Vegas Valley Sports Beat

 May 23, 2018Charles Ramos JrBLMcold creeklas vegasMustangsnewsroundupWild horses



The fact that the condition of the herd of approximately 470 wild horses now living in and around Cold Creek and within the Spring Mountain Recreation Area must be addressed immediately so as to find a suitable, humane and permanent solution is irrefutable. How so ever one might feel about their treatment this is an emergency issue that needs our full attention.

It is a disservice to the herd and an unacceptable way of thinking to any right-thinking person to waste time pointing fingers and trying to assign blame. Y’all can take all of that nonsense up later on amongst yourselves. My Great-Grandfather would have drug both sides out behind the barn and made them beat one another senseless until they finally got some sense and made peace.

Whatever your issue is, get over it or get lost. The horses have enough problems of their own without their advocates having a free-for-all in and over their best interests.

I call Horses#it.

Two weeks in a row, Mr. James Belvin and I toured the Mountain Springs Recreation Area. The first time was the 12th of May when we went from just above Pahrump all the way back to and around Cold Creek and back in Jim’s RZR 800.

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That’s me making my own brand of Humboldt charcoal on the western slopes below Wheeler’s Pass.

The second time was this past Saturday, May 19th, 2018 when we took the horses up to the same spot where we off-loaded the RZR and tracked the movements of the smaller herd on the western slopes. That was a success despite the fact that we didn’t see a single horse during the entire 4-hour ride.


James Belvin mounted on Doc Box. Photo by Charles Ramos Jr. 5/19/2018

What I did see was encouraging for the herd there as there were many prickly pear cacti in full bloom along with many beautiful wild-flowers that the horses can eat. They are sparsely distributed across the landscape but not so sparse as to be considered rare.

The herd cannot be sustained by such meager fare but it will surely help them. But only for a short time and them all of that vegetation is going to burn off leaving a deeper crisis than ever.

In the past several days I have seen rain falling in the Spring Mountain region and on Mt. Charleston that was unexpected and this too will be a relief for the herd but only for a short time. What is needed is a permanent solution and many folks agree.

America was won and built on the backs of these horse’s ancestors. They are the spirit of America and the wild west embodied in flesh and flying flowing manes and tails. All the kings the world has ever known could not muster up even half of the splendor and majesty of the sight of a thundering herd of Mustangs rolling across the desert landscape wild and free on a level no other creature can possibly match.


The midnight ride of Paul Revere, the bloody battles of Bunker Hill, Bull Run, and The Little Bighorn might be ancient history to some points of view. But had it not been for Paul Revere’s horse

But the last mounted cavalry charge made by the U.S. Cavalry was made by the Black Horse Cavalry unit of the United States Army on January 16th, 1942 on the Bataan Peninsula, in the Philippines. The 26th Cavalry Regiment of the Philippine Scouts represented the last U.S Army horse cavalry unit to fight mounted.


This is a somewhat controversial claim to some people who say that the Scouts were not a regular U.S. unit, rather they served the function of mounted infantry, not cavalry.

No matter how you choose to look at it, the fact is that they charged an overwhelming Japanese force and were eventually forced to withdraw from the field under intense fire. The Scouts were eventually forced to destroy their horses and continued to fight the Japanese invasion forces dismounted.

When can their glory fade? Oh the wild charge they made, all the world wondered. Honor the charge they made, honor the light brigade. Noble 600.

Does that poem sound familiar to anyone?


The 26th Cavalry Regiment of the Philippine Scouts represented the last U.S Army horse cavalry unit to fight mounted. On the Bataan Peninsula, in the Philippines, the 26th Cavalry executed a charge against Japanese forces near the village of Morong on 16 January 1942, possibly the last U.S. cavalry charge. This is a controversial claim since the Scouts are not a regular U.S. unit and they functioned as mounted infantry, not cavalry. Withdrawing under Japanese pressure, the Scouts were eventually forced to destroy their horses and fight dismounted.

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It is undeniably imperative upon America to take care of its wild horse herd like the national treasure they truly are because the noble mounts that carried the heroes of the Black Horse Cavalry into that final charge came from the same stock as these horses in the Spring Mountains.

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As did these horse who serve the cause of freedom and democracy to this day. Unsung. Unprotected. And facing starvation in our own backyards. General George Washington commissioned the U.S. Cavalry in 1776. I submit to you that nothing says American independence louder than that name alone. Nothing sings of American pride and freedom louder than the songs and the sight of the wild horses of North America.


Stop for just a minute and ponder this question in light of what you probably didn’t know. Where would this nation be now if Paul Revere had to walk that night? History records no evidence that Revere actually owned a horse when he made his famous ride but he in fact borrowed one from an unknown person or persons in Charlestown just for that purpose. According to notations in Revere’s personal papers, he did own a horse in the early 1770’s but it appears that he no longer possessed it at the time he began serving as a courier for the Boston Committee of Correspondence.

Even if he had owned a horse on the 18th of April in ’75, he would not have been able to take it with him when he was rowed across the Charles River to Charlestown north of Boston, prior to setting off on his ride.

It was a spark from this unsung horse’s iron-shod hooves flying over cobblestone streets and rock-strewn lanes from Charlestown to Concord that ignited the powder keg called the American Revolution, not any actual or metaphorical gunshot.


For the want of a horse, an entire nation would have been lost.

One problem which exists for the horses in the Spring mountains and which has yet to be addressed is the amount of off-road motor-vehicle traffic in the area where they live. In the park which consists of 102,000 acres are numerous trails and a lot of them are either made by off-road motor vehicles or they were made by horses who have used them for many generations.

Horses are flight animals. Sneak up behind any horse and yell BOO! as you grab it by the tail, and see what happens to you. That horse is probably going to kick you in the face with both hind feet and be gone like the wind before you even feel the pain.

No proof exists that I’m aware of which might show that people using the park are chasing the horses around deliberately but it’s a sure bet that the horses are being scared out of their minds when there they are chilling in a meadow eating some nice flower tops when all of a sudden Evil Knevil or the like comes flying off of a bluff atop a fire-breathing yellow Yamaha 460 2 stroke dirt bike screaming YEEHAW! at the top of his lungs and lands in their midst like some kind of demented mechanical bat straight out of hell.

This might very well tend to explain why we saw no horses on Saturdays, and it might also tend to explain why the herd which the BLM observed from a helicopter recently displayed no fear of the helicopter itself as they usually do. No doubt this is partly due to their weakened condition but it could also be true that they have become accustomed to the sight and sound of nightmarish machines screaming through their home.

Picture this if you will. You and your church family are sitting on a blanket spread beneath a huge maple tree enjoying a lovely Sunday morning picnic when right in the middle of your store-bought designer salad and soda pop a full-blown fire-breathing dragon comes flying over your head that has horses riding on it and in it. Tell me that wouldn’t freak you, the flock, out. Tell me you wouldn’t run screaming for the hills as fast as your feet will fly, in a blind mindless panic. If I’m there you damn sure better be because if you’re not you can bet your assets I am going to run right over the top of you.

I have priors.

I will very happily throw my worst enemy, my best friend, and you who are reading this article too; up against or up underneath a bus for the sake of saving these horses lives. Bet on that every single time.

I like off-road vehicles just as much as the next guy but the horses were there first and they must come first in any event because we can take care of ourselves. There are a million acres of open desert land in every direction you turn from Cold Creek where sportsmen can get their ya-ya’s until their heart’s content. People can move to somewhere else that’s basically the same. Even better still, half the fun of seeing someplace new is getting there.

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The people who use the park to ride around in can ride in any number of places nearby but the horses don’t have that same luxury because they live there. One or the other has to go and we can all agree that nobody wants to see the wild Mustangs taken away from their home range and out of the wild where they belong.

Nobody that matters anyway.

There are 102,00 acres populated by an estimated 470 horses and the entire area is crisscrossed with off-road trails which also means that people are destroying a lot of the horse’s food supplies with the repeated traffic. We kept to the marked roads when we took the RZR but when we rode up most of the ground we covered away from the roads on horseback was mostly dirt and stones interspersed with growths of varied nature and species.


The first thing that must be done (besides everyone getting off of the backs of the BLM and the U.S. Forest Service) is to secure their home in the Spring Mountain National Recreation Area by getting the legislature to declare the park a state and national wild horse sanctuary and equestrian park. America doesn’t have one, as far as I know, and if we don’t have one, then it’s high time that we do.

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 Is it not?

People have been asking me about feeding the horses themselves. I can only say that it is a federal crime to do so which is punishable by a fine of $500. There are however issues which are associated with feeding normal horse fare to wild horses.

If they were to be given alfalfa in their current state they would be harmed by it because it is hard on their kidneys to process it during the hot months of summer. Changing their diet dramatically can also cause colic which can result in the deaths of horses who are already far too weakened by malnutrition to survive it.

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Some wild Mustang “advocates” want to demand that the BLM shall sterilize some of the mares so that they cannot have any foals. On their planet that might be a great idea but before I can endorse any such program, I for one want to know what the criteria’s going to be which decides which mares can breed and which ones can’t.

The inherent danger in this program is that one could easily choose a mare or a bloodline which has carries an unknown genetic defect that could conceivably lead the entire species to extinction. Granted that this is the extreme end of the list of possible scenarios, but it’s still one which must be considered as a real possibility and which cannot be ignored because it’s not going to go away.

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Horses have their own way of selecting suitable mates for themselves that goes beyond the lesser human standard of sticking it in anything, animal, vegetable, or mineral, living or dead just for the fun of it.

If Americans can set afford to set aside sanctuaries for birds then America can surely afford to set aside a sanctuary for these wild horses too. Even if people do go up to Cold Creek hauling a ton of hay at a time this is not very practical and it is not a permanent solution.

Feeding 270 horses which shall remain in the Spring Mountain range after the BLM has concluded its roundup will still be daunting at best. Feeding 470 is completely out of the question. At this time anyway.

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This is only about 35 horses. Multiply that by 13.5 and that’s what the size of the Cold Creek mob is.

But there is a solution. A very simple and cost-effective solution that will take care of itself and ensure that there is more than enough high-quality food available for not only the wild horses that live in the region but the wild donkey’s and burros as well.




By Henry Brean Las Vegas Review-JournalJanuary 2, 2018 – 4:20 pm

You probably won’t see it in any tourism campaigns, but Pahrump has dramatically reduced its population of jackasses.

The Bureau of Land Management quickly and easily conducted a burro roundup at the north end of Nye County’s largest town last week, thanks to cooperative group of mostly male captives.

The operation began Dec. 19 and was slated to last several weeks with a goal of collecting 75 nuisance burros. Instead, it took just five days of trapping over a 10-day period to collect 117 burros from the area about 70 miles west of Las Vegas. Thirty-nine burros were collected on the first night alone.

“It went really well,” said Tabitha Romero, wild horse and burro specialist for the BLM in Southern Nevada. “The nuisance problem I think we’ve got a handle on now.”

The BLM conducted the roundup to remove burros from the Johnnie herd management area north of Pahrump that had been roaming into town, damaging fences, water lines and vegetation on private property and causing a safety hazard on state Route 160.

Residents at one home in the area were providing water to the animals, which rewarded their generosity with increasingly aggressive behavior. “They said they’ve had jacks charge them,” Romero said.

It’s a good lesson for people living in areas frequented by wild animals: “If you want them to stay wild, you need to let them be wild,” Romero said. “People think they’re helping by dropping off a bale of hay, but what happens is (the animals) stop looking for food on their own.”

The burros were lured into corrals set up on private land and baited with food and water. The final tally included 74 adult males, 31 adult females and 12 foals.

All but one of the burros were safely transported to Ridgecrest Regional Wild Horse and Burro Corrals in California to be checked by a veterinarian and readied for adoption.

Romero said an approximately 30-year-old jenny — or female burro — in “really poor body condition” was euthanized after being trapped. She said the animal probably would not have survived the trip to Ridgecrest.


“She was pretty much at the end of it,” Romero said. “The poor thing, she was just a bag of bones.”

This was the first burro gather in the Johnnie herd area since December 2014.

Bureau officials estimate the area can sustainably support 108 burros, but more than 200 burros remain there after the roundup.

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My own research into the matter turned up a cheap effective means by which the Spring Mountain park could be seeded and nourished back to health to an extent that would support the herd and that range can be expanded as they grow.

This is what I propose. Any grass(es) which shall be planted for this purpose must be of a native species.

Meet Indian Rice Grass, or Indian Rye Grass.

Nevada State Grass - Indian Rye Grass

(Oryzopsis hymenoides)

Adopted in 1977

Indian Rice Grass(Oryzopsis hymenoides,) was adopted in 1977 as the Nevada State Grass. It was once a source of food for Native Nevada Indians. Indian Rice Grass now provides valuable feed for wildlife and range livestock. This tough native grass, which is found throughout the state, is known for its ability to reseed and establish itself on sites damaged by fire or overgrazing.

Nevada State Grass: Indian Rye Grass

Nevada State Grass - Indian Rye Grass

Oryzopsis hymenoides (Synonym: Stipa hymenoides, Common name: Indian ricegrass) is a perennial cool-season[citation needed] bunchgrass with very narrow, rolled leaf blades. It is native to western North America east of the Cascades from British Columbia and Alberta south to southern California, northeastern Mexico, and Texas. In the wild it typically grows 4 to 24 inches (10 to 61 cm) tall and 8 to 12 inches (20 to 30 cm) wide.

It grows in a variety of habitats from desert shrub up to ponderosa pine forests. It can live in soils from sand to clay, but it does particularly well in sand, where it is the dominant grass growing with sagebrush and may occur almost unmixed with other plants

It is drought-resistant, adapted to dry, sandy soils. The plant grows in dense clumps, up to 2 feet tall and are beautifully airy & a graceful accent in rock garden, or flower beds & a great sandy soil/meadow reclamation grass.

By June, it turns straw colored & remains this color until Winter rains renew its growth. Often found in flower markets, many people grow it specifically for cutting. The leaves are slender and nearly as long as the stems. It is highly palatable to livestock, both while green in summer and dried in winter. Natural stands in many areas have been greatly depleted by over grazing. This is an important species for reseeding range lands. Seeds were formerly used by Indians for grinding into meal and making bread.


This species of grass can be broadcast over strategic tracts of fertile land in and around the Cold Creek area and this seed once it sprouts can easily be watered regularly enough to ascertain that they flourish there as they will surely do.

The area is and if made a national equestrian park still will be under the supervision of the U.S. Forest Service, and the BLM. These agencies do not make policy they only follow it so wasting one’s time chastising a ranger who’s trying to relay information to those whom they thought might care about the horses more than they do the view from the big expensive homes they’ve built in the middle of this rangeland.

They follow the whims of the lawmakers who, if you let them know how hazardous doing nothing for the welfare of this mob can be to their own political well-being then they just might get off of their assets and help make this sanctuary a reality with all due haste.

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The U.S. Forest Service has a number of airborne water tankers which they use to fight forest fires and wildfires. The pilots of those planes and the planes themselves have to remain certified. The pilots must put in so many hours at the yoke to remain qualified to fly those missions or else someone’s neighborhood or a parking lot gets painted bright red by a near miss.

It would be child’s play to convert the park to equestrian only and develop bridle paths for horsemen and women to use to explore the beautiful features of the park which they would probably never see from the back seat of a buggy. I’ve made both trips and the first one did not even compare to the one I made on horseback.

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This is a massive stone carving which I call, Groot. I found it during the first trip to Cold Creek. But there I am right in front of it without the first clue as to what it is because I was not looking at the big picture. I was looking down. Just as are many of the people which I saw come through the park when I was there with Jim, who didn’t see it either.

People who love riding and who love the wild Mustangs can put their money where their mouths are and help feed the herd by this manner as well. The lawmakers who oversee making the policies of the USFS and the BLM have bosses too. They are you and I.

A very lovely lady called me just the other day and she asked me where do we start? Good question.

It has to begin somewhere and the phone in the offices of your representatives in the house and in the Senate both state and national. By making phone calls to them and to everyone you know that loves horses and animals in general and getting a commitment from them to get involved and stay involved in getting a home set aside for this mob and to make sure that once it is declared off-limits to motorized vehicle traffic; the park will be self-sustaining and capable of providing a healthy home for a herd of 470 horses or more if necessary.

Once the Indian Ryegrass has been planted it can easily be watered by the U.S. Forest Service who shall be directed to require periodical certification of its pilots as fire pilots by making targeting runs above the seeded areas. Thus keeping the grass watered whenever it shall be determined necessary. It will not take much to do this and the planes and the pilots have to do something with all that time they have to spend in flight to remain in flight.


The care and feeding of these horses is the responsibility of the BLM and USFS and so there’s no need for a lot of fancy lawyering to make it a reality all that needs to be done really is for someone to get the ball rolling and tell those agencies that this is what they’re going to do from now on and allocate the funds to get it started.

Funds which have already been taken out of your pockets and mine to (ostensibly) pay for what’s obviously not getting done. If enough people demand action and sign enough signatures it should be made official without a great deal of opposition.

But honestly, what is there for anyone to actually oppose? Saving the lives of the herd? Keeping them in one place where they were born free to remain free and thrive on native grasses as they deserve to do?

Now that America has put its equestrian heritage out to pasture and allowed it to run wild; are we as a nation, being indebted past our eyeballs as we are to those horses; going to just sit back and do nothing but bicker and bitch at one another over who’s to blame for their condition while they starve to death in our front yards?



Me and Just A Lady in the Spring Mountains.

Not on my watch.

Henry Brean’s article was a big help in the development of the first article in this 3 part series.

Images courtesy of Heartfelt thank you’s also to Google,,,, and of course to Mr. James Belvin, without whose valuable contributions and assistance this article simply would not have been possible.


Vegas Valley Sports Beat

 May 13, 2018Charles Ramos JrBLMcold creekhorseslas vegasnevadanewsroundupWild horses


Greetings sports fans and welcome to a sunny May Sunday morning in Las Vegas. Happy Mother’s Day to all you awesome mothers wherever you are. If you’re not a mother then you should be spending this happy holiday with your mother reconnecting and reaffirming that bond that exists only between a mother and her children. If you can’t see her call her and tell her how much you love, and appreciate her because you never know when you’ll never get another chance.


Now to the issue at hand. The wild horses of Cold Creek, and a look at their habitat more from the perspective of a wild horse.

Tomorrow, May 14th the Nevada BLM is scheduled to begin an emergency roundup of 200 wild horses in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area and this planned roundup has local and non-locals alike up in arms. And well it should but not for the reasons that certain self-appointed advocates would have you think.

“Time is of the essence.” says, Donn Christiansen, who manages the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area for the Forest Service. “These horses are suffering, and their condition is rapidly deteriorating,” he said. “The range they’re on can’t support them,”


Healthy, happy, well-fed horse.

Nevada BLM just recently made an emergency roundup on Sept. 2, 2017, that captured 201 wild Mustangs from the area around Cold Creek. A total of 28 of those horses, six stallions, and 22 mares, were later euthanized from out of that herd due to what the BLM termed “poor prognosis for recovery or improvement,” Officials have announced their plans to collect even more animals they say are at risk of starvation.


This is NOT a happy, healthy, well-fed horse.

I know that these horses live in the Cold Creek area, and their condition is completely unacceptable. The very idea that this is going to continue given the facts in play with regards to the future of this herd is equally unacceptable.Karla Norris, who is an assistant manager for the BLM’s Southern Nevada district said that the agency had observed 57 additional horses while conducting an aerial survey of the population which, Norris said: “were in really poor shape.” She explained that the horses they saw from a helicopter were, “so lethargic.” that they didn’t even move when the helicopter flew directly over them.Norris said, “We had no idea we had that many,”She says that the BLM is going to utilize a corral-like trap baited with water and hay rather than revert back to their past method of chasing the herds around with a helicopter and scaring them out of their minds.

The decision to put the first 28 animals down was made by a Veterinarian from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. The Inspector is reported to have examined the wild horses at the BLM-owned, Oliver Ranch which is on Route 159 in Red Rock Canyon.

“We really did try to save them,” Norris said. Now she fears there could be as many as 150 more horses still out on the range “that are just as bad as the ones we gathered.”

Donn Christiansen, manager of the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, says that the wild horse population has increased beyond the area’s limited forage resources. He estimates that there are 200 wild horses in the area immediately surrounding Cold Creek and that the entire ecosystem on the range and the forest lands up in the timberline are at risk due to the size of the herd.

Mr. Christiansen met with about 50 Cold Creek residents who were gathered together in the small community’s volunteer fire station to presumably hear the BLM’s plans for the horses. It appears to have been a town hall meeting of sorts.

But; rather than sitting down together and doing something productive and asking for specific answers to specific issues answers, (BTW, can you say Freedom Of Information Act, kiddies?) to which American’s are entitled by law. brainstorming to find fast and effective solutions to the obvious state of these horses. They chose to have hissy fits?

They had an opportunity to and working hand in hand with the BLM (which taxpayers do happen to own in case you haven’t heard), these hard corps horse advocates had nothing better to offer the horses (which they profess to hold in such high regard) than to throw a temper tantrum and act more like a herd of wild horse’s asses rather than horse advocates.

Way to go, Cold Creek. NOT.

While these horses are facing imminent starvation Y’all were busy hurling emotionally biased and very likely unanswerable questions, threats of legal action. and insults at Christiansen, Forest Service rangeland specialist, Rixey Jenkins and BLM wild horse, and burro specialist, Tabitha Romero.

“We’re concerned about the horses. Very much so. That’s why we’re doing the gather,” Christiansen stated. The issue is the size of the herd and the drought.

It is estimated that there are upwards of 470 wild horses in the area which ranges across the northeastern flanks of Mount Charleston approximately 40 miles northwest of Las Vegas. The BLM reports that this is 400 horses too many for the range to sustain.

I have to agree with this assessment based on my own inspection of the land between Pahrump, and Las Vegas.

Those who are against moving the herd are quite vociferous in their rantings, ravings, and threats to the representatives from the BLM.


This same irresponsible and completely unacceptable attitude might play in some other rodeo arena folks but this is an issue that has absolutely nothing to do with the locals, the BLM nor any other fool who wishes to play a part. Put my name first on that list if you would please.

This is solely about the horses and their welfare. Any/Every/One/Thing else would be a huge help if they’d do a wise thing for a change and kick rocks. These horses will not be sacrificed on an altar of socio-political or any other pseudo-psycho sentimentality so just buck the fack away from the horses slowly, greenhorns.


Case in point.

LAS VEGAS (KSNV)-Greg Clarke says Cold Creek is an area where everybody knows each other and watches out for one another. “It’s peaceful. Its kind of like neighborhoods were 50 years ago,” said Greg Clarke. “I actually came up because of the wild horses.”

You know what? That’s just lovely for you, Greg. It really tugs at the strings of my old heart knowing that your life depends upon seeing wild horses running around town and whatnot. I truly can relate to how you feel. But that’s only to a point and this would be that point.

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Those horses are not there for anyone’s amusement nor do they belong to you or to me or to anyone else for that matter. They belong to everyone, and to no one. They are wild and they are therefore by definition, free.

Perhaps some of the recent events in American politics and in the nation are what’s lead you so far astray and caused you to confuse it with free and wild; which is more akin to a national riot than the adored national treasures which these magnificent creatures represent.


Ask yourself how many of their ancestors died carrying the fight for your nation’s freedom into the teeth of war? How many of them died carrying that freedom west to the Pacific? On the trails of the legendary Pony Express? At Shiloh, at Gettysburg, at Manassas and Bull Run?

They were bringing Americans their mail from far back east and beyond. They died on their feet carrying the news through hostile terrain, weather, Natives, and highwaymen. Through rain, sleet, and snow, through the dark of night. Their bloodlines were a part of who and what this nation has become and their bloodlines are still running through these same horses and they are in danger.


Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid and comfort of an animal so noble and with so much heart, and courage. I think it’s time we repay a debt we cannot possibly repay, for a gift we must have been given because we could never earn it.

Lady Bird and I in Lovell Canyon southeast of Cold Creek.

It seems to me, Greg that if it was in fact important enough for you to move to Cold Creek then it stands to reason that you should have no problem whatsoever moving on and finding another herd somewhere north around Reno. Travel can be enlightening, Greg I highly recommend enlightenment for everyone. It’s an enlightening experience, from all reports.

Cold Creek is indeed a lovely community and the creek is indeed cold. I like the same kind of township to live in as do a lot of folks I know.

But I would never presume to tie 200 wild horses down and sentence them all to die just so my peaceful little neighborhood can stay in Mayberry RFD mode for another Summer. Not even 1 horse. Nary a burro, nor a donkey. But that is what is being advocated by this group who are so obviously well misinformed.

The issue is according to the BLM one of both the size of the mob and of an ongoing lack of rain that has left the horses range-land with barely enough forage on it to sustain a much smaller herd.

To this end, the BLM has hired a private contractor who will begin rounding up all but 50 of the horses Monday, and then they will be transported to California where they will be placed up for adoption. The BLM states that the horses will not be returning to the wild.

Being concerned by the first reports I heard of this situation I jumped at the opportunity to ride up to Cold Creek with my good friend and expert horseman, Jim who owns two beautiful horses of his own. I thought at first he meant that we were going to ride the horses up to scout the region.

But then Jim showed up towing the RZR and we headed for the high country via Basin in Pahrump which reaches high up into the Spring Mountains and connects to numerous trails that are regularly enjoyed by 4×4 quad runner, and dirt bike enthusiasts of all ages.

I was trained as both a land and livestock judge in the Future Farmers of America when I was attending Ola High school in Ola, Arkansas and I continued to compete as a judge when I moved to Red Bluff, California and completed my Junior year.

So it was my purpose to inspect the area where this mob hangs out and see with my own two eyes what the conditions were. Both for the horses in general, and of the available forage. We did just that and toured the area up and back from 11am until 6pm.

The long and short of my findings is that the BLM’s assessment of the range conditions and their reportedly woeful inability to sustain a mob of the size which the BLM counted at around 450 are very sad, but still they are true.

Once the heat of Summer sets in, what little graze the horses are finding now will be unavailable because it will be cooked in the sun. Soon it will blow away with the wind and vanish; leaving 200 hungry horses screwed and dying of starvation outside of Greg’s house.



Winter will be colder than normal, especially in the south, with the coldest periods from late November into early December and in late December, mid-January, and early February. Precipitation will be slightly below normal in the north and above in the south, with above-normal snowfall in both. The snowiest periods will be in early and mid- to late December, mid-January, early and mid-February, and early March. April and May will be warmer and slightly drier than normal. Summer will be drier than normal, with temperatures warmer than normal in the north and cooler in the south. The hottest periods will be in late June, early and late July, and early and late August. September and October will be cooler than normal, with above-normal precipitation.

(Reprinted from The Old Farmers Almanac Founded in 1792)

Shouted threats, epithets, and names such as “Liar!” and “Murderer!” echoed through the valley in Cold Creek Wednesday night during an informational meeting on the roundup.


An anonymous Cold Creek resident and wild horse advocate illustrate’s here the most productive method of accomplishing absolutely nothing whatsoever while also wasting precious time. (the horses’ time) Not to even mention the waste of paper that might have been home to some, now newly orphaned beaver somewhere in the logging forests of Washington state.

The biggest shame of all if not then a crime against man and nature?

The utter disregard with which these “advocates” pissed, moaned, and threatened their way out of any opportunity to help the horses. According to them isn’t all of that what all of this is supposedly all about in the first place?

Nope. Come to think of it; Greg never did say anything of that nature when he had his face time with a television camera and a reporter from a national news media outlet did he?. Am I the only one who noticed that the entire theme running from the mouths of these advocates is all about what they want thinly disguised as a concern for the horses?

From the sound of it, they come off more like scenic enhancements to Greg and the Roundup the BLM T-shirt lady than a real concern.

Whereas Greg could have used the time to give voice in person, to deliver a valid argument for more public access and oversight of the BLM’s wild horse management programs and tactics, Greg said what was the only thing he could think of because the truth tells on itself. All he said basically was blah blah blah, horses, poor poor me, this used to be such a quiet neighborhood, BLM-BS.   #HorseS#it

One woman at the meeting reportedly wore a T-shirt that read, “Save the wild horses, round up the BLM.” Brilliant strategy, Napoleon. And then what? You are going to give 200 horses hay all Summer long until the rains return in October? Do the math, Miss. Moneybags. A bale of hay costs $16 on average for grass and more for alfalfa and other mixes. A healthy, fully grown horse eats an average of 10 pounds of food per day.


I know the horses do that I take care of. Brown mare accuses you, Greg.

Are you going to pay for a ton of hay every day to make sure they are fed, Greg?


Me: Well?

Doc: Are you?


Well, Greg?

>>>The second natural dietary need we should recognize is the amount of feed a horse needs to eat to maintain healthy body weight given the work load (sic) of the horse.

Most nutritional experts agree that a horse should consume at least 1.5 to 2 pounds of quality hay, grass, and grain for every 100 pounds of body weight. Horses with heavy work loads and pregnant and lactating mares need to consume up to 3 pounds of dry matter for every 100 pounds of body weight. (

Do the math.

The crowd demanded to see photographs of the starving horses and some form of written proof of the poor range conditions. They also said that the roundup was cruel and unnecessary and that it would lead to the deaths of pregnant mares and newborn horses. Some residents fear the BLM is exaggerating the problem.

According to the BLM, the 28 horses that were destroyed were in poor to very thin condition, with scores of 1.5 or less on a standardized, 9-point system widely used to determine equine health. They also said that the entire herd was showing signs of starvation.

Most of the horses gathered during that roundup had a body condition score of 2, which is defined as emaciated, with only slight tissue coverage and vertebrae, ribs, shoulder, neck and other bones visible. None of the animals examined were rated higher than 3, which is considered thin. The ideal score for a healthy horse is  4 – 6.

They really have no clue at all they seemingly just fear it and so I suppose they wish for the BLM to mollycoddle them and shush away their fears because they apparently don’t have the time to study up on the subject. Or look at the horses as they really are.

Do you want pictures of starving horses? All of these emaciated horses were wandering around Cold Creek when the TV camera captured them.


And why even bother to know the subject and to make a reasoned, intelligent, and effective speech on the behalf of those who cannot voice their own distress when you can just make senseless allegations, threats of legal actions you cannot even possibly afford to fight much less hope to win, and interject whatever seems like a relevant philosophy to a reporter’s camera before you start shouting it and waving protest signs about.

I call it doing the David Hogg.

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Watch all of the Cold Creek horses as they graze. They’re not eating the greenery you see they’re passing it by and scavenging along the bare ground for tidbits as a hungry horse is want to do.

Several of these lovely human beings brought their own photos of healthy horses that could have been taken at any given time and which prove absolutely nothing, and they recorded the meeting on their cell phones.

How sweet and thoughtful of them all.  Here 50 of them had a chance to present an intelligent defense for these poor horses. Instead, they acted like a bunch of spoiled bratty ass children demanding lollypops from Willy Wonka.

Alright then. Greg, I want you and the T-shirt lady to go out in the fields and meadows around Cold Creek and both of you need to pick 10 pounds of edible plants which a wild horse can eat, Greg. Show us all how simple it is.

200 or more wild horses live around Cold Creek. And Christiansen says that many of them are slowly starving to death because of the drought.

“There’s nothing there for them to eat,” he said. ” They’re eating off of Joshua trees and cactuses, which is not a proper food source for them, It’s why the BLM is going to be using a baiting method to lure the wild animals into pens, starting May 10.”

“Do you see any Joshua trees? Do you see a single Joshua tree? How do the horses above 6,500 feet eat Joshua trees?” he asked. “We’ve got, I know no other way to say it then, BS by the Forest Service and BLM,” noted Clarke.

Take note of this too, Clarke. From

Cold Creek in Clark County in Nevada
The Cold Creek is located in Clark County in the State of Nevada. The Cold Creek is located at the latitude and longitude coordinates of 36.472182 and -115.7552997 at an elevation of 1463 feet. The topological map of Cold Creek is drawn on and part of the United States Geological Service (USGS) area map of Willow Peak.
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Does that say 6,500 feet, Greg? Nope, it doesn’t does it? No, Greg, it says 1,463 feet. You only overblew your numbers by 3,037 feet. Close enough eh, Greg? And I know for a fact there are Joshua trees at 1,463 feet. But then again what’s 3/5ths of a mile in elevation anyway? Right, Greg? The BLM spreads the bulls#it and Greg spreads the horses#it.

According to Christiansen, the horses that are rounded up will be relocated and hopefully, they will all be adopted out to good loving homes where they can live out their lives in peace and contentment.

Christiansen stated, “We have to be concerned about the horses and the health of the forest. The home range the horses are living on,” said Christiansen.

As for wild horse advocate Greg Clarke, he has expressed his hopes that the wild horses can stay on the range, where he says, “they belong.” Horses are not native to North America Greg. The Spaniards brought them here a very long time ago. The horses native to North America were tiny and they became extinct centuries ago.

The horses gathered from the Cold Creek area eventually will be transferred to a BLM facility where they will be offered for adoption or purchase. Ante up or fold up, Greg it’s time to put up or shut up. I saw on the Channel 3 report that you have a horse of your own, Greg.

Three foals deemed too small for transport are being fostered in the Las Vegas area, Norris said. Why don’t you and your friends adopt those 3 foals, Greg? Put your money where your mouth is.


The horses from Cold Creek that do not find homes will spend the rest of their lives in the Midwest in large holding pastures that are now home to tens of thousands of horses who once roamed free.

The government’s actions have also drawn a great deal of harsh criticism from wild horse advocacy groups such as, Protect Mustangs a California-based preservation group is calling for a full investigation by the office of the U.S. Inspector General into the management, roundup, feeding and veterinary care of the 28 horses that were ultimately put down.

“The BLM roundup was supposed to save wild horses not kill them,” said the group’s Executive Director, Anne Novak.


Regarding the BLM’s statement about wild horses in poor body condition due to lack of forage, Arlene Gawne, President of America’s Wild Horse Advocates the Spring Mountain Alliance stated:

“Local wild horse observers agree that some wild horses – perhaps up to 70, but not 200 that the BLM intends to remove, have stopped migrating up to summer range where forage is available higher in the mountains and the mares with foals, particularly the older mares, are either in poor condition or starving. Had the government implemented a birth control program when we proposed it, these horses would likely not be suffering today.” Read the full article.

There will be more than enough time for pointing fingers at everyone else when the horses have been rounded up and are safely ensconced in greener pastures. Until then Y’all get to work and save those horses.


Nuff said.

Images courtesy of, and a heartfelt thank you to Google, Charles Ramos Jr, Henry Brean of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Kelsey Thomas and the Channel 3 News team at KSNV,, and especially Mr. James Belvin whose contributions to this article were indispensable.