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Adoption Requirements and Procedures

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Adoption requirements:

  • Adopters must be 18 years or older. Parents can adopt for children.
  • Adopters must have no prior violations of adoption regulations or convictions of inhumane treatment to animals.
  • Adopters must have no more than four untitled animals in the same location unless an additional screening form and employment statement are completed.
  • Adopters must be present to select their animal.

Facility Requirements:

  • Corral fence: 6 feet high for untrained adult horses; 4 1/2 feet for burros; 5 feet high for trained horses and horses less than 18 months old.
  • Fencing material should be rounded pipes, poles or wooden planks. Small mesh woven wire (2" x 4" or smaller) fencing with boards along the top and in the middle is acceptable.
  • Minimum facility size for an animal is 400 square feet (i.e., 20 x 20).
  • Shelter must be a minimum of two-sided with a roof.
  • No barbed or electric wire is allowed in the corrals.

Transportation Requirements:

  • Covered stock trailers.
  • Four-horse trailers completely enclosed. (No two-horse trailers, except for burros.)
  • No drop tailgates on trailers.
  • Halters of nylon webbing are best, and lead ropes at least 1" in diameter are recommended. (These must be provided by the adopter.)

Other Regulations:

  • Until titled by the BLM, animals cannot be sold or traded.
  • Animals cannot be neglected, abandoned, inhumanely treated, used as bucking stock or used for other commercial purposes.
  • The nearest BLM office must be notified:
    1. Within seven days if an animal dies. A veterinarian's statement must follow.
    2. If an animal is moved to a new location for more than 30 days.
  • The adopter is responsible for all expenses; there are no refunds or reimbursements.

Health Care:

  • Adopters will receive a copy of current Coggins test (for Equine Infectious Anemia) and a health certificate with a record of vaccinations and worming.


  • Payment may be cash, money order, cashiers check, personal check or credit card.

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