WYOMING 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
If you wish to know
more about your horse or burro's ancestry, please also read the
For photos of Wyoming HMAs,
click here for photographer
Lona Patton's Photo Essay
Map from Department of the Interior/BLM website
In the ten states where BLM manages horses & burros, there are 270 HMAs
(Herd Management Areas). Wyoming has 16 Herd Management Areas for Wild Horses
(Mustangs). Wyoming has no wild burros.
data from http://www.wildhorseandburro.blm.gov/statistics/2005/index.htm
|Click to enlarge MAP Of WYOMING Herd Management Areas|
- Adobe Town
- Great Divide Basin
- Little Colorado
- Salt Wells
- White Mountain
WY0009 Adobe Town HMA
Wild horse on the range in the Adobe Town HMA -
photo by Gwen Hool.
Location: Between Interstate 80 and the Colorado-Wyoming border.
Size: 472,812 acres
Topography: varied with everything from colorful eroded desert badlands to wooded buttes and escarpments, rolling to rough uplands, desert playa and vegetated dune areas. Limited, sensitive desert riparian areas are important features of the landscape.
Annual Precipitation: 7 - 12 inches
Elevation Range: 6600 ft to 7800 ft
Some of the HMA is in the Adobe Town Wilderness Study Area. Other features in the area include the Cherokee Trail, the Haystacks, and Powder Rim.
AML: 700 horses
Colors: Full range of colors, with roans and greys predominating.
Size: 14 to 15 hands and 900-1100 pounds mature weight.
One of the most famous wild horses of all times, named Desert Dust, came from this area.
Adobe Town Internet Adoption horse
Adobe Town Baggs & Nikki
Adobe Town Nikki
||Hi this is Shyanne. She was captured in 2003 From the Adobe Town HMA. |
She was orginally adopted to a woman in Midland Michigan, but after her waiting period decided Shyanne was too much horse for her and she was traded to a horse dealer in Northern MI for a riding horse.
I found her on www.Horsetopia.com and fell immediately in love and purchased her in Sept of 2006. She was still not broke to ride, and although some of the dealers pics showed her under saddle, she had no ground manners whatsoever. I was introduced to Parreli last year and basically restarted her using these methods. This spring I will be sending her to a professional trainer who is experienced with Mustangs to finish her out.
Then my work begins preparing her for national debut doing a Coast to Coast trail ride, my ride is Called Mustangs of America Charity Ride... You can see the website at http://shyannetla.webs.com/
I have an Adobe Town mustang mare.
No kidding..... I've ridden 6-figure horses and was junior trained h/j under a gold medalist rider.....ridden some great horses.
This mare I would not trade for any world-beater anywhere. I feel bad for folks getting on airplanes to fly to Europe to pick out warmblood colts when I found such a horse in my backyard!!!!
She is the nicest, smartest, most willing, and fanciest horse I have ever met. She requires only very subtle aids and really is one of those mind transmission horses. She can be ridden off a scarf and has superb powers of collection and extension even without much tack.
As a pleasure horse, she is quite literally, "mountain sour".....have a hard time getting her turned for home even after a good amount of time and miles trotted and galloped undersaddle...can you believe that?! She also is a fine jumper....have only jumped her around 3 foot as she is only a five year old....but wow she can pop me right out of the tack like no one else.....it is that short back and strong croup.
I never thought I would own such a horse.
She appears and acts very Iberian or Spanish....like a bullfighter horse....I just adore her. I would rather live in a cardboard box then ever part with her....we have a very strong and quite noble friendship at this point....like two female knights!
Duke, adopted by Robin Leighton
Adobe Town Gather
Metawa, adopted by Lona Patton
Dobey, adopted by Russ Dodson, Wyoming
Adobe Town's Crimson Wind, aka RedMan, an Internet Adoption horse adopted by Sandra Schluter
Thunder, adopted by Charlie Hays
Blue & Bay Roan Mustangs from Adobe Town, at Adoption Center
Adobe Town Rocky
adopted by Rob Clark of Texas.
Rocky stands 15.1
hands and weighs close to 1200 lbs
"Wyatt" adopted by Lynn and her daughter, Jaime, of South Florida
I have an Adobe Town horse. Her name is Cheyenne and she is going on 4. She is smart and beautiful. A breeze to train.
- Sharri Donahue from Thousand Oaks, California.
WY0031 Antelope Hills (includes sub areas of Cyclone Rim & Sweetwater river)
- Size: 57,000 acres
- AML : 60-82 adult horses.
- Location: 15 miles south/southeast of Atlantic, City, Wyoming.
- Elevation: up to 7,100 to 7,250 feet along Cyclone Rim.
- The HMA is bisected by the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail.
- Rainfall: 5-7 inches annually
Olga Spanhoff's 2009 Antelope Hills mare
Jennifer Kraft's Cyclone Rim mare
WY0035 Crooks Mountain
- Size: 51,000 acres
- AML: 65-100 adult horses.
- Elevation Range: 6,900 to 8,100 feet.
- Precipitation: 10-20 inches annually
Appaloosa Mustang from Crooks Mountain
WY0011 Fifteen Mile Herd Management Area
Cheyenne, adopted by Trish Head. Trish says:
"She is the most intelligent, and very willing, horse I've ever owned."
Bays and sorrels, along with some grays, roans and pintos, roam the range. BLM administers a wild horse population of 70 to 160 adults in the HMA. Counting foals and yearlings, there may be as many as 270 horses to view and enjoy.
Tested in 2003 and again in 2012 by Dr. Gus Cothran, he
reports that the highest mean genetic similarity of the Great Divide Basin
HMA herd was with Old World Iberian breeds followed closely by Light Racing
and Riding breeds and New World Iberian breeds. Genetic variability (an
indication of genetic health) was quite high, indicating mixed ancestry as
well as a vital population with intermixing of bands.
Divide Basin Shadow, adopted by Amy Dumas
Belle & Whiskey from, Divide Basin, adopted by A. Gray
Topaz & Pizzazz, adopted by Terry W of Arizona
Sam from Divide Basin
|Here are some pictures of my adopted Mustang, Dakota. He is five years old now. He was captured in October 2003 in the Divide Basin HMA in Wyoming. He's now living with me in Indiana!
WY0037 Green Mountain HMA
- Size: 88,000 acres, of which 74,000 acres are BLM-administered public lands.
- Topography: gently rolling hills, plus quite steep mountainous terrain and conifer/aspen forests.
- Elevation Range: 6,200 to 9,200 feet
- Precipitation: 10-14 inches at the lower elevations to 15-20 inches at the upper elevations.
- AML: 300 horses.
- Colors: A full range of colors is present, solids and tobiano paints
- Size: The horses range from 11 to 15 hands and 750-1000
My name is Megan Crawford and I just adopted a little four year old mare from Canon City facility in Colorado. I have named her Cheyenne, she is from the Green Mountain HMA in Wyoming, she has turned out to be very smart, and willing.
I live in New Castle, Colorado and I have been interested in mustangs all my life. So then finally this April I got the chance to adopt one. I chose to put Cheyenne through the halter training the correctional facility at Canon City offers. They did a great job training her, and I am pleased with the progress she has made.
I was really surprised though at the adoption because I was told that I was one of only a few people to take advantage of the training program, and that I was very young to adopt a mustang, since I am 19.
The facility had nearly 700 horses when I went to the adoption and I spent four hours walking around and looking at all the horses. I had a hard time choosing just one. But I finally decided on the little black mare that came up and was bold enough to sniff my hand - she choose me I think.
I was sad to see that Cheyenne had been in captivity since she was gathered as a yearling, she has never known another world but that of the facility really, but she is a mustang. Given that though she has ajusted really well to moving into her new home. I am glad I found your website, it is very imformative and interesting. Thank you for such a wonerful site and for such a pashion for wild horses.
WY0035 Lost Creek HMA
The Lost Creek HMA encompasses 250,000 acres, of which 235,000 acres are BLM-administered public lands. The HMA lies within the Great Divide Basin, a closed basin out of which no water flows. Some desert playa and vegetated dune areas are interspersed throughout the HMA. Several sensitive desert wetland riparian areas occur throughout the area, including both intermittent and perennial lakes and streams. Elevation ranges from 6500 to 6800 feet. Winters are long and severe. Annual precipitation averages a little less than six inches. The Lost Creek HMA is joined on the east by the Stewart Creek HMA, on the north by the Antelope Hills HMA, and on the west by the Divide Basin HMA.
The AML for this HMA is 70 horses. A full range of colors is present. The present population has been influenced by the routine escape of domestic saddle stock from the surrounding populated areas. The horses range from 14 to 15 hands and 800-1000 pounds mature weight.
Genetic testing on the Lost Creek wild horse herd has shown the horses to carry a very high percentage of genetic markers identified with the Spanish Mustang breed. This means the horses are genetically more like the Spanish Mustang and other New World Iberian breeds than they are like other breeds such as American Quarter Horse or Morgan. These characteristics make the Lost Creek herd unique among the wild horse herds of Wyoming tested so far.
Shoshoni from Lost Creek, adopted by Nicole Dahl, Aurora, CO
WY0012 McCullough Peaks Herd Management Area
Wild band in McCullough Peaks Herd Management Area. - photo by Lesley Neuman
A diversity of coat colors (bay, brown, black, sorrel, chestnut, white, buckskin, gray, palomino, blue, red and strawberry roans) and pinto patterns can be found in the McCullough Peaks wild horses. The animals tend to be moderate-to-large-sized and habitat conditions are such that the horses are in very good condition. The combination of size, conformation, coat colors and patterns, and excellent physical condition have become a draw for potential adopters and a matter of reputation for "McCullough Peaks" horses.
(quoted directly from Wyoming BLM website)
Vic listed as a pinto (to me he is more a sabino) McCullough Peaks - adopted by Diane Fisher of MO
Jan Herendeen's "Boomer" from McCullough Peaks
|McCollough Peaks Internet Adoption horses:
WY0027 Muskrat Basin
WY0029 Conant Creek
WY0026 Rock Creek
& WY0028 Dishpan Butte HMA's
- Location: Southeast Fremont County.
- Size: 375,000 acres of land, of which about 90% are BLM-administered public lands.
- While the four HMAs are managed with recognized individual populations, there is no geographic separation of the HMAs and the gates between them remain open a significant part of the year. As a result, the horses move regularly among the HMAs, helping to ensure the overall genetic health of the horses.
- Topography: high ridges and steep terrain with grand vistas.
- Elevation Range: 5,300 to 7,200 feet
- Precipitation: 5 to 12 inches/year
- AML total for these four HMAs is 320 horses.
- Full range of colors is present. Most horses are solid in color.
- Size of horses: 11 to 15 hands and 750-1000 pounds mature weight. Health is good with few apparent problems.
- Muskrat Basin horses test as having ancestry or
genetic resemblance to European Warmblood breeds, Irish breeds, and the gaited North American Saddle breeds of Morgan & Saddlebred.
Rock Creek Mares
Rock Creek area horses from the January 2004 Internet Adoption
#7160, adopted by Carol of Missouri
#8413, Connant Creek
#8461, Connant Creek
8471 Dishpan Butte
9527 Dishpan Butte
8592 Muskrat Basin
8507 Dishpan Butte
8556 Muskrat Basin
Caspian from Dishpan Butte, adopted by A. Gray
Madeleine LeClerc's Wildcat, a 2007 Gelding from Muskrat Basin WY
His DNA test showed
Irish Breeds (Native Irish breeds include Connemara and Irish
North American 1- Rocky Mountain, Mountain Pleasure
Internet Adoption horses from Salt Wells Creek
My name is Heidi Baumbarger. I have enclosed a couple of pics of my mustang stallion, Blueline's Wyoming Cowboy. He was captured in the Salt Wells Creek herd management area, in 2003 I believe. I have had him for about 2 1/2 yrs. I love him dearly. He is a very good boy:)) Thanks for your web site. I was able to find out a lot from it.
Never take life seriously. Nobody gets out alive anyway
Annie, Jo Belasco's Salt Wells Creek mustang.
Sugarfoot, owned by the Tapestry Institute
Cody from Salt Wells Creek
Salt Wells Creek filly adopted by Kate at Ridgecrest in fall of 2005.
Oliver, an 0ver-10 mustang in a failing adoption, rescued by Lona Patton. He's now thriving and progressing well, as these pictures attest!
Oliver and Lona's daughter, Mariah
Oliver from Salt Wells
Claudette a black curly mare from the Salt Wells Creek HMA - Internet Adoption Jan06 adopted by Diane Fisher of Missouri
Joan Sensintaffar, Poway, CA adopted this Salt Wells Creek mustang in March of 2006
Here is a picture of my second mustang, Kahlua. She is from the Salt Wells HMA in Wyoming. Just like my first mustang, we purchased her at our local horse auction to keep her in good hands. She has a wonderful disposition and is a great trail horse! Mustangs are the best!
My Mustang was adopted from the Salt Wells Wyoming HMA.
His name is Yazhi's Shooting Star or "Shooter" for short! He was born March 20, 2005 (approx) and has been an absolute love to use in my equine assisted therapy business as well as being saddle trained for trail riding.
- Rhonda Lierman
Small Walt Wells Creek pony-sized mare
Red dun Salt Wells Creek youngster
Thought I would share my
story. I adopted my three yr old salt wells gelding after losing my
long time QH mount. I had never owned a mustang before nor had I
gentled a horse to ride. I adopted Boomerang untouched in April of
2013 and had Canon city halter train him. He was delivered to me in
June. My husband and and I spent everyday with him and by August I
was able to show him at Wyoming Mustang days. Adopting him has been
the greatest thing for me and my husband. So much, that I have
started an awareness group called Colorado Mustangs and it is our
goal to hold a weekend long show devoted to these wonderful animals.
Thank you for your website as I think I have read every inch of it
at least twice.
I attached a few photos
for you from last August at the WMD.
Salt Wells' Tiny Tank, adopted by Robin Leighton
Stewart Creek HMA WY0033
231,124 acres, of which 215,369 are BLM-administered public lands.
The Continental Divide (eastern boundary of the Great Divide Basin) traverses the HMA in a north-south direction.
Elevation Range: 6500 to 7900 feet.
Annual precipitation: 7 - 10 inches.
AML: 150 horses
Colors: Full range, including tobiano paints.
Origins: The present population has been influenced by the routine escape of domestic saddle stock from the surrounding populated areas.
Size Range: 14 to 15 hands and 800-1000 pounds.
A wild horse viewing tour has been developed for this HMA by the Wyoming BLM.
Tango from Stewart Creek
Stewart Creek horse adopted by Carol Kassube, Wisconsin
Stewart Creek horse
Griton from Stewart Creek, adopted by Carmen Deyo and Mike Dibble
Tobasco from Stewarts Creek, adopted by Nicole Dahl, Aurora, CO
Pony-sized Stewart Creek mare
Click here for photographer Brad Anderson's photos of White Mountain wild horses
These White Mountain HMA horses are from the BLM's January 2004 Internet Adoption
Internet Adoption #7015, now "Cactus Kate" - adopted by Lynn & Family of South Florida
White Mtn yearlings - the pinto was adopted by Darlene Stevenson of Florida
Dargo - White Mtns
Chip, being trained by Susan and Jerry Graves of Missouri
|Bandit from White Mountain
Hi! I wanted to thank you as your website has been invaluable to me in this past year whlie adopting my Mustang. Most notably, reading your diary on Sparky was wonderful. Bandit has had some similar problems (and is on his way for professional help next week) and so it was a great encouragement and help for me when I was feeling frustrated or like I was failing him.
I figured I'd send you a picture. This is Bandit. I adopted him from Canon City on March 21, 2008. He came from the White Mountain HMA in Wyoming (WY003), gathered on 11/15/07. He is a spectacular horse with a very laid back but playful disposition. He sticks his nose everywhere, regardless of whether it can fit or not!
We've had to 'Bandit proof' his pen three times now and every time he still finds a way to cause trouble. He is very 'drafty', and it looks like he'll mature to be 14.3-15 hands tall. This seems to be about the common size for White Mountain horses, at least from what I've seen. I think that's all the basic info. Just don't ask me what color he is, lol.
Bandit from White Mountain
Bandit has turned out so well that I'm actually thinking of adopting another Mustang. There are currently 3 saddle trained geldings at Canon City that come from White Mountain, a strawberry roan, a pinto, and an appaloosa. I know color is one of the things considered when being selected for the inmate training program, but I still thought it was kind of interesting.
Take care and keep up the great work!
is a Wild Horse Area located on private & government land. It is not an official HMA, but is gathered occasionally by Wyoming BLM:
Bacardi from Windmill Draw
Smokey Joe from Windmill Draw
which lies between Rawlins, WY, and extends down to Rock Springs, WY, was the only description given to these horses adopted by Lona Patton's parents back in 1978. Perhaps it was part of the "Desert" Herd Area that was zeroed out in November 2001?
Red Desert Grit, owned by Darla Stevenson and family in Florida
| Cow Creek Reservation - Rawlins District|