Give Devil's Garden Horses Homes

Why do we need to gather and find homes for DG Horses?

The prolonged drought has created issues even in this already-arid environment. Forest range managers report the native perennial grasses are all but gone from the landscape this fall, with dirt hummocks the only remaining remnants of these relatively-resilient bunchgrasses in many upland locations. Even the invasive and nutrient-poor annuals like cheatgrass, medusahead and African wiregrass did not grow well this spring.

Unmanaged large ungulates damage riparian areasMany horses may look in pictures like they are in good shape, but corral staff report that before filling up on hay even the healthiest horses do not show the same solid structure for which the Devil’s Garden Herd is known. While weaker horses do not fare so well, horses who can compete for forage are still eating as they break through “excolsure” fencing built to keep cattle from feeding on delicate riparian vegetation. These areas are protected for native wildlife and aquatic species including macroinvertebrates that support the entire food chain. They are negatively impacted by loss of vegetative cover and large ungulates wading in the water.

The Appropriate Management Level of 206-402 adult horses set by the 2013 Devil’s Garden Plateau Wild Horse Territory Management Plan is designed to manage the herd at a level the land can support in all climatic conditions without overutilizing the resources on which all animals depend.


Devil’s Garden Horses in corral after 2019 gather
Updates



Devil's Garden Horses at the Double Devil Wild Horse Corrals

Get in your application today. Corral staff will allow themselves and the horses more time this year before they begin placement activities. Virtual and in-person placement events are planned to begin in January 2022. Pictures and videos will be shared as soon as possible.

Please fill out the appropriate form below and email it to SM.FS.modoc_info@usda.gov or mail to Attn: Double Devil adoptions and sales, 225 W. 8 St. Alturas, CA 96101.

The volunteer-run Devil's Garden Wild Horses Facebook page and Double Devil Wild Horse Corrals Facebook page are great places to learn about adoption or if you just love to look at awesome horse pictures.

Double Devil Wild Horse Online Corrals

The "online corrals" web pages are designed to help folks select the horses they want. These pages will show nearly all the horses gathered in 2020. Often the person selecting horses will need to contact forest personnel or see the Double Devil Wild Horse Corrals Facebook page for additional information. Please call 530-233-8738 or email SM.FS.modoc_info@usda.gov with questions or for help selecting horses.

Gelding #416, 16 years, 15 handsSelection Appointments **Suspended due to pandemic**

Appointments to view horses in the Double Devil Wild Horse Corrals on Wednesdays, Fridays and the first Saturday of every month can be made by calling 530-233-8738. Three-hour blocks to select horses with a Forest Service escort will be offered with confirmed reservations.

It is not realistic to pickup horses the same day selections are made. Please plan on staying overnight locally or making arrangements for pick up at a later time and date. Applications and the required pick-up planning form are available above.





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