BLM Nevada News
BATTLE MOUNTAIN FIELD OFFICE NO. 2008-02
FOR RELEASE: Jan. 4, 2008
CONTACT: Shawna Richardson, (775) 635-4181
ADOPT A WILD HORSE AT GATHER SITE
Reno, Nev.--Go to the source to pick out your own wild horse. The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Battle Mountain Field Office is offering trap site adoptions during two wild horse gathers in January in central Nevada.
Qualified individuals may adopt weanlings, mares or studs during the South Shoshone Herd Management Area (HMA) gather on Jan. 13 and the Roberts Mountain HMA gather on Jan. 20 and 21.
“A trap site adoption simplifies the adoption process,” said Shawna Richardson, wild horse and burro specialist at the field office, “because the horses aren’t transported three to eight hours to an adoption preparation facility.”
“It can be less stressful for the horses and adopters can have a fun experience,” said Richardson.
All horses adopted will have an initial set of inoculations for common equine diseases and will be Coggins tested to assure they do not have Equine Infectious Anemia. Horses will also be freezemarked on site.
The South Shoshone HMA is about 30 miles south of Battle Mountain and the Roberts Mountain HMA is about 30 miles northwest of Eureka.
“Because of the nature of a wild horse gather, we may have to make minor changes to the schedule,” said Richardson, “so it is really important that interested adopters let me know they plan to attend and what type of horse they are interested in adopting.”
The base adoption fee is $125. The adoptions could be conducted through a lottery system, competitive bidding, or first-come, first-served depending on the number of adopters. While a cross section of ages will be removed and left in the HMAs; those offered for adoption are expected to be in the weanling to age 4 group, unless interest is expressed for older horses.
Adopting is easy; if you have a good corral already set up for horses, you are half way there according to Richardson.
A simple application must be filled out and approved prior to adopting, and there are facility requirements that have to be met. Richardson suggests calling her at the BLM Battle Mountain Field Office, 775-635-4181, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, to find out how to pre-qualify to adopt and what equipment to bring to the adoption.
Wild horses offer durability, surefootedness, resilient health and overall usability in a variety of settings.
“The horses in the South Shoshone HMA will be sorrel, brown, black and bay with white face and leg markings, and should be average size or better,” said Richardson. “This HMA has never been gathered before by the BLM,” she noted.
According to Richardson, horses in the Roberts Mountain HMA are larger than the average wild horse and the herd has a lot of buckskin, palomino, dun and chestnut colors.
Horses from the Roberts Mountain HMA are gaining a reputation for good dispositions, too, based on comments from adopters at the Roberts Mountain trap site adoption in 2001.
“People have expressed their pleasure with the horses adopted at the 2001 event, saying their horse turned out to be really great for a variety of purposes from hunting to ranch work,” said Richardson.
The BLM will remove about 318 horses from the South Shoshone HMA beginning Jan. 9. The appropriate management level (AML) for the area is 60-100 horses. The Roberts Mountain HMA gather will begin around January 16, as soon as the Shoshone gather is complete. About 350 wild horses will be removed to leave a remaining population of 104. AML takes into account the adequacy of water and vegetation to support wild horses and burros, wildlife and licensed livestock in the area.
Excess wild horses not adopted at the trap site events will be transported to BLM preparation facilities in Utah, California and Nevada for entry into the adoption program or for placement in a long-term holding facility for older animals.
More information about the trap site adoption is available at www.blm.gov/nv. Information about the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program is available at www.blm.gov.