BLM Logo
Northern California District
Release Date: 03/20/12
Contacts: Jeff Fontana , 530-252-5332 ,
News Release No. CA-N-12-40

Halter Trained Horses to be offered for Public Adoption

Halter-trained geldings and fillies will be among 18 wild horses and burros offered by the Bureau of Land Management for public adoption Saturday, March 31, during the Back Country Horsemen of California State Rendezvous at the Tehama County Fairgrounds in Red Bluff.
Wranglers from the BLM’s wild horse and burro corrals near Susanville have been gentling nine animals for adoption.

“They are all at different stages, but all will accept a halter and can be led,” said corral manager Doug Satica.  The gentled horses range in age from about a year to 3 years old.

Adoption event gates open at 8 a.m.  The adoption begins at 9 a.m. with two hours of silent bidding.  Animals not taken during bidding will be available for $125 the rest of the day on a first-come, first-served basis.

Anyone interested can preview the animals from 2 to 6 p.m. on Friday, March 30.

The mustangs are from public land ranges near High Rock Canyon in northwest Nevada. The burros are from the Twin Peaks high desert area northeast of Susanville.

All animals up for adoption are certified healthy and have received all necessary vaccinations including shots for rabies and West Nile virus.  They come with complete health care records.

To qualify, adopters must be at least 18 years old and residents of the United States.  For each animal they must provide a 400 square-foot corral surrounded by six-foot pipe or board fences (five-foot corral fences are allowed for horses under 18 months old; four and a half-foot fences are allowed for burros).  A roofed, two-sided shelter is required.  Animals must be kept in these corrals until they can be handled, haltered and led.

Adopted animals initially remain property of the federal government.  After providing a year of good care, adopters can receive title.

Wild horses and burros are protected by a federal law that requires the BLM to manage wild populations at levels that the rangelands can support.  Animals removed from the range are offered for public adoption.

More information on adopting a wild horse or burro is available by calling (866) 468-7826.


Northern California District   355 Hemsted Drive      Redding, CA 96002  

Last updated: 03-23-2012