Monday, September 13, 2010

A mustang

This is one of the coolest horses ever. This particular individual above, that is.
If you knew him, you would know. Listen, this isn't Reading Rainbow: You are going to have to take my word for it.

He's a mustang, and thinking about him makes me think about the wild horses in the desert that the BLM rounded up this summer against the protest of thousands of citizens, for fear that doing so during the heat would end in unnecessary deaths. Well, it did. The BLM hired a contractor to round up a couple of thousand horses with a helicopter and put them in holding corrals along with around 38,000 other rounded-up horses. One could call it equine internment camps.

According to the Billings Gazette:
"The [Bureau of Land Management] said 636 wild horses were rounded up in northern Elko County, but 21 died.
BLM officials said 13 died of dehydration, five from pre-existing injuries or deformities, and three were put down after being injured in temporary holding corrals."

And about Wyoming's roundup this summer:
"'I don’t care how gentle and kind the helicopter pilot is ... it still scares the heck out of those poor horses in a huge roundup like this,' said Patricia Fazio, statewide coordinator for the Cody-based Wyoming Wild Horse Coalition."

Read more about the drama in Wyoming here.

(Photo by the Petophile.)

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