Readers Respond: Herd Management

More than 2,700 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Should wild horses be euthanized to help control their population growth in the Western United States?"

results of wild horse management poll

Results were as follows:
  • No: 80.72% (2248)
  • Yes: 18.28% (537)

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  • relocation
  • cut down on cattle ranches and people go vegetarian
  • Sterilization
  • sterilization
  • birth control
  • for controlling wild herds , castration of some. relocate herds, drop hay,
  • birth control
  • GIVE THEM TO PEOPLE THAT DO NOT HAVE THE MONEY TO PAY FOR ONE
  • adoption
  • lighten the restrictions of adoption of wild horses.
  • can't even save all domestics these days
  • Remove the cattle
  • Geld the stallions!
  • Reproductive control using sterilization, temporary for all, permanent for some
  • prevent pregnancies with birth control for mares.
  • adoption
  • Stop livestock grazing on federal lands, geld and release some stallions, use birth control on mares
  • ALOT MORE FREE LAND FOR THEM
  • A dollar from all horse feed sales should go to feed them
  • relocate to better location
  • sell to france to help with feed costs
  • more resonable adoption practices and fees, sterilization
  • Only the weak, deformed, & old and bad injuries, much like responsible horse owners.
  • Geldings, just like we control cat colonies - spay & neuter. Trap, gelding, rest a week then release
  • yes and no? what do we do? how bad is it for them to be overpopulated? will they starve?
  • hold an adoption auction
  • gelding stallions
  • Capturing and gelding males and return to wild
  • donating horses to colleges in th US for there equine riding programs
  • Geld most stallions
  • RescueFarms; train for medical and mental rehab/treatment kids and adults
  • Take the majority of the colts off the range and geld & train them. Improve the breeding herd.
  • gelding most of the mature stallions in each herd
  • adoption, these horses are amazingly talented and diverse. they can be used for almost any disciplin
  • Castrating some stallions and spaying some mares to reduce herd sizes
  • castration
  • geld some of the studs
  • Let them be
  • birth control would be more humane
  • Get them fixed? I wouldn't want to have to be the one to catch him or her.
  • Stallion castration Mare sterilization
  • Selective sterilization to control breeding but allow for a good genetic diversity
  • If we just let them run free, the population would likely take care of itself-survival of the fit
  • wild horse sterilization
  • Use tax dollars for wild horses on public lands instead of subsidizing cattle ranchers.
  • Revise existing adoption policy
  • regulate the cattle grazing, or no cattle grazing.
  • More use of Birth Control shots
  • boost adoption efforts, and selective steralization if additional controls are needed
  • STERILIZATION
  • Unless they can come up with some kind of feasible birth control.
  • contraceptives and improved adoption regulations
  • There really isn't any other solution. There are too many horses and not enough land and food.
  • geld and release more of the colts; restrict out of control building which reduces available land.
  • geld more of the colts; restrict out of control building which reduces available land.
  • Continue adoptions and leave many of these horses on the range, they are small in number
  • keep adapting out!
  • AUCTION
  • Stop leasing govt. grazing land cheaply to cattle ranchers & let the horses stay where they belong!
  • sterilization
  • Easier adoption policies
  • neutering,
  • better puplic awareness for adoption
  • Hold more auctions and sell younger horses, reducing the quantity that can reproduce.
  • If we are unable to do this on our aging horses, then BLM shouldn't be able to either.
  • Adoption, increased funding per tax return
  • Sterilization to limit reproduction
  • Catch, geld and release the males.
  • birth control methods if practical.
  • move the cattel off gov't lands, and leave the horses alone
  • humane slaughter for human oor animal consumption.
  • lessen the amount of Domestic livestock that is grazing the same land
  • Gelding most of the stallions may help,euthanizing is unexceptable when we have alternatives!!!
  • Maybe use available funds to geld the stallions for population control.
  • more adoptions
  • THERE ARE MILLIONS OF US WHO WOULD LIKE TO ADOPT BUT WE ARE NOT CLOSE ENOUGH TO THE CENTERS.
  • castrate males
  • these animals have novalue, BRING BACK SLAUGHTER PLEASE, save the horse industry
  • Send them to other reserves in the US and other countrys
  • relocation to unpopulated mountainous region, They still exsist!
  • sterilazition of both mares and colts/stallions
  • Geld the stallions; birth control for the mares
  • rewark the tax code to allow mustangs to be deductable to the average horse lover.
  • Geld the males instead of euthanizing
  • gelding and birth control
  • If they can euthanize them, (the horses) then they (the government) can spay and or neuter them.
  • or slaughtered for food.
  • sterilizing selected stallions to keep the population down
  • castrating some stallions perhaps? I think our overuse of the land is important.
  • return them to the wild. there is plenty of space for them to roam.
  • If adoption or enough ranches can't be found, spay the mares!
  • gelding colts
  • Leave more on the range - stop favoring cattle over wild horses!
  • sterilization
  • Increase their grazing areas by decreasing the amount of land given to cattle.
  • Stop the round-ups. Open up more land for these horses to roam. Restrict ranchers use of public land
  • charge less to adopt, they're wild and even registered horses are not going for much these days
  • It'a also a quality of life issue for the horses, but there's got to be an alternative to death.
  • Money shld be spent on sterilization of studs, female contraception.
  • Subsidize potential owners so more can afford to rescue a wild horse.
  • Birth Control- Sterilization
  • should either be gelded or broken to be sold
  • neutering to prevent reproduction
  • adoption
  • Gelding a number of the stallions to control herd numbers
  • Get more people involved by advertising through the media. .
  • adoption
  • adoption
  • Gelding and mare care
  • Birth control. They do it with the wild horses of Assateague
  • adoption
  • give them to people who are willing to give them a home
  • make a wild habitat sanctuary area for them to live.
  • Send WH to slaughter and use the money to support the herds that exist through birth control
  • sterilization, better PR and more work for adoption
  • sterlization
  • Castration, lower selling prices, fewer cattle competing for range
  • 100% rescue
  • Birth control for the mares.
  • there must be a drug that can be fed or administered to wild ranging mares to sterilize.
  • adopt them out for more money
  • Catch and geld the stallions. Only allow the best of the best to reproduce, manage the nubmers that
  • ASsign a percentage of total herd to be given birthcontrol and monitor every few years as to size of
  • I think there could be some type of birth control for the mares in the wild or geld the studs.
  • For starters, stop paid lobbyists running the BLM. Slanted question, poor science.
  • Send them to underdeveloped countries which utilize horses for transportation and agriculture.
  • relocate them to other areas & geld the undesireable trait stallions
  • relocation national parks, wildlife preserves. fixing mares.
  • I'm sorry I have no solutions but the horses deserve better than death just because we can't share.
  • Humans should stop proreating & breeding; humans create burden on everyone including horses.
  • castration of males
  • if they made it easier to adopt them would be one way
  • Keep them running free & leave them alone, less housing developments, more room for the wild horse
  • Move horse to other locations on the range verse a holding facility
  • perhaps gelding as many stallions as possible, yes expensive but at least you don't have to dispose
  • Why not have national parks for them like we do for bison?
  • Gelding
  • human birth control and vegetarianism
  • adoption and auctions advertisements commercials to public interest
  • Bring back the slaughter houses to put carcasses to use.
  • Leave them free in designated areas away from ranchers.
  • birth control
  • to catch the wild horses and auction them but return the ones that dont get sold to the wild
  • It is better than slaughter
  • Let's geld all the stallions but one our two in an area.
  • gelding the stallions
  • Castration programmes
  • I would rather see a horse humanely euthanized than live a life of ill treatment or starvation.!
  • Use BLM $ to employ professional trainers & train horses so they have a better chance to be adopted.
  • leave them alone
  • Let the puplic now about the situation! A sreility program would be an alternative.
  • Stop leasing land to cattle ranchers. That land was reserved for Americas wild horses.
  • slaughter for food
  • adoption as with Mustang Makeover or birth control
  • Transport some to new locations
  • Do not send to Mexico to be brutally slaughtered
  • But, chasing them with a helicopter and shooting them is not humane. What about birth control?
  • Geld! Geld! Geld!
  • birth control
  • birth control should be used, like the ponies on the outer banks of NC
  • Capture - geld and spay, leave only quality mares and stallions
  • Non-lethal population control using contraceptive darts to create infertility has been successful!!!
  • With the help of a little funding private parties would welcome the opportunity to foster.
  • castation on stallions would be a better solution and moving some to a different location as well,
  • removal + rehoming of majority of breeding stallions
  • To relieve the BLM of its duties of killing off Mustangs.
  • birth control
  • Cattle? Oil? Land for food?
  • sterilization
  • open up more blm land, it is like they don't have a shortage.
  • adoption
  • There should be more publicity about the horses up for adoption or fostering, or a way to transport
  • Gather some and find homes for them.
  • Leave them on the range,the strongest will survive and improve the herd,I live in Dayton,Nevada,
  • Adoption
  • Some form of limited sterilization
  • Leave them alone
  • gelding
  • Adoption
  • rather than euthinizing why not use them to feed the hungry
  • Slaughter
  • adoption
  • easier adoptions
  • Graze less sheep and cattle on public loands. Have farmers pay to graze livestock. Money go to help
  • sterilization of parts of herd
  • Gelding Stallions
  • start with the older, unhealthy horses
  • Geld more stallions.
  • More auctions
  • slaughter
  • adoption or sterilzation
  • Contraception. There are already too many mustangs adopted out into unsupervised situations with no
  • Selective castration would be a more humane option
  • open up Custer Forest to increase habitat
  • It is far better then having them starve to death
  • Adoption programs
  • Consider GnRH immunocontraceptive "vaccine", temporary contraceptive used in deer populations.
  • What type of euthanasia are they considering?
  • Shooting them IS more humane and cheaper. The slaughter plants should be re-opened.
  • Open then Horse kill plants and there would bemore people to help
  • Remove a few of the 4 million cattle and sheep off public lands
  • effective in-the-wild management
  • use some kind of birth control. government provide monies to help rescue groups set up shelters
  • Round up all the stallions they can and geld them...why didn't anyone else think of that years ago.
  • sterilization, birth control would be more effective.
  • Proper handling and management by the BLM. Use of birth control menthods.
  • castrate/spay - Why do ranchers have priority over wild horses? Stop roundups.
  • gelding and spaying or birth control hormones
  • sell them for less money or give them away. but always to commited people with the right conditions.
  • make it easier for people to adopt them...
  • BIRTH CONTROL
  • and feed teh starving people with them!
  • birth control
  • Give them to good homes--I mean free!
  • They want to kill them to empty holding facilities, not to control population.
  • adoption
  • Education about over population and lack of feed and land that we have forced these horses into.
  • Would catching the young stallions and castrating them might help.
  • no more development and population control for people
  • Leave them alone. There are NOT the numbers they claim in the wild!!!
  • controlled breeding, sterilization of selected mares and/or stallions, euthanize sick/injured
  • sterilization
  • correct and strick management
  • Get the BLM out and have an org. that understands herd management,gene pool dilution, etc. in charge
  • birth control
  • CONTRIBUTE AND DONATE AREA FOR THEM- BELIEF IS THAT THEIR NUMBERS ARE NOT OUT OF CONTROL!!
  • Slaughter
  • 1. Stop breeding, both backyard and within the so-called racing and show "industries".
  • Limit commercial cattle/sheep grazing
  • Limit cows and sheep from grazing on the horses range. Let them have their fair share of the land!
  • Leave Them To Hell ALONE.
  • reproduction control
  • Get horse slaughter plants open in US. Send excess horses to kill & BLM use money for budget!
  • Capture and relocate or auction .
  • New BLM management***Stop giving federal funds to countries that don't appreciate us. Use funds here
  • Stop leasing land to the cattlemen.
  • relocate some of the horses to other parts of the country, Castrate some of the males.
  • those in opposition to this email Henri_Bisson@blm.gov to let him know altermatives!
  • REDUCE THE PRICE/ RESTRICTIONS ON ADOPTIONS, fencing for example.that stops me from adopting.
  • Sometimes the governement needs to leave their nose out of it and let things work themselves out
  • Birth Control
  • gelding
  • adoption!!
  • Hold benefits to fund them
  • use drugs to stop the cycling of mares for a few years
  • Man needs to quit managing and let nature take its coarse with easier adoptions
  • I should say sometimes. How about castration of the males then turn them back out
  • birth control, sterilization
  • Find homes for them.
  • preservation of the herd/castration
  • Adoption & ship to new, safe land. More public awareness for funding.
  • The PROBLEM is the free/cheap access to PUBLIC grazing lands by for-profit ranchers.
  • Sadly yes as population effects the enviroment and the health of the horses themselves
  • stop development and leave range land open, it is the horses heirtage.
  • Instead adoption and birth control should be used. Both are used on the wild ponies on the East Coa
  • Unadoptable horses could be sold for food consumption in other countries to help supplement budget
  • but every attempt should be made to find homes first
  • Fed. $ for assisted therapy centers for rehab youth/adults use natural horsemanship
  • Make it easier for people who care, to be able to adopt!
  • keep two stallions, fix the rest. Put stallions with the herd every 7 or 10 yrs.
  • maintain federal land and/or not for profit funded wild horse sanctuary acreage
  • Castration round ups
  • remove the owned cattle and let the mustangs have the range it was theres
  • birth control and increase their range area
  • Find other remote land for some relocation and let nature take it's course
  • Some form of contraception.
  • The govt should charge higher fees for cattle to graze and use the extra funds to support the horses
  • catch and geld as many as possible, Remove the horses from the herd that may be adoptable.
  • Castrate the young colts. Or is killing easier!!!
  • Create a wild Horse Sanctuary
  • Cateration
  • Sell to slaughter houses. Better than killing them on the range to rot!
  • Adoption
  • They must be controlled
  • Small scale euthanasia with expert help followed by a larger scale adoption of ready foals.
  • Castrate some of the stallions and stop leasing the land to cattle
  • cull the stallions and geld, adoption, sales, follow Assateaque, Chincoteaque programs
  • get some of the cattle off the land. After all, regardless of method, the horses were here first.
  • More wild horse education. Many people think that the wild horse cannot be trained to be a safe hor
  • inject mares with hormone, like Assateague Island or give horses more room, less for cattle
  • send the meat to Africa and other countries where people are starving!
  • Just not enough homes to house all unwanted horses...controlled breeding..?
  • Like every thing els in this country if its a work just toss it out!
  • Moving excess horses to another range or some sort of managing birth control
  • adoption, relocation, fundraisers
  • no, never, not ever - why not try gelding or spaying?
  • adopt - start horses in basics of training
  • switch from cars to horses
  • For one, I have written many letters to the BLM and Wild Mustang Adoption sites with NO response!
  • BIRTH CONTROL
  • rounding up foals and gelding all males!
  • Don't think there is one.
  • Geld stallions or spay mares
  • Adoption; Gelding
  • remove cattle & sheep from public lands & geld the stallions
  • Mustangs are wonderful horses. Money could be better spent in training them & educating public.
  • humane slaughter for meat to feed the growing numbers of the poor. Many ate horse during WWII
  • Adoption
  • capturing, gelding, healing and releasing a couple of generations. Cheaper than holding facilities
  • Control the human population and leave the horses alone
  • Geld the stallions
  • Breeding PERMITS & limiting the number of breedings per STALLION. Some stallions are WAY overbred!
  • Adoption
  • reproductive management
  • gelding most of the stallions
  • release back to wild
  • Adopt them out and/or geld some
  • adoption/government support ($$$)
  • More adoption incentive
  • Sterilization
  • Spay and Geld some of those horses and turn them back out. Let vet students learn on those horses.
  • Implanted Sterility hormones if possible
  • gelding, holding during recovery period, then back to herd. same as feral cat deal. fix, vacc .
  • Euthanasia is preferable to lax adoption policies and subsequent neglect.
  • Rounding up and castrating as many yound colts as possible, then returning them to the herd.
  • do a better job of rounding up stallions,geld them and find them homes
  • selling off new colts at 3 months of age so they will grow up tame this makes for a good helthy hors
  • Leave them alone. There is not too many of them. Stop cattle grazing instead.
  • It was their land long before it was ours
  • Place animals that you can, and sterilize and return those that cannot be placed.
  • partnering with rescue groups and mags like The Horse for publicity for adoption
  • histerectomy
  • trap and neuter like feral cats
  • birth control
  • If possible geld the stallions,surely there is a way to cut down the population.
  • There are no viable alternatives.
  • We have people turning Reg. show horses for pennies, feed and hay are too much for alot of people.
  • wild horse sanctuaries, possible placements in zoos and better adoption efforts.
  • Gov has already stripped away lands alloted for them, reduced their #'s far below wht the 71 Act gav
  • I'd rather not but would prefer it to possibly starving ,prisions that train are a great method
  • turn them back out where they came from. the BLM is controlled by lobbyist of greedy ranchers.
  • Geld some of the males
  • sterilization
  • NO! What a stupid solution. Charge the ranchers a wild horse maintence fee for using their land.
  • Allowing more habitat, not federal grazing, adoption, birth controlt
  • They should be humanely slaughtered and their bodies utilized.
  • Continue the adoptions, geld the colts and euthanize those too old to survive in the wild.
  • yearly clearance sale
  • o you bump of aged humans because there are too many? Too many for WHAT? Let nature take it's cours
  • Work on useable birth control
  • Allow them to be used to feed starving people. Use them to feed meat eating animals in zoos.
  • they should just leave them alone till they get higher numbers.
  • Geld the older stallions and find a way to make some of the older mares infertile.
  • birth control, and giving people an option to donate on their tax returns to help support the horses
  • birth control
  • gelding and spaying
  • some type of birth control
  • Stop incrouching on their land
  • Euthanized is better than stuck in concentration camps with all their freedoms taken away.
  • Return the land to the horses that was originally designated for them
  • leave them alone
  • Neutering and release
  • castration
  • change adoption policies, make it more attractive to private facilities to provide management care
  • Keep federal lands for wild horses, cattle/sheep ranchers use personal land,wild horses came first
  • Geld the male horses for a few years until there are less foals on the ground.
  • Teams of volunteer wranglers, vets, vet techs should start gelding colts.
  • spaying the mares
  • adopt these horses out let the government find people who will adopt these horses were here beforeus
  • control the private cattle herds on public land so the horses have more forage.
  • Increase BLM budget
  • Is it viable to use birth control for the mares? It would be far worse to see them starve.
  • Hey, humans the HORSES were here FIRST !!!
  • Catch the stallions and geld them.
  • Beef is bad for America, bad as food, bad for environ, bad for wild horses. Remove cattle not horses
  • They need to lower their restrictions on people who have many horses and a lot of land.
  • sterilization/birth control
  • fix the heard
  • GELD THE STALLIONS
  • more limits on allowed usage of domesticated animals.
  • sold for meat
  • If we can feed ALL Illegals, we can feed our Horses!
  • why should that be an answer???
  • The BLM needs a complete overhaul and get out of the pockets of the cattlemen. Why tell the real sto
  • castration, chemical (for breeders) & physical (for unsuitables)
  • more land for horses,less land for cattle.
  • Wild horses could be adoptedout once a year to the public
  • Buy the grazing rights for the Horses instead
  • For other wild animals they are given forms of long term birh control.
  • Could they target the studs to go to the holding facilities?
  • no cattle, no sheep, no big business; selective birth control
  • Do not make adopting them out so difficult
  • Gelding 90% of stallions. Euthanizing unsound horses. Make adoption easier.
  • A SELECTIVE euthanization policy for old/unsound, etc. horses makes sense.
  • Offer more adoptions, but don't just kill them.
  • Catch and hold silent auctions, or casterate a FEW stallions
  • Birth control implants, spaying a portion of mares every year.
  • get cattle off blm land. leave it for horses.
  • castration of some of the stallions
  • remove more cattle from the range - it's public ground
  • Subdivide the herds into smaller groups and have each state adopt a group to live on the state lands
  • Euthanize the ones in holding facilities. More $ for management, and space for quality animals.
  • leave them alone!!!!!!!!!
  • capture and castration?
  • birth control
  • sell the unadoptable for meat the money could be used to support the good ones and improve rangeland
  • go to the PUBLIC..tell the story of euthanasia and why...they will donate..people love horses....
  • The only solution is to stop the BLM from obvious wild horse mis-management.
  • More pr needs to be done on the advantages of the wild horses as horses .
  • Remove cattle from the horses' ranges
  • Sterilize the stallions
  • They have as much right there as privately owned cattle. Let them stay!
  • get over-the-road trucking companies to volunteer transportation to get the horses to new owners
  • less restrictions for adoption to good homes
  • more $ from sheep cattle grazing land use birth control in mustangs
  • birth control measures
  • gelding the stallions and only keeping the older ones and a few younger ones for populating later on
  • birth control; stop letting cattle ranchers use public lands for little or no cost
  • Developing feasible birth control.
  • gelding !!!!!!!
  • HUMANELY!!!!
  • Suspend all BLM roundups until policy can be revamped.
  • Well broke saddle horses are hard to find homes for right now. Something needs to be done.
  • If they're only euthanizing the older and weaker horses, that would be more acceptable
  • Instead of simply holding all horses in a holding pen indefinitely geld the stallions.
  • gelding/birth control
  • give them back their land, no more big game hunters or cattle taking away from the wild horses.
  • neuter or birthcontrol
  • Its a much better option than slaughter, disease, or no forage
  • give everyone a chance to buy them at a cost that people can aford.
  • give them to PETA
  • more aggrssive adoption practices
  • Get the idiots out of their 'ivory towers' that passed the anti-slaughter legislation & get their $
  • Better-slaughter to feed untold no#s hungry people. Cut taxpayer drain, do something practical.
  • sterilization of all males
  • What's wrong with adoption?
  • geld stallions or birth control for mares or don't give away so much public land to ranchers for fre
  • Gelding some of the stallions,same with mares,more adoption locations
  • Try to adopt them out if possible but DO NOT KILL THEM!! These horses are our American Icons..
  • if it was the same probleme with the man ,should we euthanize them!stop manipulation of the earth.
  • geld and spay the mares, expensive for the mares but cheaper than millions in care.
  • Slaughter
  • better overall mgmt. spay, castrate, don't pay farmers to not plant hay crops, possible food source
  • brith control methods
  • ABSOLUTLY NOT!!!!
  • I would geld all the stallions I could catch
  • Fertility control (selective castration of stallions, spaying mares); better promotion of sales
  • gelding stallions
  • gelding young colts would reduce the population. No killing!!!
  • let the animal rights groups support them
  • Why isn't there more sterilization of the herd so that breeding is reduced to a maintance level?
  • Spaying the mares and gelding the stallions
  • Maybe sterilize the stallions
  • make rational requirements for adopting wild horses.
  • holistic approach- support prey/predator balance in the ecosystem
  • processed for dog food, cat food, etc
  • get rid of the cattle and sheep and put the horses back where they belong
  • monitored adoptions
  • Methods of birth control should be used
  • castration
  • at 1 time there was a million horses running free in this country. I say leave them alone .
  • castration
  • Increase the low fees now charged to ranchers for leasing public lands
  • Those herds should be regularly culled. Very few captured or held--it is cruel.
  • Managed breeding
  • gelding & spaying
  • geld any stallion that does not have good enough conformation to pass on to offspring.
  • Get private cattle off public land, compare #'s
  • meeting with rescues and government to find a solution
  • Slaughter
  • Sell horses 10 yrs old and up in holding facilities to zoos to feed carnivores.
  • contract w individuals to care for and place 4-6 horses each, start training. BLM sales aren't frequ
  • better mngmt, gelding, etc.
  • Leave them in the wild and to hell with the sheep and cattle ranchers.
  • castrate the male horses, or sterilze some females. To kill them in good health is just unfair to th
  • GELD THE MAJORITY OF STUDS - ALOT CHEAPER THAN 'HOLDING' FACILITIES. USE A SPECIAL BRAND TO SEE DIFF
  • Anything else
  • slaughter for human consumption
  • geld the stallons!
  • Reduce management and let nature take its course. Get the cattle out of their areas.
  • Reproduction controls in herd management makes the most logic.
  • Send more into training programs, prisons, challenged youth, etc...also gelding stallions would help
  • birth control
  • training and adoption make adaption easier for all...location.......
  • i think that the horses that sont get adopted out sould be put back into the wild!!!
  • there are many horses in rescue facilities that are unusable. Replace them with the wild ones.
  • Charge the Gov.Land Leasees a Preservation Fee, Preserve American Wild Horse Heritage.
  • make adoption requirements more sensible and less intimidating. I'd love to adopt.
  • Geld the weaker Stallions, More acess to good horses thru adoption
  • Allow humane regulated slaughter in the US
  • adoptions, neutering or birth control methods
  • The horses could be tranquilized to facilitate relocation to another region of the country.
  • Modifying the adoption requirements such as how tall the paddock must be & offer incentives
  • Gelding
  • HMAs need to stop shrinking due to outside pressures and the folks looking to make the almighty $
  • Euthanization is better than starvation and complete decimation of the range.
  • Birth control in feed!!!
  • gelding and spaying and broad range education on soil preservation practices from people first
  • Yes, but only by qualified veterinarians!!!
  • spay and geld ten release tem back into the heard
  • gelding
  • Find some sort of birthcontrol
  • No easy answer, but they have to do a better job to have them adopted.
  • Geld a percentage of the stallions if necessary & auction to reputable owners
  • more efficient adoption programs
  • I wish I knew of an effective solution.
  • Unfortunately we've come to a hard decision. With all the
  • adoption
  • Geld all the colts, and any of the older ones that probably would not have a chance to be adopted.
  • Dont just adopt the horses out to the long trim homes. Short trims homes can help just as much!
  • National and State Parks - as imprtant as wolves, bison, elk
  • try gelding some of the stalllions and end up with ony 1 to 3 studsdnt get rid of them comp. though
  • easier to find good homes
  • send them to slaughter at least they would be used instead of rotting in the ground.
  • FORCE HSUS TO GIVE UP SOME OF THEIR "DONATIONS", THEY PROVIDE NO SUPPORT TO ANY ANIMAL ORG.
  • selective sterilization
  • Adoption
  • Sterilization...they already have tried it and know it works.
  • neuter&release,get rid of cattle on rangelands
  • shots of birth control. If they can do it with elk, they can do it with horses!
  • Sterilize both sexes and turn them back loose on the range.
  • Go to the Extreme Mustang Makeover in September and Adopt!
  • adoption
  • THERE IS NONE
  • sterilization, more land
  • education of the wonderful riding horses these horses make. population control of all breeds.
  • leave them in the wild where they belong
  • 1. let them run free. 2. easier, less expensive adoption process
  • birth control
  • stop roundups and let natural selection determine population
  • protected grazing, birth control
  • more government support for adoption; last range for cattle
  • Asking the American people to donate to save the horses. Just a $1 from people adds up quickly!
  • Perhaps small herds of wild horses could be situated in other areas. State parks, race track parks.
  • Put privately ovwned cattle on private land
  • gelding
  • Capture and sterilize studs/mares and release back to wild.
  • Change rules/restrictions on adoption and farm requirements. My best horse is a Mustang
  • Had the slaughter houses not been closed - slaughter for zoos would have been an option
  • adoption
  • Geldind less desirable stallions and limiting public grazing.
  • gelding
  • They are supposed to be protected folks! They say they are over grazing but it's actually the cattle
  • Hire trainers to at green break and put ground manners on the horses so that they can be placed
  • Publicize. Many folks in MN would love having wild horse, yet don't know how to get one.
  • Horse slaughter for human consumption
  • Charge the cattle and sheep people for the use of public land at fair market values. Income for BLM
  • sterilization
  • capture and geld the stallions
  • Give them to the people who are against slaughter plants
  • use financia sources for increased land purchases, and protection, breeding control, do their job
  • Sterilization of some of the herds.
  • birth control
  • sterialization
  • Cooperation among cattle and sheep ranchers, with use of public tax dollars to set aside lands
  • adoption
  • reinstate slaughter (with stricter regulations) so the horse population in general wasn't so huge
  • easy question- lower adoptation fees and use local good horse folks to do farm checks.i'd sure be wi
  • The old ones and the unhealthy ones that would take too much care/money to fix.
  • Use equine birth control, castrate stallions
  • restrict acreage of grazing for domestic cattle
  • allow them the space for natural lifestyle, nature takes care of itself.
  • catch and sell
  • I believe that the sick and very old should be euthanized only.
  • Trianing programs in prisons expanded making more trained mustangs available to the public
  • There has got to be a birth control alternative.
  • How about someone grows a heart and a brain in Washington?
  • Gelding some stallions
  • Send them to a foreign country to feed starving people around the world!
  • Ovariectomize some mares, castrate some stallions, increase adoptions, don't kill them!
  • Some form of birth control
  • Birth control in special feed
  • Less wild horses now due 2 roundups, get cattle&sheep ranchers off the federal lands, stop the greed
  • sterilization is a better, more humane solution
  • bad economy, ethanol, corn, hay, drought, outlaw legal slaughter...so now you have to euthanize.
  • Castration and sterilzation
  • abolish PMU farms, more public programs like the mustang challege will help raise awarness of adopta
  • Better overall management and birth control
  • leave them alone
  • Carefully planned sterilization program.
  • adopt horses to people who want a horse and can show they can take care of it. lower prices,
  • castrate the males and or sterilize the females
  • Birth control
  • The BLM is not euthanizing them for population control. BLM is euthanizing them to empty long term h
  • contraceptive methods
  • Use birth control. Cattle ranches cause more overgrazing than wildlife, including horses.
  • What has happened to the US horse industry? It is now the horsemeat industry.
  • geld all less than high quality males
  • Mustang Makeover plus list available horses on a "petfinder" type of internet site
  • Less restrictions on adoptions
  • Give mares PZP when needed.
  • castrate the males
  • turn them back onto the range. 37000 horses is a drop in the bucket compared to 6,000,000 cows!
  • Geld the stallions.
  • euthanize people-they over breed
  • only very sick, lame, very old horses should be euthanized, cattlle NOT on fed land
  • HUMANLEY CAPTURE COLTS AND GELD THEM. HAVE MORE PRISONS TRAIN THEM FOR ADOPTION.
  • geld stallions or birth ctrl for mares
  • We need commercials on TV/greater awareness to make the public aware of the need to adopt horses.
  • I personally feel that gelding the young fellas would be a much better alternative.
  • Sterilization programs. Prosecute those who turn their horses loose. Let nature take its course.
  • Quit leasing so much land out and quit letting hunters kill off the cougars.
  • ban the cattle (private enterprise/rancher profit off public land,there would be food for the horses
  • euthanize the politicians. Quit grazing the domestic cattle on the land and cease our human arroganc
  • donate space to them, that other people aren't using
  • Absolutely not!! We should continue sterilization research.
  • birth control
  • geld the stallions
  • castration of most males & depo provera for mares
  • put a stop to backyard breeding so we can get these horses adopted.
  • a combination of PDP birth control and truth. They were not over populating. Senator Reid LISTEN.
  • Adoption and birth control
  • Get cattle lobbies out of BLM mgmt. Keep wild horses alone in the land set aside for their use only!
  • Geld Stallions
  • move to new areas
  • give them away for free to approved homes
  • Auctions- sell the horses
  • Stop the damn government from interferring with the balance of nature.
  • only euthanize the old sick ones that cant get better and the hurt ones adopted the other ones
  • contraception
  • Reopen slaughter plants
  • Put them back where they found them.
  • the horses need to be started in training to be more desireable. more castrating . request donations
  • cattle aren't leaving, get over it. They already use BC so give a real solution!
  • less cattle, contraceptives
  • open up more lands - let the horses win as much as the ranchers - this is a rancher driven problem
  • I don't trust there is a problem.
  • Have "round ups" like in chincoteague and earn money for good causes
  • birth control for both stallions and mares. Stop taking away their land as well.
  • ONLY if only the infirm, ill, elderly or injured are culled. The strong and healthy should remain.
  • decrease beef cattle herds on public land and allow more space for horses
  • remove/reduce livestock grazing on wild horse land--stop overbreeding domestic horses--adopt a WH!
  • Catch stallions and geld them or find some kind of birth control? Please don't kill them!!!
  • There are worse things that can happen to a horse than euthanasia....
  • adoption - fostering
  • sterilization
  • birth control
  • why not limit human sprawl for a change and leave the animals alone?
  • sterilization, have the wild horse advocates provide the funding for the rest
  • More adoptions/send to prisoners for training and selling or adoptions
  • proper mgmnt./birth control/adoptions
  • Create awareness and adoption programs, gather and geld the herd to control population growth
  • Birth control
  • Capture and castration and re-release.
  • I dentify and cut extraneous government and pork barrel spending; limit cattle ranch lobbying
  • birth control, gelding SOME of the stallions, we CANNOT loose our wild horses! .
  • let the people who love horses and can understanfd them move there
  • I think castration and move some of the herd ,If I coukd I would take one
  • Is there a drug that can be given to certain stallions that would render them infertile?
  • more adoptions further East
  • removing privately owned cattle grazing on public land, birth control shots, adoption, donations
  • Make adoptions to qualified owners eaiser/cheaper.
  • gelding the stallions
  • I would rather see them euthanized than abused. People do not respect the value of a horse.
  • sterilization of half of the mares.
  • birth control
  • Make these horses free t anyone willing to take care of them.
  • geld the stallions
  • feed birth control
  • Keep domestic horses from being dumped off on the range and birth control.
  • Sure, make a mess of things, then kill the horses. How about euthanizing federal agents instead!?
  • Management for the well-being of HORSES not cattle ranchers;BLM needs a "re-make"
  • increase adoption program; safe restricted areas for horses
  • adoption and selective sterilization
  • Geld most of the stallions the stallions. Leave one or two as stallions. Then turn them all back out
  • Make the ranchers and others that directly profit from the use of the Mustiangs range, pay for them!
  • The mustangs should remain wild and birth control should be used to manage their numbers.
  • Humane slaughter.
  • more blm adoptions
  • adoption
  • its better than slaughter
  • Birth control for horses. Mandatory birth control for people would help.
  • Yes and the meat should be exported to countries that consume horsemeat. They"ll starve otherwise or
  • is there really an overpopulation?
  • sterilization
  • Surely there must be some sterilization procedures that could reduce growth of herds.
  • well for one thing... prosecute ranch owners and private horse owners for abandoning non-wild horses
  • castration
  • Castrate the males
  • get the millions of cows & sheep off the public lands
  • "Backyard breeders"need to stop.Too many as is.Wild ones are part of history.
  • Its a no win situation. Either the horse as as symbol or the cow as dinner. Greedy ranchers hog land
  • birth control/gelding
  • We have taken their environment from them & they ultimately suffer, rather euthanize than starve
  • Their deaths should be benificial and they should not be euthanized an buried but slaughtered
  • Birth Control
  • catch & geld stallions
  • dog food / human ood chain rather than just wasting them
  • Immunocontraception using PZP
  • It might make people think seriously think about breeding more horses
  • they should be adopted or relocated to other areas of the united states
  • Return them back where they came from.
  • Absolutely not; PZP birth control once yearly by dart gun is safe, effective, stress free
  • Castrate stallions or put mares on "the pill"until we get to manageable levels.
  • Let them roam free,kick the cows out!
  • The problem is that our government keeps handing public lands over to ranchers. It needs to stop.
  • I think we have to many people and all animals wild are paying for it. I don't have children because
  • castrate the stallions, stop the reproduction for a period of 3-5 yrs.
  • Neutering
  • natural attrition
  • Decrease the buracracy; release the horses from the pens; limit the cattle and sheep leases
  • less land for cows, more for the wild horses. Not everyone in US wants public land for beef farming
  • Adoption/Serilezation
  • but it would be better than starvation. birth control is better idea after the droughts are over
  • Keeping unadopatable horses is like putting them in prison
  • Use birth control and remove the cattle and sheep from subsidized grazing!
  • give to people who want them. train them for border patrol police
  • adoption, relocation
  • If sick, injured, old. but not if healthy - Give them more land!
  • wild horses should be treated like native anilmals. Be left alone so natural selection occurs
  • Capture & geld the herd stallions
  • immunocontraception and larger herd size allowances
  • stop subsidizing beef ranchers on public land- let the horses utliize these properties
  • They are God's creature an no one has that right to do that
  • start castrating some of the males
  • Some type of birth control.Castration for stallions drugs to keep mare sfrom cycling?
  • Catch and train for boarder patrol
  • adopt out only young (fertile) horses, or sterilize and return to herd
  • What do you mean by euthanized? Hunted and shot by BLM??
  • leave them alone
  • Set aside their own preserves, or work out solutions w/local ranchers.
  • herd management through birth control to limit the size of the herds.
  • Adopting them to responsible people, or just LEAVING THEM ALONE!!! they were there first!!
  • birth control
  • meat market
  • Possibly another sanctuary or refuge in another part of the country could be started?
  • adoption; birth control
  • better breeding management
  • stop leasing federal lands to cattle ranchers -- let the wild horses live
  • Value horses & donkeys. Use government money more wisely & spend less outside of our country.
  • BLM run by environmentalist NOT corportate CATTLE. NO CATTLE
  • Let them live. They, and the land, do very well without interference.
  • annually auction foals, like Chincoteague
  • better management and a sponsor/donation program
  • TNR (trap, neuter, release)
  • gelding, culling the sick
  • birth control: 35,000 horses vs 6 million cattle graze on public lands; what's wrong w/this picture?
  • adoption or leave them where they are
  • some type of birth control would be a better solution than killing them off. they were here first
  • With all of that money buy property just for the horses. 37 million can buy several acre's of land
  • Non-hormonal birth control methods for mares
  • More effort toward adoption and support for adoptees.
  • Let them roam where they should and keep the cattle off of the government land..
  • adoptions
  • contraception - we can put a man on the moon, why not contraception for horses ?
  • stop leasing public land to cattle farmers
  • population control in some herds and getting the cattle and sheep off the ranges. These horses are
  • Return the land to the horses and stop leasing it and upsetting up the balance of nature
  • Reopen the packing plants and ship them.
  • Get tougher on "low end" breeders. Encourage more adoptions.
  • Capture the stallions and geld them
  • castration of some of the stallions
  • castration and natural selection
  • reduce numbers of domestic livestock grazing on PUBLIC LANDS where the wild horse should be protecte
  • Cut AUM cattle grazing numbers so forage and water are available. Sterilize most herd studs.
  • cut down livestock, the meats are not really healty anyway!
  • Control birth rate. Reduce cattle/ sheep on public lands which do more damage.
  • i would like to see more birth control tried first.
  • Reduce the cattle by the same numbers. These are PUBLIC lands, not private ranches.
  • contraception
  • Better breeding stock, adoption program.
  • Birth control
  • Sterilization techniques, whether by gelding or injecting with chemicals.
  • Train them in prisons and sell to public
  • stop the totally exsessive over gathering and lying about the situation BLM has gotten itself into .
  • capture, neuter/spay, release. Yes, there would be costs, but less 'costly' than shooting them all.
  • Get the ranchers off of public lands.
  • birth control
  • Get the cows and sheep off the PUBLIC rangelands and leave the horsesand otherINDIGENOUSspeciesalone
  • more fund raising
  • GET THE COWS/SHEEP off the lands and leave the horses be.. Add Contraceptives and geld to limit
  • Get the Cattle off the public lands.
  • Round up a certain number of them and sell them to appropriate homes
  • Educate the public on the adoption of wild horses. I adopted one. She's GREAT!
  • Some type of birth control for the mares, and Gelding of less than perfect stallions
  • fertility control
  • restrict land lease to cattle
  • Abolish BLM!
  • isn't there a contraceptive option???
  • relocate to areas horse popualtions are very small or not .Like is done with Bison/bufflo herds in O
  • rehome, retrain
  • OLDER & UNADOBTABLE BACK INTO WILD NATURE SHOULD TAKE CARE OF THEM. RANCHERS NEE TO FEED OWN STOCK
  • Reduce cattle and sheep numbers.
  • Mass Sterilization
  • there aren't that many out there. if needed, round up and move to other ranges
  • humane contraceptives
  • I think there should be state or federal subsidized sanctuaries
  • Increase budget-get out of Iraq.Eat less meat.No cattle on public lands.
  • the managment of the horses should of been left to the ranches like it used to be.
  • Reopening the slaughter allows horse owners 2 dispose of non-serviable, = more room for adoptions!
  • Raise cattle grazing fees. Lower the #/grazing permits. Use less costly round up techniques.
  • Trap, neuter, release, it works for ferrel cat colonies.
  • adoption
  • adoption, or a method of birth control which has been used in wild horses in the past.
  • natural selection
  • birth control?
  • feed thru birth control could decrease future foal crops or norplant type implant
  • Birth control for horses
  • geld most stallions, reduce grazing leases
  • Round up and castrate the lesser stallions to manage the herds populations
  • feed them to the europains they love horse meats
  • Why should we slaughter our wild horses for the benefit of the cattle ranchers?????????
  • some form of birth control
  • Older horses in holding should be euthanized. They are not "wild" anymore.
  • get the cows off of tax payers public lands its for wildlife not cowboy welfare
  • euthanize bad owners
  • Sterilization and natural selection. BLM and the cattle ranchers/sheep? Let the horses be!
  • Placement and birthcontrol
  • keep the govt out of it... let natural selection occur
  • My God there are so many people in this world that would give their eye teeth to own a horse!
  • how about slowing development? Or HUMAN population control?
  • let nature take care of it
  • castrating a few of the stallions
  • They should only be euthanized to prevent their suffering (i.e., if they are very old or very ill)
  • Why? Gentling by volunteers increases their value and is effective at getting them adopted.
  • they now have technology to employ equine birth control in the wild.
  • research intermittent birth control for mares. Round up is inhumane and traumatic!
  • STOP DEVELOPMENT in rural areas. too many da*n people!!
  • sterlize the mares
  • managed contraception
  • LIMIT privately-owned breeding rights on public lands....
  • I have no clue for now
  • raise grazing fees
  • Stop the BLM from using public land to sale grazing leases to ranchers who push out the wild horses
  • round up and castration of studs.
  • legalized slaughter in the US
  • The alternative to euthanizing is so cruel - holding pens!! Horses should run free
  • End roundups, limit usage of public lands to sheep and cattle ranchers.
  • stop roundups; stop killing the predators; stop subsidizing cattle & sheep operations
  • Leave them alone
  • The land can sustain a larger herd. Keep the cattle off public land.
  • Reduce the herd size of the domestic animals.
  • Turn wolves out with them-they have done a wonderful job depopulating our (WY) elk and moose!
  • Ship to state with lower count of horses, rescues, geld less hardy stallions...
  • ask breed associations to ask for 100.00 per year per family donation to help with the cost.
  • adoption of the horses
  • If horses must be destroyed, allow their life to pass on to another life. Euthanasia ONLY ends life.
  • re-open the export of horses for human consumption or re-open the meat plants
  • auction or santuary placement
  • Allow people to hunt them
  • STOP BREEDING... Euthanization is just another form of slaughter
  • Sterilization
  • No solution needed! Let them alone!
  • public sanctuaries/education
  • Investigating the issue of other animals besides the mustang on the land.
  • castration
  • Give them their freedom
  • I would rather see them used for food consumption than to rot in a holding pen
  • Leave them in the Wild!
  • change law to prohibit cattle from grazing on federal land--then the horses would have plenty of fe
  • Allow a piece of land for them in the area away from the domestic animals or find them homes
  • I think that addressing this issue with horse organizations, like TROT in MD, would be a first step.
  • castration.if the horses can be euthanized, castration is the way to go. don't kill the horses
  • Make more holding pens, hire more cowboys/cowgirls , people need work. Let Americorp help,
  • Restore the balance of nature.
  • sterilization
  • appropriate management of public lands for both domestic and wild animals.Domestic herds overgraze.
  • Is radical, but anti-slaughter legislation forces vets to do for unwanted horses too.
  • contraception and downsizing domestic herds in the area
  • The government should set guidelines for an area that the horses can roam and try sterilization of s
  • Restrict open range cattle farmers.
  • downsizing the livestock that grazes on these PUBLIC lands
  • Sterilization or something like it
  • REOPEN SLAUGHTER PLANTS-FOR BENEFIT OF ALL
  • contraception of existing herds and limit the for profit overgrazing by the 6 million sheep and cows
  • horses that can't be adopted should be euthanized, birth control measures should be instituted
  • relocate them
  • Adoption; Gelding lesser colts
  • stop eating so much beef, lose cattlemen
  • geld males - euthanize only old or sickly horses
  • On established wild horse reserves contriceptive innoculations for the mares.
  • Reduce cattle on public lands.
  • Thin out herds like we do w/other animals. Use the meat for export or dog food - don't waste it.
  • birth control....and finding a place suitable for all....God is always in control
  • release back into wild or RFD TV live auction
  • everbody saying adopt--do y'all have 10 of them in your backyeard? why not?
  • stop roundups
  • Adoption or relocation
  • Contraceptive methods and reduction of domestic livestock sharing the same grazing land
  • Gelding most of the stallions would be a long term solution.
  • birth control an adoption.
  • we destroy surplus dogs and cats, why so squeamish about horses?
  • gelding the yearling stallions
  • birth control
  • There are NOT too many wild horses. Cattle are overgrazing, not the horses!
  • or more casturation to control the herd.
  • Geld the stallions, limit development and cattle grazing in herd areas
  • There are many rescue facilities now. There's not that many wild horses anymore in our country!
  • Continue Adopting them out to homes
  • Organize better training for surplus horses, so they will be more attractive to more people.
  • more adoption
  • Leave them alone, or use feeth-through birth control on the herds.
  • until contraceptives & adoptions can keep numbers in check
  • Reducing gov. leases to private ranchers; birtth control. U.S. citizens do not need $1.00 burgers!
  • fertility control
  • stop bush's war and give more money to horses
  • Get the beef cows off of our ranges - now!
  • slaughter them for food
  • PZP USE when there really is an over-population.Only 25,000 free
  • castration
  • Adoption
  • Treat them as what they are: Native Wildlife.
  • Euthanize people to control their population growth and allow more open range for horses.
  • Possibly sterilization or some type of birth control; better adoption policies/practices
  • Sell hunting permits to reduce herd numbers. No slaughter dollars means taxpayers pay the bill.
  • birth control
  • it's quality of life, not quantity. living in a small overpopulated pen is no way to live for horse
  • use hormonal implants to induce sterility
  • I would think gelding of stallions or some form of birth control with the mares would control herd s
  • Remove some---not all--- of the 4 million cattle and sheep from public lands.
  • Quit giving out land permits to cattle and sheep ranchers.
  • birth control
  • remove the stallions and start gelding any young ones in the future
  • Geld some of the stallions
  • Sterilize the stallions
  • privitization of adoptions and; approaching as a rescue euthanizing older or unhealthy horses ok
  • relocation
  • Not taking so many off their range land and getting rid of an equal amount of cattle--more adoptions
  • birth control for mares, castration for males
  • birth control
  • euthanize the damn humans multipling too fast
  • Leave them alone. They have as much right to public lands as Ranchers livestock.
  • castration of stallions, less cattle and sheep on public land
  • Initiate mustang gentling programs at all the prisons in western states.
  • Some kind of birth control treatment
  • Let's call it butchering them for money.
  • make the cattle industry get off of the BLM and we wouldn't have to kill wild horses
  • Castration
  • Annual capture and sterilization of stallions
  • Round up the stallions and geld them!
  • Leave them in the wild where they belong.
  • As a Kiger owner, NO WAY!! What about increased use of the PZP vaccine???
  • Extreme Mustang Makeovers are great, BLM should have Satellite adoptions at them for the untamed.
  • I don't know many details but can't we let nature handle it?
  • Castrate the stallions, stud colts and yearlings That would stop the rapid growth of herds.
  • Short term holding facilities, castration of colts, euthanise only those stuck in long-term holdings
  • control the breeding effectively, then you wont have to euthanize any horse.
  • as with stray pets neutering them would be ok
  • Geld the stallions!
  • relocation
  • they were born and breed wild, the solution is to let them live on the land they've always lived on
  • These horses are protected, BLM has mismanaged them horribly why should they pay with their lives?
  • Leave them completely alone, population will self-regulate.
  • Castrastion of all stallions. Round ups only for the number of horses that can be sold/adopted.
  • Birth control, and stylization,
  • Reactivate the horse slaughter plants for human consumption overseas and dog food.
  • Reinstate the kll market fo all horses so all horses can be disposed of humanly domestic & wild
  • Let the earth make the decision
  • There is no population growth! That is propaganda
  • Release the horses back to the herd areas.
  • Offer them free to qualified adopters
  • birth control and foster care with qualified people who could claim feed and hay on taxes
  • if one is older or ill then it should, but why should a healthy, younger horse be euthanized?
  • Let them be wild, let them be just as any other animal in the wild,
  • sterilization/birth control
  • Is that going to help control the pop growth or get rid of the 30,000 waiting on homes?
  • more habitat - geld some colts
  • Let them live wild and free on public lands. Reduce free loading livestock grazing at public trough
  • Cut off benefits to illegal aliens and there will be plenty of money for other programs too!
  • birth control & adoption
  • Give them more land
  • contraceptive measures, downsizing in the # of domestic livestock herds that graze on public lands
  • Sterilization
  • Geld some of the stallions
  • geld males and return to wild
  • Stop leasing land to cattle breeders!!
  • IF cattle ranchers weren't so land greedy there wouldn't be a control problem!
  • I'm Undecided: pro- control unadopt pop. con- a step away from protecting them.
  • It's better then starving to death
  • Round up the cows! Get ranchers and developers off our PUBLIC OWNED wild lands!
  • How about gelding, the way wild cats are spayed or neutered
  • Govt. should advertise that there are too many horses, cats, dogs. stop breeding!
  • Get the livestock out of their range.
  • Leave their lands alone
  • Selective euthanasia is the key
  • Send the horses to prison programs and train inmates to care for and break them. Win WIN
  • they were here before us and they should stay that way.
  • Geld stallions and adopt out mares.
  • Adoption and sterilization
  • Nueter & euthanize the politicians that are trying to kill off the last of OUR wild horses
  • control population of domestic animals grazing on the HORSE'S land!
  • At point I thought a sterilization program was initiated(?)
  • Sterilization and reducing cattle and other livestock population using public land
  • Birth Control
  • adoption, advancement of research into some form of birth control
  • Birth control for the mares or geld the studs.
  • ask the ranchers around these areas to adopt some.
  • every other animal industry practices herd culling, why not mustangs also?
  • Remove some of the 6 million cattle/sheep that are on our public lands.
  • Let them go home and euthanize 27,000 of the 4 million cows on public range.
  • Let them run free on their land! There will still be plenty of room for the greedy ranchers!
  • spay them
  • sterilize and release
  • Horses that are unadoptable might be put down, but healthy, sound, young horses shouldn't be.
  • We need to preserve the equine history and bloodlines of America.
  • Uhhh, get the CATTLE OFF, bring the predators back!
  • Dart the mares with birth control, it's cheaper than rounding them up
  • ride a horse save the gas
  • Fire BLM officials for allowing things to get to this point.
  • sterilizing
  • remove the cows from the land, ans sterilize the satllions, leaving fewer studs to breed. Remove th
  • Turn loose those penned, drop them hay if needed, keep water sources clean. There is not a problem
  • Putting these animals to death isn't going to fix the problem .
  • casteration
  • open a well regulated slaughter house and put there bodies to good use. It's a form of harvest.
  • Remove the cattle, feed the horses
  • increase the age from 10 to 20 y/o
  • Let Nature determine it.
  • education and responsibility
  • Neutering
  • Leave them alone except for adoption
  • Leave them alone.
  • GELDING! Birth control! Take away some cattle land!
  • Capture the foals and train them at an early age to be put to good use!
  • LET THEM BE TO LIVE & DIE BY NATURES HAND. GET THE COWS OFF THEIR LAND. DONT KILL NATURAL PREDATORS.
  • PZP birth control for animals
  • the old or sick could be euthanized
  • instead of keeping them in holding fac.,why not geld the males and them set them free?!!
  • Need RELIABLE DATA on wild horses' status; I favor a healthy balance of predator-prey relationships
  • Castration or I have heard of literally shooting the with some form of birth control in a dart.
  • I think the use of the vaccination to ne to prevent the mare from becoming pregnant
  • are we also euthanizing their predators? Let's see if they can manage populations.
  • Would rather see short-term birth control methods for mares, gelding stallions, etc.
  • Bring back slaughter
  • sterilize mares or stallions
  • Let them continue to live in the wild!!
  • more round ups and adoption
  • Let them remain in the wild. Survival of the fittest would come into play.
  • I think a better alternative is to annually geld yearling colts & release them back to the herd
  • expand their lands that are rightfully theirs and introduce a better contraceptive for mares
  • Stop allowing ranchers to graze their cattle on Federal land that we pay for! Simple!
  • hold training competitions and then auction the trained horses
  • Sterilization of the herds by humane procedures.
  • stop rounding them up, cancel/buy cattle leases
  • Thin out oldest horses and stallions
  • Leave them to God and to their destiny. God and the horses know how to survive without government .
  • fosteing them on a wild life preserve with help for the goverment to pay the up keep and care .
  • Immunocontraception!
  • Use for scientific research, to better find cures for equines worldwide.
  • Do away with the BLM and investigate lies and corruption elsewhere in the Dept of Interior.
  • Stop pandering to cattlemen and let their population find it own level
  • there also a better choice
  • 1)castrate stallions2)tax breaks to those who adopt them3)horse herds given to Canada provinces.
  • geld stallions
  • birth control or geld the stallions
  • castrate most of the stallions & do the same every 2 yrs thus cutting down population.
  • Offer them for Adoption
  • why not have vets and vet students, castrate stallions and then return them
  • Wild horses should be wild, nature takes care of her own
  • Better adoption programs
  • Use the program at Return To Freedom as an alternitive for herd management
  • open more land for them and let nature control, not cattle or sheet ranchers.
  • Remove the cattle being raised for export. Find another area to drill for oil.
  • provide more US land for them instead of leasing to cattle farms.
  • maybe be a little more aggressive in the numbers of horses rounded up for adoption.
  • If they can so call "round them up" then why can`t they geld them ?
  • sterilization
  • CONTROCEPTIVE MEASURES
  • adoption
  • give them away like all the animal rights groups think should do with our sick,injured or oldhorses.
  • birthcontrol or introduce natural predators
  • get rid of cars and ride them.what do ya know and end to global warming
  • a national treasure turned into a national disgrace
  • there are birth control solutions such as geld and release, stop ranchers from encroachment.
  • Try GELDING!!!
  • birth control and let them on more government land
  • Re-open the slaughter houses.
  • Birth control and castration. lower #'s of cattle
  • Leave them in the wild to die a natural death
  • castration
  • I think it is cruel and inhumane to keep these wild horses in holding pens for more than two weeks.
  • How about castrating stallions, for few years, so the population could be controlled?
  • An alternative could be trying to sterilize mares, less ablility to breed, less population.
  • More promotion about adopting, castratiing most stallions to control breeding
  • birth control
  • Geld males; encourage natural predators (mountain lions)
  • Limit the number of domestic livestock (namely CATTLE and sheep). Read original Taylor Grazing Act.
  • Yes, euthanize the old and castrate some of the young stallions and fix a few mares, or use marbles.
  • moe land for the horses, less land for malls.
  • Removing just a small part of that useless cattle that plagues the Western States
  • we should let some of our older and less able horses go and suffer less.
  • Increase adoptions, increase natural predators
  • use of birth control
  • birth control!
  • More empasis on contraception studies/implementation
  • sterilization
  • Neuter and release.
  • Only the cattle ranchers believe their population is out of control - LEAVE THEM ALONE
  • smaller domesticated herds
  • get all those rancher's cattle off our land. they don't pay enough to graze there.
  • People need to cut down on their own breeding!
  • let them be nature will take care of them like it always has
  • set areas aside for them that are not suitable for cattle.
  • usse the moneyto kill the horses to keep them alive PLEASE
  • there is a birth control shot which can be darted into the mares
  • Geld as many stallions as you can with the $39 million budget
  • birth control
  • Geld all but the very best stallions to improve the breed. Geldings can be adopted or rereleased.
  • vasectomy for stallions, they'll still protect there heard and breed...just no new foals produced.
  • Release the horses. Do not re-catch them. Catching & holding them is what costs money.
  • yes if they have health problems, how about castration for males
  • Perhaps they (BLM) could do as they are doing now, but with the horses that are not adoptable; old,
  • Create a santuary for them and let the cattle graze elsewhere.
  • adoption
  • Birth control & limiting the numbers of cattle on PUBLIC lands
  • Kick the cattle and sheep out! Give the land back to its rightful owners -- the wild mustangs!!
  • the genetic viability is already suffering. They need to be managed like any registered horse
  • Move some horses to Canada for adoption, geld/spay and turn loose the older ones
  • It would be better than them suffering in the Canadian Slaughter houses or abused by adopters.
  • gelding
  • Leave the wild horses alone
  • Try running the adoption program properly. Horses shouldn't be killed because of humans' stupidity a
  • Castrating stallions
  • 1. Limit grazing by ranchers on open lands
  • geld the colts
  • ok only if all other avenues were exhausted.
  • Adoption, control of HUMAN populations growth, gelding stallions
  • sterilization, gender separation, predators
  • Unless there is some thing wrong with a horse that requires euthanaisia, it's murder.
  • Let PETA and HSUS take care of them.
  • sterilization of some to help population control
  • free adoptions or tax to care for them
  • HELL NO, they were here first!!!
  • sterilization
  • Domesticated horses with health, etc. need to be put down or they will be let loose also.
  • the people who use fed. property for pvt ranching should move out. let the horses live there
  • control reproduction/feed with hay/what is the reason for taking them away from their homeland?
  • Return them to where they were! Screw the ranchers!
  • Sterilization and/or castration
  • Having a refuge for them
  • I think the greedy ranchers need to be controlled
  • stallion castration
  • castrate and release
  • Use of PZP. Dollar donation box on W2. sterilize and release holding pen mustangs back to wild.
  • Geld the colts.
  • Capture and geld stallions, encourage adoptions
  • Train their babies and put them to work somehow
  • More "Mustang Challenges" as done at the Calif HorsExpo in June 2008
  • whos next. Old people
  • birth control and all other means should be used first, humane euthanasia as a last resort
  • Make them affordable to families that would love to own a horse
  • Let them live out their lives they way God intended. Nature has a way of taking care of its own.
  • Leave the horses alone and make the cattlemen find new pastures!!
  • geld the less desirable stallions and spay the mares... always a $$$ issue!
  • castration/birth control methods
  • birth control/ castration
  • reinstate horse slaughter facilities
  • Get the 6 million/sheep off our public lands & protect the 32,000 horses from the BLM & DOI
  • birth control!
  • If it's only the old and unadoptable one's
  • birth control on the range
  • Stop the roundups & let the horses live in peace, ensuring they have enough good land to live on
  • return them to the wild
  • What about having volunteer vets out there rounding up the boys and gelding them?
  • birth control and culling
  • geld some of the stallions or birth control for mares
  • Why don't they geld the stallions and the population growth will take care of itself.
  • gelding stallions
  • 'birth control' - however that would be a slower solution and would not solve the current situation
  • sterilization/birth control
  • There should be more effort put into sterilzation and birth control.
  • castration!!!
  • Leave them alone! Let them be wild horses.To hell with the sheep and cattle ranchers
  • increase auctions in different states
  • There are birth control measures available for mares. They are used in Outer Banks Horses in NC
  • Use birth control for the mares
  • geld, give them back the land, not ranchers
  • As long as its done humanely.
  • breed less in captivity and use the horses that are available. There are all kinds of great horses!
  • Subsidy for farmers willing to allow grazing
  • CUT STUDS
  • birth control by feed.
  • Feed and water them.
  • stop killing mountain lions and wolves, also some contraceptives for mares.
  • limit use of public lands by ranchers
  • "the $ question is so easy to knock down - ask any American "would you donate $1 for wild horse pres
  • Give them more access to natural parkland, use them to help control plant populations.
  • STERILIZATION AT A YOUNG AGE
  • Can't we used a previously used birth control with Mares?
  • Non-slaughter house sales adoptions and rehabilitation animals for kids and criminals
  • Leave them to their own devices-all other naturalized animals control #s by survival of the fittest
  • Manage the wild herds, as BLM was instructed, to maintain adequate gene pools. Oust cattle if need
  • there are a lot of useless politicians who should be shot too but we dont - sterilize stallions
  • 6 million livestock graze, but there's not enough room for 35 thousand horses? Give me a break!
  • leave them on their land in the first place,they are hurting no one,they are not starving.
  • have generous preserves set aside for them
  • To remove all the welfare farmers and fat cattle off the land as they are the ones ruining the land
  • Equine contraception, and/or removal of private sheep and cattle from public ranges.
  • horses deemed unadoptable should be humanely euthanized. Unfortunately, can't save them all.
  • if they are handled to euthanize them, then why not geld the stallions instead.
  • birth control - Porcine zona pellucida (PZP) is used successfully w/ wildlife, including horses!
  • birth control for horses & removal of cattle from public lands
  • Establish self-stabilizing wild horse and burro populations through proper reserve design
  • return to the wild
  • Getting the 'welfare ranchers' off public lands and then looking at the wild horse situation again.
  • Some kind of birth control
  • Rather than euthanized them when you catch them, geld the males.
  • Who says that 33,000 horses are too many when you have millions of cattle and sheep on the same land
  • gelding stallions
  • Increase spending on adoption programs to further educate the public.
  • his is more humane than letting them starve..
  • LET THEM REMAIN FREE AS THEY SHOULD BE AND LET THE CATLLEMEN ASSOC> BUY THEIR OWN LAN FOR THEI CATTL
  • Sell them for export to Europe for human consumption and the Government could even defray some costs
  • Our country is NOT OVER POPULATED WITH WILD HORSES>>STOP MESSING WITH THEM >
  • seek distribution of 1-2 of them to each of the equine rescue organizations within the US.
  • Birth control for mares; gelding stallions.
  • turn them back wild, shoot and drop for scavangers
  • I think the adopting of the animals helps. I myself have adopted 6 Equine from BLM. They are great.
  • This stems from cattle ranchers who do not want mustang competion for food and water.
  • gelding stallions, spaying mares to control breeding.
  • How appallilng that the govt agency legislated to protect these horses are even thinking of THAT!
  • Birth control for the mares/geld the stallions
  • Euthanize the BLM management officials!
  • Contraceptives like are used in other ferals
  • slaughter
  • adoption
  • Gelding and spaying - isn't that an much better and obvious solution?
  • Gelding the stallions
  • neuter and release
  • NOT THE BLM!
  • Better funding to BLM to manage the horses Research- find birth control & more/better land
  • birth control, charge more for grazing domestic animals, expand wild horse ranges
  • oral or surgical birth control
  • If the other alternative is starving
  • adoptation
  • Remove some of the domestic livestock and leave the WILDLIFE alone!
  • get the cattle off the range and (re)introduce natural preditors
  • move some to other public lands. horses can't help they were there before people
  • reduce subsidized pvt livestock-public land,suppported by public $, wildhorses&wildlife belong there
  • Humanely capture and geld stallions, re-release. I.E. birth control.
  • Creating more area for the horses to graze, planting, etc.
  • Telling greedy ranchers to SHARE the land. We subsidize them!
  • birth control, and keeping gene diversity
  • Repopulate the over 100 herd areas zeroed out by BLM with healthy wild horses in holding.
  • All stallions should be castrated and returned to the wild until the number of births are down.
  • Leave them alone, as they are NOT a problem
  • A percentage of adopted Mustangs end up neglected & abused... 'selective dispatch' may be an idea.
  • reduce domestic livestock grazing on public lands
  • visit: www.wildhorsepreservation.org
  • Thehorses belong to the citizens of the US. Remove the cattle
  • Depends on WHO decides what the population should be.
  • Better range management. Stop bowing to all the people whose cattle graze on the same land.
  • to pull more studs and to try to minimize breeding to a greater elimation
  • Quit reducing the size of their range land, and let the land determine the size of the heard.
  • Remove cattle from the horses legally awarded land (laws being avoided here)
  • Some horse herds are already being controlled with birth control. Leave the horses alone.
  • It is called spay and neuter!
  • Stop roundups. If open range is public land, the ranchers have no right to complain.
  • Humans are driving herds to less vast areas to live and breed; you can't mess with nature.
  • sterlilization
  • There are too many and not enough quality homes. I would rather see them euthanized than starving.
  • Ensure over breeding doesn't occur, advertise adoption of mustangs
  • castration of stallions and rerelease
  • Perhaps birth control or perhaps less domestic livestock competing for their grazing lands
  • Take the cattle off of the gov't land!
  • There is enough natural predation.
  • geld inadequate stallions using SLR and put back in wild..
  • Round them up, geld the colts while young.
  • gelding
  • I believe it should be the cattle and other livestock that should be controlled.
  • Geld some of the stallions
  • remove the cows from the grazing fields
  • Castration and tubal ligation would be more humane unless the wild horses host an incurable disease
  • Slaughter of wild horses is no different than slaughter for domestics.
  • PZP birth control
  • If they can spend the Money to euthanize horses why can't they just casterate some of the stallions?
  • castration of males
  • sReopen the slaughterhouses.
  • One word... Contraceptives!!!
  • In thw wild non-hormonal birth control.
  • reopen the slaughter houses, send them there
  • Prisoner rehab programs
  • round up and castrate a lot of males then release
  • Castrate the stallions.
  • There is no need for population control as only 25,000 are freeand mares are given PZP
  • no more roundups...proper management....NOT THE BLM>>>>they havedone more harm than good.....
  • Birth control has been working. Increase and improve (re-seed) the existing range land.
  • adoption, there are plenty of people that would
  • Tell people; many people will be glad to take one, some.
  • Birth control methods same as Zoo animals, ie dart guns with appropriate medication
  • Adoption
  • yes only if old or lame or otherwise unadoptable. Extra effort to reduce the # in holding
  • allowing re-sale of all horses adopted. so trainers will buy them and make them ridable.
  • There is no solution needed! Leave them alone! Remove the cattlemens' cows from public land!
  • Sale for humane slaughter, preferably in U.S.
  • adoption
  • put them back in the wild and pump up the population of mountain lions and other preditors
  • Gelding/spaying
  • birth control - as wild numbers drop rerelease unadoptable horses in the holding pens
  • how about birth control, spay neuter it really could be done....
  • Adoption and better management of the populations
  • Don't know
  • contraceptives to reduce the numbers
  • Birth control: Humans have this nasty habit of destroying that which requires effort without profit
  • Vasectomy for stallions, hormonal implants for mares, reduction of breeding capacity
  • More aggressive adoption campaign, possibly with training assistance.
  • Don't let ranchers "free range" cattle on government owned lands
  • Only by selected professionals who will cull the herd wisely and the meat donated to food shelters
  • reopen slaughter industry in US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • LET THEM RUN FREE - THE FITESS WILL SURVIVE
  • birth control
  • Treat wild horses like a national treasure.
  • Cut # of cattle & sheep in 1/2 & let horses be!
  • Why waste? They should be used for dog food or human consupmtion. This is a viable for unwanted ho
  • And Cattle should not be grazing on Public Land.If you don't have your own land, don't raise cattle.
  • selective castration
  • Spay/Neuter + freeze-brand and release again. Feed-through hormones preventing pregnancies.
  • I'd rather see them euthanized verses being shot or shipped to slaughterhouses.
  • Euthanasia as in shooting? sterilization - how about trap, neuter and release stallions. Of
  • wildlife contraception to manage population growth
  • euthanize people who try to take therel lands. this would help control the people population.
  • sterilization
  • Let them live--get the cattle and sheep out!
  • adoption
  • Round up the new offspring and yearlings and tame them.
  • Kick the rich ranchers who are paying hardly anything for grazing rights off the public lands.
  • How about gelding the stallions?
  • shrink the cattle herds
  • Give the excess to the PETA people and legislators that voted to stop slaughter.
  • let the people vote.Wild horses or cattle and sheep on our public land. I vote for horses
  • find some land where they can run free the way they are supposed to.
  • Start euthanizing humans, they overpopulated the planet. More room for animals.
  • Shoot the government?Or the cattle ranchers?
  • adoption
  • I think that ALL healthy animals should be protected and allowed to be placed up for adoption
  • adoption
  • less cattle and sheep -import red wolves
  • gelding and steralizing some of them
  • sterilization to limit reporduction & encouraging more pre-adoption training programs for the horses
  • Slaughter
  • a comprehensive plan executed by non-special interest groups
  • I adopted a BLM mustang 16 yrs ago -- great horse, exceeded my expectations!
  • Re-open the US Slaughter Facilities!!!
  • Humane transport & slaughter
  • better oral birth control via feed
  • move the darn cows!!!!
  • Maybe. Euthanizing would be more humane than allowing them to starve to death. Rescues are full.
  • I'd like to see stallions gelded or birth control given to the mares if that could be done.
  • Leave them in the wild, on the lands set aside for them in the first place.
  • Leave them alone and let the cattle ranchers find pasture the way the rest of us do.
  • stop developing their territory!
  • Catch and geld the stallions beginning as early as weanlings
  • OPT for BLM reform What a rotten group You tax dollars going to waste!
  • birth control for the mares
  • Sterilization of mares and stallions in wild populations would help keep the numbers down as well.
  • adopt some out and leave the rest ALONE to be free.
  • Kick the Rolex cattle ranchers off govt. land leased for pennies on the dollar!!
  • Move the cattle off the land and let the horses be!
  • Manage the cattle, etc.!
  • There are too many people who would take a wild horse and care for it to even consider euthanizing.
  • continue and expand the current rtaining for adoption programs.
  • Not a function of the government.
  • the cattle and sheep ranchers need to buy and graze their own land
  • Intorducing them into state parks across the country.
  • slaughter
  • Provide more land for them. I'd much rather see my tax dollars used for open land projects than war
  • Expandind the adoption program, making more information available to the public.
  • continue adoption and add more mustang challenges
  • I don't know of any. Sorry, we have an overpopulation of abandoned and neglected horses already.
  • slaughter houses
  • gelding stallions or sterilize mares
  • The ponies on Assateague Island have been maintained using hormone injections on the mares.
  • better mgmt of cattle grazing on federal lands
  • Gelding the stallions,birth control for the mares,let the captured ones free.
  • Nice job people! Take away the slaughter option and you have compounded the problem.
  • Castration of most wild stallions as well as yearlings so that the future numbers are controlled.
  • The unadoptable ones in pens for life should have their spirits set free.
  • continue with adoption
  • The farmers leasing federal land should share the range with the wild horses, Castration and release
  • Birth control and adoption.
  • sterilization of stallions, develop a long term injection to prevent mares from cycling
  • careful implementation of contraceptive measures
  • catch, sedate, geld
  • have a healthy number, controlled sterilization, pens-no!
  • A dedicated tax on certain horse items (non-essentials).
  • Confim BLM accurate re too many, ensure genetic diversity, chemical birth control of certain mares.
  • Take the cattle off the public ranges and let the wild horses alone.
  • leave them alone and nature will take care of all
  • Geld all stallions except those desired by breeders and over time disperse all herds
  • Reasonable adoptions at more sites around country (less distance to travel)
  • Please find good homes for these horses or relocate them.
  • castration
  • Let them run! The land is public, it doesn't belong to cattle ranchers!
  • let nature take it's course.
  • expand wild horse territory by reducing human population and encroachment.
  • sterilization
  • separate mares & stallions
  • europe has lead the way in many humane ways of euthanizing. We cannot allow so many to starve !
  • They should be used to feed zoo animals or for dog food
  • loosen adoption rules
  • Use a product that causes infertility in mares and/or stallions.
  • raise grazing fees for ranchers
  • quit allowing the cattle ranchers a free ride on the taxpayers and give us back our wild horses.
  • What about the cattle and other livestock on OUR land?
  • stop rounding them up and letting the ranchers buy land the horses are entitled to!
  • Capture and sterilize as necessary.
  • Birth contr 35K wild horses left on public lands vs 6 MILLION private owned livestock move the cows
  • government funding
  • When left alone the balance of predator to prey is established
  • A contraceptive vaccines, as such on Asseteague Island. Adoption promoted better.
  • these horses are in public lands. get rid of the cattle
  • no cattle, sheep or other special interest use
  • stallion castration
  • Getting rid of the 6 million cows that the cattlemen put on that same grazing land
  • spaying or SLR procedure
  • Reopen slaughter plants and supervise slaughter
  • More adoption, change there grazing areas, utilize more areas for grazing
  • Selective culling for older, crippled, or diseased members of the herd when round-ups occur.L
  • Better than holding them in pens for years
  • More sharing of the land. Its public land isn't it? shouldn't the public have a say on what grazes
  • To reduce the populations of domestic livestock grazing on the land.
  • Charge more than $1 for cattle grazing
  • Use tax money to selectively geld or do vasectomies on select youngsters.
  • Reopen the 100 Horse Mangement Areas the BLM switched over to cattle grazing.
  • sterilization
  • They are supposed to be protected. Remove the cattle from their land and leave them alone!
  • control the other livestock like sheep and cows
  • Find local/state govts nationwide willing to take herds, place them on gov land for all to enjoy
  • sterilization
  • BIRTH CONTROL, more awareness of adoptions, more programs to gentle them to make them adoptable
  • How about making fewer people so that other species have room to live too?
  • adoption
  • I don't like it, but the alternative of starving to death is not pretty either.
  • Capture the stallions and after gelding them, release them back into the herds
  • Castrate the stallions.
  • Castrating, and release, more prison taming programs that use Brian Neubert and Ray Hunt methods!
  • With modern technology there must be a way to either make mares or stallions sterile
  • Adopt, special needs companion animals, etc America was built with and by the Mustangs!!!
  • hence the word "WILD" leave them alone
  • More adoption sites
  • Capture and geld the stallions and then release them
  • CONTROLING BACK YARD BREEDERS WHO PRODUCE POOR QUALITY HORSES. THIS IS THE PROBLEM IN THE HRSE WRLD
  • auction off excess
  • Spend some of that money to geld more stallions
  • castration
  • create preserves on National Park land. Birth control measures similar to those available for deer.
  • Only the unwanted ones
  • would the government be thinking of euthanizing the cattle or sheep that roam the same ranges?
  • Birth Control first undesirable older major flawed conformation horses could be put down if done hum
  • how about the slr section ligation release to reduce the breeding
  • put htem on federal protective land
  • larger horse herds then birth control, not elimination from the wild as some biologists want
  • Neutiering by some means is far more acceptable.
  • let them be adopted
  • But they should not be wasted, they could at least be used for pet/zoo food.
  • sterilization, castrating inferior males, but do not kill
  • ONLY if a horse is lame, ill, or otherwise unadoptable or unsafe/unsound.
  • Feral horse herds should be rather tightly controlled--a few small herds for the tourists.
  • There is not that many wild horses left!
  • Create wild horse open range zoo/sanctuaries where the public can pay to see, drive through, photogr
  • Castration of the studs
  • castration of males
  • Man created this problem - man needs to accpet responsibility, not kill!!
  • The West is already over built straining rescources (especially water). Birth Control to limit #s
  • Sterilize them
  • casteration on the weaker ones
  • These are not wild, they are feral. We don't need 57,000 of them
  • sterilize some
  • Capture, geld and release stallions
  • CASTRATION OF BOTH GENDERS
  • capture & castrate stallions
  • GROUP GELDING OF YOUNGER WILD HORSES.
  • capture castrate and release
  • Absolutely not! It's murder to kill living beings for ridicuous reasons. Birth control instead!
  • Castrate the stallions
  • if humans upset the natural balance by eliminating natural predators, that may be the only option.
  • Keep the US slaughter houses open.
  • viable birth control methods already exist and can be administered easliy with dart guns.
  • Gelding the stallions to reduce the herd population from growing.
  • Charge more money for range fees from cattle and sheep ranchers & apply to NWHB program.
  • Castration of some stallions
  • Geld and Spay the mares
  • how about castration of all but select males?
  • I think humane slaughter even for human consumption is a practical and humane solution.
  • How about birth control? Selective gelding or spaying. Also how about giving away younger horses
  • Capture, sterilize and release them.
  • Yes, but ONLY if the population level is causing health problems in the herd!
  • The mag just ran the castration article. Reduce breeding
  • better management of the herds. perhaps open more areas up. they already use birth control.
  • Maybe if the BLM castrates the stallions that would be cheaper than all thier doing now..
  • it is so hard now a days for it is getting harder to read stories that people in florida any way are
  • oNLY AS A LAST RESORT
  • Ranches graze animals for cents on PUBLIC land. Send horses east for adoption - all were adopted
  • Not with so many birth control options
  • castration and/or sterilization of mares
  • castrate the (young) stallions, sell the foals and yearlings to a good home
  • Gov't should fund selective sterilization of American legacy - wild horses
  • drop the adoption fee
  • giveaway
  • Put in place a program to sterilize selected mares and stallions
  • gelding the stallions or sterilizing the mares
  • Introduction of sterile mares, cutting the herd down and adoption.
  • If done humanely and not through slaughter houses.
  • Public lands belong to the horses and public, too, not the ranchers exclusively.Birth Control!
  • only as a last resort. find them homes,
  • Let them remain in the wild as they have for hundreds of years! Perhaps some sterilization is needed
  • If it is Federal land, those horses have a much right as any other critter living on the land.
  • I'm an owner of 2 mustangs and hate the BLM system. They don't make sure the horses go to good home
  • HISTORIC TREASURES! Birth Control, adoption.
  • Geld the stallions and how about giving the mares birth control like we do deer and other animals?
  • Slaughter needs to be legalized again and used as a tool
  • birth control for the mares and limit the number of cattle and sheep on the government lands . The r
  • People should get their act together and HELP these animals instead of turning their heads.
  • sterilization
  • Only the old and sick
  • porcine zona pellucida
  • vasectomies for males
  • birth control of unsuitable mares
  • adoptions first option.
  • It's just SAD!
  • geld many of the stallions
  • Get the cattle ranchers off the property
  • birth control
  • gelded stallions, and spayed mares
  • Adoption and additional advertising for those who are new to horse ownership.
  • Adoption and bring back horse slaughter for those that can't be rehabilitated.
  • Only aged or permanently lame horses should be euthanized
  • Sentimentality aside, it's better for them in the long run.
  • something humane must be done, there are too many domestic horses also
  • What is it about "open range" that I'm missing here? You want the horses gone, buy the land.
  • let the ranchers buy their feed just like I do,mustangs were there first
  • I read somewhere about a horse birthcontrol, that keeps the mares sterile for up to 5 years
  • More adoptions, geldings for males and then re-release into the wild
  • Find homes for them
  • Sterilization. The wild horse is an American Icon. Euthanazia is wrong and indespicable.
  • adoption
  • birth control with drugs
  • They will self regulate as nature provides a natural way to control populations
  • Round 'em up and geld the majority of the stallions!!!
  • Maybe we should think about controlling the population of humans!
  • Just another by-product of closing the killer market. What other option is there?
  • Birth Control and close the free ride "Open Ranges" that ranchers get!
  • sterilization
  • adoption
  • selective birth control
  • Human sterilization to stop encroaching on wild animals' land.
  • hard to believe that's the best solution for anybody but the ranchers
  • None as there is an overflow of unwanted horses already in the market!
  • capture and castration...similar to tag and release with other animals
  • Stop the backyard breeders / sterilize the stallions
  • Has to be a way to see that all wildlife can co-exist!
  • If you don't want horses euthanized, adopt one.
  • geld some of the stallions. It is not their fault we take their land from them to live.
  • ovarectomy of fillies. Even if they didn't get ALL of them, it would reduce # of foals being born
  • Castrate the stallions.
  • natural selection
  • maybe relocate them to other ranges, stop rounding them up
  • allow people to adopt them
  • BLM's advertising for adoptions is very poor and it may help if they come with a booklet on gentling
  • only sick or injured horses should be euth, sterilization, adoption better
  • Castrate stallions
  • stop building greedy governments
  • adopting them out
  • Natural birth control methods and a capture/castration on some of the stallions if necessary.
  • reduce the number of cattle and sheep allowed to graze public lands
  • Begin with euthanizing some cattle, sheep and then ranchers. Or castrate the horses.
  • It's better than slaughter, but best is to control pop. thru oral birth control like with deer pop.
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