What it is: Arguably the most evil manipulative technique is what psychologists call the "fear-then-relief technique." The technique preys on a person's emotions. Here, the manipulator causes someone a great deal of stress or anxiety and then abruptly relieves that stress. After this sudden mood swing, the person is disarmed, less likely to make mindful or rational decisions, and more likely to respond positively to various requests. https://lifehacker.com/5953183/three-of-the-most-evil-ways-to-manipulate-people-into-doing-what-you-want
The Fear: Wild horse herd populations double every four years, therefore they will destroy the ecosystem leaving nothing for other wildlife, or public lands cattle and sheep grazing. In the end the horses will also starve to death.
The Relief: The Forest Service or BLM will call for massive wild horse "gathers" and removals to protect the land, wildlife, public lands cattle and sheep, and the horses themselves.
The people working for these government agencies often feign caring about the welfare of the horses. Yet behind closed doors they talk of permanent sterilization, euthanasia of healthy horses, sale without limitation, and slaughter. All of this while having no proof that wild horse herds double in size every four years and that they are causing damage to our public lands.
In August of 2005 the USDA Forest Service posted a NEWS RELEASE which stated: “The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests in the next month will be removing some of the approximately 300 horses that are currently grazing a portion of the Rodeo/Chediski burned area near Heber.”
In September of 2005 several animal advocacy organizations and citizens commenced Civil Action against the Forest Service alleging violations of the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971. Their action prevented all captures and removals of horses. The Plaintiffs won their case and in March of 2007 a Federal Court order issued the following ruling:
“The Forest Service agrees to refrain from any gathering or removing of horses within the Heber Wild Horse Territory as well as, on the Black Mesa and Lakeside Ranger Districts (which are considered the Sitgreaves National Forest) until the Forest Service completes, with public involvement, an analysis and appropriate environmental document pursuant to NEPA and develops a written Heber Wild Horse Territory Management Strategy. The Forest Service will involve the public, including the Plaintiffs, in scoping for this analysis.”
At this time the Forest Service is in the process of completing a management plan for the Heber Wild Horse Territory. There have been no authorized captures or removals of any horses in the Sitgreaves National Forest since before 2005 when the Forest Service stated in their news release that there were approximately 300 horses in a portion of the Rodeo/Chediski burned area near Heber.
The Forest Service contracted for a horse-specific survey in February of 2015. At that time, 20 horses were estimated to be in the Heber Wild Horse Territory. Outside the Heber Wild Horse Territory (across the Sitgreaves National Forest) 201 horses were observed. The estimated population outside the Heber Wild Horse Territory based on Simultaneous Double-Count methodology was 236. That is a total of 256 horses.
There were no authorized captures and removals for that ten year span. If wild horse herd populations doubled in size every four years you would expect that by the end of that ten year period there would be approximately 1,800 horses at the time of the 2015 survey. But there were only 256 horses.