Today, American wild horses and burros are located primarily in remote portions of the West, with much smaller populations of horses also living on barrier islands off the mid-Atlantic coast.
Most western herds are managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) within about 200 herd management areas (HMAs) located in 10 western states. In total, BLM manages an estimated 40,000 horses and 5,000 burros roaming 17.4 million acres of public and private lands. Half of these animals are located in Nevada. Far smaller numbers of horses are managed by the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service, the Department of Defense, and tribal and state governments.
In the West, wild horses inhabit arid grasslands and semidessert shrublands, but may also be found in piñon-juniper woodlands with an understory of grasses. Grasses, such as Indian ricegrass (Oryzopsis hymenoides) and western wheatgrass (Agropyron smithii), are their forage of choice. During the winter, wild horses depend on a variety of scrubs and in times of heavy snowfall will even eat the sprigs and bark of trees. Each day, the average wild horse eats about 11 kg of food and spends an average of 12 hours grazing.
According to most estimates, the wild horse and burro population grows at a rate of around 17 percent per year. Making nearl7 33,000 wild horses in open ranges and 38,000 in holding facilities with over 8.800 of these being over 10 years of age, under the new law as of 05 these 8,800 can be sold off to a one time buyer and saving the BLM $11,000 per day to fee or estimated $4,015,000.00 per year just for these. Add in the whole 38,000 is $47,500.00 per day to feed or $17,337,500.00 per just to feed the holding facilities not including salaries or other maintenance or vehicles, offices etc. Add in that the BLM only sold 20% of the 8,800 or 2,000 with 17% increase. The Wild Horse Foundation in Texas received 1 out of 5 of the 2,000 or 20%of these. The BLM is not getting ahead. Congress has made many complaints to the BLM that they are not managed properly need a complete over haul in there program. The BLM contends that they are just managers of a program that has been dictated to them by Congress so its a circle of "who's in charge and they can't fix it. The issue to the tax payers is a fleecing of money where people have jobs but no ne wants to make a decision.
The estimated feed cost, hay, per day per horse is 25 lbs. x's 300 = 7500 lbs or 3.75 tons per day. Cost is $65.00 per roll or 1600 lbs. or 5 rolls per day ='s $325.00 per day to feed. (Hay is higher in 06 up to $110.00 in Mineral Wells and as low as $75.00 in Bryan and in 07 the price should be closer to normal ranges around $55.00 to 65.00 per round bale.) This does not include hauling. Add this up and expected duration of days to hold is 60 days.
We will have every horse or burro adopted gentled, haltered, leading, feet worked for ferrier service and trailer loading before each will go to a new home. This saves the adopter the expense of purchasing additional 6' high panels or building their facility to meet adoption for wild horse and burro's. By us providing this we can ensure that the new home and adopter can immediately handle there horse or burro.
We will have entered into our phase of adoption procedures. Our new adoption procedure will simply be as follows. Once the new adopter comes and picks out their horse or burro and completes the necessary paper work, we will then separate their adoptee and begin work gentling. We hen can offer the adopter a 2 week period to come back and pick up their new adoptee and take it home. Of course we will always allow the adopter to take there wild horse or burro home if they can provide us with the knowledge they can safely, gently train their horse.
While we are a growing project to help to protect the wild horses and burros we will do everything we can to protect horses as long as we have your support. It has been a long road to building the foundation and having the only "One of Kind" training facility that will house and protect our heritage as we go into the future. We ask for your support in any amount by either cash, money orders, personal checks, visa or master card.