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Re: [RC] Easter Mustang Adoption in Ridgecrest, CA - Typef

Being the totally responsible person that I am, I would never adopt any
animal I couldn't take care of. I know quite a handful of people who have
successfully adopted Mustangs, some of whom are on RideCamp and have
wonderful, loving companions now. But they were all horse people to begin
with. I sent the press release to this list because we are all horse people
here. I would never suggest that someone who doesn't already own horses
adopt one of these animals. And yes, it does pain me that happens. Since I
can't buck the system and these horses can't be put down instead of adopted,
why not try to help by getting them to good, knowledgeable homes? It is
truly unfortunate that there are people who will buy or adopt any kind of
animal and not take care of it. It happens with every type. I also volunteer
for Animal Friends Connection that works with cat and dog placement. The
situation is no different there. Many of these animals are plucked from the
shelter in horrible shape. Others have nice collars on with their names
engraved whose owners turned them in stating simply they don't want them
anymore. Rather than take the time to find a good home for them, they are
willing to put themon death row.

Here's a page on my little mare at KBR's Wild Mustang site. I'm extremely
proud of her and hope to advance up to 50's on  her this year.
Please feel free to browse all the other pages of happily adopted horses.
Again, I realize they are not for everyone and the program is FAR from

By the way, I also own a Quarter Horse, a Belgian/Thoroughbred and an
Arabian (my latest adoption).

:) Jackie

----- Original Message -----
From: "Sullivan" <greymare@xxxxxxx>
To: "Typef" <typef@xxxxxxxxx>; "Ride Camp" <ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, March 26, 2003 10:47 PM
Subject: Re: [RC] Easter Mustang Adoption in Ridgecrest, CA

Jackie and all,

Given I have first hand observed a BLM adoption in my own county last
weekend (Lakeport, Lake County), I am going to offer a few thoughts here.

First of all, congratulations to you for apparently successfully adopting
mustang, providing a good home and training, and probably obtaining title.
I do believe that some of these are successfully adopted by experienced
horse-handlers. Those horses are the lucky ones. It's also great when
Mustangs excell in equine sports.  However, the people who are taking
animals and producing a well mannered and trained horse; are the people
can afford to buy, feed and maintain a horse anyway, and I'll bet, have
years of horse experience..

After reading the forwarded press release, and coupled with my
I have to express total disgust at both the pricing, marketing and attempt
to foist off basically wild amimals on an inexperienced and clueless
By comparing these aminals to Easter bunnies and chicks (we all know the
fate of THOSE), and offering them to the public for less than market
value(i.e. auction price), you only encourage every low-life, low rent,
welfare parasite, and I will repeat again, clueless person to easily come
home with a horse.  Tell me how a person, who cannot afford to pay the
rate for a quality horse (one well cared for and trained) , can afftord to
feed, trim, vaccinate, worm, and generally provide basic care for a wild
one, when any professional  who has to risk their welfare to treat or
it (vets, farriers) are going to charge MORE.?

Lakeport was full of folks who had never owned a horse in their life,
adopting 2 or more animals. BLM was telling them to take a "young one", so
that they could all "learn together."  One BLM employee told a woman to go
sleep in the corral with her mustangs.  This woman lives up the road from
me, has never had a horse, has a 10 year old daughter, inadequate
(falling down field fence with barbed wire), and yet, now has thee
in a 40 X 40 pipe panel corral, all crammed in together.  No access to
shelter.  Another former boarder of mine (I kicked her off for not
hay for her horse), cannot afford to feed or do basic vet care on ONE
horse, still walked away with a cheap horse.  This facility, which was
approved by a BLM employee who delivered the horses, first of all, failed
meet their stated requirements, and was certainly not adequate for a
domesticated horse, let alone a wild one. Now, there are thee yearlings,
lying in the mud, all wearing halters and dragging ropes, no hay in
sight........a 10 year old child sitting in the middle of the pen. It's a
disaster waiting to happen.

When these little yearlings need feet trimming in two months, who the heck
is going to do it?  What happens if they get injured in the next few
months....how the heck to you treat leg wounds on a horse you cannot
If you have never, ever had a horse before,  how do you know how to
for colic, take a temperature, etc, if you cannot safely handle the horse?
How can you "read" this animals signals- it is going to strike or kick, if
you have never had a horse and don't know how to interpret horse behavior?
I mean, the mind boggles!  These horse are a challenge for EXPERIENCED

I believe BLM is caught between a rock and a hard place.....haveing to
reduce numbers on the range, with no ability to cull or thin the herds in
humane way, except for  this money-losing program.  What do you suppose
these horses cost the taxpayers by the time they are rounded up, given
shots, worming, foot trimming, fed for months, and transported all over
country? When BLM tried to raise the price of adoptions under James
Watt....adoptions fell way off.  They could not get rid of the animals.
sometimes when you devalue
an animal (free or cheap), it gets treated like it is worth nothing.

Again, it sounds like your horse was one of the lucky ones. I know for a
fact, in a year or so, there will be underfed, unhandled, un-wormed and
vaccinated mustangs with 10" long feet.....standing forgotten in Lake
pastures and backyards.  There are already some from people who had to
a effort (i.e. travel) to get one in previous adoptions. Far better these
horses were dispatched with a humane bolt or bullet between the eyes, than
adopted out to some of the people that were there Saturday.

Several horses came off the trucks injured.  One little mare was slammed
into a pipe panel early Saturday morning and crunched her leg.  At 4:30
afternoon, all that had been done was to lower the price on her. Poor mare
could  not put any weight on that leg;

According to the BLM employee I talked to, there is no requirement of
any kind of horse experience or knowledge....only the facility.  To me
is wrong......just like adopting out shelter animals.....at least make the
requirements more stringent, and the price high enough to weed out the

What I saw at Lakeport was an embarassment.  I have been a big cheerleader
for our  local BLM office; in all their efforts to provide public work
solicit public imput, expand trails and recreational areas, and work
with,and encourage multi-use groups.  But based on what I saw, I could
support this program.  I do not believe it is in the best interests of the
majority of these poor horses.
Karen Sullivan

----- Original Message -----
From: "Typef" <typef@xxxxxxxxx>
To: "Ride Camp" <ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, March 26, 2003 5:17 PM
Subject: [RC] Easter Mustang Adoption in Ridgecrest, CA

I thought I would pass this on for those of you in the market for an
inexpensive project and future endurance prospect. My most wonderful,
Mustang MC came from one of these auctions. The price is definitely
... they've dropped it to $25 on some of them. They even mention
in their press release ... YAY!  :) Jackie

For Immediate Release: March 21, 2003
Contact:  Doran Sanchez, (909) 697-5220; E-MAIL: dasanche@xxxxxxxxxx

BLM Schedules Special Wild Horse and Burro Adoption for Easter

Most people may think of chicks and bunnies for Easter, but the U.S.
of Land Management (BLM) has a better idea - - how about adopting a wild
horse or burro to celebrate the arrival of spring?  It may not fit in an
Easter basket, but the animals can offer many years of pleasure to their

The Bureau will offer about 150 wild Mustangs and 80 wild burros for
adoption on Saturday, April 12 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at its Regional
Horse and Burro Corral Facility located 4 ½ miles east of Ridgecrest,
California on the Randsburg Wash Road.  The adoption will be conducted
first come, first served.

To make this Easter adoption even more special, the BLM is reducing
fees on many of the animals.  Jacks, and Mustangs (geldings and mares)
to five years old will be available for adoption for $25 per animal.
Jennies, and Mustangs two years and younger (weanlings, geldings, mares)
will be available for adoption for $125 per animal. Adoption fees may be
paid by cash, check or credit card.

BLM is reducing the adoption fees on the animals that have been in BLM
corral facilities and sanctuaries for more that six months in an effort
place them in good homes.  BLM has been conducting emergency gathers
throughout the western United States because severe drought conditions
wildfires have destroyed thousands of acres of wild horse and burro
and now has more than 8,000 animals that need a good home.  All the
have been wormed and vaccinated and are in excellent health.

Phil West will conduct a free horse gentling and training demonstration
11:00 a.m. on Saturday.  After the demonstration, the Mustang will be
offered for adoption.  West, an officer with the Inyo County Sheriffs
Department, has adopted and trained many Mustangs and uses his Mustang
Mounted Patrol.

Mustangs make excellent riding stock, and properly trained some adopted
Mustangs have become national champions in dressage, snaffle bit
competitions, trail, endurance, and jumping.  BLM wranglers and
will be available to answer questions and help adopters select their

Individuals must be at least 18 years old and have no convictions for
inhumane treatment of animals.  Adopters also must have adequate
the financial means to care for the animal(s), and should have some
experience training or raising a horse or burro.  Qualified individuals
adopt up to four animals.

Adopters should bring a nylon web halter and 20-foot cotton lead rope
each animal.   A stock trailer will be required to transport the
Drop ramp trailers will not be allowed.  The wranglers will load the
into the trailers.  Private carriers also will be available to help
transport their animal(s).

The process is called an ?adoption? because BLM retains title to the
for one year after the adoption.  During this time, adopters cannot sell
their adopted animal.  More than 195,000 animals have been placed in
homes since the Adopt-A-Horse or Burro Program began in 1973.

For more information contact Doran Sanchez, BLM Public Affairs
at (909) 697-5220.

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[RC] Easter Mustang Adoption in Ridgecrest, CA, Typef
Re: [RC] Easter Mustang Adoption in Ridgecrest, CA, Sullivan