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Wild horses were back in the news earlier this month when theBureau of Land Management reported the untamed mustang populationswere out of control and they were going to remove 2,000 fromWyoming, plus a few from Utah and Montana.

Nevada wasn’t mentioned in spite of the fact that state has overhalf the estimated 33,00 wild horses freely roaming 10 westernstates. “Activists” were immediately critical.

The entire horse problem is unreal, needless and immeasurablycostly. It will not be solved as long as the practical butrepugnant solution of shooting surplus animals is stopped byemotionally motivated lawsuits.

Look at the problem: (1) The free roamers are using, and in manyareas destroying, grazing range for themselves as well as domesticand native animals. (2) We the taxpayers are footing the bills forroughly 40,000 horses earlier taken from the ranges and placed in”long-term” holding pens. (3) Wild horse herd numbers on averagedouble every four years. (4) Last year’s budget just for BLM’s careof penned horses was $36.9 million. Where does it end? As LarryWilson would say, “What do you think?”

In the fall of 1938, my same-age uncle Stan Harris and I weresitting astride our trusty steeds by a dusty road running betweenthe Bonner ranch and ours at Camas Prairie. Mr. Bonner came bydriving a small herd of horses, including a pinto mare colt. Hestopped to chat a minute and we asked where he was going.

Said he was taking the horses to the State Fish Hatchery atRavalli. We wondered why so he explained, “They buy horse meat tofeed the fish.”

Mr. Bonner obviously saw the emotional impact on two 10-year-oldboys regarding the coming fate of the beautiful little colt. Hepushed his old cowboy hat back on his head and said, “Tell you whatboys. All of us ranching folks are hurting these days, but I canget along without the money for that colt. If you open the gate,I’ll drive her through and you can have her.” There was great joyon that day long ago, and “Dixie” grew up to become one of ourfavorite cattle ponies.

That is just one story to illustrate my long relationship withhorses, and how much they’ve meant to me.

The hatchery at Ravalli was abandoned sometime after World War II,and I believe the state now only has the one on Flathead Lake andanother in Lewistown. All the early hatcheries used horse meat toraise trout, including the one at the inlet of BitterrootLake.

The Creston Hatchery was built by the National Park Service in 1934and used horse meat for a good many years. Now they buy “commercialfish food.” Don’t know if there is horse meat involved, but as aside note, several years back I wrote about a wild horse roundup Iwas on and learned tons of that meat was used each year in pet foodproducts.

Regarding the federal hatchery operation in Creston, it was “sold”(transferred) by the Park Service to the U.S. Fish and WildlifeDepartment in 1939. Years later, President Ronald Reagan tried toclose it down because its original purpose of supplying fingerlingsto Glacier Park no longer existed. Big political battle ended withcontinued operation and fish going to Montana Indian reservationsand the state.

There are six hatchery employees now with a federal “partner” whoworks with private land owners on fisheries-related issues, such asbull trout protection, etc. Four federal ecological servicepersonnel are also employed. The hatchery this year produced743,000 rainbow trout and 213,000 west slope cutthroat, which areusually stocked after reaching 4 to 6 inches.

Wonder how much hatcheries pay out for “commercial fish food”?

G. George Ostrom is a national award-winning Hungry Horse Newscolumnist. He lives in Kalispell.

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Pony Pals | Local 4-H Members Honored

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A number of awards were given out to 4-H members in Devils Lake and the Lake Region.

Honored for their first year of 4-H involvement were: Colton Schneider, Brendan Conner, Gage Olson, Rochelle Jacobson, Keenan Kalhagen, Cordell Walters, Barrett Connor, Ben Heilman and Molly Black.
James Nienhuis, Lawton Learners 4-H Club and Alexus Schemionek, Pony Pals celebrated 10 years of 4-H membership by accepting the first $200 scholarships awarded by the Ramsey County 4-H Council.
Other 2011 4-H award recipients include: Haylee Carlson, Visual Arts, Jr.; Mason Hanson, Photography, Jr. 7 Shooting Sports, Jr.; Leandre Kalhagen, Child Care, Jr. Pet Jr.; Sydney Jacobson, Rabbit, Jr.; Abby Heilman, Dog, Jr.; Craig Peterson, Horse, Jr.; Colton Walters, Horse, Jr.; Tylor Carlson, Visual Arts, Sr.; Joseph Deckert, Gardening Horticulture, Jr.; Cayley Olson, Fashion Revue, Jr.; Forrest Hanson, Food Nutrition, Jr. Outdoor Education, Jr. and Mary Nienhuis, Poultry Jr.; Cole Hanson, Visual Arts, Sr.; Colton McAllister, Public Speaking, Sr.; Candra Kalhagen, Home Environment, Sr.; Morgan Hanson, Forestry, Sr. Shooting Sports Sr.; Mark Nienhuis, Clothing Textiles, Jr.; Callie Lundin, Horse, Sr. Not pictured is Christopher Olson, Demonstration, Sr.

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Horses Facts For Kids | Why Are Horses No Longer Slaughtered In The U.S.?

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isn’t it a waste of natural resources? Canada and Mexico still have slaughter houses, but not the U.S. Aren’t horses awfully large animals to leave dead and uneaten with all the starving people in the world? I’m not kidding about this. Something is wrong with this picture. How are they so different from cattle and sheep? If a person eats beef, how can they be taken seriously when they say they oppose horse meat? Because some people have horses as pets? So what? Horses have been part of humans’ diet for thousands of years. http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/horse_slaughter/facts/facts_horse_auctions.htmlThisIsNotAmerica–no, I haven’t eaten horse meat, but that’s not the point. I’ve eaten quail, dove, buffalo, deer, elk, sheep, goat, cattle, wild turkey, frogs, and all sorts of fish. But my point is, who decides which animal is a pet and which is livestock?

Lmfao but ya if my horse failed me id eat her sorry azz too..

You can have my share.

Dogs need to eat too.

We still do in Florida. That’s how we store up for food in the winter and glue together the kids school clothes for next Spring.

All leftovers we sell to the Vietnamese restaurant in Orlando.

Then go have a huge horse steak if you like it so much. Last I heard, we were making glue out of horses.

I’m with you on this. I have no love lost for horses. They’re large vessles meant for transforming hay into gas.

Like that is really a pressing problem i the US with 10.1% unemployment in September.

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Buying A Horse | Md. Horsemen Again At Odds Over Schedule

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It’s deja vu for Maryland’s thoroughbred racing industry.

Less than three months before the 2012 season, the Maryland Jockey Club and the horsemen are at odds again and have yet to agree on the number of live racing days for next year.

“We’re staring at the barrel of a shotgun again,” Louis Ulman, chairman of the Maryland Racing Commission, said Tuesday.

Ulman had asked the Jockey Club and horse owners and breeders to provide an update at Tuesday’s meeting about next year’s racing schedule at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore to avoid a similar situation to last year’s, with the future of the sport and the storied Preakness Stakes in doubt.

In an 11th-hour deal brokered by Gov. Martin O’Malley , the Jockey Club agreed last year to maintain 146 days of live racing. The O’Malley administration also pushed through legislation that would redirect millions of dollars in slots revenue to help the financially struggling tracks for the next two years, a move that racing boosters assumed would provide some stability. In exchange, the Jockey Club would maintain a 146-day schedule in 2012 and 2013.

But the Stronach Group, parent company of the Jockey Club, has proposed running only 40 live racing days next year at Pimlico, home of the Preakness Stakes, while leasing Laurel Park and Bowie Training Center to the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association – a plan that would turn the nonprofit group into a track operator.

Richard Hoffberger, the association’s president, rejected the leasing idea as legally and financially unfeasible.

“It’s such a bad deal,” Hoffberger told the commission. “It’s like buying a horse with three legs. It’s not going to work.”

Hoffberger said the group was willing to consider other options to help alleviate the tracks’ millions of dollars in losses.

The Jockey Club’s president, Tom Chuckas, characterized the proposal as a starting point for talks, but said the parties are “far apart.”

In an interview, Chuckas said Stronach Chairman Frank Stronach, a horse owner and breeder, is willing to negotiate lease terms in good faith.

“From Frank’s perspective, he wants to give the horsemen control of their own destiny,” Chuckas said.

Despite Stronach’s previous commitment to work out industry problems with horse owners, his representatives approached the horsemen’s group with the most recent proposal only in late September, said Alan Foreman, an attorney for the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association.

“At the end of the year, everyone has a gun to their heads,” Foreman said. “That was not supposed to happen.”

The fight last year renewed friction between owners and breeders and the Jockey Club’s then-corporate parents, particularly Penn National Gaming . Frank Stronach gained full control of the two tracks in June after acquiring Penn National’s minority stake.

“It’s fair to say that no one involved in this situation wants World War III,” Chuckas said. “It’s incumbent on the parties involved in the negotiations to structure a deal that prevents a disaster and to come up with a resolution, both short term and long term.”

Still, there was disagreement about whether the Jockey Club essentially agreed to maintain a year-round racing schedule for the next two years by supporting the legislation diverting up to $6 million a year in slots revenue – money originally allocated for racetrack improvements – to help day-to-day operation of the tracks.

“I think all of us on the [racing] commission felt that way – that we had a reprieve for a three-year period,” member David Hayden said. “Obviously, that’s not the case.”

Asked why some would make such an assumption, Chuckas said: “For 2011, we fully supported the governor’s efforts to keep racing at 146 days. Frank’s a firm believer that he doesn’t want any capital or money from the state for operations, and he wants to create his own business model and be sufficient.”

Chuckas noted that the Jockey Club had not asked for the slots subsidies for 2012 and 2013.

“If you take the $6 million, then you have to race 146 days. From our perspective, we like to be financially viable. That’s not doable with 146 days,” he said.

The law also required the formation of a Thoroughbred Racing Sustainability Task Force, whose mission is to submit by Dec. 1 a business plan that would maintain year-round racing and sustain the sport without slots at a racetrack. The governor has not yet appointed its members.

The Maryland Racing Commission must approve the Jockey Club’s racing schedule by the end of the year.

O’Malley spokeswoman Raquel Guillory said in an email that the governor’s office is “very familiar with the status of discussions between the industry representatives.”

“The General Assembly’s intent was to have the industry come together to develop a plan for the future of the industry, with facilitation from the Governor’s Office,” she said. “That is exactly what is happening.”


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Quarter Horse | Horse Fever’s Quarter Horse Damaged

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Easily more than half of its approximately 1,200 actual U.S. quarters have been pried off the Horse Fever II artwork on Ocala’s downtown square right across the street from the Sushi Bistro.

And Horse Fever officials with the Marion Cultural Alliance want whoever’s picking on the poor pony to just stop it.

“We’ve been told that if the value (of the artwork) is more than $3,000, it’s a felony to deface that item,” Horse Fever co-chairman Laurie Zink said Wednesday. “And I want people to know that if any of the horses are defaced intentionally there will be repercussions. We’re not in the business of wanting to slap felony charges against people, but … “

The sponsorship fee for each horse was in excess of $5,000, essentially putting their value above the $3,000 mark.

“We’ve given the community these horses,” she said. “They need to be respected.”

Within days, she said, the horse will be removed from the square for repairs. After its paint is retouched, Zink added, the real quarters will be replaced “with those plastic quarters we used to play with.”

The horse, which Zink has nicknamed “Pocket Change,” will then be returned to the square for the remainder of the Horse Fever exhibition – despite suggestions that it be put on display indoors somewhere, much like Celebration and Jazz at the MCA’s headquarters in the Brick City Center for the Arts a block away on Broadway Street.

“We want the public to have access 24 hours a day,” Zink said. “Our goal is not to lock them up somewhere.”

Quarter Horse, created by West Port High School fine arts instructor Gene Hotaling, features quarter images of varying sizes. When unveiled two weeks ago on the downtown square, it also sported about $300 worth of quarters, including one from each of the 50 states.

Hotaling’s pony is one of 27 Horse Fever II horses on display around Marion County until March in a rerun of the successful public art project 10 years ago. Most of the horses are painted, although two are covered with photographs.

Today, only pale blotches remain where quarters were, like some kind of spotted skin condition. Quarters are missing from a bridle made of the coins, and also from the horse’s mane and legs. A screwdriver or knife used to pry off coins mark the proud horse’s chest.

Someone even gouged coins from the stallion’s, ahem, private collection.

A small plaque on the horse’s stand urges: “Help this last a lifetime. Do not sit, lean, ride or climb.” It doesn’t say anything about leaving the quarters alone.

“It is disappointing, but I’m going to repair it,” Hotaling said. “It’ll be as good as new. Artistically speaking, once you make something, you as the artist lose control of it. It’s just too bad this has happened.”

He said he affixed the quarters using an industrial-strength epoxy adhesive. Hotaling also noted it’s the paint that’s coming away from the surface of the horse; the adhesive is likely still on the purloined quarters.

“Look’s like it’s about picked clean,” quipped Century Link repairman Dale Nichols as he walked past the horse Wednesday. “It was probably done in the wee hours of the night. It kind of makes you wonder what goes on out here then.”

Quarter Horse is not the first MCA horse that’s been damaged, said Terry Miller, the alliance’s administrative assistant. Jazz, a part of an intermediary project called Horse Fever – in Motion, had one ear ripped off, Miller said, and its rear was damaged.

Also in the past, there was a problem with people getting onto the original Horse Fever horses on display in the square, mainly for pictures. Those five now stand in protective fenced enclosures.

“It’s a shame people don’t look at these statues as a work of art,” Miller said. “Michaelangelo maybe, but modern artists they don’t.”

Ardie Heape discovered that the horse was defaced last week after lunch at Harry’s Seafood Bar and Grill, and wrote a letter to the Star-Banner editor that was published Wednesday.

“It just broke my heart,” she said Wednesday. “I’m afraid it’s too late for that poor horse.”

“It’s disgusting,” another woman was overheard saying as she walked past Quarter Horse Wednesday afternoon. “Why would anybody do that?”

It’s a good question; U.S. coinage out in the open, mostly unprotected. All it takes is a willingness to pry off what you need – or can.

“We had a feeling this might happen,” Zink said. But the horse’s sponsor, the Live Oak Foundation, really wanted Quarter Horse to spend its time on the square, she added, despite concerns that current economic conditions might result in damage to the horse.

It is disappointing, said Lori Doperalski, the liaison between the Live Oak Foundation and Horse Fever. “We wanted to do this for the community, but you take a chance. Fortunately, there’s a solution; we’re happy about that.”

Contact Rick Allen at rick.allen@starbanner.com.

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History Of Horses | Wild Spanish Horses In Florida, Paines Prarie, Movie.wmv

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Horse Facts | Horse Facts Part Two

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Fun Horse Facts For Kids | Fun Facts About Horses (Spoken)

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  • Title: Fun Facts About Horses (Spoken)
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Horse For Sale | A Pictorial History Of Performing Horses

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Down through the ages come the thundering hooves of horses as they performed for mankind.

  • Title: A Pictorial History of Performing Horses
  • Author: Charles Philip Fox
  • ISBN: 0517033682
  • Publisher: Random House Value Publishing
  • Pub Date: 1988-12-12
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