I am afraid that the ranches are the ones who want the strays disposed of. But there is one, that they will not get. A mostly black, pinto that has been coming onto this property, for some time, now (with a little encouragement). If his former owners ever do show up, I will have to surrender him. But it is doubtful that they ever will. Spock The Mule needs a companion, even though I may not need the extra expense. The little pinto looks as if he could be happy as a mountain pony: he is short and stocky, with good bone, and exactly the right temperament - a thinker, not a “spooker”. Even his white markings are not in places that will hurt him, up here in the thin atmosphere. Most of the white is underneath, where he will not get sun-scald. But, oh, those four white feet, and WHITE legs as well! Matty, from True Grit, would not approve. (but then, it has been some time, since anyone compared me to her, anyway, and I suspect that I am younger than that, now) :-)
Today is better. Someone, pulled the holding-pen rails down. I can only say what is reported on the radio. They think it must have been someone from the rez, because they think their horse was wearing shag carpet boots to make it hard to track. The horses will probably be shot by ranchers now, but I still think that this would be better than what was waiting for them in Mexico.