Report: Broken Arrow Tour

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By Laura Leigh, Wild Horse Education
 
Broken Arrow (aka Indian Lakes) was recently awarded an expanded contract. New pens are being built to warehouse even more wild horses and burros behind closed doors. This is a facility where wild horses get hoof care maybe 3 times a year, get fat on cheap high calorie food with little to no exercise and languish for years with few opportunities for adoption. 
 

After the last tour of Broken Arrow members of the public tried to circulate tag numbers and photos in hopes of getting some of the horses adopted. However this caused tempers to flare at the additional workload created for BLM employees. Instead of working on a mechanism for efficient information getting to a potentially interested adopter, at this tour attempts for adoption were discouraged. Only approved applications will be given any information. No time table or schedule has been arranged.
 
Row after row, pen after pen, are the faces of nearly 3000 wild horses. The vast majority of these wild horses have sat in that facility largely unobserved by the public for years now. 

The entire experience is one of frustration.
 
This tour was part of an agreement with myself and the BLM. If the facility is used as intake a tour will be arranged. The agreement came after years fighting for access to wild horses and burros during capture and in facilities. We are still working actively on refining the parameters.
 
The "intake" that triggered the tour was Fish Creek.The Fish Creek mares are literally prisoners in that facility held hostage by Eureka county and a handful of ranchers are showing the signs of stress. Heavily pregnant these mares should be preparing to give birth to their babies free on the range. Instead they sit awaiting the ruling to an IBLA Appeal filed by the county on behalf of ranching interests to stop the release. Two mares have reportedly aborted.

The Fish Creek operation was done under a full force decision by BLM. The plan is in full compliance with the law. We, and all the horses that should be free in Fish Creek, await the ruling of an IBLA judge. The ruling is expected soon.

Photos by Wild Horse Education

More information on the standoff at Fish Creek:

Cattlemen Fight Release of Wild Horses

Set Me Free & Action Alert: Wild Horse Education

Broken Arrow Broken Hearts: Wild Horse Education