Three weeks ago I was asked by the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign to lead a BBC News Crew out to see wild horses near Rock Springs. Since the closest herd to Rock Springs, living in the White Mountain Herd Area had recently been rounded up and its numbers decimated, the best choice was the Great Divide Basin Herd, which was scheduled to be rounded up at the end of the month.
Here is the video that they took on our day on the horse range:
I headed up the day before to scout the area to see the best place to find horses, and saw several bands with horses curious enough to approach me.
The nest morning we headed out to the horse range early in the morning with the
news crew and Jonathan Ratner, Director of Western Watersheds.
We spent about 5 hours driving around the area and saw over a hundred horses. One of my favorites was a mare with dreadlocks, and another huge band was far off on the horizon, but did not allow us to get closer.
The wind began to get stronger and stronger, typical of Wyoming, as we drove, and yet we continued, with the crew interviewing both Jonathan and I.
They told me that they had an interview in Rock Springs scheduled with Lance Porter of the BLM but were unable to find any Rock Springs Grazing Association members willing to comment on camera in their part in the lawsuit against the BLM that seeks to remove all wild horses from over 2 million acres of private and public lands in Wyoming.
We had a wonderful day and saw many bands of horses, proud and wild and free as they should be.
It was sad leaving the area, knowing that the next time I would see these horses would be as they were being rounded up and most of them removed, soon to lose their freedom forever. The roundup of the Great Divide Basin horses is taking place right now. Over 1100 horses have been rounded up, and only a fraction of them will be released.