Nevada Day-Tripper: Wild Horses

Northern Nevada is home to the largest remaining bands of wild horses.

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Wild Horses at USA Parkway (Canon EOS 5D mark iii; 1/640; f/5.6; ISO 100)

Most hang out along USA Parkway (exit 32) off I80E.  We packed the Jeep with water and snacks and traveled in search of those beautiful elusive horses.  When we arrived near the area, Jef put it into 4 wheel drive, drove us out towards the horses on the dirt roads.  I hung out the window with my camera calling out to him periodically to STOP or slow down.   

After a while, I got out and started walking towards a small group, and when I saw one stomp his/her feet I backed off,  and climbed back into the Jeep.  Don’t want to be trampled by a herd of wild horses.   Ha!

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Wild Horses at USA Parkway (Canon EOS 5D mark iii; 1/640; f/5.6; ISO 100)
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Wild Horses at USA Parkway (Canon EOS 5D mark iii; 1/640; f/5.6; ISO 100)

Rumors have it that these horses are fearless, and have been known to run into cars traveling along USA Parkway!

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Wild Horses at USA Parkway (Canon EOS 5D mark iii; 1/640; f/5.6; ISO 100)

Donald Trump proposes in his proposed budget to cut $10 million next year by selling wild horses captured throughout the West without the current requirement that buyers guarantee the animals won’t be resold for slaughter!

Another feather in Donald Trump’s hat that places the environment and wild animals at risk of exploitation.

Wild horse advocates have been heard to say that the change would gut nearly a half-century of protection for wild horses an icon of Nevada and the American West, that could send literally thousands of free-roaming mustangs to foreign slaughterhouses for processing as food.

The Trump administration is said to be giving in to livestock interests who don’t want the region’s estimated 59,000 mustangs competing for forage across more than 40,000 square miles of rangeland in 10 states managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), pitting ranchers and rural communities against groups wanting to protect the wild horses from Colorado to California.

As I look at these horses, Wild and Free, my heart is heavy.

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Wild Horses at USA Parkway (Canon EOS 5D mark iii; 1/640; f/5.6; ISO 100)

Trump’s plan could put the horses on the brink of extinction!  How does this ‘return the government to the people?’

The Goals of the Bureau of Land Management has always been to find good homes for the hundreds of wild horses  and burros gathered.

The National Wild Horse and Burro  Center at Palomino Valley (PVC) is a facility that houses wild horses and burros available for adoption, the facility is generally not open to the public.

If you are interested in adopting a Wild Horse or Burro at the facility you can call and set up an appointment via 775-475-2222.

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Wild Horses at USA Parkway (Canon EOS 5D mark iii; 1/640; f/5.6; ISO 100)

If you are in Northern Nevada and want to find them here’s how to get there:

To USA Parkway wild horses:

from Reno/Sparks

Take I80 east; exit 32 towards USA Parkway ; look to your left and you will see the herd from the road;  drive off road towards the water.

To the Wild Horse and Burro Center-Palomino Valley

Palomino  Valley is 17.8 miles from the intersection of McCarran Blvd/Pyramid Way (SR 445) and approximately 12 miles sough of the junction of State Routes 445 and 446.

What was in my bag:  Canon EOS 5D mark iii; Canon 84mm f/1.8 lens.

Until next time…

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