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Kitty Lauman:
From Wild to Willing:
Using the Bamboo Pole to Gentle Mustangs
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Lesley Neuman:
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!


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Crystal Ward
Donkey Training

All the basics of gentling, handling, and training. A MUST for new burro adopters! Good for domestic donkeys, too!



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Spotting Wild Horses & Burros in the Wild
is a Thrilling Experience!

This spectacular pinto herd was spotted while driving on US Highway 50. These horses are part of the New Pass-Ravenswood HMA in Nevada.


  • Get a map of BLM HMAs and a road map. If qa road gores through it, go there. You might see horses. Your best bets are to look for indications of water sources. Wild horses are most likely to be seen near riparian areas, especially in early mornign and afternoon.

  • The Montgomery Pass HMA wild horses can often be seen from the road

  • Oatman, Arizona, has the tamest wild burros you'll ever meet!

  • The easiest wild horses to see are probably the Virginia Range horses around the Reno/Carson City area. These are not managed by BLM unfortunately - they fall under the "estray" laws of the Nevada Dept. of Agriculture. For that reason, DO NOT FEED THEM! As soon as a horse becomes a "nuisance" it is removed, and these horses have no legal protections whatever.
    "Eco Sanctuaries" - these are BLM Long Term Holding contractors who manage the horses in a "wild" format, and who are open for visitors. (There are many LTH facilities, but most are privately owned and closed to tourism. Many of these do offer occasional "Open House" tours, however. Check with BLM to see when the next one might be.)

Here's an Eco-Sanctuary that seems to be off to an excellent start:
Deerwood Ranch Wild Horse Eco-Sanctuary

Below are an assortment of photos and links to horses viewed in the wild and to some wild horse tourism companies:

Click here for photographer Brad Anderson's photos of White Mountain wild horses

Road from I-80 up to Gerlach,  Northern Nevada:

We chanced upon this wild donkey/burro herd near the town of Empire, NV, while driving to see wild horses in the Calico Mountains!  - Nancy Kerson

outside Cedarville, CA

Roxanne & Elvon Talltree went wild horse watching for their honeymoon!

They toured several of the smaller, lesser-known wild horse areas of Northern California, including Carter Reservoir, Red Rock Lake, and McGavin Peaks.

All of these photos are courtesy of Roxanne Talltree:

The Carter Reservoir HMA borders very close to civilization - the town of Cedarville, California is in the background. Carter Reservoir also includes some more remote areas.

Carter Reservoir HMA

Carter Reservoir

Carter Reservoir - If you drive too fast, you'll miss horses like these, who camoflage well. This photo represents a more typical wild horse sighting than some of the more close-up photos.

The Carter Reservoir herd tests very "Old Spanish" and their body type and colors - dun, palomino, overo pinto, etc. are very consistent with this ancestry (although a BLM employee later told me that the pinto in this picture is a known locally-owned domestic horse.)

Roxanne Talltree also sent these photos of California's Red Rock Lakes HMA:


Red Rock Lake

Red Rock Lake

Red Rock Lake

Red Rock Lake

PINE NUT HMA, outside Minden/Gardnerville, NV

Kathy Port is a photographer who likes to go out into the Nevada desert areas to observe wild horses and other wildlife. She sent me these great pictures of the Pine Nut range near Gardnerville, Nevada:

Herd Stallion - Pine Nut HMA, photo by Kathy Port

frisky Pine Nut filly

Stallion from neighboring band

The two stallions meet
Calico Mountains HMA, Northern Nevada:






Calico Mountains dark bronze buckskin bachelor

Calico Mountains buttermilk dun mare and foal

Calico Mountains band of mares and foals

Calico Mountains bachelor band

Calico Mountains band

We saw this wild herd on the road between Soldier Meadows and Summit Lake - it is either in Black Rock, Warm Springs Canyon, or Calico Mountains - really not sure which.

Here's a band of Calico Mountains horses leaving McCarty Springs on the West slope of the range.

Comstock horses (Virginia Range) are probably the easiest wild horses for the tourist to access. They live in the areas surrounding Reno, Carson City, along US 50 out of Carson City, and, of course, Virginia City. They are frequently seen along roadsides (where they are at risk for being hit by cars!) and residential areas (where they are also at risk for being reported as nuisance horses).

Here are some excellent links with photos and stories by Willis Lamm, who lives in Wild Horse Country:

HWY 50 - Central Nevada:

Photo by Kathleen & Robert Hayden

Photo by Kathleen & Robert Hayden
  Can you find the wild horses?

Photo by Kathleen & Robert Hayden

Virginia Range (Comstock) Mustangs
YouTube Slideshow & Music by Willis Lamm, Photos by Carol Abel and the Wild Spirit Collection


As a Mustang website owner, I get emails all the time from people asking “where can I see wild horses?” These people often know about the various private sanctuaries that offer tours, but they want to see “real” wild horses on the real American range – in Nevada, eastern Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, and California. I run into people all the time who are so thrilled to tell me (since they know I am into wild horses and burros) that they saw or heard real wild burros on their last camping trip to wherever.

I certainly wish the new "Eco-Sanctuaries" well, AND many people are excited about the prospect of sighting a fleeting band of real wild horses or burros in their natural, historic habitat in natural multi-generational and mixed-gender groups. They aren’t looking for a park, museum or zoo.

There can certainly be a place for wild horse parks in the Big Picture for wild horse and burro tourism, but no one should underestimate the wild horse & burro-inspired tourism that is ongoing right now, and could be further developed, throughout all of wild horse and burro country, for the economic benefit of a wide range of counties and cities.