Usually whenever horses end up in the news, it never works out well for them. Most of the time, they end up the unwary targets of horrible abuse. However, with recent information coming from the U.S. Army, a herd of 700 "feral" horses now find themselves labeled as "nuisance animals" by simply existing on land that the Army wants to use.
In a U.S. Army training area roughly 90 miles north of Lafayette, Louisiana, 700 feral horses roam the land. Unfortunately, the horses and thousands of grunts that come to use the area for training cannot coexist. According to representative at Fort Polk, the animals pose a kicking and biting threat to the soldiers as well as leaving large piles of manure throughout the training grounds (which seems to be the bigger issue).
In their statement, Fort Polk representatives state that their intense military training programs must be halted until the horse can be shooed away and the manure can be cleaned up. They plan on holding a meeting to discuss how to deal with the horses and to get input from local residents and animal right groups.
The origin of the horses is unknown, Louisiana is no stranger to a few horse herds that were dumped or escaped from local ranches living in the wild. However, so many horses in such a small area is a rare occurrence. Some locals claim they are the descendants of cavalry horses while others insist they originate from farm and ranch horses. It is most likely that it is a mix of the two. The horses range from completely untamed to walking up to soldiers and eating potato chips from their hands, which signals that some were more recently abandoned than others.
It's still uncertain what will happen to these horses, but what is certain is that they likely won't roam free for much longer.