A former high school football player in the Ohio Valley area is raising wild horses on his golf course in his bid to attract more people to the sport.
David Stott, who is an avid horseman and rodeo rider, said he had to fight to get permission to keep his horses.
He is now hoping to raise wild horses to use as a training tool and sell them as pets, although he has not yet decided whether to allow it.
Wild horse owners in the area have said they were frustrated at being forced to abandon their animals to graze on their property.
“I can understand why they would feel that way.
It’s a great sport and it’s the people that make it a great place to live that make the difference,” Stott said.
But he admitted that, in a rural area like his, it would be difficult to find a suitable location to gralyard his horses and that it would not be safe to put them out in the open.
“It’s the only way I can afford to do it, it’s just not practical to do this on the roads,” he said.
Stott has been a wild horse owner for nearly 40 years, owning about 50 horses and working with some of the region’s top horsemen.
He has a history of raising wild horse as a hobby.
“We started with our own horse when I was in college and we had to move away because of a couple of accidents,” he explained.
Stot has been working with a local group that has been breeding wild horses for the past five years.
“There are lots of young people out there that want to start breeding and they’ve got a lot of money and the breeding can take up a lot more of your time than you would think,” he added.
Stoltz has also trained a group of young horsemen to help him breed wild horses and have taken out a contract with a farm in nearby Ohio to help them do so.
Stunt riderDavid Stoltz is one of the many horse riders working to breed wild horse for sports and sport horse use.
Source: Al Jazeera/ABC News