“Noble Mustangs” In Helena On June 15 & 16
In Conjunction With Wild Horse & Burro Adoption
What is smart, sure-footed and helps protect Montana’s northern border? Four wild horses that previously roamed the rugged country of America’s west were gentled and are now being used by the U.S. Border Patrol to inspect some of Montana’s backcountry border near Glacier Park.
These horses known as operation “Noble Mustang” will be in Helena June 15 and 16 at the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds to help the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) promote their wild horse and burro adoption. The public is invited to see the horses and visit with their handlers to learn what is possible with the animals once they have been trained.
The four border patrol horses were adopted from BLM’s wild horse and burro adoption program for the $125 fee, and then trained by inmates at a correctional facility in Colorado. After living for generations in the mountains of the West, the wild horses are well suited to patrol the rugged mountains of Montana.
The preview starts at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 15 at the fairgrounds with training demonstrations by Steve Mantle scheduled for 1 and 5 p.m. BLM expects about 40 horses and 10 burros to be offered for adoption with a $125 minimum bid for each animal. On June 16, the preview starts at 7 a.m. with the oral adoption auction starting at 10 a.m.
Interested adopters are encouraged to apply ahead of time by calling Nancy Bjelland, adoption coordinator, at (406) 896-5222 or toll free 1-866-4mustangs. Specific requirements for adopting and transporting animals can be found at BLM’s website: wildhorseandburro.blm.gov.