Pursuing Salt River wild horses with a lasso? Really?
It’s never nice to disturb any wild animals, but to come in with gloves and lasso and pursue Salt River wild horses will get you in deep trouble here, because the Salt River wild horses are protected from harassment and interfering by State law ARS 3-1491, a.k.a. the Salt River Horse Act.
In our book this definitely counts as interfering, because it was clear that the horses did not know what to do and started running, which got all the other bands calling out and running as well, and there were a lot of people just hanging out, which could have turned dangerous in a heartbeat.
One of our volunteers did get their license plate, so this will get looked into by the AZDA.
We are proud of the public who didn’t put up with this for very long and stood up for the horses.
Please treat the wild horses with respect, they have a lot to put up with as it is. They are not particularly fond of horseback riders as it is, so when on horseback, please watch for their reaction and make sure they are not disturbed in their daily routine.
- ✅ Stay 50 ft from them at all times.
- ❌ DON’T pursue them. Don’t try to pet them. Don’t feed them. Keep dogs leashed and don’t let them near the horses.
- ✅ DO photograph them, watch them, enjoy them, admire them and stand up for them.
Thank you! SRWHMG.