Monday, June 30, 2014
In Case of Emergency: Shuffle Wild Horses
On Sunday June 29, 2014 I drove by BLM's Palomino Valley Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Center. It was closed to the public, but that's not why it looked deserted.
This morning I called Jeb Beck, temporary director of the Palomino Valley Wild Horse and Burro Adoption center was that I saw so few horses.
I was told that although a few new horses had come in -- "nuisance" horses baited trapped in Ely -- and some horses were out of sight in corrals where there hooves were being trimmed -- I wasn't seeing things. There really were fewer mustangs.
Instead of the usual 1300 captives, the corrals held 950.
Beck told me that young horses were being moved around for adoptions and older mares (5-6 years old) were trucked to the corrals at the Carson City prison, "...in case we ended up with an emergency and we're full."
I hope there's no emergency, hope the horses head uphill, find water and safe haven where they can raise their foals in peace.
But if there is a summer emergency, I sure hope it's not heat-related.
I took this photo a few weeks ago when the horses were scrunched down in a low spot still damp from rain
earlier that week.
Yesterday, I still didn't see shade for this week's 100+
There's no where to get out of the sun.
Eyes open, all. The horses need our help.
Labels: 100 degree temperatures, adoption, gimme shelter, heat, Palomino Valley, wild horses
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Terri Farley @ 8:26 PM
The horses do need our help, but some people can't understand that. In my opinion,BLM uses grass against horses. You know? It really is the cows and drought, and maybe just poor soil.
I appreciate your going out there and taking pictures and writing about it. This is the only way to counter people saying we dont know what we are talking about. What do you propose people can do, other than letters and petitions?