The free-roaming wild horses and burros featured in this website live in the Red Rock Herd Management Area (HMA), Clark County, Nevada. They are managed by the U.S. Department of the Interior – Bureau of Land Management (BLM). There was an emergency gather due to a wildfire in February, 2006. (Three horses were not gathered as they were close to foaling.) Fourteen horses were released a few days later making a total of seventeen horses in the HMA. A month later, a two year old colt from another HMA was released. Of the eighteen horses living in the Red Rock HMA, eight (three mares, four stallions and the two year old colt) settled in the valley by summer, 2006. By the end of 2015, horses from other herds had also settled in the valley. Their numbers combined are over one hundred-thirty. Half of that number are from the original three mares and their offspring.
In 2019 there were 275 horses in the Red Rock HMA. By the end of June, the springs were unable to replenish the daily usage and dried up. An emergency, bait trap gather took place July 28, 2019 through August 5, 2019. No lives were lost. 237 wild horses were removed from the range and sent to the Ridgecrest Regional Corrals where they were prepared for adoption. As of August, 2020, less than 80 of the 237 wild horses remained in the BLM WH&B system. The others had found homes through adoption, purchases or the BLM and Mustang Heritage Foundation’s TIP Program.
Wild horses and burros in the American West are both an emotional and political subject. There are those that feel the horses and burros should remain free on the range. There are those that feel they shouldn’t be there at all. Our goal for this website is to share their story and hopefully provide some insight as to the life of wild horses and burros living in the desert of southern Nevada, where winter nights can be in the 20s and summer days as hot as 115 degrees.
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An adult female horse, four years and older, or under four years and has successfully foaled.
A young female horse under four years old that has not successfully foaled.
An adult male horse, four years and older, that has not been castrated.
A young male horse under four years old .
A newborn filly or colt up to one year in age.
A filly or colt one to two years of age.
The female parent.
The male parent.
A female burro.
A male burro.
A family unit of horses usually consisting of a lead mare, other mares and their offspring, a dominant stallion, and sometimes a satellite stallion to help with protection. A bachelor band consists of young colts who have been “kicked out” of their birth band between two to three years old, and too young to start their own band.
A large social grouping of bands in an area.
Gathering horses and burros and moving them to a long term holding facility.