Little American Mustang

Wild Horses Are (Again) Losing Their Home on the Range
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For owners, mustangs cost less to keep than other breeds, such as thoroughbreds or quarter horses, said Mary Santagata, who adopts and buys mustangs at All the Kings Horses , a rescue organization in Northford, Conn. Adopted mustangs have current vaccinations, Ms. Many owners just feed their mustangs hay, similar to their diet on the open range, rather than more expensive grain with the hay, she said.

Santagata said.

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Other costs include adapting corrals with six-foot-high paneled fencing so the wild horses cannot escape, and providing them with open-sided sheds that they can enter themselves when they need shelter, because they are not easily led. The most expensive part of owning a wild horse, Ms. Santagata said, is paying for experienced trainers. When the horses are in her corrals, she uses a soft opening, by approaching and retreating, so they get accustomed to her. She gradually introduces them to halters and to being led around, which she is able to accomplish in about three months, she said.

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How did Floyd come into your life? Long thought to have been destroyed in a crusher, Little Red instead was found in a field in Texas. Currently, only about 20, exist in the Southwestern US. How did Valor come into your life? Washington D. Nor in Arizona, Nevada, California in March in another convertible, Over the two trips, no more than a couple of days when we didn't have the roof down for at least part of the day. It mandated the BLM to oversee the protection and management of free-roaming herds on lands it administered, and gave U.

The mustang is covered in short hair with the exception of its hooves, with longer hair growing as a mane on its long, muscular neck, as well as on its tail. All mustangs, and horses in general, have incisors and hypsodont teeth. Only male mustangs have canines.

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Their eyes are large, and set on either side of the head of the animal, which allows for improved peripheral vision. Mustangs, like other horses, are grazers that primarily eat a diet of grasses. Their hypsodont teeth within their cheeks allow for complex grinding of tough plant matter.

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The mustang is a migratory mammal, grazing on available grass, hay, and other vegetation as it comes upon it. The mustang was traditionally a free-roaming animal living across the expanses of the Great Plains of the United States, and a descendent of European horses accidentally introduced to the New World. Specifically, the modern day mustang descended from escaped domesticated horses brought to America by the Spanish in the late 15th Century.

It is often said that Columbus was the first person to introduce horses onto American soil. As such, the mustang is little different from the domesticated horses used by the Spanish explorers and conquistadors of his day, other than being feral. We know that when the horse negotiated the land bridge He wandered into France and became the mighty Percheron, and into Arabia, where he developed into a lovely poem of a horse, and into Africa where he became the brilliant zebra, and into Scotland, where he bred selectively to form the massive Clydesdale.

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He would also journey into Spain, where his very name would become the designation for gentleman, a caballero, a man of the horse. There he would flourish mightily and serve the armies that would conquer much of the known world. It's been a hot, stormy summer on the Red Desert range in southern Wyoming, around Rock Springs and the state's southern boundary with Colorado, where Interstate 80 takes long-haul truckers and tourists through one of America's least hospitable landscapes. The desolate land even includes Sweetwater County , one of those romantic cowboyesque names that mockingly crop up from place to place in the Rocky Mountain West, more an aspiration than a reality when you consider that there isn't much water there and what there is isn't so sweet.

In this forlorn place are two "herd management areas" called "White Mountain" and "Little Colorado," places were some of America's wild horses roam free pursuant to federal rule and regulation. According to Bureau of Land Management statistics , the federal government owns or controls , acres of land in the area, Wyoming owns another 15, acres, and private entities own , more. BLM officials estimate that, after the foaling season, there are approximately wild horses on White Mountain and Little Colorado lands. If you do the math, based only upon the federal land figure, it comes to Do a little more math and you learn that acres equals approximately 1.

Ask any horse owner you know if she could get by on that horse-to-land ratio and the answer is an immediate and emphatic "Yes! The symbol of our nation's history and growth simply left alone to graze land most of us would never see if we were to live a hundred lifetimes. But alas it's a lot more complicated than that. Intertwined private ownership of lands within the management areas, differing land-use priorities, a lack of bureaucratic courage and creativity, and a year-old deal between ranchers and a long-gone horse group, all have eliminated the possibility of simply working the acreage numbers for the benefit of the horses.

The herd areas themselves are part of a "checkerboard" pattern of public and private land the ratio is close to , say ranchers and the horses themselves haven't helped their own cause.

During the winter, they often migrate from public land onto private land, where they are considered a nuisance to some property owners. This natural pattern has persisted for generations and it's been closely monitored by the feds for at least the past 30 years.

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With this history, geography, and horse biology in mind, the BLM announced last month that there were, again, too many wild horses on the two Wyoming ranges. Wildlife officials now plan in mid-August to begin to cull roughly 70 percent of the herds out of Little Colorado and White Mountain in a particularly controversial way.

And, in response, wild horse advocacy groups and others filed a federal lawsuit Monday in Washington, D. All the time and all over the West, horse advocacy groups battle the federal government over the fate of wild horses. The story is almost always the same. The "horse lobby" cannot compete politically i.

Invariably, it's the wild horses which lose out to the cattle or to the sheep or to other business interests. And invariably, its the federal government, acting through regulators who are captive to the industries they are supposed to regulate, which helps ensure that this occurs.

In this case, for example, we see the federal agency responsible for protecting wild horses struggling to justify a decision that undoubtedly will harm a great many of those horses and, indeed, the future of those herds. On June 14th, the BLM announced a plan to remove all of the wild horses on Little Colorado and White Mountain and to then return a small number of castrated or spayed horses to the range.

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Here is how the Bureau describes how the roundup occurs:. These roundups can be so disturbing that they warrant their own treatment in a future article.