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Can Horse Owners Absorb the Surplus of Wild Horses? - Full Article

Study: If 4-5% of horse-owning households adopted one animal, the current surplus of wild horses and burros could be eliminated.

Posted by Alexandra Beckstett, The Horse Managing Editor | Jun 24, 2021

As of March 1, 2020, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) estimated that approximately 95,000 wild horses and burros reside on federal lands in the Western United States, with nearly 50,000 more housed in holding facilities. This figure is more than triple the appropriate management level. The BLM says more private adoptions are key to combatting overpopulation, but is this tactic truly feasible? Are enough people willing and interested in taking these horses in to absorb the excess?

Jill Stowe, PhD, associate professor in agricultural economics at the University of Kentucky, in Lexington, and her student and co-author Hannah White surveyed horse owners via social media to find out. She presented their findings at the 2021 Equine Science Society’s virtual symposium...

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