It’s just a really quick peek, and instead of allowing the public to walk around the corrals, like we were allowed to do on the original tours, the BLM now puts you on a wagon, so that you can’t look too closely or take too many photos. (photo: Debbie Coffey)
|Release Date: 05/04/16|
|News Release No. 2016-014|
BLM offers two public tours of Fallon wild horse and burro corral
|RENO, Nev. —The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is offering two public tours of the Indian Lakes Off-Range Wild Horse and Burro Corral in Fallon, Nevada, on Friday, May 20. The corral is one of three in Nevada that provides care to wild horses and burros removed from the range. Tour attendees will be able to observe a new water sprinkler system designed to increase animal comfort and reduce dust at the facility.
The public tours are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and each will last about two hours. Each tour will accommodate up to 20 people. 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 Palomino Valley Center (PVC) at (775) 475-2222.
About a 90-minute drive east of Reno, the Indian Lakes Off-Range Corral 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 to learn about the facility, the animals, and BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program. The new water sprinkler system will be in operation during the tour. The system includes 25 high-powered sprinklers that have the ability to provide cooling and dust abatement for most of the facility. The sprinklers are supplied by a commercial well that has the ability to pump approximately 700 gallons of water per minute.
The Indian Lakes facility can provide care for up to 3,200 wild horses or burros. The facility encompasses 320 acres containing 43 large holding pens, each pen measuring 70,000 square feet that will safely hold about 100 horses. The horses receive an abundance of feed tailored to their needs each day, along with a constant supply of fresh water through automatic watering troughs. Free choice mineral block supplements are also provided to the animals in each pen. A veterinarian routinely inspects the horses and provides necessary medical care as needed.
BLM strives to place horses that have been removed from the range into good, private homes. Horses at the Indian Lakes facility are made available to the public for adoption or sale throughout the year at off-site adoption events and through BLM’s Adoption or Sales Program. For more information visit: on.doi.gov/1Lkz8DD.
Visit on.doi.gov/1KUorJq to learn more about the Indian Lakes Off-Range Wild Horse and Burro Corral and the scheduled public tours.