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Tell the Real Wild Horse Story

An open to Alex Dawson of Fish Creek Films.


Open letter to Alex Dawson, Fish Creek Films:

Dear Alex,

It is with great sadness that I viewed the trailer for your movie, Wild Horse, Wild Ride, which is set to play at our local theatre November 17. While it looks like a lovely film, there is a side of the BLM roundups that is dangerous, ugly and very sad for the horses that are in holding pens for years and are never adopted. The romancing of the mustang adoptions only lends credence to the brutal tactics of the BLM roundups and therefore misleads the moviegoers as to the negative fallout of this practice.

Would you be willing to do a film that documents the death, injury and incarceration of tens of thousands of formerly wild horses that were helicopter stampeded into submission? Foals and pregnant mares are part of these stampedes and their deaths and injuries are the result. Proud stallions, leaders of their family group, are gelded and removed from the group.

There are now more horses in government holding facilities than wild horses left free on the range. The BLM is interfering with natural horse families and reproduction and reducing the size of herds unnaturally, upsetting the eco balance of the herds.

The cost of this BLM program is an outrageous use of taxpayer dollars. The cost of feeding and vet care once they are rounded up is not something we should be paying taxes for, especially in this economic downturn. Then add the brutality of what it does to the animals and you have an animal abuse nightmare. In Eastern Oregon last spring, a four-month-old foal was killed in the roundup. Is this to be supported?

I am willing to bet that the BLM wouldn't even let you near the roundups to see what really goes on. They would only allow you the access they want, not full access, if they knew what you were after. Please go to the following website ( and get more facts and see videos of the dangerous and brutal roundups that have already been captured on film by American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign.

At our local horse rescue sanctuary there are horses saved from the Warm Springs Reservation roundup that were on their way to slaughter. Believe me; all horses do not go to adoption. So, please, a film on the real wild horse situation would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your consideration of my request.

- Nancy Engebretson

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