DATE: April 17, 2007
CONTACT: Mike Brown, (775) 753-0386
ELKO FIELD OFFICE NO. 2007-51
Wild Mustang and Burro Adoption Scheduled for Spring Creek Horse Palace
They are the living symbols of America’s wild West, and on June 2, 2007 the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plans to offer 41 mustangs and 5 burros to qualified adopters through its Adopt-A-Horse or Burro Program at the Horse Palace in Spring Creek, Nevada. All the mustangs and burros may be previewed on line at blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/elko_field_offices.html.
The mustangs (yearlings, geldings and mares up to three years old) and burros were gathered from public lands in California and Nevada. BLM monitors the herds and removes animals when they begin to over populate their herd area. The removals ensure the rangelands will remain healthy for the remaining wild horses and burros, native wildlife, and permitted livestock. The animals have been wormed and vaccinated and are in excellent health.
The wild mustangs and burros will arrive at the Horse Palace in the afternoon of Friday, June 1. Potential adopters may view the animals on Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. BLM staff will approve adoption applications Friday evening and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
The adoption will be conducted by silent competitive bid Saturday morning only from 11:30 a.m. to noon., which provides all adopters an equal opportunity to adopt the animal of their choice. Adopters will receive a bidder number once their application is approved, which they must have to participate in the competitive bid portion of the adoption.
The minimum fee for the competitive bid will start at $125 per animal. Animals not selected during the competitive bid will be available for adoption on a first come, first served basis for the remainder of Saturday for $125 per animal. After the silent auction is over and if there are animals remaining, people who have adopted a wild horse or burro may choose a second animal under the “buddy program” for $25.
Adoption fees may be paid by cash, check, or credit card. The fees are used to help defray the cost of gathering and preparing the animals for adoption. Qualified individuals with proper facilities may adopt up to four animals.
Individuals must be at least 18 years old, a resident of the United States, and have no convictions for inhumane treatment of animals. Adopters also must have adequate facilities, the financial means to care for the animal(s), and should have some experience training or raising a horse or burro.
Newly adopted wild horses or burros must be kept in an enclosed corral with a minimum area of 400 square feet (20' x 20' or larger) per animal. Corral fences must be at least 5 feet high for burros and 6 feet high for ungentled adult horses. Horses under 18 months of age may be kept in corrals with fences 5 ½ feet high. Fences should be of pole, pipe, or plank construction. Barbed wire is not allowed in stalls or corrals. The corral also must contain a structure to provide shelter for the animal.
Adopters should bring a nylon web halter and 20-foot cotton lead rope for each animal. A stock trailer will be required to transport the animal(s). Drop ramp trailers and two-horse straight load will not be allowed. The wranglers will load the animals into the trailers. Private carriers also will be available to help adopters transport their newly adopted animal(s) home if needed.
BLM also will provide free horse training demonstrations on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and a gentling demonstration from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The mustangs used in the demonstrations will be offered for adoption.
Mustangs make excellent riding stock, and properly trained some adopted Mustangs have become national champions in dressage, snaffle bit competitions, trail endurance, and jumping. BLM wranglers and personnel will be available to answer questions and help adopters select their animals.
The process is called an "adoption" because BLM retains title to the animal for one year after the adoption. During the year, a BLM or designated representative will visit each adopter to ensure the animal is being cared for and has a good home. During this time, adopters cannot sell their adopted animal. Adopters must notify BLM if the animal is moved.
After the first year, adopters must apply for title. BLM will pass title of the animal if all the stipulations of the adoption agreement have been met. The animal becomes the private property of the adopter only after BLM transfers title, which completes the adoption process. More than 210,000 animals have been placed in private homes since the Adopt-A-Horse or Burro Program began in 1973.
For more information about the Spring Creek adoption call Bryan Fuell at 753-0314 or the Bureau's Adopt-A-Horse or Burro Program, contact BLM at 866-4MUSTANGS.
NOTE TO EDITORS: Photographers and reporters are welcome to attend the adoption anytime. We will deliver the animals the afternoon of Friday, June 1, which generally provides excellent photo opportunities. Or, if you would prefer, come Saturday and Sunday morning and interview and photograph adopters with their newfound friend(s). For more information contact Mike Brown at (775) 753-0386.
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