BLM Hosts Public Forum to Keep Horses Comfortable


RENO, Nev. -- Extreme heat this summer has horse advocates demanding shade for wild horses in Palomino Valley. After hosting a public our of its adoption center today, the BLM held a workshop for the public to brainstorm ideas on how to keep the wild horses comfortable.

After receiving much criticism from advocates about the safety of the horses and burros, the BLM is opening up the discussion to the public.

"If you own an animal, you give it food, water and shelter whether that shelter is in the winter or in the summer, Terri Farley horse advocate said.

"They need shade they need shelter in every pen accessible for all the horses. every horse needs clean drinking water, Jetara Sehart, another horse advocate said.

"We're not here to fight. We're here to work with them," another advocate said.

Each party wants to create a comfortable environment for the wild horses at the center, focusing mainly on getting them shelters, but finding a solution isn't that simple.

"It's not just a black and white answer, yes or no shelter or shade. It's a matter of does it benefit, and if we do it what else do we need to do to make sure if we put something up it's going to be the right thing to put up," Debbie Collins, national wild horse and burrow specialist said.

Plans like planting more trees or building a weatherproof structure. The interactive forum allows BLM and research specialists from across the country to build trust in the community and to clear up any misconceptions.

'We do care about the animals, we are taking care of the animals. Our vet that is out there does not feel like we have had any life or death issues with our animals," Collins said.

False claims like five horses dying from heat this year.

"We do not have any reported cases that our vet can tie to heat exhaustion," she said.

So far, no solution has been made, but a BLM representative says they should have an answer in two weeks.


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