In 2014, Sandoval County commissioned a task force administered by New Mexico First to gather solutions for the humane treatment of free-roaming horses in Placitas. The effort included sustainability of the environment as well as potential actions for residents, neighborhoods, and government agencies.
The task force developed a report that offered a sound mix of potential next steps, some of which took place. However, there is still much to do, and herd sizes have continued to grow. One potential solution is to establish a multi-jurisdictional board to help manage the horse-related plans. The county is asking Placitas residents and other Sandoval County residents to take a simple survey by October 15, 2018 to assess ways to finance this project.