by Love Wild Horses©
It was a century after Nevada’s wild horses first settled into the Great Basin that Congress unanimously passed the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act to protect wild horses and maintain the ecological balance of the public lands they had claimed as their home.
The 1971 act described these wild horses and burros as “an integral part of the natural system of public lands,” and mandated the preservation and protection of these “living symbols of the historic and pioneering spirit of the West.”
Five decades later, Nevada’s bands of wild horses are the last of these sacred, American icons. Surviving and thriving over a century of mustanging, round-ups, and slaughter, these battle-born natives of Nevada are more than a symbol, they are the true ancestors of the spirit of power and freedom that comes from the essence of our being.
And today, still, they survive 21st century versions of the same threats to their existence—from the 2017 resurgence of the Sagebrush ideology against preservation efforts to the Bureau of Land Management’s mass removal and buildup of horses that are now in holding facilities facing euthanasia or sale for slaughter, unless adoptive homes are found.
While the wild horses that still roam freely continue to thrive against the century-old challenges, it’s a modern-day challenge that now threatens their extinction.
With the privatization of water rights, the bands that remain free face drought conditions brought on by climate change and exponential land development. Every day before sunset, these free roaming bands travel miles across the Great Basin Desert Country to what is currently their only water source—one that is privately owned and sometimes reduced to mud puddles.
Their hope, now, lies in the Love Wild Horses Giving Spring water development project. In the spirit of Wild Horse Annie, Love Wild Horses is developing a public land water source for the wild horses of the Antelope Valley.
To learn more about this project, click HERE.
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Love Wild Horses is a non-profit, Good Boots on the Ground organization inspiring humane care and rescue from slaughter, with healing sustainable solutions for our land, water and humanity, to preserve our living symbols of freedom today, because extinction is forever.