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California Desert District
Release Date: 07/07/09
Contacts: David Briery , 951-697-5220 ,
  Steve Razo , 951-697-5217 ,
News Release No. CA-CDD-09-53

Wild Horses Available for Adoption in Lakeside

Residents of Southern California will have the opportunity to add a wild horse (mustang) to their families when the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) brings its Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program to Pillsbury Ranch, 13036 Willow Road in Lakeside, July 17-19.

The BLM will offer about 36 horses, mostly yearlings, for public adoption. Most horses are from the Nellis herd management area of Nevada. 

Anyone interested can preview the mustangs from 1- 6 p.m. on Friday, July 17.  The adoption is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday.  Title to adopted wild horses remains with the federal government for one year.  After providing a year of good care, adopters can receive title.  The BLM or a representative will check on the condition of the animal during the adoption period.

"Wild horses are strong, loyal, intelligent and very trainable," according to Art DiGrazia, BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program manager.  "Adopters love their horses for pleasure riding and trail riding, back country packing, ranch work and competition."

Wild horses and burros are protected by a federal law, the Wild and Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act.  The law recognizes the animals as "living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the west," and requires the BLM to manage the wild herds. The BLM periodically gathers horses and burros to control herd populations on ranges to ensure there is sufficient feed and water for all range users and to ensure that natural resources are not over-used.

There are about 29,500 wild horses and burros roaming on public rangelands in the western states.  More than 220,000 animals have been adopted since the BLM’s Adopt-a-Horse-or-Burro Program began in the early 1970s.

For additional information call the BLM toll free at (866) 4MUSTANGS or the Ridgecrest Corral at (800) 951-8720.  Information is also available online at


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Last updated: 07-07-2009