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CENTRAL & SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA:

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 and Owyhee 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.

If you wish to know more about your horse or burro's ancestry, please also read the HISTORY section.

 

Map: http://www.wildhorseandburro.blm.gov/statistics/hmas/CA7_south_hma.pdf

CENTRAL &
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA:
BLM & USFS Wild Horse & Burro management areas in Central through Southern California:

USFS - BIG BEAR
USFS - BLACK MOUNTAIN
USFS - SALINE VALLEY
CA0654 - Centennial
CA0681 - Chicago Valley
USFS - MONTGOMERY PASS
CA0656
  - PIPER MOUNTAIN

CA0651  - Waucobe-Hunter Mountain
CA0652  - LEE FLAT
CA0698  - CHEMEHUEVI
CA0671  - CHOCOLATE MULE MOUNTAIN
USFS - WHITE MOUNTAIN

 

Or Choose:
CA North: A - M
CA North: N - Z
CA Central & South

Arizona
California Wild Horse and Burro Herd Management Areas
Colorado HMA's
Idaho Wild Horse & Burro Areas
Montana Wild Horse Area
Nevada Wild Horse & Burro Areas
New Mexico
Oregon Wild Horse & Burro Areas
Utah Wild Horse & Burro Areas
Wyoming Wild Horse & Burro Areas
Non-BLM Wild Horse & Burro Areas

 

 

Chicago Valley Herd Management Area

This small Southern California herd consists of 3 mares and one stallion.  Besides, the two I have adopted from this herd, Dawn Rystrom has one of the babies from there.  This herd is a combination of TB and QH's from some 1960's ranchers in Ash Meadows and possibly some Shoshone Indian Horses.  These horses are believed to have split from the Nevada Ash Meadows herd.  The Nevada Ash Meadows herd is zeroed out but previously had a palomino mustang in the Marine Color Guard.  Dawn Rystrom can tell you about the herd personality as it is very laid back and send you a picture of her baby.

- Debbie McCracken

Debbie McCracken devoted considerable time & energy to monitoring & protecting this tiny herd. When foals started to show up with club feet, it was assumed that inbreeding was responsible. Debbie went to work to prove that in fact, this birth defect was caused by an imbalance of minerals in the area, not the genetics, and that corrective hoof trimming restored the foals to normal usefulness.

Tragically, Debbie died unexpectedly of a blood clot following surgery to replace a hip. Debbie was a wonderful friend of wild horses, and she is sadly missed.

 


James Kicker and Spirit


Internet Adoption horse from Centennial HMA


Burro from Centennial HMA


Centennial

Internet Adoption horses from Centennial HMA:

 


Colby, Death Valley burro adopted by Erika Williamson

DEATH VALLEY
(not managed for wild horses or burros, but occasionally one is captured and made available for adoption)



Sir Henry, adopted by Becky Delaney

BIG BEAR

CHEMUHUEVI

These burros were gathered near Barstow, CA