Work to do…

So much work to do.


The Contempt case filed in reference to the events that occured at Owyhee is still sitting on the Judges desk awaiting a response from the BLM. But I’m not sitting still. Even more information is coming to light and it is being readied for presentation.

But the case still needs support and the attorney is still spending “billable hours.”

 The place to help continue that effort is

Herd Watch will have it’s own website very shortly. This should streamline the process of updating everyone and create a portal to become involved and get signed up with a Team for training and assignments. (Yes… I have actually found the time to get much of that material typed!)

If you support Herd Watch please make sure you type in Herd Watch. I have been told that the button takes you to a general donation page for Cloud.

Best Friends

General and the Boyz are in the care of Return to Freedom and we should have an update from them soon.

Calico Mares updates will come through Elyse Gardner and Dream Catchers (her project) and from what I understand there is a new baby in that group.

Me….? I’m researching and putting thousands more miles under me. Working on many fronts…

Yes, the last two months have been hectic but productive. The effects of the concussion are finally wearing off…. but I still have a lump on my face that may never go away. At least it’s not another big scar.

Say a prayer that the Judge will actually allow this case to hit the coutroom.

The time is way overdue for a forum for accountability.

Hang on… if you thought the ride got bumpy this last week, just wait… buckle up!

Don't forget Hope...


Calico Confusion

Just want to take a moment to try to sort out some of the confusion about where the Calico horses are going.

Craig Downer purchased Lightning and the old mare 0101.

Mares and fillies are going to Dream Catchers.

And Return to Freedom has taken in the stallions (General and crew).

If you want to help with expenses please now go to those websites and mark donations either calico stallions or calico mares.

There is a really nice article on the AWHPC site about the stallions.

Boyz at the pile

Together Forever…

General and Crew

Just a few photos I’ve been saving.

General, Commander and True are among the horses Return to Freedom will give sanctuary to. The boys will stay together…

My True Boy

Best Friends


I love these guys.

So much to do… so much heartache… but this makes it so much more bearable.


Palomino Valley Stallions

Today we arrived at Palomino Valley to be told we had 15 minutes. They decided without posting that they were closing early for the holiday weekend.

Lightening is keeping the other horses from the fence line. My guess, from his posture and extreme aggressive behavior, is that there is at least one mare on the other side of the fence. Problem here is that the only water source in the pen is on that side of the pen.

General tried twice to lead the group to water and both times was chased off. The second time Lightening separated General (25 years old) out of the group and became aggressive.

We have two band stallions in this group, Lightening and General. General is leading the boys around…. Lightening has chosen the horses on the other side of the fence.

A horse is now limping in that pen that was not on Wed.

Move the water tank…. or better yet move the mares.

When we tried to point it out we were told “they will work it out.”
And then they waited for us to leave. Not just leave the facility, but they waited until we left the public road the facility is on. And then the two employees present left for the holiday weekend.

These stallions have been under considerable stress. Every stress… every single one… will contribute to the potential difficulties any adopter will face. Every stress contributes to the possibility of injury.

Feel like I’m banging my head on a brick wall.

Palomino Valley Update

Stallions have been moved to the “Big Pen.”

The dynamic among the group of horses was much more relaxed than yesterday. We saw some “stud pile” socializing and witnessed no aggressive behavior today. A bit of space in a more secluded place in the facility provides a much safer environment for horses and also the handlers.

The "Big Pen"

In order to get to this larger pen you need to walk around the facility a bit. If the idea of keeping them (stallions) in the small pen was to facilitate visibility… walking visitors around to see these horses might just facilitate an adoption or two.

#6171… Sweet and actually pushy for attention.

Ready for a place to call home (Elyse Gardner)

True has been moved to a hospital pen that is off limits to public view.

The BLM staff vet finally paid him a visit.

I asked the assistant manager if he would use my camera and take a quick photo for me. He took my camera but I failed to show him how to use the zoom. He took several pics to let me see that the wound had been treated saying he got as close a pic as he could. He said the flaps of skin had been cut off to reduce proud flesh. The wound treated and bandaged. He told me that he personally had to stick his head into the chute and the blood that was visible at the fetlock was from the injury to the foreleg. I thanked him for getting the pictures for me.

True 5/25 (PVC staff)

I don’t know when they will put him back with his dad. This little guy was gathered, separated from family, then found dad, then was separated from dad and gelded, then put back with dad , then moved and injured and now separated again. Sweet True boy… you will be back with daddy soon.

Putting together more pieces of pieces… will update again tomorrow.


Want to take a moment to address several things today.

First is that I have stated repeatedly that my blog is a blog. It is a place I express thoughts, info and feelings. On this blog I have an account written in a narrative form “general’s saga.” I have artwork under the “Expressions” tab. I have dialogue that expresses my impressions.

I also have written news articles for Horseback and the Examiner. Those are articles, a few are editorial, but easily identified. (example)

These are different formats.

There is a reason this is printed as a preface today.

Now back to the “True” Issue.

The BLM transported 82 horses last Wed. to the PVC center.

Wild horses, a good percentage of which are intact stallions, were moved for the adoption event earlier than expected. During sorting and shipping a higher probability for injury would exist within the “inventory.” This inventory represents the “items” identified as having a high probability toward adoption. Many because of interest already expressed by the public.

With a higher probability of injury (and at least one witnessed “putting up a fight” and injured) it is unclear to me why a vet visit was not scheduled until six days after such an operation. It is not as if we have a horse owner here concerned about the additional expense of a house call, we have an on staff vet.

Again keep in mind that the population that was moved is considered “highly adoptable” inventory. That population, from a management perspective, has the highest probability of return. It was also a visible opportunity to demonstrate the pro-active care given… instead of the reactive approach to crisis so often witnessed. (From top to bottom in this program).

When a prospective adopter expressed concern over the wounds witnessed in the horses they were following they were not met with any reassuring dialogue toward the animals that would require considerable expense to obtain and maintain. Again… from a management perspective … why would that adopter want to adopt? “Rescue” perhaps… but “adopt?” And then recommend the facility as a place to obtain a sound healthy horse? A large opportunity, not only missed, but turned into a negative experience.

Driving into PVC I expected to find an opportunity to address a more “pro-active” organized facility. An opportunity to look for “positives.” Didn’t find it.

I often approach these issues looking for the “bright side.” Continually I find areas where an understaffed, under funded, reactionary protocol is demonstrated.

In conversation the BLM tries to separate the facilities from the policy makers. It is not what I see. I see the same thought process at work.

Salazar created a “plan.” The plan is based on fear of ROAM (expressed publically at the SRM conference last fall). The plan is based on crisis intervention to an overwhelming inventory created by a protocol that doesn’t work. It is reactionary management. It does not address the root in a proactive form.

We can use many examples of this same strategy in the facilities.

A very basic example would be the stallions at PVC are now in a pen 25% smaller or less than at the Broken Arrow. Feeders are placed on two rails that run at a 90 degree angle to each other. Instead of placing hay down both rows to allow for easier access we have intact mature stallions biting each other at the feeders because the hay was placed only in the feeders on one rail. Stallions recently transported and now under the stress of vehicles, in view of training pens and fillies should have an attempt made to reduce stress. This pen also has the horses injured during transport. This situation can easily create a “crisis” type situation that could manifest by fighting in the pen and tension that will create a more difficult dynamic for the humans that will need to treat and eventually handle these animals.

Proactive measures can create less crisis management.

Back to True boy….

This injury occurred last Wed. I received conflicting information. “Discussions” occurred that were not conducive to an environment of trust and seemed based on a more personal agenda than anything related to promoting an adoption event.

His injury occurred on Wed. I viewed it Sat. The blood trail went over his hoof. I was not viewing the wound as it occurred or even in 24 hours after it was inflicted. If there were still “profuse” bleeding the horse would have been down from blood loss. I saw a wound that had debris  in it. I saw a wound that had the skin that was peeled off the front of his leg beginning to harden leaving the wound itself open. This horse had wounds on three legs.

Another horse was not bearing weight on all fours.

If I managed this facility that adopts/sells horses to the public, a vet would have been on site asap.

The concept. to me, that these horses were not scheduled a vet visit simply related to shipment in a proactive manner toward probability, sits in bad taste. That the vet visit was not rescheduled after injuries were observed? With the animals deemed to have the highest probability of return? To the point that sale authority animals that would normally have slipped off with no recognition have a public recognition that now makes them worthy of a bidding process?

What is the common phrase?

Of yeah… head, desk… head, desk.

True Update

Saw True today.

He has still not been seen by the vet. I have been told the vet will be there tomorrow.

This is a pictire of the largest wound, taken today.

True's largest wound 5/23

His dad is taking good care of him and keeping the other horses away from him.

If this injury occurred to a horse in your care would you call a vet? Waiting six days for a vet to examine a horse with wounds on three legs? Or to examine Commander still tender on that front?

5/23 5 days after injury

My emotions are actually getting the better of me at this moment so I will update about True boy again tomorrow.

True's leg 5/23

The pen holding the stallions is less than 25% the size of the pen they were held in at the Broken Arrow. Today hay was placed in feeders along one edge of the pen. Empty feeders were on the other side. This created a dynamic where all the stallions needed to line up in close proximity to each other. We witnessed biting and aggressive behavior we did not see at the Broken Arrow among this group. Placing hay into the other feeders would allow for more spacing between these horses and lessen the likelihood that we will see a serious injury occur.

Seems like a “no brainer,” doesn’t it?

Bite inflicted at feeder 5/23

I got news about the IDA suit being dismissed on standing. Standing is a tricky thing and rather interesting when it comes to filing a suit against the government. The points raised by the suit have not been discounted… but the points and plaintiffs didn’t match. I know we will hear more about this soon. The issue of long term warehousing is valid… but not in that format. This was not a defeat… the field was never joined.

Lightning looks great…

Lightning 5/23

If you can make the advisory board meeting in Denver… please come.