BLM: Young wild horses available for adoption
Twelve wild horse weanlings -- mostly fillies under the age of one year -- from the Challis Herd Management Area are now available for adoption at the Boise Wild Horse Corrals, according to officials of the Bureau of Land Management.
The horses were gathered in October 2012. They were cared for at the Challis Wild Horse Corrals until mid-January, when they were transported to Boise.
To give interested people an opportunity to view and possibly adopt the wild horses, the BLM Boise District will host a walk-up adoption on Friday, February 15 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Officials said this will be a first-come, first-served adoption at the Boise Wild Horse Corrals off Pleasant Valley Road. The adoption fee will be $75.
Following the walk-up adoption event, horses may be adopted at a later date by setting up an appointment with BLM Wild Horse and Burro Specialist Steve Leonard. If you are interested in viewing the horses, call Steve at (208) 384-3300.
To adopt a wild horse, the BLM said, you must be 18 years old, never have been convicted of animal abuse or cruelty, and have the proper facilities and transportation. No animal will be loaded in an unsafe trailer. All individuals must be pre-approved before they can bid on a horse. Applications may be filled out at the adoption and approved onsite.
“All of the animals available for adoption have been de-wormed and have received vaccinations for common equine conditions and diseases,” said Leonard. “Adopters will receive complete health care records as well as herd management and other equine information for their newly adopted animals.”
For the safety of the horses, the BLM suggests using stock trailers with side-swinging gates. Trailers with center dividers are acceptable, but multiple dividers must be removed before horses can be transported in the trailer. The BLM will not load horses into two horse trailers or trailers with ramps.
For more information on the Wild Horse and Burro Program and requirements for adoption, call 1-866-4MUSTANGS, (866)-468-7826 or visit the Bureau of Land Management website at: blm.gov.