Head out to the wild horse and burro event in Checotah, Okla.

NORMAN, Okla. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will hold a wild horse and burro adoption event in Checotah, Okla., June 24-25, at the Checotah Round Up Club Arena. The two-day event, featuring 200 wild horses and burros, will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 24. Adoptions will be held from noon-6 p.m. on Friday, June 24, and from 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday, June 25. Animals are eligible for adoption. Inquire with BLM staff onsite for more information. 

As part of our efforts to find every horse and burro a good home, the BLM now offers up to $1,000 to adopt an untrained animal. This adoption incentive will be offered for every animal in Checotah. On July 26, 2021, the BLM announced additional steps it will take to secure the health and safety of adopted animals, including conducting an inspection of wild horses and burros adopted through the Adoption Incentive Program within six months of adoption date, rather than twelve months.

The animals offered at the event are adult and yearling horses and burros that once roamed free on public lands in the West. The BLM periodically removes excess animals from the range in order to maintain healthy herds and to protect other rangeland resources. The adoption program is essential for achieving these important management goals. Since 1971, the BLM has placed more than 280,000 of these animals in approved homes across the country.

BLM staff will approve applications onsite. To qualify to adopt, one must be at least 18 years old, with no record of animal abuse. Qualified homes must have a minimum of 400 square feet of corral space per animal, with access to food, water and shelter. A six-foot corral fence is required for adult horses; five feet for yearlings; and four-and-a-half feet for burros. All animals must be loaded in covered, stock-type trailers with swing gates and sturdy walls and floors. BLM staff will be on hand to assist with the short application process.

The Checotah Round-Up Club Arena is located at 422475 HWY 266, Checotah, Okla. From Checotah, exit I-40 at exit 265, go north on Business 69/Broadway one mile, turn east on to 266, go east 1.5 miles, facility is on the south side of the road. For more information, call toll-free 866-468-7826 or visit www.blm.gov.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

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Crystal Cowan