Wild Horses Available With A Few Clicks

The U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will hold a Wild Horse Adoption live on the Internet starting April 12, 2000. The upcoming adoption will offer 9 saddle broke horses from Wyoming, 20 halter broke horses from Colorado, and 10 burros from Arizona. These animals are known for their hardiness, soundness and intelligence and have excelled in a variety of disciplines, from endurance and trail riding to reining and western pleasure.

Photographs of the animals are available online. To view the animals, visit http://www.adoptahorse.blm.gov.

Instructions onHow to Adopt from the Internet and Requirements for Adopting are posted on the site. The on-line adoption application form will be open from April 12 through April 26. Applicants will be screened by phone and, if approved to adopt, will be required to provide a $125 deposit before being issued a User ID number. Bids will be accepted only during the bidding period from April 19 through May 3. The high bid amount and User ID will be displayed in real time on the site.

Before being offered for adoption, each horse is vaccinated, blood tested and dewormed. The adopter will receive the animal's health records, including a negative Coggins test, and will be required to sign a Private Maintenance and Care Agreement for each animal. When the adopters arrives at the facility they must complete all paperwork and pay the adoption bid, using cash, check, money order, and in some locations, Visa or MasterCard.

BLM has adopted more than 175,000 wild horses and burros since 1973, to caring people who want to own a little bit of the "Old West." Many formerly wild horses are now successful pleasure and show horses, excelling at a variety of uses including reining, dressage, jumping, and carriage driving. More online information about adopting a wild horse or burro can be found on the National Wild Horse and Burro web site at: http://www.blm.gov/whb.

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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