There are around 86,000 wild horses that roam across America, with about 55,000 of them now living in government-run quarters.
Each day, many of these wild horses face an unknown fate, but fortunately, there are ways we can help these incredible animals.
Here are 4 ways you can help to save wild horses.
Adopt. If you’re looking to purchase a horse, think about acquiring a Mustang. Because of their adaptability and intelligence, mustangs make amazing companion animals.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) or a rescue shelter both offer the option to foster a Mustang. When adopting a Mustang from the BLM, prices start at $125 for horses with training and $25 for untrained horses. In order to adopt from the BLM, you must meet their adoption qualifications and fill out an application. Once you are approved, you can move on with the adoption process.
Sponsor. If you can’t foster a wild horse, you can support one instead. You can support a Mustang by funding one by making a recurring monthly or yearly payment.
Sponsorships generally start at $50 and go up from there. The money from your sponsorship goes to help cover different aspects of care such as food, water, shelter, veterinary expenses, and other needs. Oftentimes, those who sponsor will receive a photo, information, and updates of the horse they are sponsoring.
Some of the organizations you can sponsor a wild horse include the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, ISPMB, Corolla Wild Horse Fund, Return to Freedom, and Ever After. Each of these organizations have several wild horses you can choose from to sponsor.
Donate Donations are vital for non-profit organizations and rescues to operate. They help cover the cost of rescuing horses as well as providing food, water, shelter, veterinarian expenses, and other basic care.
Any size donation, whether $5 or $1,000, will help save America’s wild horses. By donating to a reputable organization, such as the ones listed above, you can rest assured that your money is going to a good cause.
Volunteer Depending on where you live, it may be tricky to volunteer but if you are able to, it can make a huge difference. By volunteering, you are helping to raise awareness while also helping improve the lives of Mustangs.