Two Virginia Range mustangs watch as another band passes by. There is a hierarchy within the herd and each band knows when it’s their turn to visit the water hole.
The population density in this area is roughly ten horses per thousand acres, maybe a bit more, and as you can see from the condition of these two guys, that’s way too many.
The BLM allows an average of one horse per thousand acres on lands they manage.
Why such a low number? Because it’s not about the horses, it’s about the livestock, privately owned, of course. Never mind that the land was set aside for the horses.