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.

More about the foal “Sorro”

Going to add a quick post to give y’all some more info on the foal that died at the Broken Arrow last weekend.

Examiner Article Here

I’m out collecting range data… I will report on those findings soon.

“Sorro,” as Elyse named the baby, was overlooked at the Broken Arrow. We were told by Dean Bolstad that the vet is out daily.

A “triage” of sorts was done and three foals given to a wild horse group. The foals given to that group all came from the pen that the weekend observers raised a stink about the weeks prior.

Sorro was not in that pen.

Sorro was in the pen at the rear of the facility. The last pens you see as you go on the tour.

No determination of intervention had been made on that mare/foal pair, none. (After supposedly witnessing that foal for days). The vet came to treat that foal AFTER advocates left that day. By that time it was too late to do anything.

When asked if the vet noted any anomalies (after death) that could have led to the issue, ie. parrot mouth or  other dental or structural issue Dean replied… “I don’t think so, nothing in the memo.” But he was unsure if anything was even looked for.

I’m sure he will answer questions on Sunday.

Discussing the issues at the Broken Arrow is not distraction from the main issue. The main issue is competent management of our wild herds… top to bottom. Any agency or piece of the protocol that fails in that mandate should fall under scrutiny. Just because a horse leaves the range does not decrease the scrutiny needed by the advocate community toward the welfare of that life.

I see faulty practices top to bottom.

A massive gather was done in the harshest portion of the winter. Almost 2000 horses were then trucked to a facility that was still under construction. Hospital pens in January and February did not have wind breaks.

A reported 300 births now brings that total to over 2000 horses. Wooden barriers have been placed to keep the hay near the pens. A piece of wood that forms a 45 degree angle is inserted to keep the hay close to the pen after we were told the abscesses were due to pushing against the fence in order to get hay.

However the 45 degree angle piece that keep that hay close to the animals is missing from the pens that contain the animals with the greatest nutritional needs. No slanted pieces are in place for the mares nursing foals…. but the stallion pen that holds the horses the advocates have named…. has one.

So what exactly is motivating change over there? It is not a “thinking” toward the horses. It is a reactionary response to the “aggravation” of actually allowing the public an opportunity to react to what they see.

If they want to dismiss it by calling it “daily snivel” it shows the continued use of dismissive, derogatory dialogue.

Think back to grammar school… a bully locks a nerd in the locker. When the kid is found by the janitor crying the bully makes fun of him. But the bully is wrong.

Issues that deal with health of the range, viability of herds, numbers of lease holders, adherence to law…. and the life of an overlooked foal… ALL OF IT MATTERS.

Not only the continued smoke screen of “multiple use.” The BLM manages over 262 million acres of land. Horses currently occupy about 10% of that land…. by definition that IS multiple use.

I’m sure when we flood the faxes in DC they have a cute derogatory term for it, too.

And if that means we turn the “daily snivel” into a tidal wave…. good. Maybe then the concept of how much American’s care about EACH LIFE  that is born of a wild horse will finally sink in.

Another Foal dies

Euthanized at the Broken Arrow

I was able to visit the horses at the Broken Arrow again. Many of these horses I have not seen in months.

I wanted to write to you about the experience of seeing these horses again. I entered the facility and expressed a desire to write about the adoption event… and one of the first horses I saw was wearing a tag on his head. Almost a gesture representing a “hey… get me out of here.”

"Get me outta here!"

I had an amazing reunion with some of the younger horses… that have grown so much since I saw them last. One by one a small group came up to say hello and I even got my head nibbled….

"Hello" (Elyse Gardner)

I had an amazing moment seeing General, Commander and True… I will save that for another day.

But instead I get to share that yet another foal has died.

At the end of the tour we observed an emaciated foal. The little thing appeared dehydrated and weak. The mare was present and attentive. She appeared to have very little milk.

She was also one of the mares that had been treated with PZP and released in CA.

The baby was euthanized after we left.

Mare and foal, foal euthanized (Craig Downer)

I spoke with Dean Bolstad today and he was genuinely concerned that this foal was allowed to get to the state it was in before intervention. We discussed the many “reasons” that this could have happened but he was in agreement that it shouldn’t have happened at all.

However we now have another birth and death that will not appear in any record.

So I leave with more questions…

Is PZP associated with a higher incidence of spontaneous abortion? Is it associated with a higher mortality rate to foals?

We will be told “no.” But the truth is that there is no statistical record kept. Studies on “sanctuary” horses are not studies on wild bands. Wild bands that deal with compound stress issues such as those that occur during round up are NOT the same as a controlled group in sanctuary… so don’t even try to convince me.

We are still waiting for the basic numbers of age, sex, etc. on this gather. Apparently the guy that enters the data needed help…. and then the help needs to be checked…. and then….

We are promised the data this week.

The vet at the Broken Arrow has appeared to need an assistant or two since day one. Why are these missed issues still occurring? Are there too many horses at the facility? Too little staff? Too hot to walk the pens?

I am very tired and have much to accomplish in the next few days. I will post more tomorrow.

Sue Wallis horse-meat side dish

Stuffed with panic stricken propaganda

Sue Wallis appears to be in a bit of an uproar over the fact that the public refuses to swallow the bloody side dish she keeps trying to force down our throats. Her lies are being met with facts. Facts she can no longer hide under her 501 charitable organization that she claims promotes horse welfare, while it spills it’s trail of ill conceived contrivances to support an industry with a notorious past of horror.

The facts that speak of peddling a poisonous product to an unsuspecting public as it pollutes the environment and creates profit for foreign investments.

American’s want nothing to do with inhumanely slaughtering our horses. American’s are not a stupid group easily led by a sick vision of “wind and horses, cattle and horses, now we owe it to the horse to torture and kill it.” (The previous is a paraphrase of a poem Sue read at the Society for Range Management conference last fall. It was enough to make me leave the room).

Sue… leave our horses alone. Go back to Recluse and stay there.

You write that you need new voices because you have become an “easy target.” Sue… it is because what comes out of your mouth is already full of holes.

Read her latest mailing to her following” at your own risk.

WARNING: Reading Sue Wallis can cause vomiting, diarrhea, cold sweats, fits of rage and uncontrollable laughter.

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United Orgs of the Horse (UOH)
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United Horsemen’s Front (UHF)
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Yet another blast from the press. No matter where you live you are probably seeing this kind of thing every day. We are seeing a real upsurge right now in Wyoming because of our press releases about the Unified Equine Programs, but if you live in Missouri, or Tennesse, or Montana, or anywhere else where horse people are trying to find a good solution…you are no doubt seeing far too much. The press loves a controversy, and we are an easy, dramatic story. We need every one of you to stand up, speak out, and counter these attacks.

http://trib.com/news/opinion/editorial/

We cannot let this (or any public expression of misinformation, outright lies, and exaggerations) go unanswered. We must speak with many voices. I have become too much of an easy target, and while I’m happy to share talking points, etc., it will be much better and more effective if it comes from other voices. We really need mainstream agriculture and horse people who understand to tell your story. You all understand that if we lose this battle over the hearts and minds of the pet owning public, that our entire animal agriculture and horse based livelihoods are lost.

Please share with all of your contacts, your email lists, your agriculture organizations, your friends and your neighbors and ask them to take action. If you want to know more about the system that we are putting together in Wyoming, please visit our website at http://UnitedOrgsoftheHorse.org. For those of you who haven’t visited for awhile, you will find a clean, new look that is very focused on exactly what we are trying to accomplish.

If you want to drive change, you have to get out of the back of the truck. That is what we are trying to do. Animal rights organizations like HSUS/PETA create problems, inflame problems, and make money off of problems…we solve problems, and create value out of good solutions.

Be brief, be polite, and make sure you stand on the moral high ground. Become an advocate for animal agriculture and for the rightful place of horses within that framework. Show your passion. Don’t let misinformation go unchecked. Stay on top of what is going on. Understand the other side, most of these people are true horse lovers who consider their horses as pets, and who are being emotionally manipulated by animal rights ideologues who have a much darker agenda. Pick out three or four points that you need to get across, and tell your story.

Here are some points:

1.       We, the horse owners and people who make all or part of our living with horses, are the people who care. We are the people who clean the stalls, pay the feed bills every day, are responsible for the care of our animals, and make the hard decisions when necessary.

2.       There are fates far, far worse than slaughter. A quick, painless death in a slaughter plant is far preferable to a slow and agonizing death of starvation. Nature is cruel. Death in the wild is often brutal, prolonged, and horrific. Imagine being eaten while still alive as is the fate of many horses turned out to fend for themselves.

3.       Without the option of slaughter, and using the meat to feed hungry animals or hungry people, those who can no longer afford to keep a horse, and cannot sell it, have literally no option…you can’t bury a 1,000 lb horse in the back yard like a cat or a dog.

4.       Some Americans always have and always will eat horse meat. It is what filled the bellies of our soldiers who won World War II, and kept the families here at home fed throughout the 1940s when there was a shortage of all other meat. You could find it on the menu at the dining room at Harvard until the late 1980s, you can still find horse sausage in Scandinavian butcher shops in the upper mid-West. We have been contacted by gourmet chefs, and local food aficionados who want access to a high quality meat, that is very nutritious (50% higher in protein, 40% lower in fat than beef), from well cared for animals that have no disease concerns like mad cow. You can find horse meat on the menus of our closest neighbors in French Canada, and Mexico, and many people have taken the opportunity to enjoy it while traveling abroad. 72% of world cultures consider it just another protein source. China consumes the most, followed by Mexico, then Italy, Belgium, France, all the Scandinavian countries, Russia, Japan, Korea, Tonga, Mongolia, Canada-and since the U.S. is full of people from the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Africa, there are quite a few people who would welcome the availability of a good wholesome meat at an affordable price. While considered a gourmet dish in some parts of Europe where the best cuts are expensive, in by far the majority of markets around the world, with Iceland being a perfect example, horse meat is affordable and about half the price of beef.

5.       All animals, including horses, take nature that we cannot use and turn it into nature that we can use. Try drinking the water that a pig drinks, or surviving on the food that a cow or horse eats.

6.       It is our core belief that people have a right to use animals, and a responsibility to do so humanely. We subscribe to the same moral and ethical foundation as our Native American friends, that all animals are sacred and must be harvested with dignity and gratitude, but that the most horrific crime is to waste their sacrifice. Contrast that viewpoint with the total waste of at least 200,000 horse carcasses per year which, if euthanized with lethal drugs, become no more than a colossal disposal problem with toxic carcasses that cannot even be buried because of fear that it will leach into groundwater.

7.       One billion people on the planet today rarely get enough to eat, and another billion do not get enough protein and nutrients for health. Ten million children a year die of starvation. From a moral standpoint, can we afford to put any viable protein source off limits?

8.       The system being proposed in Wyoming will guarantee every horse a good life, and where appropriate, guarantee them a decent and humane death. Once dead, what happens to the carcass is no longer an issue of animal welfare.

9.       Under the current situation, the only horses that have any value whatsoever are those that are big enough, healthy enough, and close enough to a border to be worth the trucking to Canada and Mexico where they are slaughtered under systems and circumstances we cannot control or regulate. We feel it is far better to do this under US regulation, and in situations where we can monitor it.

10.   The system being proposed in Wyoming is being designed by world renowned scientist, Dr. Temple Grandin, who has transformed the beef and pork slaughter industry from a humane standpoint. We will do it right, under regulated and inspected circumstances, and it will be continuously monitored by a third-party video audit system to ensure that no horse is abused and that all guidelines for the correct and proper handling of horses are always complied with. This will be an open and transparent process that anyone who chooses to do so, can see exactly what we are doing.

11.   Because of the closure of the US slaughter plants in the US in 2007 by state action in Illinois and Texas, the entire horse industry from top to bottom has been deeply affected. What was a 1.2 Billion dollar industry supporting 460,000 full-time direct jobs, and another 1.6 million indirect jobs has been cut in half. There has been a loss of a minimum of 500,000 direct and indirect jobs, and horses that were worth $1,000 are now worthless, horses once worth $2,500 are lucky to bring $750, horses that would have sold for $85,000 to $100,000 are now being liquidated for $10,000 each. These hard, cold facts all have a very human face in livelihoods lost, in families no longer able to raise their children in a horseback culture, in diminished tax bases for communities.

12.   The animal rights radical agenda (NOT to be confused with legitimate and responsible animal welfare proponents, which we all are) offers no solution except pushing for what is essentially a welfare entitlement program for animals-Medicaid and food stamps for horses so that every old, dangerous, unsound, unusable horse is maintained at public expense for the rest of their 25 to 30 year average life span. What they propose will create a mechanism to shovel taxpayer dollars directly into the pockets of animal rights organizations (HSUS/PETA) so they can continue to pay six figure salaries and put more of their budget into pension plans than to actually help any animals. Last year HSUS spent less than 1/2 of 1% of their almost $100 Million dollar budget on direct animal care. See http://humanewatch.org.

13.   Remember, animal consumption is socially legitimate. Only 2% of the population are true vegetarians, another maybe 5% think they ought to be but don’t manage to do it…that is only 7% of the population at most. If we allow the animal rights argument to prevail, than there really is no difference between the heinous and awful crime of killing a horse to use for animal food, (as will be the main use of horses harvested in Wyoming), or human food…and the heinous crime of killing a cow, a pig, or a chicken. The ultimate goal of animal rightists, which is a very, very radical and idealogic agenda, is to end all human use of animals and to eliminate all domestic animals which is to many of us a gross perversion of the moral and ethical underpinnings of our society, not to mention a dangerous, unhealthy, and unnatural way of being.

14.   Those who oppose the eating of horses have never been hungry. Hungry people don’t care where their meat comes from, they just want to survive.

15.  Claims that horse meat is full of drugs that cannot be detected is nothing more than a red herring. The same kind of controls, safe guards, and testing protocols used to ensure that our beef, pork, and chicken is safe and residue free can be applied to horse meat…if it is produced and processed here in the U.S. where we have the ability to regulate and inspect it.

So, get out your pens, rev up your computers, respond, respond, respond. We must not rest. We must remain ever vigilant. Our culture and our way of being depends on it.

Sue Wallis

New Article (Gelding)

I have a new article on my Examiner page and a new video to illustrate the gelding process at the Broken Arrow.

Give me a “click” I need the gas $ to keep working. (Examiner works off clicks)

http://www.examiner.com/x-45566-Horse-Examiner~y2010m4d25-Gelding-of-the-Wild-Horses-at-the-Broken-Arrow-continues

Sue Wallis anounces Feedlot

Got this from “United Organizations of the Horse.” Looks like dear Sue is preparing to open a feedlot under her 501 and she’s found a way to possibly get governmental funding under the guise of “horse welfare” to do it.

Almost every feedlot owner will sell horses to the public. They can get more money from you than they can in Canada and Mexico. Some feedlot owners actually “hook-up” with rescues and prey upon those of us that recognize the last chance a horse has to escape the ride to hell.

So Sue’s amazing plan is no “original” thinking to “solve a problem.” Her plan already exists in our world but without the sick sales pitch in Sue’s proposal.

US horse slaughter 2005 (Animals' Angels)

And it is a “ride to hell.” Any doubters out there I urge to show up unannounced at a facility and act like a pro-slaughter person either looking for meat or to turn over horses. You will NEVER support equine slaughter, ever. Even if you have no issue with the slaughter of  food animals equine slaughter (horses are NOT a regulated agricultural product in the US) will give you a knot in your gut that will never fade.

See GAIA video here. (Warning: GRAPHIC)

Animals Angels horse slaughter investigations here.

So Sue Wallis has figured out how to spin into a convoluted paper whirlwind to deceive the public and legislators and open a feedlot in the name of welfare.

It’s beyond “sick.”

Here is her press release.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 24, 2010

Contact:

Sue Wallis

307 680 8515 cell

307 685 8248 ranch

sue.wallis@unitedorgsofthehorse.org

Unified Equine Programs Implementation Progresses

A suite of programs to facilitate the rescue of horses with any potential, rejuvenation of horses in poor condition, and humane slaughter for those past their useful lives, unsound, or dangerous will be starting up in the near future.

The United Organizations of the Horse and the United Horsemen’s Front are working with Wyoming state agencies, college and university equine studies programs, professional horse trainers, veterinarians, meat industry experts, potential customers, and with the guidance of Dr. Temple Grandin and her team at Grandin Livestock Systems to design and implement a humane system of horse slaughter including constant third party video auditing to ensure humane handling.

CHEYENNE – The United Organizations of the Horse held an Implementation Summit  on April 2nd that pulled together experts necessary to launch a comprehensive solution to help the horse industry start to recover, and to stop the suffering of horses. (see details in previous press release below). Now they are moving quickly to begin operations.

The organization is negotiating to take over ownership of the Cheyenne Stockyards facility which currently belongs to the Wyoming Livestock Board. This location, which was the original stockyards used to load livestock onto train cars, will be the intake and rejuvenation facility where donated horses, and abandoned horses in poor condition are provided veterinary supervised care, feeding, and supplementation to bring them back to health.

The Stockyards will also be the place where horses are individually evaluated to determine if they have any potential through extra training, or are suitable to be re-donated to youth programs, therapeutic riding programs, or similar situations. Horses with potential will be placed in appropriate training/marketing programs. The Equine Program at Laramie County Community College will be collaborating with the Unified Equine Programs, as will independent professional horse trainers, and other college programs.

Pregnant mares, mares with foals, weanlings, yearlings, and unsound horses that must be held for drug withdrawal periods before slaughter will be housed in Cheyenne until transportation to pasture is arranged.

Horses that are past their useful life, are unsound, or dangerous will be humanely slaughtered utilizing systems and procedures designed by Dr. Temple Grandin of Colorado State University. Several existing meat processing facilities elsewhere in Wyoming are being evaluated for suitability and necessary retrofit to ensure the humane handling of horses.

“What we will be able to do,” says Dave Duquette, President & CEO of the educational and charitable nonprofit, the United Horsemen’s Front, that these programs will be housed under, “is guarantee every horse a good life. And, when appropriate, we will guarantee them a decent humane death that is quick and painless.”

Unified Equine Products – meat, hide, hair, byproducts – will be marketed through every available legal market. Under Wyoming state inspection the meat can be sold in Wyoming for human use, but cannot currently be shipped across state lines. Horse meat for pet food and zoo diets can and will be marketed nationwide under existing law.

“The horse industry nation-wide has taken a brutal hit since the closure of the U.S. horse slaughter plants,” says Ted Pierce, a Wyoming rancher, “what we are doing is coming up with a common sense solution working with veterinarians, equine professionals, and experts to the glut of unusable horses whose owners have no options.”

The horse industry was a 1.2 Billion dollar industry that employed 460,000 people working full-time with horses every day, and another 1.6 Million who worked in indirect occupations. Since 2007 when the horse slaughter facilities in the U.S. were closed, that industry has been downsized and is being liquidated to the point that it will be cut in half, a 50% downsizing, within very short order.

“At a time when many Wyoming towns and communities are experiencing 12-15% unemployment,” says Wyoming state legislator and leader of the United Organizations of the Horse, Sue Wallis, “our Unified Equine Programs will be creating new jobs and the promise of prosperity for those who make all or part of their living with horses.”

Those who are interested in helping with the implementation of the Unified Equine Programs, or donating to the cause are encouraged to contact the Cheyenne office or visiting the website.

Investment opportunities are also available to those who agree with the vision of the Unified Equine Programs.

For details please visit the website at http://UnitedOrgsoftheHorse.org.

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