Wild horses running on a plain. Words read: Tales from the Trails. Your "mane" source for wild horse and burro stories

The Tales from the Trails blog pulls together wild horse and burro stories from across the Bureau of Land Management. These are stories about our work to manage and protect wild horse and burro herds on public lands, how animals are cared for in our off-range holding facilities and where they end up after they've been adopted to a good home. 

With kindness and patience, a wild horse or burro may be trained for many uses.  Wild horses have become champions in dressage, jumping, barrel racing, endurance riding, and pleasure riding, while burros excel in driving, packing, riding, guarding, and serving as companion animals.  Both wild horses and wild burros are known for their sure-footedness, strength, intelligence, and endurance. Contact the BLM or visit an event or facility near you to learn more about how you can bring home your own wild horse or burro. 

Send us your story!

If you're a proud partner to a wild horse or burro, we want to hear from you! Tell us about your trek "from wild to mild," a competition you won, or just tell us about why you're proud of your wild horse or burro.

Send your written stories and photos to wildhorse@blm.gov with the subject line MY WILD HORSE (or BURRO) STORY. For best results, stories should include your and your horse or burro's name, location (state) and at least one good photograph of the animal, you with the animal, or some other acitvity you'd like to convey. Please include at least one photograph depicting the freeze mark. Stories should be 300-500 words in length.

Top 5 things to know about the Wild Horse and Burro Program

The 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act directs the Bureau of Land Management (and U.S. Forest Service) to manage and protect wild horses and burros on public lands where they existed at the time the Act was passed. The Act also directs that wild horses and burros are to be managed at appropriate levels to support a thriving natural ecological balance and multiple-use relationship on public lands.  

Interested in the use of motorized vehicles to manage wild horses and burros? The BLM wants to hear from you!

As part of its efforts to manage and protect the health of wild horses and burros and the public lands on which they live, the Bureau of Land Management often uses motorized vehic

Kittie Wilkins: Idaho's Horse Queen

Kittie Wilkins did not fit what one might expect of a "horse trader" at the time, espeically not one whose business had such national and international inflluence...

104 wild horses and burros find new homes in Texas as BLM starts adoption season strong

As the Bureau of Land Management kicks off the prime season for adoptions, 104 wild horses and burros found new homes at a two-day event in Beeville, Texas last weekend.

Labor of Logistics: Coordinating safe transportation for wild horses and burros across the United States

For those animals that leave the range, Meredith Kueck guides the complex process of moving them around the country, to reach new owners. She handles the logistics of animal shipping, planning routes to minimize stress on the animals and making more efficient use of taxpayers’ money.

Wild Horse Walkabouts; Field course teaches basics of rangeland science

Amanda Gearhart is the wild horse and burro specialist for BLM’s Northern California District. She holds a doctorate in range science and shares her passion for rangeland management with all she meets.