Archive of Posts:
Horse Home Page
December 5, 2020
The park has received additional questions about naming of horses, current partnership status, and individuals posting information in electronic formats. There has been no change in park policy since launching of the FAQ in September, 2020. FAQs #1, #3, and #4 still represent the park's position on these topics. A new question about pedigrees and genetics has also arisen. Please see FAQ #16 in response to that inquiry.
November 12, 2020
New FAQ uploaded.
October 10, 2020
1978 Environmental Assessment uploaded to Management Documents.
September 15, 2020
Frequently Asked Questions content now available.
September 9, 2020
To reduce foaling rates and minimize the number of animals that must be captured and sold annually to manage the demonstration herd size, Theodore Roosevelt National Park is administering GonaCon™ Equine immuno-contraceptive vaccine to all female horses ≥8 months of age. Contraceptives will be administered remotely by syringe dart, providing approximately two years of fertility control. The vaccine does not impact current pregnancies. Operations are planned to start in September of 2020 and be completed by December of 2021.
Most reproductive age female horses in the park have already received contraception as part of a study. Results of that research indicated that the vaccine is effective but temporary. This temporary fertility control will provide latitude as the park explores development of a new comprehensive herd management plan.
The vaccination does not preclude subsequent transfer of animals out of the park. Therefore, capture and auction operations will continue to provide ownership opportunities for interested parties.
September 4, 2020
We welcome your feedback. Please submit questions via this link. We will provide answers through the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section below.
August 28, 2020
The park is working with web content specialists at our Regional Office to create a dialogue box for this portal where interested parties may comment and provide questions to be addressed in our FAQ page that is under development.
August 14, 2020
Today, Theodore Roosevelt National Park is launching this portal to share information with stakeholders interested in the park’s demonstration herd of horses.
Herd management updates will be posted on this page as information becomes available. Each new communication will be posted with an issue date, and older posts will be moved to an archive.