Yesterday I posted on the “Catnip” wild horse herd. Today’s post is about the “White Sands” herd. A total of 70 wild horses were transported from the harsh sands of the White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) in New Mexico to the lush, green pastures of South Dakota. In 1999, this transfer culminated a ten year effort by ISPMB to protect the wild horses of the White Sands Missile Range.
Located in a pasture just across the road from the Catnip herd, our second stop on our first day at the wild horse sanctuary was to photograph the White Sands herd. One difference noted in this herd was that the majority of the horses were brown in color. Although there was an occasional black, or gray, or mottled horse, the vast majority appeared to be brown … with an occasional “star” or white coloring on the forehead. But they were still beauties to look at! Here are a few images of the White Sands herd: