May 17, 2007
Contact: Anthony Sara
Wild Horse Adoption set to be held in
They roam the high plains and captivate the interest of tourists and locals alike. Now, the public has a chance to adopt these magnificent creatures at the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Wild Horse Adoption on May 25 and 26. The adoption will be held at the Scotts Bluff County Fairgrounds in Mitchell, Neb. and will begin on Friday, May 25 at 3 p.m. with a public viewing session and free training demonstrations. Potential adopters interested in the wild horses can preview what the BLM has to offer until 8 p.m. Friday evening.
On Saturday, the horse preview and training demonstrations by Steve Mantle will begin at 7:30 a.m. with the oral bid adoption kicking off at 10:30 a.m.
Wild Horse Program Lead Alan Shepherd said the BLM has a lot to offer horse enthusiasts at this particular adoption. “We have a lot of great horses that need good homes,” Shepherd said. “Wild horses are very useful companions for either the first-time adopter or for those people who already own horses. The wild horse can be gentled and trained to accomplish whatever the adopter wants the horse to do.”
The BLM will have approximately 20 adult geldings and mares as well as 20 mixed sex yearlings available at the Mitchell adoption. Six to ten of the horses offered will be gentled prior to the adoption by Steve Mantle.
Those interested in adopting wild horses must abide by the following guidelines set by the BLM. The adopter must be 18 years of age or older, have no prior violations of adoption regulations or convictions of inhumane treatment of animals and adopters must be present to select their horse.
The adopter must be able to provide a corral fence of at least 400 square feet by six feet high and provide shelter that is adequate for the climate conditions prevalent in the area. No barbed or electric wire is allowed in the corral area. A covered four-horse trailer is required to transport the animal as well.
The Scotts Bluff County Fairgrounds are located at 130625 County Road F. For more information on wild horse adoptions call 1-866-4Mustangs or visit the BLM’s Web site at: www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/Wild_Horses/mitchell.html.