Saturday, April 30, 2011


A wild horse advocate recently revealed that she had united two wild horses that were calling to one another across two fences and a highway.  According to her, "nature took its course" and the pining pair were "liberated"; presumably to consummate their love.

  • I inferred that fences had been cut in order to achieve that union. No such word was used; the assumption was mine. 
  • Now, having been assured of that, I apologize!  And I leave the rest of my statement "AS IS", as a caution to activists that might have intepreted as I did, as an example to be followed.
I am very familiar with the stretch of road described, and I happen to know that the fences there were erected, not as a BLM plot to interfere with "herd migration routes", but to prevent and protect the horses (and other wildlife) that were being killed as they ran into the path of cars traveling at 70 MPH there.  Horses died, and so did people.

While I do trust that the person in question is well qualified with how to identify a wild horse (as opposed to a domestic one that might be grazing in a very large open pasture), it concerns me greatly, that other well-meaning individuals might not be so well-versed. 

In Nevada, not all horses one sees along the roadside are wild. Some (most) of them belong to someone.  Imagine how you might feel if someone released your dog in heat because it was "in love".  Imagine how you would feel if your pet was inseminated by a rogue mongrel, or so much worse: splattered all over the highway, as the result of well-intended "kindness".
Promoting acts of destruction fuels the growing resentment of local ranchers, and might well lead to further restrictions upon public lands. 

Rarely do wild horses need our "help" on the open range. Horses are capable of finding alternate routes in their own territories. Interacting with them can be dangerous.  

Wild horses need our help in Congress and the courts, and our eyes in the field. On the ground, we need sensiblel and law-abiding activists capable of exercising good judgment and restraint.

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