First National Wild Horse Satellite Adoption

Eighty-seven wild horses from Nevada will find new homes in 19 states after a lively competitive bidding session via satellite on August 6.

“Response to the first nationally televised satellite auction was tremendous,” said Bob Abbey, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Nevada State Director. “We had bidders from all over the United States compete for the pairs, geldings, and studs offered for adoption. The widespread interest generated by the adoption provided the opportunity for our wild horse and burro specialists to talk to hundreds of Americans who support the program and are interested in adopting in the future.”

A two-year old gelding from Monte Cristo Herd Management Area (HMA) near Eureka in White Pine County, Nev., netted the highest bid of $1,000. The horse is going to an adopter in California.

A mare and foal pair of blue roans from the Sand Springs East HMA near Eureka, Nev. sparked a lively competitive bid ending in a $950 offer. The highest price for a stud from the Monte Cristo HMA was $700 for a two-year old. All three animals are going to an Ohio adopter.

Sixty-one horses were sold during the auction-style adoption broadcast on C Band Satellite through Superior Livestock Auction Co. of Fort Worth, Texas. Another 26 were spoken for by qualified bidders at the base price of $125 each immediately after the satellite adoption left the airwaves.

BLM offices with jurisdiction over the states where wild horses will reside with their new families assisted the BLM in Nevada with pre-approvals. All of the wild horses offered for adoption came from HMAs in Nevada, and were prepared for adoption at the National Wild Horse and Burro Center at Palomino Valley near Sparks, Nev.

Excess wild horses are removed from public rangelands to protect the habitat and allow adequate forage and water for remaining animals which include other wild horses and burros, wildlife, and livestock. These excess animals are offered for adoption to qualified United States citizens who provide humane care and treatment for the animal. During the year after adoption, the BLM or another qualified individual may inspect the animal(s) to ensure conditions of the adoption agreement are met. Title can be applied for after one year.

Adoptions are scheduled at selected sites across the United States throughout the year. To learn more about the program and to inquire about local adoptions, check the Internet at or call 800/417-9647.

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