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California Desert District
Release Date: 10/15/12
Contacts: David Briery , (951) 697-5220 and  
  Steve Razo , (951) 697-5217  
News Release No. CDD-13-6

Ridgecrest Corrals Open House and Wild Horse and Burro Adoption

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces a public open house and adoption at its Ridgecrest Corrals near Ridgecrest, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Tours of the facilities will be offered.  Hamburgers and hot dogs will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. while they last.

There are 31 young animals available for adoption: 20 wild horses, 10 burros, and one mule.  One horse has been “gentled.”  Potential adopters may also view the mustangs and burros from Noon to 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26.  BLM staff will approve adoption applications from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. The adoption fee is $125.00 per animal.  Animals will be available for adoption on a first come, first served basis.  Adoption fees may be paid by cash, check, or credit card.

The mustangs and burros are called living legends because they exhibit the strength, endurance, and spirit of the American West where they roam.  The 31 animals available for adoption were gathered from public lands in California and Nevada, have been wormed and vaccinated, and are in excellent health.  

Qualified adopters must be 18 years old, have adequate facilities, the financial means to care for the animal(s), and would have some experience training or raising a horse or burro.  Adopters also must be a resident of the United States and have no convictions for inhumane treatment of animals.  Qualified individuals with the proper facilities may adopt up to four animals. Adopters should bring a nylon web halter and 20-foot, cotton lead rope for each animal.  A stock trailer will be required to transport the animal(s). Drop-ramp trailers will not be allowed. BLM wranglers will load the animals into the trailer.

The process is called an “adoption” because BLM retains title to the animal for one year after the adoption.  During the year, a BLM compliance officer or designated representative will visit each adopter to ensure the animal is being cared for and has a good home. During this time adopters cannot sell their adopted animal. Adopters must notify BLM if the animal is moved.  After the first year, adopters may apply for title.  BLM will pass title of the animal if all the stipulations of the adoption agreement have been met. The animal becomes the private property of the adopter only after BLM transfers title, which completes the adoption process.
Directions to the Ridgecrest Corrals: from China Lake Boulevard in Ridgecrest, east on California Highway 178 four miles to Randsburg-Wash Road.  The corrals are immediately on the right.  For more information about the adoption or the Bureau's Adopt-A-Wild Horse and Burro Program, contact BLM toll free at (800) 951-8720, or visit


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Last updated: 10-25-2012