“This is where injuries happen,” Kuhn said. “You get really, really stressed horses, and you have multiple roundups where horses break their necks from running into panels because they’re so stressed. You see them jumping out to get away. It’s heartbreaking, and I think it’s a terrifying thing for a wild horse.”
After being rounded up, wild horses are usually sent to holding facilities, which Kuhn describes as “small, crowded pens” similar to cattle feedlots. While these facilities are meant to be “short-term,” horses often stay at these facilities for three or four years.
“Adoption rates are very, very low,” Kuhn said. “For domestic horses, the adoption market is saturated … but then you compound that with wild horses, and they’re a harder sell.”