MILWAUKEE, Wis. — Adopt a horse or burro on Aug. 8-10 at Sarge’s Sale Arena, 5970 Defiance Trail in Lima, Ohio.
The Bureau of Land Management-Eastern States will offer approximately 45 wild horses ranging from yearling to 5-year-olds (and possibly a few burros) to adopters who can provide these animals with good homes.
In return, these adopters will receive a unique horse or burro. Wild horses and burros are unique because they represent America’s heritage and are often referred to as Living Legends of the Wild West.
Wild horses and burros found on Western rangelands have virtually no natural predators and their herd sizes can double about every four years. As a result, the agency must remove thousands of these animals from western lands each year to control herd sizes; otherwise, these animals will suffer from a lack of food and water caused by overpopulation.
Adoptions will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Adoption hours are 1-5 p.m. Aug. 8; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 9; and 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 10. A minimal adoption fee of $125 for animals less than 3 years of age and $25 for animals 3 and older is required for adoption.
In addition, you can take home a buddy animal for $25 when you adopt any animal at the full fee of $125.
Wild horses that have been gentled do well at Western riding events, dressage and trail riding. They are noted for their endurance, sure-footedness and intelligence. Burros are great companion animals and are sometimes used by farmers for predator control.
Prospective adopters must have sturdy corrals that are 20 feet by 20 feet or larger, at least 6 feet high for an adult horse and at least 5 feet high for burros and 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).
For more information, call 866-4MUSTANGS or visit www.wildhorseandburro.blm.gov.
The facility is located north of Ohio Route 309, between Delphos and Lima, Ohio.