Helen is a five-year-old sorrel tobiano mare from the Virginia Range outside of Reno, Nevada. Helen came to Montgomery Creek Ranch with four other mustangs (known as the VR 5) after being rounded up by the Nevada Department of Agriculture in 2016, because of a concern that they may be struck by a vehicle.
Virginia Range wild horses have no federal protection, and as a result, Helen and her band would have been sent to auction had we not intervened.
Helen’s herd is comprised of Doobert, her 2-year-old colt, Holy Handsome, a former herd stallion, who is easily recognizable because he is missing half of his left ear -- likely from a battle with another stallion -- and two bay mares. Helen is very confident and is the lead mare of her band at the Ranch. In the past, while gathering horses for our twice yearly trim, Helen will instinctively take off in the opposite direction, moving her herd with her into the hills. She is head-strong and still acts very wild when we do bring her in.