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.


14 thoughts on “Family no more

  1. Elizabeth LaRoche says:

    If only more humans showed this much concern for their offspring our society would maybe not have disintegrated so rapidly. Thank you for this wonderfully sensitive photography.

  2. Mar Wargo says:

    Good luck. I always fear the worst. Where can they be? We need to speak up for horses, as you have done, as they are captured. ASAP. These precious individuals have been thrown into the limbo of BLM and may be whisked to sale ands slaughter at any moment. BLM denies the outcome of these sales doing all of us and the horses a huge disservice in scrambling the reality We Know is out there stalking them to sell by the pound. Do not ever think these horses are safe in short or long term holding. Their lives are constantly at risk off the range. Humanity has stolen their lives and future. That you can depend upon. It is our national shame. mar

  3. Tara Bruning says:

    How can we not know where the mare went?? Are any being slipped into the trailers headed for slaughter? What a beautifaul stud.

  4. Anna says:

    hello; pretty sad example our Gov. sets for us people; I would not follow the gov if you paid me! our Gov. is out of control ! no Cola increase for america’s poor; but billions of dollars for some ill fated war in afghanistan; this is wrong !

    this is not the america i grew up know and love ! god help us!

    the blm separates mares and foals such as was done WWII !

    i could conduct a roundup where not one mustangs harmed

    always recall: Indian Lakes owned by a Hunting company !

  5. Anna says:

    My comment is:

    I think we should get the BLM indicted on Animal Abuse Charges…why not? I have hundreds of documented photos of BLM abuse; Hope; Feathers; the downed mare; Braveheart; the dead dying foals; the preg. mares “shot by Sanford…


    remember: the US Gov just arrested 60 citizens on meidcare fraud; so the US Gov could arrest 60 blm officials

    this is a case of Over cruelty to united states equine: Illegal!


    I am down on one knee: i am begging all you people; PLZ

    pleze please send PIX AND VIDEOS of equine abuse to your Seantors your Rep. and yoru Governor; this is what I do AND i have gotton some very postitive feedback: I have gotton over 50 personal letters from my sens. and reps. SO BELIEVE ME THE CONGRESS does have an inkling of the BLM purposely inflicted abuse of our precious Mustangs +B

  6. Anna says:

    highly unfortunate Senator Dodd; an animal rights activist will NOT be returning to Congress after 30 years in office;
    Chris Dodd is one of Connecticuts greatest treasures; imo !

  7. Anna says:

    September 14, 2010

    Ms. Anne Martha; 862 Wood Ave
    Eatonwood Condominiums
    Bridgeport, CT 06604-2140

    Dear Ms. Hadley:

    Thank you for contacting me to express your views on the efforts by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to control wild horse populations on Western ranchlands. Like you, I understand that the current path of the wild horse and burro program is not sustainable for the animals, the environment, or the American taxpayer.

    As you may know, BLM is the agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior that is responsible for administering public ranchlands. The lack of natural predators on those lands means that every four years the wild horse and burro herds double. The projected costs associated with this reality have forced BLM to make tough policy decisions. Through systematic roundups, BLM has maintained the balance between herds and the land’s capacity to support them.

    Although euthanasia was included in the Wild Horses and Burro Act of 1971, as amended in 2004, BLM only considers this option as a last resort. The Obama Administration has worked hard to implement a long-term strategy that will return herd populations to sustainable levels. On October 7, 2009, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced his plan to establish new wild horse preserves in the Midwest and East for those horses removed from Western ranchlands.

    In addition to Secretary Salazar’s efforts, President Obama’s fiscal year (FY) 2011 BLM budget proposal requests $75.7 million for the wild horse and burro program, an increase of almost $12 million over the FY 2010 level of $63.9 million. The budget proposal also includes a separate, but related, land-acquisition funding request of $42.5 million for the purchase of land for one wild horse preserve. Although the initial costs associated with implementing these plans is significant, BLM believes that the overall program costs will decline in future years, with herd populations on Western ranchlands becoming sustainable by 2013.

    In light of your interest in this delicate ecological situation, I hope you will be pleased to learn that the House of Representatives has passed legislation (H.R. 1018), which will work in conjunction with the conservation efforts mentioned earlier. The Restore Our Mustangs Act (H.R. 1018) requires the Secretary of the Interior or the Secretary of Agriculture to ensure that, to the extent practicable, acreage available for wild horses and burros is at least equal to the acreage where they were found in 1971. Furthermore, H.R. 1018 calls for an annually updated inventory of applicable animals and requires the publication of these findings on the BLM website every two years.

    Following its passage in the House of Representatives, H.R. 1018 was referred to the Senate, where the bill is now pending consideration before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. While I am not a member of this committee, please be assured that I will keep your thoughts in mind if and when this matter comes before the full Senate for debate.

    Thank you again for sharing your views and concerns with me. I hope you will continue to visit for updated news about my work on behalf of Connecticut and the nation. Please contact me if you have any additional questions or comments about our work in Congress.


    Joseph I. Lieberman

  8. Anna says:

    ps I won’t be online for a while; updating my computer; thx.!

    been a pleasure reading other people’s opinons; Anne 1951

    “Save the Mustangs; Burros; Colts; Rhinos; Sheep; Mt. Goats; Elk; Deer; Rabbits; Elephants; all creatures great +small ! ! @

  9. savewildhorses says:

    These images are so powerful. They say everything without saying a word. Why is man doing this to these creatures?

  10. Kathi says:

    Faith no more. So very sad…

  11. Puller Lanigan says:

    STH: I started to say these aren’t ‘men’ who are doing this but scum of the earth. Sadly, they are men. As my b-i-l likes to refer to most humans – or specifically these types of humans as ‘killer apes’. And worse, they are voted in by like minded people…or people who have been duped by them and their miscreant deeds are carried out by people who need work and don’t care what they do.

    Capitol Hill needs an avalanche of mail and press to hit them on this. Only THAT will get their pinhead attention.

  12. Puller Lanigan says:

    Well that’s all very nice for Weasel Lieberman to report, but S.R. 1579 (Senate version of ROAM, which MUST be voted on to be enacted) is languishing in the SENATE ENERGY COMMITTEE. It was passed off by Environment (Barbara Boxer’s Committee) to ENERGY….um, let me think??????? Um…water rights? Uh huh. Um…..Drilling? You don’t say???? Gas and oil exploration? Get outta town!!! Gold and Silver??? Wait, what does that have to do with Energy?

    Yep….Barbara is as big a B*#$% as the rest of them for handing off this to a group whose interests DO NOT lie with the horses or the environment. The only decent persons on this would be Landrieu and Bingaman. While it appears a slam dunk with Bingaman as Chair….his Committee includes the illustrious (NOT) Senators from ND, OR, SD, WA, ID, CO, WY, AZ, KY, UT and AK. 😛 Gag. The hopefuls are LA, NJ, AR, VT, IN, MI, NH, NC, KS, KY, AL and TN….although I recently heard soring is still a problem there, so they may not be so keen on saving horses.

  13. Puller Lanigan says:

    Chris Dodd was also a great negotiator! I was working on the Hill when I met him.

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