The Plight of the American Mustangs
There are seventy-three thousand wild horses roaming the American West, most concentrated in Nevada.
In December 1971, President Richard Nixon signed the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. This described the animals as “living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West” that “enrich the lives of the American people.” The law stated that they should be left to live on the land where they were “presently found, as an integral part of the natural system of the public lands,” and “protected from capture, branding, harassment, or death.” As the population increased, The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) began hostile round-ups forcing the mustangs into government pens.
In 2017, the House Appropriation Committee authorized a budget that would allow the BLM to kill many of the animals in its care. President Trump has gone even further in the 2018 budget to allow horses to be sold to any buyer - allowing animals to go to slaughter in Mexico and Canada.
The Mustang Project
Blue Sky Utah and the Saving Gracie Equine Healing Foundation are committed to the fair and respectful treatment of wild horses in the American West. By intercepting wild horses that would otherwise be sent to slaughter, gentling, and then training them, Blue Sky Utah and Saving Gracie set the bar for how captured wild horses should be handled.
Our two mustangs, Ringo and Crosby, are currently being trained to help with trail rides on the Blue Sky Utah property. Donations directed towards these horses go directly to the upkeep and maintenance of their facilities, fresh hay and grain, clean water, and the cost of their training and board. If Ringo and Crosby can successfully be gentled and trained for trail riding, Blue Sky Utah and Saving Gracie are committed to rescuing more wild horses. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation, please visit our 'Take Action' page to learn more.
The Mustangs of Saving Gracie
In January of 2018, Ringo (left) and Crosby (right) were rescued off of the Virginia Range, near Reno, Nevada. The Nevada Department of Agriculture found their herd wandering on private land and turned them over to the Virginia Range Sanctuary. Without intervention, the mustangs would have been sold at auction to the highest bidder.
The Saving Gracie Foundation stepped in and offered to home two of the horses from the herd, #2143G and #2146(A), later named Ringo and Crosby respectively. Most of the other 20 horses in their herd have also been privately adopted - the remaining few are still waiting for their forever homes.