DENVER — A partnership between the Colorado Horse Development Authority (CHDA) and the Morris Animal Foundation could result in a fertility
vaccine meant to control the population of wild horses.
The Morris Animal Foundation is funding a study, which is being conducted by Colorado State University, to reduce wild horse
Wild horse populations are reducing forage areas for native wildlife and domestic livestock. Wild horse gathers to reduce
populations have resulted in injuries to both persons and horses.
Current contraceptives have limited effectiveness, as well. So, researchers are looking at a hormone contraceptive vaccine
that would induce infertility in female horses. Once introduced, they will monitor the effect of the vaccine on reproductive
and social behaviors in wild horses.
If results are positive, the vaccine could offer a means to control free-range horse populations on public lands.