Student Documentary Describes Debate on Mustangs

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"Free to Roam? The Mustang Debate" is a new YouTube video that describes the debate over wild horse and burro management.  While this debate has resulted in many articles and videos, what's unusual about this video is that the producer is a 12-year-old student.

Brigit Brown of Moriarty, New Mexico, turned a project for National History Day in her school into an award-winning documentary.  The film won first place in regional and state competitions, and was featured at the Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover in Dallas, Texas, in September 2011.

Below is some background on Brigit and her project.

Brigit Brown produced a wild horse documentary for a National History Day project.

Hi my name is Brigit Brown. I am a 12 year old student from Moriarty, New Mexico. I live on a farm called Sagging Acres where we have two old, retired horses, one donkey, six chickens, three ducks, three cats, and two dogs.

I made this documentary for a National History Day project. My documentary is ten minutes long and describes the debate about mustangs. National History Day requires year long College Level research. This project gave me to opportunity to talk to experts in my area and around the country!

My project started with Velma Johnston but as I learned about the history behind her work I also began to see how the debate continues today. After the 1971 law was passed a lot of things started to change including attitudes about horses.

My research showed me that the BLM’s work is very important in keeping the wild mustang herds healthy. I think what a lot of people don’t understand is that unless these horses are managed they will overpopulate, starve, inbreed, and spread sicknesses. When this happens it affects the horses, the land, and even humans. I’ve seen a starving horse and it is very sad.

Because of the good work of the Wild Horse and Burro program mustangs are living longer and that means the cost of the program keeps rising. I think a way to help resolve this problem would be if more people would adopt mustangs. They are very trainable and the adoption fees are low. I think adoptions through the BLM is good for the horses, good for new horse owners and good for our country.


Thank you.



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