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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. Within any particular HMA one will find variation in size, body type.

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


Colorado currently has 4 Herd Management Areas:

1. Little Book Cliffs
2. Piceance-East Douglas Creek
3. Sand Wash Basin
4. Spring Creek Basin 

Because the herd areas are so few in number, and easily accessible to from large population centers, these small herds have many passionate fans. Followers often know each individual in a herd, give it a name, follow its life through the seasons and years, and feel a real sense of ownership of the herds.


Winston, a Colorado Mustang

We recently adopted a 3 year old Mustang from the BLM area in Canon City, CO.  The horse was saddle trained by one of the inmates at the co-located prison.  The inmates showed off their horses to us and then I was able to ride the ones I was interested in.  I selected Winston, a dark gray with some evidence(?) of Appaloosa in his face.

He was brought to our property yesterday and it was such a joy to be able to work with him.  After getting acclimated to my property I got him dressed up and we rode on my back acreage.  He is so willing to please and patient.  He even let me know that I was doing something wrong.  After our ride it was evident that Winston bonded with me.  When I looked in on him last night before I went to sleep he came over for a hug and did the same this morning just before I fed him.



Cheyenne Mountain AFS, CO

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Hey name is Amber, and this is my Mustang from Colorado. His name it Buddy-Lee. He is THE SWEETEST horse that I have EVER encountered. Hard to believe that he was captured in the wild. He's so calm, he's just standing there in an open field, no halter rope on or anything. I guess he's a little too busy with eating grass to go anywhere though. -~Amber~

Buddy Lee

Little Bookcliffs

Banjo from Little Bookcliffs

Spring Creek

The Spring Creek horses are the focus of the anti-BLM propaganda piece, "Wild Horses and Renegades" that has been making the Indie circuit lately.

Sandwash Basin

Cuervo from Sand Wash HMA, adopted by Carmen Deyo and Mike Dibble

Genetic analysis indicates the highest similarity for the herd was to the Iberian derived Spanish breeds, followed by Gaited breeds, North American breeds and Arabian breeds.

Cuervo stands 15.1hands,
and has a draft build and mellow temperament

Kathleen Carrasco in Walkerton, IN adopted this Sand Wash, Colorado mare, Nikhita.

Kathleen describes Nikhita as built like a QH, and very calm.  She is four years old, stands about 14 h, and is a bay roan.  She is just as sweet as can be, and was captured around nine months of age. 

I've recently adopted this colt from the Sand Wash. He is suppose to be 2yrs old. I'm hoping he will get around 15hh.

"Sand Wash Picasso" - back in the wild again

Nancy Roberts' Sand Wash Blog


Piceance-East Douglas

from Piceance-East Douglas


We adopted this pretty girl for our son, Damien, 2 yrs ago from the Canon City Adoption Center.  She's from Piceance-East Douglas area. She was off the range for 3 months when we got her at 18 months, and my son has done all the training on her. She has always been affable and steadfast. She's coming four and does it all. He takes her hunting and is gun broke. My husband and son are both Confederate Re-enactors and this will be her first year doing that.
This year I'll finally be getting mine  and hope it turns out as nice as Apache.
Julie - Penrose, CO

West Douglas

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Dr. Gus Cothran performed genetic analyses on this herd in 2002 and again in 2010. Genetic health as indicated by heterozygosity (variability, diversity) is low but improving with good management, which included introducing a handful of mares from a neighboring herd.

Genetic background of the herd seems to be mostly Spanish in origin, with the North American gaited saddle breeds and the South American Criollos being the closest relatives. However, genetic similarity of the herd to any domestic breed is relatively low.

Severe drought has plagued the area and BLM has had to truck in water to allow the horses to survive. 20 horses, including one identified orphan, were removed by bait trap in July of 2012.

Sundance, from West Douglas, rescued and adopted by Erica Williamson

Choose from:
BLM-Managed Wild Horse & Burro Herd Management Areas:
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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 

Wild Horse Areas not included in this website: Indian Reservations, Private Lands