Judge rules Placitas horses not wild

Placitas horses...not wild

From: Albuquerque Journal
By: Rosalie Rayburn

Placitas horses...not wild

ROSALIE RAYBURN/JOURNAL Feral horses search for grazing on land near the Sundance Mesa neighborhood in Placitas.

A District Court Judge in Albuquerque has ruled that the feral horses roaming Placitas are not wild and therefore fall under state livestock laws.

The Wild Horse Observers Association was seeking to stop New Mexico Livestock Board from picking up horses from private property in Placitas under a law governing estray livestock. The case asked the court to declare that the Placitas feral horses are wild.

Since last summer, the Livestock Board has picked up more than 50 feral horses from private property in Placitas at the request of property owners.

Judge Valerie Huling’s ruling issued July 16 said the Wild Horse Observers Association “failed to demonstrate that the horses at issue are not estray livestock and that the (Livestock) Board acted outside of its authority under the Livestock Code.”

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • Sue

    Your tax dollars at work, mismanaging our uniquely American heritage, wild horses.

    Just finished a book, “The Horse Lover: A Cowboy’s Quest to Save the Wild Mustangs,” written by H. Alan Day. In it, he explains how he set up a wild horse sanctuary, to accept all the “unwanted” BLM mustangs that had been removed from their lands. Late 1980s to early 1990s, he operated Mustang Meadows Ranch in S. Dakota. He had talked with Dayton Hyde, who also accepted “unwanted” BLM mustangs.

    If you love horses, I guarantee you will get very, very angry at how Day was treated, using tax dollars. He promised to keep the horses, got paid by the Feds for taking care of them. Then, the reader learns that after a few years, the BLM comes in and asks him to separate half his herd. 800 of the fattest ones, it is important they be the biggest and best fed ones. Day never finds out what happened to them.

    A beautiful black and white stallion is removed to a remote island; Day never follows up on where he went. Day is finally requested by the Feds to roundup 25 of the oldest horses. He does so; the BLM comes in and tells him they must be euthanized. With little complaint, he shoots them all, one by one, after having earned their trust.

    I was disgusted that Day didn’t (at least) try to hide or place those old horses. BLM had already broken their part of his agreement/contract; I most certainly would not have killed them.

    A true horse lover must read this book. I am enraged, once again, at how humans treat our friends, the equine.

    July 22, 2014
  • Daryl

    Now we have the Judge on the side of the ranchers? Do they ever get a break of any kind? Does not seem so. How is so easy to kill and take some one’s life away be it animal or human? Such an injustice to the wild horses and burro’s. We need big people to help with all this, to try and help our equine if they are to survive at all.

    July 22, 2014