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BLM Releases Tri-State-Calico Complex WH&B Gather Plan, & Meets with Immediate Opposition…

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on June 16, 2011

More to come on the Calico Complex from TMP soon… T.

BLM Nevada News
WINNEMUCCA DISTRICT OFFICE NO. 2011-24
FOR RELEASE: June 15, 2011
CONTACT: Lisa Ross at (775) 623-1541, lisa_ross@blm.gov

Preliminary Environmental Assessment Available for Tri-State-Calico Complex Wild Horse Gather

Winnemucca, Nev. ‚Äď The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Winnemucca District, Black Rock Field Office has prepared a preliminary environmental assessment¬†(EA) for the Tri-State-Calico Complex Wild Horse and Burro Gather Plan. The BLM is proposing to gather approximately 1,298 wild horses and 140 wild burros, of which as many as 268 wild horses would be released back to the range following the gather.¬†The gather area is located northeast of Gerlach, Nev., within¬†Humboldt¬†and Washoe counties. The BLM would appreciate receiving substantive comments on the preliminary EA by¬†July 18, 2011.
In the proposed action, of the wild horses released back to the range, approximately 87 mares would receive a 22-month Porcine Zona Pellucida (PZP-22) immunocontraceptive vaccine treatment and 181 studs/geldings would be released due to sex ratio adjustments (60 percent male/40 percent female). The goal is to slow population growth and maintain population size within the appropriate management level, and extend the time before a gather to remove excess wild horses would be needed.
‚ÄúKeeping the herd population in balance with the available forage and water helps keep these wild horses healthy,‚ÄĚ said Rolando¬†Mendez, Black Rock field manager. ‚ÄúIt is the BLM‚Äôs responsibility to sustain the health of the rangelands, and achieve and maintain a thriving natural ecological balance.‚ÄĚ The BLM is proposing to finish the proposed action and decision made in the Calico Mountains Complex Wild Horse Gather Plan from 2010.¬† Although the Calico Mountains Complex was gathered in Jan. and Feb. 2010, the overall proposed action was not achieved due to winter conditions and wild horse movement within the tri-state area of Nevada,¬†Oregon, and¬†California, which necessitates the need for this follow-up gather.
The BLM estimates there are currently 1,602 wild horses within the Complex and 179 wild burros. The gather is proposed in order to return the wild horse and burro population to within the appropriate management level of 572 to 952 wild horses and 39 to 65 wild burros. The Complex consists of approximately 584,000 acres (public and private) but the gather area consists of approximately 1,041,000 acres to encompass wild horses and burros residing outside of the herd management areas (HMAs).
Wild horses and burros from the Tri-State-Calico Complex would be gathered as a Complex or unit as herds move and interact throughout. The proposed gather is being conducted in conjunction with BLM California’s High Rock Wild Horse Gather, which would take place immediately prior to this proposed gather. This is conducive because both gathers are located within the tri-state area where wild horse movement between these areas exists. The Complex gather involves areas beyond the HMA boundaries as wild horse and burros have moved outside of HMAs in search of forage, water and space, due to the current over-population of wild horses and burros in these areas. The Complex includes the following HMAs: Black Rock Range East, Black Rock Range West, Calico Mountains, Granite Range, Warm Springs Canyon, and McGee Mountain.  The proposed gather is tentatively scheduled to begin in December 2011 and will last approximately 40-50 days.
The document may be reviewed on-line at http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/wfo/blm_information/nepa0.html. Printed copies are available upon request from the BLM Winnemucca District Office. Questions and written comments should be directed to: Rolando Mendez, Field Manager, Black Rock Field Office, BLM Winnemucca District, 5100 E. Winnemucca Blvd.,¬†Winnemucca, NV 89445-2921.Comments may also be submitted by email to¬†Tri-State-Calico_Complex@blm.gov. Email messages should include ‚ÄúTri-State-Calico Complex Gather Plan¬†(Whitman)‚ÄĚ in the subject line. Public comments submitted for this project, including names and addresses of commentors will be available for public review at the Winnemucca District Office during regular business hours 7:30 a.m.¬†to 4:30 p.m., Monday¬†through Friday, except federal holidays.
‚Äď‚ÄďBLM‚Äď

Immediately following the email distribution of this news, a reply-to-all message was sent:

Do you have any other documentation available to support the conclusions set forth in the EA? Names of the experts, their backgrounds, photographic evidence (specific locations, documented on the ground photos & aerial) and detailed examples of damage, over use, etc.? Please provide the methodology used to calculate the numbers of Wild Horses on the various ranges; dates, times, and methods used and the specific individuals utilized and their professional backgrounds. Do you have a new and specific proposed multi-use plan? If yes, please provide?
Best regards,
William M. LeRoy, President & CEO
American Legal & Financial Network¬ģ (ALFN¬ģ)

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Deepwater Horizon Investigation Report Issued…

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on September 13, 2010

Deepwater Horizon Accident Investigation Report

A word of caution… There are 192 pages in this document and it is 13.63 mb but… It’s here if you would like to download it. I am currently reviewing the document as I just received it about 30 minutes ago myself.

I Need Coffee!!!

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the Texas Mustang Project presents the You Be the Judge Series…

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on September 2, 2010

Sorrel Foal Dozing in the Sun at the Broken Arrow USA Wild Horse Holding Facility, Fallon, NV March 2010

 

I‚Äôve had a few of you¬†folks ask me over the past month or so when I was going to do another You Be the Judge edition. Well, I can‚Äôt quite say that for sure just yet. I have been tinkering with a few ideas here and there, and of course there are several current affairs that I would like to ‚Äúpick on‚ÄĚ and play the Devil‚Äôs Advocate to, but there‚Äôs just not been that one in particular that I have been able to settle on yet. This series takes a great amount of time to produce due to the research involved that is necessary to uphold the purpose of the editions themselves.¬†¬†To give some background to anyone new to this series, I‚Äôve included the links below to the entire series here on TMP. They can also be found in pdf format on the You Be the¬†Judge page. As well, I‚Äôm including here ‚ÄúPlaying the Devil‚Äôs¬†Advocate‚ÄĚ as a preface to the series. (I encourage each of you to read the information on the YBTJ page to get a better understanding of the overall purpose.) ¬†¬†¬†¬†

So without further adieu, the Texas Mustang Project presents the You Be the Judge Series…¬†¬†¬†¬†

*I‚Äôve had several requests to post the Q&A interview¬†with Ginger Kathrens of¬†The Cloud Foundation¬†in response to the Pryor Mountain Gather of¬†September 2009. I proofread the document before posting, and I realized just how much I have learned about the Wild Horse Management situation as a whole¬†in just a few months. It is my hope that its content will be taken in this spirit. And yea, it‚Äôs really long too, but Ginger and I tend to gab quite a bit when we get on this subject, so just bear with us‚Ķ¬†Trust me, it‚Äôs¬†worth it!¬†ūüôā Q&A with Ginger Kathrens September 11, 2009

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BLM Issues Right-of-Way For Ruby Pipeline Project, July 12, 2010

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on July 14, 2010

Release Date: 07/13/10 Contacts: Mark Mackiewicz, 435-636-3616 News Release No. 2010-023  

Record of Decision For Ruby Pipeline Project

The U. S. Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on Monday, July 12, signed a Record of Decision (ROD) and Right-of-Way Grant (ROW) for the Ruby Pipeline Project, a proposed 678 mile interstate natural gas pipeline that crosses 368 miles of Federal land beginning near Opal, Wyoming, through northern Utah and northern Nevada, and terminating near Malin, Oregon. The BLM Nevada State Director, as the designated Federal official, signed the ROD and authorized the ROW for the construction, operation, maintenance, and termination of the pipeline and associated facilities across lands under jurisdiction of the BLM, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the four states. The ROD is for the selected alternative for the Ruby Pipeline Project, and the ROW is for the route certificated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), with the inclusion of the Newmont and Southern Langell Valley reroutes. The FERC is responsible for authorizing interstate natural gas transmission facilities under the Natural Gas Act and was the lead Federal agency for the preparation of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) released in January 2010 in compliance with the requirements of National Environmental Policy Act. The BLM has the primary responsibility for issuing ROW grants and temporary use permits for natural gas pipelines across most Federal lands pursuant to the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920. On April 5th, FERC issued its Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the Ruby Pipeline Project authorizing construction and operation of approximately 672.6 miles of 42-inch diameter mainline natural gas pipeline, approximately 2.6 miles of 42-inch diameter lateral pipeline, and related above ground facilities. The BLM, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, Natural Resource Conservation Service, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, the State of Utah Public Lands Policy Coordination Office, and the Board of County Commissioners in Lincoln County, Wyoming, served as Cooperating Agencies in the preparation of the EIS. The BLM decision is based on extensive environmental analyses; consideration of agency, tribal, and public comment; application of pertinent Federal laws and policies; and information contained in the Final EIS for project-related actions affecting the BLM, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lands. A copy on compact disk of the ROD is available at affected Federal, state and local government agencies and interested parties. It will be available on the Internet at: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/info/nepa/ruby_pipeline_project.html and at the following Federal agency offices:  

  • BLM, Kemmerer¬†Field Office, 312 Hwy 189 N, Kemmerer, WY¬†
  • BLM, Salt Lake Field Office, 2370 South 2300 West, Salt Lake City, UT
  • BLM, Elko Field Office, 3900 E. Idaho Street, Elko, NV
  • BLM, Winnemucca Field Office, 5100 E. Winnemucca Blvd, Winnemucca, NV
  • BLM, Lakeview Resource Area, 1301 S. G St., Lakeview, OR¬†
  • BLM, Klamath Falls Field Office, 2795 Anderson Ave., Ste. 25, Klamath Falls, OR
  • BLM, Surprise Field Office, 602 Cressler¬†St., Cedarville, CA
  • Fremont-Winema National Forests, 1301 S. G St., Lakeview, OR
  • Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, 324 25th St., Ogden, UT
  • Bureau of Reclamation, Klamath Basin Area Office, 6600 Washburn Way, Klamath Falls,

OR An electronic copy of the ROD is available on CD by request via e-mail at: blmruby@blm.gov or by mail to: Mark Mackiewicz, BLM National Project Manager, c/o125 South 600 West, Price, UT 84501. Questions concerning the ROD may be directed to Mark Mackiewicz at the above address or by phone: 435-636-3616. 

  

Map Courtesy of Matt Dillon, PMWMC

 

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The Declaration of Independence – From a Wild Horse & Burro Point of View

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on July 4, 2010

How many of those among us have actually read and understood the document now known as the Declaration of Independence? Any of us who have made it through middle school grade levels know what the text of the document is; most of us had to memorize the first few paragraphs for a test grade. But how many of us actually understand the text and words?

I began this post early this morning. Needless to say, I got a little bit sidetracked. However, following the white rabbit down the bunny trail has led me to a new and awe-inspiring understanding of this great document.

I wonder now if Thomas Jefferson knew then while he sat by candle light with a quill and ink pot just how much his humble and yet powerful words on a piece of parchment paper would affect the American people. Certainly, he did not know then what I know now of how it so accurately applies to the plight of the American Wild Mustang and Burro.

It has been said that Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration in a format that was intended to be performed, as in acted out. After coming upon this discovery today, I would have to agree with this wholeheartedly.

I ask that you follow with me on a trip to the imagination: As you listen to the following reading, think of the Colonial Americans… Then think of them as the American Wild Mustang. Don’t stop paying attention once you hear the first few paragraphs that we’ve all heard a million times. The truths come after them.

As I stated, I started this post early this morning in order to pull a few more resources together for a slide show / video showcasing the Equine contributions to the American Military. It is greatly shadowed by the light of the video above but I like it LOL.

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An Interesting Line of Thought This Morning… June 23, 2010

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on June 23, 2010

An interesting line of thought this morning:
*What specific month & year did Cheney/Bush pass the energy ‘reform’ policy that’s in place currently?
*How many acres were designated HMAs & HAs at that time?
*How many of those acres actually had wild horses & burros roaming free at that time?
*How many of those HMAs & HAs have been zeroed out since that time?
*How many of those HMAs & HAs had ROWs on them during that specific month & year?
*How many of those HMAs & HAs had active, under construction, or proposed energy projects on them during that specific month & year?
*How many of those HMAs & HAs have active, under construction, or proposed energy projects on them currently?
MF*T*

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Re-Posting a Message from Willis Lamm, LRTC – A Definite ‘Must Read’

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on May 11, 2010

Tracie,

Feel free to use this if you like.

– – –

In November 2008 I was at a meeting where a rather influential person in the anti-horse camp was lamenting that the horse advocates were making headway because of their use of the internet.¬† “If something happened, within 24 hours these people will have 5,000 emails and letters sent out to politicians.”¬† The point of this little speech was that the anti-horse folks had learned their lesson and were going to use the internet for their own advantage.

A few months later I was at a restaurant late at night when things were quiet and amazingly ended up at a table within earshot of some guys planning strategy.¬† Their conversation caught my attention when I heard the phrase “those horse people.”

To make a long story short the people who want to get rid of wild horses have been getting organized.  They are bringing everyone of common interest into their fold.  They have developed action alert networks so they can also generate an instant flood of emails and letters.  Some of these people have also carefully analyzed our camp and have identified our weaknesses and they are taking advantage of our weaknesses.

We have not been evolving at the same rate as they have and our advantage in this battle is eroding.

One of the most effective tools used by the other side is misdirection.  These people are primarily motivated by profits. Profits (and losses) tend to keep people focused.  The motivation of the wild horse advocacy camp is more esoteric and therefore is more easily manipulated.

The anti-horse camp knows that some in our camp are emotionally reactive and they can and do use that weakness against us.¬† While we certainly have folks jumping to conclusions on their own, a carefully planted suggestion in the right forum predictably gets some advocates in a fuss over things that often have never happened.¬† When we have tried to source out false rumors, they typically resolve in Read the rest of this entry »

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Weeeeell, Bust My Buttons, That‚Äôs a Horse of Different Color!

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on March 24, 2010

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BLM Rangeland Inventory, Monitoring, & Evaluation Reports

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on March 21, 2010

Rangeland Inventory, Monitoring, & Evaluation Reports 

Each fiscal year since 1989, the Bureau of Land Management has compiled a national, BLM-wide Rangeland Inventory, Monitoring, and Evaluation Report. This report contains 7 tables and has undergone various modifications through time. Tables 1, 2, and 3 contain results on the BLM’s vegetation inventories and trend. Tables 1 through 3 are presented to satisfy Section 201(a) of The Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) of 1976, as amended, and the Public Rangelands Improvement Act (PRIA) of 1978, both of which affirm¬†Congress’s intent to have BLM prepare and maintain on a continuing basis an inventory of public rangeland conditions and trends. Table 4 reports how livestock grazing allotments are categorized. Tables 5 and 6 report on monitoring activities and plans implemented on allotments. Table 7 reports on results of evaluations of Standards for Rangeland Health.

This report is generated by the BLM National Operations Center in Denver, Colorado.

Contact Mike “Sherm” Karl at sherm_karl@blm.gov or at 303-236-0166 for more detail.

PDF versions of the reports are listed below for Fiscal Years since 1989. Click on the year to download the report.

Current Year (Fiscal Year 2009)

Previous Years
1989 1993 1997 2001 2005
1990 1994 1998 2002 2006
1991 1995 1999 2003 2007
1992 1996 2000 2004 2008

 Content Manager: Sherm Karl, sherm_karl@blm.gov

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Personal Message from T. to all of the TMP Contributors…

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on March 20, 2010

For Matt, Sandra, Louie, Suzanne, R. Thompson, Reveil39, Cowgirlfirepony, Lisa, KT, Mar, Makendra, Ginger, Tom¬†and all of you who have been a part of The Mustang Project’s Blog,

or TMP’s Blog for short LOL…

I tell ya… In my opinion – for what it’s worth LOL – I have to say that you all here on TMP’s Blog are just about the smartest bunch of folks I have had the pleasure of “bouncing” with.¬†

Bouncing is a term used here around my nek-o’-da-woods that we use when we have a brain-storming session or bounce ideas off of each other to find better solutions. It’s even funnier when we get¬†that solution because we tend to bounce like Tigger!¬†

Seriously, you guys are more than I could have hoped for when I started this whole crazy thing. You think outside of the box; you don’t let your convictions waiver; and you dang well know how to look past the first two lines in a document to find the most important info. And what’s more, you are all bigger and better than to let the concept of playing on your emotions rather than your own intelligence make your decisions for you.¬†

I am so very proud to be friends and advocates alongside each of you. Lord knows, I couldn’t have done any of this by myself, and I certainly¬†wouldn’t have come into so much knowledge and information as I have since bouncing with you guys. So from the bottom of my litl’ ole¬†pea pickin’ heart and for the horses and burros, much obliged to each of you!¬†

Matt, the work you do is invaluable. The accuracy and truthfulness with which you conduct your research is priceless, to say the least. Without your efforts, there are so many pieces of information, knowledge, and education that we would not have had so easily. Your ability to convey the bottom line of a subject is simply uncanny sometimes. Thank you graciously for all of your hard work, long nights, and patience! I think above all else, I have to thank you for showing me the ‚Äúrest of the story‚ÄĚ when I first became involved. I have always trusted your guidance, and it has never let me down. Friends like you are hard to find. I‚Äôm glad that I have been so fortunate.¬†

Sandra, girl, I tell ya, the two of us are truly like two peas in a pod! I know they say opposites attract, but in this case, I think two great minds that are alike have come together LOL! You have been a constant companion to me, and better, you have kept me focused when I strayed from my tasks at hand. For this, I simply have no words to thank you. Yes, for once I am speechless! Quick, call the press! You have stayed up on the phone with me to keep me awake while driving and you have laughed at all my stupid Read the rest of this entry »

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Cast your vote in the poll…

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on March 11, 2010

Cast your vote and let everyone know your opinion… Click below and vote! ūüôā

Do you want the BLM to completely stop all gather operations?”

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You Be the Judge, 10th Edition, February 18, 2010 – Q&A w/ John Neill, Mgr of the Fallon Facility…

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on February 18, 2010

You Be the Judge

10th Edition

February 18, 2010

By: Tracie Lynn Thompson

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†On February 08, 2010 I spoke with Mr. John Neill, Manager at the now ‚Äúinfamous‚ÄĚ Fallon Facility in Fallon, NV (AKA Indian Lakes Rd Facility or Broken Arrow USA) following the end of the 2009-2010 Calico Wild Horse Gather. Some of these answers you may have heard before, but I‚Äôd be willing to bet that you haven‚Äôt heard at least a few of ‚Äėem from below. The topics I discussed with Mr. Neill included deeper exploration into:

  • The Colts with Hoof Sloughing
  • Calico Daily Gather Updates ‚Äď Deciphered
  • The Miscarriages
  • The Calico / Fallon ‚ÄúOrphaned Foal‚ÄĚ: Status Update
  • The Windbreaks
  • Dietary Concerns & Sorting Concerns

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†I requested this conversation with Mr. Neill for a few reasons (curiosity mostly) but more so in response to the many comments and concerns about the communications ‚Äď or lack of communications ‚Äď between BLM personnel and the public. Now, I am not in Nevada, nor am I an ‚Äúobserver‚ÄĚ of the gather from on site. But I am an observer nonetheless and I am a member of the public.

         For those not familiar with YBTJ Q&A format, these are very candid conversations from both me as the author and from the individual being questioned. I ask questions as pointedly and as bluntly as I can, and I report the answers as they are given to me, albeit checked for spelling and grammar. Mr. Neill proved true to YBTJ form and answered just as candidly as I was asking the questions.

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†By the way, I left a few little ‚Äúclues‚ÄĚ throughout this edition ‚Äďjust for those who pick up on ‚Äėem ‚Äď as a reply to the questions of ‚Äúwhat are my issues with this whole situation‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúsneak peaks‚ÄĚ at my proposal for better management options. Best I can do at the moment, but of course ‚Äď more to come later. And don‚Äôt forget to check out the great list of references and links at the end!

The Colts with Hoof Sloughing:

T: Medically speaking there is a correlation between nutritional deficiencies and a resultant inflammation ‚Äď the inflammation being a precursor to the hoof sloughing. Could that be a possibility with these two cases?¬†(1)¬†(2)

Mr. Neill: That did not happen here.

T: Ok. What exactly did happen to these colts that would’ve caused sloughing of their hooves?

Mr. Neill: Extreme trauma to the foot / feet due to traveling too far over rocky terrain, that’s what’s happening there. It isn’t related to a diet change issue or anything nutritionally related. These two colts that have this trauma came in with poor body condition prior to the gather. The gather had nothing to do with their poor condition. The gather did have most likely everything to do with the trauma to their feet.

T: Just so I know that I have this correct, are you saying that the colts had in fact had ‚Äútheir feet run off‚ÄĚ as some advocates have charged? Read the rest of this entry »

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You Be the Judge, 9th Edition, Part 2, February 18, 2010 – The Ruby Conflict Continues…

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on February 18, 2010

You Be the Judge

9th Edition, Part 2

February 18, 2010

By: Tracie Lynn Thompson

            I had originally planned for the 9th Edition, Part 2 to explore several of the different route alternatives for the proposed Ruby Pipeline Project. However, first I came across a few trends in my research, and I felt as though I should share them with you all, the readers. 

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Throughout these documents I keep seeing are phrases such as ‚Äúminimize wild horse/burro grazing‚ÄĚ, ‚Äúminimizing livestock and wild horse/burro grazing‚ÄĚ, ‚Äúrestoration of sage-grouse and pygmy rabbit habitat‚ÄĚ, ‚Äúdisturbances that may hinder reclamation success, such as excessive livestock or wild horse/burro grazing‚ÄĚ, and so on and so forth. In these documents where I have continually seen these phrases, the rest of their language and their overall purposes speak of restoration plans, mitigation plans, and cumulative effects of Ruby‚Äôs impact on the lands around her proposed route.¬†

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Wild horses and burros are not classified in Ruby‚Äôs FEIS as wildlife, nor are they classified as livestock. They are not classified as a cultural resource. Wild horses and burros are under the section of ‚ÄúLand Use, Recreation and Special Interest Areas, and Visual Resources‚ÄĚ. As well, so far in Ruby‚Äôs FEIS, it is not until Chapter 4, Environmental Analysis ¬†¬†while quoting the WFRH&B 1971 Act and the purpose of the BLM, that there is mention of the Wild Burro. Granted I am still researching, and if I am wrong I will promptly rescind both of these statements.¬†

            While in the middle of all of this research, I am also working on research regarding the Calico gather and its many controversial issues. (Ain’t it funny how Ruby and Calico seem to keep crossing paths?) The biggest issue of course would be why the Calico gather was conducted. Some say because of Ruby. The BLM says is because of decreased forage on the range and lack of water supply for the coming summer; that without this gather, we would see the starving, dying and even dead equines on the Calico Complex ranges. And we have indeed seen some of the effects of malnutrition in the poor body conditions of the horses gathered recently. 

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Well, why doesn‚Äôt Ruby ‚Äď with all of her conservation, reclamation, and mitigation plans ‚Äď attempt to restore the rangelands to a healthy vitality and sustainability for the wild horses and burros? There are plans for the migratory birds, the greater sage-grouse, the pygmy rabbits, and several different species of migratory birds.¬†

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Ok, so the wild horse and wild burro are not legally on the endangered species list. No, they‚Äôre not on a list that says they‚Äôre even getting close. Actually, they‚Äôre on quite a few lists that say the opposite.¬†Now here Ruby comes, ¬†swooping in with her $300 billion shiny slippers and all ‚Äď and saves the day for all of the little woodland creatures who believe in wizards and chant, ‚ÄúThere‚Äôs no place like home; there‚Äôs no place like home; there‚Äôs no place like home!‚Ä̬†

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† What about the wild horses and burros? The range is their home too. It has been their home too for longer than most people would like to admit. Just because a law was passed in 1971 ‚Äď and has been amended several times over ‚Äď does not change this fact; 1971 is ‚Äújust another year at home‚ÄĚ as far as they are concerned.¬†

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†No, I am not trying to diminish or even debate the 1971 Act, and I am not trying to diminish or debate the validity and importance of the other species who did receive a great deal of attention in the Ruby FEIS‚Äôs efforts towards conservation, preservation, etc. All I am trying to say is that it seems to me ‚Äď just the opinion of lit‚Äô ole me ‚Äď that there could‚Äôve have been a little more conception by the wizards at Ruby into possibly helping the wild horses and burros AS WELL given their current situations of ‚Äúimpending starvation‚ÄĚ.¬†

            But, I will side bar my soap-box-rant for the moment to give you all some of what you started reading to find in the first place. 

I began to wonder about this whole right-of-way issue‚Ķ Who, what, where, when, how, etc‚Ķ So I started digging a little bit, and realized that a little bit was as far as I had to go‚Ķ So, we ask ‚Äúthe basics‚Ä̂Ķ For the Ruby Pipeline Project, LLC:¬†

Who are the Federal Agencies involved with Ruby whose actions specifically affect the wild horses and burros? Read the rest of this entry »

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Hehehehehe… I’m Baaaaaccckk!!!

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on February 17, 2010

I’m back guys! And do I have a surprise for you… You Be the Judge Double Feature night!!!
1st: Part 2 of the 9th Edition – The Continuing Ruby Conflict!
2nd: YBTJ 10th Edition, Q&A with John NeillManager of Fallon!
So hold on tight ladies and gents, and get ready for some – shall we say – “revelations“?
T.
These are some of the documents that are just supportive, but are analogous to the 9th Edition – Part 2 and as a whole. (You really do want to take at least a quick peek at these!)
  

According to the website this evening:The Winnemucca RMP, Resource Management Plan is currently under review and development.¬†The Winnemucca District Office Resource Management Plan (RMP) is a planning effort in collaboration with the Resource Advisory Council (RAC) to plan for current on-the-ground issues. The plan will be the master strategy for the next 15-20 years.”¬†But LAST week, I grabbed a hold of these. And of course now can’t remember where I downloaded them from or what the specific dates are, but I do know that they are¬†in the range of 1980 to 2005.¬†These are relevant because a lot of these land planning documents take – literally – up to 20 years¬†to get to the finish line, but more importantly –¬† as things usually go with public land planning – you can start at the beginning (1980) and follow the trail all the way to the end (present day). ¬†

¬†~Sonoma/Gerlach¬†= Winnemucca District, Nevada –¬†and –¬†MFP = Management Framework Plan~¬†

  

From the Ruby FEIS, 1.5.2, BLM Lands

  Do you all notice anything  Рeither way Рabout the Plan dates in this table?  

¬†More in You Be the Judge, 9th Edition, Part 2… See you all soon… T.¬†¬†

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You Be the Judge, 9th Edition, Supporting Documentation

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on February 13, 2010

Some of the supporting documentation for You Be the Judge, 9th Edition – The Ruby Conflict. Just for information and to download if you don’t have them already.Part 1:¬†¬†¬†¬†

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You Be the Judge, 9th Edition, Part 1, February 12, 2010 – The Ruby Conflict…

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on February 12, 2010

You Be the Judge

9th Edition, Part 1

February 11, 2010

By: Tracie Lynn Thompson 

If there were a Blues song about Ruby Pipeline…

“My, oh my, oh my! Ruby! Just look what you done made yo’ daddy do!

He done lost all his hair and what he got left done gone gray, girl!

Ruby! Why don‚Äôt you settle yo‚Äô restless ways?!‚ÄĚ

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† The very sound of that name has become synonymous with being aggravated, frustrated, and pissed off in general. These days, it seems as though a person can‚Äôt log onto the internet, check emails, or even visit their favorite blog page without seeing ‚ÄúRuby Pipeline‚ÄĚ blasted across the screen, followed promptly by the latest horrible headline telling of the wake left in her path across the West.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Well, I can‚Äôt say that I‚Äôm totally innocent against these very charges; no, in fact, I am mostly guilty of them. But I can¬†say that this edition‚Äôs style is going to be a ‚Äútelling-it-like-it-is‚ÄĚ because quite frankly I have just about had enough of Ruby and her constant drama! And yet, she just keeps coming back with more.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

         This edition is going be laid out much differently than other editions. The reasoning for this is because I have spent the past two and a half weeks trying to pull this one together. Each time I would think I had all the information I’d needed to finish up and post, not more than a few minutes would go by and I would find that there was yet another piece to the puzzle.  I am still not sure that I have all of the information, but if I don’t go ahead with the edition now, you all won’t get to see it for another 5-10 years.  So, the best way I know to do this is to give a run-down of the evidence and its corresponding entity, and of course, let you be the judge.     

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†I have pored over countless ‚Äď and I do mean countless¬†‚Äď pages of Draft and Final Environmental Impact Statements (FEIS), and even more comments and responses from everyone under the sun who either has a problem with Ruby or doesn‚Äôt. ¬†I have researched and investigated almost every possible lead I could that could be something¬†that would support the claims that are being made by so many, on both sides.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

         What I have found has bored me to tears (literally!) and then in the very next page or packet, I would be completely enthralled at the evidence that lay before me. I mean, I knew there were going to be a few skeletons in the closets; and I knew there were going to be some flat out false accusations, but my goodness!     

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†I found both, and then more and some further on down the line. I will keep it as short and sweet as possible, but we got a lot to cover. Be forewarned, the first part is really boring, with all of the¬†‚Äútechnical‚ÄĚ writings and FEIS¬†monotonous language. But, they set the premise for what is to come, and they also give you a clear position to start from for the decisions to make later. So, without further adieu, here goes‚Ķ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

         Webster says that the meaning of semantics is linguistics, or relating to meaning or the differences between meanings of words or symbols. The hullaballoo about whether or not Ruby was going to work with the BLM to remove wild horses and burros to enable construction and placement has brought about nothing but denials. When it all boils down the to nitty gritty, kind of seems like semantics to me, but I will let you decide.     

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You Be the Judge, 8th Edition, February 05, 2010 – Calico Miscarriages & Malnutrition…

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on February 5, 2010

You Be the Judge 
8th Edition 
February 05, 2010 
By: Tracie Lynn Thompson  

With the death toll rising in the Calico Complex HMA Gather, several individuals have been emotionally affected by the reports of miscarriages. Veterinarian Richard Sanford released a document on February 02, 2010 reporting that the cause of these miscarriages was nutritional deficiencies in the mares, citing that ‚Äúthe miscarriage reduces the energy demand on the metabolism of the mare‚ÄĚ.¬†

The daily gather updates on BLM.gov estimate the total number of mares who have had miscarriages as 20-30 on January 29, 2010, with 3 more miscarriages since then as of today. This number is the estimated count of approximately 900 mares at the Fallon facility. With these numbers, the percentage of mares miscarrying calculates to approximately 3.5%. 

From the beginning of this gather, reports from the onsite observers and those in the general public¬†have disputed the very notion that the Calico horses were malnourished or starving. They claim that the BLM is using this as an excuse to remove the horses from the HMA to either (a) make way for the Ruby Pipeline, or (b) make room for more cattle grazing permits. The basic for this dispute is a multitude of photographs taken of the gathered horses in Calico showing strong, muscled, ‚Äúfat and healthy‚ÄĚ horses.¬†

Further claims state that the miscarriages are not a result of nutritional deficiencies, but are in fact a direct result of the gather operations themselves. Reports are widespread of added physical and psychological stress on already heavily pregnant mares by the helicopters, journey to the corrals, further ‚Äúchaos‚ÄĚ in the chutes and corrals, and subsequent¬†transport to the Fallon facility. This stress is purported¬†to be¬†the actual reason for the miscarriages.¬†

To date, gather officials from the BLM have not directly denied that the added stresses could have contributed to the miscarriages. However, they maintain their position that some of the horses of the Calico Complex HMA are in fact malnourished and starving, and that without immediate action more of the population will suffer the same fate. As well, they maintain that the majority of mares who have miscarried have been in poor body conditions to begin with, and had they not been so, the miscarriages would likely not have occurred. 

So two questions are evident: 

1.)    Are the horses of the Calico Complex HMA malnourished and starving? 

2.)   If so, is this the reason for the miscarriages, or is it due to stress from the gather? 

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GREAT Questions from One of Our Blog Readers… January 24, 2010

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on January 24, 2010

One of our blog readers posted this as a comment to You Be the Judge, 7th Edition. It’s pretty long in the comment section, but the questions were so great that I decided to answer each of them as best I could, and I am re-posting on the front page for better formatting. The italicized/red text are the questions. The regular/blue text are my answers. Enjoy!

I’m going to do my best to answer these questions, but my answers are only from the domesticated side of things as, obviously, my horses are domesticated. I will however forward them on to others who may be able to answer them better from the wild horse side of things… (You makin’ me think today LOL!)

*Just how long does it take for a horse to be able to eat after he’s run for miles pursued by a helicopter? Ok, not¬†pursued by a helicopter, but I have always allowed at least 30 minutes to an hour before any exertion, dependent upon several factors, but mainly the size of the meal that he‚Äôs just had. Grass and hay usually don‚Äôt ‚Äúcount‚ÄĚ as a ‚Äúmeal‚ÄĚ for our horses because they are fed prepared feed.

*How long does his normal body mechanism tale to re adapt after heavy stress? This one is the same for all horses. As soon as there is an imbalance in the body that alters his homeostatic state, regulatory mechanisms kick in and begin trying to regain homeostasis. The length of time it takes to regain that state varies. If he is young, healthy, and in good shape, it‚Äôs usually not very long; maybe 15-20 minutes. If he is older, of poor body condition, and possibly ill, the process will take longer for logical reasons. Not only will the body be trying to regain homeostasis, it also might be trying to defend its tissues and cells from invading organisms, i.e. infections, diseases. There are other factors that come into play as well such as the climate conditions ‚Äď cold/hot, humid/dry ‚Äď but again, these will play more into what condition the horse is in as to how it affects his ‚Äúrebound‚ÄĚ time.

*It might be crucial to offer not only the correct feed but extra protection as well in the form of windbreaks for weak or normal animals to allow the defense mechanism to kick in.  I think that when horses are pursued, they typically run for cover. I agree. This suggestion was also brought up and has been taken into consideration. No word yet on definite plans though.

*But here they are pursued and they end up in an open space surrounded by a foreign species, man, which they would normally run away from.¬†This has to have an effect on their nervous system as well, since it breaks down their fight or flight mechanism. Not exactly, and yes exactly. When speaking of the physiology of the equine body, the ‚Äúfight or flight‚ÄĚ mechanism is actually not psychological, but biological. The ‚Äúfight or flight‚ÄĚ mechanism is actually the sympathetic nervous system & the ‚Äúfeed or breed‚ÄĚ mechanism is the parasympathetic nervous system. The two are sub-systems of the autonomic nervous system which controls the involuntary processes of the body, such as heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, digestion, metabolism, etc. Basically, they control the responses in the body that do not require¬†an active thought to control. The sympathetic nervous system works on the adrenergic¬†receptors (alpha1, alpha2, beta1, beta2) and the dopaminergic receptors and is activated when there are stresses on the body which cause a loss of homeostasis. The parasympathetic system is the ‚Äúalways on‚ÄĚ system, running in the background and controlling vital signs, etc. within normal ranges. When the sympathetic system kicks in, the parasympathetic system ‚Äúsleeps‚ÄĚ or ‚Äústeps aside‚ÄĚ. The purpose of these two sub-systems is to allow the body to compensate when faced with environmental changes inside and outside of the norm. Going back to the psychological side, not the biological, the fight or flight mechanism is the brain‚Äôs¬† survival instinct¬†when faced with a dangerous situation. (See more below.)

*A mare might want to protect her foal but she can’t, and it might make things worse for her when her foal is separated¬†from her, even for the best intentions to provide him with adequate care. Could there be more compassion in caring for mares and foals?¬† Yes, in a way there could be. However, this is more a question of¬†‚Äúrisk vs. benefit‚ÄĚ. Would it benefit the foal more to be separated from his dam, vs. to risk him developing an infection if not treated?

*If the foal needs more care, could the mare be allowed next to him, even if she does not need special care?¬† When a wild mare thinks that her foal is being threatened, you don‚Äôt want to be¬†anywhere near her or the foal. She is still a wild animal, and will still react in a fiercely protective manner, possibly injuring herself, her foal, and any handler who might be in her way. Her reactions to the situation will actually cause the foal more¬†stress because he will be trying to “do as he is told” by his dam, but will be unable to due to being treated. This is reaction is a form of the psychological “fight or flight” mechanism in that the dam will “fight” because she can’t “flight”.

*I am willing to bet that some of the so called¬†“normal” horses develop behavioral and health problems later on¬†due to the fact that not only the switch from wildlife to captive life is brutal, but also that their normal defense mechanism is prohibited to kick in because they can’t run for shelters.¬† Add to that the extra stress of being mixed up with other herds, other band stallions.¬†It’s a recipe for disaster! Absolutely. As a trainer myself, I have dealt with this situation first hand. While in Washington, D.C. back in September 2009, I relayed the following story directly to Ed Roberson during a meeting at his office with myself, Elyse Gardner and Craig Downer:

In 2004, my biological mother adopted two fillies from the BLM adoption in Lake Charles, LA. They were the cutest little darlings in the world, and so curious! In all my years of training horses, I never had then and I haven‚Äôt since met two fillies who were more inquisitive. They wanted so badly to figure me out, but they were hesitant. I assessed both of them¬†on the second day after their arrival. (I gave them the first day to get a little more acclimated to their new surroundings.) They were in my round pen, which was 40 foot in diameter. I am only 5 foot tall, and I weigh in at a buck and a dime. They regarded me as though I was the biggest and meanest grizzly bear this side of the Rockies. No matter how submissive and no matter how dominate my approach was, they wouldn‚Äôt budge. (With Natural Horsemanship, the Language of Equus is used¬†to communicate with the horse. This is reminiscent of their times with their dams, and therefore is a much gentler and easier transition into the mutual trust with a human.) I was amazed at how much they wanted to get closer to me but just wouldn‚Äôt close that 40 foot gap, not even a foot! They hugged the side of the side pen as best they could, and judging their reactions, I didn‚Äôt dare push them any harder. They were full steam ahead into their fight or flight mechanisms; they didn’t feel as though they could fight me, so they would fly away from me.¬†After 3 weeks of this same game, the smaller and feistier of the two finally gave a little. She closed 5 foot, and then 10 foot. The other filly, not wanting to be left vulnerable without her ‚Äúherd‚ÄĚ began to hesitantly follow. Over the next 3 weeks, we closed the gap completely. I was so proud of them, and they were even proud of themselves, but I think more relieved because the curiosity was about to kill them! They became very good students over the next 5 months, and are now living with an ER nurse who worked at the same hospital as I did.

I relayed this story to Ed for two reasons. One, I wanted to express to him how highly unusual it is to have a horse Рno matter his background Рto react in such a manner for such a long period of time. Initially, yes, there are those who will be aching to bridge the gap but just can’t do so because of the memory markers psychologically imprinted in their minds. Two to three weeks at the most, and those are the really bad cases. (When using their language, they begin to almost recognize you as part of their herd, thus making the transition not such an obstacle.) These two fillies had been imprinted with memory markers that prevented them from following their own natural instincts and language. For a mind to go against its own native form of communication, there has to have been severe psychological trauma; otherwise known as post traumatic stress syndrome.

The second reason was because just before I relayed the story of the two fillies, Elyse Gardner had shown the video footage of Lily Thomas striking the horse known as ‚ÄúFloyd‚ÄĚ with a blue paddle on a long stick. It is my understanding, from various sources, that Lily was attempting to move ‚ÄúFloyd‚ÄĚ into the chute for examination, etc. When ‚ÄúFloyd‚ÄĚ resisted, Lily used the paddle as an extension of¬†her arm, just as is done in Natural Horsemanship training. However, the video showed Lily actually striking the horse, not placing the paddle against his body to induce the pressure zones, hence a movement away from pressure. I have to admit that I was a little less than ‚Äúdiplomatic‚ÄĚ at first. Speaking, typing, reading or hearing about a horse being struck invokes a reaction of¬†anger but it‚Äôs one that I can usually control for the sake of diplomacy. Witnessing the act is a totally different situation. With Elyse‚Äôs help, I was able to regain my composure enough to offer my services to Ed and the BLM as a whole. I offered free clinics on Natural Horsemanship and the Language of Equus ‚Äď clinics I usually charge $25 per student, per day to give. Ed took my offer into consideration, and has on numerous occasions¬†brought it up in our conversations. Unfortunately, I have not been any clinics given to date to any employee of the BLM. The reasoning, I am told, is due to the overwhelming response to the gathers by the public, and therefore the BLM is in an ‚Äúall hands on deck‚ÄĚ situation. I always remind them though, there is a standing and open invitation to take me up on this offer. (I‚Äôll let you know if that invitation is ever accepted! ;p )

*I think that is one of the reasons people get so upset about the round ups.¬† It’s like asking for something beautiful and wild to suddenly react like a barn horse.¬† If their genes are made¬†to live in the wild, their genes have a blueprint as well to react to stress, fear and exhaustion, and after reading the above studies there seems to be¬†a gap between the study of a horse making¬†his own choices in the presence of¬†the elements and the reality of the horse desperately wanting to flee or even just join his herd and not able to do so. Agreed.

*Since entire herds are rounded up at the same time, why do they get mixed up with other herds?  This is destructive to the natural structure by which the wild horse lives his life.  Could there be more improvement on the matter? My best guess is the reasoning would have something to do with time and space constraints; meaning that in a gather of this magnitude, there simply is not enough space or time to separate the bands/harems into individual pens. However, during the Pryor Mountain HMA Gather in 2009, Matt Dillon was a volunteer and was able to help distinguish which mare or weanling went with which harem or stallion. This proved to be very beneficial at the time, but there were mixed reviews about the overall success after the fact.

*What about all the horse gentlers?  Every one has seen the movie the Horse Whisperer.  Since then they are many horse whisperers out there, why not involve their knowledge into the round ups? It is a separate issue from the round ups, just in the same way that wild horse health and regular horse health are separate issues.  I would be surprised to get the advice of specialist who is willing to bring something else to the table. LOL, see above. As well, I have been told by BLM and Wild Horse and Burro Program officials that the gather personnel do attend such clinics, regularly. One in particular is Ross. (I am soooo sorry! I can’t remember his last name at the moment!) Anyway. I have been told by several individuals who have seen him at gather operations that he is really great with the horses, employing a lot of the same techniques used with Natural Horsemanship Training and Equus.

*These steps might not seem important to let’s say, a cowboy, (or cowgirl!) but again, there are huge advances in understanding the world of sentient beings and many proofs that once we involve the horses in their own recovery, they also react positively to the change.¬†That’s also what I mean when I am talking about studies stuck in the past.¬† We need to bridge the gap between the understanding of the wild horse not only from a veterinarian point of view but also from the point of view of people who get amazing results by dealing with horses in a more gentle and dare I say, “modern” way. I think from that point of view, the horse would benefit, the vet bills might come down, the budget might even have a bigger beneficial margin since more horses might be keen to be either adopted or at least adapt better to their new environment. I couldn‚Äôt have said it better myself, and ironically enough, have said it almost the same way to ‚Äúthe powers that be‚ÄĚ multiple times. It‚Äôs all about how you ‚Äútalk‚ÄĚ to the horse. It‚Äôs amazing what you might ‚Äúhear‚ÄĚ.

*T*

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(Updated) Response to “TheandBetween”, or “My Healthy Horse”, Blog post today…

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on January 24, 2010

Updated at 1850hrs: see below for reply post from Eileen O‚ÄôConnor, author of My Healthy Horse blog page…

I received notification a little while ago that The Mustang Project’s Blog had been mentioned on another blog’s page in a post. The following is the link to that post:

“My Healthy Horse” Blog page…
 
If that link doesn’t work, try this one:
 
My response in the comments section, still “awaiting moderation”… *now posted, 1850hrs*
 
themustangproject   Please Note: Your comment is awaiting moderation.

All,

I do apologize for the confusion about The Mustang Project‚Äôs Blog page‚Ķ However, the posts were never removed from the blog. Specifically, the 4th Edition of You Be the Judge is just an older post whose URL went to the next page under ‚ÄúPrevious Entries‚ÄĚ (https://themustangproject.wordpress.com/page/2/).
The links to the You Be the Judge Editions referenced above are as follows: Read the rest of this entry »

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You Be the Judge, 7th Edition, January 22, 2010: How does a wild horse keep warm?

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on January 22, 2010

You Be the Judge
7th Edition
January 22, 2010
By: Tracie Lynn Thompson

           Recently, there have been many questions about whether or not to provide shelter and windbreaks for the wild horses being held at BLM facilities with inclement weather on its way. There have been claims and accusations of cruelty, inhumanity, and down-right cold-heartedness directed at the BLM and the Cattoor Livestock employees.   

            This conflict begs an even bigger question… How does a wild horse stay warm? He was born on the range, in the wild, with no man-made shelters or windbreaks. He has lived his life up until now in that environment, and his ancestors lived in this manner for 45-55 million years beginning with hyracotherium and eohippus. So how does he maintain warmth and survive in an environment with temperatures that have been known to stay below freezing for months at a time?   

            This edition is an attempt to explain the physiology of the equine’s thermoregulation mechanism. I will admit that there are points in this edition that are technical and scientific, but I will do my best to keep them to a minimum. I encourage you all to learn as much as you can about this particular subject; it’s not over yet, no, far from it.   

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Before we get started, I‚Äôd like to dispel a myth: Horses do not¬†require¬†physical activity such as running or trotting to generate heat. In cold weather conditions, more heat is lost¬†while the horse is exerted than is retained. Therefore, a horse standing or lying still is typically better¬†able to retain body heat than a horse that is active. I will explain all of this in this edition.¬† Read the rest of this entry »

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You Be the Judge, 6th Edition, Jan 19, 2010, Questions Answered by Directors of Ruby Pipeline, LLC…

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on January 20, 2010

You Be the Judge
6th Edition
January 19, 2010
By: Tracie Lynn Thompson

As promised in the 5th edition of You Be the Judge, answers have been received from the directors of the Ruby Pipeline Project. So let’s get right to it, shall we?

Copied directly from email correspondence with permission from Richard Wheatley, Media Relations Manager, Ruby Pipeline, LLC: (All texts shown in red are statements from Richard Wheatley, Media Relations Manager, Ruby Pipeline, LLC.)

First, let me recap our position:

The proposed Ruby Pipeline ‚ÄĒ both in its planned construction and its future operation ‚ÄĒ is and would be entirely compatible with current wild horse and burro populations in and near the Project‚Äôs geographic footprint, and El Paso Corporation and Ruby are committed to minimizing any impacts from the Project. That commitment includes wild horses and burros. Read the rest of this entry »

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You Be the Judge, 5th Edition, Jan 15. 2010 – Ruby/Calico Questions Answered by BLM…

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on January 15, 2010

You Be the Judge
5th Edition
January 13, 2010
By: Tracie Lynn Thompson
 

Following the last edition of You Be the Judge, I just couldn’t get past some of the things that kept popping up. So, as usual, I had to ask. I received a lot of emails and phone calls asking a lot of questions. They ranged widely at first, but then a pattern started to emerge, and I was able to narrow them down to a few questions that encompassed the overall gist of things. Once I did that, I sent the questions to BLM personnel and officers, who in turn sent them to Gene Seidlitz, Winnemucca District Manager. 

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Alliance of Wild Horse Advocates Re-Posts 3rd Edition You Be the Judge…

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on January 12, 2010

Alliance of Wild Horses & Animal Law Coalition re-posted You Be the Judge, 3rd Edition on their websites. They also got another opinion:

We asked Corrine Davis, DVM, PHD, a retired university veterinary pathologist, wild horse advocate and an adopter of a several wild horses (and a burro) to review the necropsy report.  Her comments are as follows: 

This exam as described could easily be carried out in the field. The chest being full of blood and the finding of a ruptured pulmonary artery are consistent and could easily explain acute death.¬† The exact nature of the heart defect was not described. The ventricular hyperplasia and dilated atria could have been secondary to a primary heart defect.¬† The usual congenital defects are either septal defects (holes), malpositioning of great vessels, or failure of fetal structures to close. I saw no estimate of weight of the animal.¬† I think the conclusions are valid and that the cause of death was due to rupture of an aneurysm in a great vessel. Cardiac defects are relatively common congenital defects in many species including man. Read the rest of this entry »

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You Be the Judge, 4th Edition, January 11, 2010 – Calico Gather…

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on January 11, 2010

You Be the Judge‚ĄĘ
4th Edition
January 11, 2010
By: Tracie Lynn Thompson

 

 Last Thursday evening, Jan. 07, 2010 I spoke with Gene Seidlitz, District Manager for the BLM Winnemucca District Office. I asked him several questions about the current Calico Gather Operations, but specifically I asked about the reports regarding the 20 year old mare who was euthanized at the Black Rock East trap site. Gather officials and the onsite vet stated the decision for euthanization of the mare were related to her poor body condition, (Body Condition Score of 2.4) and her unlikely ability to survive either the transportation to Short Term Holding or returning to the wild.

Even more disturbing were the reports that this mare‚Äôs euthanization orphaned a not-yet-weaned foal. The alleged foal has been reported¬†to have been taken¬†to the Fallon Facility after his dam‚Äôs euthanization by other blogs and news articles. It has been said that he had ‚Äúrecovered well‚ÄĚ, being placed in a pen with other mare / foal pairs and had bonded ‚Äúwith one of the mares, standing near her for the comfort and security his mom would have provided‚ÄĚ. Further accounting states that ‚Äúthe BLM reported that it had separated this foal from the mare/foal pairs.‚ÄĚ The foal was then ‚Äúhoused by himself in an adjacent pen‚ÄĚ. Read the rest of this entry »

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You Be the Judge, 3rd Edition, Calico Foal Death

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on January 9, 2010

You Be the Judge, 3rd Edition, January 05, 2010, By: Tracie Lynn Thompson 

On January 01, 2010 a foal perished during the gather operations in the Calico Complex Gather being currently¬†conducted by the BLM. Following the initial¬†report¬†coming out on the internet, there has been much speculation as to why and how the foal died. One¬†website reported that the¬†foal died from “a congenital heart defect”, while another stated it was from “a pulmonary event”. Read the rest of this entry »

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