Wild horse adoption event at Western Idaho Fair

Posted at 5:50 AM, Aug 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-22 07:50:13-04

BOISE, Idaho — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is holding a wild horse adoption event Sunday at the Western Idaho Fair. 4-H Club members have been training the mustangs since the end of June to lead, load in a horse trailer and pick up their feet. They will demonstrate the skills during a trail challenge on August 23 at 6 p.m.

There will be one gelding and three fillies available for adoption in the Draft Horse Barn. That is located at the north end of the facility or at the BLM booth.

Since the beginning of the partnership between the BLM and the University of Idaho's 4-H extension program in 2009, over 300 wild horses have been trained and adopted. Over 500 4-H members have developed wild horse handling skills. More than $43,000 has been raised for Idaho 4-H clubs.

The 4-H clubs participating this year are Desperados (Ada County), Purple Sage Riders (Gem County), and Snake River Livestock (Owyhee County).

To adopt a wild horse or burro, you have to be 18 years old and have never been convicted of animal abuse or cruelty. You also have to have the proper facilities and transportation.

All individuals must be pre-approved before they can bid on a horse. Applications may be filled out at the Idaho Horse Expo BLM booth and approved onsite.

For more information about the BLM's wild horse program, click here.