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David Sparks Ph.d Beaty Butte Project
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Line on Agriculture
Date: April 11, 2018

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In Adel Oregon, a group of private ranchers has worked out a program to train and sell via auction wild Mustangs that have been captured on BLM land. and here to talk about it is spokesperson Andy Reiber. The Beaty Butte Wild Horse Training Facility in tiny Adel, Oregon is breaking new ground in the debate over wild horse management on America’s public lands.

The Beaty Butte Wild Horse Training Facility is a grass-roots non-profit organization started by local ranch families who have joined forces to help the Bureau of Land Management maintain sustainable numbers of wild horses on a local range called Beaty Butte by offering the horses for adoption through a locally-run training program. The upcoming First Annual Beaty Butte Mustang Adoption Event will be the program’s first offering of trained Beaty Butte Mustangs to the public. It also marks the official debut of this unprecedented team effort to keep a vast southern Oregon desert landscape thriving.

In Oregon and across the West, the BLM has struggled with keeping wild horse populations within established limits as adoption numbers have sharply fallen and horse numbers have increased. But trained mustangs are a different story, being in high demand but short supply.

The Beaty Butte Wild Horse Training Facility has recruited local expertise in the grandfather-grandson team of Jim Hiatt (facility manager) and Catlin Martin (head trainer) to make trained mustangs available to an eager horse-loving public.

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