Wild Horse Education

Desatoya Release

Above: stallions released

The Desatoya roundup has ended.

59 Wild Horses (14 Stallions, 39 Mares, and 6 Foals) were captured of the 122 targeted. Apparently, there was some difficulty finding horses and pressure from the (averted) shutdown, ending operations before target was reached. (New information has indicated that BLM did NOT do any census flights after last years hard winter, but instead did distribution flights. In other words they flew to see where horses were to set trap, not how many horses are out on ranges to justify running any of the roundups.)

127-180 wild horses is the number of wild horses BLM says can be sustained on the 161,678 acre Herd Management Area (HMA).

14 studs were released (12 off trailer and 2 escaped on the 28th).

12 mares re-treated with GonaCon were released.

12 wild horses (6 mares, 6 foals) were transported to the off-limits to the public facility Broken Arrow on Indian Lakes Rd. in Fallon, NV.

Above: mares released

BLM treated 33 mares with the hormonal fertility control agent GonaCon. They released 12 that had received 2 doses of the powerful agent a year ago and received what BLM calls a “boost” this time.

1 mare, a 25-year old Red Roan suffered a fractured skull.

20 mares will be held and released after receiving a second dose of GonaCon.

You can find the roundup report from Desatoya HERE.

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The new roundup schedule has dropped. Nearly 10,000 wild horses and burros are targeted for capture beginning October 1.

Our wild ones should live free on the range with the families they hold dear. Our wild ones should also live without abuse. WHE carries ongoing litigation to force BLM into open public process to create an enforceable welfare standard for our treasured wild ones. 

Thank you for keeping us in the fight!

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2023 Summer roundup reports


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Black Mountain, Hardtrigger, Sands Basin

Devils Garden (USFS)



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