Shame on the BLM for taking nearly $15,000 of horse lovers’ hard earned cash for a Mustang when this rogue agency are known to practically give them away at these so-called adoptions. The people who now “own” Sarge plan to place him in a wild horse sanctuary where he can spend the rest of his days roaming free. —Ed.
Cross-posted from the Reno Gazette-Journal
by MARK ROBINSON
A rosary hangs on the metal bars outside pen 32A where a battered old horse named Sarge is held at the BLM’s Palomino Valley corrals just north of Reno.
Ann Marie Yow placed it there to help her win an auction for Sarge. She and her husband, Curtis Yow, also lit candles at the Catholic church in Virginia City.
“I was praying so hard to God, I was praying so hard to Jesus to please, please help save him,” she said.
After a total of 917 online bids, Sarge was won Tuesday for $14,825.
“It might be a record-breaking bid for an ungentled horse,” said Jason Lutterman of the Bureau of Land Management. “It is a record for adoptions from the Palomino Valley facility.”
“I wanted to win him to keep him safe and for his freedom and to keep him out of the hands of bad people I knew were bidding for him,” Yow said. “I’m a wild horse advocate and I’m doing this for him. He’s been through so much.”
Laura Leigh — founder of Wild Horse Education, a Nevada nonprofit that advocates for the welfare of wild horses — said Sarge was first removed from the range when he was a baby and apparently dumped back in the Fish Creek Horse Management Area near Eureka about age 2 when he became too difficult to handle.
“I’ve known him for years,” she said. “He had mares and every year had beautiful babies on that range. He was a joy to watch and get to know. He has been removed from the range three times in his life, and hopefully now he can find some peace.”
Sarge the Mustang / Mark Robinson / Reno Gazette Journal