Horses and the Government Shutdown

The US government shutdown today – October 1st, 2014 – this not only affects you and me, but horses as well.

Here is a list of some of the side effects from the federal shutdown on our equine pals:

fed1. No wild horse auctions by the Bureau of Land Management will take place. (

2. Federal websites will not be working during the shutdown including national parks that care for wild horses and other equine. ( )

3. Horses and other animals in the BLM care will be humanely cared for – minimal staff will be kept on to feed, water and do other essential duties.(

4. In certain regions, horses and other animals kept by other Federal agencies – such as National Parks – will have some duties performed by local law agencies. (

fed3a5. Equine Disease Control lab tests done on horses and other animals by the National Veterinary Service Lab in Ames, Iowa will not be processed. (

6. Borders will be open. The import/export and quarantine facilities will be open. This includes the transport of horses to and from the United States. (

7. Temporary foreign worker programs will be suspended. The horse industry uses temporary foreign workers extensively due to the low wages they are paid. (

8. Foreign visas will be either unprocessed or slow to process. This will effect competitors in horse events seeking to enter the United States from foreign countries. (

  • Judy Wendt

    Too sad that we have such irresponsible representatives who would bring our country down trying to force their will. I know you do not want political diatribe, Jerry, but face it, our dysfunctional political system (of late) is causing grief for beleaguered horses – and others. Shame.

    October 1, 2013
  • debra heverly, m.d.

    but I think a big problem is the quarantine and transport to and from the US for horses is operational, thus bringing our horses to great risk for transport to slaughter, in my opinion

    October 1, 2013
  • sherriey

    …hmmmm….well…they aren’t all negative side effects….the first one is good, right?

    October 1, 2013
  • Jude

    Does this mean that there will not be any roundups either???? I hope and pray….

    October 2, 2013
  • Daniel Cordero

    «minimal staff will be kept on to […] do other essential duties»

    Like letting them roast in the sun or giving them away to Tom Davis so he can lose them in some Mexican horse slaughter plant.

    October 2, 2013