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post #1 of 30 Old 06-25-2019, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
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Heirloom of Oak Creek

I am adopting a filly from the wild oak creek herd that is found in Tehachapi, Ca. I got to go visit the herd in April and pick out my new foal. Originally I wanted to get a yearling but I fell for a filly that was about 6 weeks old at the time. This past weekend I made another trip out to visit her and she sure is maturing beautifully! She will be able to be weaned in July, the only thing that throws a wrench in the plan is catching her! When they go to catch they throw some feed into the catch pen, open it up and close it once they have a good amount of horses in, they are then sorted into catch pens for the ones that are already pre-selected or that go up for adoption; the rest get let back out. The catch pen is kept in the meadow which the herd moves to in the summertime. At the time of my visit all horses except one family band had moved into the meadow. My little filly is of course in that band! She does still have a couple more weeks before she can he caught anyway but I am so anxious for her to at least be in position!

Here is little Heirloom. These are from my first visit when I picked her out. 20190420_132923_1561503731020.jpg
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This was her this past weekend.
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Here is her mama, I'm pretty sure she is one of the head mares in that band.
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Then we have Mr. Studly named The General.
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post #2 of 30 Old 06-25-2019, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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Here are a few more pictures of her family band. (Her mom is easy to spot with the star)

First picture is the rest of the herd in the meadow.

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post #3 of 30 Old 06-25-2019, 07:42 PM
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Wow, those pictures of the herd are amazing. And she's a cutie.
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post #4 of 30 Old 06-25-2019, 10:46 PM
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Wow! That's pretty cool that you can pick out a horse before caught. Good luck with her and can't wait to hear the rest of the story. She's adorable.
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post #5 of 30 Old 06-26-2019, 11:37 AM
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I follow the Oak Creek horses on facebook and there was one at my barn last year for training, she was so sweet and smart. Sometimes I can see the horses when I drive to work. It is always a highlight to my day.
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What an adventure, thanks for sharing with us. The filly is gorgeous, as are mom and dad. Is this the herd that is thought to possibly be descended from Morgans? Mom and dad sure look like it.



Can you tell us a little more about this herd and how the process of obtaining a horse there works?
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I follow the Oak Creek horses on facebook and there was one at my barn last year for training, she was so sweet and smart. Sometimes I can see the horses when I drive to work. It is always a highlight to my day.
That is amazing, they are definitely a sight to see! Facebook is how I orginally heard of them I am less than two hours away and had no idea they were there. They seem like they have great heads from everything that I have seen posted, heck even visiting the heard they are so tolerant for being a feral herd!


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Is this the herd that is thought to possibly be descended from Morgans? Mom and dad sure look like it.



Can you tell us a little more about this herd and how the process of obtaining a horse there works?
Yes that is them! There were several Morgan breeders in the area, they are believed to have been running wild for almost 100 years now. They are on private land so they have nothing to do with the BLM. The company that owns the land hired a lady to look out for the property but they have no interest in the horses. She does an amazing job managing the herd, they have stayed at about 100 head for several years now. She catches to adopt out as well as to geld some of the young colts. To adopt you have to contact the lady who manages the herd, you can either go pick one out as I did and she will catch or pick one that has already been caught.
Here is their website
https://oakcreekwildhorses.com/
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post #8 of 30 Old 08-22-2019, 05:16 PM Thread Starter
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So my little filly has still yet to be caught but I have been invited to come up this Saturday to help catch her, if all goes well I will be bringing her home with me. I am super excited and I will be sure to post pictures this weekend.
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post #10 of 30 Old 08-22-2019, 07:23 PM
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Aww, congrats! That looks like a herd of quality horses. Enjoy your new little one!
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