Taking home a piece of the West; Wild Mustang adoption

By: Brian Shlonsky Email
By: Brian Shlonsky Email

Some people may never see a wild mustang up close, but Saturday, not only did residents have the chance to see one, but they could also take one home.

KKCO 11 News headed over to the Bureau of Land Management’s wild mustang and burro adoption, spending the day with the palominos, appaloosas and a few new horse owners.

"They're great for stamina, and they got a good bunch of horses here," Jim Hyrup said. Hyrup was looking to adopt one or two of the wild mustangs. “I’m looking for dispositions and color and personality. We’d like to use them to go trail riding.”

The BLM rounded up 20 wild mustangs and burros in Wyoming, Oregon, Colorado and Nevada, setting them up for auction on Saturday.

Hyrup and other potential adoptees had plenty of colors to pick from, including palomino, buckskin, appaloosa, grulla, roan, sorrel, black and brown.

"It took us about two years to get their trust enough to feel that we were comfortable having them trained at this stage, but it's been a lot of fun getting them used to people," Christi Williams, who has already adopted two mustangs of her own, said.

Williams said that even though training the horses can be a long road, it's more than worth it in the end.

"I would hate to see someone adopt one and think it's going to be easy, it took us three months to be able to touch her.

“They're trustworthy, they're intelligent and they're really hard workers, you know, they're really hearty horses," Williams said.

The BLM gathers wild mustangs and burrors from public rangelands each year, saying it helps restore ecological balances by keeping their populations at sustainable levels.

The minimum bid for an untrained horse is $125, and for saddle trained $1,025.

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