Horses at Kisatchie National Forest
Amy Hanchey has been fighting for months to make sure the hundreds of wild horses that roam Kisatchie National Forest in north Louisiana stay there.
“There are generations of horses that are truly wild and lived in that wilderness…it’s a matter of ethics.”
Hanchey, along with many others fighting for the same cause, they claim the horses are descendants of Calvary Horses from World War II.
“The Second Calvary was enacted at Fort Polk or Camp Polk and they let the horses go once the war was over,” Hanchey explained.
But—with no paperwork backing them up…army officials said there is no way to prove that these horses are descendants of the 2nd Calvary.
The Army believes that the majority of these horses have actually been abandoned in the forest.
“I think it would take a DNA test and I’m sure there are veterinarians out there that can provide that kind of test and potentially tie them back,” Hanchey said. “Even if they’re not, if we can’t prove it for whatever reason, it’s still a matter of—the fact that these horses have been able to live there self-sustained for 70 plus years.”
Despite being a part of Kisatchie for 75 years —army officials said the horses are now ‘trespassing’ on their land.
“We try to base everything that we do on fact as well as examine the situation through multiple eyes and come to the right conclusion as to what we do with this problem,” Col. David Athey said.
But even if the Army ultimately decides to remove these horses—Hanchey questions how long it will be before they are back again discussing the same issue.
“Even if they remove the horses what measures are they going to put in place to prevent the community from dumping their horses there? That’s part of the problem as to why there are so many horses.”
A decision will not be made until January.