This is the first installment of my experience at a BLM roundup. There will be several more chapters to follow describing my experiences complete with photographs, at the Triple B Roundups in Newark Valley and Butte Valley.
This was my very first experience at a BLM wild horse 'gather'. I will also admit that I have never owned or had the responsibility for caring for a horse but learned to ride thanks to my friends years ago who took me trail riding from time to time. I've always loved horses, admired their grace and beauty but it's been less than a year since I decided I had to stop the BLM from taking the wild out of the wild!
I am appalled that the BLM employees and contractors show such a lack of care for the wild horses, their own staff and observers. They violate or don't enforce their own rules when it comes to following the BLM Caravan above the posted speed limits on very dusty dirt roads to the trap sites, permitted clothing color requirements for observers or trap site contractors, FAA rules about helicopters, but most of all the rounding up of wild horses with a helicopter ... piloted by Josh Hellyer! Why must he fly so low over the horses? Why does he fly over the trap site and hover so close to the ground? Why is he allowed to fly over the observation area at less than 500 feet? and why is he allowed to keep the horses and foals running for 30 to 60 minutes at a time?