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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

How does one interact with the wild horses on a daily basis for their care and well being? I am looking for a place to retire and we have 2 Percheron horses .....

is there advantages to moving us all there to train dressage on our property but able to unwind on riding paths there instead of 1500+ acres of wooded trails here? Curious ..... thxs!!!

over a year ago Answer

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Brooklyn, NY
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I can't give you precise details, only my observations.

The "wild horses" of Vieques are not wild. I was speaking to a park ranger about the horses, because I was curious about the apparent emaciated state of each of the horses. He told me that the horses are not wild, but rather belong to "ranchers" on the island who don't want to incur the costs of maintaining them. Occasionally, you'll see teenage boys on the horse backs driving them to trot. It's quite sad. I was naive and expected wild horses of the type that I encountered in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. I think it is more accurate to call those "feral". Unfortunately, the "wild horses" of Vieque are nothing more than neglected horses. I was given the impression that a movement is growing (or underway) to remove these horses, or at least properly house and care for them. Personally, if a permanent, reliable sanctuary could be identified, these horses should be removed from the island immediately.

I had a very romanticized image of these horses. If Vieques were not such a sleepy backwater of an island, this would be the subject of more significant reporting.

over a year ago
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