Meet the Mustangs 2015!

With eyes wide open, Aura surveyed his surroundings. His tangled tail, black as soot, was swishing to and fro in anxious wonder. He’d never been touched. He was gathered last fall, in Wyoming, during a roundup of his herd. He belongs to the Bureau of Land Management, and his future is uncertain.

Anna Twinney knows she can’t help every mustang caught in the unfortunate web of population control of the wild herds in North America. Her effort is as steadfast and sure as the mustang’s iconic image in the American West.

Recently back from her annual “Reach Out to the Untouched Horse” event, held in Cody, Wyoming at the Dimock Ranch, Anna talks about Blackjack, Downtown, Augustus, Ohanzee, Mr. Dean, and Aura. “I’ve been teaching people how to listen to their horses for more than 20 years. Horses have a language of their own, no matter if they are wild or domesticated. It’s imperative that mustangs, newly collected into captivity are supported. Every year, we take a group of students to work with mustangs that have been gathered and to observe those still free to roam.”

The BLM’s herding process is a traumatic event in the life of a mustang.  Anna works one on one with a group each year to help aide the transition.

“We show the horses that we are here to support them. We use gentle but effective methods to prepare them for domestication; first touch, grooming, haltering, leading, visits from a veterinarian, farrier … for baths, loading in and out of a horse trailer. Remember, these horses are truly “untouched”. They’ve barely seen people and it’s likely that their first encounter was detrimental … being handled is a big deal. It must be done with correct techniques and a heart for helping them. When they have a good beginning, their chances of finding a good home soars. Some of them are not so lucky.”

Ohanzee found a home, but his five herd mates still wait.

Horses are prey animals, meaning they are hunted in the wild by natural predators. Given the round up process, “man” falls squarely in the predator category. The horse’s reaction to being preyed upon is to either run away (generally the first instinct) or to fight. Often times, newly gathered mustangs are put in to holding pens from which they cannot escape. Given that they can’t employ “flight” all that’s left is “fight”. Because of this circumstance and the disrespect and ignorance in how the horses are treated, they react as nature equipped them to do and then they are often branded as “crazy” or “dangerous”. While all horses have this innate response to fear or danger, the mustang’s reaction times are in milliseconds; in the wild, it’s the difference between life and death.

This is why ROTH is dedicated to working with the mustangs each year and also why Anna created the Whispers from the Wild Ones DVD.

“Education is everything with these horses. People must understand that “untouched” truly means the horses have never had a human hand on them. As people, we don’t even like strangers touching us!  It’s rather intimidating to have an animal that walks on its “hind legs”, smiling at you with its teeth and reaching for you with its “claws”. I teach students about keeping themselves very “quiet” so that facilitating that first touch is smooth and welcome.”

To learn more about what the American Mustang has to teach us and to understand their plight, please visit https://youtu.be/aBI-VGNZBgY to watch the trailer for Whisper to the Wild Ones!

To meet Augustus, Mr. Dean, Downtown, Blackjack and Aura please watch our video below.

Meet the mustangs adopted and still available.
Meet the mustangs adopted and still available.

If you are interested in adoption, please email us at info@reachouttohorses.com.

You wanted President Obama’s help saving the mustangs? Well here’s your chance…

Let’s sign this petition on whitehouse.gov and maybe we can finally get the administration to see the importance of protecting our wild horses over securing corporate profits at the expense of the mustangs and burros. We only need 5000 signatures to be heard. But imagine if we had 10,000 or 100,000! Let’s make it happen!

https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions/!/petition/protect-wild-horses-and-burros-reform-inhumane-interior-department-management-program-wastes-tax/MYTbsKg6

Judge ADMITS it’s wrong and still does nothing!!!!!

Media Contacts:

Rebecca McNeill
rebeccam@aspca.org
Tel: 646-291-4582

Anne Novak

Tel: 415-531-8454

For Immediate Release

 

October 22, 2010

 

Animal Welfare Groups Respond to Federal Ruling that Fails to Protect Colorado Wild Horse Herd

NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), along with Habitat for Horses, the Cloud Foundation, and Dr. Don and Toni Moore, today responded to a federal judge’s ruling that declined to issue an injunction preventing the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from continuing its inhumane and illegal roundup of wild horses from Colorado’s North Piceance herd area. The case, brought against U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar in New York, charged that the BLM’s ongoing treatment of America’s federally protected wild horse herds violates the National Environmental Protection Act, as well as the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971.

 

The BLM had dropped its immediate attempt to relocate the case from New York to Colorado or Washington D.C., making this the first case against the BLM to be heard in New York. “While we are disappointed by yesterday’s ruling, we are encouraged by the court’s acknowledgment that the removal of these iconic horses impacts all Americans,” said Matt Bershadker, senior vice president of ASPCA Anti-Cruelty. “The ASPCA is committed to protecting our nation’s wild horses.”

 

U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley acknowledged that the plaintiffs would undoubtedly suffer irreparable harm from the roundup of the wild horse herd. The court further acknowledged the permanent injury caused to Dr. Don Moore, a Colorado veterinarian who has personally known the Piceance-North Douglas Herd for decades. “Although we did not get the win that we were aiming for,” stated Jerry Finch, founder and president of Habitat for Horses, “we stood fast in a contested venue and got the court to agree to the damage done to American citizens when the BLM pulls our wild mustangs from their rightful land. That in its own right is huge.”

 

“I would be lying if I said that I am not disappointed,” said R.T. Fitch, volunteer executive director of the funding HfH Advisory Council, “but it’s not about me, you or anything else other than the horses. That’s where my feelings reside. It’s time for the American wild horse to catch a break, and we intend to see that promise through.”

 

More than 19 million acres originally designated for wild horses have been slowly whittled away for cattle grazing, making the horses both the victims and targets for removal. The use of helicopters to run the terrified horses over miles of scorching desert has resulted in serious injuries and several horse deaths throughout the summer, as well as one-half or more of the wild horse population languishing in long-term holding pens.

 

“The fight to save the last of the mustangs is just beginning,” said Ginger Kathrens, director of the Cloud Foundation. “We will continue to take our message to Congress, the courts and to an increasingly concerned public.”

 

For more information on the BLM’s mismanagement of America’s wild horses, please visit www.aspca.org. To learn more about the Habitat for Horses Advisory Council, please visit www.hfhadvisorycouncil.org, and for information on the Cloud Foundation, go to www.cloudfoundation.org.

 

 

About the ASPCA®

Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animal welfare. One million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501 [c] [3] not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. The ASPCA, which is headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, and a groundbreaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit. For more information, please visit www.aspca.org.

 

To become a fan of the ASPCA on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/aspca. To follow the ASPCA on Twitter, go to http://www.twitter.com/aspca.

People CRY and Mustangs Still DIE!!!

For Immediate Release 

Destruction of Largest Wyoming Wild Horse Herd Underway Despite Public
Outcry

Wild horse mare dies in costly and unnecessary roundup

Rock Springs, WY (October 12, 2010)-Amid nationwide protests, today 122 more
healthy wild horses were rounded up by helicopter in the Adobe Town/Salt
Wells Wild Horse Herd Management Area Complex
<http://www.wildhoofbeats.com/blog/>; . The current three-day roundup total
is 320, not including one mare who died on the run yesterday. The National
Academy of Sciences will begin it’s Congressionally-requested investigation
of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) wild horse and burro program in
2011 but it will too late for the Red Desert herds without an immediate
moratorium on roundups.

This removal is estimated to cost at least $3.5 million in taxpayer dollars
and will leave the celebrated Adobe Town/Salt Wells Wild Horse Range
<http://www.wildhoofbeats.com/blog/>; -already populated with oil and gas
wells <http://www.hcn.org/issues/163/5290>; -nearly devoid of mustangs. Some
40,000 cattle per year are allocated to graze on the 1.5 million acres
Complex as well, leaving little room for wild horses according to BLM’s
multiple-use interpretation. The BLM plans to continue their operation for
six weeks in order to roundup 1950 horses, removing 1580 of them permanently
from the Complex. The majority of horses removed will be shipped to the
Colorado State Penitentiary in Canon City which doubles as a holding
facility for thousands of captured mustangs.

Carol Walker, author/photographer of Wild Hoofbeats: America’s Vanishing
Wild Horses, has been documenting the mustangs of Wyoming’s Red Desert for
seven years. “I am witnessing the end of the wild West here as family after
family of wild horses are driven into the trap, the majority of which will
never return. These are magnificent animals who deserve to live their lives
in freedom with their families. They should not be stockpiled with the more
than 40,000 wild horses and burros now in government holding.”

According to the National Wildlife Federation, Wyoming’s Red Desert is one
of the last high-desert ecosystems in North America with varied landscapes,
including the sagebrush steppe. In addition to pronghorn, mountain lion
<http://www.thecloudfoundation.org/index.php/news-events-a-media/news/resour
ces/450-natural-predators> , desert elk, pygmy rabbits, greater sage grouse,
black-footed ferrets and golden eagles, reside Wyoming’s last great herd of
wild horses. These mustangs trace back to the horses of the Spanish conquest
and before that to their almost genetically-identical ancestors who died out
in North America some 7,000 years ago.

BLM expects to leave no more than 861 wild horses (3,000 acres per horse) on
the range that will include 100 mares treated with an experimental two-year
infertility drug, PZP-22
<http://www.thecloudfoundation.org/index.php/news-events-a-media/news/wild-h
orse-issues/454-position-paper-on-pzp-22-contraceptive-drug> . Going against
their Environmental Assessment <http://bit.ly/AdobeSWea>; , BLM will
manipulate the sex ratios to nearly 67% male: 33% female by releasing 274
stallions and only 100 mares. These numbers exceed the publicized 60% male
to 40% female ratio.

“Skewing the sex ratio to this extent and returning 100 drugged mares who
will cycle monthly is a recipe for social disaster” explains Cloud
Foundation Director Ginger Kathrens
<http://www.thecloudfoundation.org/index.php/about-us/board-of-directors>; ,
who has spent more than 16 years observing and documenting wild horse
behavior across the West. “BLM is in the business of removal and
destruction, not management.”

BLM has set up an observation site for the public and media on an oil and
gas pad more than one mile from the partially visible trap site. The
Foundation encourages members of the public to witness this roundups,
updates on trap location and observing the roundup can be found on the BLM
website
<http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/Wild_Horses/fallgather/public-observ.h
tml> .

Makendra Silverman, on site for The Cloud Foundation reports: “The noise of
the chopper fills the air before you see a cloud of dust and running
mustangs. I watched some of the last wild horses swept off our public lands
with a backdrop of oil and gas wells-this absolutely must stop.”

Concurrently BLM contractors are rounding up wild horses in Colorado’s North
Piceance Herd Area, despite a lawsuit
<http://www.thecloudfoundation.org/index.php/news-events-a-media/press-relea
ses/486-npiceancesuit> filed by the Habitat for Horses Advisory Council,
the ASPCA <http://www.aspca.org> and The Cloud Foundation
<http://www.thecloudfoundation.org> last week. Eyewitnesses today say a
mare and her baby tried to escape but the mare was roped and dragged into a
trailer. The condition of the mare has not yet been disclosed.

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Professional photographs (Living Images by Carol Walker
<http://www.livingimagescjw.com/>; ) as well as video and interviews
available by request from the Cloud Foundation

Links of interest:

Adobe Town-Salt Wells Environmental Assessment http://bit.ly/AdobeSWea
<http://bit.ly/AdobeSWea>;

High Country News: The Red Desert- Wyoming’s endangered country
http://www.hcn.org/issues/163/5290 <http://www.hcn.org/issues/163/5290>;

Wild Hoofbeats blog by Carol Walker (Adobe Town/Salt Wells Horses)
http://www.wildhoofbeats.com/blog/

Lawsuit filed to save Colorado herd http://bit.ly/COmustangSuit

French TV reports on WildHorses http://t.co/4jKWYJg

CNN Report on Nevada Roundup with Jane Valez-Mitchell http://bit.ly/dvl7NE

Wild Horse Predators http://bit.ly/WHpredators

Congress Sends Letter for Wild Herds to Secretary Salazar
http://bit.ly/54sign

Roundup Schedule- http://bit.ly/roundupsched

American Herds – AdobeTown/Salt Wells – A Tale of Tallies”
http://bit.ly/AdobeNumbers

Unified Moratorium on Roundups Letter http://bit.ly/MoratoriumLtr

Mestengo. Mustang. Misfit. America’s Disappearing Wild Horses – A History
http://bit.ly/8ZCk8e

Stampede to Oblivion: An Investigate Report from Las Vegas Now
http://bit.ly/Stampede2Oblivion

Shortlink to this release: http://bit.ly/AdobeTownDest

The Cloud Foundation <http://www.thecloudfoundation.org> is a non-profit
dedicated to the preservation and protection of wild horses and burros on
our Western public lands with a focus on protecting Cloud’s herd in the
Pryor Mountains of Montana.

107 S. 7th St. – Colorado Springs, CO 80905, p. 719-633-3842
www.thecloudfoundation.org <http://www.thecloudfoundation.org/>;

Media Contacts:Makendra Silverman
Makendra@TheCloudFoundation.org
Tel: 719-351-8187

Anne Novak
Anne@TheCloudFoundation.org
Tel: 415-531-8454

COALITION TO SAVE COLORADO MUSTANGS!!!

 

For Immediate Release

Group Lawsuit Filed to Stop Destruction of Colorado Mustang Herd

Suit seeks immediate injunction, cites BLM’s violations of four Congressional Acts

New York City, NY (October 7, 2010)— A case filed today against Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar in federal court aims to stop the elimination of wild horses from Colorado’s North Piceance herd area. Plaintiffs Habitat for Horses (HfH), the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), The Cloud Foundation (TCF), Toni Moore and Dr. Don Moore challenge the BLM’s ongoing illegal treatment of wild horses residing on public lands and it’s intention to completely remove all wild horses from this area beginning October 11, 2010.

The Plaintiffs’ attorneys, Bruce Wagman (Schiff Hardin) and Valerie Stanley, are asking the court for an injunction to stop BLM from removing any of these wild horses pending a complete judicial review of the BLM’s conduct. The complaint cites four counts and violations committed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM): violation of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Information Quality Act and the Federal Land Policy Management Act. The suit has been brought against BLM Director Robert Abbey and Field Manager of the Colorado White River Field Office Kent Walter, in addition to Secretary Salazar.

“The BLM’s ‘shoot from the hip’ policy of indiscriminately destroying and removing long standing wild horse herds has to come to an end,” says R.T. Fitch, Volunteer Executive Director of co-supporting organization HfH Advisory Council, “Poor accounting, outdated data and disengagement from the reality of the range is the hallmark of the BLM’s business plan. They must be stopped.”

On September 10th, 2010 the White River Field office of the BLM issued its final decision to completely and permanently eliminate the herd of wild horses which has lived in partnership with the natural environment in the Herd Area for centuries.

“BLM and other public agencies have eliminated over a third of wild horse herds designated for protection by Congress in 1971,” explains Cloud Foundation Volunteer Executive Director, Ginger Kathrens. “Colorado has only a few hundred wild horses remaining and the destruction of yet another herd is unthinkable—cruel, costly and completely unnecessary. It is a managing to extinction policy that must stop.”

This action is co-funded by HfH Advisory Council and the ASPCA. A suit filed last week to protect the nearby West Douglas wild horse herd has so far resulted in a one-year postponement of that “zeroing out action.” The case remains in court.

The Cloud Foundation, HfH Advisory Council, ASPCA and over 200 other organizations and tens of thousands of members of the public continue to call for an immediate moratorium on BLM wild horse and burro roundups. To date the BLM has not changed course and plans to roundup and remove a total of 3,295 wild horses and burros before the end of the year. Currently, nearly 40,000 wild horses and burros are held in pens and pastures at taxpayer expense.

Links of interest:

Legal documents filed today: http://bit.ly/d7ePWk

Congress Sends Letter for Wild Herds to Secretary Salazar http://bit.ly/54sign

Roundup Schedule- http://bit.ly/roundupsched

American Herds – “What’s Left?” http://bit.ly/WhatsLeft

Unified Moratorium on Roundups Letter http://bit.ly/MoratoriumLtr

Mestengo. Mustang. Misfit. America’s Disappearing Wild Horses – A History http://bit.ly/8ZCk8e

Stampede to Oblivion: An Investigate Report from Las Vegas Now http://bit.ly/Stampede2Oblivion

Shortlink to this release: http://bit.ly/COmustangSuit

Photos, video and interviews available by request from the Cloud Foundation

The Cloud Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to the preservation and protection of wild horses and burros on our Western public lands with a focus on protecting Cloud’s herd in the Pryor Mountains of Montana. 107 S. 7th St. – Colorado Springs, CO 80905, p. 719-633-3842 www.thecloudfoundation.org

The Habitat for Horses Advisory Council is the “The Legal Voice of the American Equine” and is comprised of like-minded equine welfare oriented organizations and individual advocates. The Council works to progress relevant issues imperative to furthering the safety and well being of horses, both domestic and wild, in the United States. Habitat for Horses Advisory Council is a registered 501c4 non-profit corporation. P.O. Box 213, Hitchcock, TX 77563, p.1-800-974-FOTH www.hfhadvisorycouncil.org

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was the first humane organization in the Western Hemisphere. Our mission, as stated by our founder, Henry Bergh, in 1866, is “to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. 424 E. 92nd St New York, NY 10128-6804, p. 212-876-7700 www.aspca.org

Media Contacts:

Makendra Silverman
Makendra@TheCloudFoundation.org
Tel: 719-351-8187

Terry Fitch
Info@hfhadvisorycouncil.org
Tel: 832-367-4849

Rebecca McNeill
RebeccaM@aspca.org
Tel: 212-876-7700 x4582

 

JOIN THE NATIONWIDE PROTEST!!!!!!!!!

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For Immediate Release

Nationwide Protests Planned to Halt Mustang & Burro Roundups

BLM’s failure to instate even a partial moratorium inspires protests around US

Boston, MA (October 7, 2010)— Following over 35 protests in late 2009/2010, rallies will resume this month in at least seven states nationwide to draw attention to the plight of America’s wild horse and burro herds. Protests in 12 more states are in the works. Currently nearly 40,000 wild horses and burros are held in pens and pastures at taxpayer expense while the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) private contractors rush to roundup over 3,200 more wild horses and burros before the end of the year. Despite the delivery of a Unified Moratorium Letter last fall to President Obama, Interior Secretary Salazar and BLM Director Bob Abbey which called for an immediate freeze on all non-emergency roundups—the BLM has not changed course. On July 30th, 54 Congressional Representatives sent a letter to both Secretary Salazar and Director Abbey demanding a moratorium and review of the wild horse and burro program.  Regardless of public and political outrage the BLM has not made an honest effort to work with Congress or the public on solutions and improved management of all of America’s remaining wild horse and burro herds.

“There is no excuse for BLM’s inability to manage America’s wild horses and burros,” explains Cloud Foundation Director and Emmy-award winning filmmaker Ginger Kathrens. “If the BLM wants to work with the interested public on solutions then our wild horses and burro herds require a ceasefire. Ground the helicopters and let’s talk about fixing things. Continuing the costly, poor management practices of BLM that is leading to the total annihilation of the last of our wild mustang and burro herds is inexcusable.”

Members of the public are encouraged to start protests in their hometowns and join those already planned. The media is asked to cover protests and learn more about the American mustangs and burros facing management to extinction by the Bureau of Land Management.

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BOSTON Freedom Friday Protest

WHERE: Massachusetts State House, behind the Boston Common in front of the State House

WHEN:  Friday, October 8, 2010 at 10:00am-2pm.

Come for an hour or spend the afternoon….bring a sign!

Contact: Carol Poole at mustangalley@hotmail.com for more info.

CONNECTICUT Protest:

WHERE: Downtown Stamford CT, on the Ferguson Library steps

WHEN: Saturday, October 9, 2010 at 2:00pm

Contact: Isabella Houghton: saverhorses@gmail.com

LAS VEGAS Rally:

Plus free concert: Grey Beard Bandit (Wild Horses Need our Voices)

Real (gentled) wild mustangs and guest speakers

WHERE:Horseman’s Park, 5800 E Flamingo Rd Las Vegas, NV 89122

WHEN: Monday, October 11 · 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Contacts:Shelly Smith shelly5711@yahoo.com or Katie Ellen Barron lotrfla300@yahoo.com

ARIZONA Protest:

WHEN: Helldorado Weekend, Oct.16 & 17th.  10:00am

WHERE: Downtown Tombstone, Arizona

CONTACT: Deb Catlett deborahcatlett@aol.com for more info

UTAH Protest:

WHEN: Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 11:00am

WHERE: County Bldgs (the old courthouse). 179 N. Main St., Logan, Utah

Contact: Kristy Amado kfamado@msn.com

COLORADO Protest:

WHEN: Saturday, October 16, 2010,11:00am- 2:00pm

WHERE: Southwest corner of Canyon & Broadway

Contacts: Linda Hanick vlhanick@gmail.com or Cathy Bryarly robcathyderek@peoplepc.com or 303-746-4729

SACRAMENTO Protest

WHEN: October 23, 10am-2pm

WHERE: at the West Steps of Capitol Bldg (10th and Capitol Mall) Contact: Janet Schultz: 1fastback@att.net

Additional protests are being planned for: Iowa, Georgia, Maryland, Virginia, New Hampshire, Maine, South Carolina, Wyoming, Colorado, Texas, Florida and Vermont.

Links of interest:

Congress Sends Letter for Wild Herds to Secretary Salazar http://bit.ly/54sign

Roundup Schedule- http://bit.ly/roundupsched

American Herds – “What’s Left?” http://bit.ly/WhatsLeft

Unified Moratorium on Roundups Letter http://bit.ly/MoratoriumLtr

Mestengo. Mustang. Misfit.  America’s Disappearing Wild Horses – A History http://bit.ly/8ZCk8e

Stampede to Oblivion: An Investigate Report from Las Vegas Now  http://bit.ly/Stampede2Oblivion

Shortlink to this release http://bit.ly/WHrally2

Photos, video and interviews available by request.

Media Contact:

Makendra Silverman

Tel: 719-351-8187

The Cloud Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to the preservation and protection of wild horses and burros on our Western public lands with a focus on protecting Cloud’s herd in the Pryor Mountains of Montana.

107 S. 7th St. – Colorado Springs, CO 80905 ~ www.thecloudfoundation.org

Demonstration/Protest in Boulder, CO, for WH&B – mark your calendars, Sat. 10/16

Call for Moratorium on All Roundups & a Vote on HR503/S727

Boulder, CO
Saturday, October 16
11 am to 1 pm
Southwest corner of Canyon & Broadway

Contacts:  Linda Hanick at vlhanick@gmail.com or Cathy Bryarly at robcathyderek@peoplepc.com, cell 303-746-4729
Bring signs, your kids & friends

Please forward to your other contacts, post on Facebook, etc.

Many thanks.

For the wild ones, Carla B ;–}

SUCCESS!!! SUCCESS!!! SUCCESS!!!

www.SavingAmericasMustangs.org
Dear Our Fabulous Wild Horse Supporters,

We are SO excited to FINALLY announce the best news we have had to share with you in over 2 1/2 years!

OUR MUSTANGS ARE GETTING THEIR SANCTUARY AND HAVE THE BLM’S SUPPORT!!!

Over the past three days, I have been to meetings in Sacramento and again in Washington, DC.  I’ve met with BLM Director, Bob Abbey, Deputy Director, Mike Pool, along with the Wild Horse and Burro team. The BLM has officially agreed to support going forward with the development of the wild horse Eco- sanctuary for the horses in holding! Also in DC, I met with Congressman, Jim Moran, who had already given his blessing, but is submitting legislation to members of Congress on behalf of these wild mustangs. We are so thankful to him and his staff for their efforts on the wild horse and burro issue. All the meetings were fabulous and we could not be happier about the news!

This final acceptance by the BLM this week was the hurdle we had yet to get over. We are so thankful for the opportunity to start our Pilot Program with 1,000 horses, and we aim to get all 36,000+ horses in holding soon after. This action by the BLM shows great leadership on the part of Bob Abbey and Mike Pool for taking a stand for our beautiful mustangs and accepting the solution we have offered. Saving America’s Mustangs gives our sincerest thanks for the monumental cooperation on the part of the BLM for an alternative to the holding pens.

This is a truly a dream come true and I’m thrilled to share this news with all of you!! Let the rejoicing begin!!

Click here to watch the second SAM Cam update on 9/16/10.

Very Sincerely,

Madeleine Pickens and the (*cheering) Mustangs

Follow Madeleine on Twitter: http://twitter.com/mpickens
Become Madeleine Pickens’ Friend on Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/madeleine.pickens
Visit her website for up to the minute information: www.savingamericasmustangs.org
Saving America’s Mustangs’ Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Madeleine-Pickens-Wild-Horse-Sanctuary/163062350007?ref=sgm

Oregon Wild Horse Herd Next on BLM Chopping Block BLM aims choppers at American mustangs and young foals

Portland, OR (August 18, 2010)—The Stinkingwater wild horse herd of Southeastern Oregon is slated for a near complete removal in a summer helicopter roundup scheduled to begin today. Concerned citizens in Oregon and across the country have been calling for a stop to this unnecessary and costly action. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposes to roundup all 214 wild horses and young foals they claim live in the area and release back only 40, leaving 20 stallions and 20 mares. At least one mare with a less than two-week-old foal are in danger from this roundup. Horses will be pushed over miles of rugged country criss-crossed with barbed wire fences in this roundup planned to last five days.

“The range is beautiful with abundant water and forage but it is managed as a cattle ranch- not as a wild horse range”, explains Cloud Foundation Associate Director, Makendra Silverman, who visited the range last week in a Herd-Watch capacity. “I found a less than one-week old foal and named him Pluto, assuming he is the last foal of the season. Running Pluto over these sharp volcanic rocks and rough terrain even a mile could be fatal.”

Although outnumbered 20:1 by privately-owned livestock in Stinkingwater, BLM has determined that only 40 wild horses may live on this 133 square-mile range. Minimal genetically-viable levels are set at 150-200 adult horses. Not one Oregon herd, including the famous Kiger mustangs, have herd levels set above 150.

“We’ve seen this again and again,” explains Cloud Foundation Director, Ginger Kathrens. “BLM sets their ridiculously low “appropriate” management levels at non-viable numbers and then turns around and zeros out the entire wild horse or burro herd for being ‘too small to manage’—the American public wants our wild herds preserved, not destroyed.”
Advocates fear that deaths will occur in Stinkingwater as a helicopter runs panicked horses and foals through a maze of barbed-wire fences.

“In 1990 the Government Accountability Office Report underscored that wild horse removals did not significantly improve range conditions,” explains Kathrens. “The report pointed to cattle as the culprit as they vastly outnumber horses on BLM-managed public lands and reported that wild horse removals are not linked to range conditions, noting the lack of data provided by BLM. Oregon has lost over half of the original wild horse and burro herds designated for protection in 1971.”

“I hope that I might return to find Pluto and his family safe in Stinkingwater- enjoying the precious freedom granted to them by Congress but so often dismissed by the BLM” concludes Silverman.

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Links of interest:

Wild Horses: Management or Stampede to Extinction? Reno Gazette Special http://bit.ly/stampede2ext

Makendra’s blog post “a visit to Stinkingwater” http://bit.ly/VisitSW

Wild Horse Roundup Begins in California http://bit.ly/cuUZQN

PR Firm Hired for the Destruction of America’s Wild Horse and Burro Herds http://bit.ly/czf3HB

‘Herd-Watch: Public Eyes for Public Horses’ http://bit.ly/9Wvh58

Wild Horse and Burro Act http://bit.ly/a7hOeS

Mestengo. Mustang. Misfit. America’s Disappearing Wild Horses http://www.wildhorsepreservation.com/resources/wild.html

Disappointment Valley… A Modern Day Western Trailer- excellent sample of interviews regarding the issues http://bit.ly/awFbwm

Fact Sheet on Wild Herds & The Salazar Plan http://bit.ly/bfdX1y

Short-link to this release online: http://bit.ly/stinkingwater

Short-link to photos available for download: http://bit.ly/SWphotos

Past Cloud Foundation press releases http://bit.ly/TCFpress

Photos online here- also video and interviews available from:
The Cloud Foundation makendra@thecloudfoundation.org, 719-633-3842

The Cloud Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to the preservation and protection of wild horses and burros on our Western public lands with a focus on protecting Cloud’s herd in the Pryor Mountains of Montana.
107 S. 7th St. – Colorado Springs, CO 80905 – 719-633-3842
http://www.thecloudfoundation.org

The Mustang Conspiracy?

This is a very interesting video regarding the connection among the BLM, Big Oil & Gas and the Mustang Round ups.  Although Reach Out to Horses can’t verify all the information, this 2 part video certainly confirms much of what we’ve been hearing.

Watch the video and decide for yourself.

http://www.abovetopsecret.com/mustangconspiracy/

It’s time to stop the cruelty, corruption and greed, and save our treasured horses once and for all.