Lesley Neuman: The First Touch Gentling Your Mustang
Lesley works with 3
wild horses at a BLM adoption, and very clearly
explains what is happening, what she is doing, &
what she sees in each horse as it progresses. Study
this video and you can learn "pressure and release"
gentling techniques to gentle your own new mustang!
Help for Burro adopters! Crystal Ward
All the basics of
gentling, handling, and training. A MUST for new
burro adopters! Good for domestic donkeys, too!
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Spotting Wild Horses & Burros in the Wild
is a Thrilling Experience!
This spectacular pinto herd was spotted while driving on
US Highway 50. These horses are part of the New Pass-Ravenswood HMA in
WHERE CAN WILD HORSES AND BURROS BE SEEN?
Get a map of
BLM HMAs and a road map. If qa road gores through it, go there.
You might see horses. Your best bets are to look for indications
of water sources. Wild horses are most likely to be seen near
riparian areas, especially in early mornign and afternoon.
The Montgomery Pass HMA wild
horses can often be seen from the road
Oatman, Arizona, has the
tamest wild burros you'll ever meet!
The easiest wild horses to
see are probably the Virginia Range horses around the Reno/Carson City area.
These are not managed by BLM unfortunately - they fall under the "estray"
laws of the Nevada Dept. of Agriculture. For that reason, DO NOT FEED THEM!
As soon as a horse becomes a "nuisance" it is removed, and these horses have
no legal protections whatever. "Eco Sanctuaries" - these are BLM Long Term Holding contractors who
manage the horses in a "wild" format, and who are open for visitors. (There
are many LTH facilities, but most are privately owned and closed to tourism.
Many of these do offer occasional "Open House" tours, however. Check with
BLM to see when the next one might be.)
We chanced upon this wild donkey/burro herd
near the town of Empire, NV, while driving to see wild horses in the
Calico Mountains! - Nancy Kerson
CARTER RESERVOIR HMA,
outside Cedarville, CA
Roxanne & Elvon Talltree went wild horse watching for their honeymoon!
They toured several of the smaller, lesser-known wild horse areas of Northern California, including Carter Reservoir, Red Rock Lake, and McGavin Peaks.
All of these photos are courtesy of Roxanne Talltree:
The Carter Reservoir HMA borders very close to civilization - the town
of Cedarville, California is in the background. Carter Reservoir also
includes some more remote areas.
- If you drive too fast, you'll miss horses like these, who camoflage
well. This photo represents a more typical wild horse sighting than some
of the more close-up photos.
The Carter Reservoir herd tests very "Old Spanish" and their body type and colors - dun, palomino, overo pinto, etc. are very consistent with this ancestry
(although a BLM employee later told me that the pinto in this picture is
a known locally-owned domestic horse.)
Roxanne Talltree also sent these photos of
California's Red Rock Lakes HMA:
Red Rock Lake
Red Rock Lake
Red Rock Lake
Red Rock Lake
PINE NUT HMA, outside Minden/Gardnerville, NV
Kathy Port is a photographer who likes
to go out into the Nevada desert areas to observe wild horses and other wildlife. She sent me these great pictures of the Pine Nut range near Gardnerville, Nevada:
We saw this wild herd on the road between Soldier Meadows and Summit Lake - it is either in Black Rock, Warm Springs Canyon, or Calico Mountains - really not sure which.
Here's a band of Calico Mountains horses leaving McCarty Springs on the West slope of the range.
Comstock horses (Virginia Range) are probably the easiest wild horses for the tourist to access. They live in the areas surrounding Reno, Carson City, along US 50 out of Carson City, and, of course, Virginia City. They are frequently seen along roadsides (where they are at risk for being hit by cars!) and residential areas (where they are also at risk for being reported as nuisance horses).
Here are some excellent links with photos and stories by Willis Lamm, who lives in Wild Horse Country:
ECO-TOURISM and WILD HORSE & BURROS: DO WE NEED WILD HORSE PARKS?
As a Mustang website owner, I get emails all the time from people asking “where can I see wild horses?” These people often know about the various private sanctuaries that offer tours, but they want to see “real” wild horses on the real American range – in Nevada, eastern Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, and California. I run into people all the time who are so thrilled to tell me (since they know I am into wild horses and burros) that they saw or heard real wild burros on their last camping trip to wherever.
I certainly wish the new "Eco-Sanctuaries" well, AND many people are excited about the prospect of sighting a fleeting band of real wild horses or burros in their natural, historic habitat
in natural multi-generational and mixed-gender groups. They aren’t looking for a park, museum or zoo.
can certainly be a place for wild horse parks in the Big Picture for wild horse and burro tourism, but no one should underestimate the wild horse & burro-inspired tourism that is ongoing right now, and could be further developed, throughout all of wild horse and burro country, for the economic benefit of a wide range of counties and cities.