State’s Wild Horses of New Mexico – Win and Win, Wildlife!

Wild horses of New Mexico can and do legally roam just as do other wildlife. This includes public and private lands except the State lands which are set aside to raise money for schools in NM.

WHOA’s Legislative Work includes:
The NM Wild Horse Protection law passed in 2007 carried by the honorable former Senator Steve Komadina MD for WHOA, has been upheld in now by 8 of 9 judges. The latest ruling is below and is quite clear.

Brief Summary of the Wild Horse Protection legislative work/upheld in court/s in WHOA v NMLB in two cases.
1. These wild horses are subject to the animal cruelty laws of the state unlike all privately owned livestock which are exempt from these protections in NM. (Appellate Court Ruling)
2. If a private property owner does not want them on their property, they not only have the right, but the obligation to fence them out. ( District Court Ruling below)
3. It is illegal to trap or lure a wild horse in NM.
4. These wild horses are not under the jurisdiction of the New Mexico Livestock Board given that they are not owned and are not livestock (born and raised on a ranch).
5. These horses are protected/regulated under statute, hence common law (called ratione soli) which allows for ownership of wild animals that come onto one’s private land (like “bunnies”) no longer applies since at least 2007 when these wild horses became protected/regulated legislatively. NMSA 77-  18-5. (General Animals section which the Livestock Board does not have jurisdiction over, including skunks, chimps, wild canines, etc. )
6. These horses belong to the people of the state as a natural resource and as such, cannot be legally rounded up. Horse Theft in NM is a minimum sentence of 2 yrs and a maximum sentence of 7 yrs in prison.


+WHOA is the only non-profit in New Mexico that has passed protective legislation for wild horses in NM. This legislation calls for management by contraception and management of the range.

+WHOA is the only non-profit in NM that has gone to court to uphold this new law in New Mexico. WHOA has won for the wild horses both times.

+WHOA also stopped the brutal helicopter roundups in the USDA Carson National Forest in 2004 through administrative appeal and large media supported protest.  + This has caused the USDA Forest Service to utilize lure trapping instead of helicopters. + WHOA has also caused immuno-contraception to be an allowed option for population management in the Carson National Forest since 2004.

+WHOA has defended these wins for the our New Mexico wild horse treasures and their habitat against the opposition promoting BAD Bills SB126 in 2017 and Kill Bill SB158 in 2018. These two bills were carried by Senator Pat Woods recipient of over $1 Million in USDA funding for his ranch through time. These BAD bills are now ended and replaced, by HM093 and


The bad bills were supported by the following lobbyists:

  • Cattle Growers of New Mexico
  • APV lobbyist of APNM (Yes, this is counter intuitive!   )
  • New Mexico Farm Bureau
  • Wool Growers
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Senator Martin Heinrich – Divisive actions, (against Placitas Wild Horses, and Sandia’s Cibola Forest), speak louder than words

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 Wild Placitas Horses overlooking their Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands in the Placitas area called the Buffalo Tract.

WHOA has documented many divisive acts against the overwhelming majority, in order to remove Placitas’ wild horses from the Placitas Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands between 2008 to 2018, by two of our U.S. Senators, Heinrich and Udall. To be sure, the writer is a democrat, who chooses to lead rather than follow when a party goes against “wild horses and Indians”, the law, and the overwhelming majority of  people, literally.

In this particular divisive instance, Heinrich works against a pro-wild horse neighboring Pueblo’s rightful reparations as Ordered by Teddy Roosevelt, in favor of FALSE Reparations by the San Antonio De Las Huertas Land Grant (SADLH) in the tug of war over the current area BLM lands (both the Buffalo Strip and the Crest of Montezuma).

The elected officials in New Mexico are apparently held hostage for rural votes by the Land grant Leadership, not the Land Grant People. WHOA has documentation showing that the people are not informed as to what their leadership is doing against wild horses of New Mexico.

There is even the attempt by the Land Grant to secretly make the rest of us pay for their Land Grab acquisitions. All the while Heinrich and Udall block proactive population management under the state law passed by WHOA in 2007. This in and of itself has caused deep and irreparable damages.

This was a plot that was planned to hand these BLM lands over to a government entity, a Land Grant (leadership only), against the people and against the wild horses of Placitas. Moreover, Udall and Heinrich are currently working to “saddle” the kind Pueblo WITH the horses Heinrich did not want on the BLM as well as those already rounded up as they are still  trying to illegally remove the wild horses from Placitas and the BLM lands to make way for development, all while, illegally blocking legal population management of these Placitas Wild horses for 10 years and counting.

Once the wild horses no longer protect these BLM lands, the SKY is the LIMIT for Development!      Recent picture of wild horses of Placitas on their homelands, the Buffalo Tract BLM Lands                                                                                                                           

This plan utilizes their  divisive Non-Profit NM First and Governor Martinez appointee to the Sandoval County commission for local support!  Together with NM First they accomplished a second Orwellian non-scientific survey, with a not so hidden agenda, of secretly installing the BLM and the NM Livestock Board in their planned (since 2014) multi-jurisdictional team, to REMOVE the wild horses from the BLM lands next to Placitas as well as from the rest of Placitas. No SURPRISE!!!

They are working quickly to remove them from the Placitas Area to Tribal lands where the Freedom of Information Act can’t reach! Where Placitans and the wildlife corridor are no longer soothed by their presence, where Placitan realtors will no longer be able to use them in their ads, impacting home values and time-to-sale, undoubtedly. This would irreparably change the nature of our rural mountain community of Placitas again, irreparably.

It’s been divisive moves by both Heinrich and Udall,  and WHOA’s counter moves for almost 12 years now, and the wild horses are STILL on the BLM lands in and around Placitas.  WHOA has never given up to this very day.

BTW, please DONATE to the WHOA LEGAL FUND if you like our work. We are all volunteer, no salaries, have multiple court wins and legislative wins in NM for these wild horses to remain and to protect the wildlife corridor here off the Sandia Mountain.  If the wild horses are removed, this last viable wildlife corridor off the mountain will be lost. Importantly, as always, over 100% of your donation will go to the cause for the wild horses and their habitat.

Heinrich and Udall have allowed the Land Grant Leadership to hold Conservation efforts of both the Crest of Montezuma and the Placitas Wild horses hostage now for over 10 years. Heinrich hid his role regarding this Attempted Public Lands Grab by illegal Back Door reparations, until WHOA uncovered the two documents below. This was a plan to give away the BLM Buffalo tract to a group which all ancient and current maps show, they had no aboriginal claim to. 

WHOA also has obtained communications from Udall’s office showing that he cannot support the wild horses on the BLM Lands (Buffalo strip) in Placitas until the Land Grant Leadership gives him written permission.

Hence, it would appear that the NM Land Grant Leadership is holding our elected federal officials hostage for rural votes at the same time they have withdrawn their previous legislative support of our state’s wonderful natural resource, our esteemed wild horses and their families.

These are illegal acts on a number of levels, and was clearly against the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) as predetermined, illegal with respect to state and local laws, and arbitrary and capricious, chilling of speech, as well as huge transparency issues federal open records requests, FOIA’s, long unanswered as well).

These actions are also illegal under the Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), Title 18, and altogether against the presidential executive order by Teddy Roosevelt in 1902 regarding the pro-horse Pueblo which has also declared these horses as wild. These actions taken together along with other illegal acts locally are clearly Unequal Protection under the law, and are, grounds for action which WHOA has well documented.

TR out west     TR in Santa Fe, NM

Teddy Roosevelt out West, NPS            Teddy Roosevelt, Santa Fe NM, NPS

A SADLH member who is named in the documentation below even denied this to the writer’s face while proceeding to publicly deny and to defame the writer in public, claiming that since the (bottom) letter was not signed, and it hence, was not true. However, he did not know that the writer had procured both letters below, from an official source, one signed by Martin Heinrich. This man was one of the five (5) SADLH Land Grant board members listed on the June 11th 2010 letter below.

Moreover, WHOA obtained proof that the SADLH people were unaware of all that their Board members were doing against the wild horses of Placitas, and against the rest of the Placitas community which their leadership had attempted to kick out of Placitas, deeming their area as Bernalillo Heights stating that the new comers had been involved in name theft at the Senate interim committee on Land Grants where much of this planning has taken place.

The end game per the documentation below, was to stall preservation of the Crest of Montezuma for the Land Grant, buy lands for the Land Grant near the Crest of Montezuma, which they would then trade for the Buffalo Tract BLM Lands.  Hence holding all conservation efforts hostage to the Land Grant, whose leadership would remove the wild horses from their rightful range on the Placitas BLM lands, as well as allow a 20,000 trips per day highway through it.

Importantly, there was and is both no need, and no public support, for this politician’s dream highway, often called the Loop Rd, or the North East corridor, which was also illegally denied and hidden in Udall’s BLM RMP, documentation outed by WHOA. BOTH of these Acts to remove wild horses and install a highway are against the overwhelming majority at 86 and 87% respectively, by independent poll of 2014 as well as, non-transparent, and against the law.

The SADLH Land Grant is a government entity, a “political subdivision of the state of New Mexico”,  that had already broken the Open records Act with WHOA, had already received a warning from the NM Attorney General’s office for this and also, did not inform its people of the nefarious and secret deals it was making against their will, against the wild horses of Placitas, and against their then, very united community for the wild horses at 99% by the first WHOA scientific poll of all Placitans by bulk mail, now still united at 86%.

Importantly also, the BLM illegally denied receiving the SADLH Land Grants plan for the BLM (Part of the NEPA process RMP) and it too was obtained and outed by WHOA.

Again, currently,  (11/25/18)  Udall and Heinrich are after the Placitas horses utilizing their non-profit New Mexico First to both block population management in Placitas as well as move the wild horses of Placitas away from Placitas.

New Mexico First is a ‘public policy’ group whose board consists of corporate interests, yet pretends to involve the citizenry in resolving issues. Senator Udall and Senator Heinrich are the Honorary Co-Chairs on the Board of this group and New Mexico First prefers to illegally remove wild horses than simply follow the law and advocate for contraception.

New Mexico First has the BLM and the NM Livestock Board, at the table, ‘problem-solving’ though WHOA has proven in court that they have no jurisdiction over these states wild horses. They have yet again, tricked constituents, wild horse advocates, Land Grants peoples, and Pueblos and have again used  divisive, bully tactics to harm the people, the advocacy, and the Pro-wild horse Pueblo while the BLM RMP seems to be now, illegally and non-transparently, dead in the water since about 2014.

With our tax dollars, New Mexico First has spent $24,000.00 ignoring the simplest, most effective, and most humane management remedy, under the law- contraception. Basically, like ALEC, New Mexico First exists to simply allow both senators to feign a public interest while serving a corporate agenda. For more on New Mexico First, you can look at these links:

PLEASE DONATE to our Legal Fund. 100% of your contribution is used soley for the cause. WHOA is 100% volunteer. Though WHOA has just won freedom for the Alto NM wild horses in court, we see no end to the counter moves of Udall, Heinrich and Governor Martinez though she is not re-elected.


  • Please CALL in support of keeping the Placitas Wild Horses free-roaming in Placitas and lawfully managed with PZP as well as ON the BLM Lands in and around Placitas.
  • A NEPA process would be needed to remove them at a minimum, and so far the NEPA process has been fraudulent, treating them as livestock and deeming Placitan and pro-wild horse comments and anti-Loop Rd comments as OUT OF SCOPE!
  • The people of New Mexico speak for the wild horses- not the corporate/gov’t. agenda of New Mexico First. Thank you!

U.S. Senator Tom Udall :  505-346-6791

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich :  505-346-6601

N.M. Senator Liz Stefanics, Chair of the Senate Land Grant Interim Committee:  505-699-4808

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WHOA’s Open Letter to Sandoval County Manager- Day of Task Force Presentation – (see attached)

The New Mexico First PR Group, aka Senator Udall and Senator Heinrich’s PR firm, along with a Placitan Group, are working to give illegal jurisdiction to the NM Livestock Board (NMLB) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) over our state’s legally wild horses in Placitas.

This in order to block the use of contraception and cause a round up of many, if not most, of the Placitas Wild Horses. They will then put some of them in a tiny “Sanctuary” or Corral, and then get Placitans to pay for their maintenance in this corral.

The Senators’ PR Group, NM First has put out a survey to the entire state of New Mexico on a channel 7 “news” story, (link below) in order to try and gain support for this illegal “multi-jurisdictional” Board, which they do not have support for in Placitas. Again, they are not openly mentioning, that multi-jurisdictional means the NM Livestock Board and the BLM.  (Please also know, that the NM State Veterinarians are indeed NM Livestock Board employees, and have presided over all the illegal round ups and sales of wild horses in Placitas to kill buyers.)

The likely reason that the Senator’s PR Group NMFirst, is blocking the use of the contraceptive (native PZP), is that once darted with PZP, the wild horses cannot be sold for human consumption.

In the Channel 7 story (link below), two “go-to” Placitas Wild Board members, side-slam the wild horses as fence destroyers and road safety issues, and thereby advocate that the Wild Horses of Placitas be removed from our neighborhoods and the BLM lands where they legally roam free, welcomed by the over whelming majority of Placitans, as proven by independent poll, at 86% !

Moreover in this choreographed Channel 7 story, Channel 7 feigned a “heated debate”, which was actually a one person’s 3 minute rant about owned domestic horses that had gotten out of their corral into the street. Channel 7 also highly inflated more than 2 times, the number of wild horses in Placitas, as usual, stating that there are to 70 to 200 wild horses roaming in Placitas on the story version that aired, but not the one they posted.

Channel 7 never mentions the 1.4 million cattle free ranging in NM (almost as many as people in NM) or the 200,000 Deer, 70,000 Elk, 40,000 Antelope, and thousands of other hooved animals freely roaming in NM, as also shared by WHOA’s president.


PLEASE CALL: U.S. Senators Udall & Heinrich: (505) 988-6511 Udall,  p: (505) 988-6647 Heinrich

+ +Demand they call of their DOGS, (NMFirst) and Placitas Wild, and STOP putting the Placitas wild horses, on the menu over the borders!

+ + Ask them  to allow contraception as legislated under the (WHOA) NM Horse Protection Act of 2007 and initiate a New Mexico Wild Horse License Plate to bring in any needed funding and help grow tourism’s already 84,000 + jobs!

Open Letter to Sandoval County – NM First-Senator Udall

Channel 7 Choreographed Story:

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Press Release: Placitans Want the Wild Horses But Task Force and Committee Seek to Determine Their Fate


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WHOA SPECIAL EDITION March 2016 – June follow-up @ bottom

WHOA WINS vs NM Livestock Board in                               NM Supreme Court – Thanks to Placitans

Court details are in the online newspaper here, also: Which entity should get the Placitas Area Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lands: WHY and WHY NOT?

WHOA E Newspaper pic2Index:

JUNE 2016 Follow-up:

No Surprise! The June edition of the local monthly tabloid of Sandoval County continues to misrepresent the NM State Supreme Court which upheld WHOA’s WIN, in their tabloid’s current June edition. The tabloid intentionally misleads its community readership and especially it’s Placitan readership again, on a number of points including:

THE USUAL TABLOID – MISLEADING: “In October, the New Mexico Supreme Court declined to hear the case, so it’s now back in the hands of the Albuquerque judge. . . .”

This implies that WHOA lost: NOT SO! The Supreme Court declined to hear the NM Livestock Board’s/Reynold’s request for appeal of the WHOA’s Wins so far. Hence it did NOT dismiss WHOA’s case, and hence, remanded it back for further proceedings in District Court. There is further controversy between the parties to be decided by the courts.

TABLOID OWNER – CAUGHT: The owner and publisher of the local tabloid in Sandoval County was rounding up horses himself, as stated in a Sandoval County Sheriff’s police report (see page 8 of WHOA e-newspaper above). However he refuses to openly declare his conflict of interest to his readership, as journalistic integrity would require, and as formally requested by WHOA.

Upheld by NM Courts – DNA Testing Requirement => Placitas Spanish Horses:

Appellate Court Decision:

NM Supreme Court Decision:

WHOA is winning, so far, for wild horses and habitat in New Mexico based on its NM state legislation passed in 2007.

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Great News!!! Pueblo of San Felipe Press Release (Complete!)

I. San Felipe Pueblo Saves 14 wild horses gathered by Santa Ana Pueblo from       Slaughter!  (This story  hidden from it’s readership by the Sandoval    Signpost, see below.)    

WHOA is investigating. WHOA believes these horses 14 horses could not legally be sent to slaughter due to the recent WHOA Court Case win in the NM Supreme Court  upholding WHOA legislation which defines and protects wild horses in New Mexico as protected wildlife. WHOA is deeply appreciative of the San Felipe Pueblo for their leadership and care regarding the beautiful wild horses which they have always recognized as wild and plan to utilize for New Mexico Eco-tourism.

II. The San Felipe Wild Horse Preserve Story below!

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””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””San Felipe Press Release - Horses from Adjacent Pueblo Rescued and given Sanctuary at the Pueblo of San Felipe Wild Horse Preserve

http:// San Felipe Wild Horse Sanctuary

SKM_C554e15110415260  Press release in pdf. here.

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Windmills/Water for Wildlife – New Well drilled at San Felipe Wild Life Corridor/Sanctuary

November 6 2015



San Felipe Pueblo – Wild Horse Sanctuary, New Mexico, United States

Martinez - Exec Order Slaughter Press Release-2

November 6 2015



New Mexico, United States

Yet a third “Water for Wildlife” project at the honorable Pueblo of San Felipe has been completed.   This time a brand new well has been drilled and installed, primarily funded by a WHOA grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) with generous donations and collaboration with PlacitasWILD and other non-profits. 


This well is in a location where it  can potentially provide water for wildlife on the Bureau of Land Management Lands (BLM) lands contiguous with the San Felipe Pueblo to the north and Placitas to it’s south. These lands are known as the Buffalo strip and are part of the last viable Sandia Mountain wildlife corridor.

WHOA would like to thank the Pueblo of San Felipe for their long term wildlife work the ASPCA for their long term support and PlacitasWild for their collaboration generous donations.

The Windmills for Wildlife project is critically important for the area wildlife including wild horses, in the Sandia Mountain – Rocky Mountain wildlife corridor, as intermittent drought has hit New Mexico in recent years.


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Upheld by NM Courts – DNA Testing Requirement => Placitas Spanish Horses

The first 4 Wild Horses tested, as required by WHOA legislation, upheld in the NM Supreme Court showed a 91 to 96% probability of being Spanish Mustangs. Values lower than 80% indicate crossbreeding per UC Davis.

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DNA Spanish 1 2 3 4  View Full Report here.DNA Spanish 1 2 3 4

WHOA legislation was successfully carried by the honorable Senator Steve Komadina.

JUAN SANTA FEAN 2David Cramer Book cover

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 NM Supreme Court – Judges rule 4 to 0  for WHOA

(with 5th judge non-participating). Case no. S1-SC-35505 WHOA NM Supreme Court NMSC Order Denying Defs Petition    Appellate Court Decision upheld


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New Mexico Appellate Court Decision – Judges rule 3 to 0 for WHOA. Case no. 34,097

To Download a PDF file of the Court of Appeals Decision of August 4th 2015, click the link below the picture.Court of Appeals


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