BLM preps for wild horse adoption weekend

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is hosting a wild horse adoption in Fruita on Friday, April 21, and Saturday, April 22.

There will be 24 horses up for adoption ranging in ages from one to five years old.

Most of them are from the Sand Wash Basin Herd Management Area but three of them are from the Canyon City Wild Horse Inmate Program.

None of the horses are saddle trained, and only three are halter-trained, so an experienced and willing owner is a must.

People who are interested will need to fill out an application, meet certain space, water and feed requirements, and sign an agreement with the BLM.

Wild horses are gathered in an effort to manage the herd’s growth.

The event is open to spectators.

“It’s a neat opportunity to come see wild horses. It’s fun to see them close to home. Come ask questions, if you are interested in horses at all,” said Ben Smith, a Wild horse and Burro specialist with the BLM. "They are very capable animals once you earn their trust and show them what to do."

The event is happening at the Rimrock Adventure Arena in Fruita at 927 Highway 340.

Public viewing: Friday, April 21, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Public viewing: Saturday, April 22, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Silent Auction/Adoption: Saturday, April 22 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The base fee to adopt is $125 and goes up from there.

All of the money raised goes back to caring for wild horses.

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