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Wyoming woman helps wild horses in 25th year as a volunteer, even amid COVID-19

Volunteer Ada Inabody. (BLM Wyoming, Facebook)

CASPER, Wyo. — Ada Inbody has volunteered with the Bureau of Land Management Wyoming for 25 years and COVID-19 is not stopping her.

“This National Volunteer Week, we are grateful for Ada Inbody, a wild horse volunteer who continues to safely administer fertility control to the McCullough Peaks wild horses as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic,” BLM Wyoming said on Thursday, April 23. “At the age of 82 years young, Ada has been volunteering with the BLM for 25 years, contributing tens of thousands of hours.”

The 109,814 acre McCullough Peaks Wild Horse Herd Management Area is located east of Cody, according to BLM Wyoming. Wild horses in the area have a variety of coat colors like bay, brown, black, sorrel, chestnut, white, buckskin, gray, palomino and blue, red and strawberry roans. They also have both piebald and skewbald coat patterns.

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“Little old ladies need to stay busy and what better way than helping out wild horses?” Inbody said in BLM Wyomin’s announcement. “It’s important that we get out here to do the fertility control treatments because the timing is so critical. COVID-19 can’t drag me away from my life-long love for all horses.”

The McCullough Peaks area wild horses tend to be “moderate-to-large-sized,” BLM Wyoming says. Habitat conditions tend to lend to good health for the animals.

The area has adequate water sources and has varied topography “ranging from mostly flat to slightly rolling foothills carved by drainages, to colorful badlands and desert mountains featuring steep slopes, cliffs and canyons,” BLM Wyoming says.

“The combination of size, conformation, coat colors and patterns, and excellent physical condition have become a draw for potential adopters and a matter of reputation for McCullough Peaks horses,” BLM Wyoming adds.

People visiting the area are encouraged to bring binoculars and look for horses and other wildlife on both sides of the road.