Shiprock Looks to Humane Plan for Feral Horses

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Shiprock Chapter President Duane “Chili” Yazzie has a plan to contain the population of feral horses in the chapter, and he’s reaching out to horse advocates for support.

A horses gallops through the shrubs as the Pyramid Rock dominates the horizon on Sunday
morning near Gallup. (Times photo – Donovan Quintero)

On July 21, he posted on the Facebook group Indigenous Horse Nation Protector Alliance looking to reach out for support, recommendations and alliances in the horse advocate community.
In a phone interview with the Navajo Times on July 24, Yazzie extended that invitation.

“We would welcome any group or individuals that would like to support our effort,” Yazzie said.

He said chapter officials planned to make the Shiprock Chapter Feral Horse Capture Project a humane effort and provided documentation and a draft of the plan to the Navajo Times.

A letter from 2015 said the chapter walked away from the Navajo Nation’s Horse Roundup, because it was inhumane.

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