I approached my horse one evening to find her acting as though she was going crazy. She was shaking her head, raising it very high and not letting anyone near her head to figure out what was going wrong. We figured out quickly, something was in her ear. Usually quite gentle, when we would go near her ear, she would raise he head so high and powerfully, that she would shift the hitching post that was cemented into the ground.
Little did I know, the ear is a common attachment point for the tick, and once attached, they can travel far into the canal. If left untreated, the irritation caused by the tick, can cause the horse to damage it’s own ear through near-continuous shaking and rubbing. How can the tick be removed from the horse?
It has been speculated since the early 90’s that extensive mustang trafficking has occured. The BLM’s closed book policy served to enhance this. Horses to Slaughter, Anatomy of a Cover-up within the Wild Horse and Burro Program within the Bureau of Land Management was published in 1997.
While groups have been fighting the BLM for decades, it took just under 15 years for the feds to catch the first slaughter truck. An excellent article was published in horseback magazine. Whether you are a horse person or not, I encourage you to read it in its entirety. This is an example of a lot of untracked federal money and property dissapearing. Are there other sieves out there?
A comprehensive look at American Horse Slaughter.