For Mom

Just a reminder this is my blog.

Thought I might make it to see my mom and kids this holiday but it looks like I will have a busy season. So I wrote a “letter” for my mom and made a video for her.

Yes, all of this insanity hurts. It is my personal expression of it here. Not the most graphic or telling of the images… but ones that spoke to me today.

I love you mom… and yes, I am feeling sad. But not always… you know me well enough to know there is an equal “other side.” I promise I will show that to you soon.

double click video if link is not working to go to YouTube

Action for Augusta

Augusta HMA 10/27/2010

I recently went to the Augusta HMA to learn what I could and bring you some photos. If you have not submitted comment please read below and follow the link to the AWHPC action page.

Augusta Stallion

The Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is accepting comments on its “Wild Horse Gather Plan” for the Augusta Mountains Herd Management Area (HMA) in Nevada. The plan entails the helicopter roundup of 334 wild horses during January 2011 in order to administer the PZP anti-fertility drug to the mares and to remove approximately 50 horses who live outside the invisible HMA boundaries.

The proposed treat-and-release plan is a step in the right direction toward managing horses on the range and eliminating or reducing the need for future removals. We remain concerned, however, about the dangerous winter timing of the proposed roundup, as well as the roundup method, which will destroy wild horse family bands. We also oppose the plan to permanently remove 50 horses living outside the HMA. We need to urge the agency to begin to address the longer-term flaws of the wild horse program, including artificially low Appropriate Management Levels, unfair allocation of resources within designated wild horse and burro areas, and destruction of predators that provide natural population control. Finally we must urge the agency to ensure transparency by providing public access to observe all all aspects of the proposed roundup.

If you have not taken action go to AWHPC page for quick “click and send” option.

Augusta Family

Sacramento Rally

This bird kept flying over our heads in Sacramento

Did a quick article on the Sacramento Rally this past weekend.

http://www.examiner.com/horse-in-national/public-voices-for-wild-horses

Haven’t had time to publish anything there for a bit so let me know if the article comes up.

Heading out the door… Silver King video will be up in another day or so… researching, researching, researching…

We will NOT go away.

Faces of PVC October 2010

Editing tons of footage and reviewing still images.

What sticks in my mind this am are the thousands of faces in holding I have seen. These are just a few from one day at Palomino Valley. Horses are from Tuscarora and Twin Peaks…

Second video of Tonopah and videos from Silver King coming soon… heading out to check on some horses first…

Edited to Add stills from today

Stallion PVC

Stallion (Big Pen)

Twin Peaks Stallion (Broken Family)

Twin Peaks Stallion

Mares (PVC)

Mares (PVC)

"Why?"

Tonopah

It has been a bit of a “rough trek” trying to report to all of you the treatment of our horses as they are rounded up and handled by the BLM. I am still trying to get a report on the actual trap for Horseback.

In Tonopah we had an AML of 3 at Paymaster because they didn’t want to list as a “zero out” and to allow a horse or two to cross the border on occasion.

Observation was discriminatory, again.

It has taken me some time to edit the footage together that I have to give you all a “taste” of the frustration. It is frustrating to view the tapes and review the documentation.

Gather reports: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/battle_mountain_field/blm_programs/wild_horse_and_burro/montezuma_paymaster/gather_daily_reports.html

Field office data… Please note the number of “Fast tracked” projects and that so many use WATER. Also note how proud the district is of how much gold and silver come from the land (we all know about mining and what it does to WATER):

http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/nv/field_offices/battle_mountain_field/blm_information/projects_and_planning.Par.37910.File.dat/Projects%20and%20Planning%20Schedule%202010.pdf

Note the date on this project that utilizes heliostats (water) in the federal registry, Sept. 3, 2010 with expected approval of Dec. 2010:

http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:SG-yOAYYixIJ:www.loanprogram.energy.gov/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/TCD-NOA.pdf+blm+tonopah+field+office&hl=en&gl=us&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEEShmz2Tjqr-i3koby0E8pe0lb10cF01pEAePDcUDkRYayq_awF4DpcSdoc3LwCEmDoF9ENyDVtXD44r0MCP0TQkHXGAzMw0YjyZP7XAakYoS3PzOFrEzMwh68oQ1Ly5Xj9_BrOfq&sig=AHIEtbR6sG7W9Gp-dkaHiktWZ3jNad4uxw

Warning in New York Times article: 

“The Nevada controversy highlights the emerging conflict between the Obama administration’s plans to greatly expand the use of renewable energy and the concerns of those who fear solar arrays, wind farms and geothermal plants could disrupt or destroy wildlife habitat and soak up precious water supplies in the arid West.”

http://www.nytimes.com/gwire/2009/04/23/23greenwire-park-service-warns-of-solar-projects-impacts-t-10660.html

But OUR horses are just about gone now in this area and the main reason given is lack of water… but we can bend over (literally) to create avenues to “fast track” projects, yet can’t find a way to make sure horses can get water.

Silver King video soon… Just need to push through the frustration. 

Edited to add stills.

We watched loading only after Horseback called DC

 

Paymaster AML of 3

 

 

Tonopah's one day of Observation

 

Fighter

For RT and Terry

Silver King HMA 2010

I normally don’t respond one blog to another… but Louie on RT’s blog felt RT might need to be reminded that he is not alone… we are many.

There will come a time when the Earth grows sick and when it does a tribe will gather from all the cultures of the World who believe in deeds and not words. They will work to heal it…they will be known as the “Warriors of the Rainbow.”

Don’t know how much I believe in any prophecy… but we will NOT go away. It is time to wake up and smell the bullsh*t before our horses are gone.

I need a bit of inspiration and I am an animator at the core… I am editing my video footage from the last two months and my heart aches… so y’all need to bear with me, it’s my blog.  : )

I did not make this video, I love the song.

Family no more

There has been a lot of interest in the photos I took of a family that had just been separated.

The stallion did his best to comfort his son as his mom called from the other side of the fence. I witnessed the stallion off loaded at Palomino Valley, but not his son. I never saw the mare again.

Broken Family

A moments comfort

Father and son

I’ll add more later… just got a call and need to switch gears.