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California Desert District
Release Date: 10/31/12
Contacts: David Briery , 951-697-5220  
  Stephen Razo , 951-697-5217  
News Release No. CA-CDD-13-9

Mustangs and Burros Looking for Homes

A stable full of young mustangs and burros (jennies) are looking for new homes through the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program.  On Saturday Nov. 10, the Sundance Ranch in Redlands will host a BLM Wild Horse and Burro Adoption from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The Sundance Ranch is located at 27273 Pilgrim Road (off San Timoteo Canyon Road), Redlands, Calif.

All animals are healthy and are up-to-date with vaccinations and deworming.   They also have a current Coggins test.  The adopter agrees to act as caretaker for the animal for at least one year during which time the animal remains the property of the BLM.  After one year of providing proper care, the adopter may apply for and receive ownership title.

Adoption prerequisites require that each animal be provided a minimum of 400 square feet (20’ x 20’).  The corral must be of pipe or wood construction and have a shelter with two sides and a roof.  Horses more than 18 months of age must have a fence at least 6-feet tall.  Younger horses need fencing that is at least 5-feet tall; burros and mules require 4½-feet fencing.

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 more information, please contact the Ridgecrest Regional Wild Horse and Burro Corrals, (800) 951-8720.


California Desert District   22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos      Moreno Valley, CA 92553  

Last updated: 10-31-2012