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The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is holding a wild horse and burro adoption in the Livestock Pavilion at the fairgrounds in Lubbock July 12-14. The three-day event will feature more than 50 adult and yearling horses and burros that once roamed free on public lands in the West.
The photos, taken Thursday morning by the bureau (see below for the first one), are of the actual animals available.
Adoption begins with a competitive bid Thursday July 12, at 2 p.m. First-come-first-served adoptions follow until 6 p.m., then again Friday, July 13, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, July 14, from 8 a.m. to noon.
Application approval is required and can be done on site. To qualify to adopt, one must be at least 18 years old with no record of animal abuse. Adopters must have a minimum of 400 square feet of corral space per animal, with free access to food, water and shelter. A six-foot corral fence is required for adult horses and five feet for yearlings. 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, answer any questions and load horses.
The standard adoption fee is $125, as set by law. Bidding will start at that amount.
$500 adoption incentive
BLM pays a one-time $500 care-and-feeding allowance to adopters of horses at least four years old. The allowance is paid in full after one year when adopters receive official ownership title for their horse(s). All standard adoption conditions and fees apply. A limited number of eligible horses will be available. Younger horses, burros and trained animals are not eligible for this incentive.
For more information, call toll-free 866-4-MUSTANGS (866.468.7826) or visit www.blm.gov/nm/oklahoma.