A wild horse enthusiast who had been photographing the herd was distraught when she learned that the BLM had captured and removed the horses she loved. RTF was able to track down the captured horses, who were being fed back to health on a private ranch in Utah.
The photographer and local advocates were able to identify 10 of the horses they were familiar with who grazed together on the range. All 10 of the horses were relocated to RTF’s sanctuary where they are thriving together, including Target.
Target now roams RTF’s 2,000-acre satellite sanctuary in San Luis Obispo, Calif., with more than 80 other wild horses. Intelligent and curious, Target will approach people with caution. His best friend is Azure, an albino gelding also from the Cold Creek herd. The pair often wander off on their own, happy in their own world.
The Cold Creek horses are descendants of escapees from the nineteenth century horse trade, horses apparently abandoned by Native Americans and horses turned loose by ranchers in the mountains and valleys of southern Nevada. Later, ranchers also lost horses to wild bands, further mixing bloodlines.
The Cold Creek horses are a colorful herd with bays, buckskins, pintos, albinos, palominos and chestnuts with flaxen manes and tails. They are relatively small, averaging 14 h – 14’2h but very hardy and now have been habituated to humans by grazing alongside roadways and contact from tourists and residents of Cold Creek.