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ELKO Field Office Herd Management Areas (#100'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 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.


Rockn Red Ranch Lakeside Loko  with owner Joe Horine  age 3 gelding from Elko area #02580167   Adopted and trained by Megan and Scott Robertson.    This is my first horse and we have learned a lot together.  He has been such a pleasure and blessing I have acquired another Mustang to work with as well.....

- Joe Horine


Kumi and his adopter, Pam Stoddard, winning Costume class at the Reno Wild Horse & Burro Expo in 2005. Kumi is from one of "The Diamonds" (Diamond Hills, Diamond Hills North, or Diamond Hills South) though I'm not sure which one. Kumi was adopted by Pam the day after the 2004 Expo, so that is pretty impressive progress!

The ELKO BLM Field Office District includes the following Herd Management Areas (Listed In Numerical Order):


Owyhee NV101

adopted by Mitzi Nevin, trained by Ryan Coaxum

(Note that Little Owyhee NV200 shares a very long border with Owyhee, which the horses no doubt cross, but is administered by the Winnemucca District)

Salem from Owyhee, adopted by the Wilder family from North Carolina.

5 Year old grey gelding, from Owyhee, NV. He is 14.3 hands tall. Salem is sweet and loving, extremely gentle, and adores being around people. Big boned and strong, he has been used as a trail riding horse at the stable I board him at. He was adopted in Cross Plains as a 2 year old.

Historical photo from Nevada Dept. of Cultural Affairs: Early 1900's Western Shoshone Vaqueros at Owyhee

Ryan Coaxum riding Samson from Owyhee (Elko District), adopted by Mitzi Nevin


Tickle from Owyhee, adopted by Suzette
Tickle is bay roan sabino in coloring
This is "Nevada" from the Owyhee Area. He is great, sometimes I think he acts more like a dog instead of a horse.

Best trail horse and buddy I have ever ridden.

 - Nevada  &  Louise Mathis  N.C.


Dineen Wold & Owyhee Tigger at the 2006 Tevis Cup Endurance Race

Little Humboldt NV102

Carson, from Little Humboldt, owned by Misty Evans

Internet Adoption horse from Little Hunboldt

Rock Creek NV103

ROCK CREEK mares available at Palomino Valley. Call Mike Meyers at Palomino Valley for information:

Faith from Rock Creek
3-year-old mare adopted September 2004 by Angie.

Diamond Hills North - NV104

Sherman from
Diamond Hills North

Diamond Hills mare available at Palomino Valley. Call Mike Meyers at Palomino Valley for information:

1300 lb mustang from Diamond Hills rescued by Kris Peterson
"Blue is a little off the scale.  He's right at 16 hands, roughly 1300 pounds, has feet like dinner plates.  He's a dark chestnut with a flaxen mane and tail.  His forelock hangs most of the way down his face and his tail nearly drags the ground.  And he was this wonderful Roman nose."

DIAMOND HILLS NORTH (NV104) is being managed as part of the Diamond Complex, with  DIAMOND (NV 609) and DIAMOND HILLS SOUTH (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.

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.


Henry the Mustang
from Diamond Hills North

Rescued from the auction as a 10-year-old by Raymond Brown of Marin County, CA

Henry is solid, sound, "dead broke," kind and sweet - Ray reports he is just astounded that such a fine, well-trained animal would end up at the auction! Thankfully, Ray saved Henry, and Henry is now much loved and enjoying the Good Life!

Maverick-Medicine NV105
HMA horses at Palomino Valley, July 14, 2006

Maverick-Medicine was gathered in July, 2006. I was lucky enough to happen to be visiting Palomino Valley BLM Center when two loads were delivered. I was very favorably impressed by these horses - good temperaments and excellent conformation.

The big "M" painted on their butts identifies these pretty young studs as Maverick Medicine


Beautiful red (above) and bay (below) duns

"Blaze" after adoption

Newly-arrived Maverick-Medicine horses (you can see the delivery trucks in the background)

This little sleepy-head slept through the arrival of new horses

Yearling gelding Lakota's Shaman in born at Palomino Valley adopted July 2007 -  dam is from Maverick Medicine herd captured fall 2006 . Adopted by AJ Sutton, Lawndale, CA 

Adoption Return 5-year-old Maverick-Medicine stud horse being fostered by BLM volunteer, Michael & Nancy Kerson. "Rocky" was later adopted by a trainer and now lives in South Dakota.

, from Maverick-Medicine HMA, adopted by Carter Roberts.

, from Maverick-Medicine HMA, adopted by Carter Roberts.

North Cherry Creek NV106

(no longer managed as a separate HMA: divided between Antelope Valley & Maverick Medicine)

Benny from CherryCreek, Buck & Bald Complex (Saanen Kerson, adopter)

Antelope Valley NV107


Got the DNA results back from my mustang Cruiser!!!

1. Irish Breeds (I thought Vanner or Cob)
2. Non-Arabian Oriental - Akhal Teke, Caspian, etc.
3. Heavy Draft 1 - Belgian, etc.

- Debby Jusick


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.

"Tick" an Endurance racing Mustang

Goshute NV108

7-year-old Aspin riding Tar Baby

Tar Baby from Goshute, adopted by Billie Pitcher.
Tar Baby was adopted as a 3 year old stallion at a satellite adoption in Casper, brought to my place, and within a week, on a bet/dare from our husbands, Billie got up on him bareback, he was so relaxed and easy
going, that we went ahead and saddled him, she got back on, and I ponied him off Metawa, when he got mad, the only thing this stallion did was stomp his foot!  It was so funny!  Just like a kid not wanting to do something, just stomped that foot... LOL!  She had him gelded about a month later. 

Everyone swore that this mustang had to have been previously handled, but we all knew he hadn't been :)  If all Goshute mustangs are as easy as Tar Baby was, adopters
are in for a real treat!

- Lona Patton


Buttercup, adopted by Amy Dumas
Buttercup is listed as a palomino, which, if accurate, is certainly the sooty/chocolate form of plaomino! She has amber eyes and a very unique diluted coat coloring

Spruce-Pequop NV109

Sherpa, adopted by James Smith

Sundance Kid -adopted by Laura Powers


NV110 Toano
(zeroed out October 1993)


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