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There are a number of places and ways to adopt a Wild Horse (Mustang) or Burro:
|1. Directly From a BLM Facility||2. BLM Traveling Weekend Adoption||3. Trapsite Adoption|
|4. Cottage Contractor or "Mustang Storefront"||5. Prison-Trained Horse||6. Internet Adoption|
|7. BLM Volunteer Program Halter-Trained Horses||8. Mustang Heritage Foundation's TIP Program||9. Mustang Heritage Foundation Contests|
|10. Private Party Sale of Already Titled Mustang||11. Adopt or Buy from a Rescue or Volunteer Group||12. Non-BLM Wild Horse or Burro:|
Sale Authority BLM Horses|
"The Modern Mustanger"
"Adopt A Living Legend"
BLM Adoption Requirements
Here's a video about the Bureau of Land Management's Wild Horse & Burro Program:
This is the best way if you want one NOW, or if you want to choose from the largest selection. The disadvantage is that you may not live within easy driving distance of one of these, and you may be overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of animals and find it hard to pick out just one. Bring binoculars, as often the horses will be at the opposite side of the huge fields where they are kept.
Most BLM facilities are happy to show you around and help you pick out your new horse or burro. The wranglers are generally quite knowledgeable, and, since they work with the horses daily, will often be able to steer you to just the right horse for your needs, if you ask them.
But be sure to make an appointment first so that they have the time to spend with you, and the personnel on grounds to help you load the horse.
For Schedule, Click Here:
National Adoption Schedule for BLM
Periodically, the BLM brings a weekend Adoption Event to locations, such as a county fairgrounds, or in conjunction with another event.
This is probably the most popular way to get a mustang (or burro or wild mule). You can watch them at close range, and adopters often report that they really "connected" with their adoptee. Many people report that their mustang "picked them" by making eye contact, coming toward them, or in some other way appealing to their hearts.
3. TRAP SITE ADOPTIONS
These are ideal for experienced trainers who might want a "pure" horse who has not been around humans at all, except for being captured.
Another advantage is health: Horses coming from isolated, remote regions often lack immunity to common domestic horse diseases, such as strangles, warts, etc., and as a result, outbreaks often occur at holding facilities within a few weeks of bringing in horses from remote areas. One should note, however, that when the new horse goes to your house, it will also be exposed to domestic diseases for the first time, and it will be your vet bill, not BLM's. A quarantine pen at home is highly recommended!
However, be advised that Horses who have already spent some time in captivity, have been fed and watered by humans, run through chutes, given shots and blood tests, loaded and unloaded into trucks and trailers, etc, have had some of the "edge" taken off their wildness by the time you adopt them. Horses adopted from facilities or weekend adoptions are usually still quite wild, but nothing like a freshly gathered horse! Horses at a trapsite adoption are likely to be much more frightened, flighty, and "crashy" than horses who have been in a holding facility for awhile, since they are so recently captured.
If you choose a trapsite horse, BE PREPARED! A solid tow vehicle is a must!
Here's a link to photos from the 2012 Stone Cabin trapsite adoption: http://www.flickr.com/photos/blmnevada/6775078650/in/set-72157629430641771/
Bart Lawrence of Reno got his horse, Mister, from the Carson City Prison Program
Related article: How Prison Changed My Life by Lorraine Evans Jackson
The Internet Adoptions allow people to adopt no matter where they live (in the USA, that is)
BLM VOLUNTEERS sometimes take horses home for foster
care and to gentle and halter train for new homes. Contact your state
BLM office to see if any are currently available, or to see if there are
any active volunteers willing to do this for you.
The author of this website and her family have gentled and halter-trained several horses through the BLM volunteer program.
This "Trainer Incentive Program" allows adopters to get a
gentled, halter-trained horse for the regular $125 adoption fee.
Click here for info about TIP. There are TIP trainers in most states. The MHF website will provide a list for you to choose from, and to contact trainers in your area. Note: MHF does not test or in any way "certify" these trainers, so quality varies. Do your own homework!
Leah Magnusson got this horse through the TIP program, trained by a trainer in her area, Midori Morgan.
Good places to look:
Rescue Organizations often have mustangs - sometimes fresh from the range, other times "re-adopts" saved from homes where things didn't work out, or cases of neglect and abuse.
Click here to learn about Comstock, & Sheldon USFWS horses & burros; Also a situation that is gaining in attention is the plight of the horses on Indian Reservations (which may or may not be considered actual mustangs, but are usually untrained). The horses were once a source of income to the tribes - some as trained horses but most as meat. But since the slaughterhouses closed, they have been allowed to continue to breed unchecked, and are now seriously overpopulated. Periodically the reservations send large numbers to livestock auctions.
The Nokota Mustangs of Theodore Roosevelt National Park are also periodically rounded up and placed for sale. Although these horses have an ardent following and all are sold to homes and rescue groups, in theory those not taken would be sold to anyone, including kill buyers.
CLICK ON A SUBJECT AREA FOR MORE ABOUT ADOPTING A MUSTANG (WILD HORSE):
Adopt a Mustang!
(Wild Horse, not the Car!)
Wild Horse & Burro Watching
Gentling and Training
Wild Horse & Burro Herd Areas
Mustang * Horse Colors
"Free to Good Home"
"Working With Wild Horses" Book
Cool Stuff to Buy
Our "Wild " Herd
How to Read a Brand
This is a non-commercial, independent website, owned and written by Nancy Kerson, for the benefit of actual and potential adopters of BLM Mustangs and Burros and similar animals.
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