Saving the mustangs of America
Another promo piece for the Picken’s Luxury Dude Ranch. As we said before: No studs, no family groups… are these truly “wild horses”? According to this article linked here – $2400 for 4 days to see what was free before, Pickens’ eco-sanctuary looks more like a wild west tourist trap. Be sure to comment both on the original website linked at the bottom below and our own website to let others know that Luxury Dude Ranchers will not save our American Wild Horses~ HfH
By Aaron Millar – CNN
(CNN) —There is, perhaps, no greater living symbol of the untamed, pioneer spirit of the American West than the wild mustang.
In the Great Basin of the United States — a vast, empty, desert plain that stretches across most of Nevada and includes parts of Utah, Idaho, Oregon and California — it’s estimated that 40,000 mustangs still roam free.
They’re regarded by many as part of the national heritage and a treasure for people the world over to enjoy.
“They’re sensual,” says Madeleine Pickens, owner of Nevada’s new Mustang Monument: Wild Horse Eco Resort. “When you come across a wild bunch, it’s euphoria.”
Her new resort provides a sanctuary for some of these horses while also offering a deluxe stay for those interested in discovering a little more about this American icon.
History of the Mustang
Though some dispute the claim, scholars generally believe that mustangs were introduced to the New World by the Spanish in 1493, having been brought over by Columbus on his second voyage to the Americas.
When Native Americans first saw them, they called them “big dogs.”
But soon they became an essential component of the life of America’s first people and are still considered sacred by many tribes.
In the 19th century, horses of all types, of course, played an essential role in the westward expansion and modernization of America.
Wild horses are protected under federal law.
But protection policies aren’t popular with everyone who lives and works in the West.
Ranchers view mustangs as a threat to their livelihood.
“They’re feral,” says a former mustanger — the term used for cowboys charged with controlling their numbers. “Without a natural predator, their presence is unsustainable and bad for the environment.”
Charged with maintaining the ecological balance of public grazing land, the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has found itself in the middle of disputes related to mustangs and wild horses. (Often used generically to describe any wild horse, “mustang” is derived from the Spanish term “mustengo,” which means “ownerless beast” or “stray horse.”)
In April, according to The Salt Lake Tribune, Iron County officials in Utah drafted a letter to the BLM in effect telling the government that if it didn’t remove wild horses from their land, local residents would do the job themselves.
In June, a suit brought against the federal government by the Nevada Association of Counties and Nevada Farm Bureau Federation demanded that the BLM accelerate roundups of mustangs there, as reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
In Nevada, the BLM agreed with ranchers that wild herds threaten the range, but also said it doesn’t have the resources to conduct the popular roundups.
Roundups of free roaming horses destined for short term holding pens — or worse, illegal poaching for sale to slaughterhouses — have become regular occurrences.
Animal rights groups argue that many of these “gatherings” are unnecessarily cruel, leaving many animals wounded or dead.
They contend that the level that has been set for a sustainable number of wild horses on the land, and reports of their negative impact on the environment, have been skewed in the favor of opposing human interest groups.
Although the BLM adopts a portion of roundup animals to new homes, costs for keeping them are escalating.
In 2013, $46.2 million was spent keeping roughly 50,000 wild horses in short- and long-term holding pens.
Seed of a solution
Mustang Monument: Wild Horse Eco-Resort is a new boutique, luxury ranch that may offer a partial solution.
The brainchild of billionaire businesswoman, philanthropist and former wife of oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens, Madeleine Pickens, the new ranch is designed to provide a sanctuary for up to a thousand wild horses and a chance for tourists to connect with this iconic symbol of America.
By eliminating expensive holding pens, Pickens says that her ranch alone can save taxpayers as much as $2.5 million a year, while allowing the horses to roam free.
The wild horses are nothing more than window dressing for this self-centered bitch to make more $$$
Yes, this project sure must make money! But at least in her “promo pieces” she does make the same true statements that we all are aware of – whats going on with our horses. I sure would love to see wild horses – mares with foals & stallions running on their own land – not in that kind of sanctuary. But I have to admit – she did save that herd of horses – for whatever reason. And those horses deserved a better life than going to slaughter.
She is now divorced from her billionaire husband, and have mixed feelings on her mega ranch. For those mustangs saved, I believe that every last one matters, but the commercialism, is a tough one. She has alot of influence with lots of money, that can get them involved in fighting for the mustangs. It dosen’t appear that is on the front lines, with the commericialism taking center stage and that can’t help but leave a sour taste for all those fighting for them.
I agree, Shirley. Especially as there used to be (I think they are gone) three HMAs in that area – they were supposed to be zeroed out at one time, and I imagine they have been. Not a good swap!
Sad but true, from the onset of M. Pickens was looking to line her pockets at the expense of the precious mustangs, she disguised it as she was saving the Mustangs , i saw through it immediately and so did most of us. So sad she could have been a great asset to Our Mustangs lives, she choose Greed and to sell them out!!!!!!! Our Mustangs as we all know are that great asset to all for thoudands of reasons , too many to tyoe bhere and we all know them………We understand that there is no known replacement for all they do !!!!!! What these greed filled un caring fools dont know is we will never give up on the most Precious wonderful gift we were given , I have been ready for years to do what we must do !!!!!!!!!!
The Gelded (No Future Genetics, No Mares, No Foals) Mustangs Are Nothing More Than Window Dressing For Her Expensive Resort, Her Land And Water Rights Grab To Become More Wealthy And Gain More Fame!!!
She Is As Greedy As The Ranchers With Her Partnership With The Bureau Of Lies And Mismanagement/BLM As She Exploits Our Mustangs And Gets Stipends FOR EACH ONE With OUR Hard Earned Tax Dollars, As Well!!!
She Betrayed Our Mustangs And The Advocates Who Fell For Her Deceit!!!
Yes, The Gelded Mustangs Have A Home And Are Running Free, But At What Cost In The Big Picture?!?
Gelded Ex-Wild Mustangs Will No Longer Behave As Wild Stallions And The Natural Order Of The Herds Will Be Distorted Giving Tourists A False View Of What Wild Mustangs Are Truly!!!
To Actually Benefit Our Wild Mustangs And Burros Is To Allow Them To Live As Father God Intended Wild And Free In Their Natural Bands Of Their OWN Choosing!!!
Do Not Be Deceived By Her Rhetoric, Folks!!!
Doesn’t Ms.Pickens get subsidies for her holding facility?
There is no greater living symbol of the untamed, pioneer spirit of the American West than the wild mustang. Federal law states “they are to be free from capture, branding, harassment, and death”. This law has never been implemented since it passed unanimously in 1971. It’s not just a “protection policy”, it’s the law. Evidently the West is still lawless. The 40,000 “estimated” population is a number pulled out of thin air and can not be backed up by any data, because no population census data exists beyond 1982. What we do know is that over 30 million acres of wild horse/burro legal domain (across 10 states) has been stolen from them for private interests including welfare ranching on Public Lands. We do know that 70% of remaining herds are below genetic viability. We do know that AML’s (Appropriate Management Level) are absurdly low and do not support genetic viability. We do know that fossil evidence proves that the modern horse evolved in N.America and they are native species, I don’t know what “scholars” would dispute scientific evidence, but the blm does. We do know that their natural predator is the cougar and predation is occurring. We do know that the estimated 50,000 (this number can not be verified either) that have been illegally removed from their legal domain, could be returned to their remaining 28+million acres of Herd Management Areas and still not be overpopulated. Let’s talk about removing 10+ million welfare cattle and sheep that are ON the wild horses land, causing desertification (GAO reports state this for decades), and costing the taxpayers $350-500 million annually. First the blm illegally rounds up and incarcerates “protected” wild animals and then they whine about the costs. Duh. Let our horses go! I’m glad Ms. Pickens can afford to feed 600 horses but these horses have been sterilized and no longer display wild horse behavior since they are not centered around a stallion/harem band. Boutique dude ranches are not going to save our wild horses but maybe a little justice and law enforcement might.
Dear LNorman Loved your Post !!!!!