Heading to Stone Cabin

Turning the ignition in a few moments and hitting the road.Trying to make sure that there is everything I need in case the truck doesn’t make it, gets a flat, or there is fire or flood. : )

There will be an option for adoption that allows horses to go to new homes from Temporary. Personally that is how I would take a horse but I know it’s not for everyone.

You can read more about it here: http://wildhorseeducation.org

I have started this post so that I can answer questions that are appearing in several venues and being emailed to me. I will answer a few here.

No horses will be sale authority through this option.

Yes, the name “trapsite” adoption is a bit misleading. Horses only leave the range after branding and vaccination (just like at a facility). That is done at holding. (Home Range adoption is my choice for this option but BLM has done this in the past as a “trapsite” option).

ALL of the same requirements and restrictions that apply to facility adoptions apply here. IF you want to take part in this option you need an approved application, start the process now.

Out of state adopters must comply with shipping regulations that require a Coggins test. The results take between 24-48 hours (as always) and horses will be taken from holding.

IF you are adopting from holding (and enough horses are tagged for adoption) BLM will set temporary corrals to house and feed these horses until the end of operation (to facilitate Coggins and some “settle” time).

If you have other questions you can contact Tom Seeley of BLM out of Tonopah, write to wildhorseeducation@gmail.com or post them here.

I am hitting the road so be patient for responses.

From WHE/Leslie Peeples: 

This could be a very COOL road trip out into wild blue yonder of Tonapah, Nevada to bring back a “best friend”!!

BLM is offering pre approved adopters the experience of adopting  select weanlings (5 mo. and up) and yearlings and getting the chance to know all about your horse. You will be able to see where your your horse is from and how they have lived and choose an un-touched youngster right from the Stone Cabin Range on Feb. 18th. (Details Below)

Note is subject to revisions as they come in, stay tuned!

On a personal note: This is how I would want to adopt. It enables the adopter to control all experiences. Everytime the horse is laoded, hauled, moved or interacts with humans it has the potential for injury and it is learning something. Horses remember fear experiences above all other experiences and this would give me the chance to limit what the horse learns as well as limit the possibility of injury.

What makes the Stone Cabin Complex unique is the Stone Cabin Grey which is unique to the areas and was reportedly revered by Velma Johnston, (Wild Horse Annie). Some sources indicate that the Stone Cabin Grey horses are descendants of a Steeldust Grey Thoroughbred, well known in Texas that Jack Longstreet (famous gunfighter) put out in the Stone Cabin Valley. Additionally, fine quarter horses owned by local ranchers in the area years ago may have contributed to the quality of the horses in the area today . The Stone Cabin Grey is typically born black or dark, and begins to “roan out” as early as 3-4 years of age, continuing to become more grey until they are nearly white by age 15. Many of the grey horses retain dark black or grey manes and tails.

Wild horses within these HMAs average 14-15 hands in height and weigh 900-1,100 pounds as adults.

(From BLM) The benefits to the horses and adopters are that the horses are adopted right out of thier home range and do not have to go through the proccessing system or be shipped to satelite locations in the Eastern Seaboard to adoption events. This reduces stress, exposure to viruses, and the possibility of injury as well as giving you the opportunity to control the first human experiences your horse has.

The stress or possibility of injury in transporting a single horse from the Trap Site Adoption is similar and equal to the stress related to picking your adopted horse up from an adoption facility.

About the Stone Cabin Herd Management Area http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/battle_mountain_field/blm_programs/wild_horse_and_burro/Stone_Cabin_Complex/About_the_HMA.html

Trap site adoption info http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/info/newsroom/2012/january/battle_mountain_trapsite.html

Herd Managment Map Stone Cabin http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/wo/Planning_and_Renewable_Resources/wild_horses_and_burros/public_land_stats.Par.50569.File.dat/nv_se_hma_map.pdf

Details on the Adoption:

BLM will set up a holding area away from the trap site for select horses that they have chosen for adoption in order to acomadate veiwing by adopters.

BLM will choose weanlings (5 months and older) and yearlings for the adoption.

All adopters must be pre approved- Contacts and adoption aplication at the bottom of note.

BLM will only hold animals for a couple of days past the Feb. 18th adoption.

BLM will brand and pull blood for coggins on site, results for Coggins will be available by adoption day.

Gelding and the booster vaccine (3 weeks) will be the responsibility of the adopter. gives the adopter contol over gelding procedure.

Horses will be paint marked on left side for identification purposes.

If you are interested in adopting a horse that you see in a photo but cannot attend the adoption day, you can go to the Gunnison facility or the Ridgecrest facility, identify and choose the horse from there.



Contact Dustin Hollowell, Wild Horse and Burro Specialist at 775-482-7847, or e-mail to the Stone Cabin Complex Gather address StoneCabinHMA@blm.gov, using the subject line “ADOPTION”. application can be procsessed through your local BLM field office- Adoption Aplication http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/wo/Communications_Directorate/public_affairs/wild_horse_and_burro/documents.Par.14116.File.dat/adoption_application.pdf


If you have a home for one of our Iconic Living Legends please participate in this. It is a nice way to help out a wild horse and have a new best buddy!

 As things change we will update.



4 thoughts on “Heading to Stone Cabin

  1. polopaula says:

    Good luck and God speed, Laura. Even my phone is turned off at this point but looking forward to better times soon. And I will share as I can.

  2. Nancy Z says:

    Thank you Laura, for all you do for the Mustangs. Without you, we would be in the dark.

  3. My heart aches when I see such things as this. Tears are not enough! Horses have helped us tame lands, plow fields, harvest crops, pulled wagons across continents to build our homes, carried men into battle to protect those homes, and much more. They have done all this without complaint and could have easily left but chose to stay at our sides and this is our way of saying thank you. What a beautiful comment on the spirit and nobility of the horse, what a sad one on the nobility of man.

  4. cssssswv says:

    Reblogged this on cssssswv and commented:
    Wow! What a cool way … to adopt a “Stone-Cabin Grey'”! ‘B) ,….((since they’re gonna Be Stripped from their Rightful Home, anyway))
    I surely Hope that This ≈goes Well≈ for these poor frightened Babies …
    Best*of*Luck to Any of U, out there… who Are able to DO this!! —and
    Please * let Us all “know” – EXACTLY How it worked??

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