Target: Bureau of Land Management
Goal: Give wild horses the option of seeking shelter in a shed or similar
The Bureau of Land Management houses approximately 1,800 horses at their Palomino Valley National Adoption Center holding facility in Reno, Nevada. Temperatures have been skyrocketing there and some of the wild mustang pens do not have sheds for shelter.
The BLM requires potential adopters to have adequate shelter, under these guidelines: “You must provide shelter from inclement weather and temperature extremes for your adopted wild horse or burro. Shelters must be well-drained, adequately ventilated and be attached to the corral so animals may move freely between both areas.”
Some of the pens that house the wild mustangs do not have shelters that meet those guidelines. Wild horses will not always seeks shelter, since they are used to being out in the open, but they should have the option to get out of the sweltering heat. The BLM’s answer to complaints that the horses need a way to get out of the heat is to install a sprinkler system, but this does not stop the problem. The BLM needs to follow its own regulations for shelter.
The horses do not seem to be suffering, but they should have the option to get out of the 100 degree heat and into a shelter to shade them from the sun. Tell the Bureau of Land Management to follow their own guidelines and give the wild horses shelter in their facilities.
Dear Bureau of Land Management,
Wild horses in your care do not have the access to shelter that you require potential adopters to provide. While I recognize that wild horses will not necessarily use the shelter provided since they are used to being out in the open, you should provide the option for the horses to get out of the elements. Sweltering heat requires that the horses have shade so they do not overheat.
The people you adopt the horses out to are held to certain standards, and you should hold yourselves to the same. A simple run-in shed in the holding pens would give the horses the option to get out of the weather. Please give these horses shelter.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: BLM Nevada via Flickr