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Release Date: 05/30/14
Contacts: Heather Tiel-Nelson (208) 736-2352    

University of Idaho 4-H Clubs and BLM Partner to Showcase Wild Horse Weanlings

REXBURG, ID. – On Friday, June 6, University of Idaho 4-H members from around eastern Idaho will arrive at the Madison County Fairgrounds in Rexburg to pick up wild horse weanlings (aged 6 – 11 months) and yearlings that they will then train in preparation for the Madison County Fair in Rexburg, August 14 – 16.   The weanlings will be showcased during the Fair, and then offered to the public for adoption. 

The pairing of weanling with a 4-H club trainer will take place through a random drawing. Viewing of the wild horse weanlings will begin at 1 p.m., with the drawing taking place at 2 p.m. Additionally, horse trainer Mario Johnson of Georgetown, Idaho will work with a wild horse and offer gentling tips to those interested in training a mustang. “This has been an extremely enriching partnership between the University of Idaho’s Extension 4-H Clubs and the BLM. So many of our hearts have been touched by working with these mustangs – it is a wonderful thing to see our kids blossom and the horses become such willing partners,” said Lone Star Riders 4-H leader Tina Reay.

The partnership has been a shining example of success. Since the program’s inception, every weanling that has been trained has been adopted – that’s over 120 weanlings that have found good homes in Idaho or surrounding states. The 4-H groups have raised over $10,000 to support their programs—a true win-win for all involved.

 “Potential adopters see a great benefit if a wild horse has been handled and experienced good ground work training methods,” said Steve Leonard, BLM Wild Horse Specialist.

 For questions about the wild horse weanling pick up, please contact Rawhide Clark at (208) 312-0364 or Denice Morgan at (208) 524-7597. You may also contact Steve Leonard, Boise District Wild Horse Specialist at (208) 384-3454 for any additional questions about adopting a wild horse from the Boise Wild Horse Corrals.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.

Last updated: 05-30-2014