Save the Herd!

The herd of wild horses in Alto, N.M., are estray horses that roam Sierra Blanca on Mescalero and National Forest land, as well as dropping in to visit some of the subdivisions, such as Sierra Vista, Sun Valley, LaJunta, Little Creek and occasionally Alto Lakes Golf & Country Club. For the most part, they are loved and welcomed. But sometimes not.

Since the horse are not wild, they fall under the auspices of the N.M. Livestock Board. You may adopt horses from the herd. This is the best way we can save members of the herd, yet denies them the freedom they have known in the past and the comradeship the herd provides them.

To institute change in the policy and protect the future of our magnificent Wild Horses of Alto herd, we are looking for comments and suggestions at or also here..

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Meet Augie up close

Photos by Mark Stambaugh of Weaver Real Estate

Brand new foal in the Large Herd in Enchanted Forest

First baby of August! Photos by Chris Long of Laughing Eyes Kennels, Nogal
Last year, same mare had her foal in August - a filly, so we named her Augusta.  This foal is a colt, so he can be August, or  Augie for short.

Tail swishing

Friday, August 14, 2015

Mini Heard in Sun Valley and Seirra Vista is growing!

Son of Rock Star (before Rock Star was gelded) Check out that shaggy mane - the same!
He's been given many names: Nigel, Studley, Rock and probably many more.

mini herd- the Fantastic 5
looks to be Fantastic 6 soon. That's her 5-month-old colt beside Kicker.

Also Kicker's offspring. She would be considered a yearling (between 1 & 2 yrs. old).
 She looks like a ghost!
stallion and the newest mare

Picnic anyone?

Looking for the refreshments for the picnic

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

3 months later - the babies of the large herd

Photos taken in August, 2015, by Mark Stambaugh of Weaver Real Estate 
All three foals, but Red/white-face foal posing for the camera

Black-tailed foal on right

White foal
Horses - the latest in yard art

The babies of large herd in High Sierra Estates/Enchanted Forest

Photos from April, 29, 2015 (before the rain) by Stacy Hamilton of Weaver Real Estate, Ruidoso

Red/white-faced foal
Black-tailed foal

White foal

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Herd in High Sierra Estates / Enchanted Forest subdivisions

The herd seems to like this area of Alto and have hung out there most of the winter.  Here are some photos of the herd "hanging out".

Photos by Mark Stambaugh.  He has lots of other great photos of Lincoln County on Mary Weaver's Real Estate facebook page and blog.  Check it out!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

2014 - the Year of the Horse in the Chinese Zodiac and in Lincoln County!

On the blog website, I just added the Ruidoso News link to the Top Ten Stories of 2014.  Our fight for the herd last summer made it in the Top Ten!

The top story was another horse story -- the search for the lost horse, Pasha, a 15-year-old Arabian horse in the Fort Stanton BLM lands. 

Here's the story on the herd from the article:  

 Wild Horses 

In July, admirers of a wild horse herd that roams the mountains around Alto were horrified to learn that one of the horses, Rock Star, a particularly tame and social animal, was corralled and eventually sold for slaughter.

The subsequent outrage prompted a meeting between residents and officials with the New Mexico Livestock Board that is responsible for the welfare of the unclaimed horses. The result was a better understanding of the conflict created when people try to tame a wild horse, but then do not follow through the proper state channels to adopt it and ensure it does not become a nuisance. New lines of communications were establish with the brand inspector, who handled the incident.

In August, herd supporters also handed out flyers to discourage visitors from trying to interact with the horses, who probably descended from equines turned loose on the Mescalero Apache Reservation. Some residents still help out with hay and other feed during the winter, but they are dropping it farther up the mountain and away from the public.

One of the first "sanctioned" adoptions of a herd member occurred in September.
Members of the Alto herd show a bit of their "wild" side. (Courtesy photo in the paper)