Stories From the Field:  Wild Horses and Burros

“We owe wild horses and burros on Western rangelands high-quality habitat. We owe the unadopted wild horses and burros in holding good care and treatment.  And we owe the American taxpayer a well-run, cost-effective wild horse program." --BLM Director Bob Abbey, 2009

Thumbnail image of a mustang profile.Adoptions Place Mustangs in Good Homes
By Sarah Beckwith

Wild horses have been patiently “gentled” over the past few months by inmates of the Wyoming Honor Farm in Riverton, which uses the gentling of wild horses as a rehabilitation tool.

Phot of young people with their adopted horses at a Mustang Makeover event.  GIS and Wild Horses
By Bob Schoolar and Shayne Banks

Wild horses and geographic information systems (GISs)—what could they possibly have in common?  In the late 1990s, we began to explore this relationship, with surprising results. 


Colorado Wild Horse Inmate Program
By Fran Ackley

In 1986, the BLM and the Colorado Department of Corrections recognized an opportunity to help each other and created the Colorado Wild Horse Inmate Program.