Managing wild mustangs on federal land has been a controversial issue for many years, and debate continues over whether the horses should be rounded up - and what should be done with them once they're captured. Only a fraction of them are adopted. Last fall Interior Secretary Ken Salazar released a new plan to deal with the thousands of horses that run free on rangeland in the West, and the thousands of animals that live in government holding pens and pastures.
The National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory board is in Denver Monday (6/14/10) hosting a workshop to get public input on the new initiative.
Colorado Public Radio's Anna Panoka spoke with Sally Spencer, marketing director for the BLM's Division of Wild Horses and Burros.
Learn more about the BLM's Wild Horse and Burro Initiative.
In the summer of 2009 we produced a series of reports following Colorado trainer Tony Brunetti as he took part in the Extreme Mustang Makeover, a competition to show how wild horses can be trained to promote adoptions. Listen to the first report, second report, and final report in the series.
Click here for photos from the summer 2009 series on the Extreme Mustang Makeover in Wyoming.
Click here for photos from the June 2010 Extreme Mustang Makeover competition in Fort Collins.