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Carter Reservoir Wild Horse Herd

Carter Reservoir Mustangs Inc, Darice Massey

The unique Spanish horses known as the Carter Reservoir Wild Horse Herd are located in a very isolated area of northeastern California and northwestern Nevada. They are considered a California wild horse herd as they are managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) at the Cedarville, CA Surprise Field Station.

The Carter Reservoir wild horses exhibit physical color characteristics known as the "dun factor," which was also common to a major portion of the horses which the Spaniards reintroduced into North America in the 1600s. Color classification of the dun factor is dun, red dun, grulla ( mouse gray), buckskin, claybank and variations of these colors. Markings on horses having the dun include dorsal stripes, herringbone strips, zebra stripes on knees and hocks, chest, rib, and armbands, outlined ears, top 1/3 of the ear on its backside darker than body color, fawn color inside of ears, multicolored mane and tail, cob webbing on face and face masks. An individual having the dun factor may have many, but not all of these markings.

The Carter Reservoir mustangs are not easy to spot as their coloring can cause them to blend into the landscape. The herd roams in a remote desolate area in the high desert, where sagebrush, juniper trees, lava rock rim rocks, hills, valleys, and canyons are plentiful. Great caution should be taken when traveling into this remote region located near Cedarville, California. Coyotes, antelope, deer, bobcats, and birds are most commonly seen along with the wild horses. Horseback is recommended.

Viewing the Carter Reservoir Wild Horses

The Carter Reservoir Mustangs, Inc nonprofit team members are throughout the area at different times of the year. CRMI's knowledge of the Carter wild horse family bands through in-depth documentation may be able to help locate some of these magnificent Mustangs for you to view. Please contact us through email at [email protected] to let us know of your plans to visit the area and we will try our hardest to assist you in your adventure.

Best Months and Seasons for Viewing

Summer and Fall

Best Time for Viewing

Day time

Pet Friendly Notes

Not suitable for pets, except horses are highly recommended to observe these wild horses in their element.