March 28, 2019 500 AM
FORT STOCKTON – The Bureau of Land Management will host a wild horse and burro event in Fort Stockton on Friday and Saturday, March 29 – 30 at the Pecos County Coliseum, where 50 wild horses and burros will be featured.
The event will take place from noon-6pm on Friday and 8am-noon on Saturday.
Animals are eligible for direct purchase to a good home or eligible for adoption. Inquire with BLM staff onsite for more information.
As part of an effort to find every horse and burro a good home, the BLM now offers up to $1,000 to adopt an untrained animal. This adoption incentive will be offered for every animal in Fort Stockton.
The animals offered at the event are adult and yearling horses and burros that once roamed free on public lands in the West. The BLM periodically removes excess animals from the range in order to maintain healthy herds and to protect other rangeland resources. The adoption and sale program is essential for achieving these important management goals. Since 1973, the BLM has placed more than 235,000 of these animals in approved homes across the country.
BLM staff will approve applications on-site. To qualify to adopt or buy, one must be at least 18, with no record of animal abuse. Qualified homes must have a minimum of 400 square feet of corral space per animal, with access to food, water, and shelter. A six-foot corral fence is required for adult horses; five feet for yearlings; and four-and-a-half feet for burros. All animals must be loaded in covered, stock-type trailers with swing gates and sturdy walls and floors. BLM staff will be on hand to assist with the short application process.
The Pecos County Coliseum is located at 1658 Airport Drive, at the intersection of I-10 and US Highway 285 (Pecos Highway).
For more information, call 866-468-7826 or visit www.blm.gov.