Spruce-Pequop HMA

The predominate colors among the Spruce-Pequop horses are solid colors such as bays, sorrels, dark brown and black. However a significant number of grullas, buckskins and duns can be found, along with a few gray and white horses as well. The Spruce-Pequop horses were about average size for wild horses with the height usually being 14.2 to 15 hands.

Location: The Spruce-Pequop HMA is located approximately 40 miles south of Wells, Nevada.  

Size: The area consists of 234,975 acres of BLM land and 5,769 acres of a mix of private and other public lands for a total of 240,744 acres.

Topography/Vegetation: The Spruce-Pequop HMA is 19 miles wide at its widest point and is 25 miles long. The highest point is Spruce Mountain at 10,262 feet and the lowest points are found in the valley bottoms and range around 5,000 feet. Average precipitation is approximately 7 inches on the valley bottoms and from 14 to 20 inches on the mountain slopes. Most of the rainfall occurs during the winter months when the plants are dormant and this creates the cold-temperate desert of which Spruce-Pequop is a part. Temperatures can be extreme. They range from a high of about 100 degrees F in the summer months to a low of -15 degrees F in the winter.

The vegetation consists of mainly sagebrush with an understory of grasses on the valley bottoms and the upland vegetation contains a variety of shrubs such as snowberry, serviceberry, bitterbrush and mountain big sage. At the highest elevations trees such as white fir, limber pine and bristlecone can be found. 

Wildlife: Wild horses must share their habitat with domestic livestock and wildlife species such as mule deer, elk, and pronghorn antelope in the Spruce-Pequop HMA.

AML: 49-82