The public was offered the chance to sign up for two, limited availability, public tours given on June 3, 2011 of the Broken Arrow (aka Indian Lakes facility) in Fallon Nevada.
I went a few mornings and watched them from over the fence line working to ready the facility.
This facility was open for weekly public tours while the BLM waited for a Court decision on the Twin Peaks case. As soon as they had it they closed the doors claiming this facility was not contracted to be open to the public.
Through a FOIA request journalist Deb Coffey discovered that this was not the truth. The facility was closed because damage was being done to the Bureau’s reputation after images were published of the care the horses were receiving by the agency tasked with “humane management” of a National Treasure. The documents also prove that the facility is actually contracted to give weekly public tours through the year 2015.
As the case for transparency moves into the Ninth Circuit the facility has now made this token gesture. There were areas that were off limits, like the hospital pens. The public was not allowed to leave the wagon.
Although a crafted Public Relations stunt it proves that the doors can be open and weekly tours performed.
Please note that this facility will be taking mares and foals coming in from the summer roundups beginning during actual foaling season on July 1. This facility hit capacity this winter. Where have they gone if this facility can now take in more?
Please support the lawsuit bringing this issue to the Courts. Go to http://WildHorseEducation.org