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RU Pardner, RU Sebastian, RU Shivna, & RU Prodigal Son with a friend on the western plains
Photos by Victoria Hanke.


How “wild” are the horses when they are first purchased?


Although the BLM vaccinates and deworms all adoptable individuals, most have not been handled and are wary of human contact.  Remember, these are feral animals with extremely high self-preservation instincts.  That is not to say that with gentle handling, they don’t soon learn to accept—and even enjoy—human interaction.  In any event, their first instinct is to run away, not attack.     


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