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High Desert District
Release Date: 05/06/14
Contacts: Shelley Gregory    

Rock Springs Wild Horse Holding Facility Reopens with Successful Adoption Event

The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Rock Springs Wild Horse Holding Facility reopened last week with a successful adoption event that saw nine wild horses and one wild burro find new homes in Wyoming and South Dakota.

"The facility still has a lot of wild horses available for adoption and we invite anyone interested in a sensible, alert, loyal, surefooted and hardy animal to come and see what we have to offer,” states BLM Adoption Coordinator Amy Ruhs.

As a prelude to the adoption, 150 fourth grade students from Rock Springs’ Westridge and Overland elementary schools visited the holding facility to learn about the daily and veterinary care the BLM provides to the wild horses, the history of wild horses and why they are gathered from the range, freeze marking and the different horse breeds.

Approximately 800 wild horses from the North Lander and Red Desert complexes and Adobe Town, Salt Wells Creek, Great Divide Basin, White Mountain and Little Colorado herd management areas are housed at the facility; all are available for adoption on a first come, first served basis for the standard adoption fee of $125.

To learn more about BLM Wyoming’s wild horse adoption program or the holding facility, please visit

For more information, please contact Ruhs at 307-352-0375.

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   280 Highway 191 North      Rock Springs, WY 82901  

Last updated: 05-06-2014