In early June, I heard that 1,500 mares that were in the Long Term Holding pasture in Kansas' Teeterville Complex were going to be moved to another facility in the state because they were no longer allowed to stay where they had been living. Now reports are coming in that 75 horses have died at the new facility, corrals managed by Beef Belt LLC in Scott, KS. The owners of the facility deny any wrongdoing and mention that the horses were old and could have died from the stress of the move, citing four to five percent mortality of livestock as normal. (You have to read this article to believe it.)
The horses, 1,500 mares and 400 geldings, were moved in the course of one week from the lush pastures of Teeterville to a crowded feedlot.
I saw these mares and geldings, 4,400 wild horses in all, on 32,000 acres in June 2012 while on the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Long Term Holding Pasture Tour. This was the "model facility" where we were escorted all day on buses, seeing wild horses roaming free in huge, lush green pastures. The horses were gorgeous, healthy and looked incredible as they ran by.