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work off donations to feed around 50 horses which cost them close to $3,000 a month just in hay.
Advocates say just as other horses in the Southwest, they are part of herds left over from the time of the Spanish conquest.
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Horse advocates say the drought is to blame for damaging landscape and state officials have blocked their attempts to administer a female contraceptive to help control the horse population.
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"My biggest fear is that someone will be killed or maimed for the rest of his life by hitting one of these horses at night," said Lucero, who has long sought a compromise. He and others have proposed a private horse sanctuary to house the animals.
Miles and other advocates bought them at auctions, some for around $10, then brought them back and adopted them to residents. Miles and his group Nike Sportswear Bonded Woven Pants
"People are willing to die for these horses," said Gary Miles of the Placitas Animal Rescue. "I know I am."
Sandoval County officials say they understand the passion around the horses and their importance to village, but Commissioner Orlando Lucero said the horses pose safety concerns, especially for motorists in the increasingly Nike T Shirt Sport busy area.
in a few years," said resident Peter Hurley, noting that it may take possibly a decade before the vegetation in some areas in the village north of Albuquerque returns to normal.
The BLM recently posted a notice at the Placitas Post Office notifying residents that the agency plans to remove around 48 horses on BLM land sometime between now to Dec. 31.
This still image from video from May 31, 2014 shows a stray horse outside of a Placitas, New Mexico, neighborhood attempting to chew a steering wheel of a car. For decades, the free ranging horses have roamed this small mountain hamlet in New Mexico where they often gallop on residents' property and dash along roads. For decades, free ranging horses have roamed this mountain village in New Mexico, galloping on residents' property, dashing along roads and attracting tourists and wildlife fans hoping to catch a glimpse.
The Placitas based Wild Horse Observers Association then sued to stop the state from continuing with any more roundups. But a state judge ruled in June the Placitas horses aren't considered wild and therefore fall under state livestock laws.
"Cliven Bundy situation," referring to the Nevada rancher and his armed supporters who got into a confrontation in April with federal government over public land use.
There are differing stories about how the horses ended up in Placitas.
Brenna said that more than 40 rescue groups have been contacted about adopting the horses scheduled to be rounded up in Placitas and federal officials don't want the horses to be auctioned off to slaughter houses in Canada or Mexico.
Federal and local officials, however, believe they are part of herds from recently abandoned horses or come from nearby American Indian pueblos, though none claim ownership to them.
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"No county in the country is in the livestock business," he said. "So we can't be the ones who pay for these horses."
Earlier this year, the New Mexico Livestock Board officials removed more than 50 horses roaming around the unincorporated town following complaints by some residents.
"We're not saying when we will go out there because we want to prevent a Bundy type situation," Brenna said. But he added that BLM officials will only remove horses on federal lands and not those roaming on private property.
Their presence has long defined Placitas. But the horses are now drawing the ire of some residents who say their growing numbers are hurting the delicate desert landscape because they eat what little vegetation there is amid an ongoing drought.
Patience O'Dowd, a resident and the association's president, said the judge's ruling was wrong and vowed to continue to fight. "These horses are wild and you can know that by their wild behaviour," O'Dowd said.
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