The same sanitized version of “access” was offered as last year. Cleaned up and prepped for the public to arrive BLM broke out the “paddy wagon” and took two tours around the facility. Visitors can not interact with the animals (even though it would help both horses and people). The hospital pens were off limits even though there wasn’t “much to see but a few over weight mares in on feed restrictions.”
Interactions with the public that attended will be a focus for the Horseback story… but y’all know this is the blog.
As we went up and down each alley I saw familiar faces. BLM does not do anything to track by HMA after they arrive at holding, even though color coding tags would make it really easy. So in one pen I see a Triple B … and then three faces that look some I know from Eagle. Yes, there are also still Silver King horses there and Calico mares from over two years ago.
We saw about 2,500 faces.
Owyhee, Little Humbolt, Humbolt, Rock Creek, Maverick-Medicine, Antelope Valley, Goshutes, Spruce, Calico, Granite, Black Rock (East and West), Warm Springs Canyon, Tobin, Pine Nut, Lahontan, Augusta, Callaghan, Bald Mountain, Rocky Hills, New Pass-Ravenswood, South Shoshone, Antelope, Eagle and Silver KIng.
And the McGee (Calico Complex 2012) burros.
Also in the facility we have Twin Peaks in CA, Beaty’s Butte in OR and Choke Cherry and Mt Elinor of Utah.
I know where they live. I saw many (most) of them taken from the range….
My article will be out tomorrow… and my thoughts will be expanded here.
But for now just a few photos….
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