Accounting For All the Pretty Horses

Mustangs At Auction

Mustangs At Auction

Two summers ago I did something reckless: I went to a wild horse and burro auction in Bernalillo, New Mexico. I managed not to place any bids, but I fell in love many times over. Nothing is more beautiful than a wild mustang and these were going for a song.

To read about my experience at the auction and the latest research on the sustainability of the BLM’s wild horse and burro program check out my guest post over on the popular science blog The Last Word On Nothing.

About theblondecoyote

Mary Caperton Morton is a freelance science and travel writer with degrees in biology and geology and a master’s in science writing. A regular contributor to EARTH magazine, where her favorite beat is the Travels in Geology column, she has also written for the anthologies Best Women's Travel Writing 2010 and Best Travel Writing 2011. Mary is currently based in western Colorado. When she’s not at the computer she can usually be found outside -- hiking, skiing, climbing mountains and taking photographs. Visit her website at
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6 Responses to Accounting For All the Pretty Horses

  1. As I open the photo I said’ beautiful’ aloud! You are very lucky doing what you do and I know you know that 🙂

  2. Wonderful info about the wild horses and donkeys. Anyone that can adopt is doing a marvelous act for those equines. You are quite lucky to be able to travel and then write about all the interesting things that make the USA unique.

  3. Janet Amundson-Splidsboel says:

    Thanks Paula. I appreciate your sensitivity toward these sorts of animal issues. I just can’t understand so many things that are done.


  4. Alice says:

    Sure with I had enough land to keep some of those beauties safe.

  5. nokotahorse says:

    Thanks for recognizing the beauty and greatness of wild horses 🙂

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