During the 1980s and ’90s when I lived in northeast Mesa, I often encountered the Salt River wild horses when horseback riding in the area or driving along Bush Highway. There was nothing more exciting than to see one of God’s most majestic creations on the move or just grazing in the sun light. The herds were often encountered crossing Bush Highway at a large wash just east of Ellsworth Road, headed for the river to drink. That is until the area was fenced off due to the increase of human activity. During those days one would also witness Hereford open range cattle roaming freely; just part of what is Arizona.
Man is guilty of many pleasures and three of the most blatant are political ambition, greed and irresponsible procreation which has had an overbearing negative affect on the world’s natural resources.
The Salt River horses, no doubt, have a long past history in the making of this state and it’s history. It’s only natural and justified that we should leave them be to continue carrying on that history and natural beauty. It was unfortunate enough when government entities fenced their ‘free range,’ but to remove them entirely is a cruel injustice to them. This being proposed so that we humans may have more room to “play” in an area that is now deemed overcrowded on weekends and holidays ... WRONG! Move those who are disrupting Arizona’s natural heritage.
Careful consideration must be made in making a decision of this magnitude. Common sense must prevail, allowing the horses to remain free in the park.
Barry P. Jones