Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Stone Cabin Grey

The Stone Cabin Herd Management Area (HMA) is located 28 miles east of Tonopah, Nevada, in Nye County. The area consists of 404,381 acres and encompasses an area 48 miles long and 23 miles wide at its widest point. The elevation of the valley floor ascends from a low of 5,300 feet in elevation to a high of 6,300 feet. The surrounding mountain ranges vary between 8,400 feet to 9,400 feet. Mean annual precipitation averages between 4 and 8 inches per year in the valley and 8 to 16 inches in the mountains. Most of the precipitation arrives during the winter months.

The Stone Cabin HMA is open on two sides to U.S. Forest Service administered lands, on the east by the Reveille HMA, and on the south by the Nellis Test Range. The Stone Cabin HMA is crossed at its mid point by U.S. Highway 6 which runs from Tonopah to Ely. Much of the valley consists of gentle alluvial slopes underlain by sediments shed from the Monitor Mountain Range on the west and the Hot Creek and Kawich ranges on the east.

This area is part of the Great Basin which is a cold desert biome often dominated by shrubby vegetation. Dominant vegetation communities are composed of sagebrush, white sage, shadscale, fourwing saltbush, Indian ricegrass, galleta grass, and rabbitbrush. Some pinyon juniper woodlands are found at the upper elevations.

Herd Description
The very first Congressionally approved wild horse gather after the passage of the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971 was conducted in this HMA. In the late 1980's, the University of Minnesota conducted a fertility study in the Stone Cabin HMA. There are still two collared horses from that study in this area.This HMA was historically home to the "Stone Cabin Grey" type of horse. Recent gathers and drought have reduced these animals, so few remain.

The "Stone Cabin Greys" are offspring of a prized Steeldust Grey Thoroughbred (famous in Texas for producing some very pretty and long-legged quarter horses) that Jack Longstreet (famous gunfighter) put out in the Stone Cabin Valley. With the mixing of some very fine quarterhorse stock by the grandfather of the current Stone Cabin rancher, there have been some outstanding and distinctive horses, especially greys, produced. One reason these greys are distinctive is because they roan out differently than most typical grey horses. Most greys just get lighter and lighter as they get older, but the steeldust greys often become almost blue roans,with dark manes and tails for a long time after they "grey out."

The following picture was taken during the Stone Cabin Complex Gather of '07, and is more than likely a relative of Augustus, maybe even his brother or father. When staring at this picture, I see many similarities. :) Make sure you click on the picture for a much larger view.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Our Land, Our Horse

Tentative Schedule for the Extreme Mustang Makeover Events 2009!

Jan. 23-24 Mustang Magic
Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo - Fort Worth, TX

March 14-15 Battle of the Bling
Road to the Horse - Franklin, TN

March 20-22 Northwest Extreme Mustang Makeover
Northwest Horse Fair & Expo - Albany, OR
(Application deadline Nov. 1 / Pick-up Dec. 5-6)

April 3-5 Gatorland Extreme Mustang Makeover
Lynn Palm's Women Luv Horses - Ocala, FL
(Application deadline Dec. 1 / Pick-up Jan. 24-25)

April 17-19 Midwest Extreme Mustang Makeover
Midwest Horse Fair - Madison, WI
(Application deadline Dec. 1 / Pick-up Jan. 9-10)

May 15-17 Norco Extreme Mustang Trail Challenge
Horsetown, U.S.A. - Norco, CA
(Application deadline Jan. 1 / Pick-up TBA)

June 12-14 Western States Extreme Mustang Makeover
Western States Horse Expo - Sacramento, CA
(Application deadline Feb. 1 / Pick-up March 13-14)

Aug. 14-15 Wyoming Extreme Mustang Makeover
Wyoming State Fair - Douglas, WY
(Application deadline April 1 / Pick-up May 1-2)

The 2009 Extreme Mustang Makeover Finale - DATES & LOCATION TBA!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Augustus, meet Sawyer

It was another busy weekend for Augustus and I at Shiloh. When I arrived Saturday morning, I immediately met with Jill and signed some adoption paperwork for one of the rescue horses. My Mom is the primary adopter and I will be more or less the caretaker and co-owner of Gus' new brother, Sawyer. Sawyer (last two photos of post) was rescued from the livestock auction in Fallon, NV. He was previously used on a ranch and did some cattle work at a stockyard, and I think he will make a wonderful trail horse. So, needless to say, Gus has some adjusting to do over the next few weeks. At first, Gus tolerated Sawyer when we were seeing if the two of them would get along together. But now, Gus is very jealous and also very protective of me when Sawyer gets too close. Gus' ears pin back and he charges at Sawyer, telling him to stay on the other side of the pen. On the other hand, Sawyer is not to sure about socializing with other horses since all he knows how to do is work. He is more worried about what the humans are doing instead of running around being a horse. So, the two of them are going to be spending lots of quality time together until "being together" is fun and second nature, ha. Other than the new addition to the family, I was able to keep Gus on track and stay on schedule with his wormer, vaccines, and trim. Gus and I went on some nice relaxing walks this weekend and enjoyed playing around on the obstacle course, just focusing on some quality time. We were joined by a few others on Sunday and all had fun exploring the Mesquite trails. Gus and I are pros when it comes to exploring those trails and I look forward to the day when he becomes the perfect trail horse. He has become such a confident young horse and his curiosity to learn new things is amazing. Augustus means the world to me and I am so thankful for the day we found each other. I couldn't have found a more perfect Mustang.