Framed

14 12 2019

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In the far places of Spring Creek Basin, mud still is deep and damp – still *mud*.

We have more moisture in the forecast. So while it’s still pretty brown out there, we’re feeling blessed this early in the season. 🙂





Those ears!

13 12 2019

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She’s the cutest! 🙂





That boy!

12 12 2019

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Mr. Stout – aka Skywalker – was grazing along on top of a hill between his band of bachelor bros and another band. When he split from his buddies, I lost track of them, too, and didn’t see them again.

We had cloudy skies, but the day ended with that delicious light just before the sun set. We have more rain in our forecast – and maybe some snow!





Survivor

11 12 2019

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When I first saw this handsome boy, he was on the Spring Creek Basin side of the fence along Disappointment Road.

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He was courting this very lovely lady.

The basin is to the left in the pic above. After moseying through the trees along the fence, they jumped it, and he’s behind her, about to follow her across the road.

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Mostly, he kept her on the move, but he did stop to give me a pose.

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Spectacular!





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.





At her leisure

9 12 2019

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Spring Creek Basin is soggy. 🙂 I don’t get to say that very often, and I relish the opportunities. As we head into winter, I hope to say it more often!





A different view

8 12 2019

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Storm seems to be growing out of his punk rocker phase. 🙂

What a boy. … What a view!