By Debbie Coffey, V.P. & Dir. of Wild Horse Affairs, Wild Horse Freedom Federation Copyright 2014 All Rights Reserved.
Reading the article (below) that was in the Wyoming news, you might wonder how many “pastures” contain “wild horses” that have had “little, if any, contact with humans?” It could very well be that only “unbroken” horses are used in these Wild Horse Races. (But, should any horse be treated in the way they’re treated in Wild Horse Races?)
You might wonder if any of our wild horses, or their offspring, might in some instances have ever been used in any rodeo Wild Horse Races. After the BLM sells wild horses in bulk sales (many horses, often by the truckload), it seems they don’t know where the horses go. Some wild horse mares may have even been used to breed bucking stock.
So, in other words, there has been a lack of, or extremely lax , reporting procedures and accountability by BLM of the wild horse & burro foals.
Anyhow, back to the sources of “wild horses” used in Wild Horse Races. Why would someone have “little, if any” contact with a horse in their care on their property? Wouldn’t they have to drive out to feed the horse in the winter? Wouldn’t a horse need a farrier? Wouldn’t horses need vaccinations? (Horses are now being vaccinated for West Nile Virus in Utah.)
There are Wild Horse Races in Montana. There are Wild Horse Races in Arizona.
There are Wild Horse Races in Oklahoma. Even Pioneer Woman wrote about these races). And took some pictures, which were on her blog. Apparently, her husband, Ladd Drummond, participated in a Wild Horse Race and got kicked. Ouch. (Ladd Drummond has a contract for a BLM long term holding facility.)
And, there are Wild Horse Races in Wyoming. Before you read the article below, click HERE to see a video by SHARK of a Wild Horse Race in Cheyenne, WY.
We don’t know if these “wild horses” could in any instances be offspring of American wild horses, or if they are just “unbroken” horses, but this rodeo “sport” appears to be dangerous to the safety of any horses.
IN THE HANDS OF KILL BUYERS! When horses are purchased at auction by buyers intending to kill them, they're hauled away in double- decker tractor trailers where they are beaten and often blinded with baseball bats to mollify them. After crossing the border into Mexico, the animals are stabbed on each side-an act to tenderize their meat-and immobilized. Workers, then saw the horses legs off, at the knee and hang them to bleed out-all while the horses are ALIVE! (This is an excerpt, from an article written by Missy Diaz, crediting Victoria Mc Cullough and Sen. Joe Abruzzo for bringing awareness of horse slaughter, to Florida. In 2010 Florida Legislation unanimously passed the Horse Protection Bill, making it a felony to slaughter horses for personal or commercial use.)