A wild horse and burro adoption is being planned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on November 8 and 9, 2013. The wild horses and burros are the highlights of the entire weekend – BLM has held this adoption event for 19 consecutive years. The public is invited to the Rusk County Expo Center in Henderson, Texas, to enjoy and participate in a weekend of horse activities, entertainment, competition and education.
The weekend activities are all free, open to the public and will showcase the wild horses and the burros – the iconic symbols of America’s western heritage.
A horse show is scheduled for Saturday, November 9, starring trained mustangs and burros together with their happy and proud adopters. The show is a professionally judged show and features a full range of classes. The horse show will start at 9:00 a.m.
The gentling demonstrations put on by a professional trainer are ever popular with all spectators. The horses used during this event are the adoption-eligible wild horses and are selected directly out of the pens and clearly exhibit how remarkably responsive the animals are and what can be accomplished in just a short timeframe.
Featured during the adoption event will be dozens of wild horses and burros. They animals range from adults to yearlings. Not long ago these very same horses and burros roamed free on public lands in the West. Each and every animal desires a loving, forever home with a kindhearted owner.
Adoptions held Friday, November 8, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Adoptions held Saturday, November 9, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
To be eligible to adopt a wild horse or a wild burro, an individual must be 18 or older and have absolutely no record of animal abuse. Application approval is a requirement – it can be done ahead of time or completed on site. Assistance from BLM staff will be available to adopters. A minimum of 400 square feet of corral space is required per animal. In addition, the adopter must provide free access to food, water and shelter. Adult horses need to be fenced in six-foot high corral fences; five feet high fences are required for yearlings. Burros may be fenced in corrals measuring four-and-a-half feet in height. Wild adopted animals can only be transported in covered trailers, stock-type preferred, with swing gates and sturdy walls and floors.
Each animal is offered at the nominal adoption fee of $125, a price set by law, and is on a first-come-first-served basis.
There is a one-time $500 care and feeding allowance incentive offered to adopters. BLM. pays this incentive for horses deemed to be four years old or older. It is paid out after one year of horse ownership and at the same time when official ownership title is granted to the adopter. Trained animals and younger horses and burros are not eligible for this incentive.
Further information about the Wild Horse & Burro Adoption Program or the Expo can be obtained by calling 866-468-7826. Information is also available online at www.blm.gov/nm/whb.
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