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News.bytes Extra, issue 479

"Meet & Greet" a Mustang

In an effort to get the word out about the wild horse and burro program, BLM volunteers are offering opportunities for the public to “meet and greet” a mustang.

A man holding a baby pets a horse.
A young equestrian to be inspects Blue at the Gilroy event.

Volunteers staffed booths at a Walnut Creek Horse Faire and an event at Tractor Supply in Gilroy. Pat Offut took his mustang, April, to the Walnut Creek event and hub leader Syd Blankenship gave attendees in Gilroy a chance to get to know Blue, a star BLM employee who assists wrangler Pat Cannon.

Two children pet a horse.
Young Horse Faire attendees in Walnut Creek visit April the mustang.

A man wraps his arms over the top of a horse.
Pat Offutt and April demonstrate the calm temperament of the mustang in Walnut Creek

“We rely on volunteers to help get the word out about the Wild Horse and Burro Program and appreciate their work in these events,” said Amy Dumas, California Wild Horse and Burro Program lead.

A group of people watch horses in a corral.
Syd Blankenship talks mustangs with attendees in Gilroy.

Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Dumas at (916) 978-4678, email adumas@blm.gov.

For additional information on adoptions or wild horse management, contact the BLM toll free at 1-866-4MUSTANGS.   Information is also available online at www.wildhorseandburro.blm.gov.


- David Christy, Public Affairs, Central California District 5/3/11 

BLM-California News.bytes, issue 479
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Last updated: 05-05-2011