Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund is a 501(c)3 non profit organization headquartered in Reno, Nevada. Our mission is to protect, preserve, and rescue the historic Virginia Range wild horses and create a safe and healthy environment where they can flourish and be embraced by an appreciative public for generations to come.
Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund (HVWHPF) started over 30 years ago as a close knit group of guys n gals who volunteered their time to protect the wild horses roaming the hills of Hidden Valley, a residential development in Reno, Nevada. The volunteers implemented what soon came to be known as a "model program" to keep the horses away from homes and dangerous roadways. As new neighborhoods grew to the south, our focus of operations expanded as did our volunteer base. We became a 501(c)3 registered non profit organization in 2008 and continue to operate with volunteer labor. We depend solely on the generous contributions of those who support our mission. The fall of 2012 found the Nevada Department of Agriculture removing horses from the land they had grazed for generations. 149 of our beloved equine friends were sent to a Nevada livestock auction frequented by "kill" buyers who purchase for low prices then transport the horses to slaughter in Mexico or Canada. A coalition of wild horse organizations, all friends of the Virginia Range horses, united to rescue each and every one. Spearheaded by Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund, the coalition was successful in its rescue efforts. We continue our united front to prevent another such occurrence and are proud to be an active participant in the recently signed Cooperative Agreement for the humane management of the historic Virginia Range wild horses.
VIRGINIA RANGE HORSES offered by HIDDEN VALLEY WILD HORSE PROTECTION FUND
Like most large herds, the Virginia Range horses come in a variety of colors; bays, paints, sorrels, blacks, buckskins, whites, cremes, and a variety of roans, the list goes on and on. Although the herd is mostly landlocked by human intervention, ancestry and herd size allow for a lot of genetic diversity.
The average Virginia Range horse stands at around 15 hh. What they lack in height they make up for in strength and stamina. Some of the horses we offer for adoption sadly became accustomed to humans while they still roamed free. Don't let that fool you, having a human nearby is not such a big deal when you can still turn and run if needed. These horses are wild and need proper training from someone who first gains their trust in close quarters.
WHY WE CALL THEM HISTORIC Ancestors of the Virginia Range horses played a tremendous role in the history of Nevada and of San Francisco. They played an equally large role in the lives of all wild mustangs currently managed in the western states by the Bureau of Land Management. The discovery of Nevada's Comstock Lode of silver ore was big news in the 1860's. It's silver deposits were the largest ever found and there was gold to boot. Immense fortunes were generated which spurred tremendous growth in Nevada and in the city of San Francisco. Many credit that growth for Nevada's statehood in 1864. Names such as William Randolph Hearst, Mark Twain, Bank of California, and California's first millionaire, Alvinza Harvard, all are connected to the Comstock Lode. What does that have to do with the Virginia Range horses? For the first several years, horses and mules were the only form of transportation other than your own two feet. Teams of 10-16 horses hauled lumber, machinery, people and supplies to and from the Comstock and across the Sierras into California. In peak times, these transports stretched three miles along the wagon roads on their way to Virginia City. What would they have done without horses and mules? These days people who become involved with America's wild horses know the name Velma Bronn Johnston aka Wild Horse Annie. Her 20 year battle to protect wild horses culminated in the Wild and Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971. The Virginia Range herd, often referred to as "Annie's Horses" was the motivating force that led her charge. Ironically, Annie's horses were not afforded protections under the 1971 act. Today's Virginia Range horses belong to and are managed by the Nevada Department of Agriculture and still have no protections under the law.
We are proud to present to you our rescued herd of historic Virginia Range wild horses. We hope you enjoy their pictures, stories, successes, and challenges as we seek good, quality forever homes for those horses who graduate our gentling program.
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