Triple B_Day 3 Part 2

EDITED to add:

They killed the babies in this report today.


At the roundup we had runners go off with no explanation. We had a baby come in that I could see was injured.

So I added an extra two hours of driving to my day and headed to holding.

There I saw three youngsters treated for injury. I do not know how many were treated prior to my arrival. (note: it is interesting that I asked about the injuries and am only given information on the treatment I actually saw, with no other information offered. It always seems like “If they don’t see it, it didn’t happen”).

A big bay stud and his band have really hit me hard. He was in the last group (or at least the last group I knew of). One of his foals (the only one that came in with his band) was injured. They put his mare and injured foal in the pen next to him. He kept all the other horses from the fence line. He called to them non-stop while I was there. He was there at the fence line when I arrived in the morning. I was pretty upset by some comments Alan Shepherd made so I got a few quick takes and did not get one of his calls as they began to load that am.

I quickly headed to the roundup site instead as the day before they had already captured 40 horses before my arrival. Leaving holding early didn’t change anything, they still had about 40 prior to my arrival on Day 4. Keep in mind we leave our “meeting” spot at 4:30 am, that’s how much driving is involved.

The comments from Shepherd that were so distressing go like this:  “The palomino foal had weak tendons. The little chestnut has a bad mom. The other foal that was treated has a laceration to a leg, but it’s pre-existing. The animals drain the water and it needs to be refilled a couple times.”

Did that hit you like it hit me from the State Lead for Nevada’s Wild Horse and Burro program, Alan Shepherd? Did that hit you like it hit me from the man that constantly blames the animal for it’s situation? (Old Mare at Antelope) Did that hit you like it hit me from the man that took part in several “Final solution” conversations for our wild horses? (2009 Article animal Law Coalition) Did that hit you like it hit me from the man that answered in Federal Court that there were “no fences, no cows, no water” in the Owyhee HMA? (Gorey’s explanation to Horseback)

At the Antelope Complex Roundup this past winter there was the exact same situation with this contractor, Sun-J (it is a pattern). When I pointed out the deficiency Ben Noyes, the WH&B specialist in Ely, simply grabbed more tubs for water and placed them in the pens. He directed the contractor to appropriately distribute feed. He made no excuse.

Perhaps a man like Ben Noyes, that is able to admit a deficit and comprehends that the equation for the amount of horses translates into water consumption, should be the state lead and Mr. Shepherd should go muck at the Burns Corral until he comprehends what horses are?

I was told the runners went out to get the two injured foals. We already know that is also not the truth.

This IS foaling season. ALL foals have weak legs, that is why you don’t run a foal. It IS over 90 degrees during the day and horses need water. The fact that this conversation has to occur at all with an agency tasked for the last 40 YEARS with the humane treatment and management of our wild herds is OBSCENE.

note: and the more I review my tapes the more I believe that the roan is NOT that little chestnuts mom. The chestnut mare at the trap is most likely his mom. They even look alike. A bay dad and a roan mom will most likely not produce a chestnut baby. That baby was leaning against ANY family member he could because he could NOT stand. I’ll bet that’s why she was so agitated. I wonder where her baby is? I wonder so much about the ability to actually OBSERVE and not just process inventory in this agency. I need to see that chestnut foal.

Day 4 video coming soon… and more on Mr. Shepherd


21 thoughts on “Triple B_Day 3 Part 2

  1. Linda H says:

    I agree Laura! That seems to be the new normal for the BLM–every injury is a pre-existing condition, the fault of the animal not the humans stampeding them. All of a sudden there is an epidemic of clubfeet in foals–that was unheard of a couple of years ago. And the tendon business came up at the E. Douglas roundup last fall. That was the excuse made for the lame foal who couldn’t stand on his back feet, (that they subsequently shot, I later found out). Total accountability of every horse rounded up has to be documented, for transparency.

  2. Cindy says:

    bad mom? how could a baby have a bad mom and still (both) be around….isn’t that an oxymoron? They need to put some people with actual intelligence in charge. This is all getting redundant and nothing gets better. We need change…GOOD change.

  3. Mar Wargo says:

    Our horses need more water at the capture pens. Nevada BLM please see to it they get this water. When the heat gets to 90, please shut down the roundup for the day. These are OUR wild horses. WE object to the roundup and removal of our wild horses!

    Thank you Laura!!

    • Laura Leigh says:

      In Eastern Nevada the temperature cut off should be 85 degrees. It is for “in house” BLM roundups. The dry conditions make the dust as bad as the heat. Dehydration becomes a real issue… especially when there is a deficiency of water at holding.
      Trying to be a “good girl.”

  4. Mar Wargo says:

    Stop rounding up mares with foals and pregnant mares. Stop this. You are killing our horses! GEt more water containers NOW and keep the water truck there everyday and refill water as needed!!!

    This is more abuse we see. This is not acceptable. Sun J and BLM are negligent!

    Thanks so much for all your work on these videos, Laura!

  5. Louie Cocroft says:

    Keep documenting Laura. We’ll keep getting it out to the PUBLIC…you know…those people who pick up the tab for this shoddy operation.

  6. Mar Wargo says:

    How can you be “good” when you are witnessing all this real cruelty! The loss of precious foals and the injury to those we see… who may very well end up as Hope did is beyond comprehension!

    Stop all of this NOW, BLM!!! You hear me! End this now!! The tide is turning and you know it!

  7. Debbie says:

    Laura, this is so sad. Like anything else that involves the US government, our words fall on deaf ears!

  8. Lynette says:

    I went to the BLM facebook page and asked why they have not put up the two foals they killed today. And said that they need to have observers there to see the deformities they claim. Lets see if they remove my post. I went there in the hopes that many see our comments.

    Laura, they claimed deformities again. How is it that most of these animals they put down have deformities and not injuries from running so far across rocks and up and down mountains? Do they really think we are so stupid? I know the answer and yes they do. They need some lessons on stupid!

    • savewildhorses says:

      They don;t have deformaties. The BLM caused all of these injuries. They are sick people. Absolutely sick.

  9. Jill says:

    It is hard to be “good” when one witnesses such a lack of intelligence and basic common sense.

    Cruel and stupid go hand in hand!

  10. Jill says:

    However, neither are an excuse for insensitivity, unlawful destructiveness and the blatant malfunction and lack of human morals.

  11. Mar Wargo says:

    Send Mr. Director Alan Shepherd HOME! Bring back WH&B Expert Ben Noyes! Sun J is getting Carte Blanche with the best horses this earth could grow!

    These horses are beautiful; I look at their conformation, intelligent faces and their power and grace. Horses with these qualities are the finest!

    There are no other wild horses in the entire world like these!!! Our land has shaped them and they have shaped our land!!

    Why have these agencies been encouraged to turn their back on the laws and the American people and feed us all lies! OBAMA! What do you think you are closing your heart and mind to? These wild ones are a living link to our history! They were given land and law and they still have yet to be studied!

    Everything your agency is doing is illegal! We have the RIGHT to stop this and change directions. The damage done is already irreparable! STOP taking our wild horses and burros from us!!! Stop this betrayal NOW!

  12. savewildhorses says:

    My heart breaks for the foals that were only allowed to live days on this earth as the beautiful creatures God created them to be. To have your last day on earth be chased for miles by an incompetent pilot all over blazes, and terrorized for miles and miles only to meet this end and have a moron like Shepherd say those words about you. Please do not call them weak tendons. They are brand new tendons that Shepherd ordered his henchmen to run into jelly. Fire this contractor. And bring up Shepherd on animal cruelty charges, for that is exactly what this is. No doubt about it.

    • Poor Ginger says:

      Right on, swh! Young tendons aren’t ready for this brutal over-driving. The bone growth plates in the horses’ legs don’t close until they’re about 4 years old. This is why so many young racehorses pull up lame, never mind break bones … and they’re only raced over short distances, with days of rest and care in between. This is why HUMAN youngsters suffer permanent sports injuries. OVER-DRIVING!!!

      These babies (and many more to come!) never had a chance. And who know how many more have been shot, suffered and died on the range, or are wandering … frightened and alone … as we speak?

      • savewildhorses says:

        Chasing these foals all over hell for inhumane mile after mile is like putting a 500 lb jockey on a young racehorse.

  13. kara says:

    Wow is all I can say. How you manage to hold your tongue during all of this is a testament to your dedication. My mouth would have been running from the onset and I would have been thrown out.

    As to the water, they have to be absolute morons. My own mustang and his pasture mate, (a QH stud) went through 100 gallons of water every 2 days last week when our heat index was over 100 degrees, and they were just standing in pasture under the trees or in their shed. Just total ludicrous what the BLM thinks is proper.


  14. Marianne says:

    Brutal coward b****** crippling the poor little foals then calling it pre-existing condition?. What is that their excuse just so they kill a few more? I feel so bad for all those generation of families being torn apart and destroyed, that is just horrible. Has anyone seen or has taken photos of the claimed pre-existing conditions on the foals? Please post them.The wild horses on the range appear to have great conformation and very healthy. Has anyone counted how many horses blm’s roundup killed since July 20? I email facts, photos and video links to Obama requesting over and over that he stops the brutal roundups and reserve enough public lands for a wild horse preservation/sanctuary in all the states the horses currently roam. I want to make sure he sees what actually happens, hoping for a chance that he gets enough info and stops it all. Very sad for the all the wild horses.

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