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Wild Horse and Burro Sale Program

Under a December 2004 amendment to the 1971 wild horse law, wild horses and burros over 10 years old – as well as younger ones that have been passed over for adoption at least three times – are eligible for sale, a transaction in which ownership passes immediately from the Federal government to the buyer. Since that amendment took effect, the BLM has sold more than 5,800 wild horses and burros. (Note: It has been and remains the policy of the BLM not to sell or send any wild horses or burros to slaughter.) Proceeds from the sale of eligible animals are used for the BLM's wild horse and burro adoption program, as directed by Congress under the sale-authority amendment. 

If you are interested in buying a wild horse or burro for long-term care, please complete the Application to Purchase Wild Horses and Burros and send it to or fax to (202) 912-7182. Here is a sample bill of sale that you will receive once you have purchased the animal(s). Please review the clauses in the bill of sale. If you have questions regarding the sales program, please e-mail

For a list of Frequently Asked Questions about adopting or buying a wild horse or burro, click here.


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