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State Herd Area: Carter Reservoir HMA, California

In 1971, wild horses and burros were found roaming across 53.8 million acres of Herd Areas (HAs), of which 42.4 million acres were under the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) jurisdiction. Today the BLM manages wild horses and burros in subsets of these HAs, known as Herd Management Areas (HMAs) that comprise 31.6 million acres, of which 26.9 million acres are under BLM management.

The Carter Reservoir HMA Area is located in Washoe County, NV with a small portion in Modoc County, CA.

23,000 acres are managed for wild horses


ELEVATION: 4,900 feet to 6,600 feet


Topography in this HMA ranges from gently rolling hills to steep rocky slopes. Juniper occurs in the higher elevations. Other vegetation includes big and low sage with bluegrass, squirreltail, needlegrass and Idaho fescue.


WILDLIFE: Pronghorn, mule deer, and chukar are the dominant wildlife species.


HERD SIZE:    25 to 35 head


HORSE COLORS:      Dun, Blue Corn and Grulla with dorsal stripes, barred or striped legs and dark points


SIZE OF HORSES:     14-16 hands and 900-1100 pounds


HISTORY:       This area contains horses thought to originate from Spanish stock. Long thick manes and tails along with the distinctive markings are all signs of the old Spanish stock.

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