Every once and awhile I need to post a reminder that this is my BLOG. A blog is defined as an online journal or diary. I write articles and papers for several sources and provide documentation, video, photographs for several other organizations, publications and broadcasters.
I like to keep the blog open for discussion. Yet if the language gets stronger than the occassional “shit” or deteriorates to personal attacks I will ban you from posting. The opinions expressed on the blog are not all mine.
The post came from “Rounder” today…
The Rounder (19:28:04) : Well, if you think about these foals out on the range that is covered in two feet of snow and they can’t get to feed, I’m sure they are happy as hell to get all the feed they can eat at the holding corrals after being gathered. What you should do is ask for a bigger picture that shows the foals getting all the food they can eat from beneath the panels, which the picture does not show to make you believe that they are being starved!!!!!!!!!
Here is my response:
Laura Leigh (20:09:01) : Hi “Rounder.”
They are not being starved in the temporary corral at Eagle. There is hay.
But I disagree with you completely about “starving” on the range.
These animals are only allowed legally on 10% of public land where they are not given a fair share of the resources. Where other interests are continually given priority… even though those other interests can exist legally on the rest of public land.
When you do the math the horses get the short side of the equation.
I have had the “no food” discussion several times with some that post here. There is hay at holding… but the youngsters I saw want their moms… moms that still have milk.
“Rounder” these horses do not expend much energy in this weather. This time of year they conserve “fuel.” The stress of the roundup and separation compounded by the cold leaves them vulnerable to illness. To allow the mares and youngsters some “stress relief” by pairing up could go a long way… and it’s not happening at this roundup.