Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

You Want to Tame Some Wild Horses?

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

You Want to Tame Some Wild Horses?

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Byline: Beverly Fleming

Western hats and boots dominate around the corrals, but the crowd at the Fairgrounds in Green Cove Springs also contains women in halter tops and children. They have all arrived to look over the wild horses that are penned under the arena's roof. By the end of the day, most of the horses will have found new homes.

The U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management has been managing, protecting, and controlling wild horses and burros on public lands since 1971 and have been offering the animals for 'adoption' since 1973. The selection inside the pens have been collected from Oregon, Utah, Wyoming, New Mexico, Colorado, and Nevada.

For a $25 fee, anyone who can meet qualifications for caring for the animals can take control of what Jessi Paxton calls a living symbol of our American history. Paxton works with Tally Ho Mustangs and the BLM to place the mustangs and promote the welfare of the animals through education and information by hosting demonstrations, exhibitions and mentoring. She travels the circuit of the sales in the eastern U.S. to help handle the animals.

"The goal is to preserve and protect the wild horses," Paxton said. "We really want what is best for them."

She said about 11 states still have wild horses. Mares, geldings, stallions, colts and burros are all currently in the program, which helps to ensure healthy herds and healthy rangelands. Wild horses are defined as unbranded, unclaimed, free-roaming horses found on public lands. They are descendants of animals that were released by or escaped from Spanish explorers, ranchers, miners, the U.S. Cavalry and American Indians.

Because of the loss of natural predators and national protection the herds have thrived and increased. These herds share the rangeland with ranchers. …

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