Originally Posted by myhorsesonador View Post
Honestly all the true native horses are all long gone, the ones we have now are what is left from the Spanish horses that were left, and what ever else got thrown in the mix.
They do a lot of damage to local farms, so there has to be some management of the herds. Rounding them up and selling some of them is a great way to do that.
So yeah some times it gets rough, but It needs to be done. Necessary evil if you will.
Actually myhorsesonador your wrong. I am a Nevada Native, grew up there and use to go speak to our congressional and government seat as well on behalf of the mustangs.
The horses do less damage than the cattle and sheep that roam on the BLM owned land, a cow will eat the whole plant, shoot, roots and all, while horses are grazers, moving along, their teeth are equip to nip the grass or plant root near the ground but leave the roots. They move around as well, when the grass gets low they move on, a mustang knows each watering hole and how far it is. A horses hoof also does way less damage to the soil than a cloven hoof does, their manure they leave behind also often has seeds that go back into the earth and re-sprout grasses or native plants.
The ranchers would fence off many of the watering holes, ever seen a stallion go through a fence so his mares and herd can get water? I have. Also knew of ranchers who would shoot the mustangs on sight.
I was one of those teenagers in Nevada who use to know when certain herds were going to be taken out, several times a group of us got together and moved a smaller herd, we cut down fencing that prohibited them from their food and/or water supply. Many people who have not lived with these horses truly do not understand nor appreciate them. And the only damage they do are because of the human's, who trying to do a kind thing, throw hay out for them. They don't take it a few miles back into the hills, no, they have to throw it along the highway, many get hit, especially at night. While others thinking it is okay, throw it out near their own horses. Is it wrong for a wild stallion to do what his hormone's tell him to do? Not his fault.
And I have photo's of the damage that round up's do to those horses. I was disgusted and appalled at the herd of stallions being put together, you don't put bachelor and adult males in one big pen and expect them to get a long. Young foals being separated from their dam, elderly horses too exhausted to run any longer, legs being broken from their mad dash to get away from the jeeps, helicopters and/or motorized vehicles they used to corral these animals. You would be surprised at the numbers that don't get adopted out, too old or just not pretty enough so they sit. And where is the justice in that, tell me? If they aren't hurting anyone, leave em alone.