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Palomino Buttes Band D1482
Wes and Dotty Weber
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This photo is of a band of wild horses in the Palomino Buttes Herd Management Area District. They are not easily found due to the tall sagebrush but if they are close to the road as they were for us you can locate them through the brush. However they are very skittish around people so grab your shoots when you can, move quietly and avoid talking above a whishper.
The herd area is located 15 miles southwest of Burns, Oregon on the south side of Hwy 20/395. The HMA runs south and southeast from the highway towards Harney Lake along Double O Road and covers over 71, 000 acres. The elevation ranges from 4,000 to over 4,900 feet. Palomino Mountain at 4950 feet and Grassy Butte 4520 feet and Palomino Butte are the main landmarks in the area.
The area consists of flat to gently rolling hills and canyons covered with Big Sagebrush, Low Sagebrush and Western Juniper. There are a number of large playas, some with water holes fed by spring runoff. No perennial streams or springs exist in the area.
As of 2013 there are approximately 32 to 64 horses which range from Palomino, buckskin, red dun, sorrel and bay. They are from 1,000 to 1,300 pounds and15 to 16 hands.
Prior to 1977, the herd was largely influenced by local area ranches and horses so that the major type of horse in the area is of the domestic saddle horse variety. In 1977, due to a severe drought, the herd area was gathered and all horses were removed. Horses returned to the herd area have been managed for palomino and red dun color and saddle horse conformation.
March 29th, 2013
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