Stories and pics soon…

At least he has his dad... but for how long?

Working on a story for Horseback.

I just have time to share a single photo tonight.

This system based on 20-30 year old guesswork that has inadequate data plugged in to make far reaching and irreversable decisions runs full steam

In it’s wake wild families are being torn apart.

This stallion (with his son at his side) continually calls to his mare. She calls back… her son looks just like her.

I need to get to bed but I urge you all to keep calling the White House and Congress. We need a Congressional Injunction asap and this program evaluated top to bottom.

Twin Peaks Pics III

Not much to say… or perhaps not enough time to type all my thoughts…?

Today BLM had us head out to the trap site. We were aprox. 1 mile from the mouth of the trap and visibility into the trap was obscured by trees.

Helicopters took off at 7:14. We saw three horses head into the trap at full speed when we arrived. We observed no other horses captured but we heard the helicopters to the east. We were told wind was a factor.

After about 4 hourse we left the trap site and headed out to look around. We saw the horses at Twin Peaks just being wild horses.

Then we stopped at Litchfield… and saw the captives.

Heading to bed. 

Still free...

Are his days numbered?

As we should be...

Litchfield Stallions

New life...?

Work to do…

So much work to do.

Observation?

The Contempt case filed in reference to the events that occured at Owyhee is still sitting on the Judges desk awaiting a response from the BLM. But I’m not sitting still. Even more information is coming to light and it is being readied for presentation.

But the case still needs support and the attorney is still spending “billable hours.”

 The place to help continue that effort is www.grassrootshorse.com

Herd Watch will have it’s own website very shortly. This should streamline the process of updating everyone and create a portal to become involved and get signed up with a Team for training and assignments. (Yes… I have actually found the time to get much of that material typed!)

If you support Herd Watch please make sure you type in Herd Watch. I have been told that the button takes you to a general donation page for Cloud. http://thecloudfoundation.org/index.php/news-events-a-media/news/wild-horse-issues/342-herdwatch

Best Friends

General and the Boyz are in the care of Return to Freedom and we should have an update from them soon. http://www.ReturnToFreedom.org

Calico Mares updates will come through Elyse Gardner and Dream Catchers (her project) and from what I understand there is a new baby in that group.

Me….? I’m researching and putting thousands more miles under me. Working on many fronts…

Yes, the last two months have been hectic but productive. The effects of the concussion are finally wearing off…. but I still have a lump on my face that may never go away. At least it’s not another big scar.

Say a prayer that the Judge will actually allow this case to hit the coutroom.

The time is way overdue for a forum for accountability.

Hang on… if you thought the ride got bumpy this last week, just wait… buckle up!

Don't forget Hope...

Twin Peaks (photos)

Tired…

Just some photos I took today.

Young one...

Waiting to off load

Hubba Hubba

Hubba Hubba

These horses rely on their band structure for survival. It is always so hard to watch them loose their homes and the comfort of family. Yet even in the most trying of times they are so incredible to behold. The comfort they give to each other as they struggle with lameness from the round…. just sharing a few images from today.
I’ll look for some of the ones I took when they were free last Spring…

Comfort in the sick pen

 

Foal Death

Dead foal Twin Peaks (Downer)

Two-Week-Old Wild Horse Shot and Killed Before California Roundup

Advocates ask for investigation

Sacramento, CA (August 13, 2010)—The body of a wild horse foal was found near the site of the Twin Peaks roundup Wednesday by Craig Downer, wildlife ecologist and Cloud Foundation Board member, and Christy Davis, wild horse advocate. Davis, an experienced horse woman, examined the foal for any broken bones. What she found was an apparent rope burn on a rear leg as well as a gunshot wound.

 “It seems as though the foal was shot in the gut,” Davis states. “It looked as though the foal was abused, lassoed around the hind legs and dragged.”

The foal, approximately 2 weeks old, was killed prior to the start of the controversial Twin Peaks Herd Management Area roundup in Northern California. When Davis told BLM officials about finding the gunshot foal, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) employee, Carman Prisco, told Davis she must be confused and the dead animal was an antelope. Photos taken by Downer confirmed that this is indeed a wild horse foal.

Photographs taken at the capture site, set on sharp lava rock, reveal blood stains within the trap.

Mustang advocates ask BLM law enforcement to conduct a thorough investigation into the abuse and death of the federally protected wild horse—killed before independent contractor, Cattoor Livestock, began rounding up wild horses with helicopters.

Field reports from those on the ground noted a severely injured white stallion that suffered head trauma supposedly from fighting with other stallions in tightly packed transport vehicles. Even though the injury was serious, the BLM contractor was quoted as saying a vet “might need” to be called. The whereabouts of that stallion are currently unknown. Another stallion was off loaded into a pen with eight mules that attacked him, causing traumatic injuries. This incident was also brought to the attention of the BLM by public observers.

Advocates were told yesterday that there were no injuries, yet when they went to look at the horses in holding, the area was blocked off. They were told that they could not access the area because the “injured horses” needed to rest.

 Injuries are not uncommon in roundups and underscore the need for public access, says Ginger Kathrens, Director of the Cloud Foundation and EMMY Award-winning producer.

“Access is absolutely essential and is granted by the Constitution,”  says  Kathrens. “The ‘acceptable’ suffering of these horses is simply not acceptable to the caring public.”

Laura Leigh, Cloud Foundation Herd Watch coordinator, agrees.

“If this is what we see when the BLM actually allows us in, what happens when they black out their actions to the press and public?” asks Leigh,  plaintiff for the Owyhee round-up that ended July 20 in Nevada, “The time for real Congressional intervention is long overdue.”

The recent round-up in Tuscarora, Nevada—also run by Cattoor Livestock—resulted in the deaths of thirty-six wild horses.

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Links of interest:

Wild Horse Roundup Begins in California http://bit.ly/cuUZQN

PR Firm Hired for the Destruction of America’s Wild Horse and Burro Herds http://bit.ly/czf3HB

‘Herd-Watch: Public Eyes for Public Horses’ http://bit.ly/9Wvh58

The Mustang Conspiracy: Sex, Drugs, Corruption, and BP – investigative report http://www.abovetopsecret.com/mustangconspiracy/

Wild Horse and Burro Act http://bit.ly/a7hOeS

Disappointment Valley… A Modern Day Western Trailer- excellent sample of interviews regarding the issues http://bit.ly/awFbwm

Fact Sheet on Wild Herds & The Salazar Plan http://bit.ly/bfdX1y

Past Cloud Foundation press releases http://bit.ly/TCFpress

Photos, video and interviews available from:

The Cloud Foundation

news@thecloudfoundation.org

The Cloud Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to the preservation and protection of wild horses and burros on our Western public lands with a focus on protecting Cloud’s herd in the Pryor Mountains of Montana.

107 S. 7th St. – Colorado Springs, CO 80905 – 719-633-3842 www.thecloudfoundation.org

Message from Rob Pliskin

 Advocate Rob Pliskin sent this update on his “One man Silent Vigil for our horses” for me to share.

Thanks, Rob.

Rob Pliskin with Duster and Mel (Tracy Gantz)

Silent Vigil Update – Stand On Up, Sir!

Monday August 9, 2010 – Cleveland, Federal Building Plaza.  Hot and humid.  People going in and out still stopping for info and flyers!  The keynote for today was laid on me by a government employee who I had met and given literature to before.  On his way across the plaza for lunch with a group, he gave me a smile and a nod, a genuine fist pump and a “Stand On Up, Sir!” loud enough for everyone to hear. 

First one to take a flyer was the Federal Protection Officer who was my first contact months ago.  He stayed for half an hour and took literature. 

Then there was the disabled U.S. Navy sailor, with wrapped legs, who came and talked for half an hour, and showed me the check he had already cut for 500 dollars to WWF.  A kindred spirit.  He first hesitated but later wanted literature.

Next, another serviceman with relatives in NV who wanted to know what was going on, because he knew about the horses from his relatives.  They all needed their eyes opened, and truly cared.

More people came, a couple doing business in the building, another employee, all interested.  One employee said she would contact one of the local TV stations. Another employee who had rescued a horse, and another who just wanted to know. 

Not one disagreeable person among them all.  

Many want to know what I’m doing out there, holding a lead rope and open halter, my literature under a saddle blanket.  Many come up with a little quip, which I smile at.  Something like, “Lost your horse?”  They are really just interested, not mean.  It’s perfect, because it allows me to deliver the needed straight line about the roundups. 

And how it bothers me to be so real, and so timely, to have to deliver it, that it is necessary to say, yes, and they are getting ready to start another one this Wednesday….

The People want to know folks.  Find some way of telling them.  Be sure there will be someone telling you , Stand On Up!   And many more glad you did. 
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Soap Opera part II

This one picks up after Miller stops in the first video…

oh and there will be more. Here is part II…

Video footage by Elyse.  Edit by Laura.

I don’t know if you can see the number of times I bite my lip… for many reasons. There had been a lot of conversations over the previous days that covered an awful lot of information that needs to be repeated and repeated.

There is no way I believe the assertions that came forth in court, no way. But if they were true they actually created an even greater desire to bring info to the public. I was completely precluded from bringing any information except that they were willing to go through an awful lot of trouble to keep advocate eyes out of a place they never expected them.

Much more to come…

On top of the bruises we drove all night the day after Court to get out there. I’m surprised I’m coherent! (OK, so I’m entitled to complain a bit).

 

If you like Soap Opera…

The right side of my face and right eye are really swollen and bruised (ok, I’m entitled to a “vanity” moment every now and then). 

But listen to this if you like soap opera tales. Struggling with editing on a PC with very little umph… bear with me.

First Episode in “How Many government employees does it take to stop three women in the desert from seeing a single wild horse gathered in Owyhee? Part 1,” or “Can you believe this cr*p?”

Just Stuff

I am working best I can at the moment yet sometimes I don’t even have time to tell people what I’m doing.

Link to radio broadcast in Vegas: http://stevewark.podbean.com/2010/08/05/steve-wark-in-the-morning-equine-welfare-alliance/

I’m working on the reports on Owyhee and compiling some of Katie Fite’s information for court.

Getting the next “road trip” organized, not saying where I’m going…

Praying for Twin Peaks that will start Monday. If you are in CA get on the observation list.

More to come….

Put on the Pressure

Call Congress, call the President, call your local media.

This needs to STOP now.

circulate this story http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5j3KneW2-RKLUyhSWI21IixzPpWJAD9HBHSA00

I am still waiting to see if the Judge is going to listen…

You all know the story out in Owyhee.

Two years to plan a gather. Last year grazing leases were reissued and a round up called off.

This year they declare an emergency after a court case was filed. They were out there in May and never declared any such emergency. The day of court they create a document claiming 75% of horses would be dead if the judge granted my order.

Yet they did not tell the judge the alleged emergency was finite.

They then played a cat and mouse game with my First Amendment rights. Not a single horse from the Owyhee HMA was witnessed.

Then they played a game using the same two observation days planned pre-lawsuit to say they were complying with the court.

I saw less than 100 horses rounded up from the 1400 (that’s the number Ken Miller testified to in front of the state Legislature on Friday in Ely).

Here is the first day of activity:

I apologize for the camera shake but I had to shoot through the jute and many of the “observers” were rather inconsiderate of those with cameras and the jute was often pulled on.

If you tube doesn’t work I’ll check bugs later. I have to run……. more work to do.

I forgot to add this map. (too much to do)

Anyway, note fences. Is it possible that the BLM misleads? Or just doesn’t have the information? The guy in the video that says he “hasn’t been up there,” is the field offfice manager.

Map of Rock Creek (Compare to map in video)

Calico Confusion

Just want to take a moment to try to sort out some of the confusion about where the Calico horses are going.

Craig Downer purchased Lightning and the old mare 0101.

Mares and fillies are going to Dream Catchers.

And Return to Freedom has taken in the stallions (General and crew).

If you want to help with expenses please now go to those websites and mark donations either calico stallions or calico mares.

There is a really nice article on the AWHPC site about the stallions.

http://www.wildhorsepreservation.org/news/?p=1530

Boyz at the pile