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Northern California District
Release Date: 01/16/14
Contacts: Jeff Fontana (530) 252-5332    
News Release No. CA-N-14-16

BLM Offering Halter-Trained Wild Horses for Adoption in Ferndale

Young halter-trained wild horses will be looking for new homes when the Bureau of Land Management offers them for adoption during the annual Back Country Horsemen's Association pack clinic, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 8 and 9, at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds in Ferndale.

The BLM will also offer two jenny burros.

The four horses, all under 3 years old, have received initial training by BLM wranglers at the agency's wild horse and burro corrals near Susanville. The wranglers used limited resistance training methods to train the two fillies and two geldings.

The animals are certified healthy and ready to continue training.

Anyone interested can preview the animals when they arrive at the fairgrounds Friday, Feb.7, at about 4 p.m. The adoption event gets underway at 9 a.m. Saturday, with an hour of silent bidding. Animals not adopted during bidding will be available on a first-come, first-served basis after 10 a.m. Saturday and until noon Sunday.

To qualify, an adopter must be at least 18 and a resident of the United States. Adopted animals must be kept in a corral that offers at least 400 square feet per animal and is surrounded by a six-foot fence built of pipe or boards. Five-foot fences are allowed for horses under 2 years old. A two-sided, roofed shelter is required.

Title to adopted animals initially remains with the federal government. Adopters receive title after providing a year of good care.

The animals coming to Ferndale were gathered from public land ranges in the BLM's ongoing work to manage wild populations in balance with other range users and available rangeland food and water.

The pack clinic, hosted by the Back Country Horsemen of California's Redwood Unit,  is open free to the public and provides opportunities to learn about a variety of packing-related skills including knots, load balancing, camp cooking and highline setup. There are fees for various horsemanship classes and workshops.


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Last updated: 01-16-2014