After following the plight of the senior stallions that were captured in February in one of BLM's famous round ups. My heart like those of thousands of people who have been following this on social is crushed. The once proud King of the free mustangs in his little corner of the world. Was broken. I don't mean broken in the riding sense. I mean heart broken. He lost everything. His world as he knew it had come to an end. Freedom. The freedom to run, to eat and drink when he please, freedom to be with his family. Yes,he could see the wild untamed wilderness that he called home for the last 26 years. But, he couldn't be with it anymore. His family were scattered to the four winds. Most of them anyway. He could smell the familiar smells of a few memberks he herd he once lead. But all else was gone.
On July 28,2015, Antonio was to be gelded before he was transported with a few of his mates and other herd members. The other stallions some his age and some older had been gelded. I'm sure he probably would not have wanted this to come about. During the process he supposedly "had a heart attack". It is my opinion that this just another lie, in a very long history of lies that BLM are expecting the public to believe. BLM issued a statement saying that" the sanctuary that had so very graciously agreed to accept them, demanded that he be sterilized". Another lie. Wow, its beginning to become a habit with them. It seems to me that all the other stallions have survived this process, then why didn't Antonio? I may be wrong in my thinking, but it is my opinion once again that due to all media attention he was getting, and people taking a closer look at our wonderful BLM. I think that the vet ( who by the way works for BLM) deliberately gave him too much medication. They have too long of a track record of dishonest dealings, lying, stealing, extortion and the murder of America's mustangs for the last 40 years. Just like the incident at Palomino Valley, where a young mare died trying to get out or get the attention of someone who was there, because she was in trouble while foaling. BLM issued a statement saying that "the mare died in the birthing process. And the foal was alive and rushed to some medical clinic somewhere further away". That was a lie. Both died. There was no one around to help her when she needed it. Anyone who has a pregnant mare knows to monitor them constantly. Obviously someone dropped the ball on that one.
We as citizens of this great country need to hold BLM and all other departments of our government accountable for their wrong doings. Stealing our mustangs and letting the ranchers use the land, while taking kick backs for it. Sending our mustangs to Canada or Mexico for slaughter and human consumption. We, the tax payers are paying for BLM to house, water and feed these horses. Our money people. The conditions that they are in are in a horrible state. No shelter, below minimum food and water. This is deplorable. These animals are our heritage. They are a symbol of the American West. What are you going to tell your children or grandchildren when they ask" where are the wild horses "??. What are you going to say? Just think about it. Read everything you can about it. Then if you feel as I do. Contact your local representative and say I want my mustangs back and free.