Montgomery Creek Ranch is dedicated to providing refuge for over 200 wild horses and burros that have been rounded up and removed from our Western public lands. By pledging a sponsorship through an automatic monthly donation, you will be ensuring that these horses will always be cared for. Meet some of our residents below!
THE DEVIL'S GARDEN HERD
In Fall 2016, the U.S. Forest Service rounded up and removed 220 wild horses from the Devils Garden Wild Horse Territory. This is California's largest and most significant wild horse habitat area. It's located in the Modoc National Forest near Alturas, CA, close to the Oregon border.
The Devils Garden horses were sent to the Bureau of Land Management's Litchfield Corrals. Many of the mares were pregnant and delivered their foals in the BLM's holding pens in the spring and summer of 2017. In the fall of 2017, the BLM separated a group of 28 "weanlings" from their mothers; 25 died from antibiotic induced colitis in October 27. MCR's Selena, the beautiful bay filly, is one of three survivors of this tragic incident.
The other Devils Garden youngsters were also born at the BLM's Litchfield Corrals. In xx, MCR adopted 4 Devils Garden mare/foal pairs and one orphan and brought them to the ranch. Their moms are now at the beautiful Freedom Reigns Sanctuary in San Juan Bautista and these yearlings are in the MCR training program.
Today these Devils Garden youngsters -- Paloma, Flint, Fisher, Tule, Pocket and Selena -- are a colorful bunch and a happy little herd. They are curious, friendly, halter trained and enthusiastically getting ready for their perfect forever homes.
The Deer Run Herd
The Deer Run herd are a small band of wild horses that lived outside Carson City, Nevada in 2013. Over tremendous community opposition, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) trapped and removed these horses, refusing to take simple steps to leave this family on the range where they have lived for decades.
Although heartbroken that the BLM rejected its pleas to work with them to keep the Deer Run horses on the range, the local community pulled together to support a plan to keep the family together by sending them to us at Montgomery Creek Ranch where they could remain wild and free for the rest of their lives. The Deer Run herd are the poster family for all wild horses who are subjected to the BLM's reckless and inhumane management policy, and why we advocate for common sense solutions to be implemented on the range.
Luna is the lead mare, now in her late twenties. Diva is her daughter. They were named by the community that loved them in the wild. Also part of our Deer Run herd: Moon Shadow who is Luna's son. Rio was a stallion with the Deer Run group. Cocoa and several other mares make up this band of 9 horses. When they were introduced to the ranch several of the mares were pregnant, so they spent time in a pasture before being turned out. Bravo, a BLM gelding from the Fox Hog HMA in Nevada, and the lead horse in the film, American Mustang, attached himself to the two white mares and became Rio's lieutenant. This group of 9 horses is now inseparable and does not socialize with the other horses at MCR. They have special status, and we respect their strong sense of family.
THE BLACK MOUNTAIN BURROS
The Black Mountain Herd Management Area (HMA) in Arizona is the largest federally-protected habitat area for burros in the nation. At an estimated population of more than 1,500 burros, it is likely the most genetically healthy and significant population remaining in the United States.
In May 2015, the BLM captured and removed 24 of these burros because they traveled into a nearby urban development in search of water. We received word that placement was needed for a family of eight (which include one youngster and two pregnant Jennies) and we gladly stepped in to take them.
The Arizona desert where they used to roam is dry and harsh. And when the trailer opened at MCR revealing lush, green California grass, the burros didn't know what to think (they had not yet realized this would soon be their most precious resource)! Thankfully, this moment was captured on video and has since gone viral.
The Black Mountain family now roam the 2,000 acres of MCR and cover every inch of the property. They are smart and resourceful, digging for their water in dry river beds while providing water for other wildlife. We are so happy to have them.