Observer films wild stallion breaking leg in muster

Wild horses in holding pens just before the incident where the stallion broke his leg.
Wild horses in holding pens just before the incident where the stallion broke his leg.

Video footage has emerged of a wild stallion breaking its leg during a muster in the Antelope Valley area of Nevada.

[Warning: graphic footage]

The roundup began on October 2, with the Bureau of Land Management aiming to gather 200 wild horses from the Antelope and Antelope Valley herd management areas, about 50 miles north of Ely.

It said the helicopter gather being conducted by a contractor was necessary to prevent a further decline in animal condition caused by minimal forage growth and reduced water availability due to severe drought.

Video has been posted on the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign’s YouTube channel showing a stallion breaking a hind leg while escaping from holding pens.

The incident is shown 1 min and 56 seconds into the video.

Animal advocates have reacted angrily.

Gather reports posted online by the bureau showed two horses died on the opening day of the operation, during which 100 horses were gathered.

It said of the deaths: “A stud with a broken leg was euthanized. A mare broke its neck while in transit to temporary holding.”

On the second day of the muster, 34 animals were mustered. One had a chronic leg injury and was euthanized after being evaluated by a vet, the bureau said.

The Thursday operation brought in 24 horses, with no deaths reported.

The bureau said before the muster it had been monitoring the condition of the wild horses due to the drought.

It said horses in the two areas were in moderately thin to very thin body condition with further declines beyond the point of recovery were anticipated if action was not taken.


6 thoughts on “Observer films wild stallion breaking leg in muster

  • October 7, 2012 at 11:44 am

    That whole video was hideous but the stallion who broke his leg was horrendous and ugly as he continued to try and run on a leg that was just flopping. The roundups need to stop but in the meantime these morons need to get some education on how to deal with a horse under maximum stress and exhaustion.

    • October 8, 2012 at 8:38 am

      I totally agree — what can be done?

  • October 8, 2012 at 5:46 am

    This is disgusting BLM have a lot to answer for. None of these animals look remotely skinny or ill in fact look positively healthy. If horses need to be removed it can be done far more humanely. I feel for the free ranging mustang who is subjected to this horrific torture. Certainly the feral horses in the UK are not treated in this way and we seem to beable to manage herd population without detriment to either land or horses. If they stopped hunting the predators then the eco system would look after itself. Then there would be no horses living like prisoners in these ridiculous pens or hounded to a brutal unnecessary death by humans!

    • October 11, 2012 at 5:23 pm

      In case you haven’t noticed, BLM doesn’t have to answer to ANYBODY! They do what they want, when they want, to whomever they want. Just another rogue government agency out of control like so many in this grand and free uS of A!

  • October 9, 2012 at 12:44 am

    This video has made me feel physically sick! Not fair on any animal to be treated this way

  • October 24, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    I have been following the battle with the BLM and the
    wild horse advocates for a while via R T Fitch’s blogs and it just seems that like Toni says they do as they please. Can they not be investigated or audited to find out who is responsible for their heinous deeds? I was not able to watch the video (probably a good thing) but i have seen others from when they have murdered a wild horse with these senseless gathers, how can they look themselves in the eye? Absolutely
    disgusting – go AMERICA!!


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