Wild Horse and Burro Q&A

At Wild Horse Education one of our primary focuses is to keep you informed. Yet sometimes we put out a lot of information in a short period of time or we put out a story that the majority of the public is unaware of until weeks later and our information gets lost under the new articles we publish. Utah wild stallion after capture in 2012

Utah wild stallion after capture in 2012

A video question and answer format was suggested by one of our readers. This “video blog” is a very fast way for us to get info to you that YOU ask for. This format was well received so we created a page that may be any easier format for many of you. To submit questions send an email to WHEQNA@gmail.com


Leigh had been out all morning in the wind and had internet connection issues in transferring the file (too large) so completed the file transfer in black and white. “Just call me blinky. Had to drive to find service to upload. Life in NV.” Timeline of questions listed below the video are approximations of timecode as they may have changed in transfer.

( 1:35 ) Eagle/Caliente Wrap up links mentioned in video: body scoring and the wild horse https://wildhorseeducation.org/body-scoring-and-the-wild-horse/ article on humane handling and transparency https://wildhorseeducation.org/2016/02/12/an-important-anniversary-paving-the-way/

( 4:37 ) Sarge Update Article on who Sarge is and where he comes from https://wildhorseeducation.org/2015/11/04/sarge-a-poster-child-for-everything-wrong-range-management-a-layer-of-bricks-part-two/

( 5:37 ) Appropriation language. Section 110. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of the Interior may transfer excess wild horses or burros that have been removed from the public lands to other Federal, State, and local government agencies for use as work animals: Provided, That the Secretary may make any such transfer immediately upon request of such Federal, State, or local government agency: Provided further, That any excess animal transferred under this provision shall lose its status as a wild free-roaming horse or burro as defined in the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.

( 9:02 ) Soda fire. Where are the horses that are supposed to be returned to the range?

( 9:52 ) BLM is allowing the state of Utah to manage wild horses because of SITLA and precedent is set and states are going to ship horses off to slaughter. Is that true?

( 11:52 ) NAS report and the roundups planned in Utah of wild horse at Conger and Frisco and of burros at Sinbad. What is going on? BLM schedule of removals and/or fertility control http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/whbprogram/herd_management/tentative_gather_schedule.html

( 15:40 ) Do you think that the issues of trespass ranching will end with the Bundy arrests?

( 16:57 ) In your article about the first roundup you talked about a “claiming period” and citing a court decision that says wild horses can not simply be removed to make more grazing for cows. Why is it still happening and what is “claiming period?”

( 19:11 ) Why did you cut your hair?

( 20:09 ) Closure of conversation


Leigh addressing students on a college campus in 2015

Q&A July 2015

We do not have the time to create a timeline of questions but will update this entry as soon as possible. As we are currently dealing with equipment challenges this video has a very odd look to it but the content is there. We are addressing video editing issues and hope to be “up to speed soon.” Looking for a whiteboard to use for the next “session.”

Horses run to a lather at Antelope in sub freezing weather... we should never see this again, ever

Horses run to a lather at Antelope in sub freezing weather… we should never see this again, ever

Wild Horse Education Q&A video 9/6/2014

This Q&A is impromptu and done in one take with no preparation. It is shot simply on the camera in the laptop, alone, sitting on the floor. (Edited: comments received the morning after publication indicate that this is a format you appreciate. We will repeat the format. Those that have followed us for a long time remember Leigh would file field reports with her dog Elvis in the background and asked that we feature Krieger, her new companion, in the next video. Krieger is still a bit of a puppy and would likely require center stage and sit on Leigh’s lap, but we will see what we can do. (the “ouchie” on Leigh’s lip is from her dog Krieger. He is very excited now that he has learned to give “paw” and at 140 lbs and 12 months old, is very enthusiastic).

Time code key for Questions, all 52 questions received this afternoon were not answered:

(1:14) 1. How can the Wild Horse Advisory Board, who is in charge of protecting the wild equines be so heavily weighted by cattle and exploitative interests? (sub question, would you consider applying to the advisory board?)

(3:38) 2. Any further info available on the RAC CTR proposal which hopefully will be adopted in October? (sub questions: How can BLM use chemical vasectomies at Sand Wash Basin, I thought PZP was the only approved drug? What do you think about chemical vasectomy? and Why do you support PZP?)

(7:30) 3. What are your thoughts about the Wyoming eco-sanctuary. Isn’t this just another non-reproducing herd?

(9:16) 4. Who actually runs the BLM and enforces the policies that they pursue? Their policies not only seriously impact our beloved equines, but contribute to the denuding of the range and ultimately to global warming.

(12:07) 5. We need to sue the government on inhumane treatment at roundups. Do you think we could get ___, _____ and ____ involved?

(13:40) 6. The eradication of predator species by the cattle industry have created an ecosystem which is out of balance. What agency is responsible for ignorance and promotion of this attitude?

(14:44) 7. Why does the BLM allow equines that they have ripped from the wild, allow them to be placed with contractors who allow nothing but feedlot conditions?

(15:52) 8. How do we draw the public into supporting a healthy range ecosystem?

(18:06) 9. Noted biologists have linked the wildfires out West to the massive round ups so eagerly pursued by BLM and have proven that wild equines and other wildlife hunted incessantly contribute positively to the health of the range. Who is suppressing this research and why?

(20:52) 10. Don’t you get tired of the fight?

(22:05) wrap up and explanation of management under BLM.

Wild Horse Education Q&A 9/13/2014

Q&A from the public. These are answers to the questions submitted by the public. 

Timecode key provided so you can skip to the next question.

1:18 Some of what we are “up to.” (we are also woking on various proposals)

3:14 Personal question on Laura’s health issues

5:37 1. In light of the coming round up in WY on Sunday and the lack of any CAWP can we assume that they will continue the usual massively abusive round ups i.e. stampeding the herds 25 miles or more, use of electronic cattle prods, etc.?

Associated links: pdf on humane handling including history of the fight, need for a policy and link to National Memorandum on handling: https://wildhorseeducation.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/action_wip_humanel.pdf

8:35 2. Why are they not doing capture and release?  They could release them far away from the checkerboard.  Why eradicate them?

Associated link to WHE challenge outlining some of the areas of reform needed in BLM wild horse and burro program https://wildhorseeducation.org/2014/03/18/whe-challenges-blm/

11:47 3. Since  BLM did not comply with any of the statutory requirements set forth by Congress in the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, which are mandatory prerequisites before a single wild horse can be removed from public lands, a lot of people are really angry and talking about doing a Clive Bundy.  Could it be done, could we just gather a huge group of advocates and just say NO?

Associated link to issues with public land ranching and wild horses in Nevada https://wildhorseeducation.org/2014/09/03/editorial-nevada-showdown/

13:47 4. The use of helicopters as a tool for roundups is not only abusive, but dangerous, to both the equines and the pilot.  Should we report the cowboy tactics of the abusive pilots, coming too close, bumping exhausted horses with the skids and flying way too close to the herds to the FAA???  Would it help?  You have pictures and videos of their appalling abuse.

Associated link to some of the battle for humane treatment https://wildhorseeducation.org/2014/08/30/triple-b-and-the-fight-for-humane-care/

18:00 5. Why are the livestock ranchers not required to use reserve or holistic range management on public land lease to them in consideration of the extremely low rate??  And why are the exploitative interest who lease the land not required to protect the land and return it to pristine condition when they are done?

Associated link to issues involving restricting livestock https://wildhorseeducation.org/2014/08/15/focus-nevada-battle/

22:14 6. When the BLM sells and ships our horses to slaughter where does the money go? Is there a specified fund or bookkeeping for these sales? Is it public record?

Associated link to slaughter investigation https://wildhorseeducation.org/slaughter-investigation/

23:37 7. What is the Burn’s Amendment? If it lets horses go to slaughter why are we not trying to stop it?

Associated link to wild horse slaughter https://wildhorseeducation.org/2014/06/04/caught-in-a-tangled-web-the-reality-of-wild-horse-slaughter/ repealing the Burn’s Amendment https://wildhorseeducation.org/invitation-to-action/

24:47 8. Why is BLM shipping Sheldon horses to brokers? Why can’t we adopt them?

Associated link to some information on Sheldon horses (USFWS) and their adoption http://SheldonHorses.wordpress.com

27:30 Wrap up on things happening (NAS) and reasons to “Keep The Faith.”

31:39 Kreiger says “hi.”


Leigh speaking to college students


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