Mt. Vernon Register-News

April 30, 2014

Wild horses returning to Ewing

Staff Report
The Register-News

---- — EWING — About 40 wild horses are on their way to the Wild Horse Facility in Ewing and available for adoption.

According to information from the U.D. Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management, the horses, ranging from yearlings to 5-year-olds, will be available May 17 and 18 at the facility located at 2295 Sheep Farm Rd.

A wild free-roaming horse is defined by law as an unbranded, unclaimed, free-roaming horse 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.

“This is a unique opportunity to care for, then own, a ‘living legend’ — a symbol of American history, namely, a wild horse or burro,” information from the Bureau states. “Providing a home for a wild horse

or burro is a challenging and rewarding experience. You can adopt your very own symbol of American history.”

The Saturday adoption will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The animals can be previewed on May 17 from 2 to 7 p.m. Adoption hours are Saturday, May 18 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. A minimal adoption fee of $125 for animals less than three years of age and $25 for animals three and older is required for adoption. In addition, a buddy animal will be $256 with the adoption of a horse for the full fee of $125.

“While the adoption process is simple and straightforward, anyone considering adoption of a wild horse should remember that the animals are wild and require gentling and training,” said John Ruhls, BLM-Eastern States acting director. “Prospective adopters must have sturdy corrals that are 20 foot by 20 foot or larger and at least 6 feet high for an adult horse and 5 feet high for horses younger than 18 months, and have a shelter directly attached to the corral. Adopters must provide a stock-type, step up trailer, ramps and side-by-side two-horse type trailers are not allowed.”

Applications to adopt will be reviewed starting on Friday and may be submitted until Saturday. For more information, call 1-866-468-7826 or visit the BLM web site at www.wildhorseandburro.blm.gov.