Wild Horse & Burro Adoption set for July 2-Aug. 3

StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-118289543328871.jpg’, ‘Photo courtesy of www.wildhorseandburro.blm.gov/‘, ‘A wild horse used in cavalry reenactment was successfully adopted to a good owner through the program.‘);

From July 2 through Aug. 3, 2007, the Bureau of Land Management-Eastern States (BLM-ES) will offer between 25 to 30 horses and burros for adoption at the BLM Holding Facility in Mequon, Wis. Adoptions will be by appointment only, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., and the facility will be closed July 4.

Once gentled, wild horses are often used for trail riding, dressage, hunter/jumper and Western events by people who have adopted them. Mustangs are noted for their endurance, surefootedness and intelligence.

All animals available for adoption have been examined by a veterinarian, vaccinated, de-wormed and blood-tested. Since the Adopt-A-Wild-Horse & Burro Program began in 1973, more than 200,000 animals have been adopted.

Steve Meyer, Wild Horse & Burro Specialist at the BLM’s Milwaukee office, spoke with The Rock River Times.

Meyer said that the adoption fee is $125 per animal, and the horses and burros will be at the facility by June 29.

TRRT: When are the viewing hours?

Meyer: It’s going to be a little different this year. On June 29, from noon to 5 p.m., on the 30th, from 8 to 5. Adoptions during the rest of the month, with the exception of July 4th and Sundays, it will be by appointment.

TRRT: Applications to adopt will be reviewed starting when?

Meyer: Whenever people send them in, or hand them in in person. They can submit them from now until the 31st of July.

TRRT: Adopters are encouraged to pre-qualify by calling what number?

Meyer: 866-4MUSTANGS. That’s our main office.

TRRT: Where did these animals come from?

Meyer: From all over several Western states. We usually don’t know specifically which states they come from until we actually see them. Most of them come from Nevada and Wyoming, but also from California and Oregon.

TRRT: Do adopters have to meet any special criteria?

Meyer: For an animal under 18 months old, a corral height of 5 feet; for an animal over 18 months, a corral height of 6 feet; and for burros, it’s 4-1/2 feet. We may be getting some halter-trained animals in—we’re not 100 percent sure, but we’re working on it. With every animal adopted, we will give them a halter.

TRTT: What happens to any that are not adopted?

Meyer: We have a facility at Ewing, Ill. They will be sent there; it’s a pretty good-sized facility. They can hold about 200 animals. Our facility here is very small.

TRRT: Any special advice for adopters?

Meyer: Some of our adopters are green (first-time) people, and they do very well. Some people want to save all the horses, and they can’t adopt too many. Be realistic about what you can handle, is the best advice.

In other comments, Meyer added: “People are welcome just to come and visit. If they’re not ready, just come and see what’s available. Come talk to us.”

Directions to adoptioin site

From Highway 43, take Exit 85 (Mequon Road/Route 167) and travel west to the first traffic light (port Washington Road) and turn north. Travel approximately 1 mile to the first 4-way stop and turn west onto Highland Road. Proceed on Highland Road for several miles through a 4-way stop (Green Bay Road) and a traffic light (Cedarburg Road). After crossing railroad tracks, entrance to the facility is the first driveway on the north side.

People can view photos of typical animals available for adoption at blm.gov/adoptahorse. For more information, call (866) 4MUSTANGS or go online at wildhorseandburro.blm.gov.

from the June 27-July 4, issue

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