U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
News.bytes Extra, issue 403
Mustangs show their stuff at Sacramento event
Visitors to last weekend's National Wild Horse Adoption Day event in Sacramento watched training demonstrations, learned about different bridles, saw how mustangs can help rescue injured people in remote areas, and even watched a mustang do "math" and give a ride to a dog. (text continues below)
The program Saturday included demonstrations by trainers Deven Childers, who competed in the Extreme Mustang Makeover in Texas and Gena Wasley and Sue Watkins, who competed in the Western States Mustang Challenge in Sacramento. El Dorado County Search and Rescue demonstrated the remote rescue techniques. Bureau of Land Management Compliance Specialist Jason Williams and volunteer Vanessa Scroggins competed in several mustang events.
The event was part of the first National Wild Horse Adoption Day in the United States. One horse and one burro were adopted at Sacramento's event.
Nearly 33,000 mustangs roam federal lands across the West. In order to manage the herds and maintain both land and herd health, the BLM oversees the adoption of wild horses and burros through public adoptions held throughout the United States. Since 1973, more than 220,000 wild horses and burros have been adopted.
David Christy, BLM Central California District Public Affairs, 10/5/09
|Last updated: 10-06-2009|