"It's an animal that's worth your time," says Steve Meyer, of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
Doug Wolford of Lysander knows all about that. He already owns several mustangs, and says they're curious by nature and make great companions.
"I like them because they're easy to train," he says. He says it's also easy to gain their trust. "They are a very devoted horse."
While some animal rights organizations have questioned the practice of forcibly removing mustangs from the wild, Wolford says it's the only way to ensure the horses survive.
"The grasslands will only support so many animals, and if they get over-populated they'll starve to death. They become so skinny and weak, so they have to manage the herd," Wolford says.According to BLM, a wild free-roaming horse or burro is an unbranded, unclaimed, free-roaming horse or burro found on Western public rangelands. They are descendants of animals released by or escaped from Spanish explorers, ranchers, miners, U.S. Cavalry, or Native Americans."The BLM manages, protects, and controls wild horses and burros under the authority of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act," said BLM-Eastern States State Director, John Lyon. "This law authorizes the BLM to remove excess wild horses and burros from the range to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands."More information is available by calling 1-866-4MUSTANGS (1-866-468-7826) and on the BLM website.