ISPMB Needs Our Help

May 19, 2010

A message from Karen Sussman of the International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros:


As many of you know, ISPMB has been a leader in the field of wild horse and burro protection since our inception in 1960. Along with our first president, Wild Horse Annie, we were instrumental in getting federal legislation passed in 1971 – otherwise there would be no wild horses left on public lands today.

Well just as important, ISPMB is conducting research on our four herds creating a model for wild horse management – something sorely needed since it has been 39 years that the Act passed without BLM knowing much about herd behaviors. Our findings show that we may now be facing losing the extraordinary wisdom that was so inherent in the wild horse herds. This wisdom kept a very powerful social order intact with healthy behavioral modeling passed on to future generations. The loss of this wise modeling has caused the herds to double their fertility rates.

How did this happen? It has happened over the past twenty years since BLM went from gate cuts to selective removal. When BLM took all the horses that they wanted with gate cuts regardless of age, they still left many band structures intact that were never rounded up. With selective removal, BLM captures the entire herd or as many as they can and they separate the stallions from their harems and remove the five and under horses for the adoption program releasing all horses over the age of five. As the older horses are released, many of the older stallions never reclaim their mares because of the younger aged stallions taking advantage of an opportunity to steal mares. Often stallions as young as six will take mares. If that six year old stallion had a mentor who was only six when he was born, the educational process deteriorates. You can see over a period of 20 years how the mentoring and education process has been threatened. Consequently, you see younger and younger mares getting pregnant by younger and younger stallions.

How do we know this! ISPMB has been studying herd behavior now for eleven years with our own herds. We were fortunate and did not even know in the beginning that we acquired two of the healthiest herds left in our country – the White Sands and Gila herds. Neither herd had been gathered in decades of time leaving their social structures intact. We have the same stallions in charge of their mares now for eleven years. It did not become apparent to us until we acquired our third herd (Catnip) that we were observing truly the most natural and healthy behaviors in wild horse herds. The Catnip herd displays all the behaviors of horses that have suffered constant removals as the US Fish and Wildlife Agency had planned the elimination of wild horses from Sheldon Wildlife Refuge where they originated.

We are at the pinnacle of our studies here in South Dakota. We will have Princeton University coming in June to collaborate with us on our behavioral studies. This is extremely exciting as ISPMB begins a new study – how to infuse healthy behavioral modeling in herds that have suffered from the ongoing devastation of their harem structures.


I didn’t think I would ever have to say this; but unless we get funding, ISPMB may have to disperse it herds. This would mean the end of our studies and the end of our ability to stop the helicopter roundups on public lands. Yes, with our studies, we believe we have enough evidence to show that helicopter round ups are destroying the very nature of our wild horses on public lands. ISPMB has one of the longest ongoing studies on wild horses that have remained intact without human intrusions. Our studies are creating the perfect model for management of wild horses on public lands. We have come off a very cold winter, snow continuing as of last week and now the cold rains. We are feeding three of our herds.


If everyone on this list gave just $5.00, we would have enough hay for a month! If you could pledge monthly, we would have enough funding to keep our project going forever! Statistics show that only 3% of people respond to requests! We hope this time that we will hear from everyone. The future of all wild horses depends upon your call to action.



Any Donation is Appreciated!

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A Message from Michael Blake, Author of “Dances With Wolves

By the late 1890’s America had slaughtered more than twenty million Buffalo. A few devoted citizens managed to save roughly five hundred. In doing so, those incredible animals were saved from leaving the earth.

Today, America’s Wild Horses, primary resources in making America a major country in this world, are being captured, killed and slaughtered by corrupt, money-hungry American agencies. Removing them from life on earth is moving faster than ever.

Karen Sussman, like the few who rescued Buffalo, has devoted herself and her organization (ISPMB) to saving Wild Horses from extinction. At present she is maintaining more than five-hundred magnificent creatures that were saved from death…but keeping them alive with food alone is an increasing struggle. Whether rich or poor, any individuals who can donate even a few dollars to help eliminate loss of these lives will be significant. Destruction of the atmosphere, oceans, land and even Wild Horses is moving humanity closer to its own removal.

Any donation, even from those of us currently jobless, will represent standing up not just for ourselves, but for the Creator who brought the marvelous and deeply connected life to this tiny planet.

(As many of you know, Karen Sussman is also the one that helped me facilitate the placement of El Mariachi and Hope into Michael Blake’s care. Please help her maintain her amazing herds and continue her important work if you can – thank you).

5 Responses to “ISPMB Needs Our Help”

  1. Linda Handschue Says:

    I will do what I can and help spread the word to save Our Beautiful Horses!

  2. pnickoles Says:

    Thanks so much Linda! 🙂

  3. Subject: Fwd: Met Karen Sussman _ Press Kit

    Helping to Save Annie’s Wild Horses
    ISPMB Disaster Fund Raising Campaign

    Karen Sussman is charming as well as educated about 400 hundred horses. She is the only women in the world with 4 wild horse herds. Karen has navigated herself to talk in front of congress and has met with the most resistant to mediate the lives of wild burro’s after an the blood bath near Oatman, AZ. The battle was settled by Karen’s education and guidance about other methods besides slaughter.
    She raised her children in Scottsdale, AZ. She felt a deep longing which invited by a calling to help USA’s horse herds. Nothing is impossible for Karen she has help organized the freedom for the Apache Sitegrave horses with Dr. Pat Haigh and the only free herd wild horses. She assisted to moving buffalos to Catalina Island to keep them as a symbol.
    Karen feels comfortable on her rural South Dakota farm and conservation with hundreds of acres on a grazing prairie. The Lakota believe they would have a person come to them to re-unit the horses with their culture. They believe the horse woman is Ms Karen. Return of Sungnuni glugluka (mustang). The Lakota people once relied on and lived with the wild horse. The horse was used in ceremonies, games, hunting, and war and in everyday life. The horse was a symbol of freedom, strength, pride and courage. The Indian people believe that they had the horse long before the Spanish arrived. The horse was bred for specific purposes. Similar to the Arabian it was bred for endurance and speed. It was necessary to travel many miles sometimes non-stop for days. The speed was required for hunting, war and games. A fast pony was a highly cherished animal with the Indian people. Today we have the privilege of having the wild horse in our midst again. As the Indian people search for their roots and regain their ceremonies, language and culture it becomes evident that the return of the wild horse is part of becoming whole again. Returning us to nature, Karen Sussman makes the magic real again.
    Princeton University is coming this summer and its founder is going to be Hollywood movie, Wild Horse Annie.
    ISPMB, Volunteer, Barbara Ellen Ries
    Princeton University is coming this summer to research the behavior of wild horses in natural herds and its founding president “Wild Horse Annie” is going to be Hollywood movie, Wild Horse Annie.

    ISPMB Disaster Fund Raising Campaign

    Travel on an Eco- Spiritual Vacation:

    Click to access B5_Travel.pdf
    Suggested guest speaker for your web radio ~ You tube
    Contact: Location: International Society of Mustangs and Burros, Karen Sussman, Hwy 212 near Eagle Butte, South Dakota. Address: ISPMB, PO Box 55, Lantry, SD 57636-0055 Phone: 605-964-6866, Mobile: 605-365-6991 (11-5 Mountain time) Messages will be returned in farm time
    ISPMB, Volunteer, Barbara Ellen Ries bio

    ISPMB’s situation May 2010, Karen Sussman and I need to get over the hump. This winter was the most severe triple blizzard, rain levels and snow levels. ISPMB is grateful the earth got a large drink since there have been several drought levels summers. In March South Dakota was declared a disaster by Governor Rounds and President Obama.
    ISPMB is looking for hay donations or checks of any amount to make up for disaster of $ 75,000.00 is needed to make up for this lose of reserve funds. Winters are harsh and any winter South Dakota needs winter fund yearly. Karen Sussman asking you to assist this great project and conservation effort
    Karen Sussman is president of the International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros, the oldest wild horse and burro organization in the United States. She follows in the footsteps of her predecessors, Helen Reilly and Wild Horse Annie (Velma Johnston).
    Ms. Sussman has devoted her life to saving America’s wild horses and burros. Currently, she is developing the first wild horse conservation program in the United States creating a model management program for entire wild herds. The herds must qualify as threatened or endangered. The conservation program is home to four herds of wild horses two of which exist nowhere else in the U.S. except at the Conservation Center. The herds are monitored daily.
    Ms. Sussman has received bipartisan support for her efforts, both in Congress and the Department of the Interior. She has served on the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board in 1990-92. Ms. Sussman has received numerous awards for her work with wild horses and burros. In 1996 she and her Black Mountain Eco-team received the Health of the Land Award from the Secretary of the Interior for their five-year commitment diffusing an extremely volatile situation after 50 wild burros were shot to death in Kingman. Called in initially by the governor of New Mexico, Ms. Sussman worked for ten years with the White Sands Missile Range helping to prevent the slaughter of wild horses on White Sands. She organized two national conferences and created two national alliances pertaining to the Del Rio Investigation and the Burns Amendment. She signed the first MOU with the BLM in 1989 to do Volunteer Compliance on adopted wild horses in the U.S. Ms. Sussman worked actively within the prison wild horse training programs and assisted the BLM in coordinating a consistent training program for wild horses within the different prisons. She created the first rescue program in the U.S. where no BLM adopted horse or burro was ever sold to slaughter within the entire state of Arizona during the five years of the rescue’s operation.
    In 2006, she was inducted into the Mustang Hall of Fame at the Wild Horse and Burro Expo in Nevada. In 2007, she organized the largest rescue of wild horses since the closing of the slaughter plants in the U.S. Over 225 wild horses were adopted and 100 remain at the Conservation Center awaiting placement in Wisconsin.
    Ms. Sussman has appeared on many TV programs and has been quoted in many national and international press articles. She is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, PA where she received her diploma in Nursing in 1967 and currently works four days a month at the Indian Health Service Emergency Room in Eagle Butte, SD. She also was an accredited pre-collegiate piano instructor in classical music for 12 years before moving to SD. She served on the Board of the League of Women Voters and is an original member of the National Museum of Women’s History in Washington, D.C.
    Donations Need: This is a High Emergency Level
    · Donation in Hay represented in $2500.00 per month for hay cost to feed four herds
    · Larger donates, Assist in Disaster Fund, Love donations. Give as your Heart wishes.
    · Silent Auctions of Signed Books, Pictures and Photographs of the Herds will be auctioned
    · Matching Funds
    · Disaster Fund is currently $75,000.00 due to Declared Disaster, March -2010 by President Obama

    Thank you ahead of Time
    The Wild Horses, ISPMB, Karen Sussman
    Volunteer form for additional donations of time or resources ~

  4. barbara ries Says:

    Hello to ISPMB, President Karen Sussman, wild horse advocates and all international media outlets,

    Thank you for your great support of ISMPB.
    Please except my retraction statement : To Whom It May Concern: On, or in the month possible June by it was in July of 2010 ( I ), Barbara Ries sent out a press release on behalf of Karen Sussman in hopes of helping her raise funds for ISPMB , International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros.

    I apologize that this was sent without her knowledge or permission and the statements made in the press release were taken completely out of context.
    Specifically, Princeton University is not at this point involved with ISPMB. However, ISPMB is working with Mary Ann Simonds of the Whole Horse Institute
    and Dr. Cassandra Nunez from Princeton University in designing a wild horse ecology study to define functional and dis-functional wild horse behaviors relative
    to various equine cultures. This program needs funding in order to be implemented.

    Please accept my apology as my eagerness to help overshadowed my journalistic professionalism. I apologize for any time or inconvenient in my behalf to ISPMB and it’s President.

    Sincerely ,
    Barbara Ries

  5. barbara ries Says:

    July 12, 2010 Radio and TV Shows Barbara Ries – 520-509-6268
    Karen Sussman- 605-964-6866


    International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros ( ISPMB ) Lantry, SD- Creating a new paradigm for the protection of wild horses and burros through the development of the International Wild Horse and Burro Conservation Center, the International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros, is the only privately funded organization managing entire herds of wild horses.

    The Conservation Center began eleven years ago with the acquisition of the last of the White Sands Missile Range horses from White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The capture and release onto private lands of the White Sands wild horses was documented by Life Magazine in 1999. The following year, ISPMB obtained its second wild herd known as the Gila Herd. These rare Spanish horses are the descendants of stock from Father Kino’s mission (1600’s) in southern Arizona. These horses have appeared twice in National Geographic Magazine (2004 and 2009) and most recently this year’s Smithsonian Magazine.

    Both the aforementioned herds exist only on ISPMB’s ranch. ISPMB received two more herds under the premise that these herds existence were threatened with possible elimination from their home territories in the state of Nevada. They are the Catnip Herd and the Virginia Range Wild Horses.

    Living amongst the wild herds, Karen Sussman, president of the ISPMB, has documented wild horse behaviors for years and can provide interesting topics of discussion and public engagement such as: The Need to Protect America’s Wild Horses and Burros Who Are Fast Disappearing from the American Landscape; The Connection of Horse and Human Culture; Wild Horse Annie’s ( ISPMB’s first president ) Outstanding Achievement’s in Wild Horse and Burro Preservation; Anything You Wanted to Know About Wild Horse Behaviors and Their Highly Evolved Communities; How You Can Help to Protect America’s Wild Horses and Burros for Future Generation to Enjoy; Ecotourism – Enjoying the Beauty of Wild Horses.

    Karen A. Sussman
    President, ISPMB
    PO Box 55
    Lantry, SD 57636-0055

    Tel: 605-964-6866

    Cell: 605-430 -2088

    Saving America’s Wild Horses and Burros since 1960

    Become a member of ISPMB today!

    What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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