But the cattle on the range are not there all year, and are pulled when the range has been grazed. Horses graze it continually, even when it's already damaged.
That is only true sometimes. The ranch I was on five years had around 5,000 deeded acres with 28,000 acres total with about half State Trust Land and half BLM. The sections are all checker bordered. The deeded property is not fenced. Only the outside perimeter of the entire 28k is fenced. They did have a large annual holding area fenced when they had to have their own scales and sold only once or twice a year at their ranch. They now haul to auction only when the price is high. The ranch's lease in permanent full time all year without any removal.
During one drought the BLM attempted to reduce the aum's allowed but the State didn't care so there was 5k plus 11k that the BLM couldn't control so they had to walk away.
There's lots of very large checker-bordered ranches with half being deeded. Same deal. No control.
There are a lot of real old ranches that have year around grazing with no removal on BLM. The ranch I was on passed the centennial while I was there. And there are more in the general area.
I understood the article to be measuring AUM's to AUM's. Animal Unit Month for those that don't know.
So if a cow/calf was there for 6 months, they'd be counted as 6 AUMs. Now I read one article that said a horse was one AUM but if memory serves me it's either 1.25 or 1.5 AUMs. So 12 months with a horse at 1.25 would be 15 AUMs.
But no matter how it's sliced, you know as well as I and probably better that the cattle on the range absolutely drafts the WHB on the range. You know it I know it.
Sure, there are examples. But if we are going to use examples, lets talk about a depleted range where 50% of the natural vegetation has been destroyed by over grazing where there has never been a wild horse present since the USA was formed.
As long as we're comparing cattle and horses, lets talk about springs. Horses like nice clean water just like we do. Cows, (i love'm i even bonded heavily with one that put her owner in the hospital but that's another story), don't care. You know what they do to watering holes. They walk around in them and poop all over IN them. Horses if they can will walk away from their food trough to poop and definitely do NOT poop in the water.
I've stopped in a dry sandy wash and dug a hole for water for Hondo with a spring nearby that he would not touch because of it being fouled by cattle.
Hey, I don't have a dog in this race really except when the Mustangs (feral raised horses) are getting ran over and into the ground.
There's a lot I do not know. I only have Bachelor's degree from my five years of concentrated full time experiences on the ranch. No Masters or PHD but yep, I've been a few places and know a few things.
If there is anything you think you can contradict from anything I've said in this post, I'd like to hear it. Really. My entire life has been about learning. Still is.