By Donald Bradley | The Kansas City Star
Because it’s happening again in the Great Recession. Strapped owners are dumping horses in what is now the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, apparently thinking they will be warmly received by the wild bunch that runs the thousands of public acres along the Current and Jacks Fork rivers.
“Don’t work that way,” said Smith, part of a group called the Missouri Wild Horse League that keeps an eye on the local herd.
Stallions will run off, even rise up and fight the old pets and saddle horses, he said. Wild horses have to forage for food, know how to dig through snow to find grass and acorns. Coyotes will prey on colts and old horses. There are even a few cougars around.
In other words, being wild ain’t easy. No oats, no shoes, no roof, no pats on the nose.