About PZP …

10 02 2011

To offer during the educational programs I plan to do this year ahead of the Spring Creek Basin roundup (scheduled for Sept. 17-21), I created a “brochure” about PZP/PZP-22, and I wanted to share it here, “for more information” as we say in the news biz. I didn’t come up with this information out of thin air. It’s a compilation of the bare surface of what I’ve learned about PZP/PZP-22, and yes, I have offered it for critique and correction to people I think all will agree are experts on the subject: Dr. Jay Kirkpatrick, director of the Science and Conservation Center; Dr. Patricia Fazio, statewide coordinator of the Wyoming Wild Horse Coalition; and Matt Dillon, director of the Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center.

I keep pushing these links:

http://pryorwild.wordpress.com/category/pzp/ – extremely informative series about PZP written by Matt –


http://pryorwild.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/pzp-qa-third-edition-june-1-2010.pdf – PZP Q&A contributed to by Dr. Kirkpatrick, Dr. Allen Rutberg and Linda Coates-Markle, and compiled and edited by Dr. Fazio. (Matt is working to make this a linkable document on the Pryor Wild blog and the PMWMC website.)

Tonight, I have a big date: my first public education program about the coming roundup and adoption and, hopefully, fertility control program in Spring Creek Basin. I’m nervous. I’m hopeful. I think I’m well-prepared. I’m terrified I’ll freeze (a skilled public speaker, I am not). I’m sure I’ll say something about the roundup, answer a question about the horses to be offered for adoption or sent to Canon City … and crumple, like I did last night in a much smaller meeting.

More information: A scoping notice is to be completed this month for our upcoming EA. I’ll inform you all about that when it’s available, and I hope you’ll comment.

I also hope you’re getting those comments out about McCullough Peaks’ fertility control EA. More information here and here.

There’s a lot going on right now … There are still horror stories about roundups … Here, we’re trying to encourage something workable, something sustainable, something with a better “happy ending” for more wild horses. I think by now, it’s pretty well known how I feel, my background, where I’m coming from. Someone apparently called the president of the Four Corners Back Country Horsemen, the group I’m speaking with tonight, and said, “I know all about that TJ Holmes.” I hope so. Because “TJ Holmes” = “mustang advocate.” Everyone who knows me knows that. 😉

Here’s the “brochure”: PZP-FAQcard-FORBLOG

I prepared this to be used as a jump-start for conversation. Like one of our Wild Bunch members noted last night, sterility after six or seven years of consecutive PZP treatments is not necessarily a con (especially for older mares), and I’ve talked about that here. I hope this proves helpful – the links on the last page lead to much more information about PZP (and many thanks to Pat Fazio for pointing out to me that the links are, indeed, live in the PDF document).



11 responses

10 02 2011
Linda Horn

TJ, my best advice is to pace yourself and don’t forget to breathe. Every time you make this presentation, it will get easier. I’ll be thinking of you waiting to hear how things turned out. Good luck!

10 02 2011

Thank you!! My stomach’s in knots … breathing …

10 02 2011
Lynn Bauer and Kathy Pariso

You’ll do GREAT!! Just remember to breathe and speak as if you were talking to us! :))

10 02 2011

Good luck, TJ–just remember, you know this subject inside and out, and people there will love to hear what you have to say. Think of it as a conversation. Have fun with it, too–you’ll be around other horse lovers!

10 02 2011

Good for you TJ. We don’t have to be a polished public speaker to speak from the heart about what we know and are passionate about. Take it from me since I am a public speaker…

11 02 2011

Thank you all for the supportive words! I think it went pretty well. I felt like I rambled and was all over the place, but people had good questions and seemed very interested. It was an excellent opportunity, and I’m so glad to have this great group to start with. They were extremely welcoming, and it was a pretty good crowd!

11 02 2011
Karen Schmiede

You’ll do great,TJ. Just remember you are doing it for the good of the horses we have all come to love. We are all behind this.

12 02 2011

Thanks, Karen!

16 02 2011
Rochlia [Tracy]

Wow-you’re brave! I read part of Matt Dillon’s PZP series. It was good! I want to finish it as well as read more on that subject, but I haven’t had the time :[

23 02 2011

You’ll do great! And I have to agree with Rochlia; you are brave!

23 02 2011

Thanks. 🙂

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