2018 Free-Roaming Horse News

The news and information in this section will be from varying sources.  Not all sources are equal, and horse sense will be used to comment on the news or information as needed.  Please don’t hesitate to do your own research as well.  Better informed, better decisions.


Dark water: how brumbies will destroy everything Canberra was built on

Horse fatalities along Moffat County’s Colorado Highway 318 subject of multi-agency meeting

Supreme Court rejects sanctuary's easement request


How partial government shutdown affects Nevada

Ranchers upset by wild horse release

Aerial shooting of wild horses at Singleton Army Base is a humane option, Invasive Species Council says

Drought threatens wild horses that are symbol of the west

Some prehistoric horses were homebodies

Outrage as more than 150 brumbies are shot

Feds Begin Selling Wild Horses Captured in California for $1 Each

Birth control darts used on Salt River horses

BLM removes nearly 1,000 wild horses from public, private lands in eastern Nevada

US land managers in Utah to tackle wild horse population

Wild horse management needs to be remedied

Arizona’s wild horse paradox

Wild brumbies starving in Central Victoria as Parks Victoria do nothing, locals say


Sale, possible slaughter of California horses delayed while they get their day in court


NSW deems alpine brumbies a threat to plants after passing laws to protect them

This is nature also. And it isn’t pretty.

GonaCon vaccine could offer lasting results for managing wild horse population

Equine rescue fills needs in horse capital of the world

CANA Foundation Selected as Sidelines Magazine's December 2018 Charity of the Month

Those who want to rewild have lost touch with nature!  Just look what is happening in NSWs Australia, the BLMs wild horses, Oostvaardersplassen, the Navajo Reservation and others.  Rewilding makes it sound like we know what we are doing, and we don’t.  Just call it nature calling the shots.

The Road to a Spending Showdown Is Paved With Cigars, Guns and Horses

Inside the 'rewilded' English farm that offers an African-style safari on land left to its own devices for nearly 20 years Assateague celebrates new foal, tests for pregnant mares

Those who want to rewild have lost touch with nature!  Just look what is happening in NSWs Australia, the BLMs wild horses, Oostvaardersplassen, the Navajo Reservation and others.  Rewilding makes it sound like we know what we are doing, and we don’t.  Just call it nature calling the shots.

Eagle Butte horse rescue ranch sells; ex-owner is sued for rent

Assateague celebrates new foal, tests for pregnant mares

If rewilding is so great why don’t they do it here?

'It's A Park Not A Paddock': Campaign To Buck Kosciuszko Brumby Bill Kicks Off

Natures way!

Hyenas killing off Namibia's last wild desert horses: foundation

Natures way!

How many wild horses should the Ochocos hold?


'It looks like a horse cemetery': Starving brumbies shot dead by authorities in Victoria's Barmah National Park

Some are shooting the starving horses to keep them from dying a long painful death.  Other are attempting to save the starving horses.  One way is helping nature balance an over population of horses.  The other way is ignoring nature and making future problems worse and with more horses starving and suffering.  Those saving the horses are not concerned about the horses, other game or the range,  they are selfishly trying to stop the emotional pain they feel, damn the consequences.


Does Idaho need to change its state mamal.

California AG warns felony charges if wild horses are sold for slaughter


California AG warns feds of felony charges if wild horses are sold for slaughter

Academy hosts conference to examine the latest science on the impacts of feral horses

BLM Says It Plans To Pull Back On Controversial Plan To Spay Wild Mares In Oregon

Snowy Mountains Brumby protections should be dropped, scientists say

BLM plans ‘emergency round-up’ of burros north of Lake Havasu City

History in Focus: Sand Wash horses a living icon

This isn’t a focus on history.  It is promoting the myths surrounding todays so called wild horses and rewriting history to fit the myths.  In the third paragraph, “they were rounded up, branded, and broken to become saddle horses.”  Next it says, “efforts to trap the wild mustangs were ineffective.”  They called it right the first time.  The old timers were good hand and knew how to gather wild horses, or more accurately free-roaming horses.


All 27 horses at auction get new homes

Injunction from federal judge puts wild horse sterilization experiments on hold

Oregon Judge Stops BLM From Sterilizing Wild Horses

Advocates return wild horses to herd

NC wild horses kept trying to reach Virginia. Keepers had to find a way to stop them.

1,000 wild horses in need of homes, advocates say older horses are destined for slaughter

Advocates file suit to stop sale and possible slaughter of wild horses from Modoc Forest

Love those heehaws and snorts, but Death Valley aims to become a 'no-burro zone'

A must read for all wild horse advocates!  You want to rescue wild horses?  Do it on your own dime!  Don’t warehouse them on public lands, in corrals or on rented pastures.  The Wild Horse and Burro Program should sell all excess animals.  You wild horse advocates have the same opportunity to buy those horses and burros as kill buyers.


Claims Horses Have Been Left To Starve To Death In National Park

Unmanaged free-roaming horses is a world wide problem!

I-Team: BLM says shooting deaths of wild horses was 'humane euthanasia'

TWS offers recommendations for wild horse management

The Wildlife Society


Wild horse round-up in Modoc sparks slaughterhouse fears

1,000 wild horses to be rounded up in Northern California, sold for $1 each

BLM Captures 1,178 Mustangs, Removes 873 Near NV-ID Line

Brumbies die of starvation in Snowy River as drought affects food, water supply

National mustang meeting will gallop into Salt Lake City


Hundreds of wild horses in California set for round up, possible slaughter

Over 10M strong for commonsense management of wild horses

Groups try to thwart wild horse experiment


Seeds, The Nokota Horse

Wild horse herd on NC island survives Hurricane Florence, officials finally confirm

No horse roundup on Pryor Mountain range

Arizona Nonprofit Helps Wild Horses Cope With Drought

Save wild horses from BLM’s abusive practices

Nonprofits sue to stop government plan to sterilize 100 wild horses

Man Sues Troubled Wild Horse Sanctuary in South Dakota

Woman engages in long-running legal battle to stop mustang roundups

Visiting Sable Island, the 'Smile of the Atlantic' (31 photos)

BLM, advocates near deal on Fish Springs horses

Cruel new tradition at Snaffle Bit Futurity?:


Survey: Moffat County’s economy boosted by wild horses

BLM rounds up thirsty horses

After judge stalls roundup, activist has new goals to protect Pryor wild horses

Scientists are now trying to clone the 40,000-year-old baby horse found frozen in Siberia

Judge halts roundup of wild horses along Montana border

BLM to conduct Muddy Creek wild horse gather in Emery County

Temporary restraining order halts removal of small wild horse herd in Montana

From Staff Reports

Another example of courts managing the free-roaming horses instead of science and sound range management by knowledgeable people.


Climate change in the west and fast-growing free-roaming horse herds are creating real problems for the range they run on.  The range is suffering and the horses are suffering as well as other wildlife.  We need to remove the horses to preserve the range and stop the suffering. 

The high desert of the Great Basin is not a horses natural habitat.

Wild horse removal in the Bookcliffs

Modoc wild horse gather planning update

Exploding population of wild horses, burros strains BLM

Wild Horse Backers Ask Judge to Stop Roundup of Montana Herd

Devil's Garden wild horse gather planned for October

Volunteers, BLM to remove wild horses as grazing conditions worsen

Lack of Food, Water Prompts Wild Horse Roundup in Nevada

Siberian Permafrost Reveals Perfectly Preserved Ice-Age Baby Horse

Volunteers increase water hauled to wild horse herd as BLM considers roundup

Four wild horses are euthanized after they were spooked by a helicopter that was trying to round them up and ran into a barbed-wire fence

BLM gathering wild burros in Bullhead City for adoption

Group Calls for Investigation Into Horse Roundup in Utah



Despite 2016 law, Salt River horses remain unmanaged

The horses are wild. Time to tame our policy

Chincoteague pony population control questioned, but similar to other regions

Chincoteague's herd management not unusual

Navajo agency rolls out program to manage feral horse population

Navajo Nation offers money for surrender of wild horses

With the Coasties of Chincoteague — boats, ponies and lots of rain

Claims of mistreatment of wild horses invokes cries to halt roundup

Navajo Nation seeks to corral wild horses

BLM favors bait for wild horses

BLM Moving Forward with Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Removal

Judge upholds permanent removal of Oregon wild horses

BLM wild horse plan concerns Mustang Center

Group calls for investigation into horse roundup in Utah

Elko BLM rounds up 265 horses


BLM to gather up to 149 wild horses in Emery County

Horses to be removed from BLM land

Reports: Wild horses rounded up in Dayton area

Despite 2016 law, Salt River wild horses remain unmanaged

Chincoteague Defends Event, Practices After Horse’s Death

Wild horses in Theodore Roosevelt National Park have mixed ancestry


BLM explains plan to remove 575 NV wild horses

Drought spurs extreme measures to protect West's wild horses

Severe drought has put wild horses in danger

Coming together to haul water for horses

200+ Wild Ponies to Swim in Virginia for Annual Chincoteague Pony Swim

BLM: Fish Springs, Dayton area wild horse herds must be reduced

BLM Plans To Thin Book Cliffs Wild Horse Population

Mountain Lion Infiltrates Horse Sanctuary Near Malibu

Removal of Fish Springs wild horses put on hold

Dry Conditions Threaten Wild Horses in Western US


Alliance To Launch New Assateague Island Programs

Zoo-bred Przewalski’s horses are freed into the plains of Mongolia

Concerns over new BLM policies on wild horse sales

BLM removes 135 horses from eastern Elko County

Annual public hearing on using aircraft and motorized vehicles for wild horse management set in Craig

BLM should fight wild horse suit this time

Lack of water forcing BLM to remove 250 wild horses near Tooele

A tale of water and fire: Volunteers begin hauling water to horses in drought-stricken herd management area

Nature’s way to control the population of wildlife is to let them die of starvation and thirst.  If you don’t want the horses to die from lack  of food and water let the BLM do their job and manage them.  By feeding and watering the wildlife you are creating higher levels of overpopulation that will show you what real overgrazing looks like.  Our rangelands will pay the price. 

Providing Food & Water to Wildlife During Drought  


Fish Springs herd gather prompts protest

Southeast Connector may pose threat to wild horses

Salt River colt being cared for by a team of volunteers

Wild horses at the centre of a controversial new law


Bureau Of Land Management Sued Over Plans For Wild Horse Removal

Grassroots group works to save wild horses on parched Navajo Reservation

Feds Sued Over Plan to Cull Wild Horses in Nevada

Valley group working to protect wild horses during drought

BLM to round up 125 horses in Elko County

Wild Konik horses help restore moorland at Bwlch Corog

Moorland is not a horses natural habitat and would either die off over time or drift away.  But yes, large herbivores may be managed to change the environment in a way we want.  But we are doing it through managing the animals, horses in this case.

BLM gathering 60 wild burros from Bullhead City for adoption

BLM seeks bids for new public off-range pastures for wild horses and burros


Philippi horse trainers compete in Extreme Mustang Makeover

BLM proposes local wild-horse roundups

Brumbies in Kosciuszko National Park could spill into ACT and Victoria

Fort Polk can keep rounding up and getting rid of feral horses


Government Refuses To Cull Destructive Feral Horses

NSW brumbies bill a 'global embarrassment’

BLM seeks public comment on wild horse gather in Sand Wash Basin

'Insane': Government gets its way on wild horses despite protests from scientists

Wild horse gather planned for September

Meeting set to discuss upcoming wild horse gather


The Salt River Group and all other wild horse advocates need to pay attention to four of the following articles. 

Plan to cull Snowy Mountains brumbies makes sense

NSW brumby plan makes Kosciuszko conservation 'impossible', RSPCA says

Victoria plans to remove 1,200 feral horses from Alpine National Park

Local nonprofit receives Arizona nod to oversee Salt River horses

Hold your horses – feral horse fertility control isn't that easy


Brumbies: with culling off the table, what happens next?

Letter: Brumbies in National Parks – a new perspective

Fertility control of wild horses could be 10 years away, says veterinary specialist and researcher


Nation's feral horse problem brought to forefront after recent death of nearly 200 horses

Again, this is what happens when free-roaming horses are unmanaged.  Look at the pictures in these articles to see what protecting free-roaming horses is doing.  Nearly 200 wild horses found dead on Navajo Nation land in Arizona  -  Nearly 200 wild horses found dead in muddy, dried up pond on Navajo Nation

Australian state government proposes protecting wild horses

The Wild Horse and Burro Act was passed in 1971.  Want to see how it has worked out?  Read Roundup nets 148 wild horses in mountains west of Las Vegas

Brumby cull backflip divides communities across New South Wales and Victoria

Roundup nets 148 wild horses in mountains west of Las Vegas

This is what happens when free-roaming horses are protected instead of managed.  Look at pictures of the horses gathered.

Controversial plan to cull Australia's wild Brumby horses abandoned

They haven’t learned anything in the last 20 years.

Exmoor ponies join wild bison to control Czech vegetation

I hope they have learned from the rest of the world and have a workable management plan!


Deaths of Salt River horses along Bush Highway lead to new safety measures

What is causing the increase in deaths?  Population growth?  Lack of food?

Saddling Horses Can Tame Recidivism and Rein Spending

I would like to see validated studies and hard data on these programs.  I doubt they are very cost effective.

Forest Service, advocates work to bring water to horses

Effort to save Nevada’s starving wild horses riles up community

Emmer column: Wild horses, feral policy

85 wild horses captured, 4 euthanized in roundup near Las Vegas

13 wild burros found shot to death in Nevada desert


Let Mountain Lions Eat Horses

Horse Roundup in Mountains Near Las Vegas Draws Protesters

Emergency wild horse roundup enrages advocates

Tracing how horse domestication turned the Eurasian Steppe into a highway


Agriculture department withdraws Virginia Range horse management proposal request

Warriors ask for harmony for land, people, horses in Moffat County

Nearly 200 wild horses found dead on Navajo Nation land in Arizona

Scientists propose declaring brumbies a threat to environment, in move that could pave way for cull

BLM calculates costs of wild horse options

Rights groups decry US plan to reduce number of wild horses


Inmate-trained horses join Yosemite National Park patrol team

Rights groups decry US plan to reduce number of wild horses

Domestication and its genetic consequences

BLM ponders offering $1,000 for wild horse adoptions

Long time Sable Island naturalist heading back next month

Tracking wild horses in Patagonia

Should the BLM remove ‘excess’ wild horses in southeastern Utah? Comment period open

Wild horses may soon have their day as BLM begins wildfire ground fuel abatement test

Wild horses present challenges in Southern WV coalfields

Whoa! Nevada horse giveaway on hold near Reno; no takers

Nevada’s wild horse giveaway plan fizzles out


Woman starts petition to bring more attention to rescue horses at Midwest Horse Fair

170 Kaimanawa wild horses re-homed

Horse adoption event seeks to address overpopulation

Friends of Animals wants Mont. feral horses on the endangered species list

Judge: Oregon emergency horse roundup violated law

No solution for wild horse overpopulation in budget

Montana Ag Network: Ranchers demand reform of Endangered Species Act

Congress demands wild horse and burro plan from BLM



Wild horses released on New Mexico ranch after being held in captivity

Chasing wild horses: Armed with vaccinations, local officials seek to control growing populations

Too many wild Kaimanawa horses for rescue centres to handle

NV woman sues, fears for missing horse

Outback encounter questions all we know about horse shoes

Nancie McCormish: Keep American horse meat off the table

Wild horse muster in April

Bison talk brings up wild horse capture in NRC

Finding solutions for wild horse populations

BLM forced to postpone horse meeting

Horse tales

Wild horse advisory board to meet in Salt Lake City

Nevada industrial park developer says wild horses should stay

ECOVIEWS: Icelandic horses are a breed all their own

The woman who rode Australia's longest trekking route – a photo essay


Wild-Horse Overpopulation Is a Lie

Why is the Mesquite Local News promoting conspiracy theories?

Where did Domesticated Horses Come From? Where did the Wild Ones Go?

Mammoth Kaimanawa Horse Muster to catch 200 wild horses

If Overpopulation is a lie why would they have a Kaimanawa Horse Muster?


BLM removes 1,000-plus horses from Nevada range

Navajo Nation cancels plans for wild horse hunt


Oak Bay, B.C., moves ahead with experimental deer control program

How DNA Proved Wild Horses No Longer Exist

Wild horse advocates read this!  Wild horses no longer exist, feral horses do!

BLM investigates suspicious horse deaths

All the wild horses are extinct: study

Why The Last 'Wild' Horses Really Aren't

Ranch manager addresses wild horse problem

Need to Create Awarness About Indian Horse Breeds

Wild Horse Mesa herd hit hard by drought

Seeking sanctuary

More light shines on Pleistocene extinction event with possible discovery of new genus of horse

Utah Lake, wild horses, grazing, river dispute angle for lawmakers' attention


Suit to block feral horse plan is frivolous

Animal rights advocates square off over horse birth control

Wild horses found shot in south-central Wyoming; BLM is investigating

Spooked carriage horse runs wild, 3 passengers hurt in N.Y.

Critics say Nevada plan for free-roaming horses is illegal

Rescue groups work to secure future for Fort Polk horses

Wild horses aren’t overrunning the West


Rare wild horse born in Xinjiang

Local rescues continue to rally for Ft. Polk horses, litigation pending against Army

New U.S. Budget Proposes Allowing Mustang Slaughter, Opening Door to Wild Horse Meat on Dinner Tables

This federal bureau wants to slaughter tens of thousands of wild horses

Wild horses facing slaughter after US government proposes new regulations

Another day in Southern Nevada, another roundup

BLM Holding Hearings on Vehicle Use in Horse Management


Determined trainer vows to set horse world record

What he considers trained isn’t even out of the starting gate to being trained.  And for him to get 70 horses in seven days past that low bar are probably prepped before training starts. 

BLM Conducting Triple B Complex Wild Horse Gather

New group of Ft. Polk horses rounded up, now what?

Group says it doesn’t want to slaughter Virginia Range horses

‘Cowboy at heart’

Fort Polk horse removal on hold?


Protections approved for Salt River horses

This may be interesting to follow in the years to come.  I expect the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group to sabotage the management of the Salt River horses and a steadily increasing population.

Animal group: Ft. Polk escalates wild horse roundups

Animal rights group presses Army on wild horse roundups

These horses need gathered and sold.  We don’t need more protected horses, we have more than we are able to care for now.

Agency plans gathering of 2 wild horse herds

Candlelight vigil for wild horses in Carson City

 Wild horse brigade shut down again

This give me hope.  People are able to see past the so called horse advocates myths and wild beliefs to make decisions with good horse sense.

Burro’s shooting death prompts investigation, outrage


Guest Opinion: All the king’s horses can’t make wildfire



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