12-14 Calico

Still not able to load the all of the video online from the first half of Calico. Days have been spent at the roundup or crafting the doc’s for the Access case and the HUmane handling case, as well as research for other actions. So I apologize but expect to have an inclusive video recap of the entire roundup shortly.

Mom and Baby Calico, Palomino Valley Center 12-13

Yesterday was spent researching cases and checking on animals at PVC. There will some incredible horses coming up for adoption from Calico and High Rock. Remember many of these animals are direct descendants of the horses that filled the ranks of the US cavalry all the way through WWI. As you make plans to see “War Horse,” remember our American Icons that fought for freedom and need your help to fight for the respect and care they deserve.

Calico Roundup 12/14, sweat soaked

Two groups were taken today. The first group came in soaked in sweat. They began to steam after they hit the trap. This group was immediately loaded on a trailer. The trailer sat for over 3 hours at the trap. It was not a “full load” and the hope was to fill the trailer before taking them to temporary. The trailer left the range with only this group onboard.

The second known group to be chased never made the trap or clear view of the observation area. You could see the helicopter rise and then dip behind a mountain, dust rise back and forth in a canyon.  After over an hour of known pursuit the pilot refueled and did not resume moving that group. The reason is not known.

Observation had to quickly move to the opposite side of the valley. Horses were coming from the other side. This is the first time I have observed the trap mouth at the operation. Pilot appears to have over shot the group and had to turn around to get back behind the horses prior to pushing them to the trap. Video soon.

Last group on 12/14

Mares at holding have received PZP for return to the area. Several studs have also been selected. Please note that the studs at Calico ARE NOT receiving the hip brand mark for HMA as horses in High Rock received. This is an incredible opportunity to gain real data on animal movement after a large scale removal. The opportunity to gain actual data, and not theorhetical arguments, has been missed. The request was made at High Rock and granted. The request was made of Gene Seidlitz of the Winnemucca District of BLM NV and denied.

You can read BLM’s daily updates on the operation at this link: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/wfo/blm_programs/wild_horses_and_burros/TriState_Calico/gatreports.html

I would sincerely like to thank the BLM for cessation of the use of the words “no incident” on their report page.

Please go to WildHorseEducation.org to donate to the research and field observation effort, thank you.


12 thoughts on “12-14 Calico

  1. Mar Wargo says:

    Thanks, Laura. I see we are quiet here tonight. Hope you are well. Hang on! mar

  2. Christie says:

    Thanks, Laura. God be with you.

  3. polopaula says:

    It will be a great miracle if those sweated out horses that had to stand in the open trailer, then travel a distance aren’t very sick from that exposure. I’m hoping they are ok in the next few days…

  4. polopaula says:

    Sent you an email about the blaze-faced colt..so hoping for good news today!! Bless you and Elvis. Did you post your address somewhere so that we can at least mail you Christmas Cheer.

  5. Barbara Warner says:

    More abuse . It took miles of running to get those horses that sweated up. They look like they are soaking wet. I bet their electrolytes are completely out of balance and God only knows what will happen to them. They may tie up, get pneumonia, colic or die but of course it won’t be roundup related according to the BLM.

    • Mar Wargo says:

      They likely had no water the way they were loaded so fast… and with these people they likely had no water or not enough at temporary either!!


  6. Athena says:

    The photo of ‘Baby Calico’ appears to show an injury on the back…is it actually an injury, or does the photo just look that way? Thank you for EVERYTHING!!!

  7. Louie Cocroft says:


  8. Louie Cocroft says:

    Winnemucca Futures Project Kicks Off
    Humboldt County Citizens will begin rolling up their sleeves at Stakeholder Invitational events June 2nd and June 3rd, sponsored by the Humboldt Development Authority, Humboldt County, the City of Winnemucca, the Winnemucca Convention & Visitors Authority, NEWMONT MINING, BARRICK GOLD, and the Humboldt County Chamber of Commerce, along with funding from the Nevada Commission on Economic Development. World-renowned experts in rural and regional revitalization, David Beurle, and Juliet Fox will facilitate this event. David comes from Australia with a wealth of experience form working with farmers to negotiating INTERNATIONAL TRADE AGREEMENTS and building STRATIGIC ALLIANCES. Juliet has extensive community development and engagement experience and has won several awards for her work.

  9. savewildhorses says:

    Can someone explain why they would take horses dripping with sweat who have been terrorized for miles and miles relentlessly and put them immediately into a truck enclosure? This is not humane, either physically or psychologically. This is very close to what SUN J personnel used to do–loading directly onto the truck. Can this be stopped? These horses need to settle, get unhooked from the flight, terror response and cool off with familiar landscape around them for a while. What’s up with this bozo outfit? I mean c’mon. There is not this big a rush.

  10. Louie Cocroft says:

    “Right now, in an area of Northern Nevada known as the Calico complex, wild horses are running in terror across some of the roughest terrain in the West.
    Calico was the site of the bloodiest mustang roundup in history. Two years ago, I was there for part of it. BLM ignored all warnings about conducting a huge roundup in the middle of winter. The contractors used helicopters to frighten the mustangs, running them for miles across snow-covered ground, their hooves smashing onto sharp volcanic rocks. Dozens died on the spot. Some pregnant mares aborted their young. Others died in holding pens. A few literally ran their feet off — their hooves were worn to bloody stumps, so they collapsed and died.”

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