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Updated Sept 20th: Twin Peaks WH&B Gather BLM Progess Updates & Other Links

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on August 15, 2010


The following are the BLM progress updates and BLM links pertaining to the Twin Peaks Wild Horse and Burro Gather of August 2010. They are posted here on TMP as a reference and for informational purposes only and copied directly from the BLM California webpage setup for the Twin Peaks gather. Please remember: TMP is not now, nor has it ever been run, operated, or affiliated with the BLM, WH&B Program, or the FWS. It is a place for open views & open discussions, as well as a place for information distribution. Thanks, the TMP Team

Twin Peaks Wild Horse and Burro Roundup

Gather Updates… (Facility Updates Below…)

Date 2010 Comments
Sunday,
September 19
Summary:    The Twin Peaks roundup concluded today with a total of 1799 horses and burros gathered.Animals gathered:     20 horses, 0 Burros
Animals shipped:       31 horses, 0 Burros
Gather related animal deaths:   0 
Cause:    none
Non-gather related animal deaths:      1
Cause:  Injured foal from yesterday was treated and monitored overnight.  The foal did not recover, continued to suffer, and was euthanized this morning.  
Saturday,
September 18
Summary:    The Twin Peaks Corral trap site, north of Heller Ranch, will be used again tomorrow.Animals gathered:    49 horses, 0 Burros
Animals shipped:      35 horses, 0 Burros
Gather related animal deaths:   0 
Cause:    none
Non-gather related animal deaths:     0
Cause:   none
Friday,
September 17
Summary:    The Twin Peaks Corral trap site, north of Heller Ranch, will be used again tomorrow.Animals gathered:    41 horses, 0 Burros
Animals shipped:      38 horses, 27 Burros
Gather related animal deaths:   0 
Cause:    none
Non-gather related animal deaths:     0
Cause:   none
Thursday,
September 16
Summary:    The Twin Peaks Corral trap site, north of Heller Ranch, will be used again tomorrow.Animals gathered:    28 horses, 27 Burros
Animals shipped:      0 horses, 12 Burros
Gather related animal deaths:   0 
Cause:    none
Non-gather related animal deaths:     0
Cause:   none
Wednesday,
September 15
Summary:    The Twin Peaks Corral trap site, north of Heller Ranch, will be used again tomorrow.Animals gathered:    16 horses, 12 Burros
Animals shipped:      0 horses, 0 Burros
Gather related animal deaths:   0 
Cause:     none
Non-gather related animal deaths:    1
Cause:  Colt with preexisting hind foot fracture was euthanized at Palomino Valley Corral .
Tuesday,
September 14
Summary:    No gather operations today due to helicopter mechanical problem. Gather operations to resume 8:00 am, Wednesday, September 15.Animals gathered:     0 horses, 0 Burros
Animals shipped:        21 horses, 0 Burros
Gather related animal deaths:   0 
Cause:     none
Non-gather related animal deaths:    1
Cause:      Stallion with broken leg found in pen at Litchfield corral and was euthanized.
Monday,
September 13
Summary:    Gather operations stopped today due to helicopter mechanical problem.   There will be no operations while repairs are made on Tuesday, Sept. 14 . Animals gathered:     19 horses, 0 Burros
Animals shipped:       28 horses, 51 Burros 
Gather related animal deaths:   0 
Cause:     none
Non-gather related animal deaths:    0
Cause:      none
Sunday,
September 12
Summary:    The Twin Peaks Corral trap site, north of Heller Ranch, will be used again tomorrow. Animals gathered:     0 horses, 52 Burros
Animals shipped:       7 Burros 
Gather related animal deaths:    1 
Cause:      1 burro was found deceased in the trailer after transport from trap site to temporary holding.
Non-gather related animal deaths:     0
Cause:       none
Saturday,
September 11
Summary:     A new trap site will be set up at the Twin Peaks Corral, north of Heller Ranch, on Sunday. Animals gathered:       30 horses, 7 Burros
Animals shipped:          62
Gather related animal deaths:   0 
Cause:     none
Non-gather related animal deaths:    0
Cause:       none
Friday,
September 10
Summary:     A new holding facility has been identified on public land at Parker Reservoir. The holding facility probably won’t be set up until Sunday. Animals gathered:      62 Burros
Animals shipped:        36
Gather related animal deaths:   0 
Cause:     none
Non-gather related animal deaths:    1       
Cause:     10 yr. old stud euthanized due to pre-existing condition.  
Thursday,
September 9
Summary:    All animals gathered are healthy and doing well . Animals gathered:      36
Animals shipped:        46
Gather related animal deaths:   0 
Cause:     none
Non-gather related animal deaths:   0       
Cause:     none 
Wednesday,
September 8
Summary:    24 animals gathered at Painter Flat today including 5 studs, 13 mares, and 6 foals. Animals gathered:     24
Animals shipped:        0
Gather related animal deaths:   0 
Cause:     none
Non-gather related animal deaths:   0       
Cause:     none 
Tuesday,
September 7
Summary:    No gather operations were conducted on Tuesday September 7.Animals gathered:       0
Animals shipped:        74
Gather related animal deaths:   0 
Cause:     none
Non-gather related animal deaths:   0       
Cause:     none 
Monday,
September 6
Summary:   Animals gathered at Painter Flat today including 28 studs, 34 mares and 17 foals.Animals gathered:      79 
Animals shipped:        73
Gather related animal deaths:   0 
Cause:     none
Non-gather related animal deaths:    1       
Cause:     Euthanized horse because of badly broken leg. 
Sunday,
September 5
Summary:   58 animals gathered at Painter Flat today including 23 studs, 23 mares, and 12 foals.Animals gathered:     58 
Animals shipped:       40
Gather related animal deaths:   0 
Cause:     none
Non-gather related animal deaths:   0       
Cause:     none 
Saturday,
September 4
Summary:     63 animals gathered at Painter Flat today including 14 studs, 32 mares, 16 foals and one burro.Animals gathered:     63 
Animals shipped:       73
Gather related animal deaths:   1 
Cause:     A 20-year old stud ran into the trap with his head down, struck a gate post and died instantly.
Non-gather related animal deaths:    0       
Cause:     none
Friday,
September 3
Summary:   83 animals gathered at Painter Flat today including 41 studs, 28 mares and 14 foals.  We released one mule, one burro, and one mare with foal this morning into the Observation North home range.  Eight mares and five stallions were transported to the Litchfield Corrals for possible future release into the Observation North Home Range, if necessary to maintain AML.Animals gathered:     83 
Animals shipped:       13
Gather related animal deaths:   0 
Cause:    none
Non-gather related animal deaths:   0       
Cause:     none
Thursday,  
September 2
Summary:   Attempts to round up more horses from the Horn Ranch area were unsuccessful today.  The Stateline trap site is set up in the Painter Flat area, and gather operations will begin there tomorrow morning.  One burro, one mule, and a mare and foal will be returned to the North Observation home range tomorrow.Animals gathered:     0 
Animals shipped:       65
Gather related animal deaths:   0 
Cause:    none
Non-gather related animal deaths:   0       
Cause:     none
Wednesday,  
September 1
Summary:   30 stallions, 20 mares, 7 foals, a burro and a mule were gathered today.  Operations will resume tomorrow morning at the Horn Ranch trap site.  Trap site possibly moving to another location near Painter Flat tomorrow afternoon.Animals gathered:     59 
Animals shipped:       1
Gather related animal deaths:   0 
Cause:    none
Non-gather related animal deaths:  0        
Cause:     none
Tuesday, 
August 31
Summary:   7 studs, 10 mares and 6 foals brought in today from the Pilgrim Lake trap. Operations will begin tomorrow morning at the Horn Ranch trap site.Animals gathered:     23 
Animals shipped:       64
Gather related animal deaths:   0 
Cause:    none
Non-gather related animal deaths:  0        
Cause:     none
Monday, 
August 30
Summary:   10 studs, 27 mares and 11 foals brought in today from the Pilgrim Lake trap by 1:30 p.m., when high winds stopped operations. Will finish gather operations at Pilgrim Lake tomorrow morning, then plans are to move to the next trap site near the Horn Ranch.Animals gathered:     48 
Animals shipped:       37
Gather related animal deaths:   0 
Cause:    none
Non-gather related animal deaths:  0        
Cause:     none
Sunday,
August 29
Summary:   Today’s gather operations were witnessed by 8 members of the public. We will be using the same trap again tomorrow.Animals gathered:     54 
Animals shipped:       0
Gather related animal deaths:   0 
Cause:    none
Non-gather related animal deaths:   2       
Cause:     At Litchfield Corrals this morning, two horses died. In the first incident, the veterinarian humanely euthanized an ailing 30-year-old mare with a tattoo from Arabian registry. Based on the tattoo, the mare was not a BLM wild horse, and was likely turned out into the HMA by its owner. The mare had an older colt that has been relocated to a pen with another orphaned colt. In the second incident, when wranglers entered the corral with mares and foals to get the older mare’s colt, a 6-year-old dry mare ran into a fence and broke her neck, dying instantly.
Saturday, 
August 28
Summary:   No gather operations will be conducted on Saturday August 28 .  Animals gathered:     0 
Animals shipped:       0
Gather related animal deaths:   0 
Cause:   none
Non-gather related animal deaths:         
Cause:     none
Friday,
August 27
Summary:    After gathering 2 animals, discontinued operations for the day as animals too scattered and terrain to difficult.Animals gathered:     2 
Animals shipped:       2
Gather related animal deaths:   0 
Cause:   none
Non-gather related animal deaths:   0       
Cause:     none
Thursday,
August 26
Summary:    Despite efforts to gather at the Rodeo Flat trap site, the wind was too strong.  Gather operations were suspended for the day. Fourteen observers, including a number of videographers, were present.Animals gathered:     0 
Animals shipped:       26
Gather related animal deaths:   0 
Cause:   none
Non-gather related animal deaths:   0       
Cause:     none
Wednesday, 
August 25
Summary:   Last day of gathering at Cold Springs.  Thursday we will gather at Rodeo Flat.  An independent observer chosen by the American Horse Protection Association arrived and viewed the holding facilities and the trap site.  Few members of the public today. New York Times videographer was at the Litchfield Corrals in the afternoon . Animals gathered:     6 
Animals shipped:       59
Gather related animal deaths:   0 
Cause:   none
Non-gather related animal deaths:   0       
Cause:     none
Tuesday, 
August 24
Summary:   Today’s gather at Cold Springs was witnessed by 17 observers, including local ranchers and a writer and photographer from the New York Times.  Gather operations lasted well into the afternoon and we expect to move to a new trap site Wednesday morning. The holding facility was set up at Bull Flat . Animals gathered:     81 
Animals shipped:       31
Gather related animal deaths:   0 
Cause:   none
Non-gather related animal deaths:   0       
Cause:     none
Monday, 
August 23
Summary:   Gathered at Cold Springs today.  Twelve individuals observed morning gathers, and many of them visited the corrals.  Because of cooler weather and the lack of wind, gather operations continued until later afternoon. Animals gathered:     29 
Animals shipped:       0
Gather related animal deaths:   0 
Cause:   none
Non-gather related animal deaths:   0       
Cause:     none
Sunday, 
August 22
Summary:   No gather operations will be conducted on Sunday August 22 .  Animals gathered:     0 
Animals shipped:       0
Gather related animal deaths:   0 
Cause:   none
Non-gather related animal deaths:         
Cause:     none
Saturday, 
August 21
Summary:    Eight members of the public observed gather operations today. One older bay stallion, in good body condition, was released back into his home range from the trap site.   The public was on hand to witness this release and were pleased to see his return. Animals gathered:     31 
Animals shipped:       30
Gather related animal deaths:    0 
Cause:   none
Non-gather related animal deaths:         
Cause:     none
Friday,
August 20
Summary:   Seven members of the public observed gather operations today including CJ Hadley from Range Magazine .  Animals gathered:      97 
Animals shipped:       97
Gather related animal deaths:    0 
Cause:   none
Non-gather related animal deaths:  1      
Cause:   A young foal was captured this morning with a severe injury to his front left foot that was pre-existing.  The foal was also missing part of his right ear. His chances of survival in the wild were extremely slim. He arrived at the Litchfield corrals and was treated by the wranglers until the vet could arrive. The vet assessed his condition and recommended that the foal be euthanized. He was euthanized this afternoon. The foal was approximately two weeks old and was sorrel in color.
Veterinary Report
Thursday, 
August 19
Summary:   Among the 17 animals gathered and transported to Litchfield corrals today was a foal spotted the previous evening.  It has survived for sometime on the range without its mother.Animals gathered:     17
Animals shipped:      17
Gather related animal deaths:    0 
Cause:   none
Non-gather related animal deaths:  0      
Cause:   none
Wednesday, 
August 18
Summary:   Tore down temporary holding site at Bull Flat.  Gathered at Shinn 2 trap site.  Animals gathered:     54
Animals shipped:     109
Gather related animal deaths:    0 
Cause:   none
Non-gather related animal deaths:   1     
Cause:   Stud reared in working alley at Litchfield Corral, hit his head on a crossbar and died instantly. 
Tuesday,
August 17
Summary:  The Rush Creek trap site is closing, and operations will move to Shinn Creek 2 . Animals gathered:    56
Animals shipped:     59
Gather related animal deaths:   0 
Cause:   none
Non-gather related animal deaths:  0     
Cause:     none 
Monday, 
August 16
Summary:    Moved from gathering in Skedaddle area to Dry Valley Rim gather site. Preparing to release first horses back into the home range on August 17.  Animals gathered:   66
Animals shipped:     34
Gather related animal deaths:   0 
Cause:   none
Non-gather related animal deaths:  0     
Cause:     none
Sunday, 
August 15
Summary:   Fifth day at this trap site yielded fewer horses. Animals gathered:    37
Animals shipped:       2
Gather related animal deaths:   0 
Cause:   none
Non-gather related animal deaths:  1     
Cause:  With BLM concurrence, an older stud with preexisting injury to knees was euthanized in remote non-gather site by contractor pilot.
 Saturday, 
August 14
Summary:   not available Animals gathered:    63
Animals shipped:    135
Gather related animal deaths:   0 
Cause:   none
Non-gather related animal deaths:   0 
Cause:   none
Friday,
August 13
Summary:   The 3nd day of the roundup ran smoothly, ending by noon, with no significant occurrences. The temperature reached 81 degrees by noon. Animals gathered:   86
Animals shipped:   149
Gather related animal deaths:   0 
Cause:   none
Non-gather related animal deaths:   0 
Cause:   none
Thursday,
August 12
Summary:   Crews have completed the 2nd day of the Twin Peaks Wild horse & burro roundup. Animals gathered:   165
Animals shipped:     104
Gather related animal deaths:   0 
Cause:   none
Non-gather related animal deaths:   1 
Cause:   Euthanized due to pre-existing injury
Veterinary Report
Wednesday,
August 11
Summary:   Wild horse & burro gather begins in the Twin Peaks Herd Management Area. Animals gathered:   119
Animals shipped:         0
Gather related animal deaths:   0 
Cause:   none
Non-gather related animal deaths:   0 
Cause:   none

Facility Reports…

Date 2010 Facility Comments
Sunday,
September 19
Broken Arrow Summary:     Animals at Broken Arrow are healthy and doing well.Animals received: 31 horses 0 burros 
Animal deaths at facility: 0  
Cause:  none
Saturday,
September 18
Broken Arrow Summary:     Animals at Broken Arrow are healthy and doing well.Animals received: 35 horses 0 burros 
Animal deaths at facility: 0  
Cause:  none
Friday,
September 17
Broken Arrow Summary:     Animals at Broken Arrow are healthy and doing well.Animals received: 37 horses 0 burros 
Animal deaths at facility: 0  
Cause:  none
Friday,
September 17
Litchfield Corrals Summary:    Animals at Litchfield Corrals are healthy and doing well.  Animals received: 1 horse 27 burros 
Animal deaths at facility:  2  
Cause:  2 year-old mare euthanized because of very poor condition. 1 year old stud found deceased in corral for unknown reasons. Veterinary evaluation pending.
Thursday,
September 16
Litchfield Corrals Summary:     Animals at Litchfield Corrals are healthy and doing well.Animals received:  0 horses 12 burros 
Animal deaths at facility:    0  
Cause:  none
Wednesday,
September 15
Palomino Valley Summary:    Animals at Palomino Valley are healthy and doing well.Animals received:  0 horses 0 burros 
Animal deaths at facility:   1  
Cause:  Colt with preexisting hind foot fracture was euthanized at Palomino Valley Corral.
Tuesday,
September 14
Litchfield Corrals Summary:    Animals at Litchfield Corrals are healthy and doing well.Animals received:  2 horses (1 mare, 1 mule)
Animal deaths at facility:   1  
Cause:    Stallion with broken leg found in pen was euthanized.
Tuesday,
September 14
Broken Arrow Summary:    Animals at Broken Arrow are healthy and doing well.Animals received:     19 horses (7 studs, 9 mares, 3 foals)
Animal deaths at facility:   0 
Cause:    none
Monday,
September 13
Broken Arrow Summary:    Animals at Broken Arrow are healthy and doing well.Animals received:    28 horses 
Animal deaths at facility:   0 
Cause:    none
Monday,
September 13
Litchfield Corrals Summary:    Animals at Litchfield are healthy and doing well.Animals received:    120 burros 
Animal deaths at facility:   0 
Cause:    none
Sunday,
September 12
Litchfield Corrals Summary:    Animals at holding, Litchfield and Palomino Valley are healthy and doing well.Animals received:    7 burros 
Animal deaths at facility:   0 
Cause:    none
Saturday,
September 11
Litchfield Corrals Summary:    Animals at Litchfield and Palomino Valley corrals are healthy and doing well.Animals received:     62 burros 
Animal deaths at facility:    0 
Cause:    none
Friday,
September 10
Palomino Valley Summary:    Palomino Valley will no longer be receiving horses from the gather. All new horses will be shipped to the Broken Arrow facility in Fallon, Nevada.Animals received:       36
Animal deaths at facility:     1 
Cause:      10 yr. old stud euthanized due to pre-existing condition.
Thursday,
September 9
Litchfield Corrals Summary:     The 22 animals received at Litchfield (6 mares, 10 studs, 4 molly mules, 1 john mule and 1 jack burro) will be held at the Litchfield Corrals for later release into the HMA .Animals received:     22
Animal deaths at facility:    0 
Cause:    none
Thursday,
September 9
Palomino Valley Summary:     All animals are healthy and doing well .Animals received:        24
Animal deaths at facility:    0 
Cause:    none
Wednesday,
September 8
All Summary:     No horses were delivered today .Animals received:       0
Animal deaths at facility:    0 
Cause:    none
Tuesday,
September 7
Palomino Valley Summary:     Two truck loads with a total of 25 studs, 32 mares and 17 foals were delivered to PVC today. All are stable and appear to be in good shape .Animals received:      74
Animal deaths at facility:    0 
Cause:    none
Monday,
September 6
Palomino Valley Summary:    One truck load of 34 studs, 27 mares and 12 foals were delivered to Palomino Valley today. All are stable and appear to be in good shape .Animals received:      73 
Animal deaths at facility:    0 
Cause:    none
Sunday,
September 5
Palomino Valley Summary:   One truck load of 24 mares and 16 foals were received at Palomino Valley today. All are stable and appear to be in good shape.Animals received:     40 
Animal deaths at facility:    0 
Cause:    none
Saturday,
September 4
Palomino Valley Summary:   One truck load of 37 studs and one truck of 22 mares and 14 foals were received at Palomino Valley today. All are stable and appear to be in good shape .Animals received:     73 
Animal deaths at facility:    0 
Cause:    none
Friday,
September 3
Litchfield Corrals Summary:   8 mares and 5 studs received today, all in good condition. These animals will stay at Litchfield temporarily, but may be returned to the Observation North home range.Animals received:     13 
Animal deaths at facility:    0 
Cause:    none
Friday,
September 3
Palomino Valley Summary:    After reviewing reports, it was noted that the website inaccurately reported the number of animals received by Palomino Valley on August 25. The facility reported receiving 56 animals on Aug. 25, but the website incorrectly stated 59. Website report for August 25 has been corrected, and cumulative number has been revised.Animals received:     0 
Animal deaths at facility:    0 
Cause:    none
Thursday,
September 2
Palomino Valley Summary:   Received a load of 21 mares and 12 foals this morning, and another load of 32 studs in the afternoon, for a total of 65 animals received today. All horses are stable and appear to be in good condition.Animals received:     65 
Animal deaths at facility:    0 
Cause:    none
Wednesday, 
September 1
Litchfield Corrals Summary:   One stallion transported to Litchfield today with a cut on a hind leg. Wound was cleaned and wrapped and the veterinarian will look at it tomorrow. The horse is doing well.Animals received:     1 
Animal deaths at facility:    0 
Cause:    none
Tuesday,
August 31
Palomino Valley Summary:   The 37 horses received yesterday are all in good condition. Two truckloads for a total of 64 horses were received today, including 26 studs, 27 mares and 11 foals.Animals received:     64 
Animal deaths at facility:    0 
Cause:    none
Monday,
August 30
Palomino Valley Summary:  Received one load of 37 horses – 24 mares and 13 foals – today. Preparation continued today with previously received Twin Peaks horses.   All are doing well at this time.Animals received:     37 
Animal deaths at facility:    0 
Cause:    none
Sunday,
August 29
Litchfield Corrals Summary:   Two horses died today at the corral. See explanation below. All other animals are in good condition .Animals received:    0 
Animal deaths at facility:    2 
Cause:   The veterinarian humanely euthanized an ailing 30-year-old mare with a tattoo from Arabian registry. The mare had an older colt that has been relocated to a pen with another orphaned colt. In the second incident, when wranglers entered the corral with mares and foals to get the older mare’s colt, a 6-year-old dry mare ran into a fence and broke her neck, dying instantly.
Saturday,
August 28
All Summary:    No gather operations will be conducted on Saturday, August 28.Animals received:    0 
Animal deaths at facility:   0 
Cause:   none
Friday,
August 27
Litchfield Corrals Summary:  Received 2 horses today from Twin Peaks. Both were in good condition.Animals received:    2 
Animal deaths at facility:   0 
Cause:   none
Thursday,
August 26
Palomino Valley Summary:  Twenty-six horses transported from the Bull Flat holding facility to the Center.  Preparation on Twin Peak horses started yesterday and continued today .Animals received:    26 
Animal deaths at facility:   0 
Cause:   none
Wednesday,
August 25
Palomino Valley Summary:   All animals are in good condition .Animals received:    56
Animal deaths at facility:   0 
Cause:   none
Tuesday,
August 24
Litchfield Corrals Summary: An injured mare with foal was brought into the trap site and immediately transferred to Litchfield Corrals for assessment.  The veterinarian treated the mare for lacerations to her right hind quarter. She is walking fine and expected to recover .Animals received:    2  
Animal deaths at facility:   0 
Cause:   none
Tuesday,
August 24
Palomino Valley Summary:   All in good body condition .Animals received:    29 
Animal deaths at facility:   0 
Cause:   none
Monday,
August 23
Litchfield Corrals   Summary:   A KOLO television newsman filmed at Litchfield today. Animals at the corrals are doing well and going to feed and water .Animals received:    0 
Animal deaths at facility:   0 
Cause:   none
Sunday,
August 22
 All Summary:    No gather operations will be conducted on Sunday, August 22.Animals received:    0 
Animal deaths at facility:   0 
Cause:   none
Saturday,
August 21
Litchfield Corrals Summary:    All horses were in good body condition and adjusting to feed well.Animals received:    30 
Animal deaths at facility:   0 
Cause:   none
Friday,
August 20
Litchfield Corrals Summary:    Horses were in good body condition and adjusting to feed well.Animals received:    97 
Animal deaths at facility:   1 
Cause:   A young foal was captured this morning with a severe injury to his front left foot that was pre-existing.  The foal was also missing part of his right ear. His chances of survival in the wild were extremely slim. He arrived at the Litchfield corrals and was treated by the wranglers until the vet could arrive. The vet assessed his condition and recommended that the foal be euthanized. He was euthanized this afternoon. The foal was approximately two weeks old and was sorrel in color. 
Veterinary Report
Thursday,
August 19
Litchfield Corrals Summary:    All horses were in good body condition and adjusting to feed well.Animals received:    17 
Animal deaths at facility:   0 
Cause:    none
Wednesday,
August 18
Litchfield Corrals Summary:   Several observers today, including staff from Congressman McClintock’s office .Animals received:   109 
Animal deaths at facility:   1 
Cause:    A 1 year old chestnut stallion broke his neck while in the alleyway at Litchfield.   He was in the alleyway moving towards the working chute to receive his initial inoculations.   He reared up and hit the top of his head on a cross member then flipped over.   Death was instantaneous .   
Tuesday,
August 17
Litchfield Corrals Summary:  One stallion was received from temporary holding for treatment of a wound on a rear leg. The wound was cleaned and treated, and the horse is doing well.Animals received:   59 
Animal deaths at facility:    0
Cause:   none 
Monday,
August 16
Litchfield Corrals Summary:  Some of the 34 horses received today had superficial scratches that were cleaned and treated by staff. All are going to feed and water and are in good body condition.Animals received:   34 
Animal deaths at facility:   0
Cause:   none 
Sunday,
August 15
Litchfield Corrals Summary:  Received 2 horses today. One mare had been kicked and had a puncture wound on her upper leg that hit a vein. Injury was treated and she was placed in isolation pen for further monitoring and veterinarian said she was doing well. Second horse was shipped because horses travel better with a companion.Animals received:   2 
Animal deaths at facility:   0
Cause:   none 
Saturday,
August 14
Litchfield Corrals Summary:   Received 133 horses and 2 mules today from the Twin Peaks gather. All horses are going to feed and water and seem in good condition. Placing one foal in foster care.Animals received:   135 
Animal deaths at facility:   0
Cause:   none
Friday,
August 13
Litchfield Corrals Summary:   Received 149 horses from the Twin Peaks gather.  All were in good body condition and alert.  Treated one 6 year old mare with symptoms of colic and put in isolation pens for monitoring.  Another mare seemed to have been kicked in the knee area was treated and also put in isolation pens for monitoring.Animals received:  149 
Animal deaths at facility:   0
Cause:   none
Thursday,
August 12
Litchfield Corrals Summary:   Crews have completed the 2nd day of the Twin Peaks Wild horse & burro roundup.Animals received:   104
Animal deaths at facility:   1
Cause:   Euthanized due to pre-existing injury.
Veterinary Report
Wednesday,
August 11
Litchfield Corrals Summary:   Wild horse & burro gather begins in the Twin Peaks Herd Management Area. Animals received:   0
Animal deaths at facility:   0
Cause:   none
Wednesday,
August 11
Palomino Valley Summary:   Wild horse & burro gather begins in the Twin Peaks Herd Management Area. Animals received:   0
Animal deaths at facility:   0
Cause:   none
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50 Responses to “Updated Sept 20th: Twin Peaks WH&B Gather BLM Progess Updates & Other Links”

  1. Jan said

    just sad to say – are there any wild mustangs left in texas

    • No ma’am, at least not any that are acknowledged as being American Wild Mustangs. Personally, I’d prefer to keep it that way. If they’re not classified as Mustangs, they won’t be messed with… hint hint…
      T.

    • To clarify my first response: The “hint hint” was meant as a halfway joke and halfway not. The reason I don’t want them to be classified as “American Wild Mustangs” is because we take care of our own. They are not sent to slaughter. They are not harrassed. They are protected by silent “managers”. They do not require a law or legislation to be protected. Where they are, it is absolutely understood: You will not mess with these horses. Period. There’s not even a question. It would be like a “going against your own mom” kind of offense. It’s just not done.
      T.

      • reveil said

        You mean there are wild horses roaming free in Texas? Or are they “taken care of” by the “silent managers” on private lands?

        • No, there are no wild horses roaming free in Texas. 😉
          Yes, there are “silent managers” on lands that are far and wide and vast and the horses are definitely taken care of, spoiled actually LOL.
          T.

  2. Jan said

    guess california wild horses dont belong to california

  3. Lynette said

    The BLM report says 0 deaths LIARS!!!!!!!!

    • There is not a cumulative casualty count in these updates as of yet. On August 12th there was one death reported due to preexisting condition, but the other days do not have any because there weren’t any.
      However, one mare did come in with a huge proud flesh wound on her foot from an old injury and she was taken to the BLM corrals for further examination. It wasn’t until August 14th or 15th that she was euthanized.
      I suppose to summarize, at this point – with evidence to prove them – there are (2) deaths from the Twin Peaks Gather. The causes of those deaths are debatable, but casualties all the same.
      T.

  4. Roxy said

    Thank you Tracie for keeping us up to date.

  5. reveil said

    How far is Litchfield from the round up area?

  6. reveil said

    I do have a question and may be it’s been answered before, so please bear with me: What is the viable reason that foals are separated from mares, and that the herds are disrupted by separating stallions from mares and foals? These horses have lived together for a long time, and might not even get to be adopted. Why stress the animals to that degree? What is the explanation for this?

    • Roxy said

      I read a report (somewhere – either on R.T.s site or Luara’s site (Maureeen Harmony – I think – sorry I don’t recall exaclty) that the foals were separated for the time it took to process the mares – 24 hours and then they were reunited – all but two found mares – there was not further information at that time about the two.

      It appears from what the pictures indicate that they are separated at the gather site, put immediatley into to trucks, so if that 24 hours is correct, the mares must be processed as soon as they leave the trucks (Patch work explanation from bit and pieces)?

      I do beleive they separate the stallions, because to keep them penned with mares would result in stallion fighting and possibly many injured fouls and mares – you’ve seen how they fight on the range – imagine penned up.

      If I am incorrect I hope someone else will jump in.

      • Roxy said

        Just recieved information from one observer on R.T.s blog that ALL foals were reunited with moms. Also that the time separated was not 24 hours – guessing they meant it was less than 24 hours.

        Seems to be confllicting reports from observers – probably due to being at differnet locations at different times?

        They will be separated again though for next trucking experience to holding. Bummer – but it is for their own safety to be separated for this.

        Wish they were not going through any of this in the first place.

    • tracielynnthompson@yahoo.com said

      No worries… Always welcome questions regardless… I don’t know off the top of my head what BLM has for their reasoning on this, but from an Equine Behavior point of view, here’s my best reply… Ok, so in the wild, the mares would wean the colts gradually when she decided it was time – usually between 6-8 months of age, much less often it can be up to a yearling age. This behavior is all part of and accomplished by Equus. There are certain lessons a colt *must* learn if he is to survive life in the wild, like “yes, I can do this” or “no, I can’t do that”. Hence, herd structure and dynamics… The studs really aren’t the “leaders” although – like most men – they like to think they are! LOL the *true* leader of the herd is the lead harem mare. You’ve heard the expression, “If mama ain’t happy ain’t nobody happy”? Well, its true in wild Equines too! If she doesn’t accept a situation, no one else in the herd can accept it either. Obviously, she is not happy about being gathered. She is agitated, and therefore so is the herd. Conversely, she isn’t happy about being separated from her foal OR her honey pie. She becomes even more agitated. Her movements become quick and darting, but unlike her home in the wild she does not have very much room to move like this safely. Were the foals and colts allowed to stay with their dams, their likelihood of being trampled would be greatly increased. So if she’s agitated by the colt or foal’s removal, why not just leave them together and not have the agitation? Because she is still going to be pretty steamed after the disruption (the gather) and at the removal of her stud muffin. So why not just leave the stud? Because the incidence of injury and trauma to all Equines involved would definitely be increased. Ever make mama mad and not see daddy trying to back her up? Not often. He knows better, and because she is agitated he’s going to be agitated. Bottom line: The whole process is a vicious cycle. Remove one component and there are still more left to take its place. No win-win situation here, just a lose-lose when it comes to the current methodology of gathering wild horses. T.

      • reveil said

        Thank you.
        I am wondering if there would be a way to motivate potential wealthy buyers to adopt a herd. I am also wondering if horses in holding pens would naturally find their herd once released in a sanctuary.

        • Lisa LeBlanc said

          I wondered that, too. For only the lack of a large parcel of land, the entire population of the Moriah HMA – all 72 of them – could be saved and live together in relative peace.
          Or identifying and releasing smaller family bands would lessen the ‘biological imperative’ toward the frenetic & indiscriminate repopulation those who survive are compelled to initiate.
          It’s frustrating; so many who make the decisions forget that these are not just ‘stock’; these are social animals with very strong familial attachments. I think physical traumas of top of emotional traumas add to the overall inhumanity of the roundups. And alter the survivors & their ‘natural’ behaviors forever.

          • reveil said

            A while back, I had read a comment about someone having found a piece of land but there were concerns that it was may be too sandy for the horses.
            Wonder what happened to that.
            Is it a matter of looking at the parcels of land and then compiling who has enough money, loves horses and might be able to do this? I know there are already a lot of rescue places out there, but I am trying to think of a new approach as well.
            Possibly initiate a program which helps identify family bands with someone familiar with the genetics?

          • That’s an interesting thought… I think we’re all on the same page with this one. We want to keep the herd dynamics intact, and with them the wisdom of the herd to teach to the next generation. This is basically what Karen and ISPMB are doing with their herds. Its truly amazing to see so many people finally understanding what true Equus is!
            T.

          • Roxy said

            How is it that New Mexico BLM can conduct such a model program, no helicopters, bands kept together and released together back into the wild?

            I hope it is not because they already decimated the herds so with helicopters to get to this place.

            I say “model”, not to indicate that the roundups are needed scientifically in the first place (that is another issue), but rather they do it so calmly and with sound mind to keep the family units together.

          • Roxy, as sad as it is to say this, I think it is because of the reduced herd numbers. They don’t have 500 +, and up to 2,000 +, to gather and they’re spread out over millions of acres. Herd sizes have been reduced to this point over time as have their HMAs / HAs. Hence, their gathers can be done by bait/water trapping more easily.
            T.

          • reveil said

            Tracie, may be this does not just have to do with the size of the herd but with management as well. What’s the point of rushing? You have a bigger herd, you take more time. With this heat, it’s hard to believe that horses won’t go to the water. Such a simple solution.
            I think contracts were drawn with the contractors,and they are not coming back on that, at least for now.

          • Are we talking about Twin Peaks, or one in New Mexico, or another? Just wanting to make sure we’re on the same page LOL.
            T.

          • reveil said

            twin peaks.

        • We’ve debated the integrity of the herd dynamics after time separated quite a bit. Some of us believe that the bonds would deteriorate, others believe they would maintain their bonds and find each other. I personally think that it would all depend on the horse him or herself, what they had to endure along the way to that holding facility and during their time there, and of course the age of the horse, how much time they had spent within that herd before capture, etc. Yes, both outcomes are possible. Guess we need to find a big ole ranch somewhere and test it out to know for sure LOL.
          T.

  7. Roxy said

    Tracie, a little off topic – but shouldn’t the report from the observers sent by AHPA to Tuscaroro be out by now? I think it was reported that they would release that in about a week and hasn’t it been well over a week?

    • Talked with Robin about an hour ago… Lots of info, not fast enough to type it all LOL. She’s sending an email this evening with some clarifications.
      T.

    • Robin Lohnes, Executive Director of the American Horse Protection Association, Inc. (AHPA), based in Washington, DC, provided the following overview of its Designated Independent Observer Pilot Program:
      “The Pilot Program was initiated by AHPA as an additional tool to assist in the development of the BLM’s animal welfare program, which was highlighted in the recently released ‘Strategy Development Document.’ To that end, AHPA has engaged a number of academia-based equine veterinarians and equine specialists from among universities with established equine veterinary medicine or equine science programs to attend several of the 2010 summer gathers who have been tasked to observe the care and handling of the animals and submit their findings in a written report to AHPA. Based on the findings of the credentialed professionals and in consultation with other academia-based equine experts, AHPA will formulate recommendations to the BLM that are intended to improve and/or validate existing practices. For clarification purposes, the pilot program is not intended to replace the public observation process nor to provide on site veterinary care, but rather to serve as an adjunct to the ongoing development of the BLM’s animal welfare program.”
      T.

      • sandra longley said

        I just came from stinking water stampede, asked Tara our BLM guide, if we had a WH&B humane observer..yes we have 1 she said and it was not difficult to figure out..he in actuality is a BLM volunteer worker, and pretty much spouted the line from start to finish and i countered every misstatement he made to those attending…If this is assoc. with robins group..its a joke..and shouild not be taken as serious..Tara told the group in answer to my question-have these horses been pre-gathered..yes and she gave me the timeline of event leading up to thurs viewed gather..2 hours later this guy shows up and says NO the blm never pre gathers..and of course we know this to be a lie as I pointed out to him what happens when you pre-gather and drop those horses then into an area with minimal or no water sourcesor yes where they donot know where the water sources are…SUE, after spoending the previous day being run in 100 heat..I pointedly directed to him..why the silence from those so called independant observers from OWYHEE, not a peep, they apparently are not for human consumption-only more tales of propaganda…and I have had enough of that.Adding another layer of BS to this spin is a WASTE of taxpayer money..I donot want to foot the bill for more useless spending..we have our own observers..way more qualified whose only stake in this is for the horses

      • Ok… I guess to kind of “set the record straight”, here’s the deal…
        American Horse Protection Association is a separate entity altogether from BLM or WH&B. The only thing that ties them together is that Robin – as the Exec. Dir. of AHPA – serves in the ADVOCACY SEAT on the Advisory Board. She was an advocate BEFORE she became the Advocate on the Advisory Board. She doesn’t work for BLM or WH&B, she works for AHPA. Hell, if it weren’t for her we wouldn’t have the advocacy voices we need on that board to begin with! Ginger even told me this when I first went to D.C. “Robin is the one on OUR side of horse protection, not the other way around.”
        The AHPA sent veterinarians and equine specialists out to the gathers for the purpose of research – just like how others are going out there now as observers – to come up with ways that the BLM and WH&B can handle the horses better. AHPA is backing these observers, NOT BLM and WH&B. They are trying to help the situation in the only way they can at this point: Science! They are not their as independent observers; they are there at the request of AHPA and they are in no way, shape, form or fashion there to replace the observers from the public at large.
        Their reports are not “public” reports per se because they are for the AHPA to gather data and information to then present to the BLM and WH&B for recommendations on how to – hopefully! – prevent further injuries and casualties to the horses. The reports are no different than any other research project or set of data collected. They’re not finished until the observations are finished. And even then they have to be compiled into one big report.
        This whole thing seems to be spiraling out of control. WE as ADVOCATES actually have someone out there with Education, Knowledge, Science, and Experience trying to help the horses, and they have the PhD, DDV, DMV, and any other alphabet letters you can think of to back up their recommendations. I don’t understand why we are not thrilled as pie that they’re there. I really don’t see the issue with AHPA other than misunderstanding of who and what they are, which is exactly what their name states: American Horse Protection Association.
        T.

        • sandra longley said

          sorry but show me a vet who actually knows wild horse behavior and needs and understands the conditions on the HMAs..sorry but text book larnin ain’t gonna help ya out there..just ask the horses who do have a PHD in survival..the very last thing we need is more peope HYPOTHASISING about what wild horses need..they need to be left alone..the lands returned to them..its pretty damn simple..something a first grader could understand but not an adult..So just call them researchers…and let them go on theire ..the horses will be gone before they get their report done…and we all know the WH&B advisory board has absolutely no power, and is part of BLMs PR campaign

          • LOL I know a few of them off the top of my head… It ain’t all just text book learnin’. They are not hypothesizing about what wild horses need in the wild. They are there to give recommendations to the BLM and WH&B Program about Animal Welfare – a subject we can ALL agree that these agencies desperately need some schoolin’ in! They are not there to give recommendations about the HMAs, nor are they there to give recommendations about range and lands management. They are there for the sake of the horses, to help them, nothing more.
            The AHPA will be giving the observer’s recommendations, not the Advisory Board.
            T.

          • sandra longley said

            Above you said they would be giving recommendations to the BLM and the advisory board, for your clarification

          • tracielynnthompson@yahoo.com said

            Yea, that the AHPA would be giving the recommendations, and that it wouldn’t be the Advisory Board giving them because the Advisory Board isn’t involved. This is an independent effort by AHPA.
            T.

        • Roxy said

          Tracie – I am so glad AHPA has taken this test project on and look forward to the results (whenever that might be – I’m supposing when they present their report to BLM it will be made public?). Please convey my appreciate next time you talk to Robin. I hope her team truly is independent and will make an independent open minded investigation and observation.

          It would seem they would not go to a roundup with pre-conceived notions though, would just observe and investigate, keep their mouths shut I think is my best advice, and not already buying the BLM party line or attempting to tell that to any audience.

          AHPA observers I think would NOT be BLM volunteers? Or the observers perhaps need to clarify that they are there as part of the AHPA team. Perhaps bother Robin one more time to clarify that for our peace of mind.

          • Roxy – same here! I was so thrilled when I got this news because it seems like it would be just what was needed: observers that would be respected for their opinions and not dismissed. I will let Robin know about your appreciation; she’ll be happy to hear it after all that has been said thus far.
            I don’t see why the report wouldn’t be public after AHPA presents to BLM and WH&B. Yes, the team is independent – selected by AHPA’s Board of Directors, not by BLM or WH&B.
            I think that the approach they’ve taken – one of an open mind and without the pre-conceived notions – is really the only way to go about this. Having their judgements clouded would only yeild clouded observations and outcomes, which of course wouldn’t do much for the horses except waste their time.
            No, they are not BLM affiliated or volunteers. These are vets from all around who are there as – yes – observers for the AHPA. I think they are really just trying to stay away from all of the public vs. BLM vs. WH&B vs. whoever because it doesn’t concern what they are there to accomplish. To get involved would only deter them from their goal, and that’s not acceptable to them or AHPA. So if they seem closed off, or “silent” (I suppose that’s the right word, not sure) it’s just because they are there for the horses, and that’s it. They will speak up if they see immediate danger but only if the APHIS vets are not available because it wouldn’t be their place to do so.
            This all seems so simple in some ways and yet somewhat complicated in others LOL.
            Bottom line: They are there in the official capacity of the AHPA, not BLM or WH&B, to observe the gather operations from an educated point of view and to gather that observed data into a report to be presented to BLM and WH&B as recommendations for improvements on the care, handling and welfare of the wild horses involved.
            Whew! LOL
            T.

          • sandra longley said

            I certainly can speak for those of us who are donating our time and money-and plenty of it on an hourly basis, we donnot expect to get…anything out of it other than to see the horses free and on their land..I do see people involved who do expect to get something and call themselves advocates but for the most part…that is not the case,,unlike the vets or researchers we have invested our lives in this

          • tracielynnthompson@yahoo.com said

            No one is trying to contest that. But just because the vets and researchers are not full time advocates doesn’t make them or their observations & recommendations any less relevant.
            We’ve all spent countless hours and countless sleepless nights racking our brains trying to figure this whole thing out to keep the horses free and on their lands. I welcome any help that can be given and produce any positive results.
            T.

          • sandra longley said

            What your comment conveyed to me was that somehow their lack of involvement in the wild horses makes their assesment more valuable, as their only concern is for the horses..and where do you think our concern is for?

          • Not even close.
            The only point I was trying to convey was a clarification of their affiliations; that they are AHPA and not BLM.
            Their assessments are unique to their qualifications just as any of the other observer’s assessments are unique to theirs. One doesn’t carry any more value than the other’s except in the aspect of how they are perceived by BLM and WH&B. Given the current relationship between other observers and BLM officials, their recommendations are not exactly heard with open minds. On the other hand, the AHPA independent observers don’t have this “history” with BLM, and given their qualifications, there might actually be a chance to have much needed recommendations heard and taken into serious consideration by BLM. All any of us in the advocacy world want is to have better for the horses. If this can be accomplished by AHPA’s observers then that’s a victory for us.
            I stated that their only concern is for the horses as a statement of fact, not as a comparison to anyone or anything.
            T.

          • I would like to have more information on the AHPA. I know that Robin Lohnes chairs the group and she is also on the BLM Advisory Board. Could there be a “conflict of interest” here. I have searched for information on this group and can only come up with a Washington D.C. address and that the group has been involved in abuse of Tennessee Walking horse soring at horse shows. Where does the AHPA get their funding, who are the members and what is their mission statement? Does anybody know?

          • Roxy said

            I’m told that Ginger Kathrens likes Robin and vouches for her – Good enough for me.

            I do wish they would get their website back up and running so we could avoid all this.

            However, if you google them, you can find they have filed lawsuits against BLM since 1974 regarding inhumane treatment – all the same stuff that is going on today – again – good enough for me.

          • Something does not seem “right” with the AHPA. I too have googled them and found that lawsuits that involved wild horse roundups were way back in the 1970’s, nothing current. The main emphasis seems to be show horse soring. The group is said to be made up of “horse industry” members. If that doesn’t make you wonder, what will? I participated in a citizens group fighting a big time polluter many years ago and we were cautioned that many times groups that had “friendly” names were often the “enemy in disguise”. I guess there is no choice right now but I do wonder why the AHPA website is not in operation. I spoke to Robin at a BLM Advisory meeting and she seemed to be very out going and ran the meeting keeping ole Larry Johnson under control but I still wonder since she is on the payroll of AHPA who is calling the shots from this group? Horse industry–AQHA for instance—

  8. sandra longley said

    note, report says foal was placed in foster care..no record of a mother? no record of a mares death? no explaination…

  9. Reveil said

    Tracie, are you affiliated with AHPA?

  10. reveil said

    any news about the Reveille round up which took place last week?

    • Reveil said

      Any news at all?

      • tracielynnthompson@yahoo.com said

        Hey Rev, sry it’s taken so long to reply… Been busy w the Fallon horses…
        No, nothing yet. Frustrated as hell about it but it seems that cell phones suck – as usual – and I haven’t been able to catch up w anyone. Soon as I do, u’ll b the first 2 know.
        On a side note, talked w Hidalgo’s people. Wow, there’s a skunk n the hen house! I’ll fill u n later n email.
        Gotta jet!
        T.

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