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California Desert District
Release Date: 01/31/13
Contacts: David Briery , 951-697-5220  
  Steve Razo , 951-697-5217  
News Release No. CA-CDD-13-29

BLM Offers 14 Wild Horses and Burros for Adoption, Opportunity to Meet New Corral Manager

Eleven horses and three burros will be available for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wild Horse and Burro February Adoption on Saturday Feb. 9, 2013, at the Sundance Ranch in Redlands from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The Sundance Ranch is located at 27273 Pilgrim Road (off San Timoteo Canyon Road), Redlands, CA 92373.

The adoption also offers fans of the American West’s beloved mustangs and burros the opportunity to meet Grant Lockie, who was recently appointed facility manager for the Regional Corrals & Adoption Center at Ridgecrest.  Lockie succeeds Arthur DiGrazia, who retired in 2012 after 38 years with the program. Lockie previously served as a wild horse wrangler for 12 years at the BLM’s Litchfield Corrals near Susanville. 

The Ridgecrest corrals are a short-term facility for wild horses and burros, which have significantly increased in numbers throughout the West due to federal protection and a lack of natural predators.  The BLM monitors rangeland conditions and wild horse and burro herds to determine the number of animals, including livestock and wildlife that the land can support.  When vegetation and water become too scarce for the number of animals using an area, the BLM is then obligated to gather excess wild horses and burros from that area. Wild horses and burros are housed at the Ridgecrest facility while they await adoption to good homes.

Adopters of wild horses and burros pay the federal government $125 and agree to act as caretaker for one year, during which time the adopted horse or burro remains the property of the U.S. Government.  After one year of providing proper care, the adopter may apply for and receive ownership title.  All animals offered for adoption are healthy and are up to date on vaccinations and deworming.   They also have a current Coggins test.

Adopters must provide each animal a minimum of 400 square feet (20’x20’). The corral must be pipe or wood construction and have a shelter with two sides and a roof.  Horses over 18 months of age must have a fence at least 6 ft tall; horses under 18 months require a fence 5-ft tall and burros require a 4 ½-ft fence.

For more information about these animals or others available for adoption, please contact the Ridgecrest Regional Corrals & Adoption Center at (800) 951-8720.


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

Last updated: 02-01-2013