Plans to round up horses in Placitas met with resistance

Posted at: 10/30/2013 8:13 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Placitas, New Mexico is an embodiment of the Old West, with the free range, wide open spaces, and amazing wildlife. It's one of the reasons Patricia White moved there from Dallas. Another reason she enjoys it, the wild horses that roam the area.

"I love seeing them roaming free. I have a water trough out front for them," White said.

Scenes like these may be coming to an end in Placitas since many homeowners consider the free roaming horses a huge problem for their property. They also cause problems for the ecosystem by forming trails, according to Jon Couch of Coronado Soil and Water Conservation District.

"What happens with these trails when they go up and down hills and form gulleys which turn into arroyos," said Couch.

Efforts have been made to move the horses out of the area. Placitas Animal Rescue has safely corralled dozens of them and have 18 up for adoption.

Patricia's afraid of what will happen to the other horses after they're caught.

"I'm a four-year breast cancer survivor at this point and some people call us warriors. I'm not gonna fight anybody physically, but somebody's gotta talk for these horses," White said.

"They've become an enormous factor on the habitat here in Placitas and they need to be removed. As for their ultimate fate, I can't really say," said Couch.

The Coronado Soil and Water Conservation District will have a meeting on the issue on Tuesday at 9 a.m. in Bernalillo.