I'm going to re-post something I just put in the "Tell Whole Foods" thread, about mustangs. It also goes to the issue of feral vs wild vs natural vs domesticated.
"Back in the day before they became "protected to death", when they came off the rez they were little, skinny and not a huge danger or problem to train.
A woman, whose name I don't know, got sucked in by the AR group in her area when she was looking to buy a horse and she got conned into adopting 2 mustangs from.....yep, Pauls's Valley. Someone gave her 2 mares, aged 5-7 years old, HUGE mares, and very very fit. Also very very unhandled. She sent them to my trainer to be gentled and maybe saddle broke. She'd been assured by the AR folks, they'd be really easy, no harder than a domesticated 2 year old. WELL, after they tried to tear down the round pens, kill the trainer and his hands, they finally were able to get some hands on these mares. Yeah, better him than me. Now if these had been the youngstock she'd been promised, it might have been ok, but she got slipped some ringers. These mares were TOUGH. It's been several months now, she's out of money and the mares are no longer in training. She's got them out on cheap board in someone's field and they will not let anyone near them. She won't make arrangements to get them hauled to her, she doesn't have the facilities or the know how to deal with them. So now what? Eventually she'll quit paying board and guess what? They'll end up at an auction, no doubt. Or she'll have them put down. Who did that help? We'd all be better off if they'd be sold for meat.
The mustangs are not all pink, fuzzy, free Bubble Up and Unicorn F*rts. They are feral, wily and not easy to train and handle. THAT is why they shouldn't be "adopted" out to the general public. The population needs to be controlled to fit the lands they're on and excess needs to be culled, just like we do with deer. Ever heard of deer season? We need something like that for these excess horses. We do NOT need to keep more and more and more of them on private reserves funded with taxpayer dollars."
I don't object to professionals taking them and training them and using them as riding animals and eventually selling them on to JQ Public for his riding animal. And they'll land in good homes and in bad, but for MOST of the public, they are WAY above their pay grade to train and understand. This whole business of adopting them out for $50 or whatever the fee is, is ridiculous. The money the get comes no where near supporting the remaining unadopted, unadoptable horses. In a private ranch, these horses would not be a commodity because they aren't self supporting.
Once they get full grown and past babyhood they're too big and strong for MOST people to safely handle and train. I agree with hunting or just about any other method to cull the excess. I don't agree with keeping them at tax payer expense.