefully I have given something to the horses as they have given everything to me.” Thank you as it truly was a remarkable experience. Wishing I were back there now!

Winsome (WA):
“Sitting here left with the feeling….its more of a re-ignition. Everything we have done in 6 days. I appreciate your letting me come as I know there were prerequisites. Its left me with a feeling of what I can do next to help. I knew this experience would help me as a parent (to be) and as a person. I know looking back this is a life-changer!”

Leo (ND) & Founder:
“I’m skeptical. We all know the horses will tell you what the trainers know. I watched Anna maintain the same, I would see it work on him. He (Billy) challenged more than any horses I know in my barn. She took it out of him. You don’t see or realize the progress of the horses. Ive seen the change!

Anna haltering Billy
“You know she can so its not impossible what she’s asking”
Leo Kuntz

“I respect what Annas doing. There is a set way of how the trainers do it. You go against the grain and you are putting yourself out there. Nobody teaches putting a wild horse in a box stall without a halter. Acclimatizing into a way of life they are going into…Leo Kuntz

Excalibur is in a Calender!

And the best part is. it helps the Spirit of Equus Sanctuary!

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ROTH Trainers Demonstration Event at Zuma’s Rescue Ranch!

Trainers Demonstration Day  
Join Us and Discover Just How Effective the

Reach Out to Horses’ Methodologies Really Are! 

The ROTH Trainer’s Demonstration Event


October 13th, 2013, 10am – 4pm


 Zuma’s Rescue Ranch
7745 N. Moore Rd., Littleton, CO

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Join us for a day of trust-based horsemanship and training as graduates of the Reach Out to Horses Trainers Program demonstrate the effective, powerful and groundbreaking methodologies that Anna herself has developed, used and taught around the world to thousands of horses (and humans).




Meet Our Trainers

We have an eclectic, international group of folks who can’t wait to give you insights into your horses, true horsemanship and the communication between horse and human.

Lorraine Campbell, Lauren Munger and Seija Tillanen from Colorado, Braxton Dolce from Texas, Michaele Dimock from Wyoming, Yrsa Paulin and Liv Hektoen from Sweden and Rebecca Hoppe from Nigeria are all coming together for this special event. They have all completed an extraordinary journey and we are excited to see them fly as they spread their wings and begin their careers as Reach Out to Horses’ Trainers.  They will introduce you to a world of trust and partnership and show you what is truly possible in your training, in your relationship with your horse, and in your life.

And best of all you get to spend the entire day with Reach Out to Horses for only $20!

No It’s Not a Typo, Only $20 Dollars!

A full day of horsemanship for only $20 when you preregister and a mere $25 at the door.  We promise you won’t get this much groundbreaking information for so little anywhere!  And if that wasn’t enough, 100% of the proceeds from the entire day go to the inspiring Zuma’s Rescue Ranch and the incredible work they are doing there to save horses and humans and give them all a second chance at life.

It’s a win, win, win for everybody!

Come see how these inspiring individuals have turned their dreams into reality and discover this unique and effective approach to horsemanship.  Heck, you might even be inspired to embark on your own journey to a whole new life with our equine companions.



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