The Horse

FEB 2019

The Horse:Your Guide To Equine Health Care provides monthly equine health care information to horse owners, breeders, veterinarians, barn/farm managers, trainer/riding instructors, and others involved in the hands-on care of the horse.

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24 February 2019 The Horse | COURTESY GREG SHINE, BLM M arianne Barry couldn't stop talking about the mustang she had just adopted from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)—and the 2-year-old filly hadn't even arrived at her farm yet. "She is just beautiful," Barry says. "I was smitten the second I laid eyes on her." Now named Dulcinea, she is settling into her new home in Florida. Matching horses with adopters like Barry is among the biggest challenges the BLM faces, as the number of mustangs residing in long- and short-term holding sites around the United States continues to grow. Dulcinea's journey from the wild to a new home was a long one. It began when she was gathered from the range (using a helicopter) in 2016 at eight months old and brought to the BLM's Palomino Valley Wild Horse and Burro Center, an off-range short-term holding facility near Reno, Nevada, for horses eligible for eventual adoption. The next stop was another short-term holding site in Montana. Barry learned that Dulcinea was one of a half-dozen "exceptional" mustangs acquired from the BLM by Montana horse trainer Hannah Catalino, who is part of the Mustang Heritage Founda- tion's (MHF) Trainer Incentive Program (TIP). The nonprofit organization established the TIP program to bridge the gap between potential adopters/purchasers and mustangs housed at BLM off-range facilities. More than 1,600 were trained and adopted through the program in 2017. Tens of thousands of wild horses live in holding facilities—how does it affect them? Living in Limbo PAT RAIA

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