today and stuff

Between a few webpages you can now catch the video from the Press Conference

RT’s has the beginning:

Elyse Gardner has the rest, minus the question and answer. She is trying to get that rendered and loaded:

It takes time to get everything formated and uploaded. There is more to bring those of you that couldn’t be there… and folks will get to things as fast as they can.

Right now be sure to get your comments in on the strategy document. It is interesting that many seem to be getting interesting responses from Deb Collins at the BLM. Seems the woman that adamantly insisted, face-to-face at Silver King, that the BLM website is the most accurate source of information… at the exact time the removal count was off by over 100 animals and the whereabouts of  three loads (including the load I followed to Gunnison prison) were glaringly absent from the exact website she continually parrots is accurate… is again insisting that comments are not accurate because the videos and emails come from groups making money on this.

I slept in my truck the last two nights. Last I saw Deb Collins she had a new dye job and a french manicure. Nice government job… bet she has paid vacation, health insurance and a retirement fund. I wonder exactly who is putting out info to keep income coming in?

Here is her email response to folks sending in comments from info on the AWHPC page:

> Thank you for your recent e-mail to the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse & Burro Program.  The BLM did not announce the proposed strategy until February 24, 2011.   Several groups provided the wrong information on their websites and did not update the link with the correct information.  Therefore, since your comments were received prior to February 24, 2011, we would encourage you to review the actual strategy at the link below.  
> If you wish to submit any additional constructive, professional comments to the BLM afterward, please submit them to this e-mail address by March 30, 2011.   We appreciate your interest in the program and ask that you respond appropriately.  We understand that many people have received e-mails, video links, etc. that has presented the BLM in a negative light.   We ask that you keep in mind that many of these groups are looking for donations and not representing the facts.  We appreciate your taking the time to read the facts and make your own decision.  Thank you.
> Debbie Collins
> BLM National Wild Horse & Burro Program
> 866-468-7826

Today I sat at Palomino Valley for awhile. Horses are being seperated for what appears to be adoption events. It’s that time of year again… So I sat and listened to the horses calling to each other… and had my heart stolen, yet again, by a wonderful curious little gelding with a great butt. Of course he has no tag… kept touching my head and arm… beautiful eyes.

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sweet young horse

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will need homes....

Babies coming everyday…

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new babies...

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captive beauty

It’s been a long road… The sense of  “the game” still fresh from Phoenix… and listening to these horses call for each other… still stunningly beautiful in captivity… I sat and cried.

In Phoenix I called this issue “obscene.” It is an obsenity that in MY COUNTRY that I still believe in this mechanism of greed  tramples over our Constitutional rights as it literally genetically bankrupts, toward extinction, this amazing symbol of freedom…

Back to work.


9 thoughts on “today and stuff

  1. Mar Wargo says:

    The lovely horses vs the BLM BS… mar

  2. Barbara Warner says:

    This makes no sense to keep wiping out what few wild horses and burros are left unless it’s a plan to deliberately cause their extinction. I think this is it and that Salazar is behind it. His time is limited so it’s an all out war against our wild horses and burros . Now there ‘s the BLM and Fish and Game joining forces against them in NV and the Sheldon Wildlife Management area and even NV . They are determined to destroy them. Some way we have got to stop them.

  3. arlene orlando says:

    I am crying also Laura, These beauties capture my heart and soul with only one look, What is see is horses who only want to be free, is that to much for them to ask ???? I think not. ……….Its a crying shame that we give that to them freely, and those low life Greedy bastards take it like it is nothing, what is the matter here, the people give them land to roam free create Laws to Protect them and Preserve them, They love freedom as much as you and I , When they take it from them , they take it from all of us,Why do we have to fight , when their Freedom is a given ????? we share many things with the Mustangs…………….. I look into their Beautiful eyes i see the Wisdom of the ages , I see the love that they give to each other , nothing in this world can tear my soul a part but that of their Call to each other, we no voices to speak their message is very clear, some of us humans should have the love they give ………It is innocent ……………………

  4. deborah hurley says:

    Laura what does it mean when they have no tag? i mean this long into capture they should all be identified and cataloged right? was he branded? i mean maybe the tag was taken off by another horse buddy, but he was gelded so he needs to have been tagged at some point doesnt it? sorry for the paranoia just all these disappearing horses i want to be sure exactly what that means. LOL i have serious BLM trust issues!

    • Mar Wargo says:

      According to the BLM newly edited Facilities report there are 1,460 unmarked wild horses in short term holding… this is not an term I have seen posted before and I am wondering what it means??? Unbranded? I think this will need some investigation…. mar

    • Laura Leigh says:

      Yes… he has a brand that can be traced… I took a photo. General kept taking off his tag, too. It just makes ID a bit more challenging.

      He was a sweetheart. He has a great butt and an intelligent eye. I hope he finds a good home….

  5. Louie Cocroft says:

    Where and to who do we direct written comments?

    BLM Accelerates Fundamental Reforms to Wild Horse and Burro Management
    Release Date: 02/24/11
    Contacts: Michelle Barret , 202-208-6913
    Tom Gorey , 202-912-7420

  6. Poor Ginger says:

    Such softness in their beautiful eyes. It’s amazing that, despite all they’ve been through, the majority are still willing to connect with people they know by instinct and body language aren’t out to harm them.

    That buckskin mare is MAGNIFICENT, and her foal is so sweet. A horse of her quality should never have been removed, but should remain to pass her genes to future generations. I bet her stallion was a strong and handsome fellow as well. Of course, someone who actually KNOWS something about horses and breeding would need to be at the trap sites to choose who’s removed and who’s released.

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