99 Virginia Range wild horses rescued from probable slaughter need forever homes

Wednesday, November 14th Shannon texted Anne the good news, “We got them all!”

We are grateful to be of help to our friends at Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund. They’re saving the historic Virginia Range wild horses and placing them in adoptive homes. Only 99 more wild horses need to find their forever homes. Contact Hidden Valley if you would like to adopt a historic Virginia Range wild horse.

Here is an update from Willis Lamm~

Hidden Valley recovered the Toll Rd. 17.  Reports are that Shannon finally had enough of the shill bidding and let the first horse go to Jack Payne.  After that the prices were slightly high but not so outrageous.  Following the auction Shannon bought the first horse back from Payne.

There are some historic horses in this bunch.  Some are descendents of “Bubba,” the grand sire of the old world buckskins that used to hang out near the overlook on SR-341 before the area burned off in a wildfire.


The band before the fire (the buckskins on the right.)

After the fire Bubba and his band, along with Sentinel and his band, were relocated to the eastern side of the range by NDoA.  The two long time rivals still maintained their rivalry but in the years that followed, we never saw either horse leave a mark on the other.

A number of Bubba’s offspring remained in the canyons above Toll Rd. and a few were in the 17 head that NDoA picked up.

Horses that are likely Bubba’s progeny now safe in a very large pasture.

The allied groups got together and once again got the horses to safe harbor, following blood work, worming and vaccinations.  The entire group now has a large protected expanse of land to roam and graze.

Helping Hidden Valley with logistics were LRTC, Karen and James Mayfield from Wild Spirit Horse, Sheila Schwadel from the Fish Springs Posse, and the land was made available by Shari and Eddie Floyd after quite a bit of preparation and materials were provided by Let ‘Em Run and LRTC.

Lacy J. Dalton flagging some wire fencing that was partially hidden by brush.

Once again teamwork achieved successful results.  Thanks to everyone who was “hands on” and who helped behind the scenes.