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Did You Know… Facts About ISPMB & Wild Horses You Probably Didn’t Know…

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on August 25, 2010

Did you know…

  • ISPMB’s Wild Horse Conservation program is the first privately funded program to manage entire herds of wild horses.  The organization now manages four wild herds – two of which exist nowhere else in the U.S.
    1. ISPMB manages four wild horse herds
    2. Eleven years of observational data is completed
    3. Results show that disruption of the social bands (families) has caused the increase in fertility rates due to the destruction of the social structures.
  • There is no baseline behavioral data on America’s western horses except at ISPMB – Out of 180 wild herds in the U.S., there are only two herds that have not been manipulated through roundups.  Only one herd has been minimally studied.
  • Two of ISPMB’s herds have not been manipulated through roundups in decades of time – meaning we have two herds giving us eleven years of healthy baseline behavioral information. 
  • ISPMB has endured hardships:
    1. 2006 – hay prices went from $60 to $125 per ton during a severe drought with the epicenter located in north central South Dakota where the organization is based
    2. 2007 – ISPMB had 100 horses returned from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe who could no longer manage the horses
    3. 2009 – Experienced one of the worst winters on record in the past ten years followed by flooding; 17 tornadoes on 6/16/10 and multiple hail storms.
    4. 2009-2019 – ISPMB experienced a drastic decrease in charitable giving due to the economic conditions
  • ISPMB is a leader in its field of wild horses and burros. 

The future of America’s wild horses on public lands is directly related to ISPMB’s continuation of behavioral studies.  No other means of protection and preservation has been effective in stopping the elimination of wild horses by the BLM.  (In 1971 there were 303 Herd Areas. Today, there are only 180 left.)

      Karen Sussman is the President of ISPMB. Here are a few facts about Karen and her work for wild horses…

  • Karen is only the third president in the organization’s 50 year history
  • During the past eleven years, she has lived with and managed four wild horse herds.
  • Experience with horses is extensive covering a period of 58 years with 29 years of wild horse experience
  • Adopted her first wild horse in 1981 and second horse in 1987.
  • 1988 was asked by the BLM to evaluate NM’s prison training program.
  • 1989 was called in by Gov. Carruther’s of NM to mediate a tenuous situation between five agencies concerned about the White Sands Missile Range horses.
  • 1990-92 was asked by the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to serve on the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board
  • 1990 organized the largest fine ($22,000) for information leading to the conviction of perpetrators who shot 49 wild burros in Kingman, AZ.
  • 1992 organized a meeting between BLM Law Enforcement and the Assist. U.S. Attorney of AZ to begin work on raising the fines for the killing of wild horses and burros.  Fines were raised to $100,000 and up to one year in jail.  The other federal districts soon followed suit.
  • 1994 returned to White Sands Missile Range working for one year with interested parties in developing a plan to save 1500 wild horses.
  • 1995 ISPMB organized a humane summit in Albuquerque, NM to bring attention to the Del Rio, TX Grand Jury convened to ascertain whether BLM employees committed crimes against wild horses.  From this summit, AP reporter, Martha Mendoza wrote seven front page articles appearing in newspapers across the U.S.
  • In 1996 was successful in bringing protection to the Gila wild horses in central AZ.  They were the last herd to receive federal protection since 1971.
  • 1998 worked with Animal Legal Defense Fund to bring a successful lawsuit against the BLM preventing them from euthanizing 12 foals from EIA positive mares in Utah. The foals were quarantined for six months at which time they tested negative.
  • In 1999 created in a new paradigm in wild horse protection by creating ISPMB’s Wild Horse Conservation program taking 70 wild horses – the last remaining wild horses from White Sands Missile Range.
  • 2000 adopted the last of the Gila wild horses into ISPMB’s Conservation program
  • 2004 took 82 wild horses from the Sheldon Wildlife Range.
  • 2006 was inducted into the Wild Horse and Burro Expo Hall of Fame.
  • 2007 rescued the Virginia Range wild horses (80 +) from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.
  • 2007 rescued eleven stallions from the West Douglas Herd Area in CO.
  • Graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia – Nursing.  Currently works part time at the Indian Health Service Hospital ER.

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