Wild Mustangs on Public Land
Thousands of wild horses, descended from conquistadors who brought their mounts to the continent centuries ago, still roam America's western public lands. Though they are protected, the horses are managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Due to complaints from cattle ranchers about the horses grazing in the same areas where cattle are run, hundreds of horses are rounded up, branded and placed in holding facilities. A small percentage are adopted to the public, the rest live there indefinitely.
It is a bleak life for the captured horses, who have only known the open range and have been free to live and survive naturally.
The luckiest ones are left alone to remain free.
BLM Mustangs are easy to spot, as every horse that's been rounded up is freeze branded on the left side of the neck with symbols to indicate the state they came from, year born and a unique i.d. number. On a positive note, the adopted horses can make wonderful companions and mounts, if trained properly.
Prairie is a BLM Mustang.