BLM to Host Public Tour of its Fallon Wild Horse and Burro Prison Camp

Unedited Press Release (Less Headline and Header) from the BLM

Ripped from their home range, families destroyed, freedom gone, now on display!
FOR RELEASE: September 27, 2012

CONTACT: Heather Emmons, (775) 861-6594,

Prisoners of the BLM, victims of special interests ~ photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Reno, Nev. —The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is offering a public tour of its Indian Lakes Road Short-Term Holding Facility in Fallon, Nev., Friday, October 19.  There will be two consecutive tours each day that last two hours each and can accommodate up to 15 people each.  The first tour will begin at 11 a.m. and the second tour will begin at 1:30 p.m.  Spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  The public can sign up to attend and get driving directions to the facility by calling the BLM at (775) 475-2222.

The facility is located at 5676 Indian Lakes Road, Fallon, and is privately owned and operated.  Tour attendees will be taken around the facility as a group on a wagon so they can hear information about the facility and program, ask questions, and to provide safety for visitors, since the facility is quite large to walk around by foot.

About a one and one-half hour drive from Reno, the Indian Lakes Road Facility is the BLM’s newest contracted short-term holding facility, and provides care for up to 2,850 excess wild horses that are removed during gathers.  The facility encompasses 320 acres and contains 36 large holding pens that are 70,000 square feet per pen and can hold approximately 100 horses safely per pen.  The horses are fed an abundance of feed tailored to their needs each day, and a veterinarian routinely inspects the horses and provides necessary medical care.

Once preparation for adoption is completed, and the animals have fully transitioned to a diet of domestic feed, they are ready for shipment to adoption venues and may be available to the public for adoption through the BLM’s Adopt-A-Horse or Burro Program.

Information about the Indian Lakes Road Facility and the public tours can be found at the BLM Nevada website at

13 comments on “BLM to Host Public Tour of its Fallon Wild Horse and Burro Prison Camp

    Oppose BLM Plan to Eradicate Burros in Southern California Desert

    Public Comment Deadline: September 28, 2012.

    Once again, we need to urge the BLM to protect and preserve the burros in the Piute Mountain Herd Area (HA) in the southern California desert.
    Earlier this year we asked you to oppose the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) proposal to remove all burros from this historic Herd Area where burros have lived for more than a century. You responded in force, and the agency received thousands of comments opposing the proposed burro wipe out. After that, the BLM did not move forward with the Piute Mountain burro removal.


  2. What?? The horses are fed an abundance of feed tailored to their needs. What a crock that is–you mean BLM plans a diet for each animal in each pen–feeds them natural grasses harvested from their unique rangelands, and separates the animals from each other? There is an excess of noxious gas in all this BLM “caring”—while these animals are (for the most part) never seen again. Well, I hope the caged visitors get a true picture of this almighty disaster….un-wilded horses. Zoo display. Don’t get me going on BLM…….


  3. I just signed up for the 11:00 A.M. tour. Personally in a way I’m glad to be riding on a wagon since I don’t get around all that easily. But I do understand people’s irritation. I know when I was there with Dean Bolstad he gave us A LOT of extra time. I think it close to an hour. All he needed was to be back in Reno by 5 and he was willing to hang with us and answer questions to satisfy most of us.

    What I don’t like is the artificialness of seeing “wild horses” in captivity. There now just a big herd of horses. Studs are no longer intact. Mares hang with the girls. And what babies are left are taken from their mom’s way before they should be.

    The day I was there the wind blew incessantly the entire time. I had been out there for maybe 30 secs when my eyes became sand encrusted. Even thru my glasses. And those mares were delivering babies in that! It was awful. This is not what mother nature intended. There was no shelters, no wind breaks.

    It’s a very sad place to visit because there captive. They didn’t do anything wrong but because man decreed that the horses have to go there in jail. It’s just so sad.

    It is important that we visit Fallon each and every time it’s open for visits. No matter how sad it is, no matter how stoopid it all feels. The horses need us. We are there voices. In this way “friendship and trust” is unspoken. I think on some level they’ll know we are there for them, not for BLM.

    Someone said at the conference “You can blow out a candle but you can’t blow out a fire”. We need to be that fire always for the horses.


    • I’m reading this years after the fact but it seems as though nothing has changed for the poor horses. Agree with your post, especially those last two paragraphs. Thanks for being there for them. Breaks my heart.


  4. For those of you going take good questions with you. We all know the BLM well so you should be armed well. Ask with wide eyed innocences the best barbed question you’ve got. it makes for an intersting exchange. This is literally a dog and pony show Don’t let them get away with it !!

    margaret loved your post !!


  5. Well well isn’t it nice of these theiving murderous bastards to let people get a sneak peak into the $18 million dollar concentration camp that the taxpayers bought and paid for (private property my ass) to view the sterilized, languishing in misery, innocent wild horses that were stolen from their legal domain in the name of special interests also subsidized by unwilling taxpayers.
    The horses are fed an abundance to pack on the pounds for killbuyers. Makes me sick to my stomach.


  6. So these tours will allow 30 people (tops) to view the horses in the pens?
    Its got to be so sad looking at these animals that have been pulled out of their home herds, studs castrated, babies gone.
    Wish I wasnt so far away – because Margaret is so right – as many of us that can NEED to go & see them because its the right thing to do. Not seeing because it is so sad is as bad as not admitting there is so much wrong.
    Please, if everyone who can go – take pictures if you can & post them.


  7. RT and other advocates I have a huge dilemma. Darn it I wish I didn’t have to stay in Reno overnight. I HATE giving NV any money. I HATE paying motel tax and other crap. I really wanted to start my boycott at the end of the conference. Not because of NV advocates and we had some really great people at the conference. But because of this whole money making scheme.

    Now I find myself going back and once again spending MY money in a place I’d rathered not. It tears me up inside. I know I’m very good about not spending money in NV. They get motel money, food and gas. I don’t gamble. God forgive me I’m just really struggling how to equalize this in my head.

    I’m afraid I can’t. So please forgive me–I have to delay my own boycott for the sake of the horses. I go in support of them ONLY. I don’t support anything that BLM does or will do.


  8. Margaret, are there any small, independently owned motels nearby. It’s always good to take your trade to the local people. They aren’t the ones to blame and more than likely, you would find that they don’t like what has happened, either.


  9. The BLM offers nothing..These are not free roaming wild horses and more. They are jailed for existing nothing more.. The west holds nothing for tourists.. I can go right out my door and see horses. Cattle hold no interest for me so why in hell would i want to subject myself to heartbreak..I can go to the local animal shelter if i want to be sad..


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