I cannot adopt a mustang. My responsible horse ownership is limited to Red and Lyra. I can donate a small amount of money. But to who? For what? I sure can write - but again, to who and about what? A recent popular blog suggested that the ruckus about the Pryor Mountain was much ado about nothing - it happens all the time and after all, captured mustangs are better off in captivity. Are they? Again, I confess my ignorance. And since I dont' have alot of tolerance for ignorance, I am racing to transform my level of information when it comes to the issue of how the BLM manages our wild horse herds and the bigger picture of how they manage our public lands. What is their multi-use policy and who decides the criteria for which competing "multiple use" interests get consideration and ultimately policy decisions that champion their cause.
For now, four things:
1. Wild Horse Adoption Day is September 26th. The horses could use all the publicity they can get.
2. The upcoming meeting of the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board is on September 28th in Arlington, Virginia. Read more about it by clicking here.
3. If you chose to increase your own education regarding the complex issues that shape the existence of our wild horse herds, here is a pretty amazing resource where laws, policies, and statistics are already gathered and available for your reading. The site is "Save Our Wild Horses." Please ignore the annoying hoof beats audio, there is some good stuff here. This link will take you to info on BLM policies related to mustang management. Once there, click on "BLM" in the menu bar for laws, statistics, etc.
4. Are mustangs better off in captivity? Perhaps those lucky few who are adopted into homes with the skill and resources to provide for them. The others? I think not. The following video may be more emotion provoking hyperbole, yet I think it offers images and information to challenge both our hearts and minds.