Wild Horses in Winds of Change
Tuesday, May 29 at 8:30 pm on Channel 12.2, Colorado Public Television
A film that inspires stewardship of nature told through the lens of the crises facing America’s wild horses. The film tells the story of how America’s wild horses are lawfully protected but unlawfully managed by the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program. The Wild Horse and Burro Protection Act says they are to be managed as free roaming and integral part of the land they are presently found free roaming. Now…….as thousands of wild horses and burros are rounded up from their free roaming life on the range, tensions run high for their future.With close to forty thousand wild horses and burros discarded in long term warehousing, the time for solutions is critical. Experts in the field challenge the current management system and the non-scientific myths and biased views about the wild horses. Despite the current crises for the horses, this film is a journey of beauty into the meaningful presence of America’s mustangs on public lands and in our lives.
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The situation for America’s wild horses worsens daily. Nearly every day on the range is another hell-bent helicopter round up – and on and off the range horses die as a result of these round ups and life in captivity.
The agency in charge of the horses has leadership that panders to cattle grazing and lets the horse’s be the scape goats. There are ways to get involved in saving the land, and protecting wild horses. Keep as many wild as possible because off the land- some do okay, but MANY do not.
The public range has been impacted too long by millions of cattle each season – but if you listen to those who lobby for the removal of wild horses you hear that – “It’s all the fault of the wild horses.” This film helps raise awareness so even the general public, far removed from western lands and politics can understand the situation better so they don’t just take in the “feed” and remain fooled.
Many lies. and half truths attempt to turn everyone against wild horses being allowed to be free-roaming on public range land. This film tells why they deserve to be part of the integral system of wild lands and wild life.
Outdated stories prevail even in the face of new science that shows that today’s modern horse is a returned species – that roamed this continent long before we did. Evidence continues to build to substantiate this so now the spin against the wild horses is to say “Well they didn’t evolve ecologically here.” Did humans? Out here in the west, the ancient people went extinct according to a lot of studies. Yet some say the Pueblo are descendants of these people. All of this is speculation. But — molecular biology proves that ancient horse remains match that of todays’ modern horse.
Adoption is okay for a few but it’s a spin of the managing agencies to appeal to people’s hearts The sad truth is if they hadn’t been taken from their free roaming life on the range, they wouldn’t need to be adopted and wouldn’t be another excuse for the BLM, NFS to blame the wild horses as being a tax burden. It’s kind of business basics 101. Don’t take action until you have a sustainable plan.
Horse slaughter is returning to U. S. soil. This film is not about slaughter but….. their are many out there just waiting to take all these rounded up horses, butcher them brutally while bragging and then try to lace beef with it for cheaper meat or…… appease those howling about high taxes, by feeding all Gov’t run institutions – HORSE MEAT. This is a horrible outcome for any horse. “Saving America’s Horses, Equine Destiny” gets into this subject. “Wild Horses In Winds of Change” is not gorey. It’s an artful portrayal designed to inform, educate and inspire more people to find solutions before it’s too late for the horses and burros.
Although some believe the horses and burros could live forever on public lands – without any management and that nature would be the great corrector, many things would have to change for this to work and eventually – horses would be in trouble with highways and municipal water supplies. There are truths in both sides of this argument. If predators hadn’t been killed off for the interest of cattlemen – foals would be taken down, like fawns are. Droughts will come and go and “if” water has been fenced off from the wild horses, horrible deaths of mass proportion could occur. Stories abound of how horses finally make it to a water source, only to find it fenced off for cattle. Not all ranges are equal with regard to resources, size, health and genetics of horses. If millions of acres of land dedicated to the wild horses had not been reallocated for other uses, the horses and burros would be able to populate longer w/out it being an issue. Management should begin with boots on the ground study of the herd behavior and health of horses and range – and then decisions about using birth control should be determined. So much of how the wild horses are handled now is like flying blind.
How it should work is to – Get Unbiased Studies – Return land to the horses and burros, Watch them in the wild and discover how truly “wild”they are. STUDY WILD HORSES IN THE WILD – WRITE, REPORT, DOCUMENT, PHOTOGRAPH, WRITE GRANTS TO DO FIELD STUDIES, INCLUDE THEM IN WILD LIFE STUDIES PROGRAMS, IMAGINE YOURSELF THEM, BE QUIET AND SEEK TO UNDERSTAND THE GENTLE, INTELLIGENT, PLAYFUL SPIRIT – THAT LOVES BEING WILD, AND IS A LESSON IN ADAPTION TO REVERE. On and on – Next post, Next week.