Acreage: The Saylor Creek HMA encompasses 94,992 acres of public land in the Jarbidge Field Office.
Elevation: 3,000 feet to 4,000 feet
Topography and Vegetation: Topography varies from relatively flat to gently rolling top prominent buttes and ridgelines which dominate the landscape. Native vegetation for the HMA includes three major ecological range sites: Wyoming big sagebrush and Needle and threadgrass, Basin big sagebrush and Indian ricegrass, Wyoming big sagebrush and Thurber needlegrass. However these sites have been significantly altered by repeated wildfires; few of the native range sites remain intact. The majority of the HMA has been seeded to crested wheatgrass.
Wildlife: Wildlife living in the area includes pronghorn, mule deer, and upland bird species.
Herd Size: 30–50 horses
Horse Colors: Pintos, Sorrels, Roans, Palominos, Bays, Browns, Blacks, and Grays
Horse Size: 14-16 hands and 900-1000 pounds
History: It is believed that the Herd’s foundation originated from mares captured near Challis, ID by a group of horse runners from the Wendell, ID area. According to local history, several mares were transported into the Saylor Creek Area in the early 1960s. A registered stud was then purchased and turned out with the mares. Until the passage of the Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burro Act of 1971 (P.L. 92-195), the group of horse runners would capture as many colts as possible in annual roundups.
Background: The Saylor Creek Herd was gathered in 2005 after another devastating wildfire, the Clover Creek Fire. After BLM completed rangeland restoration efforts throughout the burned area, 93 horses were returned to the HMA in February, 2006.
Visitor Information: The Omnibus Public Lands Act of 2009 (P.L. 111-11) states that “all recreational motorized and mechanized off-highway vehicle use shall be limited to roads and trails.” All travel is limited to established and designated roads within Owyhee County, ID. Please contact the Saylor Creek Wild Horse and Burro Specialist for additional information at the Jarbidge Field Office 208-736-2350.
The Saylor Creek Herd in motion.
Two horses of the Saylor Creek herd.