Category Archives: feral horse adoption

A new (additional?) direction!

If you’ve seen the photos posted of the 80 acres High Desert Heirloom has, you’ve probably noticed that only about half the land is level enough for farming. The rest is hilly scrub brush land. That would seem like an obstacle but really isn’t. that hilly, rough, land can, and will, be used while preserving the natural lay of the land.

The question becomes, how to best utilize that acreage to our benefit and the benefit of others?

One idea that has come to mind is feral horse (wild horse) training and adoption! Here in Nevada, we have a huge “wild horse adoption center” managed by the BLM.

Sign at the Palomino Valley adoption center
Sign at the Palomino Vally adoption center


Wild horses waiting to be adopted
Horses in holding waiting to be adopted

In this facility, horses rounded up by the BLM, to manage herd populations, wait to be adopted. Sometimes, they are stuck here for years! Occasionally, a feral horse (wild horse) may never be adopted. Even more often, a horse gets adopted by a kindhearted soul who is not able to take that horse for it’s wild state to a trained horse. In those instances, the adopter might try to give the horse away and end up giving it to a buyer for a slaughter house. It’s a bad end for a horse that was the perfect blank slate but had the misfortune to not find someone willing and able to train it.

Putting a lot of thought into the issue of feral (wild) horses and how to be of some positive influence in preventing tragic outcomes, the thought of using our land comes to mind. These horses are, overall, great blank slates and, when properly gentled and trained, almost always turn out to be wonderful domesticated horses.

Horses brought out of the feral (wild horse) herds are blank slates in terms of domestication but, they are not TOTAL blank slates. They are highly experienced in SURVIVAL and interacting with other horses. They travel rough country and, as a result, are some of the most ‘sure footed’ horses one could possibly find. They thrive on a rough diet so that, once caught and domesticated, will do just fine on a diet of good grass hay. Due to the ‘wild life’ they are born into, these horses tend to be healthier than standard domestic stock as well.

Feral horses (wild horses) on the range.
Feral horses (wild horses) on the range.

Let’s not kid ourselves, these horses take total dedication, almost infinite patience, and lots of time to domesticate. They come off the range in a very wild state. They fear humans as much as they would fear a mountain lion in the wild. To the feral horse (wild horse), a human is a predator and they are the predator’s food source. They have to learn many things and the first thing they must learn is that the human is not going to try to eat them. Once that is done, they have to learn that the human is the leader and that they can trust the human’s leadership. Those are just the very beginnings of turning a feral horse (wild horse) into a great saddle mount.

So, we’re thinking of establishing a feral horse (wild horse) training and sale facility. Our land lends itself to that purpose because it has the land area, terrain for training, and the natural habitat these horses grew up in.

We can’t afford to just jump right into this project. In fact, if we managed to raise enough money via donations, that we would not be able to bring in our first feral horse (wild horse) until spring of 2018. that allows time to section off our land with fencing, build stables, build a training arena with round pen, install small ponds, get one or more wells drilled to ensure constant water supplies, and obtain tack and gear.

Before launching a major funding campaign, we’re publishing this blog in order to determine interest in the project. Perhaps you would be willing to make a one time donation of a few dollars or, you may be interested in adopting a well trained and gentled feral horse (wild horse). If so, please comment on this post and let us know what your interest is or any questions you may have concerning feral horses (wild horses) and the process of taking them from the wild state to trained domesticated horse.