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Release Date: 08/29/11
Contacts: Jeff Fontana , 530-252-5332  
News Release No. CA-N-11-75

Wild Horses, Burros, Mules up for Adoption in Napa

Wild horses, burros and mules, including some halter trained mustangs, will be available for adoption when the Bureau of Land Management's Wild Horse and Burro adoption program comes to Napa Mustang Days Friday through Sunday, Sept. 16-18, in Napa.

The adoption event and three days of training clinics, entertainment, food and refreshments will be held at the Napa Valley Horsemen's Association Arena, 1200 Foster Rd.

The BLM adoption event will feature about 20 young mares, geldings, fillies and colts, 10 jack and jenny burros and two mules.  Several horses have been trained to halter by BLM volunteers.

Interested adopters can preview animals when they arrive at about 2 p.m. Friday.  The adoption begins at 9 a.m. Saturday with two hours of silent bidding.  Animals not taken during bidding will be available for a $125 adoption fee for the remainder of the weekend.

"This is a great opportunity to adopt a healthy, young and highly trainable horse, burro or mule," said Nancy Haug, manager of the BLM's Northern California District.  "Many of these mustangs are from our Twin Peaks Herd Management Area, known for producing beautiful, good sized horses."

The animals have been vaccinated against common equine diseases including rabies and West Nile virus.

Title to adopted animals initially remains with the federal government.  After providing a year of good care, adopters can receive title. 

Adopters must be 18 and have no convictions for inhumane treatment of animals.  For each animal they must provide 400 square feet of corral space surrounded by pipe or board fences. Six-foot fences are required for horses over 2 years old.  Five-foot fences are allowable for horses under two, and burros can be kept in corrals surrounded by four-and-a-half-foot fences.

The Mustang Days events are a partnership of the Napa Valley Horsemen's Association, the BLM and the California Wild Horse and Burro Volunteers Association.

More information is available at   Details on the BLM's Wild Horse and Burro program, including adoption requirements, are available at, or by calling 866-4MUSTANGS.

The animals coming to Napa were removed from public rangelands in BLM's work to manage wild populations in balance with other range users and to ensure that range feed and water sources are not over-used.


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Last updated: 08-29-2011