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Date:7/31/2014 4:39:23 AM
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Hello! Thank you for asking! Umm... There's so much to say, but I guess I'll just give you the nitty gritty stuff. And if you want to know more, their website is blm.gov, mustangs4us.com, mustangheritagefoundation.org, and a couple others. Or you can ask me again if that's easier. Okay, so we'll start with why they do what they do. And if it comes off as a little preachy, I apologize, but I am just as passionate about protecting our wild horses, as I have Gizmo, but I also understand that without the BLM, the mustang really would perish.
In 1959 Wild Horse Annie got the Wild Horse Annie act passed, which prohibited the use of motorized vehicles to hunt wild horses. Later, in 1971, she got the Wild Free Roaming Horse and Burro act passed, which provided management, protection, and control of the wild horses because too many were living on the land, it couldn't support them. In 1974, the BLM created their Adopt-A-Horse program, because their corrals were overflowing with horses, and they didn't know what to do. Since the program began, over 250,000 horses have been adopted. Which I think is pretty amazing, it's just been almost 40 years since it began, and with most people's views of mustangs being rangy, scraggly looking ugly horses, that number is huge.
That's how the BLM got involved with the mustangs. So, why they round up the horses and burros? I knew why, but I guess I didn't really understand completely until I took a Natural Resource Conservation class at Montana State last fall. The land can only sustain so many animals, and when it reaches maximum sustainability, and goes over, the land starts to deplete. Pretty soon it becomes impossible to support all of those animals, and they start dying of starvation, dehydration, and possibly other things, as when a place becomes over populated, whatever that population is starts fanning out, trying to find more room. Pretty soon horses would end up on freeways, in people's back yards, and we'd have problems with ranchers shooting them again, because horses crop the grass too low for cattle to get sufficient feed. Which is where the whole issue of mustangers and the ranchers shooting them off came from way back when before Wild Horse Annie.
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