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Tim Carpenter, Leisl Stonum and Marty Griffith.
Tim Carpenter, Leisl Stonum and Marty Griffith.
Tim Carpenter and Leisl Stonum.
Tim Carpenter and Leisl Stonum.
Tim Carpenter, Ruth Welch and Leisl Stonum.
Tim Carpenter, Ruth Welch and Leisl Stonum.

BLM Wild Horses Adopted at Cheyenne Frontier Days

By Nicole Lebsack, Student Intern, Wyoming State Office

Cheyenne Frontier Days is over for another year, but there was a happy ending for the two wild yearlings that spent the week in a corral in Wild Horse Gulch.

The sorrel/white pinto fillies spent Frontier Week across from the BLM’s booth, welcoming a steady stream of visitors throughout the week. There were a total of 11 approved applications, but on Saturday the bidding came down to three interested parties.

Tim Carpenter and Leisl Stonum of Laramie bid on the horses early and kept checking back during the week to see how the bidding process was unfolding. Their persistence paid off, and their winning bids of $300 and $500 meant they took both horses home Saturday afternoon.

“Tim had been wanting a mustang, so when we saw these two at Frontier Days it seemed like fate,” Stonum said.

Carpenter said he was most impressed that they were already halter-broken and would allow their feet to be picked up at such a young age, while Stonum’s attention had been caught by both horses’ excellent confirmation (the body’s proportion).

An interest in wild horses runs in Stonum’s family - her mother had adopted a wild horse years ago. The couple already has nine horses, and although Stonum says the new horses will likely have to go through the normal horse initiation process with the others, she thinks they will fit right in.

The BLM’s wild horses are commonly auctioned off, but the process is less about profit and more about concern for the animals.

“We were happy to receive the bids we did, but it’s not about the prices they bring in – it’s about finding good homes for the horses,” said Jenny Lesieutre, BLM’s wild horse and burro program manager. “The goal is a successful adoption for both the horses and the folks adopting them.”

For those interested in adopting one of the BLM’s wild horses, there will be several other opportunities this summer and fall. Several saddle- and halter-trained horses from the Mantle Wild Horse Adoption and Training Center and the Wyoming Honor Farm will be adopted out at the Wyoming State Fair on Aug. 21, and the Wyoming Honor Farm will hold an auction Aug. 28.

See the BLM’s wild horse and burro website at http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/wild_horse_and_burro.html for more information about upcoming adoptions.

Last updated: 08-12-2010