BLM Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Event in Willcox, Arizona October 2011
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BLM Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Event in Willcox, Arizona October 2011

August 18, 2019


Roger Oyler, BLM Wild Horse & Burro Program
State Lead: “We are here in Willcox. We are having a satellite adoption. What we do
is just have the animals; we got them in yesterday evening and let them get settled so they are
ready. And people will come in today and fill out paperwork, look at the animals, and stuff. We brought 25 horses and 10 burros. We’ll
have a silent bid adoption and see if we can’t find good homes for a bunch of these horses
and burros. Here in Arizona we got two major metropolitan
areas: Phoenix and Tucson, but here in the last two years we’ve had more success going
to the smaller rural in Arizona. We also try to move around the state to give
everybody the opportunity to adopt a wild horse or burro. Most of the horses came from Twin Peaks, which
is in northern California and northwestern Nevada. There is one Calico horse in there
and few out of Nevada of the Reveille HMA (Heard Management Area). The burros most of them came of the Chemehuevi
HMA up by Needles, California. These wild burros are fairly independent, but once you
get them home and they figure out where the feed is coming from they will just kind of
sit there. And they calm down real quick once you get them home in the corrals. You can
train them to pack. You can train them to pull a little buggy, just be a buddy to your
horse, or whatever. They’re real good animals. You adopt a wild horse primarily because you
want a piece of America’s past history. They are good stout horses. They’ve got
good strong feet. When you adopt a wild horse it will be one of the best horses you’ve
ever had.”

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  1. Not necessarily these animals, but many horses rounded up by the Bureau of Land Management are sold at auction to the highest bidder. Frequently, these are kill-buyers who then ship the horses to Canada or Mexico to slaughter houses. The American Humane Society states that due to the skittish nature of horses, they CANNOT be "slaughtered" humanely and many suffer prolonged agonizing painful deaths in the slaughter house. Google American Humane Society or Wild Horse Education for more info.

  2. At these adoption events, are the horses you can adopt wild or trained? Im interested in a mustang for a training project and theres an adoption event near me coming up and I was wondering theyre wild horses or not.

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