ISPMB Moves Forward With Its Behavioral Studies  

With only half the number of wild horses/burros left on public lands since 1971 when ISPMB and our beloved first president, Wild Horse Annie, were successful in getting the landmark legislation passed protecting wild horses and burros on public lands, it will be again up to ISPMB to stop the massive removals of America’s wild horses.  This year will complete 15 years of studies which will provide enough evidence to show that BLM’s management is the cause of increase in horse numbers as Secretary Jewell reiterated in a recent speech – a 20% fertility rate.  Helicopter roundups must end.

We need your help as we move forward.

Read 13th year article article HERE.

Cattlemen’s Fund to Aid SD Ranchers Crests $5 Million

Deadline for applications for assistance for funding from South Dakota’s “storm of the century,” Atlas, was the last day of December.  While ISPMB does not qualify for funding, area ranchers will be bailed out by concerned citizens through the Rancher’s Relief Fund.  If the Agricultural bill passes, there will also be a provision to assist SD cattlemen for their losses.

ISPMB is so grateful to our many members who have helped us.  We appreciate Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary who so graciously solicited their members to assist us.  Sadly, no other humane group has stepped forth to help by asking their members to contribute. 

The week before the storm raged, temperatures in western SD hit all time highs – 86 degrees.  In previous Octobers, normally we would have colored leaves falling from the trees, frosts, yellow grass becoming dormant before winter, and most of all hair coats on horses preparing them for the first snow.  We can tell by the hair coats just what kind of winter we are going to have! Or at least, we used to be able to predict winters. READ MORE ABOUT THE STORM HERE

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American Horses Win – 2014 Hailed A Great Year

On Friday, January 17th, President Obama signed the omnibus spending bill which contains a provision which prevents USDA from spending any money to inspect horse-slaughter plants ending horse slaughter in the United States until September   If the budget is not passed at the end of this year, a continuing resolution will take place keeping defunding of inspectors intact.

Slaughter plants in the U.S. have been closed since 2007.  In 2011, language for defunding inspectors was pulled paving the way for the opening of horse slaughter plants.   Valley Meat in Roswell, NM was scheduled to have a hearing on the opening of their plant on Friday.  Now any law suit by slaughter advocates is moot with the federal defunding of USDA inspectors.

The bipartisan agreement cleared the Senate on a 72-26 vote Thursday while the House voted 359-67 a day earlier.

Horse slaughter proponents, Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Representative Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) plan to introduce separate legislation that would lift the ban on funding for horse slaughterhouse inspections.

To end slaughter completely, the SAFE ACT must be passed in Congress.  Our update since our newsletter adds four more Representatives to the list of co-sponsors totaling 163 and 27 Senators.  We still have a long way to go.  We encourage you to write your Congress people to make sure that they support the Safeguard American Foods Export Act.

It is still very important to write a letter to your Congress people in support of this legislation and thank them if they have already signed onto the bill, you can call our office (605-964-6866) or go to the Library of Congress. This site will list all those who are supporting this bill. The numbers to check to see if your representative or senator signed on to the SAFE Act. S-541 HR 1094

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Lantry, SD 57636-0055
Phone: 605-964-6866
Mobile: 605-430-2088

For years the BLM has been rounding up herds using helicopters and an irresponsible method of gathering the herd which disrupts herd structures.

ISPMB has 12 years of study on herd structures which ultimately could help the BLM make better decisions as to how roundups should occur.

We need to keep the herds together for further study.

52,000 Wild Horses Threatened by latest action of Congress

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Order Wild Horse Annie and the Last of the Mustangs today!

All proceeds benefit ISPMB, Velma's original organization!.

“This important addition to the history of mustangs and animal protection laws is highly recommended for animal lovers and Western history buffs.” - Library Journal, starred review


In 1950, Velma Johnston was a thirty-eight-year-old secretary enroute to work near Reno, Nevada, when she came upon a truck of battered wild horses that had been rounded up and were to be slaughtered for pet food. Shocked and angered by this gruesome discovery, she vowed to find a way to stop the cruel round-ups, a resolution that led to a life-long battle that would pit her against ranchers and powerful politicians—but eventually win her support and admiration around the world. This is the first biography to tell her courageous true story..

Wild horses and burros would not exist in our country today if it were not for the efforts of ISPMB and our first president, Wild Horse Annie, who were instrumental in getting Congress to pass federal legislation in 1971 that gave protection from death and harassment of wild horses and burros on public land. (PL 92-195) Read more about Annie here

Our goal at ISPMB is to prevent the elimination of unique herds and to find a solution that would help to raise the public’s awareness of the need to protect wild horses and burros on public lands. At present, ISPMB is creating a model management program for wild horses in our country and currently manages three unique wild horse herds – the White Sands herd, the Gila herd, and the Catnip herd.

Currently, ISPMB is continuing its observation and study of the herds so that a model management program can be derived. Fertility and recruitment rates are observed along with behaviors of bands and their interaction with each other. Each herd is blood typed and DNA tested. Wild horse herds are far more genetically diverse compared to any breed of domestic horse in our country. (Dr. Gus Cothran-Equine Geneticist)

ISPMB would like to share with you the extraordinary behaviors we observe in our wild horse herds.  This information is intended to show the true spirit and magnificence of these wild animals which are fast disappearing from our American landscapes.  Your donations will help our work.


A Heart Warming Story to Raise Your Spirits

Santiago returns to his herd

By Karen Sussman

The “will to live” of a wild horse is one of the most extraordinary qualities of the “wild.”  We don’t always see this trait in domestic horses but it is in nearly every wild horse I have ever met.  At all costs, wild horses will survive.
Read more and see pictures HERE...

National Academy of Science Report Finalized for BLM

A 451 page report was issued by the National Research Council for the National Academy of Science by a committee of experts that addressed specific tasks requested by the Bureau of Land Management.  This report was peer-reviewed and signed off by the Committee members and the National Academies. 

The following findings of the report, we believe, will benefit the management of wild horses and burros. Read more and access the reports HERE.

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Lantry, SD- Inflated hay prices have created an urgent need to downsize wild horse herds at the International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros (ISPMB) Conservation Center, according to ISPMB president Karen Sussman.

“This first time adoption opportunity comes on the heels of a severe drought in South Dakota,” Sussman said. “Not only are hay prices extraordinarily high, it is difficult to find hay unless trucked in from hundreds of miles.”

Given that reality, Sussman said the ISPMB must reduce its four wild horse herds to sustainable levels. “Adoptions of our finest horses to qualified homes will begin at our ranch in Lantry starting August 19th,” she said.

Find out more information, print a flier, download an application, and see photos on our adoption page.

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From the camera of the famous wildlife photographer - Weldon Lee.

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