Wild Horses Need Homes

A wild horse and burro adoption event, organized by the Bureau of Land Management, took place in Virginia last Saturday. Over thirty wild horses and burros were there for people to adopt.

The Bureau of Land Management has been created to manage the population of wild horses that roam free in ten U.S. states. Since horses are not indigenous to the area and have no natural predators, their numbers have well exceeded carrying capacity for the land. Some of the wild horses and burros gathered from BLM roundups wind up being slaughtered.

In order to prevent their slaughter, they are offered up for sale or adoption. Over the last five years, there has been a steady decline in the number of wild horses and burros adopted by private owners. This year, the numbers could be low again due to tough economic conditions making it harder for the public to take on additional financial responsibilities. The minimum adoption fee for one of the animals is $125.

Attending the Virginia event wasn’t necessary if you want to adopt a wild horse or burro. Online applications to the BLM are accepted until November 1.  In order to qualify to adopt a wild BLM animal you must meet these qualifications:

  • be at least 18 years of age (parents or guardians may adopt a wild horse or burro and allow younger family members to care for the animal);
  • have no prior conviction for inhumane treatment of animals or for violations of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act;
  • demonstrate that you have adequate feed, water, and facilities to provide humane care for the number of animals requested; and,
  • show that you can provide a home for the adopted animal in the United States.

If you are deemed eligible in order for the adoption to go forward you must be able to demonstrate you can provide at least 400 square feet of fenced space for each animal adopted. Adequate shelter must be provided for an animal to remain dry and warm during rain or snow storms. The BLM estimates costs per animal each year are about 1,000 dollars. The following items should be considered when budgeting for yearly expenses:

  • Stall/Corral Rental Shoeing
  • Veterinarian Worming
  • Vaccinations Medicine
  • Insecticides Salt/Supplements
  • Feed Grooming Supplies
  • Tack

You can adopt up to four animals per year, though adopting more is possible with a special application. To find out about adoption events in your area use their toll-free phone number 866-4MUSTANGS. You can also fill out a PDF form and mail it to the BLM. If adoption is not possible, and you still want to support wild horses and burros, you can contact the BLM about volunteering to work with them.

Image Credit: Kitkatcrazy

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Justingaberial J.
Past Member 5 years ago

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Deirdre B.
Deirdre B6 years ago

Paula E. you said it best!

paula eaton
paula e6 years ago

The BLM has rounded up these horses for years and replaced them with livestock. The horses are cruelly rounded up in the extreme temps of summer and winter. The BLM has been caught whipping, hitting, using cattle prods on these horses. The helecopters have hit tbe horses with their runners. The BLM has sent these horses to slaughter. Mares have aborted their foals. Foals have died. The horses have been fed substandard food. Castration without adequate care. If the mustangs are not rounded up there would not be a problem of finding homes.

Angela N.
Angela N6 years ago

thanks :)

Muriel Servaege
Muriel S6 years ago

I wish I could.

Veronique L.
Veronique L6 years ago

I wish I could.....

Michele Wilkinson
Michele W6 years ago

I hope people are able to adopt these gorgeous animals.

Patricia M.
Patricia M6 years ago

Let me say something here: Adopting a Horse is a serious committment and SHOULD NOT BE ENTERED INTO LIGHTLY. Horses in captivity need tending to 24/7. If a horse colics, it means being up, keeping the ill horse up on its hooves, all night or longer until the bout passes, walking your haltered horse continually without stop. A horse is not a toy, and only qualified people should adopt them, meaning someone who can afford them, know these are horses that came from the wild and are not ready to ride without being green-broke first then onto trying to get the horse to accept the saddle. Horses need room to roam & should have a turnout area if you do not plan to ride the animal daily. A horse is NOT a puppydog, they are more responsibility, so if you are familiar with horses, have a large property to keep the horse at, and are willing to spend lots of cash on grains, hay, a farrier (best not to shoe a Mustang)to trim their hooves regularly, and anything these wonderful animals may need, then, by all means, adopt one or two... Since horses are family oriented, it is unwise to only have one horse as they are herd animals; they need the cmpany of their own kind. One thing I dislike seeing as I go down a rural rode is a lone horse, no others on the place, stuck in a small (12'x12') corral, no shade in the Arizona sun, and far from the owners house to have even human attention.

Bee ZZ
Past Member 8 years ago

Who are so Damned Cruel: Shoot These Rare Beauties..??

Bee ZZ
Past Member 8 years ago

Wishing too: Adopt one of Them some time.