Accord reached on the Alto wild horse herd

Straight from the Horse's Heart

By Dianne Stallings as published in the Ruidoso News

State officials and herd advocates clear the air and move forward

Rock Star, whose sale to slaughter mobilized the community. (Courtesy) Rock Star, whose sale to slaughter mobilized the community. (Courtesy)

The unnecessary death of an Alto wild horse gelding brought them together Wednesday for a meeting at the Ruidoso Racetrack Turf Club, New Mexico. Two hours later, herd advocates and representatives of the New Mexico Livestock Board shook hands and walked away with what both sides hope is a new system of cooperation and understanding that will lead to ensuring the safety of the horse herd.

One improvement already initiated as a result of the Alto incident is the ability to sign up for an email notification by the board when stray livestock is acquired by the state agency.

Speaking to Livestock Board Executive Director Ray Baca, District 20 Supervisor Troy Patterson and Brand Inspector Don Hatfield, herd advocate…

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