Idaho's Wild Horses

Idaho Wild Horse Adoption

 Upcoming Idaho Wild Horse Viewing and Adoption Opportunities

Please contact Clay Stott, Boise District Wild Horse and Burro Specialist (acting) at 208-384-3454 to set up an appointment if you're interested in adopting any of the remaining Soda Fire Gather wild horses! 





Soda Fire Gather horses at Boise Wild Horse Corrals

Soda Fire Gather horses at Boise Wild Horse Corrals
Soda Fire Gather horses at Boise Wild Horse CorralsSoda Fire Gather horses at Boise Wild Horse Corrals

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Read about the rewards of adopting a wild horse from our proud adopters!

“On Dec 5th, 2009, I adopted Meeka, a 5 month old mustang filly that came from the Four Mile Herd Management Area in Idaho. She was one of the fillies that the Busy Bees 4H group had worked with to halter train.
Originally, I was looking for a 1-2 yr old gelding to adopt, but due to the cold weather in December, I decided it was a better idea to pick a youngster that had been previously handled and that I could put in with my other horses within a short time. I felt like this was "cheating" a little, but it made more sense with the weather being the way it was. I planned on doing all Meeka's training myself, as I had trained a Kiger mustang from the BLM about 5 years earlier and enjoyed the experience and bonding.
The 4H group had done a lot of nice ground work with my filly- she could lead, load in a trailer, and pick up her feet when I adopted her. Foals learn so quickly and Meeka seemed to blend in with my herd in no time and decided she liked her own stall for shelter from the snow and wind!
I did a lot of ground work once spring came- light lounging (both free in a round pen and on a loungeline), plus just leading her around our bridle paths for walks to get her used to her surroundings. By the time she was one and a half, I began saddling her and ground driving her- she picks new things up quickly and retains them. I also ponied her in the foothills beside my paint mare for short trail rides.
When she turned two this spring, I began to ride her lightly and she hardly ever offered a buck. I also haul her now and then to drill team practice and ride or lounge her during warm up, then make her stand patiently for an hour while I practiced with my other horse. All this gets her used to other surroundings and hauling in the trailer. Meeka has a great calm disposition and LOVES people! She is so mellow; the only thing I wish was that she had a bit more spirit. Someday soon she is going to be an awesome kids or beginner horse.
This summer Meeka has been ridden lightly in the arena, and has gone on about 6 short trail rides in the foothills with another seasoned horse. Every time she gets more confident. I'm looking forward to next summer when she is three and I can ride her a bit more. She is 14.3- 15 hands high right now, and still has plenty of growing left to do.
Thanks for listening to my story and I hope others out there that adopt will have as good of experience as I have had.”
- Leta Kunz

Young Meeka
Young Meeka

Beautiful Meeka
What a beautiful horse!


Leta and Meeka
Leta takes Meeka for a short ride.

The Idaho Mustang Club at the Snake River Stampede

Snake River Stampede Parade

Boise District Wild Horse & Burro (WH&B) Program Partners with Idaho Mustang Club to win at Snake River Stampede Parade – One of the largest equestrian parades in the nation was held on July 16, in conjunction with one of the largest rodeos in the nation, the Snake River Stampede, in Nampa, Idaho. Ten riders from the Idaho Mustang Club and Steve Leonard, Boise District’s WH&B Specialist, rode in the parade. The riders paid for their own matching shirts, saddle blankets and serapes with the words, “Idaho Mustang” embroidered on them. Steve carried the BLM wild horse flag and the Idaho Mustang group also carried a flag. There was a lot of positive spectator response to the group along the parade route. The mustang group won second place in the adult rider category, receiving a trophy and $100 check. “This award has generated a lot of excitement among the Idaho Mustang Group, including discussions about hosting a Mustang horse show in the Treasure Valley,” according to Steve Leonard. He said, “This would potentially reconstitute the Tri-State Mustang show Series, with Idaho joining Utah and Wyoming with Mustang shows.”
Proud Adopters of a wild mustang

Lainey and Drake Reay with Gypsy Moon
Gypsy Moon is from the Challis Herd Management Area and was adopted by the Reay family after their daughter Lainey trained Gypsy in the Idaho 4H program. She is very gentle and nothing seems to bother her; a real “people pony.” The Reay’s horseshoer always marvels over her wonderful feet. Lainey recently showed Gypsy at the Western Idaho Fair and the Gem/Boise County Fair in the In-hand trail class. They had a lot of fun showing off their talent! As Gyspy is still too young to ride, Lainey and her family take her to 4H meetings and allow her to accompany them on trail rides so she can spend quality time with her adopters. Gypsy recently helped Lainey and her family promote their 4H yard sale and bake sale fundraiser this past fall. Lainey plans to take Gypsy to the fair again next fall and is thoroughly enjoying her mustang companion.
Laney with her adopted mustang "Gypsy Moon"Lainey with Gypsy Moon at the Western Idaho Fair.

Barbara and Shatira
Barbara and Shatira
Barbra and Shatira with their ribbons!
Barbara and Shatira with their hard-earned ribbons!

Barbara Gerber is a Swiss mustang lover. She owns a ranch in Switzerland and has adopted three American mustangs. Barbara first adopted Shatira, a beautiful palomino mustang mare from the Saylor Creek Herd in Idaho. Barbara showed Shatira in 2008 at the Mustang and Burro show in Reno and won High Point Champion at the Western Idaho Fair in Boise. Shatira now lives in Switzerland with Barbara, and Barbara is pretty sure Shatira is the only American Mustang living in Europe!
Barbara with her mustang
Barbara and El Pueblo
El Pueblo, another Idaho mustang, came to Barbara from the Four Mile Herd. Barbara instantly fell in love with him and could pet him within a few hours of meeting him. Two days after Barbara adopted Pueblo, he allowed her to walk with him and clean his hooves. Barbara continues to work with Pueblo and he is a very affectionate horse.
Barbara and Desi
Barbara and Desi
Barbara has also adopted Desi, a 7 year old mustang mare. Desi is sweet and Barbara enjoys working with her as well. Barbara is so grateful to have these wonderful animals in her life that she founded the Swiss Wild Horse Association in 2009.
The DelCurtos and their adopted mustangThe DelCurtos adopted Beau from the Challis herd. They are enjoying watching Beau grow along with their son, Dax. Beau is a loving horse who gets along well with his adopted family.