The top story was another horse story -- the search for the lost horse, Pasha, a 15-year-old Arabian horse in the Fort Stanton BLM lands.
Here's the story on the herd from the article:
In July, admirers of a wild horse herd that roams the mountains around Alto were horrified to learn that one of the horses, Rock Star, a particularly tame and social animal, was corralled and eventually sold for slaughter.
The subsequent outrage prompted a meeting between residents and officials with the New Mexico Livestock Board that is responsible for the welfare of the unclaimed horses. The result was a better understanding of the conflict created when people try to tame a wild horse, but then do not follow through the proper state channels to adopt it and ensure it does not become a nuisance. New lines of communications were establish with the brand inspector, who handled the incident.
In August, herd supporters also handed out flyers to discourage visitors from trying to interact with the horses, who probably descended from equines turned loose on the Mescalero Apache Reservation. Some residents still help out with hay and other feed during the winter, but they are dropping it farther up the mountain and away from the public.
One of the first "sanctioned" adoptions of a herd member occurred in September.
|Members of the Alto herd show a bit of their "wild" side. (Courtesy photo in the paper)|