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Adopt Your Very Own Wild Horse or Burro in Missouri

The U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will offer approximately 40 wild horses ranging from yearling to 5 years old to potential adopters on March 30-31, 2012, at MO-KAN Livestock Market located at Rural Route 2, in Passaic, Missouri. As an adopter, your challenge will be to develop a trusting relationship with your wild horse or burro. Consider what your goals are for the animal and base your selection on that.  You can adopt an animal for a minimal fee and get a buddy horse for $25.  Each animal has its own personality; horses and burros come in all shapes, sizes, and colors.  They are of no particular breed, although some exhibit characteristics associated with certain breeds.

“While the adoption process is simple and straightforward, anyone considering adoption of a wild horse should remember that the animals are wild and require gentling and training, said BLM-Eastern States State Director, John Lyon.” Prospective adopters must have sturdy corrals that are 20’ x 20’ (or larger), at least 6 feet high for an adult horse and at least 5 feet high for horses younger than 18 months, and have a shelter directly attached to the corral.  Adopters must provide a stock-type, step up trailer (ramps and side-by-side two-horse type trailers are not allowed).

The Saturday adoption will be on a first come, first served basis. The animals can be previewed on Friday, March 30, from 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  Adoption hours on Saturday, March 31, are from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  A minimal adoption fee of $125 for animals less than three years of age and $25 for animals three and older is required for adoption.  In addition, you can take home a buddy animal for only $25 when you adopt any animal at the full fee of $125.

“The BLM manages, protects, and controls wild horses and burros under the authority of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act,” Lyon said.  “This law authorizes the BLM to remove excess wild horses and burros from the range to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands.  The Bureau’s appropriate management level is 26,600.”

Applications to adopt will be reviewed starting on Friday and may be submitted until Saturday.  For more information, call 1-866-4MUSTANGS (1-866-468-7826) or visit the BLM web site at

Directions for the Wild Horse Adoption:  located 55 miles south of Kansas City, MO, off Hwy 71 at the Butler Business Rte. 71 / Passaic exit.

Background: All animals available for adoption have been examined by a veterinarian, vaccinated, de-wormed, and blood-tested.  Since 1971, the BLM has adopted out more than 225,000 animals nationwide.  To date, 0ver 6,000 animals have found loving homes throughout Missouri.

The BLM manages more land – – 253 million acres – – than any other Federal agency.  This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska.  The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation.  The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.  The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.

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