Regal G, Bachelor stallion from Sand Wash Basin HMA.
He was living on the edge. Well the edge of the HMA. When Regal G found a gap or a fence down someplace he would go back and forth between the herd management area and the private Rancher’s land. Sometimes the gates were open, sometimes they were closed. Sometimes the Fence was down; sometimes it was repaired behind him. It was just a matter of time before Regal G would find himself on the wrong side of the fence.
As it happens this week Regal G was on the wrong side of the fence. The BLM has done such an amazing job managing the herd at Sand Wash Basin over the last 4 years for type and health that, according to one report, the woman who called in the horse thought he was someone’s well cared for blood stock. His copper color coat shone with vigor and his beautiful white star centered above and between his eyes looks as if God had just taken a big paint brush with a huge dollop of white and touched him just so. Another person who saw Regal G’s photos said he reminded them of a thoroughbred/quaterhorse stallion they had once. I can honestly say that this copper bay doesn’t have a bad photo anywhere on the Sand Wash Basin Wild Horses page. Regal G is believed to be aged somewhere between 5 and 8 years of age and has not yet had a band of his own.
So now what happens to a wild horse found to be on the wrong side of the fence with no brand. All the proper authorities were called and they tried to catch him. Not an easy task, I assume, as they very shortly discovered that he was indeed unhandled and very wild.
|Detail of Regal G|
Because Regal G was captured right next to the Sand Wash Basin HMA (later his identity was confirmed by photo documentation) The decision was made to remove him to be assigned a number, assess his health, trim his feet, give him inoculations, geld and brand him. And then he would be taken to Canon City Prison to become part of their training and adoption project. The program there is called Wild Horse Inmate Program or W.H.I.P. They train wild horses there to get them started to help ensure their successful adoption.
The one awesome thing about the loose association of followers of the Sand Wash Basin Wild Horses page on Facebook (now over 9,000 people ) that we have the opportunity to help get these wild horses adopted by net working so they never have to go into long term holding.
If you would like to be a part of this, please help us get him adopted as soon as possible. The way you can participate is to share his photo from the Sand Wash Basin Wild Horses group or share this blog with friends and help network adopters. In order to see what is necessary to adopt through the BLM please go their page and become approved to adopt a wild horse you can find more information here: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/whbprogram/adoption_program/how_to_adopt.html
If you already have qualifications already and would be interested in adopting Regal G or are serious about adopting another horse from the Wild Horse Inmate Program at Canon City Prison please check out their website: http://www.coloradoci.com/serviceproviders/whip/index.html?intro
If you are Regal G’s happy adopter please contact me or the Sand Wash Basin Wild Horses page with photos etc. and let us know that he is happy and safe.
Just a note: Regal G is the name that the horse watchers(who are private citizens) use to document and track the wild horse on the range at Sand Wash Basin HMA in Colorado. When the BLM enters the horse into the system, he will be assigned a number and branded. This new number will be the way to find and track him the rest of his life. He may also be given a new name by the Inmate program. When the horse is adopted he will most likely be renamed by his new owners. A description of him and what you know about his back ground will help identify him, if you don’t know his number.