Mustangs 4 Us
US Forest Service Wild Horse Territories
Here is a map of the Nevada Ely District's New
Wild Horse Herd Management Areas.
The new HMAs in relation to the old Herd Areas.
The Herd Areas are outlined in the darker gray patches.
The Original Ely District HMA's and HA's:
One source of today's 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, 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.
Herd Management Areas known to produce Curlies:
One theory regarding the origin of the Curlies is that rancher Tom Dixon imported curly horses from northern India to Nevada around 1880. There is a local verbal story of him importing 3 Curly horses, two mares in foal and one stallion, from India that came through the Khyber Pass to Nevada in late 1880’s or early 1900’s. Two curly stallions were born and one was released in the Buckskin area and the other in Long Valley, White Pine county. In the account related by Albert Laird, he believes this is the source of the Damele Curly mustangs found near Eureka, NV. So far no one has been able to prove or disprove this story Although this theory cannot be fully proved or disproved, the Curly horse was already present in America by that time. Evidence shows that 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 .
Tom Dixon imported many breeds to his ranches to breed with local Mustangs that he used as his broodmares. from The International Curly Horse Organization's website).
The Damele family of Eureka, Nevada, started breeding curly horses in the 1930's from locally-caught curly mustangs, and they are credited with founding the domestic Curly breed.
Thanks Frank Mongue Alfred,Maine
Kathleen Carasco of Indiana adopted this Antelope HMA horse. At 7 years old he is 14.1 hands high, lean and spirited.
Fargo was halter trained by Sandy Davitt for the 2008 Nevada Yearling Challenge
NV402 Monte Cristo
Honeysuckle Rose, aka “Rosie”
adopted sept 1995 from monte cristo NV402 (she was born approx 93)
She is the one that got me hooked on mustangs...my first horse
- Diane Fisher of MO
Monte Cristo horses in holding
NV403 Buck & Bald
This is Nevada's Handsome Boy. He is from Buck and Bald NV 403. He is a six year old registered as a sorrel, but has definitely darkened with age. He is my joy and well perfect in every way.
Sefra Schwab age 14
Dakota from Buck & Bald (Darla in Oklahoma, adopter)
Rhyia from Buck & Bald (Joyce Turner, adopter)
Palomino baby from Buck & Bald at Palomino Valley in 2001
Misty Bleu, adopted by Suzi Kicker
|3 yr Lakota's Dream Mist|
Buck & Bald herd
captured in fall 2006, adopted July 2007
NV404 Wilson Creek
Whisper, adopted by Tom & Mitzi Nevin, being trained by Ryan Coaxum
Lee from Wilson Creek & Rebecca Florio
NV405 Sand Springs East
NV406 Cherry Creek (Triple B Complex)
Benny from Cherry Creek, part of Triple B Complex
Butte HMA horse trained by Jesus Castillo for the 2007 Extreme Mustang Makeover
|Earl (Duke of Earl) from Butte (NV407) Born in 2005, captured July 23, 2005. Adopted by Judy Ballenger June 23, 2007, as a 2 yr old.|
Earl at adoption
Earl in Spring 2008, 5th or 6th time under saddle. Watching the traffic come and go next to the highway.
Ericka Schelstraete Savage and her Butte HMA horse
NV408 Jake's Wash
NV409 White River
Audrey's colt, Spirit Dancer, is now 14 months old and thriving.
I hope to ride endurance with him when he matures. I am thrilled to have him as my equine partner, and would highly recommend mustangs to anyone who appreciates superb horses.
Frazier Park, CA
NV410 Dry Lake
The Seaman herd was gathered on an emergency basis in 2012-2013 due to extreme drought on the HMA.
NV412 Diamond Hills South
DIAMOND HILLS SOUTH (NV412) is being managed as part of the Diamond Complex, with DIAMOND (NV 609)
and DIAMOND HILLS NORTH (NV104) - 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."
NV 414 Eagle Complex
NV490 Schell Creek
NV493 CAVE VALLEY
NV494 Golden Gate
HMA's # 500 - 523
|NV501 Eldorado Mtns (zeroed)|
NV502 Gold Butte
NV503 Muddy Mountains
NV504 Red Rock
Red Rock Shazaam
NV505 Blue Diamond
|NV506 Potosi & Mt. Sterling|
zeroed in 1999)
NV507 Wheeler Pass
Jill Hokansen Carr and Wheeler Pass Willow, an award-winning Endurance mustang
|NV509 Ash Meadow (zeroed)|
Internet Adoption horse form Johnnie HMA
|NV511 Armagosa Valley (zeroed)|
NV512 Mormon Mountains (zeroed in 1998)
NV513 Meadow Valley Mountains
NV514 Blue Nose Peak (Caliente)
NV 515 Delamar
BEAU from DELAMAR
We adopted "Beau" on July 22nd 2007.
He is a beautiful bay gelding with 3 white socks and a white blaze. He is between 3 and 4 years old ( Vet says 3 - still has some baby teeth), BLM says 4.
According to the data he was captured on Feb 27th 2006 from the Delamar area of Nevada.
I am not sure where he was for this year and a half, but he was branded in Ridgecrest Calif, and I adopted him from Pillsbury Ranch ( Joan Embrey's place ) where they were holding the Mustang and Burro sale.
His number is 03179590
Within 2 days I could take his lead rope off, though he still lives in his halter ( they said he was horrid to get it on ). He leads very well, with very few spooks and so we are able to turn him out in the round pen. Thru trial and error we discovered that the arena's fence is not high enough, as he sailed over it as pretty as can be, but we did catch him in under 2 minutes. Did I mention he LOVES carrots, lol.
Although still unsure about being pet, Beau is very friendly. Easy to go in and clean his pen, though he does like to help and has dumped the wheelbarrow over 2 times.
Anyway, Here are some photos of him to use on your site if you are still updating. I notice that there are not any photos of horses from his area. If you can use them, but need higher res, let me know which ones and I will send as attachment instead. First one is before he jumped over the fence ;)
NV516 Clover Mountains
Clover from Clover Mountain NV, a yearling filly adopted via the internet adoption by Courtney Ahlberg, Kane PA
|NV517 Clover Creek (Caliente)(zeroed)|
NV519 Little Mountain
NV520 Miller Flat
Shazam from Miller Flat
NV521 DEER LODGE CANYON Now part of Eagle HMA
Bob (HowDoYouLikeMeNow), 2008 Extreme Makeover horse, from Deer Lodge Canyon (NV521). Born in 2005, captured Feb 19, 2007. Adopted by Judy Ballenger in Sept 2008.
Bob leading the way on his second trail ride, Aug 2, 2008 (The Katy Trail, Sedalia, MO.). I'd been riding him for less than 2 weeks at this point.
NV522 Highland Peak
Now part of Silver King HMA
NV523 Silver King Complex
Includes Dry Lake, Rattlesnake, and Highland Peak HMAs
|Silver King horses on a 2016 Internet Adoption|