As all mustang enthusiasts (and a lot of the general public) know, the government has been talking about euthanizing (shooting) the mustangs in its care that it can't afford to feed. I won't get into the politics of it. I don't do rants and such, and I don't have a solution so I don't want to be just another complainer.
But check this out!
"Madeleine Pickens, wife of billionaire T. Boone Pickens, made known her intentions to adopt not just the doomed wild horses but most or all of the 30,000 horses and burros kept in federal holding pens. Lifelong animal lovers, the Pickenses just a few years ago led the fight to close the last horse slaughterhouse in the United States."
Click here for the entire Washington Post Article.
This definitely buys them some time, but the logistics of it are baffling to me.
If you have been thinking of adopting, now would be the time. Or at least this year. There really aren't that many horses out there, compared to the number of people. We could get them all adopted out. Or if you don't think you could handle gentling a mustang, try adopting an old rescue horse. Or bid against a kill buyer at an auction. (Someone I know recently got a well-conformed, pretty little appy yearling for $20.) I can tell you from experiece that when you save a horse, they know it. It's worth it. The rewards may be intangible, but they are very real in terms of the heart and soul.