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Pine Nut Mares/Foals Release Update…

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on November 29, 2010

The weather is cooperating and the mare and foal pairs will be released back onto the Pine Nut Range tomorrow (Tuesday, Nov. 30.)  Mark Struble posted a notice to that effect and for those who haven’t see it, here it is.
Observers: Alan Bittner and I drove this morning up to Palomino Valley Center north of Sparks and met with PVC Manager John Neill. The mares and foals that were taken up there on Thanksgiving Day are all doing fine. He says that all but one or two of the foals/weanlings seem to have matched up with their mares. All of the foals/weanlings are eating hay.
Alan Bittner is sending up three trailers from our District tomorrow to bring them back down to the far eastern end of Dayton Valley Road at around noon with an anticipated release at approximately 1:00 p.m. Our crew will set up earlier in the morning a round temporary corral a few hundred feet south of the fence with some hay in it – the horses will be released into the corral and allowed time to adjust (maybe an hour or so) before one panel will be opened so that they can leave at their own pace. We ask that everyone stay north of the fence to give the horses some room to adjust before the panel opens.
There will be a couple of observers present from local horse organizations.  Photos will be taken and shared.
“:O) Willis


3 Responses to “Pine Nut Mares/Foals Release Update…”

  1. jan eaker said

    This is very good news. Very grateful for the timely response and release.

  2. Jan said

    are their band stallions nearby so they can be reunited in with their family groups?

  3. Puller Lanigan said

    Terrific! I think the lead mares will know the way home unless they are hazed by stallions whose territory they must cross. If the horses are anything like deer, those stallions will hear the mares LONG before that gate is opened. Worst case scenario would be some stallion skirmishes.

    Fingers crossed that everyone gets home safely.

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