Holding Facilities, Roundups, & Adoptions

Visit a Short-Term Holding Facility, Attend a Roundup, or Adoption

If you live in an area where there is a short-term holding facility where the public is actually allowed to access, take a trip over there! Same goes for a roundup, click here for the current 2014-2015 roundup schedule.

If you go to a holding facility, remember to:
  • Bring either a still camera or a video camera if you have one
  • Use a tripod if possible for any telephoto photos and video, it will immensely help the quality of your footage
  • If you have questions while you're there, politely ask them!

An example of a report after a visit to a holding facility, courtesy of Lisa Friday

If you attend a roundup, remember to:
  • Again, bring either a still camera or a video camera if you have one (or both!).
  • If you have long lenses, those can be very beneficial to bring the action in closer
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  • Use a tripod when taking telephoto images if you can!
  • In most cases, a 4-Wheel Drive capable vehicle is recommended in order to access the roundup site.
  • Bring lots of water and some food as you will likely be out all day.
  • Binoculars and/or a spotting scope are also recommended for being able to see horses/burros from a distance. A tripod is essential when using a scope.
  • If you see something of concern or dangerous (like a loose panel in the corral, etc) alert one of the BLM personnel near you.
If you attend an adoption, remember to:
  • Take your still or video camera
  • Write down tag numbers of animals in distress and politely ask questions
  • Find out about the horses at the adoption; where captured and when
  • Tell your friends who might be interested in adopting to come with you

If you have questions about the above, please don't hesitate to email or call us. We'll try to help in any way we can. Thanks so much for caring.

Tips on Visiting Wild Horse Herds


Planning a visit to wild horse country?

Here are a few Do's and Don'ts to remember:

  • How do you interact with wild horses? You don't. Keep your distance and be respectful of their space. You're in their home afterall. 
  • Speak in a low voice if you're talking to other people. Try to be as benign as possible.
  • What do you do if they're paying a lot of attention to you? You are too close and need to move farther away. In general, if you are impacting an animal's behavior, you are too close. In the Pryors the distance to be able to watch horses behaving naturally is usually around 100 feet. It may be much farther in other herds. 
  • How do you get good photos if you are far away? Get a longer lens. Then wait with your camera and long lens. Be patient. Hang out near a place that is visited by the horses, like a waterhole or a well-used trail.
  • What do you do if a foal approaches you? Pick up a couple small rocks and aim for their feet or legs. Don't hurl the rocks, a gentle toss is all you need. Keep them away and let them know you are not one bit interesting! 
  • It goes without saying that no one should ever attempt to feed wild horses or burros. These are wild animals. 
  • On hot days, wild horses - like most animals - are not very active during the heat of the day, unless they're on their way to water. If you're looking to see a lot of activity, we recommend early in the day or late in the afternoon. That's the best light to take pictures anyway!
  • Being in a small group of people can help in some areas. Large groups of people can scare horses away quickly.
  • Pack for varying weather! Layers have always been our best friends, even in the summer months.
  • We recommend bringing binoculars and/or a spotting scope if you have one.
  • Do not park your vehicle at a waterhole, even if there is a road down to it. Park away from it and then walk down. A vehicle can stop horses from coming to water.
  • Stay on the roads with your vehicle. It sets an example for others to do the same. Not to mention off-roading causes a lot of damage to vegetation.

Be safe and respecful & have fun!

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