Eyes on Roundups
September 14, 2009
I was going to start posting photos and information from our recent trip, but based upon my observations while at the Pryor Mountain roundup, I began to think that maybe another issue needed to be addressed first.
It seems to me that having “eyes” on the roundup activities at the Pryors created some accountability. This was my first experience but I believe more time was taken with the horses, there was an effort made to keep bands together in separate corrals and possibly the personnel more aware of their actions while processing the horses. If you think about it, it just makes sense that folks might operate at their highest levels if they knew the world was watching. It wasn’t always the case as seen in several posted photos and video clips of this particular operation, but it certainly had to be a deterrent.
After we left the Pryors and visited some of the lesser known areas, I wondered about these particular horses. Who would be there to watch over them when it’s their turn to be gathered? That is the question and reason for this post. My thoughts? As long as these roundups continue, I think it’s a good idea for observers to be on hand at each one.
Please don’t misunderstand my intent when I suggest that people show up for these roundups. I would hope that anyone attending as an observer would conduct themselves in a responsible manner just as we did at the Pryors. We were polite, respectful of the boundaries (even if we didn’t agree with them) and we remained calm and civil during a very emotionally charged event. Offensive behavior might give cause to try to exclude the public and any appointed humane observer from future gathers and that is not what we want. So, with all of this in mind, maybe some individuals might consider volunteering to be the eyes for our wild horses during the many roundups still scheduled to take place this year. I have a list of the herd areas, by state, that have pending gathers posted on my website:
Exact dates would need to be confirmed through the various field offices managing the herd areas. If anyone knows of other locations, including those areas not managed by the BLM, please feel free to contact me and I will add them to the list.
Will it make a difference? We won’t know if we don’t at least try. Our wild horses deserve every effort we can make on their behalf.