Light before wet

24 03 2020

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This …

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and this …

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led to a little of this yesterday afternoon. 🙂 Note the rain in the background. We did get a little dampness.





Looking light

13 03 2020

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We’ve had a run of mares lately on the blog, but with ladies as lovely as ours, who’s complaining? 🙂 This is sweet Juniper. I’m not sure what she was looking at because the band is mostly between us and to the left. I think maybe sometimes they’re just enjoying the view. Yep, I had a pretty great view!





Patient

9 03 2020

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Shadow was being particularly antisocial, and although Killian let her have her space and stayed with his other band members, he kept an eye on her, which was a boon for this photographer – and you readers!

Could he BE any more handsome??





Resting pause

10 02 2020

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After the sun had set, Killian finally gave me a look. The very cutest look. 🙂





We *heart* Sundance

4 02 2020

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Is it just me, or does that bit of a mud smudge on Sundance’s belly look like a little heart?

We were surrounded by mustangs here; there are some in the background, not really visible from this angle, and there was a band behind me. He’s looking in their direction, though he couldn’t see them over the hill.

He was completely calm … grazing along, eating some snow. Plenty to go around. 🙂 This is in the far eastern part of Spring Creek Basin; it’s a bit higher, and there’s more lingering snow.





More rain, frost, fog, sunshine!

10 12 2019

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The fog wasn’t nearly as heavy or as long-lasting this time as it was last time.

Also like last time, I couldn’t find a single cooperative pony to photograph!

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In other news:

The Bureau of Land Management seeks public comment on wild horse fertility control study.

Article about it in the Las Vegas Sun.

I’m not really sure what to think about this, let alone what to say about it. While BLM continues to search for and research various ways to limit or stop reproduction in wild horses and burros, the fact remains that PZP is a tried and true vaccine (with more than 30 years of research and use) to limit reproduction in horses and burros. PZP works where it’s used. When it’s used, PZP works. Why not use it? Why keep complaining that there’s nothing to do but round up and remove? Why wait to use what exists and works??

Yes, please: Continue to research other, *humane* ways of reducing fertility in wild horses and burros, ways that work longer and are “easier” to deploy (than native PZP).

But in the meantime, PZP WORKS. USE IT.

A very good, very effective tool exists. When it’s used, it works. When it’s not used, it’s difficult to listen to the complaints about the consequences of its lack of use.

I would love to offer support to another tool in the goal to reduce reproduction – in turn reducing the need for roundups and removals – and I really hope PZP would get the support and use our wild horses and burros deserve.

Disclaimer: We have used PZP in Spring Creek Basin since the roundup in 2011. We haven’t had a roundup since 2011, and no roundups are planned. Reason? PZP, plain and simple.

From BLM’s release at the link above:

A 15-day public comment period on the preliminary environmental assessment is set for December 5 – 19, 2019. The public is encouraged to review DOI-BLM-NV-0000-2020-001-EA (Oocyte Growth Factor Vaccine Study), located at: https://go.usa.gov/xpEvc and provide comments or concerns, prior to 4:30 p.m. (PST) on December 19, 2019. Comments and concerns may be emailed to blm_nv_nvso_research@blm.gov or sent in writing to the BLM Nevada State Office, Attention: Ruth Thompson, Wild Horse and Burro Project Coordinator, 1340 Financial Boulevard, Reno, NV 89502.

If you’re moved to comment, I would encourage readers to offer respectful comments that support continued research of humane fertility-control options. I also would encourage readers to point to the long-known success of PZP and encourage BLM to make use of it.





Shadow and light

6 09 2019

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Shadowlita again because, wary as she is, she does tend to get herself into positions that showcase some of Spring Creek Basin’s amazing horizons. 🙂 Here, Brumley Point and Temple Butte.