More than 220 wild horses arrived at the Spanish Q Ranch west of Ennis last week. The horses are part of a Bureau of Land Management program to move the animals from short term holding facilities around the West to a more permanent, long-term facility.
The horses began arriving at the ranch on Feb. 27 and it is expected that approximately 700 animals will be on the property by month-end.
Currently, the horses are being kept in smaller fenced in areas to allow them to acclimate to each other and new surroundings. They will be put out to graze on larger pastures this spring.
The project to bring the horses to Spanish Q Ranch began in 2009 and has been met with contention and resistance by neighboring landowners and other parties involved.
In December 2012, five different neighboring landowners appealed to the Department of the Interior Board of Land Appeals to stop the project, which resulted in a 45-day stay. Because IBLA did not make a decision on the appeals within 45-days, the BLM had the authority to proceed with the project.
Should the IBLA rule in favor of the adjacent landowners appeals, the animals would likely be moved again.