Guarding the welfare of untamed horses


Sarah Low ’03 studied structure at MIT, however now she spends most days both within the working room or outside as a veterinarian. Her space of curiosity is free-roaming horses, a inhabitants that’s rising in the US: the variety of federally managed mustangs within the western states is projected to achieve 2.8 million by 2040 if no motion is taken. “They’re competing with different really wild species and destroying loads of habitat,” Low says. “It’s turn into a disaster state of affairs for federal land administration.” The present technique is to take away them from the land to holding services or personal adoption. There are some 50,000 horses in federal holding services, she notes, and their lifetime care traditionally prices taxpayers roughly $48,000 every.

Sarah Low ’03


Contraception is a long-term objective for federal administration, however administering a contraceptive vaccine sometimes includes chasing horses into traps with a helicopter. This frightens them a lot that it’s troublesome to recapture them for the boosters which are required every year, and it could result in accidents and separate households. Low’s nonprofit, Humane Horse Dealing with, is testing a low-stress technique utilizing the method and retreat of a drone to supply a “curious alert” response, inducing complete herds to observe.

Low’s love for horses started in childhood, when her mother took her on pony rides at Griffith Park in Los Angeles. She then took using classes close to the Del Mar racetrack, which she commuted to by bus after college. “The barn grew to become my sanctuary,” remembers Low, who was a self-described latchkey child. “It was a spot I might go as an alternative of being alone.”

At MIT she joined the equestrian membership, and  between courses, took jobs coaching rats (in a neuroscience lab) and an African grey parrot named Alex (on the MIT Media Lab, working with famed animal cognition knowledgeable Irene Pepperberg ’69).

She detoured into TV after commencement, together with a stint as an assistant editor on MTV’s Pimp My Experience. She educated horses on the facet, touchdown a job trapping feral horses in Hawaii—and that led her to vet college.

Now residing in rural Blacksburg, Virginia—with three horses of her personal, plus husband Ellis Low ’98 and their daughter—she offers low-cost veterinary care via Mountain View Humane. However since cofounding Humane Horse Dealing with in 2018, she has targeted on guaranteeing that free-roaming horses are handled compassionately, not solely by federal authorities but additionally when they’re positioned with personal homeowners. “That is actually about preserving and fostering the human-animal bond,” she says.

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