Luna is the lead mare of the Deer Run herd — 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 now in her late twenties and is inseparable from her look-a-like daughter, Diva. The two 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 are tight night and do not socialize with the other horses at MCR. They have special status, and we respect their strong sense of family.