A small herd of wild horses – thirteen of them – have been adopted from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). As the BLM completes its latest gathering project, these thirteen horses found new adoptive homes and, even if they are now unable to run wild across mountains and valleys, they at least have a future as their lives head into the future.
The horses were rounded up from the Little Bookcliffs because of the prolonged drought. The roundup was the first time since 2007.
Cindy Guy who is a member of Friends of the Mustangs, a group that assists BLM with horse population projects, was at the sale. Cindy Guy who is a member said,
These horses are faithful to you. It takes a little bit to get their trust, but once it clicks, you've got one for life. They’re a life partner.
The featured horses up for adoption on September 28 were from the Little Bookcliffs herd. The horses had been rounded up by BLM during the past month as part of its population control efforts in the wild.
Horse lovers interested in wild horses and those wishing to adopt a particular horse or two participated in the sale. It was held as a silent auction.
Josie Gilbert was able to adopt a horse at the sale. She was glowing with happiness. Gilbert said,
I've always just wanted a mustang in my life and want to give these amazing horses homes because they deserve it. I thought it was an hour when he was announcing, 'Going once, going twice, going three times, sold.' I thought it took forever, but it was just seconds.
The price per horse was certainly right – the animals could be purchased between $125 and $300 per horse.
The sale was over, and horses and people headed out into their new futures.
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