Joe Swasey's son Royal took this photograph on the San Rafael Swell of one of the last wild horse roundups that Joe Swasey participated in. It was in the 1950s. The Division of Grazing felt like the horses were using too much of the grazing land, and they began to be destroyed. So the days of chasing and wranglind the wild ones were over. After this the wild horses were slaughtered until 1971 when the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act was enacted. It was declared that "wild free roaming horses and burros are living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West."
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