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WHERE & HOW TO ADOPT A WILD HORSE OR BURRO
There are a number of places and ways to adopt a Wild Horse (Mustang) or Burro:
Click here for 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.
Perhaps the major 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. Avoiding the holding facility avoids this risk. 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!
Trapsite animals also differ from holding facility animal in that they have had less handling, running through chutes, and trailer rides. This can either be good or bad. 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 at least some of the "edge" taken off their wildness by the time you adopt them. Mature horses tend to be more "crashy" and easily panicked when first gathered.
Most trapsite adoptions feature mainly weanlings, yearlings, and 2-year-olds, however, and many of these become quite tame even by adoption day.
If you attend a trapsite adoption, be sure to have everything you need on hand: Proper trailer, solid tow vehicle, halter and lead rope for the size of horse you expect to adopt, etc. There are no stores anywhere close!
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" 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 South Dakota Badlands, including Theodore Roosevelt National Park, has wild horses, that are 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.
Under this program, adopters get full title immediately - no one year waiting period and no inspections.
For more information, click HERE
The following are Facebook pages where volunteers post photos of horses from individual facilities. These are volunteers pages, not BLM. They are a good place to look to see what type of horses are currently available at a given facility:
Thanks to Megan Stewart for compiling this list!
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