WILD HORSES OF NORTH AMERICA
"My mission is to help preserve and protect horses in the wild and to promote conscious and humane herd management." -Tim Layton
According to the work of researchers from Uppsala University of the Department of Evolutionary Biology, the date of origin for wild horses in North America is set at approximately 1.7 million years ago.
Some wild horses made it over to Asia before the land/ice bridge disappeared presumably 11 to 13 thousand years ago.
These wild horses were domesticated and the Spanish reintroduced them to America in the early 1500s. From their hands, a few escaped onto the American canvas and reverted to a wild state to the wild horses that we know of today like the horses at Pryor Mountain, Outer Banks, and in various places across the West.
According to Western writer J. Frank Dobie, wild horse numbers in the 19th century reached more than 2 million. But by the time the wild horse received federal protection in 1971, it was officially estimated that only about 17,000 of them roamed America's plains.
More than 1 million had been conscripted for World War I combat; the rest had been hunted for their flesh, for the chicken feed and dog food companies, and for the sport of it. They were chased by helicopters and sprayed with buckshot; they were run down with motorized vehicles and, deathly exhausted, weighted with tires so they could be easily picked up by rendering trucks. They were run off cliffs, gunned down at full gallop, shot in corralled bloodbaths, and buried in mass graves.
Wild Horses Of Our Time Are Under A New Attack
The Wild Horses Protection Act of 1971 is in under fire by various lobbyist and special interest groups that only care about money and have no regard for the wild horses on our public lands.
We must keep our public lands wild, because if we don't the last few remaining horses will simply become something we read about in history books. Learn about the key issues and the simple steps that you can take to voice your support to keep the last few wild horses wild and free-roaming on our public lands in America.
BLM manages 245 million acres of public land and 155 million acres are allocated for grazing livestock and only 27 million acres are used for wild horses. This means that wild horses only get 11% of public land while cattle get nearly 6 times more land. To make matters worse, of the available forage land, wild horses are only given scraps and over 80% are given to cattle and livestock.
We don't have a land problem - We have a Policy Problem!
My mission is to help preserve and protect horses in the wild and to promote conscious and humane herd management.
I aim to help people understand the essence, spirit, and history of the magnificent Wild Horses of North America. I hope to foster a desire to protect this unique part of American heritage through awareness and education. I believe people naturally protect what they love and if my efforts lead to the protection and preservation of wild horses and humane management practices, I feel that my time was invested wisely.
**Sources (Wild Horses as Native American Wildlife, The Surprising History of America's Wild Horses, Humans Might Have Wiped Out Horses , History of America's Wild Horses, American Wild Horse Campaign)