A mare on the lower Salt River named America, gets a dart in the butt, so she can spend her life free with her family, where they are enjoyed by millions of people who visit the Tonto National Forest. (Upper picture)
Lower picture: Mares and stallions and babies are getting separated from their families and removed from their home forever by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). One of them breaks her neck on the paneling and dies trying to protect her family.
Mares and stallions and foals in the popular herds of Onaqui, (Utah) and Heber, (Arizona) are awaiting the same sad fate and millions of Americans are distraught and upset over this.
We currently only have one 2021 foal in the Salt River herd; born in Champagne’s band, her name is Bubbles. The fact that Bubbles is the only one, is the reason why this entire herd is still here.
It took us 3 years to completely halt the growth of this herd through our PZP program, and the population will naturally decrease in size from here, without removals. It is obvious to everyone that it is working, and that the horses are still happy and so is the public of Arizona who fought hard for this herd.
So we are just wondering; if a very small non profit organization like us, can completely halt the growth of a population of wild horses on a very limited budget, within 3 years, then why can’t the BLM and FS do the same on a 100 million dollar budget?
We’re just sayin… our way is the better way. We love and care about every Salt River wild horse; they are innocent, sentient and kind. They love their families and their freedom, just like we do.
Every wild stallion in the country is just like Shadowfax. Every little foal, just like Bubbles.
We have worked this hard to show that it can be done, not just for the Salt River herd, but for every herd in the country.
We are thankful that our Governor and our Forest Service and our AZ Department of Agriculture gave us this chance. All we can do is hope that more government authorities will take their more reasonable stance, and that more non-profits will take our reasonable stance.
You as the public, can help let it be known that there are better ways to manage wild horses. Remember that it is the public who is the largest stakeholder when it comes to our public lands. Please share this post with government officials and legislators and each other.
Urging government officials to take note; there are more cost effective, less cruel and more sustainable ways.