Written by Amy Rudisill
In doing research about the Wild Mustangs it was difficult to separate the facts from opinion. So I began to wonder…what were the issues?

The Bureau of Land Management also known as the BLM, is a government agency responsible for keeping a balance between open spaces and development. That puts them in charge of The Wild Horse and Burro program started in 1971. The protection of the Mustangs has been debated for years. The BLM states that there are over 37, 000 wild horses roaming government property and herd size can as much as double every four years. According to the BLM, there are many problems that arise from the wild horses: Stream sedimentation, soil erosion and other wildlife habitats may be damaged.

Mustangs in Utah
Supporters argue that Mustangs are part of the natural heritage of the American West, whose history predates modern land use practices, and thus the animals have an inherent right of inhabitation. For many years as herd sizes grew the BLM would adopt out the horses. However a lack of funds, slow adoptions and the increased population forced the BLM into the now very controversial “Horse Roundup”.

This year there will be many rallies against the rounding up of the wild Mustangs, but I couldn’t help but wonder…emotions and money aside…what is in the best interest of the horses?