Released May 2012 – Produced by the Bureau of Land Management, this video helps us better understand how the BLM came to manage federally protected wild horses and burros on millions of acres of public lands across the West. Current and former BLM employees, historians, horse advocates, and others tell their parts of this continuing story.
From the DVD Cover:
The public lands of the Western United States are diverse, ruggedly beautiful, and majestic – as are the horses and burros that live there. These animals are born with the colors of the land upon them. The browns, blacks, reds, blues, dapple grays, and snowy whites all reflect nature’s paint brush.
Today, America’s wild horses and burros are found in 10 western states. It is the BLM’s responsibility to preserve and protect healthy herds of wild free-roaming horses and burros as components of the public lands.
The Wild Horse Annie Act of 1959 and the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 gave wild horses and burros a legal right to live on public lands without harassment. The Adopt-A-Horse or Burro Program was initiated in 1973 to meet the challenges of balancing the health of public lands with the health of the wild horses and burros.