U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
For Release: April 16, 2007
Horses,Burros Up for Adoption at ‘Meet the Mustangs Day’
Residents of the Napa Valley and surrounding areas have the opportunity to adopt a wild horse or burro and enjoy a day of family fun, when the Bureau of Land Management and Napa Valley Horsemen’s Association host “Meet the Mustangs Day,” Saturday, May 19.
Events get underway when the adoption event gates open at 8 a.m. at the Horsemen’s Association Grounds, 1200 Foster Rd. Horse and burro adoptions get underway with an hour of silent bidding beginning at 9 a.m.
The BLM will offer for adoption 20 young horses, including four halter-trained colts, and six burros. Silent bids start at $125. Animals not taken during bidding will be available for the BLM’s standard $125 adoption fee.
Mustang Day events will be held throughout the day and include entertainment, arena shows, music, educational displays and demonstrations, burro games and a packing clinic. Games and a story time for children also are included.
“This is a great opportunity to adopt a young, healthy wild horse or burro, and to meet people who have adopted and trained their own animals,” said Pardee Bardwell of the BLM.
“We are excited to share our love and enthusiasm about mustangs and burros,” said event organizer Nancy Kerson. “We think that when people meet our animals up close they will find that wild horses and burros excel at everything that domestic horses do. These are smart, loyal and highly trainable animals.
All available animals have received de-worming treatments and vaccinations for West Nile virus, rabies and common equine diseases. All have negative Coggins test results. Adopters receive complete health records for their animals so they can begin health care programs with their veterinarians.
To qualify, adopters must be at least 18 years old and have no convictions for inhumane treatment of animals. BLM staff members will interview all prospective adopters to be sure they meet the BLM adoption requirements.
Newly adopted horses and burros must be kept in corrals with at least 400 square feet of space per animal (20 feet by 20 feet), surrounded by a fence built of pipe or boards. Six-foot fences are required for adult horses.
Horses under 18 months old can be kept in corrals with five-foot fences, and four-and-a-half-foot fences are allowed for burros. Adopters must provide a two-sided, roofed shelter to provide protection from extreme weather.
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