Horses spread quickly  to the prime horse country in Texas.
No HMAs are  located in Texas.

Myth #13:  Two million wild horses roamed the United States in the late 1800s/early 1900s.

Fact:  This figure has no scientific basis.  In a book titled The Mustangs (1952) by J. Frank Dobie, the historian noted that no scientific estimate of wild horse numbers was made in the 19th century or early 20th century.  He went on to write: "All guessed numbers are mournful to history.  My own guess is that at no time were there more than a million mustangs in Texas and no more than a million others scattered over the remainder of the West." (Emphasis added.) Mr. Dobie's admitted "guess" of no more than two million mustangs has over the years been transformed into an asserted or assumed "fact" that two million mustangs actually roamed America in the late 1800s/early 1900s.  When Congress assigned the BLM (and the U.S. Forest Service) to manage wild horses and burros in 1971 -- through passage of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act -- the BLM's population survey methods indicated a population of 17,300 wild horses and 8,045 burros (=25,345 total), as compared to the 2015 estimated population of 47,329 horses and 10,821 burros (=58,150 total).

From  blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/whbprogram/history_and_


Should half the HMAs be in Texas?

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