inmates dressed in orange lead horses inside a green fenced corral

Florence Wild Horse and Burro Training and Off-Range Corral

The Arizona Wild Horse and Burro Training and Holding Facility opened in May 2013. The facility is a partnership between the BLM and Arizona Correctional Industries, through Arizona Department of Corrections.  The facility has a capacity of 1,000 wild horses and burros. Wild horses and burros are moved from the holding area to be gentled and trained by inmates to enhance adoptability. Untrained wild horses and burros are available for adoption every Friday at the holding facility. The holding facility is on prison property; please park outside and come into the office.

The holding center, is situated across from the prison complex about a mile from the intersection of Butte Avenue and Arizona Route 79 (Pinal Parkway) in Florence. You can view the facility from the parking area and can visit within the fenced area by appointment and during special adoption events held throughout the year.

Learn about adoption and sale events

Facility Status - Temporarily Closed due to Intake Activities from Field Operations and Staffing Constraints

The Bureau of Land Management in cooperation with the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry will be offering wild horse and burro adoptions and sales from the Wild Horse and Burro Training and Holding facility located in Florence, AZ. The Florence facility is temporarily closed to the public due to intake activities from ongoing field operations, as well as staffing/capacity constraints. Adoptions/sales by appointment are expected to resume in 2023.

For more information, please email Facility Program Manager, John Hall, at JAHall@blm.gov

As always, BLM staff and the inmates participating in the Wild Horse and Burro Inmate Training Program continue to provide care for the wild horses and burros at the facility. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding.


Upcoming Placement Events and Opportunities

 

October 7-9, 2022 - Florence Rodeo Grounds

Untrained Animals and up to 6 horses and 7 burros trained by ACI Trainers will be available at the event. 

Videos of the ACI Trained Horses and Burros are available on the BLM Arizona YouTube - Wild Horse & Burro Playlist

FEES/COST: Untrained Horses and Burros are $125.  trained/gentled by ACI Trainers and a training fee is applied in-addition to BLM placement fee. Trained Horses start at $1,000 and Trained Burros start at $500

Friday October 7: Horse and Burro Demos - Trained Horses and burros will be showcased and demonstrate skills through a series of obstacles.

  • 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: 6 Horses to be showcased.
  • 1:00 p.m. - 5 p.m.: 7 Burros to be showcased.

Saturday, October 8: Brief Pre-Auction Trained Animal Demos and Auction

  • 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.: Pre-Auction Horse Demos
  • 10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: Pre-Auction Burro Demos
  • 12:00 p.m.: AUCTION - Register and Pre-Apply via the BLM Online Corral
    • Create Login at BLM Online Corral and select "Apply" tab to complete application. 

Take your new fur-ever friend home after the auction Saturday or pick-up on Sunday, Oct.9 between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 9: Animal Pick-Up (as needed)

Florence, AZ Wild Horse and Burro Placement Event Flyer Oct. 7-8 at the Florence Rodeo Grounds

Location

Florence Wild Horse and Burro Off-Range Corral and Training Facility

17989 E. Butte Ave.
Florence, AZ 85132-9221

At the junction of Butte Avenue and Sweetwater Road

Open by appointment only

Program Partners

Arizona Correctional Industries (ACI) 

Arizona Correctional Industries (ACI) is a division of the Arizona Department of Corrections - Rehabilitation and Reentry program(ADCRR). 

Adoption and Sale 

BLM Adoption and Sale Information

Arizona Correctional Industries Training Fees

Contact Us

Questions?

Email us at: BLM_AZ_WHB_Appt@blm.gov

For Program Information: John Hall, JAHall@blm.gov

For Media Inquiries or Opportunities: Dolores Garcia, DAGarcia@blm.gov

News

Florence Facility is Temporarily Closed due to Intake Activities from Field Operations and Staffing Constraints