NM Livestock Board Director Says No Placitas Wild Horse Roundup

Straight from the Horse's Heart

Source: By Rosalie Rayburn / Journal Staff Writer as published on the ABQJournal.com

“We can’t trespass on private property to impound…”

New Mexico State Livestock Board Executive Director Ray Baca says the Coronado Soil and Water Conservation District has no authority to order his agency to round up the free roaming horses in Placitas.

Baca says the Livestock Board will assist in any way it legally can, but the horses are the problem of Sandoval County and property owners in Placitas.

“If they are trespassing on private property each owner has the right to impound those animals. They’re the custodian of their own property, we’re not. We can’t trespass on private property to impound,” Baca said.

Placitas residents estimate there are around 100 free roaming horses in the area. Many have raised concerns about the damage they are causing on public and private land and the dangers posed by…

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