The Fight Isn’t Over! Only 500 out of 1,800 wild horses and burros will get shade

THE FIGHT ISN’T OVER! Only 500 out of 1,800 wild horses will receive shade and wind breaks after 3 years of campaigning and public outrage demanding shade and shelter at Palomino Valley Center. Keep the pressure on!

Dead Shadow © Jim Hart Protect Mustangs

RIP Shadow


Protect Mustangs’ investigation found wild horses were dying in the heat wave


Protect Mustangs’ campaign continues to stop captive wild horses from dying in the heat wave with no shade


Our Petition for Shade and Shelter continues to grow. As of today there are 42,301 supporters: Please continue to share this petition. It is delivered to elected officials and has been used in many important meetings with BLM and elected officials. Until shade and shelter is made available to all the wild horses (1,800) at Palomino Valley we will press forward! Your signatures count and have made this happen. Thank you!

PM PVC Shade Shelter Update Jason Lutterman

UPDATE JULY 7, 2016 

Hi Anne,

PVC is working  toward purchasing and constructing windbreaks with roofs in 4 perimeter pens that would serve approx. 500 animals.  The specifications for the wind breaks will be similar to the windbreaks found on this page: BLM will modify the windbreaks to include roofs for shade. However, BLM cannot directly purchase from plusone without issuing a solicitation open to the public for a 30 day time period. (plusone will be notified that BLM is soliciting for proposals), so I cannot tell you for certainty that those are the exact panels we would purchase.

After the 30 day open solicitation, the bids are reviewed by BLM procurement officers and an award is made to the vendors that can meet spec’s and lowest price. The successful vendor is then given a performance period in order to manufacture and deliver the supplies to BLM (approx. 60-90 days).  It is anticipated that by fall PVC would have the materials on site and construction would begin.

The structures will be permanent in the four pens, but BLM will be assessing their effectiveness to determine if more such panels would be purchased for additional pens through an agreement with a partner.



Jason Lutterman
Public Affairs Specialist (On Range)
National Wild Horse and Burro Program
Bureau of Land Management
Office: (775) 861-6614
Mobile: (202) 304-0967

On Tue, Jul 5, 2016 at 1:37 AM, <> wrote:

Dear Jason,
What sort of shade and/or shelter is BLM providing at Palomino Valley Center? Is this a trial or a permanent structure? What does it look like? How many will be used at PVC? When will it be installed? What about the windbreaks?
Best wishes,
Anne Novak
Executive Director
Tel./Text: 415.531.8454
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In memory of Shadow, RIP, and all the captive wild horses who have suffered or died with no shade or shelter.

Dead Shadow © Jim Hart Protect Mustangs


PVC Heat Wave BLM Foal July 1 2013


PVC 5:30 p.m. Car Therm June 28 2013 Heat Wave with No Shade


Protect Mustangs is an organization who protects and preserves native and wild horses.

BLM lacks transparency, shouts FOIA and thwarts citizen placement of 3-Strike wild horses

What is BLM hiding?

The Alliance for Wild Horses and Burros, made up of dedicated wild horse advocates and organizations, is working to place BLM’s 3-Strike wild horses in private care to end the drain on the budget.

When Anne Novak from Protect Mustangs, asked which wild horses and burros were 3-strikers at Palomino Valley Center, BLM staff tells her to file a FOIA to get the basic information that should be made readily available to the public. After all there are only 260 wild equids left at the facility.

Has the BLM made a special multi-million dollar deal with the Mustang Heritage Foundation (MHF) paying them to take the 3-Strikers and if so why are they hiding it?

Just for a point of reference, keep these figures in mind: 2000 wild horses x $2000 each if paid to the Mustang Heritage Foundation to take them = $4 million

PM PVC Questions FOIA 3-Strikers FB

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PM Question How Many 3-strikers at PVC July 2 2016

Protect Mustangs is an organization who protects and preserves native and wild horses.

Keep the pressure on!


Update on our petition for shade and shelter for captive wild horses and burros

Last year I had several meetings with BLM staff to bring shade to the captives at Palomino Valley Center (PVC). I hoped it would set an example for other facilities without shade as well.

BLM staff wanted to try a specific shade structure to ensure it would work for the facility. They told me there was no money in their budget to buy it. I offered to quickly raise the money for the trial shade structure to fast-track the process.

Sadly the BLM’s Washington office created a lot of red tape and delays. The window for the 2015 hot weather trial period ended.

My hopes were to have the PVC shade trial completed in 2015 so by the summer of 2016 the pens would be filled with shade structures providing relief from the hot weather and triple digit heat-waves.

In the wild, equids can move to cooler zones. In the BLM pens they are trapped.

Now it’s 2016 and summer temperatures are starting to climb. . . I hope there won’t be anymore dead wild horses in the pens this summer. Previous heat-waves have been tragic.

Please email this petition to everyone you know and ask them to sign and share it. Let’s keep the pressure on BLM to do the right thing.

After all, BLM made more than $4 billion in profit last year. Funds should be made available for BLM to purchase trial shade structures themselves right now! The least BLM could do is to provide shade to the iconic captives struggling under the pounding sun.

Together we can turn this around!

With dedication,

Anne Novak
Executive Director

Mission: To protect and preserve native and wild horses.

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Protect Mustangs is an organization who protects and preserves native and wild horses.