Actually, you'll be surprised to know that that isn't really the reason why it's hard to find homes.
The BLM has contracts with certain prisons in Nevada to start a lot of the horses and the prisoners tend to do a pretty good job of it. They sell the horses for about $125.
They also have incentive programs and the Mustang Makeovers and other small programs. (they used to have a really cool program associated with John Lyons and others, but cancelled that, because it was costing them too much money, apparently to pay the trainers) But there's other incentive programs still available.
The real problem is the mismanagement by the BLM of the Mustangs in the wild. They have no real program for sterilization.
The interesting part is, there are other places....forgot what the island is called....where there are wild horses living there and they get sterilized via dart guns. It's safe for the people, for the horse and the numbers stay down and manageable.
Why the BLM hasn't taken up some kind of sterilization program is truly beyond me. Frankly, I think it just comes down to the same ol story...politics and b.s.
If they would manage the Mustangs better, stead of simply capture a bunch and store them in holding pens for years, then (nowadays) give them away to anyone without much rules (been to the Fort Worth Mustang Makeovers? they waved a lot of their own rules just to get rid of em cause there's too many)
But on a good note, there's the story about that billionaire woman who says she's taking them all in. I think in about a year or less, she's supposed to start taking in all of the unwanted Mustangs (a few thousands)
She's supposed to be looking for land for them, like a million acres or something.
Hope that works out. She wants to have a park and to sterilize the Mustangs and those that get adopted out, fine, but none are supposed to be euthenized.
That was the BLM's answer, just to euthenize all of em that are currently in holding pens. But that might not happen.
Anyhow, yeah, I agree that it's a sad situation.
But....what can ya do?