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 Exhibits: Conservation: Wild Horse and Burro


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    Adopt a Wild Horse or Burro
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Adoption clinic in the Lower Snake River District, Idaho

Adoption clinic in the Lower Snake River District, Idaho
Courtesy Bureau of Land Management, Idaho State Office

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Mario Johnson, a horse gentler, at a Lewiston, Idaho adoption center

Mario Johnson, a horse gentler, at a Lewiston, Idaho adoption center
Courtesy Bureau of Land Management, Idaho State Office

The Adopt a Wild Horse or Burro Program began in 1973. It was established to provide good adoptive homes for the wild horses and burros removed from the public rangelands due to overpopulation. Since 1973, almost 200,000 wild horses and burros that might otherwise have perished due to starvation or dehydration have been placed into adoptive homes. For more information on how to qualify to adopt a wild horse or burro, please visit the links below.

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Admiring the horses at an adoption on the Lower Snake River District in Idaho

Admiring the horses at an adoption on the Lower Snake River District in Idaho
Courtesy Bureau of Land Management, Idaho State Office

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Burros waiting to be adopted in a Lewiston, Idaho adoption clinic

Burros waiting to be adopted in a Lewiston, Idaho adoption clinic
Courtesy Bureau of Land Management, Idaho State Office

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Jumping a well-trained wild horse

Jumping a well-trained wild horse
Courtesy Bureau of Land Management

Wild horses and burros and their historic herds are truly unique animals that embody the best characteristics of endurance and agility. The wild horse is sure-footed, nimble, hardy and has amazing stamina.

Adopted wild horses and burros have found their way into the hearts of thousands of recreational riders. They are popular in back-country packing, show arenas in both Western and English specialties, dressage competitions, endurance rides and as working stock. Burros make excellent companions and can be used for packing, pulling carts, and protecting livestock from predators.

A wild horse or burro can be adopted from any one of the BLM’s facilities, BLM staff is available to answer any questions about your adopted wild horse or burro. For more information, on adoptions, requirements, mentors, contacts, and trainers, please visit the links below.

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