Lahontan / Pine Nut Gather… the rest of the story…
Posted by Texas Mustang Project on November 26, 2010
By now many of you may have heard about a problem that arose at the end of the Pine Nut gather with the trap – treat and release mares. What apparently happened was this:
A decision was made to leave the corrals set up over at Lahontan and take the bands that were being trapped, treated and released in the Dayton area over to Lahontan for PZP treatment. This isn’t a huge distance so it seemed reasonable given the radical weather and other factors.
However nobody marked the horses as they came in (applied paint marks to identify members of the same band) and the mares, studs and foals were sorted into separate pens. At the end of the gather there were quite a few studs, somewhere around 40 mares and some 22 foals separated and unidentifiable.
Advocates waiting to watch the horses being released learned while on site at the Pine Nut Range that the foals were being shipped to Palomino Valley Center. Needless to say, this development created quite a stir, particularly when it was explained that the foals couldn’t be matched up to mares so they were going to be removed from the range. After some discussion Alan Bittner stepped up to the moment and told the contractor to also send all the wet mares over to PVC and put all of the horses in a pen together to see if the mares and foals would pair up. Those that would pair successfully are supposed to be released back onto the Pine Nut Range in a couple of days.
Since bands could not be reconstituted, the stallions were released together in a group and the dry mares were similarly released in another group.
I sent a cranky-gram to Bob Abbey who has already responded and indicated that I could expect a call from Ron Wenker.
With the exception of this snafu, the Lahontan and Pine Nut operations went smoothly and without incident. What’s done is done with respect to releasing the horses so the issue now is to deal with making sure that such a situation is not repeated.