There is an interesting phenomenon occurring at the moment:
The questions I put on this blog, and subjects I discuss, seem to get more of a response from BLM than the questions I ask when onsite… so now I will raise some more issues in the “food for thought” category and see what happens.
Vet Report on Two Foals that I asked folks to call for is posted on the “gather update” page. See Report Here
This is very interesting… are you paying attention DC? See if you can follow….
Here is the “palomino” foal:
Both foals noted in vet report are in this video:
Here is a quote from the vet report
“A 2‐3 weeks old palomino foal was brought in with a pre‐existing deformity on the right front fetlock joint. The foal was showing some signs of lameness and could not stand straight on that leg. Exercise associated with the gather activity likely aggravated the condition and the foal was standing and walking with difficulty. With the heat and activity of the gather the foal also showed signs of respiratory distress.”
I have more photos of this babe if you need them. If you haven’t figured out the problem here I’ll explain it.
This foal died because of the roundup. This foal died because it is foaling season. The explanation given at the trap location by Alan Shepherd was that this baby had “weak tendons.” The respiratory distress is all roundup related. Many of these horses have suffered damage from being run in the alkali that will not be apparent until later. I’ll say it one more time…. this baby died because you are running foals during foaling season. This death is listed as “non-gather” related… (you can insert tears of frustration, and swearing like a truck driver, if you want to get the full picture of how this makes anyone who comprehends equine psychology and physiology feel, here).
Do you need to be reminded that these foals RAN from a helicopter?
Now this second baby has my ears steaming…..
I was told onsite that the second euthanized foal was the one that the runners had trouble finding (y’all remember the one I said I would NOT leave the trap site until it was found?) I was told that baby had been euthanized…. but it was this one. I was very afraid that this foal was NOT with his mom… but a family member. Sun J does not mark mare/foal pairs.
Excerpts from “vet report:”
Foal 1: Final disposition, on July 25, 2011 this foal was re‐examined:
The foal was not improving in condition. She had been treated daily with anti‐ inflammatory injections for 3 days to relieve pain and showed no improvement. The foal as euthanized based on no improvement in her condition, the limb deformity and a poor prognosis for recovery from the lameness.
Foal 2: Final disposition, on July 25, 2011 this foal was re‐examined:
The foal had a right front limb deformity which was causing an abnormal strain on the limb and lameness when walked or ran. In addition, the colt was not well developed for his age and was declining in condition. The foal had been treated daily with an anti‐inflammatory medication for three days to help relieve the pain with no sign of improvement. Based on the lack of improvement and a poor prognosis for recovery from the limb deformity and lameness, the colt was euthanized.
Excerpt from “gather reports online:”
Non-gather related animal deaths: 1
Cause: A foal was euthanized as a result of a congenital condition involving the structure/conformation of the lower hind legs.
These ARE “gather” related deaths. The “deformities” were NOT noted in the population prior to the roundup. Any abnormality in the appearance of foal limbs IS because they are being run DURING FOALING SEASON. However my camera did not catch any abnormal appearance in holding. BLM may have pictures of poor twisted baby limbs… but BLM is responsible for it… not nature.
ALSO: I am glad you are now including the terrain and temps in the gather report. You are also including “distance.” However I call “Shitzies” on that. While I sit out there I take my own temps. In winter you are 4-8 degrees warmer, in summer you are 4-8 degrees cooler. AND I asked if BLM had any observers watching pilot performance over the rise to spot horses that drop out and gage pilot performance and was told there was no one from BLM in those positions. UNTIL you get cameras on those choppers nothing you claim about distance is believed. You historically have shown your ability to pass absurd information to be uncanny. (Like shipping 34 horses to a facility and 36 arriving).
UNTIL a member of the public (not Advisory Board member) is allowed an opportunity to assess the trauma of a drive through respiration rates, any parameters that are deemed sufficient by BLM are NOT acceptable.
GET A CAMERA INTO THE CATCH PEN. If you can’t I’ll gladly set one up for you. (You let the Las Vegas Sun do it on a day you held me behind a hill and wouldn’t even take my press credentials out of my hand).
Last, but not least: lets see if you can get a working radio up to the observation area. Or is it too scary for the horses if the public can hear? I promise to not publish the number of times Logan falls off his horse.