The US Forest Service is investigating this latest rash of horse killings in Northern Arizona. There have been over 50 horses killed since 2018.
These are not trail-riding horses. They don’t live in a stable, and they don’t belong to anyone. But that doesn’t automatically make them “wild.”
“Wild horses” are a very specific thing. If a horse is wild, it has federal protection. The Salt River horses are an established wild herd.
But the horses near Alpine, despite not having an owner, have not been recognized by the federal government as “wild.” Netherlands said they’re considered “unauthorized livestock” and have no federal protection.