CASPER, Wyo. — There will be five wild horse and burro adoption events in September, starting with a Saturday, Sept. 3 adoption at the Wind River Wild Horse Ranch, according to the Bureau of Land Management.
A Friday, Sept. 2 planned adoption event at the Wheatland Off Range Corral has been canceled, a news release states.
About 20 untrained wild horses will be available for adoption on a first-come, first-served basis at the Saturday event, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the public off-range pasture. The event also offers a free wagon tour to view the wild horses. The facility is located at 8616 Highway 287, 7.5 miles north of Lander.
Additional adoption events in September include:
- Sept. 9–10, Wyoming Honor Farm: About 40 trained wild horses and burros will be available for adoption. Visit with the horses and burros from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, including a training demonstration by the Honor Farm at 1:30 p.m. On Saturday, Sept. 10, preview the animals and register to bid beginning at 8 a.m. Competitive bid adoption begins at 10:30 a.m.
- Sept. 13–15, Husker Harvest Days, Grand Island, Nebraska: About seven wild horses will be available for adoption. There will be daily demonstrations at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Adoption is first come, first served.
- Saturday, Sept. 17, Mantle Adoption and Training Facility: Up to 20 untrained and halter-started wild horses will be available for adoption. The adoption event will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a silent bid from 10 a.m. to noon. The facility is located at 615 S. Antelope Creek Road in Wheatland, Wyoming.
- Saturday, Sept. 24, Deerwood Ranch Public Off-Range Pasture: Approximately 20 wild horses will be available for adoption on a first-come, first-served basis. Free tours and tractor-pulled wagon rides to the wild horses are offered every half hour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The facility is located near Centennial, Wyoming.
Wild horses and burros available for adoption have been removed from overpopulated herds roaming Western public rangelands, the BLM said. As part of its efforts to find every horse and burro a good home, the BLM offers up to $1,000 to adopt an untrained animal. This adoption incentive will be offered for all untrained horses at the September in-person events.
A BLM-approved application, which may be completed at the event, is required to adopt and to register as a bidder.