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California Desert District
Release Date: 07/13/11
Contacts: David Briery (951) 697-5220    
  Steve Razo (951) 697-5217    
News Release No. CA-CDD-11-49

Wild Horses Available for Adoption in Lakeside

Note to Broadcast Journalists:  in addition to live interview opportunities at the event with the Old Buckaroo (Art DiGrazia) and a mustang or two, we can bring them to your station any day prior.

Residents of the San Diego area will have the opportunity to add a wild horse 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 22-24.

The BLM will offer for adoption about 30 wild horses and 10 wild burros.  Anyone interested can preview the mustangs from 8 a.m. until noon on Friday, July 22.  The adoption begins at 1 p.m. Friday, ending at 5 p.m.  On Saturday and Sunday, the adoption begins at 8 a.m., ending at 5 p.m. on Saturday and 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, manager of BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Ridgecrest Corrals.  "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 38,500 wild horses and burros roaming on public rangelands in the western states.  Off the range, there are nearly 40,000 other wild horses and burros that are fed and cared for at short-term corrals and long-term pastures. More than 225,000 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: 07-12-2011