Cross-posted from Equine Advocacy Examiner
Written by MAUREEN HARMONAY
The BLM and its contractors have gone on record lately to vehemently protest the characterization of their wild horse roundups as “stampedes,” with BLM spokesman Tom Gorey going so far as to tell Horseback Magazine’s Steve Long that the use of the word is nothing more than “anti-BLM propaganda.”
But the latest footage from the Antelope Complex roundup, which began on January 23rd in Nevada’s Great Basin, belies that notion. A graphic videotape recorded yesterday captured not only the steam escaping from the sweat-drenched bodies of the wild horses as they flee the terror of the threatening helicopter above, but also the utter exhaustion of an older mare whose legs gave out when, after being pushed by the pilot for untold miles, she simply could run no more.
Again and again, the mare attempted to stand, to no avail. When finally, after many minutes, she was able to get back on her feet, and stagger off, still rubber-legged, the helicopter swooped right back in and started buzzing her all over again, coming perilously close to actually sideswiping her. Deniz Bolbol was there, and she described the horrifying scene for the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign.
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