Meet the Calico herd that calls Return to Freedom home...
Over 140 wild horses died as a result of this roundup due to the trauma and stress of the roundup and capture, the trauma associated with social loss sustained in the destruction of horse family bands, and the ongoing stress of captivity in an unnatural environment.
History suggests that the first wild horses in the Calico Mountain area of Nevada were descendants of 500 Spanish Barbs, brought into the Smoke Creek Desert from San Diego in the 1860s.read more about their history and adaptation).
These horses are a testimony to the enduring spirit of the diverse strains of the horses who helped develop our Great Basin Ranchos and mixed with breeds used for the Cavalry. They have adapted to the rugged and remote terrain and returned to a natural state over the last 200 years.
Picture Gallery: The Calico Herd
To sponsor a Calico horse, please view the pictures below and make your choice. Then simply click on the photo to fill out the sponsorship application. Thank you so much for your support and love of these beautiful animals.
News About the Calico Herd
Picture Gallery: Calico Mountains Complex Roundup
Resources and More Information
Calico Herd History and Adaptation
Calico Mountains Complex Wild Horse Gather
Grim Remains Discovered at Calico Complex after Wild Horse Roundup (BLM)
The Calico Roundup (Animal Law Coalition)