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California Desert District Office
Release Date: 03/20/13
Contacts: David Briery, (951) 697-5220    
  Steve Razo, (951) 697-5217    
News Release No. CA-CDD-13-37

BLM Offers 26 Mustangs, 10 Burros, and a Mule for Norco Adoptions

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces 26 mustangs, 10 burros, and one mule will be available for adoption on a first come, first-served basis March 22-24 in conjunction with the Back Country Horsemen of California Rendezvous at George Ingalls Equestrian Event Center, Sixth and Crestview Streets, Norco, CA 92860. Adoption hours are Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 9 a.m. until noon on Sunday, March 24. Photos of some of the animals are available at

Wild horses and burros  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 more than 18 months of age require a six-foot tall fence; horses under 18 months require a five-foot tall fence; and burros require a 4 ½-foot tall 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 Office   22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553  

Last updated: 03-21-2013