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!
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,
If you wish to know more
about your horse or burro's ancestry, please also read the HISTORY section.
MONTANA'S PRYOR MOUNTAINS HERD MANAGEMENT AREA
Montana only has one BLM wild horse area - and it's a famous one: The Pryor Mountains HMA. Home to "Cloud" of PBS and Breyer Collectible fame, and to "Orphan Annie" the first mustang ever adopted out by the government.
The Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range was created by
Congress in 1968, 3 years before the Wild Free-Roaming Horse & Burro
Protection Act of 1971. Its creation is described in detail in Chapter 8
Heather Smith Thomas' "The Wild Horse Controversy" - a fascinating,
thoroughly researched history of wild horses in America, published in
1979. It's a great read that brings to mind the old adage "The more
things change, the more they stay the same."
The establishment of the Pryor Mtn Horse Range was
very significant in wild horse history, in that it established federal
recognition that the public valued wild horses, and that the horses were
a national treasure worth protecting, thus paving the way for the 1971
Wild Free-Roaming Wild Horse & Burro Protection Act. The experiences of
setting up and managing the Pryors both paved the way for the national
program, and provided learning experiences that would apply to the
formation of the federal program.
No herd, even Kiger-Riddle, is so carefully watched by
the public as Pryor Mtn, or has received so much major media coverage
over the years. Each animal is named by citizen advocates and its
life history is documented by them. When a gather is scheduled, protests
fly, expressing the same concerns as the same groups did in 1968 (that
the government is trying to eliminate the herd, that the government is
reducing the herd below genetic viability as a way of destroying it,
that the government is not working in the interests of the horses but
rather at the bidding of grazing and hunting groups, etc. And the
government's response remains the same: that the gather is needed to
protect the range from destruction through overgrazing. Adoptions are
well-attended and accompanied by much fanfare. Each animal in the
adoption is featured on the Internet and in a published catalog,
describing the animal's life history, observed temperament, etc.
National Wild Horse Range
2011 Fertility Management
2009 Pryor Mtn Adoption Catalog
Sample Bio detail from 2009 adoption
Originally Montana had more Herd Areas, but all the rest have been eliminated:
in 2010, Dr.
Gus Cothran of Texas A&M performed genetic testing on samples from
109 Pryor Mountain horses. Full results can be read by clicking the
image. The short version is that the herd is of mixed ancestry, with
some Old Spanish ancestry as well as modern racing and saddle
Kelley & Lance Landry and their Pryor Mountain mustang,
Azul Solamente, who appeared as a celebrity horse at the 2007 Equine Affaire in Pomona, CA
Pryor Mountain Little Rebel - colt adopted by Sandra Schluter
Bucky, adopted by a neighbor of Lona Patton in Wyoming
Kelley Landry and Azul Solamente winning Halter class at the 2005 Western States Wild Horse & Burro Expo
above three Pryor Mountains HMA horses were auctioned off on the BLM's November, 2003, Internet Adoption