Adoption Tidbit

Just a few tidbits for thought today.

I have written a few times about the adoption events held by the BLM. Recently I posted concern over some of the horses that get very little publicity and move from first adoption event into the realm of “three-strikes” without much fanfare.

Photo taken from BLM INet site

This pretty girl is at PVC. She is in her second adoption event. The second event uses the same awful pictures as the first.  No real publicity campaign associated with either event. Just days ago she had no bids. Today she does! Thirteen of the horses listed actually have bids this time.

Often we hear claims that the public does not “step up.” Those claims are always so outrageous. The public steps up to advocate, adopt and rescue so many that get into trouble. The public at large adores it’s wild horses. People that have never seen a wild horse in person, nor ever will, adore our horses.

But we need our government to really recognize what these animals mean to the moral of it’s people at a time when pride in being American is waning. We really do stand at a cross-roads where WE as a nation can rebuild our economy and social structure not on the backs of it’s people by supporting a select few and selling our land to foreign interests. We can create a real pride by protecting our country and reminding ourselves that being American does not mean being a “sell-out,” but it means being a resourceful survivor… like the mustang.

An effort by those in power could go a real long way right now. They need to show US that the willingness to restore US actually includes the things that matter to US.

I want to take just a minute to point out another horse at PVC that has no bids. This mare is gorgeous… but she’s a bay. Being a bay is a “bad thing” in the wild horse world. I was out looking at horses on private land (checkered land that illustrate that horses only have protection not by where they were born but only by the land they stand on in a moment), where someone may very well have “culled” the bays from the herd he gathers horses from for sale so they don’t breed the color out of the “stock.” Not much I can do about it except recognize the truth of the lack of protection many horses have in our world and the sad truth of what it means to be “just a bay.”

Taken from BLM INet site

She’s here.

Sex: Mare Age: 3 Years   Height (in hands): 14.3

Necktag #: 3616   Date Captured: 12/17/08

Color: Brown   Captured: Callaghan (NV)

#3616 – 3 yr old brown mare, captured Dec 08, from the Callaghan HMA, Nevada.

This horse is currently located in Palomino Valley, NV. For more information, call 775-475-2222 or email or

And please….

Visit IDA’s action page often for new Alerts even if you are on the mailing list. Sometimes actions are required very quickly and the few hours you can save by forwarding an ALERT before it hits your inbox could prove valuable.

IDA Action page here.

And keep calling the President and asking for a direct answer to the Moratorium call delivered to him last fall.

Whitehouse hotline number: 202-456-1111


12 thoughts on “Adoption Tidbit

  1. sandra longley says:

    Thank you laura, I know there are so many to be adopted and they all deserve a fair chance to find a forever home.
    I would also add I am asking for congress, my own senator, the president and the US Attorney general to start an investigation into the Wild Horse and Burro division, i would like a special prosecutor to be appointed if Mr. Holder does not have the time to look into this. I am sending the american herds article on the Massacre Lakes HMA as an example of the corruption, manipulation of figures, half truths and flat out lies being used to cover up why these horses are being removed..I know there are many instances we could provide him with where this has occurred. Hopefully IDA or someone will offer up a petition along these lines.

    • Laura Leigh says:

      The whole premise that AML is a scientific number is what needs to be evaluated. The original AML were based on guess work. To this day we have no scientific evidence that truly reflects any documented field study that shows how wild herds move through areas and how many horse an HMA can actually sustain.

      Statements that AML needs to be brought in line with what adoptions can maintain is an a$$backwards use of logic.

      AML needs to actually stand for something besides a low number in years they give out leases and a high number when contractors need money.

  2. jan eaker says:

    That is a good idea, i am sick of the manipulation of numbers, the fact that BLM really has no idea of real numbers, the inhumanity, cruelty, flat out mistreatment of these animals. I want to know why BLM has to heed NONE of the laws the rest of us follow; on another blog, a post records that the author asked to observe a coming roundup, she was denied access so as not to add stress to the horses! Are they kidding me???????? how can one person standing as an advocate stress these horses when they are already being stressed beyond belief by the agency that has been charged with their care?????
    I’m sorry to vent, I am just so frustrated, there seems to be no end in sight for the end of this horror, more babies dying at Fallon, all the internet horses with no bids, it is so unfair,

    • Laura Leigh says:

      You can vent here… no worries.
      We all share this pain.
      We need to keep looking… we will find a way.

    • Suzanne says:

      I couldn’t agree more. Like you said, if WE did something like this we’d be in jail and rightly so.

      That bilge about “stressing the horses” is what they gave the observers on the Pryor roundup. How would the horses even notice a few more people? Idiotic.

      They also claim they can’t have more observers at Fallon because they don’t have enough personnel to accompany them. Now, I can understand their not wanting just anyone wandering around the horses, but they don’t need BLM personnel to handle that. If they would work WITH the advocates, I KNOW they could get plenty of knowledgeable volunteers to take care of visitors. What a no-brainer – IF they were actually interested in transparency that is.

  3. Suzanne says:

    “Just a bay”?! What’s the matter with people these days? I have a gorgeous bay mare! I LOVE bay! Oh well…

    Agree, SO unfair that the BLM doesn’t have more publicity for their adoption program as a whole. I know I never had any idea what it was really about. They need to publicize not only the horses themselves, but how a person can get help on how to gentle a wild horse, and all the other info one might need to make a decision to adopt. A person can go forever without hearing a WORD about all this if you don’t live in a western state that actually HAS the horses.

    Speaking for myself, I never dreamed of trying it because I had no idea of what to do with a wild horse! Of course, when I lived in Dallas, I boarded, and here in Indiana, our fences would NEVER qualify. LOL!

    But, if I had been just a bit younger, I might have found a way to replace the fencing if I’d known enough about the program and the horses. Need WAY more publicity!

    • Laura Leigh says:

      I agree.
      And like I said statements about AML needing to be brought down to match what the adoption program can support as the adoption program has no real effort put into it is outrageous.

    • jan eaker says:

      if you live in Indiana, there are at least 2 foster programs that work with mustangs and get them fence broke, so they can be turned out in a pasture with regular fencing, I know, I just adopted one from them,

  4. Anna says:

    Thanks Laura; 2 very pretty Mustangs; which i had the $ $ $ !

    anyhoo my question is:

    Have you or anyone else seen “Any Black Stallions; fixed or unfixed?

    someone may want to adopt some Black Stallions or Gelding

    I cannot find pix of any; BLM said they have 25 Black Mustang

  5. Anna says:

    hello; Jan wrote; I know, I just adopted one from them,

    anne writes;

    Fantastic Jan ! wonderful news; great !

    thank u ! Anna 1951 usa

  6. Linda says:

    Laura, according to my May Internet Adoption research, the light palomino was adopted ($130/2 bids, I think), but the bay mare was not. In fact, NONE of the bay/brown mares were adopted.

    Interesting you should pick this mare to feature, since she was my favorite among all the Internet horses. She’s pretty and stout, seems engaged and bold, and has a free swinging trot. I hope this isn’t her “third strike”. I would hate to see this fine mare consigned to such an uncertain future just because of her color.

    I’m really upset at the photos and descriptions of the horses on the Internet. The vast majority have obviously had no handling, since they are not shown in halters. Most are dirty and unkempt, and there’s almost no attempt to point out any of their qualities beyond sex, age, color, height, and where and when they were captured. Just a short description beyond “just the facts” could make all the difference to a potential adoptor.

    • Laura Leigh says:

      This mare is spectacular…
      but just a “bay.”

      A coloration that actually is more indicative of a “wild” coloration.

      My prayer is that someone finds her…

      And that BLM puts as much effort into it’s adoption program as it does into the gather machine.

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