'Wild, wild horses' for sale

Would-be adopters, buy the horses and burros on a first come, first-served basis; they must demonstrate responsible ownership.

Adopters must plan on bringing a stock trailer and they must show BLM agents their corral plans which must include a specific-sized corral for adult animals (age 3 and older) as well as a shelter.

"The BLM manages the nation's public lands for multiple uses, in accordance with the 1976 Federal Land Policy and Management Act," said BLM-Eastern States Director Juan Palma. "BLM manages wild horses and burros as part of this multiple-use mandate.

"While the adoption process is simple and straightforward, anyone considering adoption of a wild horse or burro should remember that the animals are wild and require gentling and training," Palma said.

According to Malik, 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 burros and horses younger than 18 months, and have a shelter directly attached to the corral. Adopters must provide the stock-type, step up trailer-ramps and side-by-side two-horse type trailers are not allowed.

Horse owners won't own the animals, out right, until the end of a one-year adoption-grace period. Then, their corral will be inspected by a BLM agent. If all things pass inspection, the animal will be fully owned by the adopters.

The Saturday adoption will be on a first come first served basis. The animals can be previewed on Friday, June 12, 2-7 p.m. Adoption hours are Saturday, June 13, 8 a.m.-5 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 any animal at the full fee of $125.

Even if you have no interest in buying a horse, you are welcome to visit this free event to see American wild horses upclose.

Applications to adopt will be reviewed starting on Friday and may be submitted until Saturday. For more information, call 1-866-4MUSTANGS (1-866-468-7826) or visit the BLM web site at www.wildhorseandburro.blm.gov.

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