Early muster runs risk of aborting foals – advocates

Calico muster - day 1. © Cat Kindsfather
Advocates are concerned about the welfare of mares and foals in a proposed emergency muster. © Cat Kindsfather

A wild horse preservation group has renewed its call for authorities to continue trucking water to wild horses in a dought-stricken area of Nevada rather than risk unborn foals in an emergency muster.

Bureau of Land Management contractors are about to begin a muster in the Jackson Mountain herd management area, having brought the operation forward because of drought conditions and the declining condition of the animals.

However, Protect Mustangs says the early muster runs the risk of mares aborting their foals from the stress of the roundup.

Protect Mustangs said it had urged the bureau to continue trucking water and other aid as needed for the horses. Their request was refused.

It argues that trucking aid to them is cheaper than a roundup.

Originally, the wild horse removal was planned for after foaling season, in July.

“We need our elected officials to intervene at this point,” says Anne Novak, executive director of Protect Mustangs. “We asked the BLM to continue bringing them water but they refused to wait until foaling season is over. Now the BLM will round them up and jeopardize their ability to peacefully birth their babies.”

Novak predicted the roundup would result in spontaneous abortions. She said newborn foals would not be able to keep up with the bigger horses.

“Will they be separated from their mamas and left out there to die?”

The group is calling on Americans to contact their senators and representatives over the issue to ask their elected officials to intervene to stop the roundup in the foaling season.



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2 thoughts on “Early muster runs risk of aborting foals – advocates

  • June 10, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Firstly, yes it is sad, but guess what?
    From the sounds of it, there are too many horses!

    Also, from the way so called “horse lovers” go on, it would appear that the BLM are horse-hating maniacs. This, I say with conviction, is not the case. the real issue is not that the BLM want the horses gone, it is that there are too many horses to sustain a healthy and long-lasting eco-system that does not require constant intervention, as it does currently. Also, it should be noted that this particular muster has been dubbed an “emergency muster”, implying that there is an imminent risk to the welfare of these horses, some of whom will be crrying foals. Is it not better to do a muster, cut down the numbers of feral horses, and have a sustainable environment for the horses that remain, rather than have for too many running around, having foals that will very possibly die of starvation later when there is NOT an environment to support them?
    As a parting (and possibly silly) question, why do they not do a muster and geld a percentage of all stallions rounded up?

  • June 13, 2012 at 6:32 am

    If they must round them up then they need to just truck out aid for the horses till foaling season is over. weird that the cows are still grazing on this land….


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