reply to post by Maxmars
1- No, the only true wild horses are the exmoor the tarpan and Przewalski's horse. What we have are feral horses that have had the best of them picked
out of the herds for the past forty years. And if you haven't noticed Texas and a good part of the southwest has been in a record breaking drought
for several years now and this scortching spring and summer took out thehay producers in the upper midwest so feed for horses that people actually
'want' are going to be in short supply.
Cattle grazing permits have been empty, no cattle there in many of them so that argument is out the windoe
Second, feral horses are not a native species, they are competing directly with them, they are there year around, unlike cattle permits of a few weeks
Because of that, horses damage the fragile area, use up resources the native wildlife really need, especially in a drought.
Just as we as a nation decided to use some of that land for cattle permits, we also decided to introduce a feral species, as a symbol to some part of
human history and try to manage it there.
There is some of that land designated for the feral horses and honestly, how much of it do you want them to live in and, as now, overuse and so
destroy for all species?
Just as with cattle permits, that are there only in good years, under very strict regulations and for only a few weeks a year, we should let range
managers, the BLM, manage those feral horses, not interfere at every step with goofy ideas and requirements and flights of fancy of the clueless
public as you seem to be.
Why keep them in feeding pens at taxpayers costs of millions, better used for so much else we can use that money, or worse, just shoot them, as they
do in Australia?
When you manage land, you first manage the land properly by stocking it right.
If not, you won't have any land and so animals thriving there left to manage, if it is private or federal land.
Better quality mustangs can be had from responsible ranches who raise them responsibly and cull the flawed ones. Once again since the 1970s the best
of the mustangs have been adopted out each year leaving the remaining less than best horses to produce the next batch. There are a few acceptable
animals out there but they are few and very, very far between. . You will not adopt the next HOTY out of a BLM herd so don't even dream about it, Buy
yourself a lottery ticket,- the odds will be better. .
Why don't you speak to a farmer or two in NJ about the oh so rare whitetail deer and the crop damage they cause their response should open your eyes
as to what crop damage a wild species can do. Beef does not come from a butcher shop it spends the first year out under the stars, eggs and milk do
not come from a dairy they come from chickens and cows. Without crops you don’t have vegetables or flour for bread.
BTW I actually have horses. I am pro slaughter* (as long as it is humane and the horses are not transported long distances in bad trailers) because
there are worse things than death that can happen to a horse. Go to a New Holland or Sugarcreek horse auction for a day - that should open your
*Not my horse I will call a vet to Euth.
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