Two dozen captured wild horses find refuge at Horse Spirit Ranch

Tuesday's Horse

U-T San Diego reports:

WRITTEN BY EDWARD SIFUENTES

BONSALL — A Southern California animal rights group says it has rescued nearly two dozen wild horses captured in New Mexico and the animals are now being sheltered at a Bonsall ranch.

Most of the horses arrived Saturday, after being caught by state wildlife officials weeks ago in northwestern New Mexico just outside the Navajo Indian reservation.

The Navajo tribe has been embroiled in controversy over its efforts to control and thin the herds of thousands of wild horses that tribal leaders say are overgrazing and damaging tribal lands already ravaged by drought.

Animal rights activists say that nearly 2,000 wild horses were captured over a three-month period last year and that many of them were sold and ended up in slaughterhouses.

Roundups on the Navajo land ended late last year under an agreement brokered by former New Mexico Gov. Bill…

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