I have two poems I dearly love about horses. I am sharing them with our readers this Thanksgiving to pay tribute to the horses I love and gratitude for your fellowship in that shared passion. Happy Day!
THE LOVE-CHASE by James Sheridan Knowles
What delight to back the flying steed,
that challenges the wind for speed!
seems native more of air than earth!
whose burden only lends him fire!
Whose soul, in his task, turns labour into sport;
Who makes your pastime his! I sit him now!
He takes away my breath! He makes me reel!
I touch not earth – I see not – hear not.
All is ecstasy of motion!
and this . . .
HORSE POEM by Stanley Harrison
Somewhere in time’s own space
There must be some sweet pastured place
Where creeks sing on and tall trees grow
Some paradise where horses go,
For by the love that guides my pen
I know great horses live again.
Despite Slaughter of Wild Horses, No Prosecution of BLM or Rancher Involved
Just two weeks after Ken Salazar was selected by President Barack Obama to become the 50th Secretary of the Interior in 2009, the Bureau of Land Managment (BLM), an agency within the Department of Interior (DOI) sold and began shipping horses to rancher, and reported Salazar associate, Tom Davis, who in turn, in violation of the law resold them to slaughter houses in Mexico for horse meat.
A report released by the DOI’s Office of the Inspector General in late October, concluded the BLM did not follow the law in selling 1,794 horses to rancher Tom Davis. The sales were conducted through the agency’s Wild Horse and Burro Program – the program established to protect, manage and control the wild horse population.
The BLM sold horses to Davis between 2008 and 2012 for roughly $10 a horse. The agency lost money on the transactions since they spent tens of thousands of dollars on transport. By contrast, according to Davis he resold “loads” of 35 horses for as much as $4,000, making $2,500-$3,000 profit on each sale, despite signing a contract with the BLM agreeing not to send the horses to slaughter. With the volume of horses Davis purchases he became the largest buyer of wild horses in the United States.
Despite the Davis’s reported ties to Secretary Salazar, the IG’s office “determined that this matter did not warrant further investigation.” The IG did refer Davis’ conduct to both the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado as well as the State of Colorado Conejos County District Attorney’s Office.
Neither office chose to bring either civil or criminal charges. Read more »
Wyoming Wild Horses free on the open range, where they belong and supposedly protected by the federal government.
Photo Credit: Randy Harris Photo. See http://randyharrisphoto.com/wild-horses/
For years, the NYPD maintained tucked-away—but easy to, um, smell—stables on Pier 76 in Hell’s Kitchen for its squadron of police horses. But as of this week, the horses now have new, fancier digs in an unlikely spot: Mercedes House, the ziggurat on West 53rd Street. (Yes, even NYPD horses live in a luxury building now.)
The new stables are located on the ground floor of the luxury rental, next door to the Mercedes dealership that gives the building its name.