WILD HORSES OF MISSOURI
SHAWNEE CREEK HERD
The Shawnee Creek herd is probably the most popular herd because they are typically the easiest to find.
There are pros and cons to them being so easy to find and this is why I am dedicated to helping raise awareness of the best way to view and enjoy the wild horses, so everyone is safe, to include the horses and they can continue to be free.
However, don't think because they are usually easy to find that you will see them every time you visit.
I have not found them many days and frequently I have to go into the woods along the river to find them as shown by some of the photographs below.
You can view the photographs of the current and historical members of the Shawnee Creek herd below this paragraph. The members of each herd changes over time because of several factors.
Lead stallions are known for visiting other herds and bands to steal mares. Yes, that is correct, the stallions literally swoop in and steal mares from other herds.
Also, because of the monitoring and management of the herd per the law, sometimes members are gathered up to keep the size of the herds within the bounds of the legal agreement.
Shawnee Creek Herd
Last Sighting: January 18, 2021 13 horses verified (2 foals (fillies) at V
HISTORY OF THE WILD HORSES OF MISSOURI
Shannon County is home to an extraordinary 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 place in the 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 at their discretion.
The national park service started the process of removing the wild horses in a way that was profoundly upsetting to local 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, and Senators Kit Bond and John Ashcroft.
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.
Now, people from around the world 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 of the 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 attempt to 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 own safety as well as theirs, keep a safe distance of 100 yards or more between you and the horses.
The Wild Horses of Missouri are generally organized into 4 herds and 5 bands to include: Shawnee Creek, Broadfoot, Round Spring, and Rocky Creek. You can click on each of the herd names and review the latest information about each herd. If you would like to get more information on where to find the Wild Horses of Missouri, review my detailed online guide for the latest information.
SHAWNEE CREEK HERD TRACKING HISTORY
January 27, 2021 Did not find the herd today (SCR, V)
January 24, 2021 Did not find the herd today (SCR, V)
January 18, 2021 13 horses (verified) (2 foals) at V
January 16, 2021 13 horses (verified) (2 foals) at V
November 21, 2020 13 horses (verified (2 foals) at SC
November 17, 2020 13 horses (verified (2 foals) at SC
November 14, 2020 13 horses (verified (2 foals) at SC
November 11, 2020 13 horses (verified (2 foals) at SC
August 31, 2010 13 horses (verified) near Shawnee Creek Fields (2 foals (fillies))
August 30, 2020 - Did not find the herd today (SCF, V)
August 29, 2020 - Did not find the herd today (SCF, V)
August 22, 2020 at Little Shawnee Creek Verified 13 in the herd with 2 new spring/summer foals (both are fillies) and older mare lost left eye. (SCF)
August 1, 2020 at Little Shawnee Creek (13 in herd verified with 2 new spring/summer foals) (SCF)
July 4, 2020, found the horses, but I could not get a verified count (SCF)
July 3, 2020, Did not find the herd today (SCF - V)
April 17, 2020 10 horses verified in the Shawnee herd (SCF)
April 09, 2020 10 horses verified in the Shawnee herd (SCF)
April 06 2020 10 horses verified in the Shawnee herd (SCF)
April 05, 2020: Did not find the herd today (SCF-VHF)
March 07, 2020: 10 horses verified in the Shawnee Creek herd (V)
February 23, 2020: 10 horses verified in the Shawnee Creek herd (V)