Wild Horse Education

Citizen Advocacy (Roundup Update_7/24)

There was no active trapping at South trap yesterday due to helicopter maintenance check. The chopper returned to the air today.

North trap captured 41 wild horses (18 Stallions, 17 Mares, and 6 Foals) and shipped 39 (12 Stallions, 16 Mares, and 11 Foals).

A 3-year old bay stud was euthanized for a hernia.

There have been 10 deaths from North trap since July 9.

19 deaths from both traps. The number that have died or been injured after transport is unknown at this time.

Above: tour of temporary holding of wild horses captured at north trap. Observers are given very little time to view pens, we edited the entire tour above (only removing time walking from pen to pen) and adding brief freeze-frames to ID individuals.

After wild horses are captured by helicopter they are loaded onto stock trailers and sent to a temporary sorting corral. From there, they are loaded onto semi-trucks to go to processing facilities for branding, cataloging and vaccination (Antelope north wild horses are going into Broken Arrow on Indian Lakes RD in Fallon, NV).

Wild horses from south trap are being sent to Palomino Valley Center north of Reno. A facility open to public view.

Once wild horses hit holding facilities they tend to be forgotten once the chopper leaves. To the agency they become “just a number” in facility inventory. This is particularly true for wild horses from these large areas where there are not many people that go out regularly to photograph them.

To the public our wild ones, even if they have never seen wild horses in person, are much more than “just a number.”

The Antelope Complex has hit the news numerous times (8 News Now has aired regular updates and national news picked up the story after Sunshine met a tragic end). Social media has been in an uproar.

The public is calling lawmakers and demanding change. Many people are taking action items and doing their own research.

We are also receiving cell phone videos and pictures from people that have visited this area or have adopted a wild horse from a previous capture.

We are really busy and hope to respond to all of you after the roundup ends.

One woman contacted us and said she had gone by Palomino Valley to see the newly captured mustangs and sent us video. In the first video she sent, we could hear her love for these horses as she spoke to them and about them.

Yesterday, she visited the wild ones that were sent to PVC since this operation began, including the new arrivals.

Above: In the video above we can actually recognize some individuals we know from the range and have seen captured. This video clearly documents some of the impacts of capture and transport and the condition of the facility. We edited a bunch of the clips she sent us together.

We cannot even begin to express our gratitude to all of you that are taking action in word and deed. We are all links in a necessary chain to gain the protections our wild ones desperately need on and off the range.

The lives of these precious beings change so fast when the thrum of the helicopter begins.

We wanted to take a moment to thank all of you for each and every step we take together… our wild ones need all of us.

Our teams are in field and working hard behind the scenes.

We will have a full report soon.

Thank you for keeping us in the fight!

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