Wild Horse & Burro Adoption Event in Ft. Worth, Texas

News Release
BLM Oklahoma Field Office                                          For Additional Information:

Crystal Cowan


405-826-3057 (cell)


Wild Horse & Burro Adoption Event in Ft. Worth, Texas

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will hold a wild horse and burro adoption event in Ft. Worth, Texas, September 15-17, 2016.  The three-day event at the Richardson Bass Building will feature dozens of outstanding animals both trained and untrained.  The event will take place from noon – 5:00pm on Thursday, September 15, 8:00am – 5:00pm on Friday, September 16, and 8:00am – noon on Saturday, September 17.  The BLM will offer all untrained animals on a first-come, first-served basis for the minimum adoption fee of $125 (set by law).  Trained animals available for adoption are featured as part of the Extreme Mustang Makeover, and may be adopted by competitive bid beginning at noon on Saturday, September 17.  The top 10 finalist may be adopted by competitive bid after the event Saturday night.

These are adult and yearling horses and burros that once roamed free on public lands in the West.  The BLM periodically removes excess animals from the range in order to maintain healthy herds, and to protect other rangeland resources.  The adoption program is essential for achieving these important management goals.  Since 1973, the BLM has placed more than 235,000 of these “living legends” in approved homes across the country.

BLM staff can approve applications onsite.  Perspective adopters must be at least 18, with no record of animal abuse.  Adopters must have a minimum of 400 square feet of corral space per animal, with free access to food, water, and shelter.  A six-foot corral fence is required for untrained adult horses; five feet for yearlings and trained horses; and four-and-a-half feet for burros.  All animals must be loaded in covered, stock-type trailers with swing gates and sturdy walls and floors.  BLM staff will be on-hand to assist adopters through the short application process.

The BLM pays a one-time $500 care-and-feeding allowance to adopters of untrained horses that are at least four years old.  The BLM pays the allowance after one year when adopters receive official ownership title for their horse(s).  All standard adoption conditions and fees apply.  A limited number of eligible horses will be available.  Younger horses, burros, and trained animals are not eligible for this incentive.  The BLM designed this incentive to find homes for older horses that might otherwise be destined for long-term pastures, where they would live out the remainder of their natural lives at taxpayer expense.

The Richardson Bass Building is located at 3400 Burnett Tandy Drive, Ft. Worth, Texas (Next to the John Justin Arena.)

For more information about the event please contact Crystal Cowan at 405-234-5938 or 405-826-3057.


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.


Crystal Cowan

Wild Horse & Burro Specialist
Bureau of Land Management