A picture with a horse and the words "Adoption Incentive Program"

To encourage more adopters to give a wild horse or burro a good home, the Adoption Incentive Program provides up to $1,000 to adopt an untrained wild horse or burro from the BLM. The goal of the program is to reduce BLM’s recurring costs to care for unadopted and untrained wild horses and burros while helping to enable the BLM to confront a growing over-population of wild horses and burros on fragile public rangelands.

The Adoption Incentive Program allows qualified adopters to receive up to $1,000 when adopting an eligible wild horse or burro on or after March 12, 2019. Under this program, adopters are eligible to receive:

  • $500 within 60 days of adoption of an untrained wild horse and burro
  • $500 within 60 days of titling the animal.

The incentive is available for all untrained animals that are eligible for adoption, including animals at BLM facilities, off-site events and on the Online Corral. A $25 fee applies at the time of adoption.


Frequently Asked Questions

Which animals are eligible to participate in the Adoption Incentive Program?

All untrained animals offered at any BLM off-range corrals, online corral events, satellite events and any BLM approved events and locations as of March 12, 2019 are eligible to be adopted through the Adoption Incentive Program regardless of species, age, sex, color, herd management area or the number of times the animal has been offered for adoption. Animals purchased through the Sales Program are not eligible. 

As a Trainer Incentive Program trainer, am I eligible to receive an incentive?

No. TIP trainers are not eligible to receive the incentive.

Are animals trained through a BLM training program or the Mustang Heritage Foundation’s training programs eligible?

No. Trained animals are not eligible for an incentive.

Can I receive an incentive for purchasing a wild horse or burro through the Sale Program?

No. Only adopted animals are eligible for the incentive program.

Can I retroactively receive the incentive for an animal I adopted prior to March 12, 2019?

No. Only animals adopted on or after March 12, 2019 are eligible for the incentives.

Do I still have to pay an adoption fee?

Yes. A minimum fee of $25 is still required at time of adoption.

How will I receive the incentive?

The incentives will be deposited at your preferred financial institution. You must authorize electronic funds transfers in order to receive the incentive. (See Example)

Is there a limit to the number of animals for which I can receive an incentive?

The BLM may allow each adopter participating in the incentive program to adopt and maintain a maximum of four untitled animals annually; however, as each participating animal is titled, the BLM may allow an adopter to adopt additional animal(s) (up to a maximum of four untitled animals at any one time) through the Adoption Incentive Program.

Can I combine the Adoption Incentive with other incentives offered by the BLM?

The Adoption Incentive Program replaces all current incentive programs, such as the Buddy System and the $500 incentive for horses four years and older common in the New Mexico region.

What if I reassign or return a horse for which I received an incentive?

You will not be required to return the incentive received at time of adoption, but you will no longer be eligible to receive the second incentive at time of title. The BLM will remove eligibility to participate in the incentive program from any adopter that relinquishes two or more animals within a 12 month period or does not adhere to the terms and conditions of the Adoption Incentive Agreement. Adopters who relinquish an animal, but retain other animals participating in the Adoption Incentive Program, remain eligible to receive incentive payments when the remaining animals are titled.

In addition, reassigned animals (defined as a previously adopted animal returned to BLM and readopted to another individual) are not eligible for the incentive program.

Are BLM employees, contractors or partners eligible to participate in the incentive program?

BLM employees, immediate family members (spouse, domestic partner, cohabitant, child, stepchild, grandchild, parent, stepparent, mother-in-law, father-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandparent, great grandparent, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, or first cousin (that is, a child of an aunt or uncle), sibling, half-sibling, stepsibling, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, including adoptive relationships) of BLM employees, and individuals or organizations receiving BLM funds either through a contract or agreement and their immediate family members are NOT eligible to participate in the Adoption Incentive Program.