After a trip to the Twin Peaks Herd Management Area and experiencing the thrill of seeing horses in the wild, we realized there may be others who wish to observe unbound Mustangs. So armed with our cameras, binoculars, maps and 4WD we will venture into these wild and rugged places. Within these electronic pages we will share what is out there… Where The Wild Horses Are… living life naturally. Exploring also some of the places they come to be when removed from these management areas.

The posts contain many photos, click on them to enlarge for more clarity, but please do not copy or reproduce without permission. email us. Thank you for visiting and we hope you enjoy the trip!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Bay Stallion and Mule from Painters Flat

The coolest thing ever, when we got home Saturday night I found the following email in my inbox! It is from Linda Hay and she has been watching and photographing the wild horses at Twin Peaks for the last 30 years with her family. I am so honored she chose to share some of her pictures with us.


"Hello..I met you today...(wildhorse roundup) and I have looking at your have done a wonderful job...I laughed when I saw your pictures of the mule and the stallion....I bet this is the same guys.  We found them winter of the southwestern part of Painters Flat...I am so sure this is the same group...
I enjoyed visiting with you.
Take care...Linda"
View All Photos | Braver in pairs, this little mule and the stallion seem to be great friends | ♪ ♫   Lin ღ
Photo by Linda Hay
View All Photos | Friends for sure... | ♪ ♫   Lin ღ
Photo by Linda Hay
View All Photos | ♪ ♫   Lin ღ
Photo by Linda Hay
View All Photos | hmmm, wondering if I shoud find a  tree | ♪ ♫   Lin ღ
Photo by Linda Hay
"He was so curious at first...the mares stayed up on the ridge, and he and his little side kick came down to check me out.."
View All Photos | A little closer, step by step | ♪ ♫   Lin ღ
Photo by Linda Hay

Thank you so much for sharing your pictures Linda and we look forward to meeting up with you again!
See more of Linda's beautiful photography here  Run With The Wild Ones

I also believe these are the same horses and mule we photographed, I recognize the big Sorrel Mare with the large blaze too.
The following are more photos of them we took on August 1st, 2010.
Also see this post The Water Hole at Painters Flat.

Mule and Red Mare with large blaze.
Mule watches over the band while...
the Stallion made his deposit on a stud pile.

If anyone has pictures or information they would like to share here please email us.


Ready for Adoption

Litchfield Holding Facility
P.O. Box 455
Litchfield, CA 96117
(800) 545-4256

Seen here in many of the pictures. 
Tag #978  captured Sept. 2009, Carter Reservoir 


Tour the Litchfield WH&B Facility

August 21, 2010 ~ Gather day 11...

The BLM employees and Rangers were all very helpful, friendly and accommodating. Even as they are verbally assaulted daily by gather opponents, which they should not have to experience, and which does the horses no good. They are people, doing their jobs to the best of their ability and knowledge.

I will also add the presence of humane observers and horse advocates has made a positive difference in the way the horses are handled, which is a very good thing. Observation opportunities are possible daily throughout the gather.

The decisions about these gathers are made at a much higher level, and the politician decision makers rely on "expert advice". As it was discussed and evident at the gather site no one really knows much about wild horses. So the political decisions are being made based on livestock handler/ranchers expertise who look at the wild horses as livestock, a commodity or liability to be managed, not as valuable citizens and participants in our environment with very intricate social structures. If emotions are calmed and critical information gathered, decisions could be made on studied, documented, scientific data which will support the remaining herds.

The ones pictured here are now wards of the Federal Government, who will come up for adoption or be sent to long term holding facilities.

There is much that can be done to help them, so if you feel called to action, there is no time like the present!

Litchfield Holding Facility
P.O. Box 455
Litchfield, CA 96117
(800) 545-4256
Volunteer information.

The "excess" horses. 
739 received, 3 deaths to date.

The Stud Pens...

First stud pen. Gathered the previous day (8/20/2010)

Gathered the previous day (8/20/2010). Buckskin seen here, pic
The White and Chestnut Stallions (furthest to right) from the Summit Trough/Shinn Mountain area, seen here, here and here. The White Stallion is who's seen in this blogs title photo at the top of every page.
 They were gathered the previous day (8/20/2010).
Strong gusty 40 mph winds whipped up blowing the sand around like a Minnesota blizzard, but the sun was hot, the wind was dry and the sand stung the eyes.
So many colorful horses.

Third stud pen also previously gathered.

The Mare and Foal Pen.

Appaloosa Mare with her foal from Shinn Mountain, we saw them here and here (they are to the far right). Gathered 8/20/2010

The Chestnut Stallions mare and filly seen with him here.
Gathered 8/20/2010

Seen here.
Foals are marked with spray paint at trap site, when separated from the mother, for identification at corrals so they can be reunited with their mothers.
Last saw the Appaloosa Mare toward the back, and her foal to the right, here early this morning.


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Gather Operations on Day 11 cont...

Loaded up.
The Stallions.
The young Buckskin colt.

The mares.
The observers.
Humane Observer Elyse Gardner standing second from the left.
Loading from stock trailer into large semi trailer at the end of Rye Patch Canyon Road for transport to corrals.
At the Litchfield WH&B Corrals
The 2 Buckskin Mares came off first.
The Blazed Stallion and the young Buckskin looking for his mother last seen here.
Nickering to his big Buckskin Mare who was calling to him.
To the left the dark bachelor seen here.
Seen here attempting to lead his family to safety.
He has been through this before.
Their young son.
The big Bay Stallion keeping everyone away from the mare fence.
Seen here, darkest horse in center.
Buckskin bachelor seen here

"Animals gathered: 31
 Animals shipped: 30
 Gather related animal deaths: 0"