Adopt a wild horse or burro, get up to $1,000

Posted at 1:43 PM, Feb 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-11 14:44:08-05

HAMILTON, TX — The Bureau of Land Management will hold a wild horse and burro event in Hamilton, Texas on March 6-7 at the Circle T Arena. If you adopt an untrained animal, they will pay you up to $1,000.

The two-day event, featuring 75 wild horses and burros, will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 6.

Adoptions will be held from 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. on Friday, March 6, and from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Saturday, March 7.

"As part of our efforts to find every horse and burro a good home, the BLM now offers up to $1,000 to adopt an untrained animal," the Bureau of Land Management said. "This adoption incentive will be offered for every animal in Hamilton."

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 onsite.

To qualify to adopt, one must be at least 18 years old, 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 Circle T Arena is located at 4007 West HWY 36, Hamilton, Texas, 76531. For more information, call 866-468-7826 or visit www.blm.gov [blm.gov].