«Adoption Stories

Adopting a wild horse or burro can be challenging and rewarding, as reflected in the following stories offered by adopters. 

These stories are remarkable!

The U.S. Department of Interior- Bureau of Land Management manages protects, and controls wild horses and burro under the authority of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.  This law authorizes the BLM to remove excess wild horse and burros from the range to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands.  “The wild horse and burros have virtually no natural predators and their herd sizes can double about every four years," said Public Affairs Specialist Marie Malik in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The Saturday (October 31 – November 1, 2014) adoption will be on a first come, first served basis in Nevada, Missouri.  Adoption hours are from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Friday preview hours are from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.  A minimal adoption fee of $125 for animals less than three years of age and $25 for animals three and older is required for adoption.  In addition, you can take home a 'buddy' animal for only $25 when you adopt an animal at the full fee of $125.

While the adoption process is simple and straightforward, anyone considering adoption of a wild horse should remember that the animals are wild and require gentling and training. Prospective adopters must have sturdy corrals that are 20’ x 20’ (or larger), at least 6 feet high for an adult horse and at least 5 feet high for horses younger than 18 months, and have a shelter directly attached to the corral.  Adopters must provide a stock-type, step up trailer (ramps and side-by-side two-horse type trailers are not allowed). 

“Applications to adopt will be reviewed starting on Friday and may be submitted until Saturday," stated Malik.

For more information, call 1-866-4MUSTANGS (1-866-468-7826) or visit the BLM web site at www.wildhorseandburro.blm.gov.