Thursday, January 5, 2012: Sun-J and BLM reached new lows.
Speaking of just one of the several mishandled, abusive chases of wild horses at the Paiute Meadows trap site which began today, for over an hour the horses ran, evading the trap four times with the Judas horse running in with no one following.
In the midst of this melee, one of the studs being chased stood apart, obviously compromised, at one point laying down, displaying signs of colic or "tying up," common parlance for the condition rhabdomyolysis, the result of massive muscle destruction, where the physical toll of great physical exertion causes the breakdown of muscle tissue that leads to the release of muscle fiber contents (myoglobulin) into the bloodstream. Myoglobin, harmful to kidneys, often causes kidney damage.
Despite observers' alarm and firmly asking that the BLM COR call this chase off, the chase continued uninterrupted.
Several horses escaped the trap this day. Here is Laura Leigh's video of this day. This was bad. It was very bad. However:
For the tenderhearted: I rate this video a "G" for general audiences. It is always hard to watch horses being run and run, but this contains nothing grossly violent. The way these horses are rounded up is inherently violent, but you will be all right and can watch this, and I hope you will.
BLM, this is an example of what Amy Lueders does not want to see. Thank you, Amy, for your new guidelines.
calico wild horse roundup/ one stallion from Laura Leigh on Vimeo.