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1. Adopt Directly From a BLM Facility (Be sure to make an appointment first!)
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.
2. BLM Traveling Weekend Adoption also called "Satellite" Adoption
For Schedule, Click Here: National Adoption Schedule for BLM
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/
4. Adopt From a Cottage/Contractor program:
The BLM has wild horse training agreements with state correctional institutes in CO, KS, NV, UT and WY. Prison Wild Horse Gentling Programs are a great way to get a saddle-started Mustang!
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.
This "Trainer Incentive Program" allows adopters to get a gentled, halter-trained horse for the regular $125 adoption fee.
9. Adopt a Saddle-Trained Horse from one of the Mustang Heritage Foundation's Popular Mustang Makeover & Other Contests
10. Buy an an already Titled Mustang from an adopter who wants to sell.
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.
12. Adopt (or purchase) a "Comstock/Virginia Range," Sheldon USFWS , Nokota/Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Indian Reservation Horse, or other Non-BLM Wild Horse or Burro
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.
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