- Ask a hundred people whether or not wild horses are important to America and you will get a wide range of answers. Those who have an investment in the grasslands of the West, will argue that wild horses are feral pests, barnyard escapees. That they eat and drink valuable resources that could otherwise be better put to use for grazing cattle, stocking wildlife for hunters, or drilling oil fields. Many say that the wild horse tramples winter wheat, muddies up water holes, turns grasslands into deserts, breeds like prairie dogs, and have deteriorated in bloodline to the point where they are a discredit to the horse’s name. Many believe that these horses are causing the taxpayer too much money and are of no value.
- Others declare them to be truly wild, an indigenous and native species in North America, an icon of freedom and a symbol of the American West and that they should be protected at all costs.Our fascination with the horse seems eternal. Even modern domesticated horses, living within fenced corrals, still posses a sense of wildness and freedom. A harkening back to the wild and free 18th century American West. Today, we still, love the idea of the Old West, the glamour of the cowboy and the freedom of their life style. The horse seems to represent the American self- image of a conquered West, progress and freedom.
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- Photos taken at Return to Freedom Wildhorse Sanctuary, www.ReturntoFreedom.org.All photos ©BevPettit.com