Virginia Equestrian Festival & Expo

BLM Mustang Adoption at Equine Extravaganza

BLM Mustang Adoption at Equine Extravaganza:  (2012 INFO; CHECK BACK SOON FOR 2013 INFO)


Bid throughout the weekend at BLM Booth or Sunday at 1:00 at the Mustang Corrals.

Learn more about mustangs! Consider owning one of these hardy and talented horses.

If you’ve ever thought about owning a Mustang, this is your opportunity to explore the possibilities!

If you have a favorite, you can place your bid with BLM in their booth (2408 in Old Dominion) on Friday and Saturday. Any mustangs not adopted by Sunday will be available for auction on Sunday at 1:00 PM at the Mustang corrals by the outdoor arena.

At this year’s Equine Extravaganza, BLM will be offering 10 HALTER BROKE Mustang yearlings for auction. Mike Branch, who works closely with BLM, is working with the 10 young Mustangs to have them halter broke and ready for their new homes.

In addition, Mike will be working with these young Mustangs in his clinics throughout the weekend, demonstrating gentle and effective training techniques that are appropriate for Mustangs. If you are interested in adopting a Mustang now or are considering it for the future, these clinics are a MUST SEE! You can also visit Mike in Booth 904 between his clinics to find out more about these magnificent animals.

If you have a favorite, you can place your bid with BLM in their booth (2408 in Old Dominion) on Friday and Saturday. Any mustangs not adopted by Sunday will be available for auction on Sunday at 1:00 PM at the Mustang corrals by the outdoor arena.

BLM Mustang Adoption: Booth 2408
Mike Branch: Booth 2406

 

Visit BLM in Booth 2408 Old Dominion for information on how to adopt one of the 10 Mustangs available at Equine Extravaganza.

Visit Mike Branch in Booth 2406 for more information on training and handling a Mustang, as well as other training questions.

BLM Adoption Information

Federal protection and a lack of natural predators have resulted in thriving wild horse and burro populations that grow substantially each year. The BLM monitors the public rangelands to determine the number of animals, including livestock and wildlife, that the land can support. Each year the BLM gathers wild horses and burros from overpopulated Herd Management Areas where vegetation and water could become scarce from overuse.

These excess animals are offered for adoption to qualified individuals through the BLM’s wild horse and burro adoption program. After properly caring for an animal for one year, the adopter is eligible to receive title, or ownership, from the Federal government. While the challenge of adopting animals is greater than ever, the program remains popular. The BLM has placed more than 225,000 wild horses and burros into private ownership since 1971.

Healthy Horses on Healthy Ranges

The BLM’s goal is to ensure and maintain healthy wild horse populations on healthy public lands. To do this, the BLM works to achieve what is known as the Appropriate Management Level (AML) – the point at which wild horse and burro herd populations are consistent with the land’s capacity to support them. In the context of its multiple-use mission, AML is the level at which wild horses and burros can thrive in balance with other public land uses and resources, including vegetation and wildlife.