Navajo President Urges Action After Mass Death of Feral Horses on Reservation

May 4, 2018

Nearly 200 horses became mired in mud and died on the Navajo Nation recently, highlighting the magnitude of the tribe’s feral-horse problem.

The animals reportedly became trapped in a drying stock pond in Gray Mountain in northern Arizona and were too weak to pull themselves out. In a statement, President Russell Begaye said local chapters need to pass resolutions calling for round-ups, an action that brings tribal and BIA assistance. There are a reported 50,000 to 70,000 feral horses on the Navajo Nation.