2019 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.


Couple plans wild horse CAFO near Flowell

Wild horse trapping dogs planning commissioner

Bureau of Land Management releases horses back onto Challis range

Spending Bill Sets Stage for Eradication of America’s Mustangs

Wild horses treated and released

Wild horse numbers boom in Kosciuszko National Park under controversial new legal protections

BLM conducting wild horse roundup throughout Washington, Iron counties

Wild horses blamed for ecological disaster

BLM plans to relocate 25 wild horses


Push to accelerate capture 130,000 mustangs draws fire in Congress

BLM traps 21 Fish Springs horses

Younger Devil’s Garden wild horses for sale with limitations

Push to accelerate wild horse capture draws criticism

Push on Mustang Captures Draws Fire

Wild Horse Sanctuary celebrates 40 years of rescues

Wild horses require a practical solution

New rules for managing wild horses, burros on horizon


BLM seeking public input on new fertility vaccine for wild horses

Wyoming residents concerned about proposed horse facility

BLM rounds up more than 900 horses

Sand Wash Basin adds new signs, hopes to add fencing in near future for wild horses



BLM gathered nearly 300 wild horses from Central Idaho in effort to trim population

Wild horse gather concludes in Challis

On Virginia’s Eastern Shore, wild horses are an asset, not a headache


Donna Brothers: PETA Is A Bully

Wild horse gather in eastern Nevada halted after 294 removed

BLM seeks public comment on proposal to gather wild horses

BLM chief’s wild horse fixation distracts from the real threats to public land

Marr Plan Wild Horse Motorcade A Success

Controlling wild horse, burro numbers will take $5B, 15 years

Knowing Nevada: "Don't Fence Me In" - The Journey through our public lands

The BLM is paying people $1,000 to adopt wild burros and horses from a state prison


Fifteenmile horses settle in at Rock Springs facility

BLM Announces Banner Year for Wild Horse and Burro Adoptions and Sales



Dems in Congress Demand Update on Interior Wild Horse Plans

Controversy ensues over film screening on wild horses, public land issues

Wild horse roundup planned for Challis area

Horses’ fate best left up to nature

No deal on Fish Springs horses


Is slaughtering wild horses a necessity? Tribes wrangle with controversial issue

Official: Solving wild horse problem will take $5B, 15 years

BLM Head Reiterates Focus On Removing Wild Horses, Burros From Western Lands

In our opinion: While wild horses roam the West, Congress does nothing on a problem it doesn’t understand

14 animals adopted at Carson City inmate training program

Wild horses to be captured in central Idaho to reduce herd

Wild horse roundup planned for Challis area

BLM Announces Banner Year for Wild Horse and Burro Adoptions and Sales

Controversy ensues over film screening on wild horses, public land issues


Inmates tame Nevada’s wild horses

Abandoned Chernobyl villages could save a rare species

What are wild burros doing to Death Valley?

Modoc National Forest prepares for wild horse adoptions

Battle to rein in feral horses continues

Even India has wild horse problems.


Indy Environment: A wild horse plan in Congress, backed by animal welfare groups, angers advocates

BLM finishes gathering excess wild horses near Caliente

Modoc posts final update on wild horse gather

Controversial plan to fix wild-horse problem has D.C. backing

America’s cattle industry could obliterate its mustangs

BLM to begin wild horse gather at Fifteenmile


Wild horse bill: National Groups call it progressive, local advocates says it's a "disaster."

Salt River wild horses receiving birth control

Agency OKs wild horse roundup in south-central Idaho

Roundup of Hundreds of Wild Horses Planned in Wyoming

Belarus, Netherlands to expand cooperation in forestry sector

Salt River horses face hunger and disease as debate continues over their future

Running Wild: A USA Today Investigation-from 3-26-2017


BLM conducts wild horse gather in Carbon County

28 wild horses drowned off Outer Banks in ‘mini tsunami’ created by Hurricane Dorian


Wild horses have long kicked up controversy, and foes say they have solution

Councillor resigns over ‘difference of values’

A Horse Births a Zebra

Group warns of contagious bacterial infection in Salt River wild horses

More than 200 wild horses gathered so far on Devil's Garden project

Wild Horse Overpopulation is Dire

Park to resume birth control of wild horses

Next round of wild horses gathered from the Modoc National Forest

Plans laid to trap, re-home brumbies

Wild horses removed from Utah land prepared for BLM's adoption/sale program

The lost plan to save the West's wild horses

Wild horse herds reach 'devastating levels' across the West


Letter to the Editor: Spirit of the Wind Foundation is a fraud

Wild Horse Gathering by BLM in September

Outer Banks wild horses to ride out hurricane, as they've done for 500 years

The horses have not been there for five hundred years!  It is genetically impossible.  Without management and horses bringing new genetics to the small islands the horses would have inbred  and died out.  And that is a fact.  Another fact is there was no Spanish Colonial horse breed 500 years ago, or even 200 years ago.  Most of the common knowledge about free-roaming horses is myth and untrue.

More than 100 horses are being hoarded by a nonprofit in Puget Sound

All Is not well with nonprofits that are supposed to be rescuing horses either domestic or wild.  Some are con jobs!

BLM to capture 600 wild burros near Beatty, will put them up for adoption

Brumby management to commence in Kosciuszko National Park

Critics: Culling method risks inbreeding of the horse herd at Theodore Roosevelt National Park

All of the free-roaming horses in the American West will become inbreed unless they are managed. 

“It was originally thought that an effective population size of at least 50 was necessary to avoid short-term inbreeding depression, but empirical work suggests that if maintenance of fitness is important, effective population sizes much larger than 50 are necessary. Theoretical studies suggest that the figure could be closer to 5,000 for several reasons. First, new genetic variation from mutations is added to a population more slowly than originally thought (Lande, 1995). Mutations with large effects tend to be detrimental and are removed from the population by natural selection, so the overall mutation rate does not accurately predict the infusion of new genetic variation. Second, the effects of inbreeding depression are likely to be more severe in stressful environments (Jiménez et al., 1994; Pray et al., 1994). Finally, slightly deleterious mutations may accumulate in smaller populations and lead to a decline in fitness (Lynch and Gabriel, 1990; Charlesworth et al., 1993; Lande, 1994).” From Using Science to Improve the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program: A Way Forward, page 149 (pdf version)


Harvard Law School Launches Animal Law And Policy Clinic

Undermining protection

Government plan to manage wild horse populations comes under fire

BLM awaits OK on slightly altered fertility plan for wild horse mares


Wild horse that grew thin is taken to rescue farm on the Outer Banks

How the fight over brumbies is making the NSW Liberals and Nationals go feral


The Mojave Desert's donkeys are turning up dead

BLM to allow viewing of wild horses

Wyoming's first Wild Horse Highway dedicated near where the iconic heard roams

Those horses are feral, not wild

Virginia Range horse management contract reached

Proposed plan would oust brumbies from Barmah


Possible end to birth control program for wild horses could trigger cull in Alberta

A Few Thoughts by John Nalivka: The wild horse saga – grazing management and economics gone awry

Wild ponies removed from Theodore Roosevelt National Park to thin herd, auctioned off

All the pretty horses: Wild ponies slated to be removed from Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Wild-horse roundups kick up questions about handling herds

Wild burros to be gathered from Seven Springs Ranch using ‘bait trap’

The horses at N.D.'s Theodore Roosevelt National Park are Facebook celebrities. Will it help save them?

Roundups revive debate over how to limit ever-expanding wild horse populations

Bigfoot Saves the Wild Horses of America

Visitors see horses running wild at Return to Freedom on docent-led tour

1,200-plus horses to be rounded up in eastern Elko, White Pine counties

BLM concludes helicopter portion of Pine Nut Mountain wild horse roundup

Mustangs on Wild Horse Mesa carry centuries-old genes

Officials release strategy for reducing wild horse population by approximately 80% in North Hills

BLM gathering wild horses near Caliente complex

Up to 100 wild horses to be gathered and removed by BLM


BLM to Resume Pine Nut Mountain Wild Horse Gather

Horses trained not to be scared by drones

New Incentive Program Aims To Find Homes For Oklahoma's Wild Horses


BLM seeks bids for off-range corrals within Utah

Proposed surgery to sterilize Oregon wild horses raises hackles

Ponies swim at Chincoteague in annual Virginia tradition

BLM hosting Aug. 2 public hearing on wild horse management in Colo.

Chincoteague Pony Swim Has Rich History

For Wild Horses Accustomed To Humans, Fertility Control Can Work

Speedo-Clad Tourist Kicked in Groin After Ignoring 'Don’t Touch the Horse' Sign at Maryland Beach

Leader of epic White Sands horse rescue operation reflects on months-long roundup 25 years later

BLM says move will save taxpayers millions, but environmental groups bristle at decision


Senator McSally Addresses Wild Burro Problems  

BLM concludes wild horse gather

BLM Concludes Triple B Complex Wild Horse Gather

Letter: Protect wild horses

Federal Wild Horse Management system “Crippled to point of catastrophic failure”


Pseudoarchaeological claims of Horses in the Americas

A must read!

BLM to relocate headquarters from DC to Grand Junction, CO

Lawmakers to tackle growing wild horse and burro problem


Shackleford Banks horses 2018 annual findings report released


Feds won’t kill wild horses in West to reduce overpopulation, official says

A Simple Solution, Sell the Excess Horses!

The Feds don’t have to kill any horses to start solving the problem.  They can sell the horses with a free and clear tittle.  Yes, it is likely most of those sold would end up a kill plants.  Don’t want them sent to a kill plant?  Buy them and save them.  After the first sale the Wild Horse and Burro Program could immediately plan additional gathers without out receiving more funding.  In 4 to 6 years the on range population could be brought to AML and bring in more funding by selling the horses as gathered.  Instead of renewing off range pastures, sell the horses for even more income and savings.  The Wild Horse and Burro Act of 1971 needs changed to a management plan for the free-roaming horses on the public lands and drop all protections for horses removed from the range.  In 1971 the free-roaming horses didn’t need saved, they needed a management plan.  Almost 50 years later and they still do!

Administration won’t use lethal measures on wild horses in 10 Western states

Feds Seek Ways to Combat Overpopulation of Wild Horses

Officials examine ways to limit wild horse population growth

Officials Examine Ways to Limit Wild Horse Population Growth

Remains of Ancient Neanderthal Horses Found in Iran’s Qazvin


BLM to round up 800 horses

4 rare wild horses born in Xinjiang


The first riders of wild horses

Bill To Ban Horse Slaughter On A National Level Introduced in Senate

Feds Gear Up for More Wild Horse Roundups

Chasing Horses


An Irresponsible, Emotional Act

The Mystery of Horse Domestication Deepens

The horses brought back to the new world are not the same as their ancestors who migrated from the Americas.  They are genetically less diverse.

Supervisor says number of burros in Black Mountains a 'crisis'

Guest opinion: Utahns should demand protection of wild horses


Wild horse and burro adoption event in Hamilton is under quarantine

Advocates seek more protections after driver hits, kills wild horse

21 rare wild horses born in China's Xinjiang

CANA Foundation Praises Groundbreaking Rewilding Legislation for Wild Horses in FY2020 Interior Appropriations Budget

The Wild Horse and Burro Act of 1971 was basically an attempt to rewild horses, whose natural habitat is grasslands, on the arid lands of the West.  It hasn’t worked and repackaging it will not be successful.  The free-roaming horses of the West need a management plan based on reality!

BLM Seeks Bids for Off-Range Wild Horse and Burro Corrals

Assateague horses love a 'pic-a-nic' basket. But save them from deadly human, pet food

What's being done about the fatal shooting of wild horses in Heber-Overgaard?

New facility for wild horses to be built in Carbon County

Wildlife advocates oppose euthanizing wild horses and burros

A wildlife advocate needs to understand the wildlife they are advocating for as well as nature, range management and how they affect each other.  These are not wildlife advocates.


Residents demand investigation into killing of federally protected wild horses in Heber, Arizona

Wild horse population tops 88,000, plus 50,000 in corrals

Over 100,000 head of horses and burros need sold with a free and clear tittle!


Wild horse advocates take a local, practical approach

76 Horses Roaming Assateague Island, National Park Service Population Census Finds

Locals demand action after wild horses killed by suspected speeders on Mount Charleston

Wild Idaho horses: How the BLM maintains horses after destructive 2015 fire

Wild horses released to their former range

Wild horse summit: Seeking common ground

Finding common ground to base a reality based management plan for free-roaming horses and burros will be hard, but even harder will be getting Congress to appropriately fund it and pass legislation to support it.

Wild horses released in Owyhee County

TOC board member: I'm for animal rights – and horse racing

Saving the wild horses

BLM to Gather Wild Burros Near Empire and Porter Springs

Letter to the Editor from Rep. Chris Stewart, Sen. Mike Lee: It’s time to take back the reins

Congress makes the rules governing free-roaming horses and sets the budget, they need to become responsible horse owners or be charged with animal neglect just as any other person or organization would be!


Letter to the Editor: It’s time to hold the BLM to account

Far to many wild horse advocates are like this one who is speaking without a clue to what he is talking about.  By definition, the AUM is the amount of forage needed by an “animal unit” (AU) grazing for one month.  AML is appropriate management level, one horse for one year, he has that right.  To compare AUMs to AMLs the AUMs need to be divided by 12(months for 1 year) instead of multiplied by 2.  Where does the 2 come from?  Probably from a cow and calf being included in an AUM.  You want free-roaming horses and have them, just leave the management to those that have the knowledge and experience!


Letter to the Editor: A response to Chris Stewart’s and Mike Lee’s letter on wild horses

No thinking skills in this letter!  The approximate twenty percent growth rate has been proven time after time the world over.


BLM Revives Proposal To Sterilize Oregon's Wild Horses

Save Kosciuszko group warns of fatal collisions with brumbies


Ancient DNA reveals two lost lineages of horses—but not their elusive origins

Modern Horses Faster Than Their Ancestors


Starving brumbies 'carving away' NSW park

Boice to revisit fire-brigade horses

Bill Simpson noted the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California recently recognized wild horses as native species to North America. So are alligators, but they don't belong in the mountains of Northern California. Neither do unmanaged free-roaming horses!

LETTER: Many Issues Facing Wild Horse Management

Some horse advocates buck at new plan to save wild mustangs

There Are Too Many Mustangs On The Range. But Horse Advocates Are Split On A New Plan To Rein Them In

Agriculture, natural resources groups support multi-stakeholder proposal to manage wild horses and burros

Ag groups support proposal to manage wild horses and burros


Two Letters to the Editor

Wild horses do us good

Craig Downer claims to be a wildlife biologist so he should know the lower Salt River free-roaming horses are not in their natural habitat.  Instead they are an invasive species on the lower Salt River.  Horses did evolve on the grassland of North America, and grasslands are their native habitat.  Most of his points are about as valid.

Don’t scapegoat the horses

Many so called wild horse advocates really don’t have a clue about free-ranging horses, cattle or range management.  Cattle are removed from over grazed areas, unmanaged free-ranging horses are not.  Give the horses more acreage and all you are doing is creating a bigger problem with more horses needing removed in the future.

Brumbies cull: Battle over plan to kill hundreds of wild horses in Victoria


Republicans praise Sisolak for handling of wild horse issue

KIDSPOST: Ozark horses have free rein to roam

Konik horses introduced to the Danube Delta

Konik horses are a breed developed from common domestic horses and are not a recent descendant of some imaginary European wild horse!

Red Bluff Round-Up taking action as L.A. aims to make bull-riding a thing of the past

We need to stop the feel good fixes like making bull-riding a thing of the past and begin dealing with real issues like climate change, over population meeting our future energy needs and learning how to get along with one another.

Nevada resumes fertility control for free-roaming horses

Wild horses, public land remain a tough balancing act

Barmah brumby numbers to be cut by Parks Victoria in four-year plan

Calls for better data on Kimberley wild horses amid secrecy over aerial culls

Group protests mass removal of Utah's wild horses

Guest opinion: Protecting wild horses will take a wild idea

Wild ponies placed in pen after Chincoteague visitors ignore warnings to stay back


Wild horses in North Carolina’s Outer Banks welcome first baby of season

Horses roam free in Miyazaki’s verdant hills

More homes needed to adopt wild Kaimanawa horses

Wild horse muster will go ahead

After aerial capture removes only 41 feral horses from tribal lands, tribe meets with cowboys to weigh options

Riptide, Chincoteague ponies band penned after visitors ignore warnings

Solution to wild horse overpopulation

Wild horses and wild stories


Advocate contends wildlife warnings needed on US380

Statement on control of feral horses in Singleton Training Area



BLM offers cash to wild horses adopters

Plea for homes for up to 80 wild Kaimanawa horses from annual muster

Wild about horses: Locals to get second chance to adopt Little Book Cliffs horses


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

BLM authorizes wild horse gathering in North Hills near Cedar City

Wanted: More Pastures for West's Overpopulated Wild Horses

Charity urgently looking to rehome 70 wild horses from Kaimanawa Ranges


BLM Seeks Bids for New Off-Range Pastures

Protected wild horses chew ever-closer to Canberra's water sources

Kosciuszko camping site remains open despite warnings about dangers of wild horses

As Herds Grow, BLM Boards Wild Horses On Private Land

Assateague Census Finds Pregnancies, Presumed Deaths

BLM, FOAL partnership helps land, horses

Weather postpones Pine Nuts wild horse roundup

Singleton Army Base brumby cull an 'open-slather slaughter', horse advocacy group says

They got the job done!


4 more dead horses found near Heber

Namibia: Govt Clings to Custodianship of Wild Horses

BLM seeks nominations for Wild Horse, Burro Advisory Board

Tribes respond to horse controversy


Wild horses in Placitas searching for new home

Feral horse capture begins

Colville Tribes respond to horse controversy

Wild horse management group volunteers claim they were shot at over the weekend


Vern Buchanan Continues the Fight to End Slaughtering Horses for Human Consumption

NC senator introduces bill to protect Corolla's wild horses

Animal Welfare Groups Applaud Federal Legislation to Ban Horse Slaughter, Humane Society of the United States Says

Unwanted cats and dogs are killed by the tens of thousands.  We need a market for horses or treat them the same way.

BLM to remove about 575 horses from Pine Nut Mountains

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests


Mass equine deaths in Australia in 42C heatwave

The so called wild horse advocates want to save the free-roaming horses so they may die like these.  Wise up and allow the people who know how to manage the free-roaming horses.


Four dead horses create many more questions

Australia's Heatwave Responsible for Deaths of Horses, Camels

Wild Horse Advocates pay attention, this is what happens when free-roaming horses and camels are not well managed!

CBC approves feral horse aerial-capture contract, increased bounty for tribal members

If enough good horse runners are left (????) this is a tried and true method of managing free-roaming horses.


There is a better way.  Gather them and sell them free and clear.  Or even give them away.


‘Shocking Stuff’: Dozens of Horses ‘Perished’ in Australian Heatwave

It is natures way.

Shocking pictures show dead horses at dried-up waterhole in central Australia

Horses perish near Santa Teresa


CBC votes against wild horse aerial capture contract

Feeding through furlough

Salt River wild horses receiving birth control to manage herd numbers

Province, Tsilhqot'in to assess Chilcotin wild horses for wildlife conflicts

The U.S. Forest Service could bypass federal restrictions and sell wild horses for slaughter

Hearing to focus on Modoc wild horses

New pen in California may allow sale of wild horses for slaughter

WILD HORSES-Forest Service mulls sales that could lead to slaughter

Lawsuit filed over Tribal roundup of horses in Palomino Valley

US judge bars slaughter of Nevada horse in tribal roundup

B.C. biologist worries government plans Chilcotin horse cull


Wild horse population is booming, but is re-wilding or slaughter a solution?

Slaughter would be a solution.  Rewilding just creates a bigger problem.  Look at what is happening on public lands, Indian lands, in Australia and at Oostvaardersplassen, a 14,800-acre man-made nature reserve(Slaughter of starving wild horses divides the Netherlands - NBC News).

Wild mustangs find sanctuary in the peaceful countryside near Edwardsville

Just horses.


Colville Tribes plans to remove feral horses from their reservation

An example of why rewilding doesn’t work!

PIONEERING WITH EPSTEIN: Care, time best horse sense

Even just decent hands with horses in the west, both past and present do not break a horses spirit, but they do have to make a living.  There is nothing wrong with the way this lady does it(as far as I know), but I am sure she has never made aliving from training horses the way she does.  No one would be able to afford to have her train a horse.

Local rescue takes in wild horses rounded up in California

Infection threatens Chincoteague's wild horses



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