Report from roundup, 11/12:
After almost two weeks of conversations and “confusion” some progress was seen today with access issues. The trap and moment of capture were clearly visible with the ability to assess condition and handling. We do not agree that any valid variables are used in any management equation in on range practices, today’s operation was not rushed and all capture was done without any injury or chaos. The roads had also recently been graded so transporting wild horses in goose necks was not a pressing concern.
At the beginning of the day I mentioned to BLM’s public affairs (camera man) to be ready for a large group of perhaps 50 or more hitting the trap at the same time. The wild ones in the last group of the day came in at about 50 individuals.
One youngster did lag back in the multiple bands approaching the trap. Repeatedly wranglers brought out a Judas to try to get the baby to join up and follow. Baby repeatedly snubbed the Judas, heard mom and trotted into the trap on it’s own (very saucy).
Today the weather was overcast and during operations was cool. As the number of captured horses was near 100, about the number that could be processed at holding before dark without rushing, operations at the trap concluded.
NOTE: WE do know BLM has not updated the “update page” since Tuesday the 8th. The BLM is revamping it’s entire interface and has been bouncing around working out the bugs. The total rounded up is ABOUT 613 at this time with a total of 111 released.
Operations will be moving into the Winnemucca district next week. Weather is expected to arrive midweek.
If you have been wanting to adopt a BLM mustang the Owyhee wild horses are some of our absolute favorite horses on and off the range. These horses are generally a good size, confirmation and “good minds.” Our opinion is shard by many that are lucky enough to share their lives with one of these fantastic wild horses. These horses are being shipped to, and prepared for adoption and veiwable at Palomino Valley Center north of Reno. LINK HERE
It takes a lot of resources, physical and financial, to document our wild ones on the range and at roundups. Onsite expenses and vehicle repairs mount up. You can help us by making a contribution at this link: http://WildHorseEducation.org
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