Activists prepare for wild horse and burro adoption event

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT/KKCO) -- This winter may have been a wet one, but last year’s drought conditions did a number on rangeland on the Western Slope.

That’s why, for the first time in six years, Friends of the Mustangs is hosting a wild horse and burro sale. The animals had to be rounded up in the Little Bookcliffs area to prevent overgrazing and starvation on a range that they share with other animals.

Maintaining a healthy sized heard also keeps the animals from wandering into traffic, because they can travel up to 40 miles a day in search of scarce food and water.

The “mustang weekend” adoption event will kick off on the March 29 at Rimrock Rodeo Grounds. The first day of the event will feature mustang gentling workshops.

On the Mar. 30, 28 horses and two burros will go up for adoption, with bids starting at just $25.

“Our goal is to get all of them adopted to loving homes," Kathy Degonia said. She's the adoption team leader for Friends of the Mustangs.

"They’re just awesome horses and they’re just beautiful. If you ever go out and see them, it’ll be one of the best days of your life,” she said.