From the Ask Joe file, one of our viewers has a question about the wild horses which have been rounded up by the BLM, and are housed in Palomino Valley.
Debbie Schwaiger asked what is being done to protect the wild horses in Palomino Valley from our extreme heat?
There are about 975 horses housed at the Palomino Valley facility. Joe spoke with Zach Reichold, the Deputy Division Chief for the BLM, and he oversees the facility north of Spanish Springs.
Reichold said there are five shade structures there. A couple were donated by the National Humane Society, and the others were built by the BLM. The problem is only about ten percent of the horses take advantage of the shade.
It is something of a mystery, and the BLM has actually launched a study to find out why. It could be that in the wild, horses stay away from cover or trees because that is where predators tend to hide.
In any case, Reichold said the animals do have plenty of fresh water, and there is some shade provided for them. Also, Reichold said in the past week, one horse did die at the facility, but it was from an injury and not heat-related.