Wild horse, burros up for adoption
Published 10:22 am Friday, May 29, 2015
If you are a fan of the old west and horses, then Red Horse Ranch is the place to be today and Saturday.
A piece of the old west will be up for adoption Saturday as the U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management brings 40 wild horses and burros to Cass County.
Horses and burros from the ranges of the Western states will be up for adoption at Red Horse Ranch, 64251 Library Road.
The animals will range in age from yearlings to five-years-old.
Interested parties can preview the animals Friday from 2 to 7 p.m. at Red Horse Ranch.
The actual adoption will take place Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis.
Horses and burros under the age of 3 can be adopted for $125, while animals over the age of 3 are $25.
Each animal has been inspected by a veterinarian, vaccinated, de-wormed and blood-tested.
However, not just anyone can adopt a wild horse or burro.
While the adoption process is relatively simple, criteria must be met in order for someone to adopt an animal.
Potential adopters must have sturdy corrals that are 20 feet by 20 feet or larger with fences at least six feet high for an adult horse and at least five feet high for horses younger than 18 months.
A shelter must be directly attached to the corral, and potential adopters will be asked to sketch out the set-up on the four-page application form.
Adopters must provide a stock-type, step-up trailer — not a typical horse trailer — to transport their animals after the sale.
Applications to adopt will be reviewed starting Friday and may be submitted until Saturday. For more information call 1-866-468-7826 or visit the Bureau of Land Management’s website at www.wildhorsesandburro.blm.gov.