The life of a wild horse is all about family. The stallions are the protectors and the mares make most of the decisions. The stallions play an important part in raising the foals in their bands as well as the mares.
The young stallions get kicked out normally around the time they are two and they live together in bachelor bands as they mature and gain the confidence, skills and muscle they will need to become a band stallion.
If we want our wild horses to keep their freedom we have to protect them. We have encroached on their natural habitat. It is essential to discourage them from coming near homes and streets. Please don't provide feed or water to lure them close to people.
The only thing that differentiates wild horses from their domestic cousins is NATURAL WILD BEHAVIORS. Like all mammals, hormones affect behaviors. Castration, spaying and drugs that impact hormone production would destroy the natural wild behaviors we so cherish about wild horses. This is why we oppose any management of wild horses that involves spaying, gelding or drugs that change natural hormones. We support using humane PZP fertility control which has been used safely and effectively for over 35 years to manage wild horse populations. PZP does not alter hormone production and safely prevents conception.
We want to Keep Wild Horses Wild. When observing wild horses on the range, please observe the following practices that are designed to protect these precious horses:
1. Please don't get close to wild horses. Staying at least 100 feet away from wild horses will help prevent habituating horses to humans. Other users of our public lands may complain if wild horses approach them which could get the horses rounded up and removed.
2. Please do not feed wild horses. The age-old saying "Fed Wildlife is Dead Wildlife" is true. Feeding wild horses can turn these magnificent horses into beggars and in turn they could be perceived by some as a nuance.
3. Enjoy -- these magnificent, beautiful wild horses will only be saved if people like you speak up for them!
NOTE: If you live near wild horses, please do not offer feed or water on your property as that will entice horses to come into neighborhoods/roadways which will get the horses rounded up and removed.
Give them room... use your zoom. We don't want our wild horses to get too desensitized to humans or anyone to get hurt out there. Wild horses are reactive and you don't want to get caught in the middle when one horses chases off another one. Stay back at least 100 feet when they are calm and farther if they are playing or sparring.