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!
CALIFORNIA'S WILD HORSE & BURRO HERD MANAGEMENT AREAS
Learning about the
specific herd management area where one's own horse or burro is from can
enrich your appreciation for your adopted animal. It is in that spirit that
these pages are offered. Do understand, however, that HMAs (Herd Management
Areas) are not breeds. A horse or burro from one HMA has far more in common
with all others from all other HMAs than it has differences. Within any
particular HMA one will find variation in size, body type.
If you wish to know more about
your horse or burro's ancestry, please also read the HISTORY section.
California's herds are known for their size, sound structure, and range of coloring
Left Two Photos by Terry Crawford; Right Center: Carter Reservoir Scout, adopted by Cathy Barcomb; RIght: Fox Hog horse, photographed by Amy Dumas
In addition to the 22 HMA's, California originally had 7 more identified Herd Areas, but most of these have been zeroed out and the remainder are not managed by BLM to preserve wild horse & burro herds in them:
Many of the HMA's administered by California lie partially or entirely in Nevada. They are better understood, in terms of herd origins and qualities, when considered with the Nevada herds whose borders they share. This map shows the relationships between the Northernmost of these Herd Management Areas.
Of the HMA's shown here, California manages Fox Hog, High Rock, Nut Mountain, Wall Canyon, and Massacre Lakes on this map. Nevada administers the others.
Buckhorn, Coppersmith, and Twin Peaks also lie partially in Nevada, but they are located just Southwest of this map.