Today on our way into the muddy, rainy cold range for the roundup we went by temporary holding. They were loading wild horses for transport to the short term holding facility, Palomino Valley Center (PVC).
In light of what occurred the last time loading was witnessed I asked to stay and witness loading and processing. The “fall-out” from the public over the images published of the hotshots (electric cattle prods), and inappropriate use of “baggie whips” (flags), was incredible.
Two images are loaded here. The first image is from 11-30. The second is from today. Note the hand position on the “flag” in the second image.
I pose a question: Is the first image (and excuses made) ignorance or intention?
12-4 loading (note hand position)
Just “food for thought.”
Range is nasty. Heavy rains have caused rough going. BLM updated numbers yesterday to 65 taken as a daily. Total to date: 321. Also note that younger animals are now being paired with mares.
Why can’t they just create a standard, train personnel and hold them responsible? Sometimes it feels as if public observation is a must in this process as they can not police themselves…. it is a very sad realization.
Below is one of my favorite shots for the day…. the saddle horses coming in off the range look out of their trailer at the wild horses.