Two of the wild horses at Spring Creek Basin Wild Horse Management Area seemed oblivious to me as the grazed together. In the late 1800s, the first horses brought there to Disappointment Valley belonged to a Montana rancher. The United States Cavalry used this original ranch stock for their military mounts. In 1940, local residents removed most of the herd, leaving behind a few horses that formed the present day herd. The herd size ranges between 35 and 65. A herd size of 50 best maintains a thriving ecological balance within the HMA. Bays, sorrels, grays, and pintos can all be found in the Spring Creek Basin herd. The Spring Creek Basin Herd Management Area covers more than 20,000 acres in the Disappointment Valley area of southwestern Colorado. Terrain varies from open, rolling hills to rugged mountainous country to the north, south, and east boundaries. Elevation ranges from 6,200 to 7,400 feet.
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