Benito, a buckskin-colored BLM wild mustang from the Buck & Bald HMA in east-central Nevada
Benny From Buck & Bald HMA

In the summer of 2001, while vacationing in the Lake Tahoe area, we decided to drive down to Palomino Valley BLM Wild Horse & Burro Center to see the wild horses. As luck would have it, they were just bringing in the first truckload of new horses from the Buck & Bald HMA. Our daughter, Saanen, who has dreamed of owning her own Buckskin horse since childhood, immediately noticed one, a beautiful yearling colt. We went back to Tahoe, thought about it, and two days later, went back and adopted him.

He was gelded at the BLM center, and given time to heal properly before making the 4-hour trip home, so he didn't come home until October 5, 2001.

Here is the new colt in the loading chute at Palomino valley, ready to go home. Look at those fancy legs and feet!


Rod & Carey, the BLM wranglers, were SO gentle and kind! Very calmly and patiently they worked to get the neck tag off him. As soon as they opened the door, the colt went into the trailer with no further problems.

He was so scared! He's not that big, and yet he jumped up and was able to get both front legs over the top rail of the loading chute! He was frantic! He bit at the wranglers. He thrashed and fought. It was rather sobering. Saanen and I looked at each other aghast, wondering what on earth we'd gotten ourselves into! This was very different from our experience just 6 months earlier, when we picked up Sparky. This was a very different animal!
The new colt rode home in the trailer, facing out the back, much to the delight of many travelers along I-80.

It was nearly dark by the time we got home.  We put Sparky with him to ease the transition.

LET THE GENTLING BEGIN!

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