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photo by Dustin Gasser

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. Click here for Nevada BLM'S "MUSTANG COUNTRY" booklet - chock full of info for mustang buffs, including wild horse history, visitor tips and camping info. It takes a while to download but is well worth the wait!

The Winnemucca BLM Field Office
includes the following Herd  Management Areas:
(HMA's numbered 200's plus 311 -
listed in numerical order:)

Click on the one you want to see:

NV200 Little Owyhee

NV201 Snowstorm Mtns

(Also included in the Owyhee Complex is NV101 Owyhee and NV102 Little Humboldt, managed by the Elko District)

NV 208 Jackson Mtns
NV 210 McGee Creek
NV 211 Antelope Range


NV216 Seven Troughs
NV217 Blue Wings MTNS
NV218 Shawave
NV219 Nightingale


NV 209 Black Rock East

Click to see enlargement of Calico Complex map (with grazing allotment overlay)

NV200 Little Owyhee

Click to see how Little Owyhee fits
on map of all Nevada HMAs

AML 194-298 wild horses
In winter of 2012-2013, due to extreme drought and severe overpopulation (which forced many horses out of their protected HMA into neighboring private lands and the Ft. McDermitt Indian Reservation) the Owyhee Complex (Owyhee, Little Owyhee, Snowstorm and Little Humboldt HMAs) was subject to an emergency gather that pulled 1011 horses from the range. Many of these are still waiting to be adopted (2016) and those people who have adopted them are generally very happy with their new horses.

Ranger, adopted by Jenn Loughlin at the 2015 Napa Mustang Days, is now winning horse shows, showing against seasoned domestic show horses in halter, English, Western, Versatility, and Trail.

These three Little Owyhee horses were trained by the new Rio Cosumnes Correctional Facility Wild Horse Program and offered for adoption at the 2015 Napa Mustang Days. The third one was adopted by Betsy Tamblyn of Napa, CA, and is now Sierra. Betsy shows Sierra (she does quite well) and because of Sierra's calm temperament, she uses her as a lesson horse for her riding students.

Sierra when she first arrived at Rio Cosumnes (RC3) inmate training program

Sierra and her adopter, Betsy Tamblyn, at a horse show

Keno from Little Owyhee, adopted by the Tipton Family of Utah

Salem & Amanda

Cindy Lawrence and "Little One" aka "Dream Catcher" from Little Owyhee, and adopted through the Carson City Prison Training Program

Arrow  from the Little Owyhee NV200  he is saddle trained from Hutchinson
- Diane Fisher of MO

Darlene Stevenson's Lakota
Darlene writes, "I went with a friend to an auction - she was looking for a trailer. This man pulls in with a cattle trailer, so my daughter asked what he had. His reply was "just a mustang". What do I do -----Nextel Sandra who happened to be at an adoption, run his brand (which happened to be extremely easy to read), the BLM said "not titled," you can submit an application for reassignment. So I told the guy we would take him.

Well to make a long story short I now have his title. He was originally adopted as a yearling and is from the Little Owyhee HMA. Lakota was 13 at the time I got him from the auction. So he was "lost" in the system for 11 years.

And not to brag or anything but he is AWESOME of course! I have to share him with my daughter, Ashley. But here are some photos of him on the web site." Darlene

Internet Adoption horses from Jackson Mountains:

The majority of Jackson Mountains horses are well-built, sturdy, very athletic and responsive, and in the 14 - 14.2hh range.

Little Owyhee horses have an excellent reputation for good conformation, excellent minds, and trainability. They range in size from short to tall, have the full range of horse coloring possibilities (from solid through pinto, grays, palomino and buckskin, dun, etc) but have similar builds.

Mona, a Curly Mustang from Little Owyhee
adopted by Melinda Pierce of Reno

Mona's DNA results
1st- Welsh Pony
2nd- Irish Breeds
3rd- Pony 3- Shetland, Hackney etc.
Summary: Pony on TB background

NV201 Snowstorm Mountains

AML 140

Sunfire from Snowstorm Mountains

Back in the days before the 1971 WHB Act, a local rancher in the Snowstorm Mountains area imported a top Thoroughbred stallion from Europe. The stress of the trip took its toll, and the stallion's first breeding season resulted in no foals. The rancher had no use for a sterile stud horse, but could not bring himself to destroy him, so he released him into the wild. Surprise! The stallion recuperated fully, his fertility was restored, and he has left a very strong mark on the wild horses of the Snowstorm Mountains area.

At left, Rocky, a Snowstorm Mountains mustang re-adopt, being trained by Mark & Skip Lang

NV202 Osgood (zeroed)

NV206 Krum Hills (zeroed)

NV204 Bloody Runs (zeroed)

NV205 Slumbering Hills (zeroed)

NV203 Hot Springs (zeroed)

NV207 Eugene Mtns (zeroed)

NV 208 Jackson Mtns
AML 64

Jackson Mountains HMA was gathered in 2003. The discovery by a pair of tourists of large numbers of horses dead and dying from dehydration, BLM conducted an emergency gather of Jackson Mountains HMA in 2007. These horses were extremely stressed, and, in addition to those already dead before the gather, over 100 perished in the first few weeks at the Palomino Valley BLM facility. The youngsters were sent to the auxiliary facility in Fallon, and a "Nevada Yearling Challenge" contest was created in order to encourage people to get these out of the holding facility and into homes. About 100 lucky yearlings found goof homes through this program, including Harlee and Cache, featured on this page. Due to protracted drought conditions, Jackson Mountains again became subject to an Emergency gather 2012. Many of these horses are still (2016) available for adoption in BLM holding facilities.

(Click here for background story on 2007 Emergency gather)

Bunny Lincoln of Napa, CA, got her Jackson Mountain mustang, Harlee, DNA-tested by Dr. Gus Cothran.

Here is what Dr. Cothran told her:
"Harley has a type that is not very easy to interpret.  Closest resemblance is to Turkoman type horses, which probably indicates Iberian ancestry as those horses show similarities to Iberian.  Second closest is the Peruvian Paso which reinforces the Spanish heritage evidence.  Third is the Quarter Horse.  This could be due to the Spanish influence in that breed or just the general variability of the QH, which makes it show high similarity to many types.  Overall I would say the evidence points to Spanish ancestry for Harley.  I do not really think the Turkoman results points to Arabian influence but it could be that Harley is of mixed heritage."
Gus E. Gus Cothran, Ph.D.
Animal Genetics Lab.
Texas A&M University
TAMU 4458
College Station, TX 77843-4458

Desiree Kuhn's Jackson Mtns horse, Trigger


Trigger having fun with a friend, Lucky, a PMU rescue horse

Early saddle training. Trigger has matured into a beautiful show horse, who also enjoys getting out on the trail.

Jax from Jackson Mtns
The Ancestral DNA report from Texas A&M University came in mail today. Results were consistent with Jackson Mountains herd results.
Jax is 1st North American I: Morgan, Saddlebred,
2nd Welsh Pony,
3rd heavy draft 1: Belgian etc.
- Tiia Capri

Misty Evans had her Jackson Mtn horse, Cache,  tested by Dr, Cothran and he showed a "strong pony influence" along with Quarter Horse, Rocky Mountain Horse and Non-Arabian Oriental.


Cache from Jackson Mtns, adopted by Misty Evans

adopted by Julia Jones:
1. Garrano 
2. Chilean Criollo 
3. Venezuelan Criollo

Jackson Mtns Internet Adoption mares from 2006

"Nevada" from Jackson Mtns


"Nevada" from Jackson Mtns

#2686 from BLM Internet Adoption, before he became Koda

#2686 Now Koda, Today!

Hi. My name is Rachel Derby. I was looking on your web site and I believe that I now own one of the horses that you have pictured. He is in the Jackson Mnt #208 section. His brand number is 582686, “Koda”.


Internet Adoption horses from Jackson Mountains

February, 2006, Internet Adoption horses

Hi. My name is Tammy Melvin of Decatur, IL.

I just had the most wonderful experience! I adopted two mustang fillies from the Ewing, IL holding facility a few months ago.

They were  both captured in Jackson Mountain, NV. Both coming two year olds. And I am in love with both of them.

They gentled super easy and within a few days, they were catching and leading too. (I removed their halters so they would have a fair deal the day we got them home).

Within a few weeks they were allowed out of their corrals and into my pastures. They both have had successful hoof trims, with NO trouble whatsoever, have gotten their bridle paths clipped with no resistance and have gotten alot of their groundwork complete. Including saddling, and long lining with halters as well as playing the seven games of Parelli.

They never even offered to buck or bolt with the saddle. Acted as if they were born with it on! Im super impressed with how much they give to you once you earn their trust and am planning on adopting my next two mustangs very soon! Mustang is definitely the breed for my family and I!

PS. I LOVE your site, and have it bookmarked. I reference it often.


NV 209 Black Rock East

AML 50

The Black Rock East herd includes a number of Curlies. Some will be available for adoption on the July 2010 Internet Adoption

Levi from Black Rock East

Black Rock East HMA
Adopted by Katherine Brown

The Black Rock horses are large and sturdy. The US Cavalry Remount program has left a strong mark on them.

Black Rock East youngster

Stephanie Padgett's "Bella" from Black Rock East
Tally-Ho, adopted and trained by Julia King

Tally has been winning ribbons and championships all over the place lately. She is also a calm and reliable trail horse. At well over 16 hands tall, she definitely has "presence!" (Not sure if she is Black Rock East or Black Rock West)

Jean Turner & Julia King on their large Black Rock horses
(East or West?) at the Western States Wild Horse & Burro Expo. Jean takes her horse all over the US on the Fox-Hunting circuit.

Angie Gaines' "Black Rock Sparky", a Curly from Black Rock East (at adoption, August 2010 - above, and after adoption, below)

Hi Nancy,

I love your website; it is so informative and a great place to learn more about Mustangs. My name is Angie Gaines and I was introduced to you from a good friend, Dr. Mitch Wilkinson. He and I very active in helping BLM Curly Mustangs. I have four Curly Mustangs and five American Curly Horses at my ranch just southeast of Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Wilkinson and our organization has been working with Dr. Gus Cothran DVM at Texas A&M University on genetic mapping of these horses. We were able to send him approximately 35 blood and hair samples last year.

Here is our website with photos and a little history on our Curlies

Dr. Cothran has found that there is no Arabian blood in the testing of the last Curly Mustangs so we are leaning towards the theory that they did come to the states from the Bering Strait. It really makes sense when we see the similarities to the Mongolian ponies.
I am attaching a few photos of our Sparky, Black Rock's Golden Firefly, he is an approximately two year old Bay stallion. We brought him home from Palomino Valley on August 6, 2010. He has the greatest personality and floats when he I would call it a gentle gait as many Curly Mustangs are known to have. He is gentled and we will continue working on his saddling as I ask all my horses be trained for their safety.
Here is his BLM information
FreezeMark 09610982
Signalment Key HM1AAAAAB
Adoption Location ESO 930 Eastern States - NV

I also have two mares that we adopted in 2009, they have the same
DNA as Damele's Copper D stallion. Dr. Mitch Wilkinson has a BLM Curly Mustang and a good friend Connie Rivas has a gelding gathered from the same area as Mitch's stud and our girls. Please let me know if we can add them as well.

Thank for all the hard work you have done to share information about these wonderful Mustangs. We are honored to share our horses with you and your readers.

Angie Gaines
Secretary of Curly Mustang Association

Angie Gaines' Curly Mustangs page

Another story about Curly mustangs

This horse went on to be the first Extreme Mustang makeover Champion, with trainer Guy Woods

This one performed dressage at the first Extreme Mustang makeover.

NV 210 McGee Creek

AML 41 burros 
(burros only)

This burros-only HMA adjoins the Sheldon USFWS Preserve, and the area is noted for its exceptiohnally good -looking, sturdy and large burros. Burros in this area often have "eye makeup" with "teardrop" or "mascara" effects.

Paco, adopted by Erica Williamson

NV 211 Antelope Range


Kota and Greg
Kota was captured from the Antelope Range on 2/12/98 near Lovelock, NV in Pershing County.


NV212 Selenite

(zeroed out as an HMA in August 1998 but obviously the burros did not agree...)

NV213 Truckee Range


The Blue Wings Complex

Kamma Mountains, Lava Beds, Seven Troughs, Blue Wings, Shawave, and Nightingale are all managed together as the Blue Wings Complex. The animals roam freely between these HMAs. The area is semi desert and has been practically the epi-center of recent long, protracted droughts in Nevada.

NV 214 Kamma Mtns

Kamma Mtns Internet Adoption horse


NV 215 Lava Beds 

AML 119 horses
13 burros

Lava Beds Blackie and foal

Lava Beds 3-year-old for adoption at Palomino Valley in spring of 2006

Before: blue roan gelding at Palomino Valley

After: Trained by Rick & Kittty Lauman, andnow owned by Pat Tuck
This wonderful mustang is Mellow. He is from the Lava Beds HMA in Nevada. Our other mustangs had all been bought privately prior to him, he is the first one we adopted ourselves.

He was rounded up in December of 2005 and we adopted him June 9, 2006.

We were petting and leading him the first night home and he has been like a puppy ever since. The most calm and curious horse we ever could have asked for! This picture was taken after only 8 days here. He is awesome!

~Michelle Rasmussen

Mellow, adopted By Michelle Rasmussen

NV 216 Seven Troughs

AML 124 horses
37 burros

Seven Troughs Burros for adoption at Palomino Valley Spring 2006

Manny from Seven Troughs - adopted by Diane Fisher of MO


NV 217 Blue Wing Mtns

AML 29 horses
23 burros

Sheer Perfection AKA Mango from Blue Wing Mountains - Owned by Elaine Andrews

Blue Wing stud at Palomino Valley

Cookie from Blue Wings and Jed Turner

Blue Wings HMA, showing 2003 capture site

The Blue Wings horses show strong Spanish characteristics. Their colors include primarily the basic red, black and bay, with lots of roan and sabino.

The Blue WIngs horses from the 2003 gather were thin, stressed, and primarily older horses - or older horses and their new foals. Above, a Maximum WHite Sabino foal.

Thin foals

Landscape n the Blue Wings - not much to eat!

I often regretted not having adopted this nice strawberry roan yearling

Blue Wings Burros

Blue Wings burros at capture site (left) and at Palomino Valley (above)

Blue Wings Guinness, adopted by Amy Dumas

as a newly-adopted youngster (above) and at maturity (right)

Sonar (now deceased), adopted by Bea Wade

This white burro was adopted by Brad Pribyl and named "Honky Tonk"

Michael Kerson and his two Blue Wings burros, Dawn and Bert

Babies Bert and Dawn

NV218 Shawave

HMA 52

Ruffian from Shawave - adopted by Diane Fisher of Missouri

Amaretta from Shawave

Koda from Shawave, captured on 1/18/95 purchased from a prior adopter in 2005 by Bernice Lawson


My daughter saved money to buy a horse. We were at a livestock sale in WV when she found a horse she had to have , a little dark bay mare which had been abused. There were bad cuts on her legs and face and a lot of scars. She was very nervous but seemed to like Sara. I tried to talk her into buying something else but she bought Sally for $325. 

When we got her home I found the mustang brand under her mane. I decoded it and called the BLM. She is from the Shawave Mtn. herd in the Winnemucca district. She was captured in 1998 and went to Palomino Valley. From there she went to Jackson, MS. She was then adopted by a man in Virginia. He got her title in 2000.

I don't know where all she was since but she was treated very badly. All of her cuts are healed now and she is getting more trusting but she is still afraid of men. We can pick up her feet and do her hooves and she saddles real easy but it will be a while before we can ride her.

We have found one very unique thing about her: she has decided that it's her job to guard our livestock. She rounds up all the sheep and goats every evening and circles them. We have not lost anything to coyotes. Our neighbors lost 75 goats. As far as we're concerned, Sally is worth her weight in gold even if she never makes a riding horse! Her guard instinct is priceless. 

-Aggie Ross  New Milton West Virginia

NV 219 Nightingale

Nightingale Chipmunk, adopted by Georgia Moss

NV 220 Buffalo Hills

According to Glenna Eckel, WHB Specialist, One of the first large scale horse-raising operations in Northwest Nevada was in the Smoke Creek Desert, which lies at the foot of the Buffalo Hills Range, with Gerlach, Nevada at its northernmost tip. In the early 1860's, 500 Spanish Barbs were purchased in San Diego for 50 cents per head and driven to the Smoke Creek Desert, where they were released. Recent genetic assessment indicates that the gaited North American breeds (Morgan, Saddlebred, Rocky Mountain Horse, Tennessee Walker, Saddlebred and Standardbred Trotter) are the group that is most closely related to today's herds in this area.

Buffalo Hills mare at Palomino Valley in 2006

NV 221 Granite Range HMA

The Granite Range is characterized by stark desert dotted with lush oases created by springs on the mountain sides.

Dr. Gus Cothran performed genetic testing on this herd in 2005 and the results indicate a genetically healthy herd.

The domestic breeds most similar to the Granite Range horses are the gaited North American saddle breeds, including Tennessee Walker, Rocky Mountain Horse, and the American Saddlebred Horse.

This Granite Range horse is a show champion owned by Katrina Henigan

9-month-old Granite Range filly

Granite Range horses at Palomino Valley BLM Center

Appaloosas from the Granite Range are believed to be the descendants of circus horses who escaped a train break-down. I asked Dr. Cothran about the Appaloosa ancestry and he replied that testing for this would be very hard to do.  "All the Appaloosas in the US today are essentially Quarter Horse.  Circus horses might not have been from the US but without more specific information it looks like this myth can live on."

Granite Range Majestic - adopted by Laura Bell

Ginny Freeman's Lark from Granite Range at Palomino Valley (above) and at home (below)



"My trainer friend had Harley in for some training and the girl who adopted him wanted to sell him so we got "hooked up"! 

Harley had laryngeal hemiplegia ( a paralyzed larynx) and had to go to UC Davis for surgery where he proceeded to win the hearts of all the vets and students at the facility. 

He has turned out to be an absolute wonderful horse that I will never part with. 

    Anyway, I just wanted to share with you what happened to that horse that was so friendly at the Reno adoption.  By the way, Bob was trimming his feet the first day he was home from Reno." -  Cindy McMurry

Harley at Pt. Reyes

Harley in the mountains


Here is Harley with friends at Palomino Valley in 2001, awaiting adoption

NV 222 Calico Mountains

click to enlarge

This is the part of Calico Mountain range that gave it its name - so named because of the colorful rock layers, reminiscent of a calico quilt. The rest of the range is more typical high desert mountains, with snow-capped peaks in the higher elevations.
According to Glenna Eckel, WHB Specialist at the BLM Winnemucca Field Office, ranch horses were raised and periodically gathered in this area by the Jackson family until 1971. The Jacksons introduced Thoroughbred studs and Pinto mares to "upgrade" the local wild horses.

This HMA consists of 157,000 acres of steep volcanic mountainous terrain. Elevations range from 4000 feet, at the foot of the Black Rock Desert, to 8491 feet at Division Peak.

Calico Mountains horses are highly desired by adopters for ranch work and performance riding. It is a very colorful herd with lots of creme (cremello, palomino, buckskin, perlino, and smokey black), Duns (including grullos), and all forms of White Spotting Patterns, including  Tobiano, Frame Overo, Sabino, and Dominant White.

The basic colors of Bay, Black and Red are also common. Some exceptional bay horses from Calico Mountains participated in the first Extreme Mustang Makeover in 2007.

Dr. Gus Cothran peformed genetic testing in 2005 on 25 horses captured from this herd. The results indicate a genetically uniform herd with critically low variability, although there is no indication of inbreeding.

The domestic breeds most similar to the Calico Mountains horses are the gaited North American saddle breeds, including Tennessee Walker, Rocky Mountain Horse, and the American Saddlebred Horse.

Madeleine LeCLerc had her 2010 Calico Mountains horse, Orion, individually tested with the results of Warmblood 1- Western Europe, North American 1- Rocky Mountain, Mountain Pleasure, etc., Tennesee Walker (Cothran's notes: "North American with possible TW with TB Cross influences")


At Right and Below: "I bought a Calico mtn. mare about 5 years ago (she was about 13). She was adopted at age 4 and  looks like maybe Morgan blood is in her somewhere !

Here are some pics ... she's a great parade horse... I host foreign exchange students, give them 4-5 riding lessons and she takes 'em down the street in costume!
Keep up the good work with the website!"
Happy Trails!
Suzanna Takacs

Sparky from Calico Mtns

Adopted by Nancy Kerson in 2011

Sparky participating in Opening Ceremonies for 2015 Napa Mustang Days, with US Congressman Mike Thompson (who really knows how to ride!)


Roya Squire and her new Calico Mtns colt from the June 2005 Vallejo adoption

Star as a 2-year-old 

Banjo, adopted by Adam Selvin and Jessica Craine at the 2005 Vallejo adoption
These are of my mare Kiowa. She will be 14 in May and is my pride and joy. I got her as a 10 year old and we are currently studying Parelli Natural Horsemanship together. She is one of the easiest horses I have ever worked with and the most fun. We have done the Western States Wild Horse and Burro Show the last 2 years as well as the Nevada State Fair. I always get compliments on her color and her temperament. I been asked everything from "Is she a warmblood/ thoroughbred/ quarter horse?" to "Can I breed my mare to your stud?"! The looks I get when people find out she is a mustang is priceless!! I wouldn't sell or trade her for anything. Kiowa has made me a believer in mustangs for life!
Thanks so much for your site!
Kathy Voorhis
Reno, NV

The first picture is of Kiowa and myself in the summer of 2005 and the second is from 2005 as well. This is one of her favorite places to be! Once she got comfortable with the horse trailer and loading, she started randomly jumping up on to my stepdad's car trailer. She does this with no encouragement-even in the middle of the night! Now it's almost impossible to get her off of there without food!

Here is a picture of Alabaster with trainer, Scott Kandel.  I adopted Alabaster from the Palomino Valley Center in July, 2005.  He is a gentle, smart, magnificent animal.

Debra Brus
Sparks, NV

Max, adopted by Annie Araki of Idaho

3-year-old "Sparky Twin" at 2003 Western States Wild Horse & Burro Expo 2003

Calico Mountains Mares from 2000 gather

Carlie and her adopter, Cathy Barcomb, trail riding in the Sierras

Calico Rose - Mare

Jazzy from Calico Mtns -  originally adopted by Lesley Neuman and now owned and trained by Julie Hahn

Calico Mountains horses

Gretchen from Calico Mountains - pure white mare adopted by Gwilda Byrd

Adopted by Karen Floyd & Family

Adopter Karen Floyd's daughter, Alex, with Fly a short time after adoption

(This might be the Floyd Family's "Fly"

...And a year later, Alex is riding Fly!

Grullo yearling adopted by Efren R of Napa

As of February 3, 2006, this Calico Mtns mare is available for adoption over the Internet. Call Mike Meyers at Palomino Valley for information: 775-223-9046


Calico Mtns mare

Calico Rose

As of February 3, 2006, this 3-yr-old brown/smokeyblack Calico Mtns mare was adopted by Janet Hickman through the new NIASN program at Palomino Valley by Janet Hickman!

"Dream" adopted by Janet Hickman

Calico Mountains
Calico Mountains

Calico Mtns mare

Calico Mountains

Sparky from Calico Mountains
(Nancy Kerson, adopter)
GUS from Calico Mtns

Hi there!  My name is Sharon and I see my mustang "Gus" is on your website.  I bought him from Sherry Timms in 2002 and traveled 22 hrs out and 22 hrs back from New York to get him. 

I have five horses and he is by far the favorite.  He has been invited to the BLM adoption being held at Ithaca, NY this year on July 22 and 23.  I have since adopted a wonderful blood red bay who is currently 3 and I have started to lightly ride. What a thinker!  He also hails from Nevada, but not the Calico Mtns. 

I have a registered paint in my barn that is by far the "show horse" however, Gus is my boy and the one I choose to ride.  We trail, and show.  He took my daughter who was 5 last Sept. to high point youth at the Mid-Atlantic Mustang Show.  His first year of showing at that.  He has a long way to go, and actually I just started showing also but we are having fun. 

I have had many trainers approach me about him since he is such a big boy and holds himself "in natural balance".  It's fun to see their faces when they learn he is an adopted mustang. 

I get a lot of people suddenly interested in adoptions because of him and I do get a few of the "high and mighty" that have actually walked away after loving all over him when they found out he was not of "high breeding".  I love it. 

He competes with the best of them and has a big heart for try.  I dont know, but I have been told by several people he has great potential to make it to Grand Prix level dressage.  Whatever he does, he will never leave my barn!!!!!!  I sent some updated pictures of him. 

- Sharon, NY 06/22/2006

Gus' original adopter, Sherry Timm, riding Gus in 2002

Gus at a horse show in 2005

Gus performing Dressage

NV 223
Sonoma Range

(zeroed out in 1987) 


(Zeroed out in 1993)

NV 225 East Range

(zeroed November 2001)
Included Dolly Hayden, Klondike, Pleasant Valley, Rawhide, Star Peak, White Peak, In the Sonoma-Gerlach Resource Area of the Winnemucca BLM District.
These were "checkerboard" lands with considerable private land mixed with public (28.8% private). In 1978, all but three of the private land owners began demanding that wild horses be removed from their private lands. BLM determined that the only feasible way to do that, and to maintain separation of wild horses from the private land, was to remove all of the horses from the area.

NV 226 Warm Springs Canyon

AML 175 horses, 24 burros

I photographed this beautiful band in June, 2006, along the road that separates the Calico Mountains from the Warm Springs HMA. The horses are on the Warm Springs side of the road. Horses in this HMA exhibit a wide range of colors and color patterns, and most are of ranch-type conformation, athough a few are more of the Spanish-type. Burros are mainly gray duns of good size.

Sugar Dollar from the Warm Springs Canyon HMA - adopted by Celeste Foster of Georgia

This Warm Springs Canyon mare was adopted over the Internet as part of the very short-lived NIASN Pilot Program.
2016 Internet Adoption horse from Warm Springs Canyon

Internet Adoption 2-year-olds from Warm Springs Canyon

NV 227 Black Rock West

This is a Cavalry Remount area, and many of the horses still have excellent size and substance, reflecting their Thoroughbred and draft ancestry.

AML 186


Karen R's Black Rock West mare, Hanna


NV228 Fox-Lake

AML 153 to 204

Fox & Lake HMA's include many small, elegant Welsh Pony descendants

Part of the Fox & Lake range was zeroed out a few years back because it was impossible to protect the horses from wandering into the adjoining Paiute Reservation, where they were often captured and sold for meat at the livestock auction. The remaining HMA still supports up to 204 horses.

The herd was gathered in July of 2009

Fox & Lake with red dun (and possibly champagne?) coloring

Fox & Lake colt at Palomino Valley (already tame!)

colts & fillies at Palomino Valley from the July 2009 gather

2009 Fox & Lake filly adopted by Ray & Carol Belmore of Arizona

NV230 South Slumbering Hills

(zeroed December 1985)


NV229 North Stillwater
The North Stillwater Range Herd Management Area (HMA) straddles the Churchill/Pershing County line as well as the Winnemucca Field Office and the Carson City Field Office boundary line, but is managed through the Winnemucca office.

Elevation ranges from 7,474 feet at Cornish Peak to 3,458 feet in Dixie Valley. Precipitation is less than 10 inches annually and temperatures can reach over 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer and well below zero in the winter. 

The horses are typical Nevada Mustangs, with good functional conformation and small to medium stature.

AML 126

This is a picture of my first mustang, Whisky. We found him at a horse auction in early 2005. He is from the North Stillwater HMA NV229. He was foaled in 2002. I have since bought several other mustangs and have started taking others in and finding them new homes to keep them out of auctions. Mustangs are wonderful horses and I'm glad to be able to help them out!
- Michelle Rasmussen

This darling red dun filly from North Stillwater was adopted by Ray & Carol Belmore of Arizona

NV 231 Tobin Range

AML 17
Gathered in fall of 2009 - lots of color - including Appaloosas!

NV232 Trinity Range

(officially zeroed August 1982, last gathered 2005)
"The Trinities" was a known draft horse-influenced area. A local rancher had imported a draft stud (I don't know what breed - my source only said "draft" - which he allowed to run free and breed with the local wild herds.)

The herd area is located South of Seven Troughs HMA, on "checkerboard" land that is a mix of private and public land. It was zeroed out of the BLM Wild Horse & Burro system, due to the fact that the land is so checkered with privately-held areas that it was too difficult to protect the horses.

The large, elegant Pinto on the right is Piper, from the Trinity Range. Piper is owned by Sandi Anderson and they perform in an all-Mustang drill team

NV233 Lower Paradise Valley



NV311 Augusta Mountains

Priscilla & her very dun Augusta Mtns horse

Jack from Augusta Mountains, owned by Edona Miller

Spring Mountain Spirit, adopted by Rosemarie Cruze
"She thinks life is great.  It is for her."

Augusta Mountain Onyx

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