Carter Reservoir Wild Horse Herd
Photo © Riders Of The Sage-Darice Massey
The unique Spanish horses known as the Carter Reservoir Wild Horse Herd are located in a very isolated area, best viewed by horseback with local guides, Riders of the Sage. The herd has been genetically tested and shown to be of direct Spanish descent.
"The Carter herd is likely derived in part from North American stock, but the herd does have an Old Spanish heritage component that is quite rare and is not through North American breeds," states Dr. Gus Cothran, Clinical Professor of Veterinary Integrative Bio Science, College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M. Scientifically, the Carter herd represents descendants of the Spanish Barb horses which appeared in the 1600s.
The Carter Reservoir wild horses also 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 are: 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 arm bands, 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, elk, mountain lions, bob cats and birds are most commonly seen along with the wild horses. Horseback is recommended.
Take a Guided Tour with Riders of the Sage Guide Service
Let Jim be your guide to watch these amazing creatures roam wild. Jim Massey, your Wilderness Guide, has the first northwestern Nevada guide permit on a million-plus acres near Cedarville, California to view mule deer, antelope and the recently registered Carter Reservoir Mustangs, which Jim monitored for 12 years while working at the Bureau of Land Management. Bring your horse or mule and ride into an area very seldom visited by riders, viewing spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife. All-day treks for up to six people are available. Contact Jim to make your reservation today.
Best Time for Viewing: Day time
Best Months and Seasons for Viewing: Spring, Summer and Fall
Not suitable for pets, except horses are highly recommended to observe these wild horses in their element.