Adopt A 4-H Trained Wild Horse on August 30, 2020

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Boise District will host a call-in 4-H trained wild horse adoption on Aug. 30 from 1-2 p.m., accepting bids via phone or text. There are seven wild horse yearlings, born in the Bruneau Off-Range Wild Horse Corrals, that will be available.  

Prior to the adoption, the 4-H Clubs will showcase the training of their wild horses during an in-hand trail challenge from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. mountain time. Those interested will be able to watch the trail challenge via Facebook Live on the University of Idaho 4-H and BLM Wild Horse Training Program Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/4HBlmWildHorseProject/ 

There are six different 4-H Clubs participating in this adoption: Boots and Bullseyes (Ada County), Desperados (Ada and Canyon Counties), Moscow Mustangs (Latah County), Oasis (Elmore County), Snake River Livestock (Owyhee County) and Vallivue (Canyon County). The 4-H members have been working with these young charges since early July, teaching the horses to lead, load into a horse trailer and pick up their feet. The animals were originally to be offered for adoption during the Western Idaho Fair, which has since been canceled.  

If you are interested in adopting a 4-H trained wild horse yearling, please complete an application located here: https://www.blm.gov/sites/blm.gov/files/4710-010.pdf and email it to Boise District Wild Horse Specialist Raul Trevino at rtrevino@blm.gov or Boise District Wrangler Ruby Kyle at rkyle@blm.gov

Information about each of these horses will be available on the BLM Idaho website https://www.blm.gov/blog/2020-08-25/adopt-4-h-trained-wild-horse-august-30-2020 and Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/BLMIdaho – be sure to follow along to learn more about these horses.  

Bids will be accepted Aug. 30 via phone or text to 208-830-4522 or 208-473-9868 from 1-2 p.m. Once adopted, these horses will be available for pickup by appointment later that afternoon at the Boise Wild Horse Corrals; call 208-830-4522.  

For more information and adoption qualifications, call the BLM at 1-866-4MUSTANGS (1-866-468-7826) or visit www.blm.gov/whb.


Meet Lucky 7 from the Snake River LiveStock 4-H Club, Owyhee County!

Lucky 7

Lucky 7

Lucky 7

A note from the trainers: Lucky 7 is Max Bearden's 7th mustang in the 4H program. Max is 16 years old and a member of the Snake River 4H club located in Grand View, ID. Throughout the past seven mustangs, Max has developed a reputation for starting intelligent and soft colts and fillies. Lucky 7 is following suit with Max's previous colts. Lucky 7 took about a week and a half before he started trusting Max. He has turned out to be a "back pocket" type of colt. Once Lucky 7 is comfortable with you he is extremely soft and trusting. 


Meet Ranger from the Desperados 4-H Club, Ada County!

Ranger

Ranger

Ranger

A note from the trainers: Ranger is the 13th mustang trained by the Desperados 4H Club. Ranger is a quiet, level-headed, smart & curious gelding. Right from the beginning, he's been very willing to try whatever he was asked to do. Ranger has met all his TIP requirements and more. He has almost completed the Bronze In-Hand Certificate from Mistfit Farms & should complete the remaining items quickly. Ranger leads, loads, picks up all 4 feet & goes over trail obstacles. He's been exposed to walking through water, walked on tarps (in fact, he pulled a tarp into his pen on day one & proceeded to play with it). He's been on walks around the neighborhood where he's been exposed to traffic, walkers, barking dogs, etc. and has been to 4H meetings where he was worked on a natural trail course. 


Meet Rooster from the Oasis 4-H Club, Elmore County!

Rooster

Rooster

Rooster

A note from the trainers: Rooster has had balls bounced around him, been jump roped next to and has had a saddle pad on, loads in any trailer you throw at thim. He has been walked around the neighborhood and has been wormed without a fuss, he wants to please and has lots of try. He is very friendly and is going to be someone's best friend. 


Meet Churro from the Moscow Mustangs 4-H Club, Latah County!

Churro

Churro

Churro

A note from the trainers: Moscow Mustangs are proud to present Churro. Churro is in North Idaho training with Delainee Ellsworth, a 15 year old member of the Moscow Mustangs. He is a beautiful, smart fun gelding - traits of his Morgan, thoroughbred and draft ancestors are prominent in his appearance. He loads and backs out of a trailer like a dream. He can tie all day; stands still for the carrier. Churro attended the Latah County 4 H Horse Camp - he was a star of the show. A mustang presentation was given to the group who came from other countie. At camp he learned to be ponied and even took a dip, laying down, in the pond. Churro has been desensitized with a tarp, can walk across a bridge and push a 30" horseball around the arena. He lunges both directions and knows to back. Churro has a solid start, he's very smart and would make a great addition to any family! 


Meet Vegas from the Desperados 4-H Club, Canyon County!

Vegas

Vegas

Vegas

A note from the trainers: Vegas picks up her feet, goes over obstacles, such as a teeter-totter 3 step bridge, car wash and tarp. She will take a bath, trailers and side passes. Vegas is a quick learnier and we have had so much fun working with her. 


Meet Flicka from the Vallivue 4-H Club, Canyon County!

Flicka

Flicka

Flicka

A note from the trainers: Flicka is smart and when she learns something, she doesn't need to be shown again. She loves treats and will do just about anything for one. She leads, loads, and is easy to catch. We put her out to play with the other horses in the pasture and when it is time to come back in, she will come when she is called. She is good with her feet and will stand reasonably well to have them trimmed and rasped. Doesn't mind fly spray a bit. She plays well with the other horses. She is average size for a yearling and will probably top out around 14.3-15 hands. Great little horse with a good mind!


 

Meet Rebel from the Boots and Bullseyes 4-H Club, Ada County!

Rebel

Rebel

Rebel

A note from the trainers: Rebel is such an affectionate boy who loves his scratches more than food itself! He craves attention and will call to you with his little whinny whenever he sees you. Our 4-H kids have been working on earning his trust, grooming, picking out his hooves, round penning, and properly leading on walks. Rebel has also been introduced to a variety of farm animals including dogs, cats, chickens, other horses, and his favorite - the goats. Our 4-H kids have been working on desensitizing Rebel to plastic bags, jugs, bouncy balls, fly masks, and leather gloves. Surprisingly, leather gloves have been one of the most difficult things for Rebel to overcome and he still doesn't care for them much. He's learning to enjoy his time going through our obstacle course that includes ground poles, gates, tarps, pedestal, bridge, and pool noodle car wash. He's also learning that walking through the water when his pen is sprayed down feels really good on a hot day. Rebel is a real thinker and takes his time to process everything he sees at this own pace before he's ready to accept something new.