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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Let 'em Run

Dear Readers,
The captive wild horse above is the reason that I've barely talked with you since biologist Craig Downer and I returned from BLM's Fallon corrals, Sunday, then searched out remnants of the wild herds of the Calico range on Monday.
Every spare hour since then, we've worked toward this:


When photographer Cat Kindsfather enlarged this photo, she realized that the seepage from this mustang's awful wound had pulsed all the way down to his hoof.
This callous cruelty cannot be allowed to continue.


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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Sunday observation

Here are a few of us who tackled the Fallon facility on Sunday --
Palomino, me and Travis smiling through our frustration and anger because we're a pretty good team

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Medicine Hat & Invisible Horses

HI --
The medicine hat stallion is apparently a mare.
When Mark Terrell and I were out at the Fallon corrals last month, our guide pointed out stallions, mares, weanling pens, and we just accepted the designations.
Today, photo in hand, I found the horse that mesmerized me. Though she appears to have lost flesh, she was in a pen with mares and new foals. That's what I'm basing my discovery on, since I didn't have a telephoto lens to check her anatomy.
The tour was unsettling because of the MANY foals in with adult horses. In the wild, that would of course be the case, but only after mother and babe had a few days off alone.
Usually the sight of so many tiny foals would be thrilling, but I kept thinking that, compared to where they should be learning to prance and run, the Fallon facility is like growing up in a closet
Our guide indicated foals being "invisible" to BLM until they are several months old is widespread among the wild horse facilities everywhere, but suggested we double-check the BLM policy manual.
I'll let you know how that goes.

ps photos to come from other horse folk

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Fallon Foal Death

Mare stands guard over new foal, photo by Tara Kain

There's a new set of hooves in Heaven.

BLM's death tally for the week doesn't show what happened.
However, visitors are allowed to tour the tax payer funded Indian Lakes wild horse facility. It's land-locked inside a private ranch in Fallon, Nevada, but opened once each week by reservation only for two hours.
Three observers from the CalNeva Cloud Foundation and photographer Cat, visited Sunday, March 21 and took photos, video and notes.

Saturday, March 20

a pale dun foal is born to a buckskin mare

Sunday, March 21

11:00 Members of the public arrive to tour the Fallon facility. Director John Neill is their guide and he waits for a late arrival
11:37 tour begins
11:45 visitors observe buckskin mare and newborn foal in a pen with other adult horses. Foal looks like "he had melted into the contours of the ground" according to one observer and Mr. Neill said the foal was a weak newborn from the night before.
12:30? Sometime during the tour, members of the public notice a nursery pen with just six mare and foal pairs inside and wonder why the buckskin and her foal aren't with them*

(RIGHT: As adult horses move, mare makes a protective barricade of her body, photo by Tara Kain)

1:45 Tour ends, passing by the buckskin mare and her foal. Mr. Neill agreed with visitors that foal might be sick and indicated he would check on it. If necessary, a vet would be called. He added that volunteers from WHOA might be asked to bottle feed the foal if it couldn't rise to nurse.

2:00 as observers depart, foal is still down.

Monday, March 22
no deaths are listed on the BLM's facility update, so CalNeva Cloud observers hope for the best

Tuesday, March 23

9:55 am
Still no deaths listed for the weekend**, but one observer calls and talks to John Neill who says "the colt was euthanized." She understands Neill to say the vet had determined the colt had a broken femur and must have been kicked.
The caller commented, "Oh, that's why he never got up."
Neill replied, "No, he was up that morning nursing." Sometime after that, he speculated, the colt must've been kicked."
Neill said the foal was destroyed via chemical injection.

(with freedom tantalizingly close, mare urges foal to rise and nurse, photo by Tara Kain)

Friday, March 26

I reached John Neill at Palomino Valley wild horse corrals and he answered my questions about the Medicine Hat stallion I've told you about before and this foal.
He clarified two points from the timeline above:
* "Once we know the colt's strong, we put them in the nursery pen" along with their mothers
** Live births are not entered into BLM's system until horses have been freeze-branded, which takes place after four or more months.
Since foals delivered "in facility" are not listed as born, they are not listed as dead. So, they are not posted on BLM's online Calico Round-up updates.

John Neill described the last hour of the little dun's life.
"He was down during the tour. Afterward I went out to check on him and he was packing a right hind leg and he had to be put down."
"When did the vet come?" I asked.
"He didn't."
"Was it a compound fracture so that you could see it was broken?"
John answered, "I could just tell, so I took care of it."

After our call ended, my English teacher brain flashed to "I am cruel only to be kind." Hamlet, I remembered, and knew that if I were watching over a newborn foal with a fatally fractured femur, I would not want it to suffer.
But "Hamlet" ends with a stage strewn with corpses.
I tried to get confirmation that such a leg injury is easily diagnosed, but the two vets I consulted disagreed on both diagnosis and prognosis.
John Neill told me "We have births daily and if something happens like this or there's a bad mother, we can't track them all accurately."
Is it fair to the public that our mustang foals are born and die without notice?
This is not Neill's decision; it is BLM policy. As with so many other BLM policies, the numbering of lives and deaths are rough estimates.
That's wrong.
There are no disposable mustangs. Taxpayers have no disposable income, especially for a system they hate.
There must be a moratorium on the capture of our wild horses, before a ruined system erases an entire species.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010


International Day of Rallies
Greetings from iFH,

Thursday, March 25th, the March for Mustangs will take place not only by the White House in Washington DC but also on the Las Vegas Strip, by the Los Angeles Federal Building and in front of the US Embassy in London!

In DC we’re honored to have award-winning actress and advocate, Wendie Malick speak to the crowd at the rally. Wendie will be joined by long time advocate and advisor on the original 1971 Wild Horse and Burro Act, Hope Ryden; author RT Fitch, Filmmaker James Kleinert and many, many more! We are especially pleased to announce that country music artist Clay Canfield will be at the rally to sing his incredible song “Wild Horses” and more before we march to the BLM office with signs and banners.


Please spread the word on all the March for Mustang Rallies and support all the protests with calls to your Senators and Congress people on this important issue.

Wild herds, like Cloud’s, are being managed to extinction with our taxpayer dollars by the very agency charged with their protection. Let’s make a big push for the mustangs during these rallies. On Thursday please call your on behalf of Cloud and all the wild horses! President Obama: 202-456-1111 and Congress: 202-224-3121.

When you reach your Representative and Senators, please ask to speak to the aide on the wild horse and burro issue. 1) Wild horses are being mismanaged in cruel waste of taxpayer dollars that is destroying the last of our wild herds in the West. 2) Vote NO on supplying funding for wild horse “preserves” in the East and Midwest– already there are now far more (36,000) wild horses in holding than in the wild where there may only be some 15,000 remaining. 3) Keep up the call for a moratorium on roundups and let everyone know that you love wild horses and burros in the wild and you vote! Or find and email your Senators and Congress person here on votesmart.org.

Source: The Cloud Foundation

Thank you.

Carol Poole
Wild Horse & Burro Advocate

Whoa, look! Tune into CNN's Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell on Thursday at 7:30 EST for an in-depth discussion on our wild herds and a recap of the D.C. Rally!

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Winds of Change

Dear Readers,
As usual, I've been hangin' around the Girls Horse Club barn, and the Lead Mare just posted a link to a great wild horse movie clip I think you'd appreciate.

My March newsletter is finally out and I think you'll have fun reading it, too. The photos are especially good this issue and Sam's blog might just make you smile.

Happy Mustang Monday,

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

FREE FILLY in Maryland

Dear Readers,
Here's a plea for help and a FREE horse!

I was asked to help find a home (quickly) for a perch x filly, turning 2 at the end of May. She was an unexpected present out of a Perch mare purchased at NH a couple of years ago- mom does carriage rides, trail rides, etc. Filly is well handled, kind of golden right now but will be grey- not yet broken, sound, no issues, will probably finish around 16h. Farm owners need to find her a home- Mr Farm Owner feels she will be OK if they take her to NH to sell, Mrs. is worried and would rather find her a home NOW. Filly located in North East MD, call or email me for contact info.

[email protected]

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Saturday, March 20, 2010


I bet you'll enjoy reading this story!


Happy Saturday,


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Friday, March 19, 2010

Medicine Hat Found?

Dear Readers,
Nevada horse activist Dorothy N. took this photo at the Fallon wild horse corrals on Sunday. We think the horse in the second corral from the front -- follow a straight line back from the gray foal's muzzle, past the prone horse just past the next set of bars -- the one with his adobe and white colored head hanging low, might be the Medicine Hat stallion.
What do you think?

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Medicine Hat is Missing

Dear Readers,
Three wild horse advocates searched for this captive horse today.

photo by Mark Terrell

They couldn't find him. If BLM can't supply photo verification that he's still there, we need to know what's happened to him.
Those of you who read my books know that I'm partial to sorrel horses like Hoku and sassy little bays like Ace, but this horse, because of his flashy coloring SHOULD be easy to follow through BLM processing.
I will ask BLM if I can go out and search the corrals this week.
You can see more photos of your mustangs in the feedlot in Fallon here

I'll let you know what happens next.

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Thursday, March 11, 2010


For Immediate Release

Website: www.tahoeartgallery.com

Press Release

Horse HeART Event Features Art and Horses
Wild horses and artists: what traits do they share? Tenacity . . . adaptability . . . intelligence? If those sound like handy qualities to have in these tough economic times, you will appreciate the thinking behind Horse HeART, an upcoming equine art exhibit, art competition, and fundraiser to benefit wild horses, hosted by Art Attack Gallery in Incline Village, Nevada. Featuring art that evokes the kindred spirit of horses and artists, Horse HeART seeks to inspire viewers to negotiate the economic recession with flare.

“We chose the Mustangs as our muse because they epitomize the kind of resilience that we all need,” explains Mark DeSautel, owner of Art Attack Gallery. Horse HeART will run March 12 through April 12, 2010, with a wine and chocolate reception on Saturday, March 13, from 4-8 pm.

For the Horse HeART event, Art Attack Gallery is teaming up with the Let ‘Em Run Foundation, a non-profit organization co-founded by country western singer, Lacy J. Dalton, working to preserve wild horses. Proceeds from a reception-night raffle, featuring such enticing prizes as a springtime guided adventure to see wild horse herds with their new foals and art prints by participating artists, will go to the Let ‘Em Run Foundation. In addition, Art Attack Gallery will donate a portion of the proceeds from art sales to LERF.

A national call to artists for the event has drawn outstanding entries from regional artists as well as notable artists from throughout the United States. The exhibit will feature 50 original equine-themed art works including paintings, sculptures, and photographs. Noting that the arts community and non-profit organizations have been particularly hard hit by the economic downturn, gallery owner DeSautel says, “We hope to inspire horse enthusiasts and art lovers to support the exhibiting artists and the Let ‘Em Run Foundation with this festive event.”

Art Attack Gallery is an award winning premier art gallery located at 868 Tahoe Boulevard, #13 (Christmas Tree Village) in the heart of upscale Incline Village, Nevada on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. They have been representing fine contemporary Western art in the relaxed atmosphere of their 3500 square foot showroom since 1989

For more information about the work to preserve Wild Horses, please visit the Let ‘Em Run foundation’s website at www.letemrun.com or the Wild Horse Preservation League’s website at www.wildhorsepl.org.


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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Not all the pretty horses come home - The Boston Globe

Dear Readers,
This newspaper article tells how one American woman collects horses from auctions, outbidding people who want them for pets or saddle horses, then sells them for meat. Her excuse? Her family's been doing it for years (which kinda undercuts her argument that it's the fault of the economy).
This article has lots of valuable information, charts, quotes from experts if you happen to be doing a report on the issue of horse slaughter. Terri

Not all the pretty horses come home - The Boston Globe

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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

The BEST People !

HI all,
You might like to visit this Facebook page & chat

People who love the Phantom Stallion


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Monday, March 08, 2010

One of the cutest things ever

click here to watch the sweetest YouTube video of Shetland foals at play and then sit back and smile.


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Saturday, March 06, 2010

Don't walk on by

This has been done in your name at BLM's Indian Lakes facility
Photo by Cat Kindsfather
six weeks after the round up

Dear Readers,
THIS WEEK a congressional committee will meet and discuss giving BLM yet more money to round up and corral wild horses.
They're already spending millions of my tax dollars to do something most taxpayers despise.
Want to send a message that this is a bad idea?
This will only take you two minutes. You'd spend longer than that looking for your keys. Instead, look into your heart (and wallet) and do what's right.
click here to talk back to BLM

IMPORTANT TIP: Change the subject line and write your own first line to the letter (at least). This might keep the congressional committee members from thinking "yeah, yeah, here's another one."

Can't think of a new first line? You could try something like "Please freeze BLM's wild horse budget until a full investigation can take place."

Go get 'em,

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March newsletter

Dear Readers,
I'm sorry my March newsletter is so late! I was late getting it to my wonderful web designer and now she's in the hospital. Please send all you best thoughts her way and I'll stay in touch with you via the blog!

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Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Dressage Mustang needs a home

Dear Readers,
I'm awaiting news from BLM in Reno, hoping to know why no updates on activities, injuries and deaths at the Fallon facility haven't been posted since last week.
This has me worried.
I know lots of PHANTOM STALLION readers are fans of Jake, whose family heritage is Shoshone, so I had to show you Sequoia.
If you want a gentled and trained companion with wild blood, whose mother roamed Shoshone tribal lands, please read on and feel free to share this with other dressage and mustang fans.


Here's a great chance to take over the adoption of a professionally trained Shoshone Indian (Dann Sisters) mustang.

Sequoia is a 15-2 (and still growing) four year old mare out of a Dann Sisters mare. She was originally a W.I.N. horse placed by LRTC. She has been professionally ridden three times a week for close to two years and is in training as a dressage prospect. According to trainer Holly Love, Sequoia is a "big mover" with potential. Holly says that she hasn't pushed Sequoia really hard into collection, etc., because she's still growing, but she feels that the mare is coming along well. The mare has also been ridden outdoors and given this past California winter, "She's gotten used to being ridden in mud."

Sequoia needs a new home since due to economic conditions her adopter can no longer keep her.

Sequoia is presently located in Knightsen, CA (near Stockton, CA) For information about her training history please write dressage trainer Holly Love [email protected]

Sequoia has documented origins and Shoshone horses qualify to show at the Western States Wild Horse and Burro Expo. Given her size and training, Sequoia could make a great show prospect!

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