WARM SPRINGS HERD MANAGEMENT AREA
The Warm Springs Wild Horse and Burro Herd Management Area (HMA) consists of 475,460 acres. The northern boundary is located approximately 20 miles southwest of Burns, Oregon. State Hwy 205 lies along the eastern edge of the HMA. The terrain consists of gently rolling sagebrush-covered hillsides and rim rocks with small valleys between. There are five major vegetation types found in the HMA including big sagebrush, low sagebrush, silver sagebrush, greasewood, and spiny hopsage.
The Warm Springs HMA provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife. Along with wild horses and burros roaming the land, the area is also occupied by mule deer, pronghorn antelope, sage grouse, chukars, and quail. There are numerous nongame species as well. The management plan for the HMA is designed to protect, manage, control, and maintain a viable population of wild horses on a continuing basis in coordination with forage, soil, watershed, wildlife, and recreation resource values. The appropriate management level range for the HMA is 101 to 202 animals.
Historically, it is not known how long horses have grazed in the Warm Springs HMA. However, it is known that horses have been produced in the area by local ranchers since the turn of the century. The majority of horses in the area have physical characteristics of the domestic saddle horse variety. Generally, they are heavier muscled horses with good dispositions. They range in size from 14.2 to 15.2 hands and weigh 1,000-1,200 pounds. Color varies greatly within the horse herd and includes Appaloosa, blue and red roan, palomino, buckskin, sorrel, brown, bay, and a few pintos.