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post #1 of 58 Old 10-01-2016, 12:26 AM Thread Starter
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Horse Neglect and Deaths at ISPMB

I have a friend who has worked and lived at the Internatienal Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros for almost 2 years. She is an amazing person and left everything behind to dedicate her life to these horses. even with her health issues (lupus) she managed to fix fences and do manual labor she should not been doing, all in the name of the horses. now because she is trying to save the horses from their "saviors" whom are starving them to death, she is being attacked. they are trying to discredit her and slander her so no one listens. she has been documenting what is going on the entier time. she tells the President of the board every time there is an issue with a horse. The president of the board will not do anything untill the horses are all but dead. she hads a pit (yes a pit) that she has the dead horses dumped into. she is not in any way managing the population and has allowed them to breed at alarming rates (more then even would be allowed in the wild). it now costs 10k a week to feed the almost 1000 head of mustangs. Im posting this to help get the word out. My friend is now being fired because they cant afford to pay her and are giving her 2 weeks to up and leave (leaving her stranded in the middle of the indian rez with no where to go with her 30 year old mustang). she wont stop fighting for the horses and will do anything she can to save and preserve the remaining bloodlines of some of the rare herds ISPMB has in their custody.

This is the evidence collected by my friend. read at your own risk and there are some graphic images.

im posting a link to the pdf because its to big to share. if there is another way to do this please let me know


https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bzm...wzUlFKOHc/view
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post #2 of 58 Old 10-01-2016, 01:13 AM
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Thank goodness this may come to an end! People have been concerned for years. Last time I was by there it was 2015. The horses that I could see (I was kicked off several years ago when, as a tourist, I criticized their lack of planning) had food and were not thin.

But it was a wreck waiting to happen.

A couple things should be noted.
1) The land nor the organization is part of the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe of Lakota. The land is private, although it is surrounded by mostly tribal land.

2) The author, Ms. Burns, may have few options, but there are social service groups that will help her get to Rapid City or Sioux Falls if she makes a call.

I will look for photos that I've taken from Hwy 212 of the dump, er... sanctuary, showing how high up into the trees the horses were reaching for food.

Coincidentally, I'll be through there next weekend.

I get so sick of these frickin' hoarders.
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i LOVE what they were founded to do but it was poorly executed. I would chemically sterilize all studs over 10-15. after that half of all colt crops would be sterilized and pzp use put into effect. it alous them to remain in their natural state as close as possible with out the massive overpopulation. you need SOME breeding to keep the genetics alive but not at the rate its been aloud to continue at. and photoes you have/ can collect will help the case as well!
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The amount of land that crazy heifer has will not support the number of horses that exist. No matter what. Never would.

I question the quality of the genetics available at this point with the mismanagement of that herd.

She bought the place (a very small place by SD standards for SD grazing needs) with money that kind-hearted people donated. Every bit of hay has been bought with the same or donated by people up in that country. Those that have donated locally do not do so twice, I am told.
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dont disagree. its sad and i would hate to see the herds dispersed in their entirety. but at this point it may be necessary.
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Wow. I'm completely stunned how someone can live with themselves being responsible for such negligence... Poor horses. I have a huge respect for your friend and hope the authorities will act rather sooner than later.
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post #7 of 58 Old 10-01-2016, 10:20 AM
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This place is supposed to be a sanctuary???

I really hope someone does something - those horses are in such a terrible state! Kudos to your friend for documenting this; I can't imagine it would be easy to be around such neglect.
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its heart wrenching for her. thats why she spoke out. she bottle raised over 7 foals in the almost 2 years she has been there because of dams drying up or dying. she loves mustangs and was apart of the blm when the first ones were rounded up. she left the blm because of how the horses where treated and she went to ISPMB with high hopes and is leaving devastated. and homeless too with a 30 year old mustang and a 16 year old dog.
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Interesting that the photos of the bad feet show pretty FAT horses. Maybe there are some "favorite" groups that get more food?

I don't know how tame the horses are but sounds like the few that are handled in well intentioned efforts are made worse (being hauled by a tractor would be traumatic for any horse let alone a wild/feral one). Not that there's any other good option it's just hard as I'm thinking of all the things the "good" people are trying to do and how it probably just makes it worse at the end :/.

It may be best to put down a large majority of those unfortunately.

2 weeks notice is pretty standard though :/.
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Employee: 30 wild horses died of starvation on South Dakota ranch | Local | rapidcityjournal.com

the spring they get fat. that is until they graze the pastures down to dirt then they starts looking bad. and there do seam to be some favourite herds. my fiance saw this happening when he dropped my friend off. there was a dead horse in the barn with a old truck parked over it as if to hid it. that is NOT normal at all. and the horses are not afrade of people but they are by no means tame. there are a select few but the majority are not.
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