Horses are a symbol of power and freedom around the world. Wild horses once roamed all the continents but a majority of them have been trained and domesticated now. The American horse, also known as the wild mustang, represents the free spirit. It is believed that while the wild mustang can be used to serve man to an extent, it can never be fully domesticated.
Such is the story of 3907, a stallion captured by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in order to cope with the growing mustang population in the Sulphur Herd Management Area. 3907 was captured once before but released into the wild. The question on every horse lover’s mind today is, will he get his freedom again?
What’s so great about this horse?
Just over a hundred horses were rounded up from this area and 3907 is one of them. This grey and black stallion stood out because of his appealing appearance. His picture has gone viral on the internet and over 24,000 signatories have asked for his freedom in a petition started by the American wild horse preservation campaign. It is yet to be seen if he gets his freedom or not.
The reason these animals are captured is that their growing numbers also correspond to an increased number of traffic collisions that put them as well as humans at risk. Just last year 3 horses died due to collision with a vehicle on State Road 21.
The horses that are rounded up are either sent to the Agency’s long holding pastures or auctioned online. Their pictures are uploaded to the website, where individual bidding for a horse starts at $25.
3907 is around 25 years old, and older horses such as him are not put up on the website for bidding. However, this is an exceptional case as people have shown immense interest in him. The agency says it is unlikely that 3907 will be returned to the wild.
How the Program Effects the Horses
Wild horse advocates say that the roundup and auction program has very adverse effects on the animals and is an inhumane way of handling the problem. By taking them out of their habitat, the horses are traumatized and severely stressed. The mustangs live in herds for most of their lives and share a unique bond with each other. Separating an animal from a herd is like taking away its family. Returning 3907 to the wild would mean that he would be reunited with his family and live life as a free animal for the rest of his days.
3907 represents the essence of the American spirit of freedom and power. No wonder so many people are fighting for his release back into the wild. America is the only place where we can find wild horses now and we need to preserve this unique aspect of the country. It’s not just about the freedom of one horse, but rather a representation of all the mustangs that roam the plains of North America. Only time will tell if 3907 will get his freedom.
The BLM needs to devise new strategies to counter the problem of mustang over-population, a solution that would result in a positive impact on the horses as well as the society.
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