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Adopting a Spring Creek Wild Horse

You are invited to a mustang adoption at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds in Cortez, CO on Friday, Sept. 23 and Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011. 


We will offer a nice selection of about 25 mustangs from 1-4 years old and recently gathered from the Spring Creek Basin HMA.  These mustangs are known for their trainability and their colors including pintos, duns, gray, and roans. 

Adopters of stallions will be eligible for a $50 gelding voucher.  All horses will have a negative Coggins test and will have received their first series of vaccinations and be de-wormed.

A free training demonstration will be held from 5 – 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23.  Emily Rapp, a trainer from Durango, CO, will work with a mustang and demonstrate how to approach a mustang safely and interpret its body language and behavior.

Registration for the adoption will be from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 23 and from 8 – 10 a.m. on Sept. 24.  Bidding will be from 10 – 11 a.m. on Sept. 24.  Opportunities for viewing will be concurrent with registration times. 

At the time of registration, you will receive a bidder’s card with your number on it, the number of animals approved for, and any age limitations.  For each animal in the pen, a silent bid sheet will be posted on the fence.  When bidding begins, you may write your bid on the sheet along with your bid number.  If another adopter is interested in the same animal, he or she writes in a higher bid on the next line.  This continues until 11 a.m. when all bids become final.  Checks, money orders, credit cards (VISA, Mastercard, Discover, AMEX) and cash are acceptable forms of payment.  If paying by cash, please bring the exact change.

Please remember that the minimum bid for untrained animals is $125.  The first bid on an animal is unlimited.  Thereafter, the maximum bid increment is $500 and the minimum is $10.  All bids must be in whole numbers.  Loading will begin at approximately 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 23.  You must pick up your horse or burro by 4 p.m. on the date of adoption unless prior arrangements have been made with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) staff.  Bring halters if you would like your animals to be haltered.  Any animals remaining after the silent bid closes will again be available as time permits.

Adopters may send their mustang back to Canon City, CO for halter training at the Colorado Wild Horse Inmate Program. The training is a contractual arrangement between the adopter and the Colorado Department of Corrections.  The current fee is $210/mo for training and $4/day for boarding.  See BLM staff to make arrangements.

Montezuma County Fairgrounds, 30100 HWY 160, Cortez, CO 81321 (about three miles east of Cortez). 

Please call the Royal Gorge Field Office at 719-269-8539 if you have questions. 

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