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BATTLE MOUNTAIN BLM FIELD OFFICE
(CENTRAL - SOUTHWEST NEVADA - HMA's numbered in 600's)

BLM-Managed Wild Horse & Burro Herd Management Areas:
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Non-BLM Wild Horse Areas:
Atlantic Coast  Central USA  State of Nevada Dept. of Agriculture (Reno-Area Comstock/Virginia Range "Estrays")  US Forest Service Wild Horse Territories  Sheldon USFWS 

Wild horses on Fish Creek HMA, Photo by BLM Wild Horse Specialist, Shawna Richardson

The Battle Mountain District includes two Field Offices.

Mount Lewis Field Office includes 12 HMAs:

Augusta Mountains (1/3 of its area is located within Battle Mountain,
but the HMA is managed by the Winnemucca District)
Bald Mountain
Callaghan
Desatoya
(
Desatoya is administered by Carson City District, but its actual location is mostly within the Battle Mountain area)
Diamond Mountain (aka "Diamond")
Fish Creek
Hickison
New Pass/Ravenswood
Roberts Mountain
Rocky Hills
Seven Mile
South Shoshone
Whistler Mountain

Tonopah Field Station manages 15 HMAs:

Bullfrog
Dunlap
(Dunlap is located largely within Battle Mountain borders, but is managed by Carson City District, as Pilot Mountain South)
Fish Lake Valley
Gold Mountain
Goldfield
Hot Creek
Little Fish Lake
Montezuma Peak
North Monitor
Palmetto
Reveille
Saulsbury
Stone Cabin
Paymaster (formerly known as Paymaster-Lone Mountain)
Sand Springs West
Silver Peak
Stonewall

HISTORY

 Most wild herds in this area originated with large herds brought there by ranchers, and allowed to roam the range at will. Since the ground is rocky and there are few natural fencing materials available, allowing stock to roam freely, and going out and catching them when needed, was the common practice. This practice continued up until the passing of the 1971 WFRHBA. At this time, ranchers had to either brand and pay grazing fees on their horses, or they became officially owned by the government as wild, free-roaming horses. A few were gathered, but most were abandoned by their owners to become part of the wild herds.

An important source of today's Central Nevada wild horses is known as "The Dixon Strain."

Tom Dixon was a rancher who came from Ireland to California and then to Nevada in 1869. He raised Shires, Percherons, Morgans, Hambletonians, and various Irish stock. ("Hambletonians" is not a term we hear much today, but they were popular in the 1800's and were the foundation bloodline for the Standardbred breed of today). Dixon ran his horses from Long Valley to Fish Creek, Fish Spring, Diamond, and Monitor Valleys, and his herds numbered over 10,000.

Yet another source of today's wild herds were the Clifford “Steeldusts.” “Steeldust” was a common name referring to a preferred type of cow pony. These horses were descendants of Steel Dust, a Kentucky bred stud born in 1843.

Steel Dust was of Thoroughbred lineage, but an excellent sprinter. He was a blood bay who stood 15 hands high and weighed 1200 lbs. He was moved to Texas and became a popular sire for ranch stock. Many ranchers would breed wild mares of Spanish decent to Steel Dust, and the result was a much desired cow horse.

Horses of Steel Dust lineage became commonly known as “Steeldusts,” and these horses later became known as Quarter Horses.

Between the early 1900's to the 1940's, the Army Remount Service was active in a portion of the Antelope/Antelope Valley Complex. Periodically, the Army would release animals in the wild to upgrade their stock. The released stallions were mainly Thoroughbreds or Morgans. A few draft blood lines were introduced to develop a hardier strain of horse to pull wagons and heavy artillery. As a result, the wild horses found in the complex are hardy and sound. They possess a variety of colors with variations from white to black, but most are sorrels and bays.

CURLY MUSTANG HORSES

Several HMAs in the Battle Mountain District produce a small percentage of curly horses. Their origins are unclear. The Damele Family, which began settling in the Eureka, NV area as early as 1864, are associated with the preservation of the curly trait and the development of the domestic American Curly breed. They were attracted to these unique horses when they first saw them running with local wild bands, and frequently captured them to train and either sell to others or to add to their own ranch stock. A devastating winter in 1932 proved their value. At the end of the winter, when the men went out to check on their stock on winter range, only their curly horses could be found still alive. After that, they began breeding curlies in what is now the "Simpson Park" Herd Area along the old Pony Express Trail near Highway 50 through the Eureka area.

There is some evidence that Curlies may have been included in importations by Tom Dixon, although DNA examination of modern Curly mustangs does not support a Bashkir ancestry. The Sioux Indians had Curly horses as early as 1801-02 and in his 1848 autobiography circus master, P. T. Barnum, writes of obtaining and exhibiting a curly horse. There are many other theories as to the origins of the Curly, but all remain just that - theories.

 

At the start of the Wild Horse & Burro Act of 1971, there were recognized claims for 1241 horses in th Battle Mountain District, claimed by 6 owners. 10 were claimed and removed by their owner. Due to the high cost of gathering them, combined with possible fines and fees associated with claiming them, the rest were abandoned and allowed to become bona fide "wild free-roaming horses" along with the existing wild herds. After this, ranchers were not allowed to include horses in their grazing permits, unless they could effectively prevent their horses from mixing with wild herds.

In 1974, the entire Battle Mountain District was estimated, based on a combination of aerial surveys and the observations of field personnel, to be about 3000 horses and only 15 burros.

Story about Curly Mustangs from the Eureka area

BATTLE MTN District is in GREEN

Click on either map for an enlargement

HERD MANAGEMENT AREAS IN NUMERICAL ORDER:
(These are all numbered in the 600's)

Learning about the specific herd management area where one's own horse or burro is from can enrich your appreciation for your adopted animal. It is in that spirit that these pages are offered.

Do understand, however, that HMAs (Herd Management Areas) are not breeds. A horse or burro from one HMA has far more in common with all others from all other HMAs than it has differences. Although some herds are managed more intensively than others for certain traits, there is still variation in size, body type. Example: Many people have a certain size in mind when they adopt. Certain herds are known for having a high incidence of certain size parameters (examples: Pine Nut Mtns and Swasey for smaller pony-type and Twin Peaks, Black Rock East & West, and the Owyhee Complex for larger-than-average horses) but even within those herds there will be exceptions. And large and small horses can occur in just about any HMA. So when adopting, look at the individual, not just the "brand name" of HMA.

 

NV601 South Shoshone


South Shoshone mares & foals at Litchfield BLM facility in early 2008.

Internet Adoption horse at Litchfield Corrals, from South Shoshone HMA

The South Shoshone horses from the 2007-08 gather were sent to Litchfield Corrals in California. Several became Extreme Mustang Makeover horses, BLM Volunteer Halter Projects, and many more were adopted individually throughout the state.

The South Shoshone horses are typical old style ranch horses. They are smart, athletic, loyal, quick, and sturdy. In stature they are on the shorter side, which was favored by cowboys in the old days for ease in mounting and dismounting in a hurry. South Shoshone horses reflect their relationship to Quarter Horses, in both their conformation and their typical sorrel, black or bay coloring.


Sue Watkins and "Ima Your Horse" - her South Shoshone project mare
for the 2009 Western States Extreme Mustang Challenge.


Sweet Pete, or Petie from South Shoshone

DNA results: Mixed ranch stock with a trace of Spanish heritage

NV 602 New Pass-Ravenswood 

Colorful wild band spotted off US 50 in the New Pass-Ravenswood HMA by Nancy & Saanen Kerson, May 2014
Colorful wild band spotted off US 50 in the New Pass-Ravenswood HMA
by Nancy & Saanen Kerson, May 2014

In 2010, Dr. Gus Cothran examined the herd's genetics. In summary, he says: "Overall similarity of the New Pass/Ravenswood HMA herd to domestic breeds was relatively high for a feral herd. Highest mean genetic similarity of the New Pass/Ravenswood HMA herd was with Light Racing and Riding breeds, followed very closely by the North American Gaited breeds. New Pass/Ravenswood HMA herd pairs with the Morgan Horse just outside the cluster of the Riding horses and other North American breeds.  In comparison to other Nevada herds it is closest in genetic resemblance to Saulsbury HMA."

At the time of the passing of the WFRHBA in 1971, this area was primarily used for sheep and cattle grazing. Separate aerial surveys counted 49. 100, and 150 horses. One grazing permit holder had a license for 25 horses to run on the area, but he stopped gathering in 1972, allowing the remainder to become officially wild, free-roaming horses. In the early 1970's, a study discovered that horses in the New Pass area have an annual migration pattern between New Pass and the Edwards Creek Valley in the Carson City District.

 

Attached are two photos of "The Girls."  The bay is "Cholla" and the red roan is "Sage."

They are both from the NV602 New Pass-Ravenswood herd management area and were captured on November 5th, 2007.

 
I live in Twentynine Palms, California, and I adopted my girls on April 19th in Lake Perris, California, at a BLM Adoption Event.  I only meant to get one, but they were having a special so I came home with two and so glad I did.  They have been a great deal of fun to work with.  They were just barely a year old when I got them and now are about 16 months.  I lost my Arab mare a few years ago, and had been wanting another horse but couldn't decide when someone mentioned the BLM Adoption Program. 
 
Best decision I ever made.  Trail riding is what I like to do, and what better trail horse than a mustang.  They are learning at a great rate, and I hope to be riding by next summer.  They are learning to drive and drag things and are building muscle and endurance.  I am interested in the mounted search and rescue in the area, and also the the mounted patrol of the national park nearby.  I believe they will be perfect for it.
 
They are also a couple of the friendliest horses I have ever encountered.  They love attention and nicker whenever someone walks out the door.  When I am in the corral cleaning, they are standing right there trying to help.  They are interested in everything and love to have toys in the corral to play with.
 
I have had horses all my life, but these two are just different in many ways than  a horse born in captivity. 
 
Thanks so much for the website.
 
Renee Recker

 


New Pass-Ravenswood dressage champion - pic sent to me but I have lost the name of the owner. If it's you, let me know!
I just thought i'd forward a pic of my New Pass-Ravenswood HMA gelding, who has a minimal curly gene (according to someone who is a breeder of curlies).  He is Ivan, captured at 5, now 9, and doing fabulously. 
 
He is a smidge under 14 hands, but looks bigger ridden.   He's a sweety, has a great personality, easy going, relatively lazy, but we like that.

- Judy Barr

NV603 Bald Mountain

Historically, horses have easily and frequently migrated between Bald Mountain, Callahan, and New Pass/Ravenswood.

Bald Mountain horses' DNA profile is consistent with Iberian origins.

NV604 Callaghan

The Callahan herd is very colorful. The horses originated with domestic horses used for ranching, transportation and mining. Genetic analysis indicates that these horses are similar to domestic breeds with indications of Light Racing and Riding Breeds, North American Gaited Breeds, Morgan, Old Spanish, Old World Iberian and Oriental Breeds. 


Missy from Callaghan HMA (photo courtesy of Andi Harmon)

Callahan horses were DNA-tested by Dr. Gus Cothran, with these results:
Pantanario (a Brazilian breed of Iberian origin),
Moroccan Barb, Quarter Horse, and other North American saddle horse breeds


BlackHawk, adopted and owned by Dr. Katie Blunk, from Callaghan HMA

Callahan horse adopted by Annette Whitley for her son, who is learning a lot about horsemanship through this experience


Becky Englert and Poppy from Callahan HMA


Beth Cooke's Callahan horse

 


NV 605 Rocky Hills


Photo thanks to Shawna Richardson, Battle Mountain BLM

Rocky Hills genetics were studied by Dr. Gus Cothran in 2010. He summarizes: "Overall similarity of the Rocky Hills HMA herd to domestic breeds was above average for feral herds. Highest mean genetic similarity of the Rocky Hills HMA herd was with the Light Racing and Riding breeds. The two groups of Iberian type breeds were second and third.  However, the Rocky Hills HMA herd does not fit in with any domestic horse cluster and, in fact, is at the extreme outside of the dendrogram.  This is probably and indication of a high degree of genetic mixture.  In comparison to other Nevada herds, the Rocky Hills herd does not pair with any specific HMA but fits in the middle of several herds." In summary, he notes "Ancestry not clear. Divergent from other breeds."


Handsome,
from Rocky Hills, adopted by Johnnie Forquer


Curly mare

 

Angie, 14.1hh, adopted by Karen R of Missouri

 



Curly yearling

NV606 Desatoya

Desatoya geldings at Palomino Valley

Desatoya is managed by Carson City, even though most of it is located within the Battle Mountain District

 
Colt, born in captivity from a pregnant mare gathered from Desatoya


Desatoya mare adopted by Bettye Roberts of Oklahoma

Desatoya Internet Adoption horses

NV 607 Roberts Mountain


Roberts Mountain horse adopted by Gail Klett

Truman, adopted by Amy Dumas


Halter-trained Internet Adoption horse from Roberts mountain

In 2010, Dr. Cothran examined the herd's genetics. In summary, he says: "Overall similarity of the Roberts Mountain HMA herd to domestic breeds was slightly above average for feral herds. Highest mean genetic similarity of the Roberts Mountain HMA herd was with Light Racing and Riding breeds, followed very closely by the North American Gaited breeds. ....The Roberts Mountain herd does not show close relationship to either the Rocky Hills or Fish Creek herds that they have possibly mixed with in the past.  This could be due to sampling or just general mixing of the different sets of genes within the herd.

Genetic variability of this herd is high and this is likely due to both the past large population size and mixing with other herds.  Color diversity in the herd also is great which is consistent with the genetic diversity.  Past measures of genetic diversity based upon blood typing data done at Stormont Labs also show high levels of variation. Genetic similarity results suggest a herd with mixed ancestry that primarily is North American which is consistent with the appearance of the horses. "

NV608 Whistler Mountain

no data available
 

"THE DIAMONDS"
NV104, NV609, and NV412

Before the passing of the 1971 WFHB Act, most horses roaming this area were considered to be private. However, once the Act was passed, owners were required to either remove private stock or pay fees, and few, if any, were removed.

From Dr. Gus Cothran's 2006 genetic analysis of the Diamond Complex herds: "Genetic Similarity: Highest mean genetic similarity of the Diamond Hills herd was with the North American Gaited Breeds and the New World Iberian breeds. Highest individual breed similarity was with the Welsh Pony, which seems unlikely to have been a direct contributor to the herd.  The overall pattern of similarity values and variants present indicates mixed origins primarily from North American breeds with possibly some Spanish background, although the Spanish may be trough breeds such as the Quarter Horse.....The herd appears to be of mixed origins, perhaps with a small number of recent introductions.  The known subdivision (into smaller Home Ranges) probably accounts for some of the diversity...although there is no clear difference in variants present in the different areas.  The overall pattern of variation no suggests recent loss of overall variability.  The Diamond Hills herd shows relatively high genetic similarity to all major groups of domestic horse breeds as compared to most feral herds.  This is consistent with mixed origins."

However, by 2013, when he again examined the herds, this time using more modern DNA analysis (in 2006 it was still blood markers), he determined: "Overall similarity of the Diamond HMA herd to domestic breeds was somewhat low for feral herds. Highest mean genetic similarity of the Diamond HMA herd was with Light Racing and Riding breeds, followed closely by the North American Gaited breeds... The Diamond HMA herd clusters with the Morgan breed in a cluster distinct from the branch that has the other breeds of these two groups.  These results, along with the high variability, indicate a herd with mixed origins with the possibility that the Morgan Horse was important in this herd's ancestry. As with most trees involving feral herds, the tree is somewhat distorted. In comparison to other feral herds from Nevada (Fig. 2) the Diamond Hills N. HMA herd shows fairly close resemblance. In an analysis to look for outliers within the herd, almost all individuals fit best with either the Diamond or Diamond Hill North HMAs with one exception.  Individual 64252 did not fit well with other horses from either HMA but rather showed closest affiliation with a Warmblood breed and two North American breeds.  The results of this analysis confirm that these two herds are closely related.  The Morgan also showed up in the top associations for individual horses supporting the ancestry results above."

Summary: Diamond Hills HMA: Clusters with Iberian breeds
Diamond HMA: Clusters with Morgan
Overall Diamond Complex: Shows indications of fairly recent admixture of herds from North and South converging there.

NV 609 Diamond

BLM Pages about "the Diamonds."

Collection of BLM Photos of the Diamond ranges and the horses, from 2004 - 2013
Declining range conditions, due to protracted drought, necessitated a large emergency gather in February of 2013.


Diamoetion mare

Diamond is being managed as part of the Diamond Complex, with DIAMOND HILLS NORTH (NV104) and (NV412) - a complex involving three different BLM administrative districts. The three HMA's are contiguous and unfenced, so the horses move between the three freely. "The Diamonds" horses tend to be of good size, with sturdy bones and excellent musculature. They are favored by adopters for their trainability and nice dispositions. There are many roans in this herd and some grays, as well as the "usual" colors. Horses in the Diamonds Complex have been DNA tested and the results indicate domestic origins, and include most of the more common domestic breeds.

Photos thanks to BLM Wild Horse Specialist, Shawna Richardson

NV 610 HICKSON SUMMIT BURRO PRESERVE


Hickison wild burros, photographed by Donald or Dustin Gasser in fall of 2009

NV 611 North Monitor


Wild Horses on the North Monitor Range
Photo thanks to Shawna Richardson, Battle Mountain BLM

North Monitor is administered with Kelly Creek WHT (Forest service)

NV612 Fish Creek


Nevada Sky,
adopted by Angela Martin, West Brookfield, Vermont


I have an 8 month old Mustang filly that I adopted from Palomino Valley, in September 2005.  She is really sweet, agreeable and learns quickly.  I have named her "Terra".  She is from the Fish Creek HMA.

- Pam Respini 


Night time photo of horses on Fish Creek HMA, courtesy of Shawna Richardson, Battle Mountain BLM

Before the passing of the 1971 WFHB Act, most horses roaming this area were considered to be private. However, once the Act was passed, owners were required to either remove private stock or pay fees, and few, if any, were removed.

Dr. Gus Cothran examined the herd's genetics in 2008. In summary, he says: "Highest mean genetic similarity of the Fish Creek herd was with the Old World Spanish breeds but the values for all of the non-cold blood horse groups were similar.  There was no strong allelic indication of Spanish ancestry.  The Fish Creek herd does not fit into any group but is on the outside of the cluster of riding horses of several types. This result is consistent with a mixed breed origin of the herd."

Fish Creek horses display a wide variety of coloring. Roans are especially common, and curlies are present in the herd.

BLM Battle Mountain, Shawna Richardson photo


Fish Creek curly horses
Fish Creek horses on the range
(thanks to Shawna Richardson for photos)

 

NV613 Seven Mile


2-year-old pinto stud at Palomino Valley October, 2005


Above and below:
Annette Carter's "Phantom" from Seven Mile HMA

"Ras" trained by the Warm Springs Correctional Facility's Wild Horse Training Program, and adopted by Janice Owen

 NV614 Little Fish Lakes

 

DNA shows strong Quarter Horse & Thoroughbred influence


Kahlua from Little Fish Lakes

 

NV616 Hot Creek
No data

 

NV617 Monitor
(zeroed)

 

NV618 Stone Cabin

Stone Cabin has a high percentage of gray horses, who are known as "Stone Cabin Grays" (Stone Cabin Grays are gray just like any other gray horse, but in the early days, folks, including Wild Horse Annie,  were unfamiliar with the action of the gray gene and thought it was unique to this herd)



Augustus, adopted by Eric Clayton
(click to read Eric's blog about Augustus and the Stone Cabin mustangs)

Stone Cabin DNA results: "No clear breed association"

Stone Cabin was a favorite of Wild Horse Annie

Historical photo of Wild Horse Annie and two BLM employees at a 1975 gather of Stone Cabin

Until the late 1940's, local ranchers actively managed the herds, releasing high quality purebred horses into the bands and actively culling the herds for quality. Horses were actively captured and removed from the Stone Cabin area prior to 1959 (The "Wild Horse Annie Law" that banned motorized captures). Local records indicate that thousands were "harvested" during the 1940's.

After the passing of the 1971 Act, local people had up to 2 years to remove their private horses, or brand them and start paying grazing fees on them. One claim was filed, for 800 horses. But they were only able to catch 13, and only 4 of those could be proven as owned, so the others were released. Due to the difficulty and cost of rounding them up, the rest were abandoned and they became part of the wild, BLM-managed herd.

Stone Cabin horses are popular, and the Battle Mountain District often holds Trap-Site Adoptions for the youngsters after a gather. This allows adopters to get a "blank slate" horse that has had very little human handling, and has not been exposed to the risks involved in being transported to a major holding facility, and the exposure to disease agents that might be present at any large public horse facility

 


Stone Cabin horses on 2016 Internet Adoption


Stone Cabin horse at an Extreme Mustang Makeover

NV619 Reveille


BLM stock photos of Reveille gather


 

Reveille's location on the border of Nellis Air Force Test and Training Range creates some difficult management situations. Mainly, helicopter gathers are problematic to arrange with the Air Force, (while the helicopter is in the air, Air Force planes can't fly) so recently bait trapping has become the preferred method. But, even though Reville horses are accustomed to low-flying aircraft, there is always the risk of one flying unusually low, spooking the horses.

In his genetic analysis of the herd, Dr. Gus Cothran noted that the highest mean genetic similarity of the Reveille HMA herd was with Light Racing and Riding breeds, followed closely by the Oriental and Arabian breeds. The Reveille HMA herd also clusters within a group of draft horse breeds.  These results indicate a herd with mixed origins with no clear indication of primary breed type.

Reveille horses from a 2016 Internet Adoption

NV620 Saulsbury


Saulsbury horse being trained at Northern Nevada Correctional Center in Carson City, Nevada

 

 

BLM info: http://www.nv.blm.gov/hma/battle_mountain/Saulsbury.pdf
 

Wild horses in Saulsbury HMA (BLM) and Monitor WHT (Forest Service) are the same horses, who freely move between the boundaries.

NV621 Paymaster
(Formerly known as Paymaster-Lone Mountain HMA)

AML:  23-38

Due to efforts to restore Bighorn Sheep, 2/3 of the HMA is now off-limits to wild horses.

DNA results: Tennessee Walker, Old World Iberian Breeds and the Alkal Teke

NV622 Fish Lake Valley


Fish Lakes Valley horses in the wild
Photo thanks to BLM Wild Horse Specialist, Shawna Richardson


Elisa Wallace's 15.2hh horse from Fish Lake Valley tested genetically to be of mixed Arabian, Paso Fino, Hackney, and Shetland influence


Curly horse on Internet Adoption from Fish Lake Valley

NV623 Silver Peak

Silver Peak has burros as well as horses

DNA results for Silver Peak horses: Rare variants present. One not uncommon in Spanish ancestry. Low genetic variability, strong indications of inbreeding


Curly mustang from Silver Peak adopted by Kathy Mahan

NV624 Palmetto
AML:  46-76

BLM says: "At this time, no conclusive evidence points to why this herd has declined  over the years. There is rumored to be an abundance of mountain lions in the area. It is also possible that because of poor habitat conditions, such as heavy (greater than 35 percent) woodland cover, the horses have migrated to an adjacent HMA. However, total population migrations over such a short period of time is highly unlikely and the adjacent HMAs are not showing an influx of animals of this magnitude."

NV625 Montezuma Peak

All wild horses and burros were removed from this HMA in 1996. The 2-4 horses and 6-10 burros currently using this HMA were either missed during the 1996 emergency gather or have migrated to this HMA from the adjacent Paymaster/Lone Mountain HMA. 

AML:  2-4 Horses and 6-10 Burros

DNA: Brazillian breeds in a cluster with Criollo breeds.

NV626 Goldfield

NV 627 Stonewall
AML:  5-8 burros

NV628 Gold Mountain
AML: 47 - 78 burros

NV 629 Bullfrog

NV 630  Sand Springs West

 

Here's a great story about two horses born at Palomino Valley out of Battle Mountain mares:

Bruce and Debbie Sheuring write:

"We have 2 mustang boys (geldings)  who were adopted in Oct. 2000, through a BLM auction. We live in Blackshear, GA. The auction was in Waycross, 10 miles away, at the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp. 

Your experience with Ruby was so similar to ours; we too had no corral, but we bought some panels and were setting them up as they arrived in my friend's trailer....Both were weanlings, and not the flashy ones everyone wanted (thank goodness, that made them affordable!). 

We went the evening before, and met a very nice ranger, who, upon finding out that our youngest daughter is special needs (inoperable brain tumor, seizures), walked us around the corrals and had us write down numbers of some of the horses that he said the rangers "worked with in their spare time." 

The next day, armed with our list, we bid on our top 2 "suggestions" and got our boys.  A friend of mine who had adopted several horses and burros though the years offered lots of help too, including trailering them out to us.  

I guess we're lucky, but we've had no real problems with them.  Our older daughter is teaching them to ride (a good mixture, they're teaching her too, she's active in 4H, and is trying Western & English)  They haven't had any serious health problems either. 

Both were born at the Palomino Valley, NV holding facility in March of 2000.  They're 5 days apart in age.  Our older daughter has written the BLM to find out more about their lineage, and both mothers were captured in the Battle Mountain area.  Sugar is a sorrel bay, and probably a curly coat, as well as having a particularly smooth gait.  We hope some day to have him DNA tested. 

The BLM told us a large number of curly coats are in that area, and the lady who made the follow-up inspection felt that he was one of those.  His coat is certainly different from other horses, and friends who are normally allergic to horses are able to even groom him with no problems.  Bandit is very unusual looking as well, with lots of striping, and his coat changes periodically so that he looks totally different.  He is grulla sometimes, and even will have little lemony color spots on his coat.  He never photographs quite like he looks.  Physically, he looks alot like the Sorrias sp? with the big head, and that type of conformation. 

Both are so gentle and sweet, and very intelligent.  Bandit particularly is a clown, and teases every chance he gets.  Sugar is very curious and people-oriented, as well as being the alpha.  Both would come into the house and live if they could wipe their feet...LOL


Bandit


Bandit & Sugar


Daughter April riding Sugar

 


Baby Burro rescued off the highway by Amy Dumas, near Tonopah - adopted by the Coleman Family of Reno, NV

THE FOLLOWING HERD AREAS HAVE BEEN ZEROED OUT:
NV686 Bulter Basin
NV687 Austin
NV688 Smith Creek
NV689 Grass Valley
NV690 Dunlap (not actually zeroed, but it is now part of a Carson City-managed HMA)
NV691 Ione
NV692 South Pancake
NV693 Hot Creek
NV694 Park Mountain
NV695 Mount Airy
NV696 Quinn
NV697 North Shoshone
NV698 Kobeh Valley
NV699 Willow Creek

"OUTSIDE HMA" - Battle Mountain District:

Here are a few of photos of "Bo", #3617, gathered 1/17/06 in Lander Co, Battle Mt (out of herd area).  I moved to Utah from California several months ago and Bo was one of the first gentling project horses I worked with earlier in the year with Janet & Cliff Tipton.  I adopted him in May, 2006.  He is a wonderful horse, intelligent, loves to learn, gentle, with a great sense of humor.  He is my only horse;  definitely a "keeper" for life! 
 
- Linda Osborne, Volunteer, Intermountain Wild Horse & Burro Advisors, Erda, UT 
726 Country Club
Stansbury Park, UT 84074
707-217-8423 
 

Cliff Tipton mounts Bo for the first time as Bo remains curious and calm. 
 

 

Bo's trust amazes me. He has allowed me to sit on him several times, before he was saddled, and remains calm.
Bo is a 3 year old gelding.  Good ground manners. He has been turned out to pasture about 6 times and is such an easy catch. He comes when he is called and halters perfectly. Loves his human interaction & affection.

 

Choose from:
BLM-Managed Wild Horse & Burro Herd Management Areas:
Arizona  California  Colorado  Idaho  Montana  Nevada  New Mexico  Oregon  Utah
BLM Holding & Adoption Centers Long-Term Holding Facilities

Non-BLM Wild Horse Areas:
Atlantic Coast  Central USA 
State of Nevada Dept. of Agriculture (Reno-Area Comstock/Virginia Range "Estrays")
US Forest Service Wild Horse Territories  Sheldon USFWS