Palomino Valley Wild Horse & Burro Center is the Bureau of Land Management's largest facility for wild horses and burros gathered from public lands.
These horses are from the Granite Range Herd Management Area (HMA) just south of Calico Mtn HMA in north-western Nevada. They were gathered January 25 and 26, 2001, and at the time of this photo they were not yet branded or sorted into age and gender groups.
Palomino Valley can hold over 2000 horses at peak times. Most are shipped out within a short time to the various adoption centers in the mid-western and eastern states, or to long-term holding facilities. Although one can adopt from Palomino Valley directly, the Center sees its primary mission as a "processing" facility to prepare horses for adoption elsewhere. Horses prepared at Palomino Valley are shipped throughout the United States to other adoption centers and adoption events. "Processing" or "Preparation" means that each animal is vaccinated, wormed, hooves trimmed if needed, freeze-branded, and entered into the national database with pertinent information such as age, gender, date of capture, capture location and the signalment key for that animal's physical description.
Adopted yearlings & weanlings from Granite Range & Calico Mountains HMAs, winter-spring, 2001.
During the time that the horses and burros are at Palomino Valley, they are available for adoption. Just call ahead to make an appointment, and someone will show you around and help you adopt the horse or burro of your choice.
(Be aware, however, that if you are from out of state, there will be a time delay between when you do the paperwork and when you actually get the horse - they have to have the state vet come out to examine it and the brand inspector has to inspect the brand, and that takes a few days)
Going right to the BLM holding facility for "walk-up" adoption is an excellent way to adopt, especially if you have a specific color, type, or herd area in mind, if there are no scheduled adoptions coming to your neighborhood, or if you don't want to wait for an adoption to come to your area. This is how we adopted Sparky, Benny, and our burros, Bert & Dawn.
Currently it costs $125 per horse, and, after one year of good care, you get full title to the animal.
BELOW: Most of the horses at Palomino Valley in the winter of 2001 were from the Calico Mountains and Granite Range HMA's in Northwestern Nevada. We found the tremendous variety of coloration in these horses to be very exciting.
These light "buckskins" are actually duns - they have zebra striping on their legs and a dorsal stripe under all that winter fur.
This spectacular fellow is from Calico Mountains, same as Sparky. I wonder if they're related? The photo at right shows him being gentled by Bryan Neubert at the 2001 Wild Horse & Burro Show in Reno, NV
One of the above fellows at the Reno Show - This fellow was so curious, he stood right next the the Bryan Neubert demonstrations, watching intently. I wouldn't be surprised if he tamed himself, just from watching the others! At one point I was able to pet his muzzle.
(June, 2005 - this horse is now "Harley" and is the pride and joy of Cindy McMurry)
This little filly was already so tame that I could pet her. At the time, she was already adopted, but I later found out her adopters changed their minds.