Regarding horses, Nevada is a brand inspection state

Published: Jan. 8, 2019 at 5:48 PM PST
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The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe says its roundup of wild horses on its land over the last week is designed to stabilize and rehabilitate land burned in last year’s Perry Canyon Fire. There have been claims and counter claims by residents in the area about the methods and need for the roundup at all. If there is a dispute about the ownership of any of the horses, the

will make that determination with the help of brand inspections.

The big Shire Thoroughbred cross horse named Beau has his own brand inspection. Years ago when he was purchased and went to his new home in south Reno, a brand inspector stopped by and documented all Beau's markings.

The inspector looked for things like his stockings, star on his forehead, coloring, gender and weight, and issued the brand inspections.

The same thing happened to a horse named Bridgid. She too has a brand inspection with her picture and markings.

Both of those inspections are kept in a truck that hauls a horse trailer. That way there is easy access should they get stopped traveling throughout Nevada, or taken out of state.

“Some people do brand their horses, but not all horses are branded and they don't have to be to have a legal proof of ownership in the form of a brand inspection. Brand inspections are completed by doing a visual inspection by one of our inspectors,” says Doug Farris, with Nevada’s Department of Agriculture.

The certificate is issued immediately.

Nevada law is a brand inspection state. That means all privately-owned cows and horses, burros, mules and pigs must have them. But not all owners do.

Farris says the law is either ignored or animal owners aren't aware of the statute. Nevertheless, 8,000 brand inspections were issued last year alone.

He says the brand inspections serve a purpose in establishing the rightful owner of the animal. The horse or cow could be stolen, and attempting to sell the animal to an unsuspecting party could be thwarted if the buyer asks for a brand inspection in Nevada.

During the roundup of horses by the Pyramid Paiute Tribe over the past couple days, the Department of Agriculture has received one brand inspection certificate from a resident who says a horse taken in the roundup is not the tribe's, but rather their privately-owned horse. The Department of Agriculture says it's looking into the claim.


The Pyramid lake Paiute Tribe is currently conducting a roundup of Tribal feral horses in the Pah Rah Range, west of Pyramid Lake. This roundup is needed after the 2018 Perry Canyon Fire burned 18,081 acres land within the jurisdiction of the Tribe. Once the fire was contained, the Tribe worked with a national federal multi-agency team (Burned Area Emergency Response Team) to evaluate post-fire impacts to natural and cultural resources. From this evaluation, a plan is developed to mitigate the impacts from the fire. This plan prescribes mitigation measures for immediate stabilization of post-burned areas, as well as long-term restoration. One of the treatments included in the plan is to stabilize and rehabilitate the fire-damaged lands by removing feral horses. This mitigation measure is intended to reduce impacts related to grazing, noxious weed encroachment, herbicide treatment, seeding, and other measures being taken in the plan to stabilize and rehabilitate Tribal lands. Each day of the roundup, horses are inspected by a state brand inspector to ensure tribal ownership. The Tribe follows all guidelines set forth in the management plan to ensure the safety and humane treatment of all horses that are gathered.