Horses, Wild and Tame

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Depending on the amount of land you own, and your disposition toward animals, you may want to think about adopting a wild horse or burro.

Due to the need to manage record-breaking horse populations in the western U.S., the Bureau of Land Management is offering an incentive up to $1000 to people who adopt an untrained wild horse or burro. The BLM’s Adoption and Sales Program has placed more than 240,000 wild horses and burros since 1971. The U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Wild Horse and Burro Program.

It is estimated that there are approximately 88,000 wild horses in the western part of the U.S., in an area that can only support 27,000 horses. The goal of this program is to reduce the bureau’s costs to care for wild horses and burros on public rangelands.

The next online event will be July 14-21, 2020.  Optional satellite pickups are Gulfport, MS (September 18) and Mequon, WI (September 18). Applications received by noon Friday, July 17 will be reviewed for the July event. Photographs will be posted by July 10.

Pick up instructions, for the February and April events and updates for the January events, will be e-mailed as soon as they receive updated information regarding COVID-19 and closures. If you have general adoption, sale or program questions, please email wildhorse@blm.gov or call 1-866-468-7826.

For further updates, please check out this web site:   https://www.blm.gov/programs/wild-horse-and-burro/adoption-and-sales/events.

If caring for a wild horse is a little beyond your equine talents, there are many horse sanctuaries currently in operation which rescue, rehabilitate and place horses in loving forever homes.  We are fortunate to have the Central PA Horse Rescue (https://www.CentralPaHorseRescue.org/) in our area.  Central PA Horse Rescue is a non-profit organization (501c3) dedicating to caring for abused and neglected horses.  The farm in Lewisberry PA consists of 108 acres of paddocks, pastures, training pens and approximately 5 miles of trails for horseback riding.  The farm is entirely devoted to the compassionate care of these horses.  The owners live in the facility so they can devote themselves to watching over the horses at all times.  These horses are not enclosed in stalls, as studies have shown that this is the healthiest way for a horse to live.  If you wish to get involved you can make a one time or monthly donation to provide care and supplies for the horses.  Donations or correspondence may be mailed to Central Pennsylvania Horse Rescue, 100 Spangler Rd, Lewisberry PA 17339, 717-855-5188.

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Till the next time.

Cindy

“The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”                                                                                                                 Mahatma Gandhi

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