News.bytesNews.bytes Extra, issue 199

MUSTANGS, BURROS FIND HOMES IN SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY

Wild horse and burro enthusiasts from California's San Joaquin Valley provided homes for 43 mustangs and 18 wild burros, when the Bureau of Land Management hosted an adoption event Saturday and Sunday, March 12-13, at the International Agri-Center in Tulare.

The event featured mustangs from the Twin Peaks, Buckhorn and Devil's Garden areas in northeast California and northwest Nevada, and from herd areas in Colorado and Wyoming. A special attraction for adopters was a group of halter-trained mustangs from the wild horse training program at a state prison in Canon City, Colo. Five of the six trained horses were adopted.

The high bid offered for a mustang during silent bidding was $400.

BLM-California's wild horse and burro adoption program now moves to Norco, where mustangs and burros will be offered at Ingalls Park, Saturday and Sunday, April 9 and 10. The program then heads north for an event at the Redding Rodeo Grounds, Saturday and Sunday, April 30 and May 1.

Above: BLM wrangler Rocky Satica sorts mustangs in their high desert pasture at the Litchfield Wild Horse and Burro Corrals near Susanville. The animals were being selected for the Tulare adoption event.

Below: Horses selected for the Tulare adoption event, photographed in their Litchfield pasture.

Below: "Sandie," a halter-trained mustang from the Canon City, Colo. prison training program, rests in her pen after arrival in Tulare.

Above: A young mustang awaiting adoption looks over the tack on a BLM saddle horse.

Below: A prospective adopter checks the statistics on mustangs available for adoption. A bald-faced, sorrel mustang checks out the adopter.

Above: A young mustang takes a tasty treat of hay from a young adoption event visitor.

Below: Like father, like son. A young buckaroo looks over the herd.


Above: Mustang trainer Lesley Neuman works with a wild horse from the adoption pens. Neuman offered several popular demonstrations of limited resistance gentling and training techniques

Below: Two hours into the training session, the young filly had calmed down considerably.


Above, Dave Foster of Hemet finishes attaching back country packing equipment to one of his adopted mustangs prior to a demonstration at the Tulare adoption event. Last year, Dave and his wife, Arlene, used three horses, including two mustangs, to complete a five-month, 2,600-mile trip on the Pacific Crest Trail.

Below: BLM wrangler Grant Lockie moves a pair of burros toward their adopter's trailer. It was the first step in the trip to a new home.

Below: Wrangler Rocky Satica adjusts an adopted burro's halter, while Thad Waltman completes the paperwork for shipment of the animal to its new home.

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