Newsweek: A New Range War

Corraled in a federal holding pen at Palomino Valley, Nev., a buckskin mare with the number 9598 cold-branded in code on its neck suddenly faces an uncertain future. When the 12-year-old was rounded up in November as part of a federal program to humanely control the mustang population in the West, it looked as if it would be relocated to a grassy farm in Oklahoma or Kansas. But that all changed weeks later.

Gentle horsemanship rooted in the West takes hold across the nation

Gone are the days when the only way to get a horse to take a saddle was for a cocky, young man to jump on the animal’s back and hold on until the horse gave up.


Tucson Citizen: TOO MANY WILD HORSES: Mustang Sanctuary: a plan to save money for the BLM while moving some mustangs to lands in Mexico Source Link: TOO MANY WILD HORSES

Battle Over Wild Horses Heats Up

Cattle ranchers and the government say there’s just not just enough room for all the wild horses that make their home on the range, but advocates fear plans to round up more mustangs will lead many of the animals to the slaughterhouse.

Fires and Droughts Endanger Wild Horses

About 42,000 wild horses and up to 5,000 wild burros roam in herds through just about every state west of the Rockies. But this year, with a record drought stealing their water supply and wildfires roasting their habitat, this already large population faces its hardest times ever.

CNN: Government loses track of thousands of adopted horses

CNN: Government loses track of thousands of adopted horses Source Link: CNN: Government loses track of thousands of adopted horses

Horse logging limits damage to forests

A couple thousand pounds’ worth of horse pulling tons of wood from the forest is an old way of working. But the method is helping meet today’s need for wood — and keeping the land in good shape for tomorrow.

“I just like the way the woods look when we leave,” says horse logger David Matherson. “In a lot of cases we’ve logged and went in a place and people never knew we was there.”

Backyard Mustangs

The horses, some of them descendants of wild mustangs, find plenty of water and ornamental shrubs to snack on in Hidden Valley. Some residents say it’s nice to have the creatures moving among them and occasionally peeking in their kitchen windows, but they also say the problems are piling up. “Look at all of this manure. I don’t think it enhances the neighborhood any, do you?” a resident says.

Tiny, ancient horses found in Tibet

The tiny horse, only 4 feet tall, was discovered purely by chance, grazing in groups of two or three in the Riwoche Valley, an unexplored region in northeastern Tibet. The expedition, led by French anthropologist Michel Peissel to study another rare species of horse, had been forced to divert from it’s planned route due to bad weather.