Tanks and cavalry, Louisiana Maneuvers. U.S. Army photo.

Dec 9, 2011 Full story: Crowley Post Signal 13

Leesville is hosting the largest military parade Saturday in this part of the country since 1943, when thousands of soldiers who had participated in the Louisiana maneuvers were honored before they deployed overseas in World War II.

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the poet

Leesville, LA

#1 Dec 9, 2011
I will never forget when a few years ago they (the government) were trying to get the free roaming horses off Peason. They contracted some high profile company (big money)to do an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to determine how these horses were destroying the land within the boundries of Peason Ridge. Of course, the results were that they were doing damage to an extent that they needed to be removed (what the government wanted)from Peason. They concluded that these horses (the same horses that have been ranging on Peason since the 1940's, when the government took the land from it's rightful owners) were damaging the land and streams. They (the government) did not mention that they were conducting routine training with a 40 ton M1 Tank that left a destructive path 2.5 feet wide and in some (soft/wet areas) three feet deep. Of course these tanks had no adverse impact on the environment,
but a few poor horses do. GIVE ME A BREAK...

“Life after life does exist”

Since: Feb 11

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#2 Dec 9, 2011
I remember that. Except a guy who works with my husband caught a couple of horses and broke them. I didn't know they contracted.
When I worked at the mess halls, I would feed them fruit. They would walk right up to the buildings on north fort but backed up when seeing people. They were beautiful.

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#3 Dec 9, 2011
I misread. I thought you said that they hired a contractor to get the horses.

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#4 Dec 9, 2011
as of now if you can get one you can keep it they are free to who ever can capture them.

if you want info as to getting them off the ranges call Range control they can stear you to the right POC.
tapmcfarland

Leesville, LA

#5 Dec 10, 2011
wow, this sparked my interest. i did some research and really could not find anything current on this wild horses, other then this. they are decendents of the war fighting horses of the civil war.another theory is that they are left over from the lighthorsemen of the choctaw. and another theory was they were brought over in the early 1600s by the french. in 2004, it is said there were only about 350 left but at that time in 2004 the commanding general of fort polk wanted the horses protected it was infact a louisiana rep who wanted the horses disposed of. the commissioner of the louisiana department of agriculture and forestry LDAF, in 2004 said the animals were destroying the land. however also at that time the chief scientist at the united states department of agriculture animal and plant inspection said the animals were no threat, were not disease infected and that if disease was present the chances of this spreading were very low. if the horses still roam free then an appeal to the state governor and contacting your us senator as well as congressmen would be in order. also, this would be pure hypocracy on the louisiana position if they were in fact the ones not the army who removed these animals. the federal government has an act which protects wild animals, and if the horses roamed on a federal or state forest and were removed that is basically breaking the law. the united states government is suppose to protect wild horses under the wild free roaming and burro act. does anyone know the current status of the wild horses are they still roaming? i could not find any current info on them.
Rusty Shackleford

United States

#6 Dec 10, 2011
They are still out there. About a year ago the horses were getting so close to main post they had to put up warning signs on chafee rd

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#7 Dec 10, 2011
They still roam today, they are mostly horses that people who could not take care of them have dropped off in the Peason Ridge area the army would love to put them all down as they can disrupt live fire ranges.

the numbers that have been floting out there are somewhere in the 1000's but there is no way of knowing the numbers down to the last one.

If you do go out to get one you'll be able to tell if you get that close by there long hair, and if you are able to get close beware as they are wild and not your freindly barn horse.
Rusty Shackleford

United States

#8 Dec 14, 2011
I saw a wild horse coming through the alligator lake gate this morning. It had a bad left rear hoof. Which reminded me of another serious sickness horses get. Equine infectious anemia, this disease is not curable. If a wild horse with this disease comes in contact with domestic horses it can be spread. Theoretically if one of these wild horses gets over a horse owners fence it can be spread. Maybe that is why they were trying to get rid of the horses at one time
tapmcfarland

Leesville, LA

#9 Dec 14, 2011
rabies is a very infectious disease as well, we can not tell which animal is infected unless they have it in the end stages and we either catch them or find them dead. yet we have lived in the midst of this. have you heard of the wild horses that roam the beach in north carolina? they have been there for over 400 years. the horses are kept safe and sometimes rounded up to check for disease, also some of the horses are made sterile to control population. a united states department of ag chief scientist rep came years ago and investigated this and said the animals were no threat that was i think in 04. has someone such as this come back recently to evaluate.

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#10 Dec 14, 2011
tapmcfarland wrote:
rabies is a very infectious disease as well, we can not tell which animal is infected unless they have it in the end stages and we either catch them or find them dead. yet we have lived in the midst of this. have you heard of the wild horses that roam the beach in north carolina? they have been there for over 400 years. the horses are kept safe and sometimes rounded up to check for disease, also some of the horses are made sterile to control population. a united states department of ag chief scientist rep came years ago and investigated this and said the animals were no threat that was i think in 04. has someone such as this come back recently to evaluate.
Yes they are checked yearly by the Feds. In fact they just had a check in Sept of only 10% of the known herd
Rusty Shackleford

United States

#11 Dec 14, 2011
Hopefully a coggins test is done to check for the anemia. Rabies isn't as big of a concern because their is an immunization available to prevent it.
la_bell

Leesville, LA

#12 Dec 14, 2011
These horses are not referred to as WILD horses...they are called TRESPASS horses-thus eliminating federal protection...sad topic with an inevitably unhappy ending for the horses and the few horse lovers out there!
My family was here first

Euless, TX

#13 Apr 1, 2014
I want to let everyone know I have just read a lot of bull crap on here, these are not ex military horses they are horses that the people who we're ran off of ft Polk and was forced to leave all of their houses livestock etc behind. Don't get me wrong the military does do wonderful things for this country but they also do some pretty sorry things and it gets covered up. They have been trying to do away with those horses for asong as I can remember they have hired a contractor now to come build pens to trap them and they are giving them to a man to take for slaughter. Those horses do not carry any thing harmful that can be spread to other horses. The army says that the horses are getting in the way of training and I have yet to see it, members of hunting clubs to the east and north of ft Polk kill horses every year just to be hateful at the most it is probably 500 head on ft Polk and I wouldn't think its quit that many on Peason ridge. Instead of trying to get rid of the one or two problem horses that happens to always be studs that smell other horses that belong to people and go to their houses they want to get rid of all of them. And I know what I'm talking about I work for a contractor on ft Polk my family was ran off of ft Polk!!!!

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