Date: May 23, 2006
Contact: Cindy Wertz 307-775-6014
BLM to host wild horse, burro adoption
The Wyoming Bureau of Land Management is hosting a wild horse and burro demonstration and adoption on June 9-10 in Afton,Wyo. The adoption will be held at the Lincoln County Recreation Park located at 1333 Allred Rd. in Afton, Wyo.
The BLM will offer approximately 35-40 wild horses and 10 burros, in a wide variety of colors including a number of pintos. Approximately 10 horses and burros will be offered that have been through various stages of training.
Steve Mantle of the Mantle Ranch in Wheatland, Wyo. will be presenting free training demonstrations on Friday, June 9, from 1-6 p.m. and on Saturday, June 10, from 8-10:30 a.m. Mantle will discuss and demonstrate gentling techniques used in training wild horses at his ranch. Question and answer sessions will follow the demonstrations. The horses and burros available for adoption can also be previewed during this time.
On Saturday, June 10, viewing begins at 8 a.m. and the verbal competitive bid adoption begins at 10:30 a.m. The minimum bid for each animal is $125. Adopters must be qualified and applications will be accepted at the adoption.
Alan Shepherd, Wyoming BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program Lead, said, "Our goal is to have horses adopted to caring homes because their welfare is our concern."
Potential adopters can preview the horses and burros that will be offered in Afton by visiting http://www.wy.blm.gov/wildhorses. Horses are also available year round by appointment through the BLM Rock Springs Corrals and the Mantle Ranch (http://www.mantleswildhorses.com/index.html.).
For further information, call 1-866-4-MUSTANGS or visit www.wy.blm.gov/wildhorses.