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Tuscarora Gather & Facility Reports Sunday, July 18, 2010

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on July 18, 2010

Tuscarora Gather Reports 

Sunday, July 18 Emergency gather operations continue and by noon 142 animals, including 62 studs, 57 mares and 23 foals were gathered. The BLM is conducting daily fixed wing aerial reconnaissance to locate the bands and document the on-ground conditions of the wild horses and the public lands.  BLM specialists have reported seeing some horses down in certain areas within the Owyhee HMA. One horse died from neck injuries sustained in the temporary holding corral. 

37 studs were shipped to the Gunnison facility today; 91 animals, 49 mares and 42 foals were shipped to PVC. 

Gathered: 142 (as of noon) Deaths: 1, Total deaths 18 Shipped: 128, Total shipped: 369 

Saturday, July 17 Emergency gather operations began at 6:30 a.m., and by 8:30 a.m., 107 animals were gathered and temperatures were at 79 degrees F. Emergency gathering continued during the day bringing in a total of 192 animals: 68 studs, 79 mares and 45 foals. One foal was found dead due to complications related to water starvation/dehydration. One blind stud with broken teeth and two foals with deformed and crippled front legs with incurable lameness were euthanized. 75 studs were shipped to Gunnison Prison Wild Horse Training Facility at the Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison, Utah. The Utah State Veterinarian will be at the facility to check the animals on arrival. 

Gathered: 192 Deaths: 4, Total deaths 17, 5-month-old colt, 25+ year-old stud, 3-month-old colt, 3-month-old colt

Shipped: 112 (37 mares and foals to PVC; 75 studs to Gunnison) Total shipped: 241 

Friday, July 16 Gather operation were suspended until early afternoon after the District Court Judge ruling lifted an emergency temporary restraining order and denied a request for a temporary restraining order. The gather contractor brought in 54 animals, 18 studs; 26 mares; 10 foals. Gathered: 54 

Facility Reports

Saturday, July 17 Palomino Valley Facility
Thirty-seven horses from the Owyhee were received at 6 p.m., consisting of 13 wet mares, 4 dry mares, 8 foals and 12 studs.  No immediate health concerns were noted on arrival.  All animals unloaded from the trucks in stable condition and were placed inpens with grass hay, water and water with electrolytes.

Received: 37, Total at Facility: 165

Gunnison Prison Wild Horse Training Facility
The facility received 75 studs at 6:00 p.m.  Utah State Veterinarian Dr. Bruce King was on site when the horses arrived.  All the wild horses made the trip without incident and appear healthy with no problems after they were unloaded.  The animals were placed in pens where they can be monitored closely.  Grass hay and unlimited water was provided to each pen.  The horses all appeared alert and did not show signs of stress from dehydration.

Received: 75

Friday, July 16 Palomino Valley Facility
The Owyhee HMA horses appear to be in stable condition and are gaining energy and strength.  All have found the grass hay and water, including electrolyte fortified water that is being provided to all new horses. 

Thursday, July 15 Palomino Valley Facility
All mares and foals looked in stable condition at 6:30 a.m. The animals had consumed the hay that was fed on Wednesday and were drinking water.  At 9:30 a.m. one mare was noted in poor condition (dehydration).  She was removed from the pen but died shortly after on her own.  Remaining animals are all stable at this time.

Facility death: 1; 15-year-old mare (without foal)
Number of animals at PVC: 128

Wednesday, July 14 Palomino Valley Facility
At about 5:30 p.m. trucks arrived with 129 animals consisting of wet mares and foals from the Owhyee HMA.  All animals unloaded from the trucks in stable condition and were placed in pens with grass hay and water with and without electrolytes. The facility veterinarian was on site at time of arrival and no immediate health concerns were noted at that time other than a few minor cuts and wounds which will be attended to.

Received: 129
88 mares; 41 foals

Veterinary Reports


7 Responses to “Tuscarora Gather & Facility Reports Sunday, July 18, 2010”

  1. Dixie Cameron said

    Okay so which is it? I am confused. In the begining the horses were so dehydrated they were dieing from water intoxication and their brains were swelling from drinking so much water after their “rescue”. But today they are making the trip fine and drinking and recovering well. HUH? they were dieing and this is an emergancy rescue misson,,,remember?
    My Lord I am amazed at the transformation. If they were so water starved and dehydrated afew days ago they were drinking themselves to death what happened to change that?
    This whole thing just stinks of rhetoric and BLM BS.

    • The only thing I can figure at this point is that the ones who had their miraculous recoveries were the ones that had been watered on the HMAs??? Or maybe the ones who had been at the trap site long enough to have re-hydrated a little???
      I dunno anymore. I was talking with another advocate just a few minutes ago about how confusing this whole thing has become. The only good thing to come of these reports is that at least they’re not dying on the spot anymore and at least they’re showing some signs of recovery. Thank the good Lord for that!

  2. drgnldy333 said

    The ones that orginally died were in worse shape then some when it came to the basic dehydration. Water intoxcity occurs when they are dehydrated and then drink too much too fast… Same principal as giving babies water bottles. The other horses either were not in as bad shape or had to wait for water or were only able to drink short spurts. ALso once they recognized they were having issues the vets jumped in and they began to treat the horses, this helped save alot of the horses. They also added electrolytes to the water as well which helped balance. They also allowed water to run over the ground so horses would drink smaller amounts. They made sure the horses were stablizied before transport….. In the recent gather, they are moving smaller groups and as soon as they come in, they begin treating them from a rescue standpoint. They have also placed over 3000 gals of water in troughs for the horses still on the range to get to this also helps offset the dehydration effects.. Hope this info helps.

    • Dixie Cameron said

      I have an above average education on horse anatomy and physciology. I am a certitifed Equine Sports Massage Therapist that works with race horses in Florida. I know about dehydration. I guess I should have been a veternarian because it dosen’t take a medical degree to know what horses will do and the results of their actions when they are water starved and then left to free water. I can’t belivie that the veterinarian was not smart enough to look at this probable scenrio to begin with. This is the same kind of thinking that will take horses off of range forage and throw them into green pastures in the mid west. As much as I shake my head these days at the lack of horse sense I see, I will be able to try out for a part in the “Exorcist” soon. I think the BLM needs one!

    • sandra longley said

      OR..there never was an existing problem until they were pushed by helicopter and became dehydrated..seems way too fast a turn around to satisfy my common sense, and seemed it came immediately following the judges lifting of the TRO, horses…all apparently on the verge of dying suddenly can survive long trips to Utah and the Pal. facility… common sense says have 400 horses in the same area, under the same conditions..look at the inventory survey maps done in May..those are the same group of horses..Did they need an explaination for the horses that died during the first day? No one seemed to notice the severe condition of these horses until the next morning when they went to the gather site and found 4 dead horses..I’d say they saw no obvious emergency that first day.,

    • sandra longley said

      Then explain to me how it is…when the vet came out(he was not on the premises for the gather) to put the mare down with the fractured was NOT apparent horses were in serious trouble and needed one seemed to be aware there was a problem until they found 4 horses dead the next morning…and I am POSITIVE-Sue-would not have-again-not provided them with water for those 24 hours as she did at the calico roundups..difference being..the calico horses had not been driven in the heat and then left without water. Sue says..they can go for 24 hours without water..her words

  3. werruft said

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