Illinois BLM Facility Holding Wild Horse Adoption Event

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will host a Wild Horse and Burro Celebration at the Ewing, Ill., holding facility on Sept. 7 and 8, 2007. There will be 150 animals available for adoption, including yearlings, mares, mare-foal pairs, studs, geldings, and burros. These animal will be offered to qualified adopters Friday and Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Animals can be adopted at the regular full fee of $125, and adopters can select a buddy horse for an additional $25. Mare-foal pairs will also be available for a fee of $125. Each adopter will receive a red, white, and blue halter with "American Mustang" embroidered on the noseband.

Four halter trained yearlings will be offered for adoption. There will be free live entertainment on Saturday and a horse training demonstration. Food will be available on site.

Photos of the animals available for adoption can be viewed online at www.blm.gov/adoptahorse.  

"While the adoption process is simple and straightforward, anyone considering adoption of a wild horse or burro should remember that the animals are wild and require gentling and training," said BLM-ES Acting State Director Barron Bail. Gentled wild horses in the eastern United States are being used for trail riding, dressage, western events, and other disciplines.

"Burros are great companion animals and are sometimes used by farmers to protect other stock from wild dogs and coyotes, or they can be trained to pull a cart," he said.

For more information on the application process, call 866/4MUSTANGS or visit www.wildhorseandburro.blm.gov to download an application.

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