2021 Surprise Complex Wild Horse Gathering

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Thursday October 14

Summary: The rally ended today.

Gathered animals: 0

Animals treated with fertility control: 32

Animals released: 61 (26 stallions at Fox Hog, 18 mares at Fox Hog, 17 mares at High Rock Complex)

Animals shipped: 79 (15 stallions, 43 mares, 21 foals)

Deaths: 1

  • 1 3 years old, born with crooked knees leading to enlarged ankles – very lame, euthanized.

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Wednesday October 13

Summary: Operations continued at the Denio trap in the Fox Hog HMA. The operation of tomorrow consists of treating and releasing the mares in the HMA High Rock and Fox Hog; and stallions in the Fox Hog HMA. This will likely end the operations of the 2021 Surprise Complex Horse Gather.

Gathered animals: 93 (36 stallions, 43 mares, 14 foals)

Animals treated with fertility control: 0

Animals released: 0

Animals shipped: 36 (36 stallions)

Deaths: 0

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Tuesday, October 12

Summary: Operations continued in the Fox Hog HMA. In the afternoon, the trapping site moved to another location further east in the Fox Hog ZHM. The weather was cold and windy.

Gathered animals: 36 (17 stallions, 12 mares, 7 foals)

Animals treated with fertility control: 0

Animals released: 0

Animals shipped: 36 (36 mares)

Deaths: 0

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Monday, October 11

Summary: No gathering due to high winds, continue tomorrow to Fox Hog HMA.

Gathered animals: 0

Animals treated with fertility control: 0

Animals released: 0

Animals shipped: 98 (57 mares, 41 foals)

Deaths: 1

  • 1 stallion, clubfoot, 20+, euthanized.

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Sunday October 10

Summary: The day continued at Hog HMA. The weather was calm and sunny.

Gathered animals: 104 (56 mares, 25 stallions, 23 foals)

Animals treated with fertility control: 0

Animals released: 0

Animals shipped: 111 (75 stallions, 36 mares)

Deaths: 5

  • 1 mare, 30+, BCS 2, bad teeth, euthanized.
  • 1 mare, 20 years and over, possible neurological / spinal disease, ambulatory problems, euthanized.
  • 1 yearling, crooked legs, lame, euthanized.
  • 1 stallion, complete club foot, euthanized.
  • 1 stallion, pre-existing injured knee, lame, 20+, euthanized.

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Saturday October 9

Summary: Today’s operations consisted of picking up animals from Fox Hog HMA. The weather was windy and cool.

Gathered animals: 86 (33 stallions, 35 mares, 18 foals)

Animals treated with fertility control: 0

Animals released: 13 stallions at the High Rock Complex

Animals shipped: 87 (26 stallions, 36 mares, 25 foals)

Deaths: 0

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Friday October 8

Summary: Today’s operations consisted of collecting animals from the High Rock area and Foxhog HMA. The weather was windy and cool with scattered rains.

Gathered animals: 128 (55 stallions, 47 mares, 26 foals)

Animals treated with fertility control: 0

Animals released: 0

Animals shipped: 80 (35 stallions, 26 mares, 19 foals)

Deaths: 1

  • Foal – One year old, unable to support weight on right front paw, poor prognosis for recovery, euthanized.

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Thursday October 7

Summary: Today’s operations consisted of picking up animals from the southern end of the High Rock HMA and Foxhog HMA. Operations were halted due to bad weather.

Gathered animals: 132 (60 mares, 53 stallions, 19 foals)

Animals treated with fertility control: 0

Animals released: 0

Animals shipped: 77

Deaths: 0

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Wednesday October 6

Summary: Today’s operations consisted of collecting animals at the southern end of the High Rock HMA. Operations were halted due to bad weather.

Gathered animals: 82 (37 mares, 37 stallions, 8 foals)

Animals treated with fertility control: 0

Animals released: 0

Animals shipped: 0

Deaths: 0

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Tuesday, October 5

Summary: Today’s operations were all about checking fertility and releasing mares and stallions in the HMAs of Massacre Lakes, Bitner, Nut Mountain and Wall Canyon.

Gathered animals: 0

Animals treated with fertility control: 36

Animals released: 66 (34 mares and 32 stallions)

Animals shipped: 29 mares and 10 foals

Deaths: 4
– Sudden / Acute: 1
– Chronic / Pre-existing: 3

  • Stallion- Neck broken while loading.
  • Mare – 20 years and over, sway backed, BCS 2, poor prognosis for recovery, euthanized.
  • Mare – 20+ years, sway backed, BCS 2, poor prognosis for recovery, euthanized.
  • Stallion – 20+, sway backed, BCS 2, poor prognosis for recovery, euthanized.

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Monday October 4

Summary: Collection operations continued today for non-HMA horses near Indian Springs. The weather was warm and sunny with windy conditions. We are investigating the possibility of pigeon fever in certain horses. Further tests are ordered. Tomorrow the mares will be treated with fertility control and will be released with a few stallions in their respective HMAs.

Gathered animals: 45

Animals treated with fertility control: 0

Animals released: 0

Animals shipped: 79

Deaths: 0
– Sudden / Acute: 0
– Chronic / Pre-existing: 0

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Sunday October 3

Summary: Collection operations ended today in the Wall Canyon HMA. The weather was warm and sunny with calm winds. The trap site has been dismantled and will be reassembled tomorrow to collect the HMA horses near Massacre Mountain.

Gathered animals: 69

Animals treated with fertility control: The number of mares to be treated has not yet been determined.

Animals released: 1 (1 stallion)

Animals shipped: 36

Deaths: 2
– Sudden / Acute: 0
– Chronic / Pre-existing: 2

  • Stallion, estimated to be over 20 years old. Henneke Body Condition Score of 2, poor prognosis for recovery, euthanized.
  • Stallion, estimated to be over 30 years old. Henneke Body Condition Score of 2, poor prognosis for recovery, euthanized.

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Saturday October 2

Summary: The trap was reassembled today and collection operations continued in the Wall Canyon / High Rock HMAs. The weather was warm and sunny with calm winds.

Gathered animals: 69

Animals treated with fertility control: The number of mares to be treated has not yet been determined.

Animals released: 0

Animals shipped: 39

Deaths: 0
– Sudden / Acute: 0
– Chronic / Pre-existing: 0

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Friday October 1

Summary: Collection operations ended today at the Bitner / Nut Mountain HMA trapping site. The weather was warm and sunny with calm winds. The trap site has been dismantled and will be reassembled tomorrow to assemble in the Wall Canyon / High Rock HMAs.

Gathered animals: 65

Animals treated with fertility control: The number of mares to be treated has not yet been determined.

Animals released: 0

Animals shipped: 87

Deaths: 1
– Sudden / Acute: 0
– Chronic / Pre-existing: 1

  • Foal, 1 month old orphan. Colt, showing obvious signs of poor nutrition and dehydration, has died.

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Thursday September 30

Summary: Collection operations continued today at the Bitner / Nut Mountain HMA trapping site. The weather was warm and sunny with calm winds. The same trapping site will be used tomorrow.

Gathered animals: 133

Animals treated with fertility control: The number of mares to be treated has not yet been determined.

Animals released: 15 stallions

Animals shipped: 70

Deaths: 2
– Sudden / Acute: 0
– Chronic / Pre-existing: 2

  • Mare, estimated to be over 25 years old. Henneke Body Condition Score of 1, poor prognosis for recovery, euthanized.
  • Stallion, estimated to be over 30 years old. Henneke Body Condition Score of 1, poor prognosis for recovery, euthanized.

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Wednesday September 29

Summary: Collection operations ended today at the Massacre Lakes trapping site. The weather was cool and sunny with calm winds. The trap site has been moved and reassembled along the boundary between the Nut Mountain and Bitner HMAs.

Gathered animals: 32

Animals treated with fertility control: The number of mares to be treated has not yet been determined.

Animals released: 0

Animals shipped: 85

Deaths: 2
– Sudden / Acute: 0
– Chronic / Pre-existing: 2

  • Mare, estimated to be over 25 years old. Henneke Body Condition Score of 1, poor prognosis for recovery, euthanized.
  • Mare, estimated to be over 25 years old. Henneke Body Condition Score of 2, deceased.

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Tuesday September 28

Summary: Collection operations began today at the Massacre Lakes trap site. The weather was cool and sunny with calm winds.

Gathered animals: 142

Animals treated with fertility control: The number of mares to be treated has not yet been determined.

Animals released: 0

Animals shipped: 0

Deaths: 2
– Sudden / Acute: 0
– Chronic / Pre-existing: 2

  • Stud, estimated to be over 25 years old. Henneke Body Condition Score of 2-3, euthanized due to poor condition with poor prognosis for recovery.
  • Mare, estimated to be over 25 years old. Henneke Body Condition Score of 1, is deceased. (This is a correction from an earlier report that the horse was euthanized; it was not.)


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