LRTC Information Sheet
The Pine Nut Range is situated just south of the Nevada community of Dayton. Horses often come down to the adjacent Carson river for water. A local resident near US-50 has reportedly been feeding the horses, encouraging them to encroach onto the highway.
Witnesses reported that traffic was stopped to allow the horses to cross the highway when one driver pulled into a striped divider to pass the stopped cars. He struck a 3 week old foal, pulling it under his vehicle. He then ran over the foal again trying to get off of it.
According to witnesses the foal managed to get up on three legs and follow the band although she needed frequent rest stops. Her lower left hind leg was significantly injured.
Local residents indicated that the foal was three weeks old. They nicknamed her "Morningstar Dancer" as she was foaled on a particularly starry morning. They observed the foal for several hours after the accident and determined that the leg, although badly damaged, was not disfigured.
BLM gave permission for the foal to be brought in for veterinary care if it could be done safely. Residents managed to corral the band in a three-acre fenced parcel. The horses were sorted and eventually the foal was separated by moving construction netting around the parcel. A veterinarian was present during this activity.
Once the foal was separated, she was held and sedated and her injuries examined.
Condition of wound upon examination.