March 15-16: BLM to hold wild horse and burro event in Palestine, Texas

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Anderson County Livestock Arena
750 N U.S. Highway 287
Palestine, TX
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NORMAN, Okla. — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will hold a two-day wild horse and burro event March 15-16, at the Anderson County Livestock Arena in Palestine, Texas. 

The event begins Friday, March 15, at 10 a.m., and will feature 120 animals for adoption. Adoptions take place March 15, noon-6 p.m. and Saturday, March 16, 8 a.m.-noon. 

As part of the program’s efforts to find every horse and burro a good home, BLM now offers up to $1,000 to adopt an untrained animal. This incentive is offered for every animal in Palestine. On July 26, 2021, BLM announced additional steps to secure the health and safety of animals through the Adoption Incentive Program, including conducting inspections of wild horses and burros within six months of the adoption date. 

Animals offered at the event are adult and yearling horses along with burros that once roamed free on public lands in the west. BLM periodically removes excess animals from the range to maintain healthy herds and to protect other rangeland resources. The Adoption and Sale Program is essential for achieving these important management goals. Since 1973, BLM has placed more than 280,000 of these animals in approved homes across the country.

BLM staff will approve applications onsite. To qualify:  

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old with no record of animal abuse;
  • Homes must have a minimum of 400 square feet of corral space per animal, with access to food, water and shelter;
  • Corral fence must meet height requirements: 
    • Adult horses - 6 feet  
    • Yearlings - 5 feet 
    • Burros - 4.5 feet; and  
  • Trailers must be stock type, covered, with swing gates and sturdy walls/floors.  

BLM staff will be on hand to provide more information and assist with the short application process. 

The Anderson County Livestock Arena is located at 750 N U.S. Highway 287, Palestine, Texas. For more information, call 866-468-7826 or visit