Water update

17 05 2018

Comanche at the new catchment trough.

Comanche and his band have found the “new” catchment trough (where we installed the apron and new trough two summers ago and the evaporation cover last fall).

The horses have two ponds and the two catchments as water sources, as well as numerous (if not high quality) seeps in various arroyos throughout the basin. Our BLM herd manager (Mike Jensen) is committed to closely watching the drought situation (we’re in the D4 category now – exceptional drought). Our awesome water hauler (Steve Heath) is able to pump water directly into the storage tanks. In the next week or so, we’ll be scouting locations that his water truck can reach to pump water into big troughs – supplied by BLM – elsewhere in the basin if conditions warrant.

Local ranchers have been hauling water continuously already this spring because it’s so dry.

And that wind – that howling, awful wind – is leaching away the moisture we don’t have, day after day.

It’s tough, folks, for wildlife and for livestock, and certainly not only in Disappointment Valley. That said, please know that the mustangs do not seem to be stressed. They have decent forage, as well as water sources, and they’re well dispersed throughout their range, not sticking to certain places as they would if they were stressed about sustenance/water.

Members of Disappointment Wild Bunch Partners are monitoring conditions closely, and the Colorado chapter of the National Mustang Association has offered to help pay for water deliveries to Spring Creek Basin.

We are so grateful (as always) to our Tres Rios BLM guys for being committed to the well-being of our mustangs!

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6 responses

17 05 2018
Barbara Stagg

THANK YOU, TJ, for your details. It’s a relief to know that the herd is doing ok in this difficult drought and that BLM and others remain committed to their well being. I hope YOU are doing ok and can imagine all of us who get your posts each day thinking of you and so appreciating you.

17 05 2018
TJ

Thanks, Barbara! I really appreciate YOU all and your support of our mustangs! 🙂

18 05 2018
PAT

Yeah for our trusty BLM partners who work to keep track of the health and welfare of the precious horses. Thanks TJ for the close observations of water in the Basin.

19 05 2018
TJ

Always. 🙂

18 05 2018
Sue Story

Thank you, thank you to everyone keeping our mustangs “watered!” We were thankful witnesses to that today (Thursday). 🙂

19 05 2018
TJ

Yay! I’m glad you guys made it out to see the horses! 🙂

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