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Saylor Creek Herd Management Area

Location: The Saylor Creek Herd Management Area (HMA) is located approximately 15 miles south of Glenns Ferry, ID in Owyhee County, ID and Elmore County, ID within the Jarbidge Field Office. 

 Saylor Creek Wild Horses

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 2010 after another devastating wildfire, the Long Butte fire. After BLM completed rangeland restoration efforts throughout the burned area, 30 horses were returned to the HMA in the early fall of 2011.

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 wild horse herd
The Saylor Creek Herd in motion.  


Saylor Creek horses
Two horses of the Saylor Creek herd.

Saylor Creek Release
September 29, 2011

Saylor Creek Release - September 29

Saylor Creek Release - September 29

Saylor Creek Release - September 29

Saylor Creek Release - September 29

Saylor Creek Wild Horse
Photo courtesy of Debra Trean

Saylor Creek Horse
Photo courtesy of Debra Trean

Saylor Creek Wild Horse
Photo courtesy of Debra Trean