Posted by: Waheeda Harris | February 19, 2014

The wild west residents

It’s sometimes hard to imagine wide open spaces and endless vistas where there are few people:

Arizona - desert view

In the Sonoran desert area near Tucson, Arizona, the view is crowded with the desert vegetation, especially the tall saguaros. But what I didn’t realize, is that in the west, there’s also some unwanted residents: wild horses and donkeys.

Despite the extremes of drought and Mother Nature’s storms, these creatures have survived and multiplied – causing problems on ranchlands. The US Bureau of Land Management organizes a round-up every few years, but the population still grows.

So a few people are trying to deal with it – taking these wild horses and donkeys and training them to be sold – for those who want to ride or to use on the farm or ranch.

I met two of these lucky creatures, currently for sale and looking for a new home:

Arizona - donkey and horse

Part of a unique program in Florence, Arizona, these creatures are trained by prisoners – and sold. It’s a unique way to deal with an ongoing problem, and a good way to get two different kind of wild west residents to make their future better.


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