Free Roaming Horses of Placitas Background

The County and members of the Placitas community continue to grapple with humane, legal, and sustainable solutions for the area’s free roaming horses. In 2014, the County commissioned a task force administered by the nonpartisan policy organization New Mexico First to share information and suggest solutions for the humane treatment of the horses, sustainability of the environment, and potential actions for residents, neighborhoods, and government agencies. The report offered a sound mix of potential next steps, some of which took place. However, efforts by community members and the County to implement the recommendations, have been fractured and challenging for a whole host of reasons, and since then herd sizes have only continued to grow. One potential solution is to establish a multi-jurisdictional board to help manage the horse-related plans. Please scroll down to take a short survey about how to finance this project.

Current Situation

Though some community groups have continued their work in the Placitas area and put certain measures in place, recently, Sandoval County has been working with the Bureau of Land Management and the New Mexico Livestock Board’s Office of the State Veterinarian to develop a Joint Power of Agreement on a cooperative fertility control program. This process, however, remains slow as each entity continues to work through legal matters.  But even at that, mere fertility control does not create the full measures needed to truly and sustainably resolve the situation with the free roaming horses in Placitas.

As such, the County is asking for Placitas residents to take a simple survey by October 15, 2018 in order to determine community desire as we continue to contemplate prospective legal and humane solutions in partnership with other government entities and local residents.

Feedback Survey

The community feedback survey on the free roaming horses of Placitas closed at the end of the day on Monday, October 15. The results will now be analyzed by New Mexico First. We thank everyone for their participation and will share the analyzed results at a future Sandoval County Commission Meeting.

Upcoming Events

On November 9, 2018 at 3 p.m., two national subject experts will provide a public education session on wildlife fertility control and Porcine Zona Pellucida, or PZP.

PZP is considered the industry standard fertility control vaccine that has been successfully used in wild horse populations for decades. Its use in wild horses was pioneered by the late Dr. Jay Kirkpatrick, with whom Dr. Ruthberg and Dr. Turner worked closely. Presenting at the free public education session will be:

• Dr. Allen Ruthberg – Click here to read his bio
• Dr. John Turner Jr. – Click here to read his bio

All interested parties are welcome to attend. While there is no charge for the event, registration is required as space is limited. Confirmation will be on a first come, first served basis. If you’d like to attend, please register by clicking on the button below. Registration closes at 5 p.m. on Nov. 5.

The free public education session will be held at the following location and will begin promptly at 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9:

Sandoval County Administration Facility, Building D
3rd Floor, Commission Chambers
1500 Idalia Road
Bernalillo, NM 87004

For those unable to attend, but interested in learning more, the session will be recorded and posted for later viewing on this web page. And for those wishing to submit questions in advance, or whom cannot attend, please email your questions by 5 p.m. on Nov. 5 to:

Click Here To Register For The Public Education Session