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NON-BLM WILD HORSE & BURRO AREAS


Captured Sheldon stud horse, photograph courtesy of Lesley Neuman

Wild Horses & Burros can be found in places other than BLM-managed areas. The type of management varies greatly, from a very committed sustainable program on Assateague Island to the brutal extinction efforts of Big Bend State Park in Texas and Sheldon USFWS Pronghorn Preserve's continuing quest to rid its area of wild horses.

The wild horse group most likely to come into contact with people are the Comstock/Virgina Range horses who live on private and County land in the Reno and Carson City areas, or some of the wild herds on the Atlantic seaboard. Corolla Island and Assateague Island are the best known of these.

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.

 

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

AND
Western States Non-BLM Wild Horse Areas:
State of Nevada Dept. of Agriculture (Reno-Area Comstock/Virginia Range "Estrays")


 

The US FOREST SERVICE has Wild Horse Territories (all western states) which are protected under the same laws as BLM horses and burros.