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☛ Myth & Management of Wild Horse Population 5-8-18

Posted by on May 9, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ABUSE, HORSE HEALTH, HORSE NEWS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 1 comment

LATEST SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS WILD HORSE OVER-POPULATION

 

MYTH AND MANAGEMENT

 

 

By Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
May 8, 2018

 

On July 23, 2015, I authored an article, entitled “Horse Slaughter – Facts and Fiction” which was released on allaboutcutting.net. In the article I explained: An existing dichotomy in the American horse industry requiring scrutiny and analyzation is Horse Slaughter. As I previously stated in Horse Abuse, Part 6: Horse Slaughter – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, “Ever since the introduction of the SAFE Act Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act (S. 1214) was introduced in the U.S. Senate in April 2015, advocates on both sides of the aisle have been organizing in opposition of the bill, as well as promoting its passage.”

 

The article includes the identification of three TOP-TIER-RANKED HORSE SLAUGHTER ADVOCATES:

 

# American Quarter Horse Association

# Protect The Harvest

# Veterinary Advocacy Groups

 

This article also includes sections on:

 

BALANCE OF NATURE:

The balance of nature is a theory that proposes that ecological systems are usually in a stable equilibrium (homeostasis), which is to say that a small change in some particular parameter (for example, the size of a particular population) will be corrected by some negative feedback that will bring the parameter back to its original “point of balance” with the rest of the system. It may apply where populations depend on each other, for example in predator/prey systems, or relationships between herbivores and their food source. It is also sometimes applied to the relationship between the Earth’s ecosystem – the composition of the atmosphere and the world’s weather.

 

FACTS:

First and foremost, neither ideology addresses a myriad of causes addressing each issue on an “apple-to-apple” or an “apple-and-orange” relationship, nor do they offer a specific alternative to rectify the problem – other than horse slaughter.  However, each organization directly appeals to the plight of the horse from an emotional factor in order to sway public opinion to support their biased position on horse slaughter as a means to control horse populations.

 

ECONOMIC FACTS OF PUBLIC LANDS GRAZING:

#  Public lands grazers (cattle and sheep producers) are a minority of livestock producers in the West and throughout the country.

#  Number of livestock producers with federal grazing permits: 27,000.

#  Percentage of livestock producers with federal grazing permits in the United States: 3 percent.

#  Percentage of livestock producers with federal grazing permits in eleven Western states: 22 percent.

#  Number of livestock producers without federal grazing permits: 880,000.

 

The facts and figures included in this article, as well as the plight of the Wild Mustang, were directly received from the Federal Bureau of Land Management in Washington D.C.

 

Now a newly released article in“Horsetalk.Co.NZ” entitled Latest Science Highlights Wild Horse Over-Population – Myth And Management,by William E. Simpson brings his reading audience even closer to facts concerning the Wild Mustang as well as contradicting allegations proposed by the BLM, who are proponents to horse slaughter, and the cattle grazers on Federal grasslands.  For the record, it also confirms my 2015 article on the same subject. William Simpson is the author of Dark Stallions – Legend of the Centurions, proceeds from which go toward supporting wild and domestic horse rescue and sanctuary.

 

In his article Mr. Simpson explains:The critics of the BLM and their Wild Horse and Burro Program, who number in the thousands (at least), have long held that there were more myths being spun about wild horses than truths.

Click for article>>

 

The Curator of Vertebrates at the prestigious American Museum of Natural History, Professor Ross MacPhee, is just one of that indelible multitude and has made his position on the BLM’s canards very clear as we read here.

 

Now we have further confirmation of those suspicions. Noted wildlife ecologist Craig C. Downer has just completed a lengthy and enlightening study on the Bureau of Land Management Wild Horses in Oregon and their management on publicly owned Wild-horse Herd Management Areas (HMAs) that were established under Act of Congress in the 1971 Wild Burro and Horse Protection Act.

 

This same report is being provided to the administrative heads of BLM, U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Department of the Interior (DOI) in the public interest of proper management of the legendary and majestic American wild horses. A few of the many examples of the myths that have long been promulgated by the BLM and wild horse management officials in other government agencies, including the USFS, are cited as follows:

 

     1. Myth:          Wild horses cannot graze on rough or steep terrain.

 

     1. Truth:        This first myth is manifestly untrue. As someone who lives among wild horses in a naturally operating ecosystem, I regularly observed and documented wild horses browsing on steep rocky (volcanic talus) mountainsides.

 

     2. Myth:          Wild horses don’t eat brush or woody plants, only sweet grass and hay.

 

     2. Truth:        Wild horses in fact do browse on a diet that is widely distributed among many plants in the biomes of North America and maintain symbiotic mutualism with the plants eaten by spreading their seeds in many cases. This canard as to diet has been repeated often by BLM wild horse and burro managers who do not have the requisite field experience in wild horse behavioral ecology, so they substitute and impose domestic breed behavioral ecology on wild horses, which is not consistent with fact. Wild horses do in fact eat woody plants as we see in the below short video of a wild mare browsing on some white oak debris that was blown down from a tree top.

                                             

     3. Myth:          Wild horses consume forage needed for rebuilding depleted deer herds

 

     3. Truth:        This myth was spawned into the hunting industry by some individuals who were in and around the BLM and USFS. In the detailed, peer-reviewed study by Hansen, R.M., Clark, R.C., & Lawhorn, W. 1977 entitled ‘Foods of Wild Horses, Deer and Cattle in the Douglas Mountain Area, Colorado‘,we read in the first paragraph that the dietary overlap of deer and wild horses is just 1 percent.

 

     4. Myth:          Livestock should be exclusively used for grazing prodigious ground fuels that are the genesis of catastrophic wildfire.

 

     4. Truth:        The reality is that livestock are useful as wildfire ground-fuel grazers only in and around grazing areas that can be actively managed with mechanical means for soil conditioning and re-seeding. This is because livestock (cattle and sheep) are an invasive species and via their grazing, which does overlap more heavily with deer, will strip native plants and their seeds from any area where they graze.

 

This fact is a function of livestock being ruminants with a very efficient digestive system (complex stomach). The opposite is true for wild horses, which have a monogastric (single stomach) digestive system that passes both humus and undamaged/undigested seed back into the soils, thereby complementing and re-seeding the soils where they graze, which is of particular value in wildfire scars.

     5. Myth: Wild horses damage riparian areas more than livestock.

 

     5. Truth:        Both physics and empirical evidence prove this false. The math/physics proves that the ground-loading in pounds per square inch (PSI) related to cattle is considerably higher in cattle over horses. Furthermore, due to the pointed (pick-like) tips on the bifurcated hooves of cattle, that force is made even more effective, therefore disrupting soils and increasing erosion significantly as compared to the shape of a horse’s virtually round one-piece hoof and lower ground loading in PSI.

 

     6. Myth:          Wild horses have no natural predators.

 

     6. Truth:        Every apex predator (mountain lions, bears, wolves, coyotes) hunts, kills and eats wild horses and I have detailed and documented the depredation of our local wild horses, where the population of adult horses dropped from ca. 67 adults (2014) to ca. 52 adults in 2017. Only 5 percent of foals born alive with mares survive to their first year (1 out of 20 born) due to death by predators alone.

 

     7. Myth:          Wild horses are not native to America.

 

     7. Truth:        As professor Ross MacPhee says: “Wild horses are as American as apple pie” and without doubt originated in North America.

 

To further explain the plight of the wild horse or “Mustang” another article adds credence to the severity of “Over Production Of Stock – Cattle and Sheep”, on our Federal grasslands.  A May 6, 2018 FOX Newsreport entitled “Nearly 200 horses found dead, buried in mud on Navajo land in Arizona,”by Katherine Lam of Fox News.  Nearly 200 horses were found dead in a stock pond on Navajo land in Arizona after widespread drought and famine hit the area, officials said.

 

About 191 wild horses died of natural causes in the pond in Gray Mountain, Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez said in a news release. Nez and Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye went to the scene to assess the incident last Wednesday.

 

“These animals were searching for water to stay alive. In the process, they unfortunately burrowed themselves into the mud and couldn’t escape because they were so weak,” Nez said in the news release. What this article actually depicts is just how fragile our public grasslands are and Mother Nature only provides so much substance for survival to go around. Water is life’s liquid. Livestock definitely play a part in the balance of nature by depleting food and water sources which would ordinarily be consumed by wild horses and wildlife.

 

Click for Navajo Article>>

 

For the record, these three articles clearly provide clear and unequivocal evidence of the fragility of our Federal Grasslands and the importance of a “balance of nature.”  It’s also clear that there’s a rumor factory engulfing the Washington D.C. area which is designed to upend this “balance of nature” by the removal of wild horses and predators, using the overpopulation of wild horses and predators as the “culprits” which must be removed at all cost to insure the reestablishment of the “balance of nature.”  Therefore, who suffers under such a convoluted ideology? The wildlife and the predators!

 

When in “truth and fact,” the BLM never provides the real reason for the removal of these animals, except a myriad of hypothetical propaganda-produced algorithms,  due in-part to: The whining of cattle and sheep producers and the “wanna be ” Ogliarch’s in Washington D.C. who are dictating the plight of the American wild horses and predators simply due to greed (money) that is made from cattle and sheep production on public grasslands. However, what’s not being told is the amount of money being made by corporations and individual ranchers by taxpayer induced government subsidies totaling in the millions of dollars annually.

 

Along with government provided subsidies, it costs the American taxpayer millions of dollars annually for predator removal and the housing, care and maintenance of the wild horses, which are removed and held in holding pens. Are all of these millions of dollars being spent wisely for the preservation of our wild horses, wildlife, and Federal grasslands or is it for the benefit of someone’s pocketbook and bank account? After all, the BLM report states Federal land grazers that actually pay for their grazing permits – minority. You decide !!!

 

“Until Next Time, Keep ‘Em Between The Bridle!”

 

Richard E. “Rick” Dennis

Office/Mobile Number: (985) 630-3500

Email: windrivercompany@gmail.com

Web Site: http://www.richardedennis.net

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☛ At least 25 horses found dead on Maryland property 3-17-18

Posted by on Mar 17, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, HORSE ABUSE, HORSE HEALTH, HORSE NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

AT LEAST 25 DEAD HORSES FOUND ON MARYLAND PROPERTY

Published by WBOC16, Hebron, Md.
March 17, 2018

Authorities are investigating after at least 25 dead horses were found on on a rural property in West County, Md. Lt. Tim Robinson of the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office said that at around 11 a.m. Friday, the Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with Wicomico County Animal Control, began an investigation into the report of the presence of deceased horses on the property located in the 6000 block of Cherrywalk Road outside of Hebron.

 

Robinson said when they arrived on the scene, investigators located the dead horses. At this time the investigation is ongoing into what caused the deaths of these horses and how long they have been there, according to Robinson.

The observed remains were in various states of decay, Robinson noted.

Sheriff Mike Lewis told WBOC on Friday that his deputies had been called to this house on numerous occasions in the past, but never for a call or complaint this extreme.

“Not a few times. Not a dozen times.  But dozens of times over the years.  And these horses have gotten our dozens of times and they have trampled people’s flower beds and trampled their yards.  There have been several near accidents with the horses in the roadway,” Sheriff Lewis said.

Lewis added that he does not recall any calls related to the horses being malnourished or not being properly cared for.  The calls and complaints have always been about the horses getting out, according to the Sheriff.  But now that authorities have seen the condition of the horses, including the more than two dozen dead horses on the property, its possible that this investigation leads to charges.

“Absolutely.  Well certainly animal neglect, but it could be animal cruelty based on what our investigation finds out and what it concludes,” Lewis added.”

Investigators and members from animal control are expected to be at the Hebron property over the weekend.  The next step in the investigation will be removing several of the dead horses so a cause of death can be determined.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office at 410-548-4891.

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☛ Vet student leaves horse owners victims 3-8-18

Posted by on Mar 8, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ABUSE, HORSE NEWS, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

Vet student in Alabama leaves horse victims in her wake across multiple states

Monday, March 8, 2018
Press release from NetPosse.com

A 3rd year veterinary student at Tuskegee University in the State of Alabama has left many horse victims in her wake across multiple states. Reports have been received by Stolen Horse International aka NetPosse.com from horse owners in the states of Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama.

Their owners all had circumstances change in their lives and their horses were all given in good faith to one woman in Alabama. This young Tuskegee University vet student promised they’d be in retirement homes, companion animals for her barrel horse or she would train them and use them for her personal trail horses. She lied. Not once did she tell anyone that she was going to sell them or take them to horse auctions. If she had none of the owners would have let her have their horses.

The horse owners have reached out to their local law enforcement agencies to file reports. An application for an arrest warrant is underway as well as pursuing criminal and federal charges due to multiple states being involved.

Stolen Horse International, a nonprofit organization also known as NetPosse.com, is well known as the “lost and found’ place for horses on the internet for the equine industry. NetPosse.com offers horse theft and equine ID education, assist in search and recovery of stolen or missing horses, as well as other equine equipment.

“I am heart broken. Sick. Disgusted. Infuriated. I thought I was doing right by my horse by giving him to a home that would be able to provide him with the attention and care I felt he deserved. I have had horses in my life for over 20 years now and even as an avid horse lover, I was deceived. Because of my love for horses, I could never fathom this happening but unfortunately, it is a hard life lesson I am currently learning.” says Lindsay Rosentrator, owner of Willie.

One former owner received a fake vet bill, which was part of the story that the student had put Clue down because of a severe case of colic. After further investigation, it was determined that the vet that was listed on this bill is not listed with the licensing board for the State of Alabama.

“Two of these horses, Samson and Rocky, my husband and I raised from birth. The Mustang, Cheyenne, we rescued from a pasture after being abandoned. We loved all three very much. It broke our hearts to have to rehome them, but my husband developed health problems and we really had no choice. We thought we were sending them with someone who would love them and spend the time with them like we had. We were misled by a supposed vet student at Tuskegee University. I have pictures of the girl loading up Rocky and Samson. I shudder to think what she actually did with them. This was a very sad day to learn that she was lying to us. Reliving the painful day all over again. I hope we can get justice for ours and every other horse and owner.”, says owner, Pamela Hughes.

Pamela Reeves, another owner, informed Stolen Horse International that “She said she wanted to breed Blondie to get Cremellos…I gave her Blondie with a contract saying if she ever got rid of her she had to come back to me…She was friends with people I knew and I had seen her at many shows so I thought she was trustworthy.”

This is just a few of the horse owners that fell victim to the deception of their horses being provided a forever home with this student. Some had verbal contracts, some had written contracts regarding the transaction. Messages and texts were also kept discussing the transactions.

On February 28, 2018, Stolen Horse International, Inc. received the first online report on its website, www.NetPosse.com, and within just 5 days, 12 victims had come forward and filed reports for 17 horses. Numerous other individuals have spoken out that they too fell victim to this vet student.

Stolen Horse International, Inc. began distributing the information via their NetPosse Alert (the horse community’s Amber Alert) on the Internet to hundreds of social media groups and private email contacts in an effort to rally the public to help these families.  All had one thing in common, they were misled by a young lady who used her status as a veterinary student to mislead the owners. They believed their horses would be in good hands and have a forever home or be returned to them if she was no longer able to care for them. Indeed, she lied.

You will find the reports filed through NetPosse.com’s webpage with information and a printable flyer in each NetPosse.com listing, which is where any updates or leads will be posted. Anyone interested in helping can visit the website.

For more information, contact: Pamela Miller, Volunteer Reports Manager

Email: pamela.miller@netposse.com

 

The report listings that have been received thus far are as follows:

Bird Man, Report #NR005421: http://www.netposse.com/view_report.asp?reportid=5421

Willie, Report #NR005422: http://www.netposse.com/view_report.asp?reportid=5422

Lia & Trouble, Report #NR005427: http://www.netposse.com/view_report.asp?reportid=5427

Clue, Report #NR005430: http://www.netposse.com/view_report.asp?reportid=5430

Grey Lady & King, Report #NR005433: http://www.netposse.com/view_report.asp?reportid=5433

Cocoa & Tibby, Report #NR005434: http://www.netposse.com/view_report.asp?reportid=5434

Micky, Report #NR005435: http://www.netposse.com/view_report.asp?reportid=5435

Maddux, Report #NR005436: http://www.netposse.com/view_report.asp?reportid=5436

Ranger, Report #NR005437: http://www.netposse.com/view_report.asp?reportid=5437

Cheyenne, Samson & Rocky, Report #NR005439: http://www.netposse.com/view_report.asp?reportid=5439

Blondie, Report #NR005440: http://www.netposse.com/view_report.asp?reportid=5440

Georgia, Report #NR005441: http://www.netposse.com/view_report.asp?reportid=5441

Pen Dragon, Report #NR005442: https://netposse.com/view_report.asp?reportid=5442

Gambler, Report #NR005444: https://netposse.com/view_report.asp?reportid=5444

Dixie, Report #NR005443: https://netposse.com/view_report.asp?reportid=5443

“Circulating the flyers for these horses as well as the NetPosse.com Alert nationwide is imperative, as they could be anywhere by now. These flyers are one tool that brings home many horses and must be posted in as many public places as possible,” says Debi Metcalfe, founder of Stolen Horse International. “And remember, not everyone has internet access. Please post their flyers in public places as well.”

Pictures, flyer, contact information, updates and other information are on the NetPosse webpage to identify this case quickly when calling in a tip. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Stolen Horse International with any information.

© 2018 – Stolen Horse International Public Relations – Pictures are available upon request.

For more information on Stolen Horse International and its programs, visit the website at www.netposse.com. Stolen Horse International is a Section 501(c)(3) organization under the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to it are tax-deductible as charitable contributions.

 

Purchase your microchips from Stolen Horse International and help us continue to help missing horse victims with your purchase. We do not use companies that sell the 900 numbered microchips. All proceeds support our Victim’s Service and Educational Outreach projects.

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☛ Tommy Manion case covered by FW Star Telegram 10-13-17

Posted by on Oct 13, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ABUSE, LAWSUITS & INDICTMENTS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 1 comment

MANION BB GUN SHOOTING OF HORSE COVERED BY FORT WORTH STAR TELEGRAM

Fort Worth, Texas
Oct. 13, 2017

Friday the 13th only happened twice this year, and today was Tommy Manion’s unlucky day! Not only the NCHA, Allaboutcutting.com and Quarterhorsenews.com have covered the fact that he shot his stallion with a BB gun at an NCHA-approved show and when he was suspended by the NCHA for not following their new Zero Animal Abuse policy, he sued the NCHA. But now he has  announced he has dropped all charges and accepts his penalty. The prestigious Fort Worth Star Telegram and Senior Editor Max Baker have now gotten involved, not only covering the story but publishing the video!

Click on the following link for the article and video:

http://www.star-telegram.com/news/state/texas/-article178681691.html

 

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☛ Tommy Manion settles with NCHA 10-13-17

Posted by on Oct 13, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ABUSE, INDUSTRY NEWS, LAWSUITS & INDICTMENTS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 2 comments

TOMMY MANION SETTLES LAWSUIT WITH NCHA

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Oct. 13, 2017

Due to the fact that I’m in the middle of a move, yesterday I was dreading to go to the Fort Worth Court House to attend the Tommy Manion vs NCHA lawsuit; however, Manion evidently came to his senses and realized he was in the wrong – apologizing to the NCHA in an open letter posted on the NCHA website  to the members, following a meeting with his lawyer and the NCHA on Wednesday, Oct. 11.

The case involved him shooting an unruly stallion that he brought to a cutting in Whitesboro, Texas, that he repeatedly shot in the hip with a BB gun concealed under a jacket on his arm. However, a cell-phone video taken of the entire event was sent to the NCHA and circulated among NCHA members. When they sanctioned him for animal abuse and the non-compliance with the association’s recently implemented Zero Animal Abuse policy, Manion filed a lawsuit against the NCHA.

However, it didn’t take long for him to drop the lawsuit and apologize in an open letter to NCHA officials and members that was  published on the NCHA website, realizing the evidence was overwhelming that he had violated the newly created Zero Tolerance Animal Abuse Policy of the NCHA. Besides, that the more than likely “unwinable” lawsuit was becoming very costly.

But Manion didn’t get completely off the hook for his apology, as the the settlement included the following terms of the settlement:

1.    Suspension of NCHA membership for six months beginning August 9, 2017

2.    NCHA Membership Probation for one year thereafter

3.    Fine payable to NCHA to $10,000.00

4.    Letter to the NCHA membership (which was included in yesterday’s post)

The NCHA announced they are pleased with the settlement and remains committed to its Zero Tolerance policy.

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☛ Tommy Manion apologizes – court hearing cancelled 10-12-17

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ABUSE, HORSE LAWSUITS, INDUSTRY NEWS, LAWSUITS & INDICTMENTS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

TOMMY MANION APOLOGIZES – COURT HEARING CANCELLED

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Oct. 12, 2017

In a one-page letter, entitled Exhibit A, to the NCHA, Tommy Manion, who had been suspended from the association for horse abuse, for shooting his unruly horse with a BB gun at a Whitesboro, Texas, NCHA-approved show, apologized. Manion said he was sorry that the method he subsequently used for  correcting his unruly horse caused such a controversy.

“I deeply regret that this event took place,” said Manion. “I’m committed to the NCHA and will endeavor to continue to conduct myself in a professional manner for the remainder of my career. We are pleased that this matter is resolved. and look forward to putting it behind us.”

Manion continued, “I join with the Association in continuing to take a strong stance against animal abuse and in protecting the animals we all love so dearly. I appreciate the NCHA’s continued commitment to completely eliminate abuse in our industry,”

As a result, the hearing scheduled for Friday, Oct. 13, at the Tom Vandergriff Civil Courts Building courthouse in Fort Worth, Texas, was cancelled.To date, the NCHA has not answered Manion’s apology on their website.

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