Wild Horses of Missouri Field Diary 10/05/2022 - Shawnee Creek Herd

October 05, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

10-05-2022 Shawnee Creek Wild Horses © Tim Layton & Associates, LLC10-05-2022 Shawnee Creek Wild Horses © Tim Layton & Associates, LLC It was another beautiful day, so we headed out to see if we could find the elusive Shawnee Creek herd this evening.

After the aggressive and long-lasting heatwave this summer, fall weather is a real treat.

The Shawnee Creek herd has become very unpredictable since earlier this year in late spring when they disbanded. 

There is never a guarantee that you will find any of the horses, so there is always a sense of adventure with every trip.

We found 11 of 14 members of the Shawnee Creek herd yesterday, so we wanted to go back out again today and see if we could find the missing horses. 

We first went to the Two Rivers location, and no horses, so we packed up and went to the main fields at Shawnee Creek along the Jacks Fork river.  

Wild Horses of Missouri Videos by Tim LaytonWild Horses of Missouri Videos by Tim Layton No sign of the horses, so we hiked down by the river and looped around the woods.  

No sign of the horses anywhere today.  

We were disappointed that we didn't find them today because we were hopeful we could confirm the two old ladies and the blind mare was safe, but we are always grateful for the opportunity to look for them and to spend time in nature.

We will head back out in the next day or so to hopefully find the missing horses. 

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HISTORY OF THE WILD HORSES OF MISSOURI

8/1/20 - Shawnee Creek Mare - Wild Horses of Missouri by Tim Layton8/1/20 - Shawnee Creek Mare - Wild Horses of Missouri by Tim Layton Shannon County is home to a beautiful herd of wild horses located in Southeast Missouri in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways on public land about 130 miles from Springfield and 150 miles from St. Louis.

Ozark National Scenic Riverways is the first national park area to protect a river system and the only state where wild horses still roam free. It hasn't been an easy path for the wild horses over the last 100 years, and it would be foolish to think current conditions couldn't change and put the horses back in danger again. 

During the 1980s, the National Park Service announced a plan to remove the wild horses, and people were outraged. 

In 1993 the U.S. Supreme Court denied a final appeal to protect the horses and gave the National Park Service the right to remove the horses from federal land.  

The national park service started removing the wild horses in a profoundly upsetting way to residents and horse lovers around the country.  The people of Shannon County and horse lovers around the country rallied together, and the Wild Horse League of Missouri was formed.

Luckily, by 1996 the Wild Horse League of Missouri, which formed in 1992 to save the wild horses, received help from the people of Shannon County, Congressman Bill Emerson, Senators Kit Bond, and John Ashcroft.

05-06-2022 Broadfoot Wild Horses © Tim Layton & Associates, LLC05-06-2022 Broadfoot Wild Horses © Tim Layton & Associates, LLC Their tireless efforts paid off, and President Clinton signed a bill into law on October 3, 1996, to make the wild horses of Shannon County a permanent part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.  

People worldwide visit Shannon County in hopes of seeing these majestic wild horses.

The Missouri Wild Horse League works with the National Park Service to capture some horses when the herd exceeds 50.  The captured horses are taken into care and evaluated before being adopted by loving families for permanent homes.

It is important to remember that these horses are wild. When looking for them, be sure not to approach them or feed them. It is essential to keep these animals wild and free and for you to be safe. The horses are big, strong, and unpredictable and for your safety, keep a safe distance of 100 yards or more between you and the horses. 

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