The BLM Internet Auction/Corral ends bidding on Monday. The online corral is used as an “auction.” You need to be approved as an adopter and get a bidding number (that you can use for this event and ones in the future. You can do it all online. just click the “how to tab”: http://wildhorsesonline.blm.gov )
The risk to every single wild horse captured of ending up in neglectful home situations, and then/or directly heading off to slaughter, is real. If you adopt we hope you commit to a relationship that will have it’s good times and hard times, but be a forever home.
A LOOK at some of those with no bids.
Many of the wild horses featured on this event page are having their “first chance” at finding a home. So many live their lives in facilities that do not offer any public viewing or very limited viewing. Many of these wild ones were captured as babies but then hidden from view. Now they are featured as adults with less of a chance of finding that “forever home.” This is a continuing issue we have with the “BLM adoption” program; you can not adopt out what people can not see.
Direct link to BLM online page: https://wildhorsesonline.blm.gov/Animals
If you go to the page and look at the very first wild horses listed: 8 YEAR OLD CHESTNUT GELDING HORSE (0211).” That does not tell you much until you start to scroll down. This boy was captured in a hard winter roundup, at one year old, in the Diamonds in NV. For 7 years he has been behind the closed doors of Carson prison. If someone saw him at one or two years old might he have had a better chance of finding a home? Wild horses are like people, age is not an indicator of personality. After spending almost his entire life in a pen at the prison, he is more used to the sounds of people than any wild horse coming in off the range. He is the only wild horse on the auction from the Diamonds.
Below is a video taken during his capture. Is he one of the babies in the pen? (Early on we did not watermark our entire video. Theft of images caused us to begin adding watermarks to everything shortly after this roundup. It was that long ago this baby was captured.)
There are 7 wild horses from Kamma (Blue Wing). Only 1 has a bid. (past posts featuring Blue Wing HERE.
Number 1000 was born in 2013 at Palomino Valley Center. His date of birth is listed as May 1, but the HMA his mom is from is not. He has spent his entire life in holding. (click pic to see his profile).
There are 5 wild horses from the Owyhee Complex featured, 2 have bids. All of the wild ones on this event were captured in the 2018 roundup. This roundup took a 2 million acre area noted in the EA and dropped it down to only 532 wild horses left on range after the roundup ended. The first week of that roundup saw 21 wild horses die. (HERE)
When you go to the auction site looking for a wild horse from a specific area you may have heard of, or a roundup you may have seen, you should know the way things get recorded in field level documents does not always match the way you expect in the paperwork that follows a wild horse into holding.
One example is the Owyhee Complex: EAs and roundups you read about will reference the name of the complex. The paperwork will be the name of the actual Herd Management Area (HMA). Owyhee is 5 HMAS: Rock Creek, Little Humbolt, Owyhee, Little Owyhee, Snowstorm.
The Triple B roundups you see include Cherry Springs.
The Antelope Complex is Antelope, Antelope Valley, Spruce-Pequop and Goshute.
Fish Creek is in central NV. The Fish Springs wild horses are a small area listed as Pine Nut Mountains.
So if you are looking for specific wild horses you may have heard about? check all the right boxes in the search bar.
As you scroll through the pages you may notice that there are not many young wild horses on the internet. BLM has a lot of youngsters that came in from Triple B, Fish Creek and on and on, they just rarely make the internet adoption.
One exception this time around are the Curly wild horses from Fish Creek captured this year. This particular curly gene may be the rarest in the world. The herd was left in fragments after the roundup. AS of the writing of this article ALL the curlies have bids.(we did an entire article just on Fish Creek Curlies (HERE).
If you adopt a wild horse it could be the journey of a lifetime. As with every relationship take the time to learn all you can about your “partner,” Each beating heart of a wild horse carries a true legacy; a truly American treasure.
Our fight continues to protect them from abuse during capture and to gain real management that includes plans to preserve and protect them for future generations.
Can you help us stay in this fight?
Categories: Wild Horse Education