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May 31, 2007

Contact: Anthony Sara
(307) 775-6304

Wild Horse Adoption Set for Sheridan, Wyo.

They roam the high plains and captivate the interest of tourists and locals alike. Now the public has a chance to own these magnificent creatures at the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Wild Horse Adoption on June 8 and 9. The adoption will be held at the Sheridan County Fairgrounds in Sheridan, Wyo., and will begin on Friday, June 8, 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 a training demonstration by private contract trainer 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 much to offer horse enthusiasts at this particular adoption. “We have great horses that need good homes,” Shepherd said. “Wild horses are very useful companions for either the first-time adopter or for those 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 yearlings of both sexes available at the Sheridan adoption. Six to ten of the horses offered will have been gentled prior to the adoption by Steve Mantle and the Wyoming Honor Farm.

Those interested in adopting wild horses must abide by guidelines set by the BLM. The adopter must be 18 years of age or older, have no prior violations of adoption regulations, and have no convictions of inhumane treatment of animals. 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 Sheridan County Fairgrounds are located at 1753 Victoria St. For more information on wild horse adoptions call, 1-866-4Mustangs or visit the BLM’s Web site at www.blm.gov/wy.