Many of you know that I am going to Graduate School to study the impact of artificial management, particularly PZP, on the Pryor mustangs.
I am interested in determining the long term impacts of PZP on the horses as individuals and as a herd. I’m looking at influences on genetic diversity, behaviour and welfare. My goal is to assess these factors in a scientific manner so that we can most humanely and effectively protect and manage the herd. As the horses are social mammals, I believe impacts on behaviour are particularly important to identify and address.
The research has wider applications to several populations of social mammals, such as wolves, elk and deer.