50th Anniversary
50th Anniversary Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act horses in sunset

The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 provided wild horses and burros (WHB) on Federal lands with legally protected status for the first time, placing them under the stewardship of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. The Act was passed unanimously by both houses of Congress and signed into law by President Richard M. Nixon. The Act defines WHB as “all unbranded and unclaimed horses and burros on public lands of the United States” and recognizes them as “living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West; that they contribute to the diversity of life forms within the Nation and enrich the lives of the American people.”

The BLM is embarking on a year-long commemoration of The Act, highlighting the clear connection between Americans' support for the wild horse and burro adoption and sales program and the agency's mission to preserve and protect wild horses as part of a thriving ecological system on public lands.

If you visit one of the many adoption/sales events, trail rides or competitions scheduled across the nation in 2021, this beautiful and educational day planner will be available. You may also download and print your own copy of the Milestone of America's Living Legendswild horses on a ridgeline

logo of 50th Anniversary of WHB Act


Interested in commemorating the 50th Anniversary by bringing home your own wild horse or burro? Check out the list of upcoming Adoptions and Sales Events! 


Photos of America's Living Legends

America's Living Legends: Wild Horses and Burros

The History of America's Wild Horses and Burros

Historical Highlights

Velma B. Johnston, also known as “Wild Horse Annie,” is credited as the driving force behind the enactment of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. Take a short trot down memory lane with Ms. Johnston.  

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