Young mustang geldings, aged 3 to 5, will be available for adoption, when the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) holds a special open house at the Ridgecrest Wild Horse and Burro Corrals, Friday, Aug. 11 and Saturday, August 12. The corrals are located at 3647-A Randsburg Wash Road, Ridgecrest.
The event runs from 8 a.m.to 3 p.m., Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday. BLM wranglers will halter and load adopted animals during the morning hours.
In addition to considering the 40 featured geldings for adoption, participants will be able to tour the facility where about 280 horses and burros are also awaiting new homes with adoptive families.
“Adopting a wild horse or burro is a way for people to partner with the BLM in keeping rangelands healthy and sustainable for all who depend on them,” said Amy Dumas, manager of the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program in California. “The BLM removed the animals from public lands to keep wild populations in balance with other range users such as wildlife and domestic livestock, conserving range plants and water sources.”
To qualify, adopters must be at least 18 years of age and United States residents. They must provide corrals constructed of pipe or board, which offers at least 400 square feet per animal. The BLM requires that corrals be enclosed by six-foot fences for horses 2 years of age and older. Adopters can house horses under 2 years old in corrals surrounded by five-foot fences, and burros in corrals with four-and-a-half-foot fences. A two-sided shelter with a roof is required. Adopters should not release wild horses and burros into large pastures until they can be captured,…
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