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Release Date: 08/09/10
Contacts: David Christy (916) 941-3146    
News Release No. CA-CC-10-92

Horses, Burros Available for Adoption in Grass Valley

Residents of the Grass Valley area will have the opportunity to add a horse or burro to their families when the Bureau of Land Management brings its Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program to the Nevada County Horsemen’s Association, 10600 Bubbling Well Road (off Brunswick Road) in Grass Valley, Saturday, Aug. 28.

The BLM will offer about 10 halter-gentled horses, mostly yearlings, and two burros for public adoption. They are being trained by volunteers Michele DeCamp, Penn Valley; Linda Stine, Garden Valley; Daniel Gardei, San Martin (trained by riding club); Kennifer Lamprecht, Millville; Tracy Maurer, Livermore and Jeff Retterath, Janesville.

The event will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.  Adoptions begin with silent bidding from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Animals not taken during bidding will be available for a $125 adoption fee.

"With summer days ahead, this is a good time to begin training an adopted mustang or burro," said Doug Satica, manager of BLM’s Litchfield Wild Horse and Burro Facility.  "Our horses and burros are certified to be healthy and they are ready to begin training."
The horses are from herd management areas in Northeast California and Northwest Nevada.  Burros (donkeys) came from Southern California deserts.
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.

Title to adopted wild horses and burros 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," Satica said.  "Adopters love their horses for pleasure riding and trail riding, back country packing, ranch work and competition.  People train their burros for back country packing, pulling carts, and riding."

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 shared with wildlife and domestic livestock.  Herd sizes are controlled 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 37,000 wild horses and burros roaming on public rangelands in the western states.  Almost 225,000 animals have been placed in private care since the BLM’s Adopt-a-Horse-or-Burro Program began in the early 1970s.

For additional information on the adoption event or wild horse management, contact the BLM toll free at 1-866-4MUSTANGS or the Litchfield Corrals at (530) 254-6575.   Information is also available online at


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Last updated: 08-09-2010