Int’l Equine Conference

•July 15, 2011 • Leave a Comment
 IEC Speakers  updated 07.14.11 

Ann Marini, Equine Welfare Alliance and Animal Law Coalition are pleased to announce the first International Conference on Equine Welfare, a two part symposium to discuss issues related to (1) America’s Wild Horses and Burros and (2) Slaughter: the Equine Welfare, Human Health and Environmental Implications. The conference has been in the planning stages since early 2010 and is now scheduled to take place…..

  When:  September 26, 27 & 28, 2011

 Where: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS

       4301 Jones Bridge Road

      Bethesda, Maryland 20814

International Equine Conference | September 26-28, 2011

EWA is an umbrella organization representing equine welfare organizations, equine rescues and individuals involved in a grass roots effort dedicated to ending the slaughter of American Horses and the protection of our Wild Horses & Burros on public lands.



•February 24, 2010 • Leave a Comment







The White House and BLM!!!

Washington, DC

Please, mark you calendars!*** Make your reservations!
*** Organize carpools!*** Make appointments while in town!***
Bring your Signs and Banners!
I wonder, can we bring some horses???

This is preliminary info on the DC protest from Jo DeGeorge,

who also organized the NYC protest. Date: Thurs, March 25 From 3p-5p

Location: Lafayette Park (across from the White House) followed by a

march to the BLM building. Keynote speakers: (thus far) are Ginger

Kathrens and RT Fitch. Will pass on more info as it is received!


•February 9, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Feb. 5, 2010 – The Bureau of Land Management’s Eagle Lake Field Office is seeking public input on a proposed gather and removal of an overpopulation of wild horses and burros from the Twin Peaks Herd Management Area (HMA), northeast of Susanville, Calif. The gather, involving an estimated 1,800 wild horses and 180 burros, is tentatively planned for August and September 2010.

A 30-day public scoping period begins February 5 and ends March 5, 2010. The public is asked to identify issues to be addressed in an environmental assessment (EA) to be prepared as required by the National Environmental Policy Act. The EA and proposed decision will be released about May 1 for public review and comment.

The purpose of the gather is to return the population of horses and burros to its appropriate management level (AML), or population range, established through the Eagle Lake Resource Management Plan, developed with full public involvement in 2008. The AML, which determines the number of animals the range can sustain, is set at between 448-758 horses and 72-116 burros. The current population is estimated at about 2,300 horses and 250 burros, resulting in ongoing resource damage that will be analyzed in the environmental assessment.

The proposed gather would remove sufficient horses and burros to bring the population within the AML. Under the proposal, most mares left on the range would be treated with a birth control drug effective for one to two years. The wild herd would be structured with more males than females. Both actions are intended to slow the growth rate of the herds.

The proposed action would restore a thriving natural ecological balance and multiple use relationship in the area consistent with the provisions of Section 3(b) (2) of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971.

Comments can be sent to Eagle Lake Field Office, Attn: Twin Peaks Wild Horse Gather, 2950 Riverside Dr., Susanville, CA 96130. Comments may also be sent via email to


•January 15, 2010 • 1 Comment

Date/2010  Comments
Feb. 17
Indian Lakes Road Facility

One weaned colt was euthanized as an act of mercy due to declining poor body condition. No miscarriages noted today. 

Facility death: 1, cumulative total: 47

Feb. 16
Indian Lakes Road Facility

Overall, the stallions and weaned colts are doing well and gaining weight. Mares from Black Rock East, Black Rock West and Granite appear to be being doing well. Mares from Warm Springs and Calico are improving. Several poor condition mares are being held in hospital pens and eating and drinking and under observation. Several colts with sole abscesses are also in the hospital pens and being held for treatment and rest. One Warm Springs stallion that was declining in health and in poor condition stallion was euthanized. No miscarriages noted today.

Facility death: 1, cumulative total: 46

Feb. 15
Indian Lakes Road Facility
Overall, the stallions and weaned colts are doing well and gaining weight. Mares from Black Rock East, Black Rock West and Granite appear to be doing well. Mares from Warm Springs and Calico are improving. Several poor condition mares being held in hospital pens are eating and drinking and under observation. 

One healthy stallion was found dead in the pen next to a damaged corral panel. Death attributed to a fractured neck that resulted from collision with corral panel caused by the presence of the helicopter on February 14.  No miscarriages noted today. 

Facility death: 1, cumulative total: 45

Feb. 14
Indian Lakes Road Facility
Overall, the stallions and weaned colts are doing well and gaining weight. Mares from Black Rock East, Black Rock West and Granite appear to be doing well. Mares from Warm Springs and Calico are improving. Several poor condition mares being held in hospital pens are eating and drinking and under observation. Several colts with sole abscesses are also in the hospital pens and being held for treatment and rest. 

One mare died. Death attributed to pneumonia. No miscarriages noted today. During the late afternoon an unidentified helicopter hovered and circled the corrals. Horses panicked and milled about in the pens.

Facility death: 1, cumulative total: 44

Death toll continues to climb among wild horses captured in Nevada

February 9, 9:08 AMEquine Advocacy ExaminerMaureen Harmonay

Even though the Calico Mountain Complex roundups were concluded by the BLM on Friday, February 5th, wild horses who are now being held in the Indian Lakes Road facility near Fallon, Nevada, are continuing to perish at an alarming rate.

In just the last three days, four more horses have died, and another mare suffered a miscarriage.  The unofficial tally of wild horses lost now stands at 43 (the BLM says it is 37), with the number of spontaneous abortions estimated to be around 30.  Two live foals were born on Saturday, and according to the BLM, they are “doing well.”

The latest fatalities include three stallions:  one was a six-year-old “in poor condition,” who was listed as having “died.”  We don’t know how, but it’s likely that this horse’s “poor condition,” like that of the other horses in similar straits, was the result of having been mercilessly chased by helicopters for miles and miles over unforgiving terrain, beyond the limits of strength and stamina.

Two other stallions and one mare were “euthanized” (read: “shot”) because they were deemed to be suffering from “hyperlipemia,” which, according to The Merck Veterinary Manual, is the result of “poor feed quality or decrease in feed intake, particularly during a period of high-energy requirement. . .hyperlipemia is usually a primary disease process associated with obesity, pregnancy, lactation, stress, or transportation.”  In other words, the extreme stress of the helicopter chase, combined with an enforced radical change of diet, is putting these formerly healthy horses into metabolic failure.  Left to their own devices, out on their native range, they would have continued to thrive.

Broken Horses, Broken Promises

Calico Round Up Ends with 1922 Mustangs Captured

Death Toll 39 To Date

The Bureau of Land Management has pulled the plug on the massive roundup of wild horses in the Calico Complex. This remote and starkly beautiful area in northwestern Nevada was home to one of the largest wild, free-roaming herds of wild horses in the United States. 39 horses are reported dead as a result of the winter roundup. This does not include the 25-30 mares that have aborted their late term foals in the feedlot style facility outside Fallon, Nevada. The death toll is expected to rise as BLM begins preparing and processing the horses next week (freeze-branding, gelding of stallions, etc.). However, the public may not know what happens from here on out, as BLM has decided not to provide veterinary reports on the cause of death in the new Fallon facility, according to BLM manager, John Neil. 

Despite a public statement by Don Glenn (December 7 at the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Meeting in Reno) in which he said that the public is welcome to view the roundups at any time (hence no need for a humane observer), the public was allowed only limited access to watch the Calico roundup. Viewing was limited to Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays by appointment only. Only 10 observers were allowed on any one day.  Even on the days the public was allowed to attend, viewers were required to leave between 1 and 2 in the afternoon, even though the Cattoor contract crew and helicopters continued to round up wild horses. Close access was denied for the last two weeks of the operation and injuries could not be detected or documented. BLM has referred to the visitors as “anti-gather advocates”. The contractors admitted that 30 wild horses captured on January 31 were left overnight in a crowded capture corral without water due to muddy conditions which prevented trucks from accessing the capture sight.

Now BLM sights are set on the wild horses of the Eagle Complex in the mountains of eastern Nevada. The area is larger than the state of Rhode Island, yet the number of mustangs allowable according to BLM is 100. At the same time, the number of privately-owned welfare cattle allowed is over 2,700.

47 now killed and counting

Foal lying down prior to dying – Photo by Laura Leigh 

HOUSTON, (Horseback) – The federal Bureau of Land Management confirmed today that a second foal has died at their hands after losing its hooves possibly from being driven down a Nevada mountainside by a roaring helicopter. 

“Apparently there has been one more foal that was euthanized because of hoof Sloughs,” BLM spokeswoman JoLynn Worley of the agency’s Winnemucca office told Horseback Online

The agency classifies the 1669 horses it has rounded up at the current Calico Mountain gather as “excess.” 


Mustang Deaths Up to 26 in Nevada Wild Horse Roundup

 RENO, Nev. (AP) — Wild-horse advocates criticized federal land managers after the number of mustang deaths so far in a government roundup on the range north of Reno nearly tripled from a week ago, going from nine to 26.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Friday reported four more deaths stemming from its roundup in the Calico Mountain Complex. Agency spokeswoman JoLynn Worley said three horses have died at the roundup site and 23 have died at a Fallon holding facility where the horses have been taken since the two-month roundup began Dec. 28.

 Another 25 horses are recovering at the facility 60 miles east of Reno after being treated for various injuries and health issues, she said. Activists said the BLM’s roundup methods are “brutal” and violate the intent of a 1971 law Congress enacted to protect the horses.

“America’s wild horses are protected by federal law as important parts of our national heritage, but they are being brutalized and destroyed by the BLM’s policy of massive roundups,” said William Spriggs, an attorney who represents California-based In Defense of Animals in a lawsuit against the Interior Department over the roundup. Worley said the agency has 40 years of experience of conducting roundups and has learned the safest way to conduct them and minimize risk to horses. “I don’t think it (26 fatalities) is high given the number of animals gathered and given the condition of some of the animals coming in,” she said. “We’re seeing quite a few mares in emaciated condition. We’re either euthanizing them or they’re showing up dead,” she said.

According to a 2008 Government Accountability Office report, the BLM has not regularly reported to the public how many horses are killed in the course of roundups. BLM officials have said 0.5 percent of horses die in roundups, but Worley on Friday said that figure only counts deaths at actual gather sites and not holding facilities. Of the 1,447 horses gathered so far, about 0.2 percent have died at the roundup site and 1.8 percent have died in all.

Activists expressed concern over the nearly threefold increase in deaths over the last week and said they intend to continue monitoring the Fallon facility. “The numbers speak for themselves,” said Eric Kleiman, research director for In Defense of Animals. “Time will tell, but it’ll be very interesting to see what happens over the next week.”

A contractor is using two helicopters under BLM supervision to drive horses in the Calico complex to corrals. Officials are then trucking them to Fallon before placing them for adoption or sending them to long-term holding corrals in the Midwest. BLM officials said the removal of about 2,500 horses is necessary because an over-population of the animals is harming the range and native wildlife, and threatening the horses with starvation.

The government says the number of wild horses and burros on public lands in the West stands at nearly 37,000, about half of them in Nevada. It believes the number that can be supported on the range is about 26,600.

Wild Horse news update: 9 dead in Calico roundup
January 21, 4:49 PMLA Equine Policy Examiner Carrol Abel
20 year old mare euthanized at roundup
Nine wild horses have died in BLM’s highly publicized Calico Complex roundup in Nevada. The roundup, arguably the most widely scrutinized in history, has had comparatively more details made available to the public. Gather activity updates from the BLM web site report:
Dec. 30 – 20 year old + mare euthanized: poor condition.
Jan 10 – Colt dies as it was being brought in: necropsy shows pre-existing pulmonary condition.
Jan 7 – 20 year old + mare put down on site: poor body condition.
Jan 11 – mare found dead at Fallon facility: dietary feed change.
Jan 13 – 12 year old mare found dead at Fallon Facility: arrived four days prior in poor condition.
Jan 14 – Observer notified BLM of downed mare in transport truck. Driver corrected the situation.
– Two mares found dead a Fallon Facility: dietary feed change.
Jan 21 – Mare that was downed in transport truck euthanized at Fallon facility: weak on arrival & did not recover.
– Colt with multiple hoof sloughs from capture euthanized at Fallon facility.
– 20-25 horses at Fallon facility have received treatment for various injuries.
Two more horses were killed at the Fallon Facility in conjunction with the Calico roundup today. Based on the posted BLM report: The Cattoors/BLM ran the feet off a colt on Tuesday, let him stand for a day, then made him ride four hours in a trailer to Fallon where he was unloaded and then shot. At least two of his hooves had fallen off. This colt and his family may have been run by helicopter up to 14 miles on Tuesday. We don’t know how fast over rough volcanic rock and terrain this foal was run.  Another mare was down in the trailer, arrived at Fallon alive and then died subsequently. No members of the public were allowed to observe today and no one will be allowed to go to Fallon Facility until Tuesday, Jan. 26th. Calls were placed to both Assistant Director of Renewable Resources & Planning Ed Roberson and BLM Director Abbey by the Cloud Foundation in regards to the situation at the new Fallon facility. Calls were not returned. The death toll is now up to six at the Fallon Facility. This absolutely unnecessary cruel winter roundup at taxpayer expense must stop.  Please call on whatever connections you may have to help these wild horses  From BLM’s website, 1/21/10 Calico Roundup Update



The death toll is now up to six at the Fallon Facility. This absolutely unnecessary cruel winter roundup at taxpayer expense must stop.  Please call on whatever connections you may have to help these wild horses

From BLM’s website, 1/21/10 Calico Roundup Update      Transported 118 horses to the Fallon facility on Wednesday.  Plan to ship the horses remaining at the gather corrals to Fallon today.  Continuing to dissemble the gather corrals and move to new location in the Calico HMA.

      Mares coming into the Fallon facility are in poorer condition than stallions and weanlings/foals. About 30 mares from the Warm Springs HMA range in body condition from a 2.5 to 3.0.  One mare that was down on the transport truck arrived at the facility alive, but subsequently died.  One colt with multiple hoof sloughs from the capture was euthanized at the facility.

–       About 20 to 25 horses at the facility have received treatment for various injuries or lameness and are recovering.  There are no indications of infectious respiratory disease.

–       The BLM has asked that wind breaks be installed at the Fallon facility, similar to ones that are at the Palomino Valley Center.  The contractor will begin constructing wind breaks in 12 of the smaller holding/sorting pens which are used for sick or lame animals.

–       Totals: 1,195 gathered, 1,074 moved to Fallon, 30 at gather corrals, 2 euthanized at gather site, 1 death pre-existing condition, 1 back to HMA.

–       Fallon facility: 6 deaths

Calico update from BLM website

January 13, 2010


http://www.blm. gov/nv/st/ en/fo/wfo/ blm_programs/ wild_horses_ and_burros/ calico_mountains _complex/ gather_activity_ updates.html

Monday, Jan. 11, 2010

The BLM is escorting public to the gather today.  At the Fallon facility, one mare from the Black Rock East HMA was found dead over the weekend.  The veterinarian diagnosis is the mare died as the result of dietary feed change.  Fog kept the helicopter grounded; no animals were gathered.

No horses were shipped today; 24 horses in holding corrals at the gather site.


Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010

Weather conditions prevented gathering activities today.  Eighty horses were transported to the Fallon facility today.

Totals: 547 gathered, 518 shipped to Fallon, 24 at gather corrals, 4 deaths, 1 back to HMA


Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010

Weather conditions grounded the helicopter today.  No horses were gathered today.  No horses were shipped today, pending brand inspection.  Gathering and shipping is expected to resume on Sunday.


Friday, Jan. 8, 2010

Haven’t received information about the gather activities by the close of business today.  Next update will be Monday, Jan. 11.  Update on Monday: Seventy animals were gathered (22 studs, 37 mares and 11 weanlings/foals) .  Seventy-one animals were transported to the Fallon facility.

Totals: 547 gathered, 438 shipped to Fallon, 3 deaths, 1 back to HMA




•October 31, 2009 • 2 Comments



Mustang Jack
Greetings to all! Welcome to the Blog page where the truth isn’t sugar coated and punches aren’t pulled for the sake of those who can’t handle the truth!