by WHITNEY M. WOODWORTH
Couples holding signs, kids waving banners, moms pushing strollers and teenagers snapping photos marched along a Mesa street Saturday afternoon in support of protecting the almost 100 horses that roam free along the Salt River.
More than 120 participants in the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group’s “Walk for Wild Horses” marched and chanted, “Let them be, keep them free.”
One person dressed as a horse, identified by the name tag: Salty the Horse.
The group’s president, Simone Netherlands, greeted the horse enthusiasts in the parking lot of the Iowa Cafe, located at Higley and Brown roads. The non-profit organization has monitored and campaigned for the Salt River horses for the past 20 years but recently garnered national attention when U.S. Forest Service published a notice in August that the horses would be rounded up and impounded.
The Forest Service delayed the roundup, but the postponement ends Dec. 18, Netherlands said. Continue reading, view photos »
Featured Image: Respect 4 Horses/Courtesy of the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group