Wild Horse Resources, and Information
There are many areas in the western United States where wild horses can be found. The best way to find an HMA (Horse management area) near you is to go to the BLM.gov website, and click on the link for the state you are interested in. Each state has there own BLM page too, and will have information on roundups, and adoptions. Wild horses and burros are protected under the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, and it is illegal to harass, or harm them. Always stay 50 feet away, and if approached, back away.
The biggest threat to wild horses and burros, are roundups. The BLM holds way too many dangerous, and costly roundups throughout the west every year. Not only does this cost taxpayers millions of dollars for the roundup and then housing these horses in holding pens, but it is devastating to the wild horse family bands.
The “Path Forward” that was crafted by Return to Freedom, The Humane Society, ASPCA, and the Cattlemen’s Assoc. is devastating to our wild horses. The Bureau of Land Managements plan is to round up 10,000 horses in the next few years. This plan will only wipe out our horses, and make room for more cattle on OUR public lands.
Wild horses are very social, and family oriented. Stallions fiercely protect their families, but at the same time they are wonderful and caring fathers. I have watched several times as stallions teach the young foals about any dangers on the range, or correct them if they stray too far away.
Wild horses and burros have no natural predators, so their numbers do need to be regulated to prevent more, and more roundups. Obviously letting them live their lives on their own terms would be the best, but it won’t stop BLM from the continuous cycle of roundups.
American Wild Horse Campaign advocates for the use of PZP birth control. It is inexpensive, effective, and best of all non-invasive. Mares are simply darted, and the birth control is effective for one year. Herd dynamics are not changed, families are not broken up, and no horses or burros end up in holding pens for years. Please follow the link and read about who they are, and all the tremendous work they do to keep our wild horses and burros, wild.
There are also local advocacy groups who monitor their local herds, administer PZP, and fight for them to remain free. One such group is the Salt River River Wild Horse Management Group.
These horses are on national forest land, and several years ago they wanted to remove every single horse. SRWHMG was formed, and the locals fought successfully to save these beautiful horses.
American Wild Horse Campaign has a list of all the local groups, sanctuaries, and advocates on this page. If you want to help out in any way, this is a great place to start.
There is nothing more exciting than to see wild horses being wild and free, and they need our voices to ensure they remain that way. Please write to your government representatives, the Dept. of the Interior, or the Bureau of Land Management and tell them you oppose roundups of our wild horses and burros.
This blog post has a list of addresses, and a sample letter that you can use to contact the right people in Washington DC.