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Safford Field Office
Release Date: 08/07/13
Contacts: Diane Drobka, 928-348-4403,    

Wild Horses and Burros Coming to Show Low

Safford, Ariz. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking good homes for wild horses and burros during its upcoming adoption to be held August 16-18, 2013, in Show Low, Arizona.  An opportunity to see and adopt these animals will take place at the Vacation Village Arena, located 4401S. White Mountain Road.

The BLM anticipates having 25 wild horses, 10 wild burros, and several gentled animals available for adoption. These animals are truly unique, embodying the best characteristics of endurance and agility.

Burros, noted as great for packing, make exceptional guard and companion animals. Since its Adopt-a-Wild Horse or Burro program began in 1973, the BLM has successfully found homes for more than 207,000 animals into caring environments.

Adoption Weekend Schedule

August 16 – Friday Preview: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Gentling demonstrations at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
August 17 – Saturday Adoption:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Adoption is on a first come, first select basis for approved adopters. The adoption fee is $125.  An additional training fee applies to gentled animals.
  • Qualified adopters have an opportunity to “Adopt-A-Buddy” wild horse for an additional fee of $25. 
  • Gentling demonstrations at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
August 18 – Sunday Adoption:  9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Adoption continues on a first-come, first-select basis

Adoption fees may be made by cash, check, or major credit card and must be processed immediately after selection.  BLM staff will load each animal, with the adopter’s halter and lead rope, into a BLM-approved trailer provided by the adopter.

Even those who don’t plan to adopt are welcome to come view the animals and watch gentling demonstrations presented by Randy Helm. You can also watch Helm, as well as other Wild Horse and Burro videos, on the BLM YouTube site. Stories about successful adoptions can also be read on the BLM’s national website,

To reach the adoption site at Vacation Village Arena, take US60/AZ260/AZ77 into Show Low to the intersection of W. Deuce of Clubs and N. White Mountain Road. Go south on White Mountain Road for three (3) miles to the arena entrance on the left. Look for the statue of the leprechaun riding a bull.

The BLM offers wild horses and burros gathered from public lands in the West to qualified adopters who must demonstrate humane care for the animal for a year in order to apply for title. To qualify to adopt, you must be 18 years of age, have approved facilities to keep the animal(s), and proper transportation home for the animal(s) from the adoption site. For more information and adoption qualifications, call the BLM at 1-866-4MUSTANGS (1-866-468-7826) or visit

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.

Last updated: 08-07-2013