Government Agencies and Private Adoption Group Team up for Mustang Event

In the second annual event sponsored by the Bureau of Land Management, the USDA Forest Service, and the Central Oregon Wild Horse Coalition (COWHC), nine mustangs gathered from eastern Oregon public lands will be offered for adoption on Sept. 18. The horses will be available for a minimum bid of $125 to qualified adopters after two days of gentling.

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COURTESY GAYLE HUNT 

Attendees to the Mustang event will have a chance to win this painting.

Beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Sept. 17 and 18, local Mustang trainers Rick and Kitty Lauman of Prineville, Ore., and Lesley Neuman from the Sacramento, Calif., area will be demonstrating gentling techniques on all nine horses. These clinics are designed to be very informative for those considering adopting a wild mustang.

In addition to the gentling clinics, previously adopted mustangs will be on display both days to show potential adopters the versatility of the Mustang breed. "Our goal is to have an adoption at little or no expense to the government," says Gayle Hunt, COWHC president. "The adoption is not a standalone event. We feature past adoptions and demonstrations of local (Mustangs). Our focus is a little different than the standard adoption where people are usually second- or third-time adopters…we're trying to get a new adoption base."

Hunt says that only nine Mustangs are gentled and sold to ensure that all get ample time with the trainers and have the chance to get the best possible home. "We don't bite off more than we can chew," she adds.

Everyone in attendance will have the chance to win an original oil painting of some of the area's wild Mustangs.

The event will be hosted at Cline Falls Ranch, which is located at 170 NW 67th in Redmond, Ore. (just off Hwy. 126, west of Redmond). Potential adopters are encouraged to submit paperwork for the adoption process ahead of time. For further information, contact BLM Wild Horse and Burro program manager Bill Pieratt at 541/416-6720 or Hunt at 541/416-6531.

About the Author

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief, received a B.A. in Journalism and Equestrian Studies from Averett College in Danville, Virginia. A Pony Club and 4-H graduate, her background is in eventing, and she is schooling her recently retired Thoroughbred racehorse, Happy, toward a career in that discipline. She also enjoys traveling, photography, cycling, and cooking in her free time.

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