Transparency At Palomino Holding Facility

RENO, NV - There are several holding pens for wild horses taken off the Nevada range.

At least two are reserved for mares and their babies, all born here at the Palomino Valley Wild Horse and Burro Center.

Reno resident Sharon Slattery is waiting for a two o'clock guided tour of the facility.

“Whenever I am out at Palomino Valley I come by to see the horses 'cause I've never seen a horse I didn't like. And I thought anytime I can learn something about horse, or their environment, it's a good thing,” says Slattery.

The facility is open to the public, but Tuesday they were allowed to get some behind-the-scenes looks at areas not typically accessible.

“In light of our public meeting tonight, we though we would offer behind-the-scenes tours of Palomino Valley. Areas that are not generally open to the public due to safety of liability factors,” says Jeb Beck, Assistant Facility Manager.

Beck says the public sees about 98% of Palomino Valley in general, Tuesday a little more.

Like this shut where horses shoes are trimmed.

Sprinklers have been installed in some pens for horses to get cool.

But some on the tours may ask about shelters for the horses to get them out the sun.

Advocates have demanded the BLM install such shelters--not doing so, they say, is tantamount to animal abuse.

It seems logical and is an issue the agency scheduled for Tuesday night at a workshop.

The agency hopes to educate the public as to what goes on out here, and get positive input about shelters--would they work, what kind can be installed, and what would they ultimately mean to the safety of the horses.

Such a meeting, Beck hopes, will dispel one of the biggest misconception of all.

“That we don't care,” says Beck.

Meantime, some advocates have claimed 5 horses have died at the facility this summer because of heat exposure.

The BLM says that is not true.

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