Developments are happening as fast as, well, a stampeding herd of horses.

December 15th, 2009 by Nicole Meyer


For the past several weeks, Mr. William Spriggs and his amazing team of attorneys at Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney’s Washington, DC offices have been working tirelessly AND pro bono on our lawsuit to stop the Bureau of Land Management’s roundup of almost 3,000 horses in the Calico Mountains Complex in northwestern Nevada. Our case maintains that the BLM’s plan to remove 80-90 percent of the horses living in this protected area and stockpile them in government holding facilities is flatly illegal.

Some of the horses the BLM wants to round up in the Calico Complex contending that they are overpopulated and starving. These horses look healthy and sound, as is their range, according to local ecologists and wildlife biologists.

Some of the horses the BLM wants to round up in the Calico Complex contending that they are overpopulated and starving. These horses look healthy and sound, as is their range, according to local ecologists and wildlife biologists.

Just today, famed children’s author Terri Farley, officially joined IDA and Nevada ecologist Craig Dower as plaintiff’s in this important lawsuit.  Read IDA’s news release here. Ms. Farley’s beloved Phantom Stallion book series, which is set in the Calico Mountains and tells the stories of the horses living there. The wildly popular series with young readers has sold over a million copies.

Last week, Ms. Farley hand delivered more than 200 letters from young people to the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board at its meeting in Reno. She and her young readers are passionate advocates for America’s wild horses, and we are grateful to have her at our side in this fight.


Terri Farley presents letters from readers asking now Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to save America's wild horses.


Drawing sent by one of Terri's readers, Michelle Baehner.

A hearing on our motion for an injunction to stop the roundup, which was delayed until December 28, 2009 after we filed suit, will take place on Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia before Judge Paul Friedman.  I’ll be there along with Ms. Farley, Mr. Downer, and IDA research director Eric Kleiman to watch our brilliant legal team do battle with the government over its destructive and devastating wild horse policies

Meanwhile, the horses at the BLM’s Palomino Valley Adoption Center outside Reno, Nevada spent the weekend in the middle of a blizzard and below freezing temperatures confined to pens with no shelter or way to escape the harsh elements.

Some of these horses had just arrived from the Buckhorn herd management area in California, where the BLM conducted a secret roundup without public notice due to an “internal communications” error.

Although the BLM’s guidelines require adopters of wild horses to provide them with shelter, the agency does not abide by its own rules.  Wild horse advocates who live near the facility report observing horses in direct, blistering sun in 105 degree heat and withstanding harsh windstorms without even a tree to block strong gusts and blowing dust. Although the Palomino Valley center is supposed to be a short-term holding facility, investigative reporter George Knapp of KTLA-TV in Las Vegas reports that some horses stay here for years. Mr. Knapp’s investigative series Stampede to Oblivion is a must watch for all who care about America’s wild horses.

Palomino Valley is where the Calico horses are destined to go if we are not successful in stopping the roundup. Wish our attorneys luck and stay tuned for more updates.

6 Responses to “Developments are happening as fast as, well, a stampeding herd of horses.”

  1. January 06, 2010 at 9:08 pm, squirrel said:

    if you dont like these horses be rounded up and held some where then you should come up with a solution to the problem of where they can be kepted and cared for and how to pay for it. over population of thier habitat also effects other wildlife in the area if humans dont manage these horse nature can be crule too


  2. December 20, 2009 at 6:17 am, Frank Mancuso said:

    As we all know horses are critical in the development of mankind. Had the early Americans used them instead of eating them they might have advanced their society enough to have sailed to Europe and conquered it. 100 years ago we had no oil and horses, 100 years from now we will have no oil or horses. We must protect the gene pool of natural selection and survival of the fittest for our own survival, because I believe we might have to look back to a time before oil if we are to survive without it again.


  3. December 15, 2009 at 7:22 pm, Kat said:

    The BLM should go hide, along with their crazy ideas. That’s just what America needs: less wildlife and more cattle grazing!!! Get w the program


  4. December 15, 2009 at 4:43 pm, Margaret Southwell said:

    If the horses are overpopulating an area, there is birth control available, PZP in particular. I also understand that an implant is being developed. Too long in coming!

    All this is preferable to a cruel round-up and unprotected confinement.


  5. December 15, 2009 at 4:38 pm, Margaret Southwell said:

    “One can tell the size and moral character of a nation by how it treats its’ animals.” – Ghandi

    BLM and Salazar what character do your actions show? Cruelty? Arrogance? Irresponsibility? Exploitation?

    You should be held accountable. If these horses were people you would be put on trial.


  6. December 15, 2009 at 3:37 pm, Jenny Weeks said:

    This MUST be stopped..are these people just crazy???


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