For 2,000 horses warehoused still without shelter in


The young native wild horses along with many of the 2,000 warehoused native wild horses are still struggling in relentless Summer heat, without needed shelter in the Palomino Valley Facility, Nevada. However the BLM staff has responded to our call to help remedy immediate danger and appears to have installed a sprinkler within each pen at this facility and yesterday, the horses were standing closer to the sprinkler water and appear to be over coming their fear. 
Where as change takes time and NATIVE WILD HORSE PROTECTION does appreciate the Palomino Valley Center BLM staff taking a step in a good direction to install a sprinkler, but it is difficult to understand why a noisy, fire hose like single stream sprinkler was chosen, as to be a sufficient method to cool these horses. We hope the BLM PVC facility will step up to install shelter before it is too late for these horses.

We are grateful the Palomino Valley BLM Center in Nevada, has heard NATIVE WILD HORSE PROTECTION and other’s in the advocacy community who have joined to echo plea, to create respite for these horses, first announced on June 9th, in “GIMME SHELTER” campaign where in supporters of NATIVE WILD HORSE PROTECTION offered to donate materials and funding to create needed shelter to help save BLM Palomino Valley horses, but the facility declined to accept this offer. We look forward and hope to support the BLM Palomino Valley Center in erecting shelter as a permanent solution to protect these horses from from full sun exposure danger, or to return these horses to the wild where nature, naturally provides respite and shade to better support their chance of survival.

According to Dr. Lester Friedlander BA, DVM a former USDA Chief Veterinarian and Equine Expert, Palomino Valley housed native wild horses would benefit from a water cooling mister system and also require immediate shade, shelter to be available for all horses within each of the pens at this facility, in order to alleviate immediate danger and possible high temperature from full sun exposure heat caused fatalities.

A horse’s body heats up 10 times faster then a human body: 
“Prof. Michael Lindinger, an animal and exercise physiologist at the University of Guelph, explains: “It only takes 17 minutes of moderate intensity exercise in hot, humid weather to raise a horse’s temperature to dangerous levels. That’s three to 10 times faster than in humans. Horses feel the heat much worse than we do.

And the effects can be serious. If a horse’s body temperature shoots up from the normal 37 to 38 C to 41 C, temperatures within working muscles may be as high as 43 C, a temperature at which proteins in muscle begin to denature (cook). Horses suffering excessive heat stress may experience hypotension, colic and renal failure.”

Palomino Valley Center, Nevada warehoused native wild horses cannot wait for sweeping reform to be implemented, today’s :
National Weather Service for Palomino Valley, Nevada warns:
WHAT YOU CAN DO to help:
Pls Tweet DOI: Secretary Sally Jewell and ask her to create shelter now for horses 2 survive in BLM PVC, NV ~ ~ or open the gates and set these horses free, where in nature they may find shade.
@SecretaryJewell Pls c Native Wild #horses rcv immed shade BLM PVC, NV ~2 prevent fatalities
And Nevada Governor Sandoval:
@GovSandoval Pls c Native Wild #horses rcv immed shade BLM Palomino Valley Center Nevada ~2 prevent fatalities

CONTACT: Jetara Séhart
Executive Director, Native Wild Horse Protection

Dr. Lester Friedlander, BA, DVM 
(570) 637-3000

photographer and concerned citizen (775) 276-1187

PHOTOS: Coleen Denson, Palomino Valley Center, Nevada June 29, 2013 Native Wild Horses suffering with no shelter in BLM sun baked pens


BLM Palomino Valley Center, Nevada responds to call for shelter for 2,000 warehoused native wild horses for protection from full sun exposure danger with installation of sprinklers



18 comments for “For 2,000 horses warehoused still without shelter in

  1. Annelle Bauer
    July 11, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    I hope somebody will help to give these wild horses some kind of shelter or the spray system that was mentioned would help. These horses should be free to to run like they have for many years, they ran free in the Old West they should be able to run free now!
    Give these horses the relief from the sun or set them free!!

  2. Annelle Bauer
    July 11, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    I have loved horses all of my life, I agree with you that we celebrated being free and I think these wild horses should be able to be free too! I hope that people that love horses like I do willtry to give these horses some shelter from the sun , they are God’s creatures too! I hope somebody can provide these wonderful wild horses some relief or set them free and God will will provide shelter for these beautiful horses,I also get tears in my eyes thinking about how these horses are being treated , I also hope that somebody can stop the killing of these wonderful horses ,God Bless everyone that are trying to help the wild horses,May God Be With You

  3. July 8, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    I posted on my page july 1st of a filly that looked like it needed help alt of people responded to it calling Palomino Valley, I found out today the 8th that the filly died on the 2nd, how hard is it for BLM to provided them shelter that is needed! I’ve been crying since I found out she passed away, I heard BLM office is trying to figure out who I work for, I don’t work for no one, but the horses and Burros, please these horses and Burros need shelter.
    provide shelter BLM!

  4. Monika Courtney
    July 3, 2013 at 9:40 am

    —–Original Message—–
    From: Tcourt5096
    To: JGuilfoy ; Joan_Guilfoyle ; TGorey ; DBolstad
    Cc: Sent: Wed, Jul 3, 2013 9:32 am
    Subject: Re: Palomino Relief Project / Proposal

    Mrs. Guilfoyle, Bureau of Land Management, dear Board members:
    With a big, proud holiday fast approaching, we will remember the horses currently stuck at holding, with a patriotic spirit to celebrate this country. We will remember and respect those who helped so much in building it – the wild horses. While we celebrate “freedom” and all that stands for it with our loved ones, we must remember those whose freedom and families have been taken.
    Enrichment, comfort and quality of life come in many forms. There are several valuable cost-efficient designs and systems of relief for horses in holding that could be applied (see below). A sprinkler will add cooling of air and ground, stimulate the senses (perhaps fear at first, then curiosity, then relief). Horses adapt, they are intelligent by nature. Please give them a chance. A sprinkler for now, with better systems to follow soon. The ultimate goal shall be making improved designs in all holding facilities, especially PVC, an important part of a federal guidelines in animal husbandry standards/reform as to improve the infrastructure and meet the needs of animals within. Relief comes in many forms. So does a higher standard which exists in this country and must be considered with careful planning and execution. America can do better than the barren, desolate current pens, and I encourage the BLM to explore all avenues to accommodate the well-being and meet the needs of all equines in their care – to alleviate boredom, misery and illness, to restore their spirits and ensure their continued health.

    There are portable misting systems. One which was researched, consists of 25 36inch misting fans on pedestals, space them 10 feet apart on the outside of the pens, run a line between them and hook them up to one of the pumps and cool down 10 thousand square feet at a time for 30-thousand dollars, installed. That’s more than 250 ft. long. And it could be wheeled to another location very easily. Or, two systems, for roughly 50-60 thousand dollars, for more than 20 thousand feet of cooled air (approx 35 degrees cooler). This does not sound impossible. Also, the horses really don’t get wet from the misters, just cooled down and appreciate the comfort once accustomed. And misters are far more water efficient, for roughly 60 gallons of water per hour for misters versus 5 minutes with a sprinkler system. According to the company, eager for business, they said they would negotiate and fly up on their own dime to PVC to show them how the fans work. Since the current dangerous heat waves pose risks and to prevent more deaths at PVC, please consider these options as relief in an emergency. With possible reductions in proposed costs, I feel BLM could make this happen. If you’d like more info, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you.
    Monika Courtney

  5. Monika Courtney
    July 3, 2013 at 8:34 am

    —–Original Message—–
    From: Tcourt5096
    To: TCourt5096 ; JGuilfoy ; Joan_Guilfoyle ; TGorey ; DBolstad
    Cc: news ; janevelezmitchell; zach.carter ; nlofholm ; david.philipps ; publisher ; fmullen ; tips ; kcollum ; mturney ; Gene_Seidlitz ; dbolstad ; JKrauss ; JGuilfoy ; TGorey ; director ; rubyredhorse ; freeridestirrup ; mgrpllc ; timo ; michael.austin ; gknapp ; wpacelle ; IngridN ; sbell ; kdane ; sboyles ; sbeckstead ; Joan_guilfoyle ; Dean_Bolstad ;
    Sent: Wed, Jul 3, 2013 3:16 am
    Subject: Palomino Relief Project
    Dear Mrs. Guilfoyle,
    We ask that BLM please install shade/shelters at Palomino Valley and other holding facilities (WY) exposed to harsh elements NOW. This is an emergency.
    Relief from sweltering heat, flash flood rains and icy snow drifts can be furnished in form of roof/windblock/shelter as part of the infrastructure such as the panels, chute etc.
    Cooling misters/sprinklers are doable. Water troughs under shade keep cooler and therefore keep horses cooler, preventing dehydration.

    Reform is to NOT having horses trapped in holding suffer like this. The lack of shelter at holding facilities is in stark contradiction to your adoption policies whereas you require shelter, thus posing the dire need to implement federal guidelines thereof. Advocates’ assistance in erecting some type of shelter is available. Otherwise adding another metal roof (such as in place at Palomino over hay) or the canopy in Ridgecrest, CA. must be considered to prevent animal cruelty.

    Any horse, wild or domesticated, will seek protection from the elements, hot or cold – if it is given that opportunity. BLM must deliver and relief these horses of their suffering in your open, not sheltered of any kind holding prisons. It is inhumane. We ask you consider this a top priority, as the heat will only get worse in coming weeks and harsh winters await in the NV climate. Reno area temps with past week reaching absolute record make waves not only in heat, but on the news. Palomino is no isolated incident. It appears that other holding pens are in dire need of improvements. With massive funding allocated for round ups, BLM ought to reconsider a slice of the budget for much needed shelter for those horses evicted from their range. Attached is a study of holding facilities by Bonnie Kohleriter, 2010/13 updated. It clearly depicts the circumstances of those holding facilities in need of urgent improvements.
    I thought the installation of a sprinkler at PVC was encouraging. Yet the further planning/expansion of proper measures to guarantee the animals’ welfare is deemed urgent. With increasing public concern and media interest, I ask that you promptly consider allowing BLM officials in affected holding facilities to set forth a plan of motion to reach a satisfying solution.

    Monika Courtney, CO.

    Below my call for action. Please understand this is going viral and I hope to see more efforts to accommodate this plea and the dire needs of the horses in holding. Thank you.
    “It is not rocket science to erect shade structures. It is setting priorities and respecting these animals as more than collected wares. The lack of federal guidelines pertaining to animal welfare for horses in holding is a disgrace and must be fixed. These animals suffer, the fact they are collected from the wild and do not fall into the Nevada Revised Statutes that require comfort for shelter animals or in breeding facilities, the lack of basic shelter / relief from elements, is not acceptable. These are sentient beings in the care of grossly deficient arrangements that simply appalls the public and poses great stress and risks to the very animals trapped in such holding. The call for improvement is loud and clear, as the animals are subjected to unbearable conditions. With a program recently highly critiqued, BLM surely faces challenges. The first step in fixing a very important part of the program is improving holding. To gather more horses, while holding resembles horrific feedlots filled with diseases, suffering horses and extra tall fencing thru which no one can see – is a fact that will continue our push for reform. Shade is existent in some facilities, it can be done. Misters are another option, highly installed on roof/canopy beams, so animals will not “eat” them as BLM listed as a risk on their website on the sprinkler situation. One would think the facilitating of shade to these horses is more advanced than this in a state where residents depend on air conditioning and shade to survive the brutal summers. The lack thereof poses a deep concern and must be remedied. I encourage people to continue their calls, letters and faxes. Thank you.”
    Monika Courtney, CO.

  6. July 3, 2013 at 2:28 am

    Thank you for the story! It is horrible what is happening. My daughter Robin and her friends wanted to help too, so they started a petition at

    So many wonderful people joining this outcry for relief. A true grass-roots campaign. Thank you Native Wild Horse Protection for leading the charge and thank you to everyone speaking up for the horses.

    The BLM DECLINED OFFERS OF HELP but we will not stop until every captive has adequate shelter.

  7. Marsha
    July 2, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Thank you so much for the coverage. Please, sign and share this petition.

  8. Suzanne
    July 2, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    You CAN make a difference for these horses and burros! Join the Gimme Shelter campaign and lend your voice to the #GiveUsShelter TweetStorm in support of it.

  9. July 2, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    I noticed that they have a killing field outside the fence…how many wildhorses have been buried there? Whoever is in charge at Palomino Valley Center should be fired…he must be heartless…why are these horses on bare ground, why are they not given to sanctuaries who have hearts, why do they continually round-up these animals if they are going to continue to subject them to such cruelty. I feel nothing but contempt for the Bureau of Land Management and I am disheartened to realize that North Americans can act like such heathens who have no compassion for one of God’s favorite animals!

    • Ldg
      July 3, 2013 at 9:53 am

      Sanctuaries are full. Since the BLM will sell you a 3-strikes horses for as little as $10 there is little keeping those horses out of sanctuaries if there was room.

      Somewhat typical of the BLM, they have posted pictures of the sprinkler installation on their FB site, but of the 8 pictures posted, they are all of the same sprinkler (same horses in the shot, etc.) I have asked for pictures of the other seven sprinklers they said they had installed but with the holiday looming, does anyone want to think we’ll get proof that they were installed?

      Advocates have visited PVC this week and report that there was only ONE sprinkler in operation when they were there. Even in this little nod to advocate’s concerns, the BLM seems to be incapable of clearly showing evidence that they have actually done what they have claimed to have done.

  10. Monika Courtney
    July 2, 2013 at 11:24 am

    “Enrichment, comfort and quality of life come in many forms. Yes, there are several valuable cost-efficient designs and systems that could be applied.But the simple fact that a sprinkler will add cooling of air and ground, stimulate the senses (perhaps fear at first, then curiosity, then relief) must be noted. Horses adapt, they are intelligent by nature. Give them a chance. A simple sprinkler for now, with better systems to follow. That is the ultimate goal in the project, and making improved designs in all holding facilities, especially PVC, an important part of a federal guideline in animal husbandry standards/reform as to improve the infrastructure and meet the needs of animals within, are the ultimate answer to a better reality. Relief comes in many forms. So does a higher standard which exists in this country and must be considered with careful planning and execution. America can do better than the desolate current pens, and I encourage the BLM to explore all avenues to accommodate the well-being and meet the needs of all equines in their care – to alleviate boredom, misery and illness, to restore their spirits and ensure their continued health.”
    To lash out at any efforts or water a seed that was planted with acid is not beneficial for the horses. Laying a foundation of change comes with much work and perseverance, followed with continuation of professionally applying pressure. Pressure is due when pressure is appropriate. Time will tell and in the meantime I will continue my part of work on this to effect change.

  11. Denise
    July 2, 2013 at 7:29 am

    They still need shade. Water without shade nearby can act as a magnify glass on skin.

    p.s. we don’t know that once the sprinklers started, there weren’t injuries…..BLM sure doesn’t tell the truth.

    • Ldg
      July 2, 2013 at 11:46 am

      If they could survive pickup truck wranglers, then they could probably survive a little water. My observations of wild horses are that they are not easily taken by surprise. I’m sure they are very wary of any new activity in and around their pens.

      Regardless, I’m sure the advocates there would have noticed any hair out of place and commented on it.

      • Denise
        July 3, 2013 at 7:09 am

        Behavior in the wild is significantly different than behavior in captivity. Wild animals aren’t taken by surprise? In fact their warning stimuli are much more sensitive than domestic animals. They may sense earlier, but it is still a warning system they respond to. Factor in the stressors of captivity and family disbanding, health and heat…they aren’t the same animals that roamed freely.

        Regardless??? You’re sure??? I didn’t realize the BLM had become so accommodating and the advocates presence so omniscient.

        • Ldg
          July 3, 2013 at 3:26 pm

          Denise, I think we’re on both on the side of the horse, aren’t we?

          Ever wonder why so many of the mustang’s are so photogenic? It’s because they are trying to figure out if you’re friend or foe. I seriously doubt the BLM can install a length of hose and a sprinkler without the horses knowing that something is going on … Observation is a survival trait. Because they are in captivity, that does not change. The obvious difference is that in the PVC feedlot, they can not run to get away.

          My comment about the advocates is that since so many greeted the news of the sprinklers with derision, that if they are at PVC, they will be looking for any evidence that they were right about the horses being frightened by the sprinklers. I haven’t read of that yet, have you? I said nothing about the BLM being accommodating. And we know they could install some sort of shelter or windbreak that would pose little danger to the horses without blocking the public’s view of horses or the feeding pens.

          • Denise
            July 3, 2013 at 6:02 pm


            Sentance 1…answer?…not sure.

            Paragraph 2…everything changes when they are in captivity. Water can cool body temperature and surface temps…shade is still required as water can function as a magnifying glass, reflective and heat intensifier.

            Paragraph 3…96% of what BLM, Forestry and contractors do is inappropriate; let’s start with the erroneous population counts and ensuing, perpetual roundups as gross, unlawful errors 1 and 2. As to advocates, some over react, some don’t but in this case, I don’t feel their outrage is totally or even a majority unreasonable. Please go read the summary of habitat/holding conditions for many of the holding facilities over at RT Fitch’s site (written by another advocate, not Fitch). Like I asked, the result of sprinkler use and it’s efficacy was verified by what unbiased observer?

            The “accommodating” crack wasn’t about you saying that; it was a facetious acknowledgement that I perceive you think BLM is doing OK with the sprinklers. I also don’t agree with your “wild behavior”. acuity of same and they can’t run. Hmmm…yes they can. They just can’t run without possibly smashing into one another or a fence or a wall because of lack of traditional family band/herd dynamic and concentration numbers. I’m tired of debating this with you.

            Wild Horse Education (laura leigh) keeps posting this story/ issue….so I’m assuming they/she don’t take your position.

          • Ldg
            July 10, 2013 at 5:32 pm


            If you have any evidence that any wild horse was startled by the sprinklers or injured in any way please post it.

            If you simply want to add to the drama then by all means, carry on.

  12. Ldg
    July 2, 2013 at 6:45 am

    “However the BLM staff has responded to our call to help remedy immediate danger and appears to have installed a sprinkler within each pen at this facility and yesterday, the horses were standing closer to the sprinkler water and appear to be over coming their fear.”

    I guess the sprinklers really didn’t scare the “sh**” out of the horses as one critic suggested last week prompting another round of unnecessary anti-BLM hysteria on a different site.

    Are the sprinklers the best solution? Probably not. Misters might be better and we can all acknowledge that the BLM’s ham fisted approach to everything mustang pleases practically no one. However, an absolutely priceless picture from the Ridgecrest corrals in California of burros crowding under what looks to be a canvas canopy shows what we all know, that our mustangs and burros adapt .. otherwise they simply couldn’t survive in the wild. BLM, take note.

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