How Wild is a Herd of Wild Horses If All the Stallions Are Gelded?

31 Mar

Four Horses © 2011 afroditi katsikis

Four Horses © 2011 afroditi katsikis

Personally, I don’t think a herd of wild horses, when the stallions are gelded, are truly wild horses. Gelding the stallions changes the dynamics of the herds. There will be no real wild horse herd interactions or family bands – family bands in the wild have foals to look after and the stallions will not compete for the mares if they are gelded. Eco- sanctuaries with gelded stallions may draw people to see wild horses behind a fence but actually they won’t see wild horses at all — just a bunch of horses not acting like the wild horses do in the wild.

I see right through these potential sanctuaries: tax dollars via the BLM budget will pay the sanctuaries to keep BLM wild horses every year and will charge for tours of the non-viable herds. Those who want to view the non-viable wild horses in ‘eco-sanctuaries’ will have to ‘book’ a tour in advance which may or may not be at a time or day that is convenient.

The way it used to be (I say used to be because this is getting harder to do as the vast majority of the wild horses and burros have been removed from their law given HMA’s for other interests such as mining, oil and gas production) is to go to those outfitters in the west who can lead you, sometimes on horseback, to the places that wild horses or burros live. There are several wild horse photographers who also know the habits of the wild horses and have taken people to view or photograph them in their natural habitats.

Basically these BLM sponsored wild horse eco-sanctuaries are long-term holding facilities – nothing more! The BLM sponsored wild horse eco-sanctuaries are just another way to make sure that all the wild horses and their bloodlines are lost forever.

If you want to take a tour of intact wild horses at a sanctuary that are not paid for with tax-dollars, spend your money to visit International Society for Protection of Mustangs and Burros or the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary in South Dakota.

(There may be other wild horse sanctuaries with viable herds that I don’t know about, please post in the comments if you know of one.)

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5 Responses to “How Wild is a Herd of Wild Horses If All the Stallions Are Gelded?”

  1. Annie Mond March 31, 2014 at 3:57 pm #

    these guys use PZP but none of the stallions are gelded.

    http://www.returntofreedom.org/the-american-wild-horse-sanctuary/

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    • WestDeltaGirl March 31, 2014 at 4:00 pm #

      Thanks for letting me know Annie.

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      • Mar Wargo April 1, 2014 at 6:59 pm #

        One thing I learned from Sandi because her horses are ‘captive wild’ is that no matter what you put together out there they will sort it out in their own way. Yes, you do not have real family dynamics with gelded males. But the mares are leaders and teachers and they carry on. Messing with the mares may cause far more damage…

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  2. annielittlehawk April 3, 2014 at 8:11 pm #

    I don’t know if all their males are stallions or not, but some are…their website says this:
    “one of only a few sanctuaries who are able to take in un-gelded stallions.

    DreamCatcher Wild Horse and Burro Sanctuary

    http://www.dreamcatcherhorsesanctuary.org/index.php/residents/wild-horses

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