February 9, 2012 7:08 AM

Some recession-hit horse owners freeing animals into wild herds

From his pickup on a rise above the Current River, Bill Smith scanned the wild horses grazing below to see if all were members in good standing. That's not always the case these days with Missouri's only wild horse herd, which descends from animals set free in the Great Depression by farmers who couldn't afford to feed them.

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