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outside this website:
BLM Adoption Schedule
Please note that
"California BLM Adopters Assistance" is just a website - not a formal
organization - maintained by volunteers, to help people and horses and
NORTH BAY HORSE
& BURRO OWNERS:
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BLM ADOPTION APPLICATION
Download and print this application and then submit it either in person, by
mail or fax to your closest BLM office. You must be pre-approved in order to
Q. Who Can Adopt?
A. Anyone over the age of 18 who has never been convicted of animal abuse
Q. What Do I Need To Have Ready For My New Horse Or Burro?
- Trailer: Wild BLM animals must be transported in a stock trailer with
the inside dividers removed. A slant-load may also be used if the inner
dividers are removed. The trailer must not have windows or back door
openings large enough to allow the animal to try to jump out.
- What Kinds of Fencing are Acceptable?
The Corral must provide 400 square feet of space for each animal. (This
translates to a 20' by 20' square, but the pen does not have to be
square, just 400 square feet) Pipe Panels or wooden planks are
recommended. Wire fencing that the horse or burro may become entangled
in is not acceptable. Hotwire and barbed wire are not acceptable.
- Why Can't I use Barbed Wire or Electric Tape? They are too dangerous
for wild animals. The animal is likely to get tangled in it or to push
through it, resulting in injury and escape.
- I have another horse in a pasture. May I put my new mustang in with
her? Not in open pasture until the new one is gentled, due to the risk of escape from
ordinary fencing, as well as the fact that the new animal in such a
large space may never allow you close enough to gentle it.
There is nothing wrong with putting a gnetle horse in with a wild one,
so long as the fencing & housing requirements are met (6-ft high for
horses over 18 months, 2-sided shelter, 400 sq. ft. for each animal in
- BLM requires a roofed shelter with at least two sides.
A shade tree is nice, but it does not satisfy the shelter requirement
- Food: Clean, properly cured hay or other feed which satisfies a horse or
burro's nutritional requirements. See your local vet or a genral horse care
book or website for developing your own feeding program. BLM does not
dictate feeding programs, just that the animal be fed in an adequate manner
to maintain health.
- Water: Fresh, clean water must be available to the animal at all times
- Halter & Lead Rope: In some areas this is optional; Other areas require
it. Check with your local adoption agents. You must provide your own halter
and lead rope. BLM personnel with "install" it on your new animal, but it is
your responsibility to provide it.
- Do I Have To Gentle and Train My New Horse or Burro? Gentling is not a
requirement, but proper care, including hoof trimming and regular
veterinary care (vaccinations, etc) is required. For most people, the best
way to meet these requirements is to gentle the animal and train it. If you
are capable of providing adequate care to a wild animal, you may allow it to
remain wild. Most people find this is too great a challenge, however.
- When May I Release My New Horse or Burro Into Regular and Ordinary
Horse Housing and paddock or pasture?
You may put your new horse or burro in a regular fence and barn when it
meets the "Gentling" test: For BLM adoption purposes, an animal is
considered gentled when you can walk up to it, halter it, and lead it.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE THE