The Outside Circle: Stolen horses, wild horses & big bad wolf update |

The Outside Circle: Stolen horses, wild horses & big bad wolf update

Boy the summer has gone by fast. School is starting soon and college kids are about to head back. Does time seem to fly by faster every year? My summer “to do” list hasn’t gotten noticeably shorter, so maybe it’s actually a fall “to do” list.

The Dreamin of Summer Barrel Series starts off on Friday, Sept. 9 at the All Seasons Indoor Arena, Bowman, ND. Exhibitions start at 4:30 p.m. and the PeeWee barrels at 6:30, Youth and Open 4D to follow. This will be the only run of the series that will be on Friday evening. The others will be on Sundays. The series has great year-end prizes for the Open with leather jackets for all the D’s. Call Bailee Murnion at 605-381-0390 or Barb Williams at 605-210-0379 for more information.

The Belle Jackpot continues on Aug. 17. We have so much fun over there I can’t imagine why everyone doesn’t come to watch or participate!

I got word that four horses have apparently been stolen from their pasture south of Kimball, NE. There’s a brown three-year-old gelding and a 20-year-old dun that belongs to one family, and a sorrel and white paint gelding and dark brown gelding that belongs to another. The old dun horse is a beloved member of that family and is super broke, which makes one think that someone knew him and knew what they were getting. The dun gelding has three white stockings and a bald face. If you have any info, call Lori Widener at 308-230-0751.

I can’t imagine why anyone would steal horses if they didn’t know something about them. It’s just odd that they took the others. I don’t want to hurt the owners’ feelings, but one can go buy a three-year-old gelding for about nothing at a sale barn and have the paper work to make it legal. Why would someone steal him? Anyway, keep your eyes open. Nothing was said about brands or anything.

The AQHA has extended their offer to register horses 36-months of age or older, through Dec. 31, 2012. You can spend a mere $300 to have those papers in hand, which sure makes a horse more saleable. They are even willing to help you track down the necessary paperwork and suchlike. Horses over 48-months of age require parentage verification, but the AQHA will help you with that too. Registration applications can be downloaded at or call the AQHA at 806-376-4811.

The BLM wants the public’s input on whether they should gather the Pryor Mountain wild horse herd in 2012 and which method to use. Input is needed before Aug. 31. The Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Management area is along the Montana/Wyoming border. Methods of gather include bait trapping, water trapping, herding or a combination. There are approximately 150 horses with 17 2011-born foals, which exceeds the established number of 90-120 horses, excluding foals.

Input can be sent to: Jim Sparks, Field Manager, BLM Billings Field Office, 5001 Southgate Dr., Billings, MT 59101 or fax comments to 406-896-5281. Keep in mind, though, that all the personal information (phone number, address, e-mail, etc…) that you share becomes public record and anyone can view those comments. That shouldn’t keep you from commenting, just bear that in mind when doing so. You may have the anti’s in your hair if you give them the opportunity.

That group of horses are often referred to as mustangs but are, in reality, leftovers from the big horse herd days of Montana and the homesteaders. During the Dirty Thirties, many homesteaders just picked up and left the country and turned the horses loose. That is the case with the majority of the wild horses in the west, few being actual descendents of the Spanish Barb. The big heads and feather legs on most of the wild horses I’ve seen would suggest a dash of draft horse somewhere in their bloodlines, not to mention a fair amount of “marryin’ amongst cousins.”

I’ve always admired the management practices used at Theodore Roosevelt National Park at Medora, ND. Those horses are kept at stable numbers with new blood added to keep them from inbreeding. The blood of Quarter horse, Arabian and Morgan stallions, to name a few, has been used to keep the quality high. Too bad the BLM can’t do the same thing. You know the saying though, “If wishes was hosses, then beggars would ride.”

Wyoming ranchers and hunters finally have hope that the state will soon be able to actually manage the wolves there. Also, a Montana judge upheld the law passed by Congress that leaves the wolf off the endangered species list.

Governor Mead of Wyoming has pushed for this and worked closely with Ken Salazar, Secretary of Interior, to achieve the agreement. It would allow 10 breeding pairs and 100 wolves to reside outside of Yellowstone. (There are currently over 230 outside the park.) Regulated wolf hunts would be allowed in a specific zone around Yellowstone and Jackson Hole, but elsewhere they would be classified as a predator, same as coyotes, and could be shot on sight.

Naturally, the lovers of all things wolf, who live far from Wyoming, are throwing a howling hissy fit over this ruling. I’m sure that those ranchers who have lost livestock and outfitters who have been run out of business due to lack of game are rejoicing. Not to mention the elk, moose, and other critters that the wolves like to snack on will perhaps rebound in numbers and start resting easier as well.

Reliable sources in eastern Wyoming and western South Dakota have told me recently of wolf sightings and hearing wolves howling in the Black Hills. Perhaps this will slow the spread of the wolf a bit. If nothing else, it will make the big boogers more leery of people and populated areas.

Congrats to Jesse Bail, Camp Crook, SD, for winning the saddle bronc average at Cheyenne. Chad Ferley, Oelrichs, SD, was third. In the bull riding, second in the average was Tater Hins, Huron, SD, and third was Bobby Welsh, Gillette, WY.

Well, that’s our circle for this week. Send me your events and items of interest.

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