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Final Push. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
Final Push
Rounding up excess wild horses
by Cat Urbigkit
August 30, 2007

The Bureau of Land Management hired a contract crew out of Utah to work last week in efforts to gather nearly 500 wild horses from the Great Divide Basin area east of Rock Springs and north of I-80. Once processed, the animals will eventually be put up for public adoption.

Photos by Cat Urbigkit

Dark Pen. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
Dark Pen
Before daylight, the crew is putting the finishing touches on the portable trap.

Visual Barrier. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
Visual Barrier
This dark-colored snow fence serves as a visual barrier for the horses, calming them. The Judas horse is being prepared to lure the herd toward the trap.

Pen ready. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
Pen ready
Professional cowboys are part of the crew, ready to ride and rope any animals that manage to outmaneuver the airplane which will be driving the horses toward the trap.

Heli. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
The helicopter pilot drives small groups of wild horses toward the trap, taking it slow an easy.

Strung out. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
Strung out
The horses string out across the countryside, on the move in the right direction.

Heli closer. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
Heli closer
As the herd nears the trap, the pilot drops his ship in closer, pressuring the horses to move toward the hidden wing to the trap.

Judas wing. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
Judas wing
The Judas horse and horse handler stand near the wing of the trap, ready to lead the wild bunch into the trap and its pens.

Push to judas. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
Push to judas
Some of the horses realize its a trap, but too late, the heli cuts off the escape route.

Into wing. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
Into wing
The horses run through the wings, headed for capture.

Wing to trap. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
Wing to trap
The cowboys rush out from their hiding places behind the burlap-covered wings.

Closing Gate. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
Closing Gate
The gates are quickly closed to the trap.

Remuda. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
The remuda is ready to be sorted.

Roper. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
This stud horse managed to break away from the herd and escape, but cowboys on fast horses soon had him roped.

Biter. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
This stud tried to bite everything in his path from the saddle horses to the rope around his body, the horse even bit the corral panels and gates.

Urged. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
The cowboys figured the way to get the stud into the trap was to get everyone working together, real close.

Pressure. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
Using pressure from the bodies of the saddle horses, the stud horse is propelled toward the trap. This was some good horse handling.

Easing. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
Although he blew up a few times on the way to the trap, the stud was handled very gently, and even though he was roped, never even dropped to a knee in all the ruckus.

Into the Wing. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
Into the Wing
Into the wing they go.

Penned. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
At long last, the stud was penned.

Trucks. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
Big rigs will haul the horses to the BLM wild horse corrals in Rock Springs for processing. Animals are available for adoption to the public.
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