Palomino Valley Wild Horse Facility Tests Shade Structures (Video)

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From: KTVN

palominovalleySummer temperatures in the Silver State can reach triple digits. So, the Bureau of Land Management is testing shade structures that they say could offer some relief for their mustangs and burros.

The Palomino Valley National Wild Horse and Burro Center holds about 1,000 horses and burros.

Zachary Reichold is the Acting Deputy Division Chief of the Wild Horse and Burro Program. He says the animals have adapted to extreme conditions. “Wild horses are actually a very resilient animal,” Reichold said. “If you look at the environment that they were actually gathered from, they’re exposed to very harsh winter and summer conditions.”

In August of 2013, the BLM started testing three different types of shade structures for the animals’ comfort. Some use the shade, while others stay in the sunshine. “We’re going to conduct studies later on in the summer to look at how, when and why these horses actually use shade,” Reichold said.

Adding these structures is something Reichold says has to be done responsibly, saying the safety of the horses and people is number one. “We’re going to do what we can to increase their quality of life,” Reichold said. “We’re trying to do it in a responsible manner so that we can make sure that as we move the animals within the facility, that we’re not actually harming the animals.”

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Shade is also available for horses that have health issues. The BLM provides medical treatment for all of their horses, including vaccinations, deworming, and hoof maintenance. The facility goes through 12 tons of hay per day, with each horse drinking about 10 gallons of water. “The water troughs are spread out so that multiple horses can drink,” Reichold said. “There’s usually not another horse that has to wait long before it can actually get a drink of water.”

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AUTHOR: Posted by Habitat for Horses Calaway
3 Comments
  • Daryl

    You have to be kidding they sound like they care and they don’t, watch the round ups, look at the horses in the summer in Florida my horses drink from 20 to 30 gallons of water a piece, I have 5 of them in the winter alone they drink 15 gallons to stay healthy.
    Put the big structures up and get it over with and a lot more then you have their, how many die a year, I bet you don’t count them.!

    June 7, 2014
  • Nancy Albin

    This is so extremely I can’t even find a word that fits them! Let them go!!! leave them alone! Yes the wild horses survive the weather conditions but because they go to the low lands in winter & In the summer they go to the trees what is wrong with our gov leaders they are so sick!

    June 8, 2014
  • Nancy

    This is so ridiculous. I went past there today. We saw no structures in the outer pens. We saw some structures in the sick pens attached to the fences which have been there for as long as I have been going there for 15 years. We did not see the taller structure the news showed. I think PVC needs to let us know what pen #s these structures were built in. We did not see any hay for the horses at all in the outer pens. It was near 90 again at PVC. What is going to happen next month????

    June 8, 2014