Stagecoach advocates rescue wild horses

By Bonnie Matton,

When word reached the November meeting of the Stagecoach Town Advisory Board that eight local Virginia Range horses were in need of rescue, they decided to do something about it and found a local solution.

A Reno-based Wild Horse nonprofit organization, Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund, offered to acquire the horses from the livestock auction in Fallon, but also said that with the large number of horses taken off the range, the group was running out of places to place them.

Volunteers got together and cross-fenced several acres on the Parker Ranch in Stagecoach (owned by board member Sue Parker) to accommodate most of the horses that were captured. Another board member, "Bear" Corbit, made room for two horses on his downtown property, and board chair Penny Garza-Slattery reserved a corral on her property in the event any of the horses needed special attention.

Local wild horse non-profit, Least Resistance Training Concepts (LRTC), provided logistics and transportation, and LRTC President Willis Lamm, said, "Thanks again goes out to Hidden Valley, Shannon Windle and her crew, for pulling off yet another rescue. And,thanks to members of the Stagecoach Town Advisory Board for helping provide materials and for providing housing for these horses.”

Since NDA has picked up still more horses from one of these "bait houses," there will once again be a space problem if the present horses do not get placed soon.

Two horses are now with the Corbitsm and the remaining six horses have been turned out on Parker Ranch. These horses will also be available to qualified adopters.

For information about adopting a horse or contributing to their upkeep while in the care of the volunteers, contact Shannon Windle at 775-297-2955.

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