Archive for Monday, August 9, 2010

Wild horse adoption program sells few animals in Hays

August 9, 2010


— A federal program to encourage adoption of wild horses and burros attracted more spectators than buyers in western Kansas.

The Bureau of Land Management held an auction at Fort Hays State University Pavilion that began with the arrival of a semitrailer full of horses and a few wild burros last week.

The program is aimed at managing the growing herds of wild horses on public lands. Adoptions start at $125, and the BLM offers a $500 care allowance with horses older than 4 years old, payable a year after the new owner receives title to the horse.

Despite a steady stream of spectators Thursday, only nine horses and burros were adopted during the auction, leaving about 50 animals available. Auctions also were scheduled Friday and Saturday.

Tony Krizek has been around horses all his life, and he had his eye on a couple of the horses. He came early to see what was there, and what he might be willing to take home.

“Only thing is those 4-year-olds are hard to break,” he told The Hays Daily News. “It would be kind of like adopting a teenager.”

E. Jay “Frenchie” Newell took time out from his 64th wedding anniversary to look at the horses and burros, and he took several photos to show his daughter. He assured his wife, Lidia Francis, that he wouldn’t bring anything home other than the photographs.

“I like to see them,” he said of the horses. “I like to see them moving around. Instead of killing them, sending them to the slaughterhouse, this is what they ought to do.”

One person who did walk away with a horse was 6-year-old Tori Kreutzer, who picked hers out early.

Her mother, Victoria Kreutzer, handled all the arrangements.

“That’s the one that will come up to my daughter,” Victoria Kreutzer said of the 2-year-old animal they planned to take home. “That’s the one she fell in love with.”


domino 7 years, 10 months ago

This is a great idea - just a really hard thing to do. The $500 will not cover the expenses it takes to keep the horse, so in these economic times, it is really tough to think about purchasing one of these animals unless someone isn't interested in the cost. Hope they find homes for them but I know it isn't something I could/would consider at this point in time!

KU_cynic 7 years, 10 months ago

The shut down of the horse meat market (mostly for export) for supposedly "humane" reasons has added yet another cost (disposal) onto to escalating horse ownership costs. The cost of taking on a marginal horse are just too high. Too bad.

Unreal 7 years, 10 months ago

KU_cynic, if people would quit breeding these poor creatures, there wouldn't be an overpopulation issue with them, and so many horses needing homes right now, including these wild horses. The horse issue is no different than the cat/dog overpopulation issue. People need to quit breeding them. My mom was one of these "backyard" horse breeders and I got after her every chance I got about not breeding anymore. It was only when she saw one of her beautiful horse pets loaded onto a slaughter truck (when there were still slaughterhouses for horses in the U.S.), that she FINALLY quit breeding them. There are more sensible options other than slaughtering these beautiful creatures simply because there are too many of them or someone just got tired of taking care of them.

gatekeeper 7 years, 10 months ago

Idiotic statement award of the day!!!!!

cowboy 7 years, 10 months ago

Couple of folks deserve that award gatekeeper .

"These" horses are naturally bred on the open preserves . The feds need to flat shut down some of these to decrease the volume of excess horses coming out of the reserves. With the horse market down so far you can buy a really nice horse for $500 , why go thru a two year training period with a mustang .

lucky7brand 7 years, 10 months ago

I have been watching and petitioning against the BLM. It is just terrible how the horses are treated and they have every right to be in their nature habitat this is a link to just one of the many sites on how these round ups need to stop. There are other sites that give numbers on how many horses and burros are left in the open range which is not even high numbers. These poor things are needing a voice. So if you care you could help with being a voice for them. I will look for the petition that I supported and emailed to the government for stopping these round ups.

farva 7 years, 10 months ago

The Feds and BLM would love to do the only reasonable and practical solution--slaughter, but too many bleeding hearts keep on suing the Feds over this issue to prevent any solutions from occurring. Meanwhile, the horses are reproducing and destroying land to the point horses are even starving, along with destruction of all the NATIVE plants and animals. It's rather hypocritical of people to willingly allow multitudes of native animals to die just to try to "save" some wild horses that nobody wants. These are not pet horses. Send 'em to the slaughter-house and put them to use instead of wasting taxpayer money.

EAStevens 7 years, 10 months ago

There's change afoot at the BLM. After 40 years of managing wild horses on the Western public range with methods that catered to cattle ranchers (room for 4 million cattle, but no room for wild horses) and oil/gas exploration, the BLM has heard the message that millions of Americans really do give a damn about these animals. The slaughter option is off the table. The DOI/BLM are talking about giving wild horse herds status as "treasured herds," and facilitating tourism in their areas. Other ideas include relocating wild horses to Midwest and Eastern states, to live on preserves and also on private land via rancher/farmer programs, similar to the CRP, for pasturing herds.

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