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Wild Horse, Burro Expo coming to Henderson Nov. 8-9

HENDERSON, November 1, 2013— The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will hold a wild horse and burro adoption in Henderson, Texas, Nov. 8-9, 2013. The adoption is the centerpiece of the BLM’s 19th Annual Wild Horse & Burro Expo being held this year at the Rusk County Expo Center.  It’ll be a weekend of exciting entertainment, competition and education, all free and open to the public.

Besides the adoption opportunity, other weekend highlights will include:

  • A horse show featuring trained mustangs and burros – along with their proud adopters. A full slate of professionally judged show classes is scheduled for Saturday, November 9, starting at 9 a.m.;
  • Gentling demonstrations. Renowned trainer and competitor Travis Dittmer of Fort Worth, Texas, will pull adoption-eligible wild horses out of the pens and show what can be done with them in a short period of time.

The adoption event will feature dozens of spectacular wild animals – adult and yearling horses and burros that once roamed free on public lands in the West.  The BLM periodically removes excess animals from the range in order to maintain healthy herds and to protect other rangeland resources.  The adoption program is essential for achieving these important management goals. 

Adoption Schedule:

  • Friday, November 8, noon – 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 9, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Adoption Qualifications:

Application approval is required and can be done on site. To qualify to adopt, one must be at least 18, with no record of animal abuse. Adopters must have a minimum of 400 square feet of corral space per animal, with free access to food, water and shelter. A six-foot corral fence is required for adult horses, five feet for yearlings, and four-and-a-half feet for burros.  All animals must be loaded in covered stock-type trailers with swing gates and sturdy walls and floors. BLM staff will be on hand to assist adopters through the short application process.

Adoption Fees:

All animals will be offered for the minimum adoption fee of $125 (as set by law), first-come-first-served, no bidding.

For more information about the Expo or the Wild Horse & Burro Adoption Program, call toll-free 866-468-7826 or visit www.blm.gov/nm/whb.

Directions to the Rusk County Expo Center (3303 FM 13 West): One mile west of the Henderson city limits on FM 13.

Adoption Incentive:

BLM pays a one-time $500 care-and-feeding allowance to adopters of selected older horses (those at least four years old).  The allowance is paid in full after one year when adopters receive official ownership title for their horse(s).  All standard adoption conditions and fees apply.  A limited number of eligible horses will be available.  Younger horses, burros and trained animals are not eligible for this incentive.

This incentive is designed to find homes for older horses that might otherwise be destined for long-term pastures, where they’d live out the remainder of their natural lives at taxpayer expense.

Wild horses and burros – iconic symbols of America’s western heritage – are renowned for their strength, endurance, agility and intelligence, characteristics bred into them in the wild that make them ideal for work or recreation.  Since 1973, the BLM has placed more than 225,000 of these “living legends” in approved homes across the country.                

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