Mustang Training Competitions, Adoptions Coming in April

The Extreme Mustang Makeover, a competition featuring mustangs, will debut at Lynn Palm's Women LUV Horses event April 3-5 and will return to the Midwest Horse Fair for the second consecutive year April 17-19.

The Midwest Extreme Mustang Makeover to be held in Madison, Wis., and the Gatorland Extreme Mustang Makeover in Ocala, Fla., will each feature more than 30 mustangs and the trainers that have worked to gentle them.

The 3- and 4-year-old mustangs, gathered in Nevada, will be judged on conditioning and groundwork. The top 10 will be featured during an exciting evening performance with all horses in the competition being placed for adoption through competitive bidding following the performance. Only mares will be available in Florida.

Even though the animals will have been handled and trained, the same adoption conditions that accompany any BLM adoption will apply for the new owner when the animal is adopted.

Potential adopters will apply for the opportunity to be included in the competitive bidding process at the event. BLM personnel will be available to review and approve the applications on site. In order to apply, applicants must be at least 18 years old, have no prior conviction for inhumane treatment of animals or violations of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, and be able to demonstrate that adequate housing, food, water, and facilities will be available to humanely care for the animal.

Adopted horses remain with the adopter for one year before "title" of ownership is provided from the BLM. For full adoption requirements and information, go to

The Mustang Heritage Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, created the Extreme Mustang Makeover and Mustang Challenge events to highlight the value of American Mustangs through a national training competition.

Nearly 26,000 Mustangs roam federal and privately held contracted lands across the country. In order to manage the herds and maintain both land and herd health, the BLM oversees the adoption of wild horses and burros through public adoptions held throughout the United States. Since 1973, more than 219,000 wild horses and burros have been adopted.

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