Lately, I have been hearing about and also getting asked a lot about an area at the base of the range that has been fenced off.
This area is called ” The Administrative Pasture”. I was not sure of its exact location, so I did some research and came up with several interesting discoveries about this area. I plan to take a closer look at this area when I am there this week.
1. There are different references to its size. Some say 3,000 acres, some say 3,600 acres and another said 4,000 acres. So we do know that it is over 3,000 acres.
2. The location is: Southwestern area of the range. The southern side is all fenced with the boundary defined by the county roads (Crooked Creek Road and Road 16).
3. This pasture was closed off to the horses in the 1980’s. It was used when the removals were done on horseback. This pasture allowed the wranglers on horse back to push the wild horses into this area and then taken to Britton Springs. This type of removal has not been done since 1994.
There are several people (and I am one of them), that would like to see this area reopened to the horses. Matt, in his blog post dated October 27, 2009, stated in one of his comments:
“I honestly don’t think it would take the horses a lot of time to repopulate that area if it was totally opened. Sitting Bull’s harem are frequently near that area. Some of the other Dryhead horses, especially Bristol’s harem, drift nearby there, and it is common to see Burnt Timber and Sykes Ridge horses wintering in the area.”
This is a really good post and you can click October 2009 to read it.
I have contacted both Jim Sparks and Jared Bybee of the BLM, regarding this matter. I hope to hear back soon from them.
I encourage everyone to take a minute and write a polite email, call them, or mail them a letter, asking them to consider reopening this pasture. You can click BLM, to get the contact information for them.
With the drought of last year, I believe that the forage this winter is not as good as it should be. By opening this pasture it would give the horses over 3,000 acres that have been closed off to them for more than 25 years. I request that this be done as soon as possible for the benefit of the horses.
I would be happy to volunteer and work with Jared to help remove or repair any fence lines to make this possible.