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Release Date: 12/17/12
Contacts: Serena Baker,    

Fourth Graders Invited to Rock Springs Wild Horse Holding Facility Field Trip

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) High Desert District (HDD) invites Sweetwater County School District #1 and #2 fourth graders to the Rock Springs Wild Horse Holding Facility (RSWHHF) for a field trip on January 23-24, 2013 during the reopening of the facility and expanded adoption event. 

During the tours, fourth grade students from Rock Springs, Green River, Farson, and Eden, Wyo. will learn about the veterinary and daily care the BLM gives wild horses, freeze branding, different breeds of horses, history of wild horses, why the BLM gathers mustangs from the range, and see the approximately 900 wild horses currently housed at the facility. 

The fourth grade field trips have been so popular, with more than 310 children participating last year, that the HDD has extended the tours to two days and hope to make it an annual event. Tours will be scheduled from 10 a.m-2 p.m. both days. Outdoor clothing and sturdy walking shoes are recommended.  

Fourth graders are also invited to submit original drawings of a wild horse to the BLM HDD Office at 280 Hwy 191 N., Rock Springs, during normal business hours by Friday, Jan. 11. All entries will be displayed in the lobby and the public is encouraged to vote for their favorite. Donated prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third prize to the drawings receiving the highest number of votes. 

On Friday, Jan. 25 from noon-3 p.m., potential adopters will be able to preview wild horses available at the RSWHHF, ask questions of BLM specialists, and fill out the adoption application. Adoption requirements and applications are available on-line at:

On Saturday, Jan. 26 from 8 a.m.-noon, the HDD kicks off the first wild horse adoption of the year. The adoption showcases untrained weanlings, geldings, and mares from the North Lander Complex Wild Horse Gather. All horses will be available on a first come, first serve basis for the standard adoption fee of $125. 

The RSWHHF has been temporarily closed since October so all animals received from the range could be evaluated by a veterinarian, dewormed, Coggins tested, and given their booster shots. For more information or to schedule a school tour, contact Kathi Fine, 307-352-0292 or 1-866-4MUSTANGS. 

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

High Desert District Office   280 Hwy 191 N.      Rock Springs, WY 82901   

Last updated: 12-17-2012