BLM hosts wild horse and burro adoption April 19-22

Chino Valley event features horse and burro training demonstrations by Florence inmates

The Bureau of Land Management is offering wild horses and burros for adoption. (Photo/Bureau of Land Management)

The Bureau of Land Management is offering wild horses and burros for adoption. (Photo/Bureau of Land Management)

PHOENIX, Ariz. — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking good homes for wild horses and burros during its adoption and sale event planned for April 19-22.

The event takes place at the Yavapai Humane Society Equine Center, 3731 N Road 1 W, Chino Valley, Arizona and will run from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Additionally, training demonstrations will be held on Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The Florence Inmate Training Program, a collaboration between the BLM and the Arizona Department of Corrections, will conduct the demonstrations.

Through the new Adoption Incentive Program (AIP) qualified adopters are eligible to receive $500 within 60 days of the adoption date and an additional $500 within 60 days of titling for each animal, which can be applied for one year from the adoption date. All untrained animals are now a minimum of $25. All trained animals, whether adopted or purchased, are a minimum of $125. The incentive is only available for untrained animals that are eligible for adoption at BLM facilities, off-site events or on the agency’s Online Corral website.

To qualify to adopt or purchase, you must be 18 years of age, have approved facilities to keep the animal(s), and proper transportation home for the animal(s) from the event site. BLM staff will load each animal, with the new owner’s halter and lead rope, into a BLM-approved trailer provided by the adopter.

The BLM offers wild horses and burros gathered from public lands in the West to qualified individuals who must demonstrate humane care for the animal. Wild horses are known for their sure-footedness, strength, intelligence and endurance. With kindness and patience, these animals can be trained for many uses. All animals available have been examined by a veterinarian, vaccinated, de-wormed and have a current negative Coggins test.

More information and adoption/purchase qualifications is available from the BLM at 1-866-4MUSTANGS (1-866-468-7826) or at https://www.blm.gov/programs/wild-horse-and-burro.

Information provided by BLM

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