Kiger Update (fast)

The “Kiger” Auction has ended and several of the horses are still available.

The “Kiger” is basically a “range bred,” highly managed, wild horse from the South Steens in Oregon. Horses from the Kiger and Riddle HMA’s, taken from the range this past July, can be “breed” registered with the various Kiger breed registries.

Here is BLM’s explanation is of “Kiger.:

117 animals were offered at the adoption event and 88 found homes.

Here is the link to the BLM site listing photographs of horses from that event:

Here is the adoption results link showing which horses were adopted and how much they went for:

These two caught me at the roundup:

#1230, 8 year old stud

#1225, 12 year old stud

Here is a quick video of showing these two offload and and vaccinated. This was taken the day after they came off the Riddle. I do not know the tag number of the mare, But Tara Martinak of BLm is very familiar with the horses and can help you if you contact the Burns Corral.

It was suggested that I name the horses to help recognition. I do not often name horses. I have seen thousands and simply remember them… but here goes… the 8 year old has the “Spirit” of the range in him, strong. The 12 year old stays very close to him like a “Shadow.” The mare is amazing in that she survived an attack from something big or bad accident… so she is “Grace.”

I am heading back out and need help.

Edited to add:

This guy was pulled out of the group of studs being released, the day of release, and sent to holding. Because he had a bit of white on a rear. The objective of the roundup was to “get the white out.”


26 thoughts on “Kiger Update (fast)

  1. Barbara Warner says:

    Both are gorgeous but the BLM doesn’t want any grays with the Kigers . I hope they are not gelded and are rescued. They look like father and son.

    That noise is terrifying. They ought to pad the metal parts . No wonder they have cuts on their beautiful heads.

    • Laura Leigh says:

      They “took the white out.” Even if it was a teeny piece. One dun stud was slated for release but they caught a bit of white on a left foot… he went to holding.

      Both of these guys are intact.

      • Barbara Warner says:

        “Taking the white out” is just plain stupid and ridiculous. I sure wish they’d at least put those studs in some of the HMA’s that are almost zeroed out but that would make too much sense.

    • Laura Leigh says:

      This is the guy that was pulled from the group being released! He was pulled the day of the release because of the white on his rear!
      12 years old!

      • deborah hurley says:

        heart sick they pulled him for an unfashionable color blemish? what about health ect? i hope you dont mean the small ring around the corenet band? geesh thats ridiculious see thats what happens when human interference trys to control these horses will end up looking like domestic horses and shotly after have genetic defects similar. so tragic. how do you know this Laura?

  2. wild eyed wanda says:

    That grey mare was released out to Stinkingwater HMA, an HMA that they gathered in 2010, and has some nice roans and appaloosas. Or so it is reported on FB that is what BLM is saying, at any rate. There was another grey mare that left behind an orphan foal.

    • Laura Leigh says:

      Sad that they couldn’t let her go home. They put this mare (that has obviously overcome so much) into an unfamiliar range, most likely with unfamiliar horses.
      I hope she makes it through the winter.

  3. Carey says:

    I was looking through the adoption pictures and one thing really caught my attention – why do so many of the horses have facial injuries? Some of them are little more than hidescrapes, but a few of the studs looked like they had chunks missing from their lips.

  4. Jill says:

    oh geesh,,,, what in the world does a bit of white matter?!

    Controlled release subject to preference in color and markings?

    Is there not a plan here???!!!

  5. Barbara Warner says:

    Sorry to change the subject but I was watching PBS tonight and Martin Clunes came on with his special on horses and who was on it too??!!!! Laura Leigh was with him at the end looking at some of our wild horses in the snow, and she was telling him what is happening to them. All through this awesome , moving program I kept wanting our wild horses featured and finally there they were with Laura and Martin Clunes. For those who don’t know who he is just Google him, but what is most important is that he really loves horses and his kindness and humility are for real. Laura, I am green with envy that you met him. LOL ! Why didn’t you tell us you were going to be in his special ? What a surprise !!Congratulations – you were terrific !!!! I hope it’s on again after “Doc Martin ” tomorrow night and by some miracle maybe I can figure out how to tape it. Also if only he could do a special just on our wild horses and burros and Laura could co-star.
    Is there anyway you can send him Pat Fazio’s and Jay Kirkpatrick’s paper on the origin of horses ? If you don’t have it let me know and I’ll Email it to you.
    Way to go, Laura, and many thanks.

    • Laura Leigh says:

      I did that two winters ago.
      I have never seen it because I don’t stay put long enough to have ever gotten a copy of the DVD.
      I do still have the producers email… they were wonderful.
      I gave him a draft copy of my kids book for his daughter….

      BBC contacted me to do another piece over this summer. I put them in touch with some of the folks in Vegas… I told them I was going to be at Triple B. I was NOT leaving the horses…

      I hear the piece went well.

      Tape it if it’s on again… I have never seen it.

  6. Louie Cocroft says:

    Is this it?
    Martin Clunes: Horsepower 1 (1/5)

  7. Louie Cocroft says:

    Here’s Part 2
    Martin Clunes: Horsepower 2 (2/5)

  8. Louie Cocroft says:

    Martin Clunes: Horsepower 1 (3/5)

  9. cat Kindsfather says:

    Laura, do you have stills of each of the horses you are trying to get adopted? I realize you don’t know the tag # for the mare. So the mare, she is the white one (or gray?) with terrible gashes on her face? I get that you suggest to speak with Tara Martinak regarding them. So she must have the tag # for the mare. Copy you here on the studs, 1230 & 1225.

    I really need you to supply still shots of each of them, with the tag numbers, and verify that is the mare in front, in the processing chute, with gashes on her face.

    I think it was Deborah Hurley asking about them, & being confused as to who is who. I need to know if I am going to try to get them adopted. It must be clearer to me, so I can make it clear to others.

    Also it was asked, what does the big Green “G” on a rump stand for?
    Thanks Laura. ❤ Wishing you bucks up this Friday, to continue on.

    • cat Kindsfather says:

      Sorry, “copy you” meaning I have the numbers & corresponding ages, but not a definite photo ID to accompany that info.

    • Laura Leigh says:

      The mare was released into Stinking Water. The studs are 1230 and 1225.
      The gashes are the STUD, 1230. Look at his face in the BLM pic… the scars match.
      : )
      So it is two studs…
      Thank you Cat!

      • Linda Horn says:

        Found out earlier the two gray studs have been transferred to another pen, but are still together (so far). The 8-year-old was acting up allot, but, now they’ve both been moved, he’s settled down.

  10. Louie Cocroft says:

    Laura is on Part 5

    Martin Clunes: Horsepower 1 (4/5)

    Martin Clunes: Horsepower 1 (5/5)

  11. Laura Leigh says:

    The video of processing starts with boys offloading and processing and then goes to girls…

  12. Louie Cocroft says:

    Thanks, to Barbara, or I wouldn’t have known about the show. Think it could have been shown at this time for a purpose?

  13. Barbara Warner says:

    Thanks, to Louie , or we all wouldn’t have been able to see Laura and the videos on youtube.

    Good question, Louie. I am in KY and it was shown on KET ( KY Educational Network). Just wonder if it was on in other parts of the USA. Also I wish there’d been more on our wild horses and what the BLM is doing to them. Mr. Clunes said they were being removed for more farms but that wasn’t accurate as we know. He was sympathetic though about their removal. Maybe we could send him some information if we had his address. LIke I said earlier it would be great if he and Laura could do a program on them . She could teach him so much.

  14. Linda Horn says:

    This is about Sorraia Horses (Kigers/Spanish Sulphurs) and the infamous “Dun Factor”. IMO, the BLM is making a grave error in “breeding” for color only, at the expense of genetic diversity and the overall vigor of the herds. I think their “selective” program is geared more to what the public has come to expect (or has been told to expect) in the appearance of these horses and what they’re willing to pay for them than the actual DNA of Spanish Sulphurs.

    I find this quote especially troubling:

    “The process of homogenizing horse populations for color is not without hazard and losses. When horses are discarded from breeding for nothing more than color the breed loses the potential benefit of some very good horses, and horses that are typical of the breed and its history. The North American branch of the Colonial Spanish Horse was always multicolored, and always moreso than other branches. There are a variety of historical, and some accidental, reasons for this, and it does remain a fact beyond mere speculation. The duns and grullos are no purer, no more Spanish, and no closer to some Iberian original than are their nondun relatives.

    “The process of homogenization on duns and grullos troubles me as a breed conservationist. I have seen it eliminate some interesting and useful horses. One especially tragic case to me was a beautiful blood-bay Sulphur colt who was to my eye very typey and had a great deal to offer. By the time of the SMR inspection of these horses this little bay was nowhere to be found – he was simply the wrong color in the wrong place, at the wrong time. He disappeared only because duns were favored.

    “The contention that the odd solid colored dun or grullo North American Colonial Spanish Horse is a Sorraia is fascinating to me, since most of these horses have full siblings that are bay or black. This means that the same mating is producing entirely different breeds, which makes no genetic sense.”

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