Mustangs 4 Us
What happens to horses & burros that don't get adopted?
In the case of BLM wild horses and burros, they are sent to live out their lives in Long-Term Holding facilities.
Other wild horses are not always so lucky. The luckiest Sheldon USFWS horses go to the Carr Ranch in Tennessee, where they are well-cared for and almost certain to find a good adoptive home. The luckiest Virginia Range horses go to one of the non-profits who work with these horses, such as LRTC and Lifesavers. The luckiest horses rounded up and sold by Indian Reservations will be bought by someone who cares about them.
But many, if not most, aren't so lucky, and they have absolutely no legal protection. Usually when you hear of Mustangs going to slaughter, it is the non-BLM wild horses, such as those from the Virginia Range, Places such as Sheldon Pronghorn Reserve - which are government-owned but not protected under the 1971 Wild Horse & Burro Protection Act, Indian Reservations, or even private lands.
Wild Horse Areas not included in this website: Indian Reservations, Private Lands