time, several wild horse interest groups are
trying to get helicopter wild horse roundups
stopped. The purpose of this web site is to
have the full facts about the purpose and
the practice of roundups available for
anyone who reads them. We do work with wild
animals. When we do wild horse roundups
injuries can occur. But, the injuries are
minimal and usually not life threatening and
our death loss is less than .01%. When you
balance that with natural death loss on the
open range and the possible loss of life
caused by drought, disease, and overcrowding
of the range, you will be able to judge for
yourself the necessity and humanity of these
Many myths in wild horse
management debate, by BLM Director Bob
continue to our
Wild Horse Information Page to see
questions and answers about wild horse
roundups. If you have a question, please
send it to us. If it is of general
interest, it will be added to this page.
Below are links to videos
of two recent wildhorse roundups by Cattoor
Livestock showing the methods and care that
YouTube Video #1 of a recent Cattoor Wild
Cattoor Gather Video #2
you to contact us, ask questions, and get
Wildlife Refuge Feral Horse and Burro Gather
– August 2014
We just finished gathering over 300 head of
feral horses and 18 feral burros off of the
Sheldon Wildlife Refuge in the northern part
close to Denio.
gather we had advocates Steve Paige from
Return to Freedom and Laura Leigh from Wild
Horse Education filming the gather
operations and all other related activities.
Thanks to the
expertise and patience of our pilots and the
wonderful humane care given the animals by
our wranglers after capture
We did not have a single injury let alone
ALL BABIES WERE
PAIRED BACK UP WITH THEIR MOTHERS.
These advocates had to go through hours of
pictures to find a picture that they could
take out of context to post on their face
book and web pages along with some heart
tugging headlines to stir the emotions of
always can accurately predict what they will
One of the
first pictures posted and still being used
is a picture of a horse that reared up for a
few seconds in the trap.
Then there is
pictures of the two foals that were captured
by roping and the stud horse with a previous
injury that was carefully driven in by the
pictures of the burros and one of a wrangler
carrying a little burro to the trailer.
While we may be
able to predict what the advocates will post
we are always shocked by the terrible
comments a lot of the readers post because
they only see what the advocates want them
Wish they would just come out to a gather
and see for themselves or at least go to our
www.wildhorseroundups.com and read what
really happens when the pilots are herding
the animals to the traps?
Read why it is
so much more humane to gather wild horses
and burros with a helicopter than doing it
with saddle horses.
Why don’t you
read the letter we received from Mark
Deesing a colleague of
after he came and observed a gather and our
We do these
roundups as humanely as they can possibly be
done and we are very proud or our wranglers
and our pilots.
These advocates that observed this roundup
have pictures of the pilots herding the
bands of animals from a long ways away just
letting them travel at their own speed.
pictures of the wranglers carefully sorting
off all small foals from the others so they
will be safe.
pictures of the Judas horse leading the
animals into the trap and the wranglers
shutting the gates then quickly dividing the
animals into small groups so they will not
crowd each other.
pictures of sorting the studs from the mares
and loading the animals into the trailers.
would show the animals divided in each
trailer so as not to crowd each other.
pictures of how humanely any animals that
had to be roped were handled.
admitted that the roping was done humanly as
she responded to our comments on face book
with the following “the rider matched the
foals stride perfectly, then threw the rope
at pace and close proximity.
The foal was
then slowed and shown he had something on
his neck – by giving slack.”
And remember we
are working with not domestic animals but
And to close everyone needs to know that
these feral horses are not War Horses that
were turned out on this range.
They are what
were left of the rancher’s horses that he
grazed in this area before the ranches were
bought out by the Sheldon Wildlife Preserve.
may have at one time sold horses to the army
for calvary horses and they also sold the
horses to the army for meat for the soldiers
Retraction letter from Maureen Harmonay