Horse Health Issues in BLM Holding Facility May 16, 2013

imagesA wild horse advocacy group has voiced its concerns over infections in captive wild horses held at a short-term holding facility run by the Bureau of Land Management.

Wild Horse Education, a non-profit organization in Nevada that tracks the condition of wild horses and burros on the range and in holding, has asked the bureau to provide immediate medical care and adequate husbandry practices to horses currently held at a the Palomino Valley Center (PVC) north of Reno.

The group said while none of the conditions required emergency response, they required attention.

The center is soon to come out of quarantine following an outbreak of strangles.

“Once the quarantine period ends, animals that test clear of shedding the virus will be shipped to events and other facilities around the nation,” the group, founded by wild horse advocate Laura Leigh, said in a statement.

“However, Wild Horse Education has observed a continual problem with nasal discharge in the PVC horse population.

“There may be some other condition present and lifting the quarantine may be premature.

“The papilloma virus has been spreading through the younger animals.

“Wild horses captured last summer, this past winter, and those born at the facility have been documented with the warts that the virus causes.

“Equine papilloma virus is a highly contagious viral disease….

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  • Daryl

    So another problem, they are not taken care of good enough or they don’t want to care for them. These people who are running these places just don’t care.

    May 16, 2013
  • Debbie Tracy

    I hate to have this attitude BUT do we all think BLM really cares???

    Just so sad to see these Wild Horses abused like this held like prisoners….. 🙁

    May 16, 2013
  • Margaret

    BLM took them off the range therefore they are (BLM)the responsible party. You round them up, keep them in dirty corrals, no shelter from any of the seasonal weather patterns. PVC and Broken Arrow have to be two of the most depressing places ever. On the one hand you see horses who look at you with pleading eyes asking for their families and freedom back. On the other if you try to approach, to quietly speak to, to offer comfort–those horses are so scared they run from you.

    I wish that we could force BLM to have those horses appropriately treated, and have to have them respond with treatment protocols. No putting horses down because it’s easier or they have become unadoptable.

    It’s past time for BLM to grow up and take responsibility for their actions.

    May 16, 2013
  • Arlene

    You cannot remove horses from their environment and crowd them in small quarters , disease will run rampant or is this exactly what they wanted to happen???? Why didnt they use commonsense ????? How many times has it been said Nature Handles the Balance !!!! The Mustangs are an American Treasures, how dare they treat them the way they have been !!!!

    May 16, 2013
    • shirley mix

      Why do they think they can take a horse out of it’s natural home and put it in a cage, and think it will not get sick. They do not care.

      May 17, 2013
  • Lisa L.

    I have to agree with Margaret; with public declarations by the BLM of the cost for keeping wild equines in holding ($1.49 per animal in long term pasture, $4.96 in short term) and hay averaging around $8.00 a bale in Nevada, what exactly constitutes ‘care’?
    Perhaps holding facilities receive a fixed stipend per month or per year for animals, but there are vets & farriers contracted to these facilities as well feed. Palomino Valley has, as of February, 2013, 1,914 animals – which equates to about $9500 A DAY for their care.
    It would be interesting to know where and how that money is being spent if these animals are continuing to suffer from viral, bacterial and fungal infections that seem to be endemic to the corrals they must live in.

    May 16, 2013
    • Daryl

      Did you see the ground where they put the hay for them to eat, it is shit, they are living in there own urine and crap, no shade or trees no buildings, this is not being taken care of, beside this they run them to death to get them in holding pens, no matter the weather, sure they will get sick. These places really need to be looked in to big time, & changes made, it is no way to live for a wild animal.

      May 17, 2013
  • Susan Setzke

    The BLM has got to be completely restructured. It is obviously not operating with the best interests of the horses in mind but rather for the special interests that lay claim to the land set aside and protected for the horses. If a serious infectious disease were to infiltrate these holding areas, there would be disasterous consequences. Holding large numbers of horses in contained areas like these will only encourage more injuries and disease potential. We need to fix so many problems in our government today. This is, by far, one of our biggest failures!

    May 17, 2013
  • Nancy B

    What a disgrace. The BLM obviously doesn’t care at all about these mustangs or their health and welfare. They know it’s unsafe and unhealthy for the mustangs to live in these conditions. It’s as though they are being set up to fail, to die. They should all be returned to their home! Cattle and other private livestock should not be dominating the wild horses terrain. This has to stop!

    One way to ensure change is to just stop eating beef!

    May 18, 2013