Silver City, N.M. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will hold a wild horse and burro adoption event in Silver City, New Mexico, June 23-24, 2017. The two-day event at the Southwest Horsemen’s Association Rodeo Grounds will feature dozens of outstanding animals. The event will take place from noon - 6:00pm on Friday, June 23, and 8:00am – Noon on Saturday, June 24. The BLM will offer all animals for the minimum adoption fee of $125 (set by law).

The horses offered for adoption are adult and yearling horses and burros that once roamed free on public lands in the West. The BLM periodically removes excess animals from the range in order to maintain healthy herds, and to protect other rangeland resources. The adoption program is essential for achieving these important management goals. Since 1973, the BLM has placed more than 235,000 of these “living legends” in approved homes across the country.

BLM staff will approve applications on-site. To qualify to adopt, one must be at least 18, with no record of animal abuse. Adopters must have a minimum of 400 square feet of corral space per animal, with free access to food, water, and shelter. A six-foot corral fence is required for adult horses; five feet for yearlings; and four-and-a-half feet for burros. All animals must be loaded in covered, stock-type trailers with swing gates and sturdy walls and floors. BLM staff will be on-hand to assist adopters through the short application process.

The BLM pays a one-time $500 care-and-feeding allowance to adopters of horses that are at least four years old. The BLM pays the allowance after one year when adopters receive official ownership title for their horse(s). All standard adoption conditions and fees apply. A limited number of eligible horses will be available. Younger horses, burros, and trained animals are not eligible for this incentive. The BLM designed this incentive to find homes for older horses that might otherwise be destined for long-term pastures, where they would live out the remainder of their natural lives at taxpayer expense.

The Southwest Horsemen’s Association Rodeo Grounds is located at #2 Caballero Road, Silver City, NM. Directions: 1.5 miles east of Walmart on US 180, turn south on Caballero Rd, 0.3 miles to arena. For more information, call toll-free 866-468-7826 or visit   back...
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