News Release

For Release:  June 19, 2007      
Contact: Jeff Fontana (530) 252-5332

Free Horse Training Demonstration Scheduled for Chico

Horse enthusiasts can get free advice on mustang taming and training methods, when two northern California horse trainers hold demonstrations during the Bureau of Land Management’s wild horse and burro adoption event Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24, at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico. Gates are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
Dixie LaFountain of Weaverville and Edona Miller of Wheatland both have experience gentling and training wild horses and burros. They will work with horses directly from the BLM’s adoption pens, showing techniques that build trust between horses and their owners.
The demonstrations will be held during both days of the adoption event.
During the event, the BLM will offer approximately 30 horses and 10 burros for adoption.  The horses range in age from under a year to about 5 years old.  All animals have received vaccinations and de-worming treatments and are certified healthy.  They come with complete health care records.
The adoption event opens at 9 a.m. Saturday with an hour of written bidding. Animals not taken during bidding will be available for a $125 adoption fee.
Horse and burro adopters must be at least 18 years old and have no convictions for animal mistreatment.  They must have facilities that meet BLM requirements.  BLM staff members will interview prospective adopters to be sure they understand the requirements.
Adopted wild horses must be kept in corrals surrounded by six-foot fences built of pipe or boards.  Horses under 18 months old can be kept in corrals with five foot fences; burros can be kept in corrals surrounded by four-and a-half-foot fences.  Animals must be kept in corrals until they can be approached, haltered, handled and led.
For more information on the BLM wild horse and burro adoption program call 866-4MUSTANGS or visit the website at


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