BLM to resume wild horse and burro adoptions and sales from Florence facility

UPDATE: Trained animals and select untrained animals will be made available via the BLM's Online Corral. See details below.

PHOENIX – The Bureau of Land Management in cooperation with the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry will resume wild horse and burro adoptions and sales from the Wild Horse and Burro Training and Holding facility located in Florence, AZ, starting October 26, 2020. These private placement operations will be limited to appointment only with a pre-approved application for placement. Once the applicant has been approved, they will be contacted by a BLM staff to schedule the appointment(s) to select and pick-up their animal(s). Applications are available by visiting the “Adoption and Sales” page. Completed applications should be sent to BLM_AZ_WHB_Appt@blm.gov.

The BLM offers an Adoption Incentive Program (AIP). Qualified adopters are eligible to receive $500 within 60 days of the adoption date and an additional $500 within 60 days of titling for each untrained animal. All untrained sale-eligible animals are now $25. All trained animals, whether adopted or purchased, are a minimum of $325 for trained burros and $825 for trained horses.

To qualify to adopt/purchase, you must be 18 years of age, have approved facilities to keep the animal(s), and proper transportation home for the animal(s) from the facility. BLM staff will load each animal into a BLM-approved trailer provided by the adopter.

The BLM offers wild horses and burros gathered from public lands in the West to qualified individuals who must demonstrate humane care for the animal. Wild horses are known for their sure-footedness, strength, intelligence, and endurance. With kindness and patience, these animals can be trained for many uses. All animals available have been examined by a veterinarian, vaccinated, de-wormed, and have a current negative Coggins test.


UPDATE, October 16, 2020: PROCEDURE FOR INMATE TRAINED ANIMALS ONLY 

Due to high interest, the Bureau of Land Management is adjusting operations for animal private placement and care from the Florence Wild Horse and Burro Training and Holding Facility.  

To allow all interested applicants an equal opportunity, it is necessary for the BLM to offer available inmate trained animals and select untrained animals on our Online Corral (OLC) through a bidding process. The event will take place November 3-10, 2020. Photos and videos of available animals will be posted in the event and any questions must be submitted through the OLC. 

We encourage you to visit the OLC website wildhorseonline.blm.gov to get familiar with the process and submit your online application for approval as soon as possible if you wish to participate. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate through an unprecedented situation. 


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in the 11 Western states and Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In fiscal year 2018, the diverse activities authorized on BLM-managed lands generated $105 billion in economic output across the country. This economic activity supported 471,000 jobs and contributed substantial revenue to the U.S. Treasury and state governments, mostly through royalties on minerals.

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