Wild Horses: Web Links

Wild Horses






This section is offered as an additional educational option for the general public, students, and teachers. The content here is intended to be used in coordination with the video documentary, Wild Horses: An American Romance, or as a self contained lesson which makes use of the website information and resources presented. A glossary is also included to provide some common terms and definitions associated with the horse.


Ashfall: Life and Death at a Nebraska Waterhole Ten Million Years Ago
    About 12 million years ago, a volcano in southwest Idaho spread a blanket of ash over a very large area, including what would become the state of Nebraska. Among the animals buried here were prehistoric horses.

Assateague Island
    The wild horses on Assateague Island are actually feral animals, meaning that they are descendants of domestic animals that have reverted to a wild state.

Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary
    Operated and supported by the Institute of Range and the American Mustang.

BLM: Wild Horse & Burro Internet Adoption Program
    "Congress finds and declares that wild free-roaming horses and burros are living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West; (and) that they contribute to the diversity of life forms within the Nation and enrich the lives of the American people ..."

BLM: National Adoption Schedule
    Nationwide schedule for all BLM's Wild Horse and Burro adoptions.

BLM National Wild Horse and Burro Program Office
    Conducts the removal of wild horses and burros from public lands.

BLM Public Room
    A link to suggested reading associated with Wild Horse and Burro issues.

Buckaroos in Paradise
    The Buckaroos in Paradise Collection at the Library of Congress presents documentation of ranching culture in northern Nevada 1945-1982, with a focus on the family-run Ninety-Six Ranch.

Buffalo Bill Historic Center
    The Buffalo Bill Historical Center is widely regarded as America's finest western museum.

Chincoteague Pony Association
    The National Chincoteague Pony Association, is the oldest Chincoteague Pony Registry.

Conquistador Magazine
    A magazine for horses of Spanish ancestry.

Eastern States' Wild Horse & Burro Adoption
    While the eastern United States don't have wild horse herds and Herd Management Areas on the scale of the western states, there are wild horse bands present, some of which are managed by private, non profit organizations.

    For people who love horses.

Fictional Horses in Wikipedia 
    Names of famous horses and their riders from literature, movies, TV, etc.

Fort Collins Science Center
    The Fort Collins Science Center develops, integrates, and provides ecological knowledge necessary to understand the causes and predict the consequences of change in order to improve the conservation and management of natural resources in interior western landscapes.

The Gentling of a Mustang
    The step by step story of Celis White, a mustang gathered by the BLM from the Nevada desert, adopted, gentled and trained to be a family pleasure mount, and who has a few surprises of her own!

Horse Clicks
    An Internet community for horse people.

Horse Fun
    The number one site for kids who love horses.

Horses and History by Melinda Maidens
    Horse lovers do not need to be reminded how much human beings owe to equus caballus. However, to the general population, civilization's debt is perhaps not immediately apparent.

International Museum of the Horse
    Maintains an extensive history of horses in war from the dawn of humans until current times.

JournalStar: Horse Meat Shipping Ban 2/26/11
    Federal law would not allow horse meat to be shipped out of state.

JournalStar: Meat Inspection – Horse 3/30/11
    Legislature advances state meat inspection proposal, possibility of horse processing.

Kickin’ Back Ranch's World of Wild Horses
    Dedicated to wild horses, wild horse adoptions, wild horse care and training, and wild horse management.

Little Bookcliffs Wild Horse Area
    Wild horses are most frequently spotted in sagebrush parks scattered throughout the horse range, traveling in small bands made up of a stud and his harem of mares, or in bachelor bands of young stallions.

The Natural Horse Magazine
    This magazine covers natural and holistic care for horses, humane training, kids riding, alternative care, and complementary therapies.

Nature: Horses on PBS
    They gallop and trot, whinny and neigh, capturing our imagination – and our hearts.

Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center
    Dedicated to preserving and interpreting the Pryor Mountain mustangs, their evolution, history, habitat needs, and historical significance.

Rowell Ranch Rodeo
    Information on the Rowell Ranch Rodeo, its history, and current news.

Save the Horses
    Non-Profit dedicated to improving the quality of life for all horses.

The 6W Ranch’s Pendulum Method & Building the Mustang Foundation
    Wild Horse and Burro issues.

South Austrailia's Wild Brumbys
    The Coffin Bay Pony Preservation Society is a non-profit organization. All monies raised are used to preserve an important piece of Australia's heritage, which just so happens to include brumby horses.

Talk Origins Archives
    Paleontologist Kathleen Hunt outlines horse evolution on this site.

War Horse Re-enactment
    The New Riders of the Golden Age from War Horse Farm in Sarasota, Florida, have been jousting professionally since 1982 and have appeared at Renaissance Festivals, state, and county fairs, and other events all over the USA and Canada.

The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971
    To require the protection, management, and control of wild free- roaming horses and burros on public lands.






  • National Geographic(January, 1981)
  • Nebraskaland (June, 1990)
  • Science  (vol. 206, pp. 331-333)
  • National Geographic Research Reports (vol. 19, pp. 671-688).

Ancient mammals

  • Mammal Evolution, an Illustrated Guide, R.J.G. Savage & M.R. Long, Crown Publications, 1986.


Book it Up

General Audience

Thunder of the Mustangs: Legend and Lore of the Wild Horses
      Edited by Mark Spragg, 1997; Sierra Club Books

The Wild Horse: An Adopters Manual
      Barbara Eustis-Cross and Nancy Bowker, 1992.
      LIFE Foundation, I I I I Lamb Road, Ridgecrest, CA 93555

Mustang (American Wildlife in American Spaces)"
      Sharon Curtin, 1996. Photographs by Yva Momatiuk and John Eastcott.
      Rufus Publishing. Includes many beautiful color photos of American mustangs.

America's Last Wild Horses
      Hope Ryden, 1991; Dutton Paperback.
      A comprehensive history of the wild horses in America.

For Ages 9 and Up

Wild Horses
      Carol Ann Moorhead, 1994; illustrated by Kay Herndon;
      designed by Gail Kohler Opsahl; photography by George McDonald.
      Roberts Rinehart Publishers 1-800-352-1985
      Denver Museum of Natural History educational and activity book.

Mustang : Wild Spirit of the West
     Marguerite Henry; illustrated by Robert Lougheed, 1992.
      Aladdin Paperbacks The story of Wild Horse Annie.

Man and Mustang
     George Ancona, 1992. Simon and Schuster
      Photo essay of mustang training by volunteer New Mexico State Penitentiary inmates.

The Mustang (Endangered in America)
      Alvin Silverstein with Laura Silverstein Nunn, Virginia Silverstein, 1997.
      Millbrook Press The history of wild horses, color photographs, and a list of organizations.



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