The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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October 19, 2012

You can adopt a horse or burro this weekend

The U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management will be offering about 40 wild horses for adoption in Nicholas County this weekend.

Today between 2 and 7 p.m., potential adopters are invited to Good Evening Ranch, 1458 Groves Road, in Canvas to preview the wild horses and burros and the adoption will be on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on a first come, first serve basis.

According to the Bureau of Land Management press release, this is a chance to care for and then own a “Living Legend” and “a symbol of American history.”

Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program materials explain that adopting one of these wild animals can be challenging but extremely rewarding.

“With kindness and patience, a wild horse or burro can be trained for many uses. Wild horses have become champions in dressage, jumping, barrel racing, endurance riding, and pleasure riding. Wild burros excel in driving, packing, riding guarding, and as companion animals. Both wild horses and burros are known for their sure-footedness, strength, intelligence and endurance,” reads the brochure.

A wild free-roaming horse or burro is defined by law as an unbranded, unclaimed, free-roaming horse or burro found on Western public rangelands. Wild horses and burros are descendants of animals released by or escaped from Spanish explorers, ranchers, miners, U.S. Cavalry or Native Americans.

Adoption fees are $125 for animals under three years of age and $25 for animals three years and older.

In addition, when you adopt an animal for the full fee of $125, you can adopt and take home a buddy animal for an additional $25.

Potential adopters must have sturdy corrals that are 20 feet by 20 feet or larger and at least 6 feet high for adult horses, five feet high for horses younger than 18 months, and must also have a shelter attached to the corral.

Adopters must also provide a stock-type, step up trailer and have no prior convictions for inhumane treatment of animals.

Applications for adoption will begin to be reviewed today and can be submitted until Saturday.

A wild horse or burro belongs to the federal government until the Bureau of Land Management issues adopters a Certificate of Title after one year and after the adopter submits a signed statement from a veterinarian or humane officer verifying they have given humane care and treatment to the animal.

For more information, call 866-468-7826 or visit

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