Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Wild Horses and Great Plan to Save Them
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Like me, did you grow up reading all the Black Stallion books, and the Misty of Chincoteague books, and riding horses or ponies? I have long admired and loved horses and their deep eyes and myriad personalities. Now our wild horses are faced with a crisis, as their numbers are growing.
I am so happy that there is an excellent plan to create a 1,000,000 acre sanctuary for America's wild horses. Madeleine Pickens at http://madeleinepickens.com
describes this plan that she is working on.
Since America's wild horses roam on federal lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, which allows cattle grazing by private ranchers, the number of horses the land can carry is limited legally. Shockingly the BLM has about 30,000 of our wild horses in large and small holding pens and facilities, since the number of wild horses allowed on BLM lands (owned by us taxpayers) is limited, so they round up the "excess" horses and put them in pens. Some are adopted, but there are so many that euthanasia is being discussed.
Mrs. Pickens' wonderful plan outlines a private purchase of a huge ranch which can be home to perhaps 30,000 wild horses. At her website please click on "send an email to Ben Salazar" in support of this plan. Another useful website is http://wildhorsefriends.com