Saturation

I finally hit saturation last night.

Reviewing the photos from yesterday and emeshing in the manner in which these magnificent animals, supposedly protected by Congress, are being literally harrassed and terrified into these traps made me physically ill.

I am very good at staying professional “in the moment.” I will vocalize my disapproval in a manner that is unmistakable. Yet I am very good at staying in a dialogue that remains civil. But last night the energy that took literally drained my reserves.

I took almost 2000 frames (plus more on another camera) yesterday. The majority of those of the actual roundup, and not the incredibly beatiful range, show the constant harrassment of our horses. Families broken and literally chased in separate directions, single horses repeatedly targeted, and a pilot that looked more like he was in a cutting competition than one attempting to “herd.”

I am working on a sequential slideshow today… but I am also heading out to the range and holding. Please understand the tremendous volume of information I have and the very long days that start at 4 am and often do not end until after dark… and that is just being out.

Nights have been spent dealing with constant drama… from places it should not be coming.

Keep it simple… keep it focused.

I do need help to stay out here… Grass Roots Horse is the direct line to do that.There are many avenues that need further exploration and confirmation. It is also the place to help move the legal challenge through that is fighting for your right to know.

Superbowl Sunday BLM style

I will get out what I can asap.

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16 thoughts on “Saturation

  1. Cindy says:

    Laura you are an angel for the horses….god bless you

    ..and thank you for making a difference…

  2. Mar Wargo says:

    Many people are going after this pilot and exposing this. I have hopes the pictures and the reality are sinking into more brains. You have been doing great work. hugs, mar

  3. Cat Kindsfather says:

    Hang in there….
    There’s a visual present for you at BarnDoorStudios.com.
    Hugs…

  4. Louie Cocroft says:

    We’re racing, Laura–we’re racing and doing our best to keep up with you and get the info out where it needs to go–24/7

  5. R.T. Fitch says:

    Hang in there sis…relief is on the way, from a very long ways away.

    Just for some solace, every problem that revolves around the horses is cause by humans.

    The wild horses would be just fine without the bloody BLM (heartless people). Rescues wouldn’t have to save abused or neglected horses if it were not for the humans who caused the problems. But what sincerely stings is when you are attempting to help, save or rescue horses you are put in the position of dealing with MORE people crap because of all of the politics and human egos that rise to the surface and stand in the way of the welfare of the horses.

    Years ago, I would feel great satisfaction by pulling a horse out of an auction or an abusive situation and nurturing them back to health. Then I found myself on the BoD of a rescue and 100% of my time was spent managing people problems within the rescue INSTEAD of helping the horses. It was draining and disappointing.

    All horses would be well if we could simply remove the human element.

    Keep the faith, Laura…I will be there soon and at the very least, you will have something to laugh at, or about.

  6. Lisa Norman says:

    Laura, I know words can not comfort you. You are so valuable to this cause and it is as selfless for you to do this as it is selfish for us to hope you continue to do so. My love and prayers are with you always as with the horses. God bless you.

  7. Jo De George says:

    I thought about you all day today, Laura. I just kept trying to imagine doing what you do everyday for the love of these magnificent horses. I could never have the strength and courage you have. Please know that there are so many of us who love you and truly respect all you are doing. Love, light and strength.

  8. jean says:

    Laura, the love, respect and devotion you have for these magnificent creatures goes without saying. Your strength and commitment to them is remarkable and I can’t thank you enough, being there for our wild ones. They need you and all of us, now more than ever. Keep the faith and know that what you’re doing IS right and truth will prevail. God bless you and the many others who have worked so diligently for their protection.

  9. Laura, yet another request. Try to take as many pics of video close to the trap site with either vehicles or people in view. I am researching the FAA rules and FSDO (Flight safety district office) rules and are exchanging mail with both the FAA, the NEVADA FSDO and the manager of the BLM Flight program. This is a long shot as everything.

    • Anna says:

      hi Gabrielle; hey that is an excellent idea; keep up the work with the FAA…maybe the FAA can stop the BLM ! ps I would emphasize: must be laws against getting so close to the animals; there must be “rules! A GREAT IDEA; thank u !

  10. Anna says:

    Hi Laura: summary: BLB.gov Breeds excess mustangs yearly

    thanks for your stupendous work…sad to see the helicopters so close to the wild mustangs; a pity the BLM does NOT return Geldings to the Range; Geldings would keep the population of the wild mustangs to a sustainable level…I guess the BLM doesn’t like Geldings; they don’t “over breed !

    for example if the BLM put 300 Geldings to the range insteaad of 300 Stallions (which they did in Aug. 2010)

    then there would NOT be any excess mustangs to round up

    so imo the reason the BLM does NOT put ANY GELDINGS TO THE RANGE AFTER ROUNDUP IS; GELDINGS DO NOT BREED EXCESS MUSTANGS AND IF THERE ARE NOT EXCESS MUSTANGS BEING BRED; THE BLM IS OUT OF WORK; get it?

  11. Anna says:

    SEE? The BLM releases “309 Stallions which they call Studs…

    a. question: Why does the BLM call Wild Stallions “Studs?
    1. a Stud is a “breeding male animal…A STUD IS NOT ANY MALE ANIMAL…A STUD IS A MALE BREEDING CRITTER…
    2. so the BLM PUT OUT 309 MUSTANG “STUDS” STALLIONS
    (i hate that word stud; the blm uses the word so i do too);

    SO IF THE BLM SAYS THEY ARE TRYING TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF EXCESS WILD MUSTANGS ON US PUBLIC LANDS

    THEN WHY DID THE BLM PUT “309 MUSTANG STUDS OUT?
    WHY? TO BREED WITH THE WILD MARES…TO ? TO PRODUCE EXCESS FOALS…TO ? TO ROUNDUP IN FOUR YRS.!

    AS i HAVE BEEN SAYING; THE BLM IS “A BREED SELL SCHEME

    The BLM returned 581 wild horses to the HMAs; 272 mares after receiving a fertility control vaccine and 309 studs.

    comment: THE FERITLIY CONTROL LASTS ONLY 2 YEARS;

    SO IN EFFECT THE BLM RETURNED TO USA PUBLIC LANDS

    JUST THIS MONTH: 300 STUDS WITH 300 MARES Sooooo….

    IN 4 YEARS THE BLM WILL HAVE ABOUT 600 + EXCESS MUSTANGS

    THEN THE BLM WILL SHOUT ! HEY TOO MANY MUSTANGS!

    AND i WILL SHOUT! YEAH THE BLM BREEDS EXCESS FOALS YEARLY BY PUTTING OUT HUNDREDS OF MALE MUSTANGS!

  12. Anna says:

    ps BLM writes: The BLM returned 581 wild horses to the HMAs; 272 mares after receiving a fertility control vaccine and 309 studs. (2011)

    annes comment; the blm returned 309 male mustang stallions out onto a range of a million acres with 300 mares who ferility control lasts only 2 years; SO IN 2 YEARS FROM NOW; THE BLM WILL HAVE ON PUBLIC LAND

    300 MARES WITH 300 STUDS WHICH WILL PRODUCE FOALS
    WHICH THE BLM WILL CLAIM ARE EXCESS FOALS AND THE BLM WILL THEN USE TAXPAYER $ TO ROUND UP EXCESS FOALS

    SUMMARY NOT UNTIL THE BLM STOPS BREEDING EXCESS FOALS BY ADDING HUNDREDS OF UNFIXED STALLIONS TO HERDS OF WILD MARES….

    NOT UNTIL THEN WILL THE ROUNDUPS OF EXCESS FOALS STOP

    BECAUSE NOT UNTIL THE BLM STOPS BREEDING EXCESS FOALS WILL THERE NOT BE ANY EXCESS FOALS

    FOLKS; MUSTANGS HERDS DO NOT DOUBLE ON THEIR OWN EVERY FOUR YEARS

    NO FRIENDS THE BLM PURPOSELY DOUBLES THE HERDS…imo

    ps I am all for Stallions (Studs) on the range but not 300 !
    300 Stallions put on the range by the BLM makes excess foal; I would be in favor of Gelding some to put out! imho!

  13. Anna says:

    SO THE QUESTION I HAVE IS SIMPLY THIS….

    WHY DOES THE BLM NEVER PUT ANY GELDINGS BACK TO THE PUBLIC LAND SYSTEM OF OUR GREAT NATION ?

    THE BLM HAS NOT PUT BAck any GELDINGS in 25 years !

    WHY ? BECAUSE GELDING DO NOT BREED EXCESS FOALS!

    AND THE BLM WANTS TO BREED EXCESS FOALS ! “THE END!

  14. cward says:

    Laura,
    Please know that all that you do is so appreciated. I can only imagine how exhausted and disillusioned you must feel. But we (your loyal supporters) and the horses depend on you to get their stories told. You bring a face and a story to these magnificent animals and through you, I am able to inform, enlighten, and educate others about the plight of the American Wild Mustang.

    God bless…

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