19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest The American Experience
Moving as One

The first historic recorded wild horse gather on federal rangeland took place in October, 1938 on lands that now make up the Fifteenmile HMA. Gather events are held to reduce the number of wild horses living on a set acreage and it's resources to meet the approved number allowed which is called an Appropriate Management Level (AML). The HMA at the time of this photo, October 2019, was housing a herd of over 700 with an AML of 100-230. So we were allowed to observe the rounding up of all the wild horses and then wait to find out how many and which ones would be returned to the land.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: Cody, Wyoming, United States of America
Copyright: © Renee Lund