Reader View: Placitas, you are being robbed

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Posted: Saturday, May 3, 2014 7:00 pm

In 1999, my wife and I moved to New Mexico from New Hampshire.

It was Placitas that called our names. Everything about Placitas was perfect in our eyes, especially the rural nature of the area: developments on acre-plus lots, open landscapes, beautiful views and horse property for our horses from New Hampshire. We knew nothing about the wild horses of Placitas, which existed even back then.

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  • Wilda Portner posted at 9:12 am on Tue, May 27, 2014.

    wportner Posts: 2

    Thank you Sandra Johnson for exposing these political grounds for removing the Placitas horses.

    The anti-horse crowd claims that the horses are destroying the soil and ruining natural species' habitat. Funny, all around the junipers where the wild ones feed, there are kangaroo rat dens and the bull and rattlesnakes that feed upon them. Placitas had a bumper crop of wild flowers this year.

  • Sandra Johnson posted at 9:06 pm on Fri, May 16, 2014.

    S Johnson Posts: 1

    Lynn Montgomery does not want you to know that while he is adamant that the Placitas Wild Horses are stomping the fragile desert soil and polluting the waters beyond repair as he reports. He as President of our Coronado Soil and Water District has appointed the owner of the largest gravel mine in the Placitas area to join the Soil and Water District as a supervisor.

    In Mr. Montgomery's opinion laying waste to over 1,000 acres of land by removing 30 to 40 feet of top soil, all seeds, and all vegetation is a more desirable use of the land than horses grazing. Using more than 50 acre feet of water per year to wash gravel is a better use of the land and our water than allowing horses to roam the hill sides.

    He has publically stated he doesn't know and is not responsible for what becomes of the horses once they are removed. He is responsible for what happens to them; he helps round them up. If Placitans didn't buy them back they would go to slaughter.

    Is it any wonder the community who recently worked on a county sponsored task force that found the majority of Placitans want the horses to remain find his actions abhorrent? Really gravel mining preferred over wild life in our midst? I don't know about the "rest of the universe" but this community has weighed in; they prefer wild horses over gravel mining operations.

  • Wilda Portner posted at 2:31 pm on Wed, May 14, 2014.

    wportner Posts: 2

    These horses have been "transferred" to Placitas Animal Rescue ONLY AFTER they were BOUGHT BACK in a bid. Two of the last 3 bands of horses "purchased" by Placitas Animal Rescue cost about $1000 each. If PAR does not buy them back, they WILL go to SLAUGHTER, because the killers will buy them.

    Mr. Neas and his friends (Ms. Blumenthal and Mr. Montgomery) are employing their usual intimidation measures to blast Mr. Landers and others who would like these animals to continue to roam the hills. Intimidation is the "vigilantes" key weapon in taking on the "old folks" as they refer to us who support the horses. I am 62, and I believe Cosmos Dohner is older than myself and that M. Neas is rapidly closing in on my ancient status. The main reason older residents protest the roundups in person is that the roundups happen while the younger supporters are working.

    As for polluting Placitas waters, the illegal dumping in our hills and the local mining entities do far more damage than the horses.

    The horses have never placed threatening "legal-based" documents under a rock at the end of my driveway or reported my address and those of others Nazi style to others because they feared we were offering hay and water to the horses during the drought. Cowardice is a terrible thing. Thank you Mr. Landers.

  • ANgie Friehauf posted at 8:53 am on Tue, May 6, 2014.

    cricketgurl Posts: 1

    These horses are healthy and surviving just fine on their own....of course they'll take advantage of someone putting out hay. Just because they do doesn't mean they cannot survive. And you are sadly misled if you think these wild horses are not going to slaughter and were transferred to some animal rescue. These horses went to slaughter, plain and simple. If you don't believe or Miss Montgomery below should try contacting this rescue and see for yourself. No animal rescue is going to take on these wild horses....they go straight to the highest bidders at these auctions, which are kill buyers, for low dollar, and are then subjected to a horrifying end which no wild animal deserves. There has to be a better solution to this than luring these horses in to their deaths.

  • Susan Blumenthal posted at 7:46 pm on Mon, May 5, 2014.

    Susan Blumenthal Posts: 2

    The "baited" horses, because they cannot survive without supplemental feeding in this devastated desert that cannot support them, wiling walk into corrals. They are treated humanely. They do NOT go to slaughter. That is a myth perpetuated to sensationalize the situation. All "baited" horses were transferred by the New Mexico Livestock Board to Placitas Animal Rescue.

  • Claudia Daigle posted at 6:32 am on Mon, May 5, 2014.

    Claudiaa Posts: 7

    Who are these people who are baiting the horses? Take pictures of them and their truck, everything, and expose them. Anyone who baits horses to send them to horrific slaughter is lower than low in my book. They are no different than the special interest ranchers on the BLM who have rounded up our wild horses for NOTHING so their cattle/fracking/oil/mining special interests can have our wild horses legally designated land. The Livestock Board in NM should know better too. They know what is happening. It is a sad and tragic situation that a few have exacerbated. How do they sleep...

  • Susan Blumenthal posted at 1:22 pm on Sun, May 4, 2014.

    Susan Blumenthal Posts: 2

    Any animal that cannot exist without the support of human intervention is by definition not wild. The horses in Placitas would not exist were it not for those who provide them with food and water, regarding them as their personal landscape decorations evoking an invented mythology of the “old west”.

    Horse supporters may believe that horses somehow levitate from place to place, their hooves never touching the fragile desert as they nibble only the tiniest tips of grasses. Unfortunately, feral horses are destroying the fragile desert around Placitas, causing erosion trails, chewing grass to the ground and spreading weed seeds. Grass consumed by horses starves up the food chain because smaller animals can’t compete.

    Contrary to being a “vigilante” “stealing” horses I am protecting the land that has been in my family since the 1950s. Landers misinforms that such captures are illegal. Indeed, were it not for the prodigious feeding by humans the hay “weapon” would have no appeal to the horses. Mr. Landers should be grateful to the New Mexico Livestock statute that involves the New Mexico Livestock Board, otherwise so-called “kill-buyers” could simply hire cowboys to round up the horses and cart them off to Mexico.

    Just as pet hoarders do not see the damage and un-sustainability their “love” causes when they try to “save” more and more animals, neither do those who claim to “love” Placitas horses see the damage these beautiful noble animals are wreaking and the danger they pose on our roads.

  • Mike Neas posted at 11:05 am on Sun, May 4, 2014.

    Mike Njeas Posts: 1

    Mr. Slanders is badly misinformed. He is the product of a propaganda campaign that he hopes to perpetuate. These are not wild horses by any definition, other than his own. Does he really think that he could stand within yards of a wild horse. These horses lost any hope of being wild because Mr. Landers and many others like him feed them and water them in and near residential areas with total lack of concern for the opinions and properties of his neighbors. These horses are a product of Mr. Landers own actions. He would have these horses destroy the entire watershed of the Placitas area as well as the natural beauties of the area that brought him here. These include all of the lessor habitats and the natural vegetation. A single species habitat could not be what Mr. Landers really wants
    Mr. Landers regurgitates “fence out State” as so many do. The fencing statute is included in the “Livestock Code” and applies to livestock. Mr. Landers also argues that these horses are not livestock and are not subject to the estray process also included in the “Livestock Code” and enforced by the NMLB. You cannot argue both ways Mr. Landers. I suggest that you become better informed before you choose to publicly express yourself.
    Mr. Landers speaks from the heart, but with little forethought or foresight. Placitas has had less than 1” of precipitation so far this year. These horses are being played as expendable pawns by WHOA clones that consider

  • Lynn Montgomery posted at 8:52 am on Sun, May 4, 2014.

    nature lover Posts: 4

    I grew up in Vermont and have lived and farmed in Placitas for 43 years. I am one of the accused "vigilantes" he mentions. These horses have destroyed our lands and polluted our waters. They roam our tortuous roads and are a dangerous hazard. Theses 800 lb. domestic animals stomp the soil to dust and eat anything remotely edible, robbing our true wildlife of habitat and sustenance. They pollute the waters of Las Huertas Creek and the spring that provides water for our acequia which is also constantly damaged, making much work for me, the Mayordomo. These horses are legally estrays. They are domestic animals, just like dogs and cats. If people allowed estray dogs to roam our neighborhoods freely, putting out food and water for them, how long would that be tolerated? These horse supporters are fully obsessed with having these horses roam our neighborhoods, spring, creek, and roads. The reason being their emotions would be hurt if they were taken in and given the homes and care all domestic animals deserve. They have no regard for the rest of the universe and if one mentions the rest of the universe, one is personally and viciously attacked, including in the media. This has caused Placitans to hate each other intensely and unraveled the fabric of our community. My neighbors and I will continue to legally impound the horses. No horse has gone to slaughter and none will..


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