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Mustangs, burros up for adoption in Eagle

Vail Daily staff report
Eagle, CO Colorado

EAGLE, Colorado “-The Bureau of Land Management will offer 40 mustangs and several burros for adoption June 6, at the Eagle County Fairgrounds in Eagle, Colorad.

Several saddle- and halter- trained horses as well as yearlings, mares, and geldings will be available.

“The BLM is responsible for managing multiple resources on public lands, including the nation’s wild horse and burro herds,” said Fran Ackley, who oversees the agency’s wild horse and burro program in Colorado. “One of the most important parts of our jobs as is finding good homes for wild horses and burros whose populations are outgrowing the range’s ability to support them.”

Registration for the adoption will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., June 5, and from 8 a.m. 10 a.m. on June 6. The public can view the animals during registration. There is a minimum bid of $125 for untrained animals and $1,025 for saddle-trained horses.

Mustangs and burros that are not adopted during the silent bidding will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The mustangs are from across the West, including Colorado’s own Sand Wash Basin herd, and the burros are from herds in California and Arizona. The mustangs are hand-picked and will feature many colors including gray, grulla, buckskin, palomino, red and gray dun, appaloosa, roan, and pintos in every color pattern as well as the more common bay, brown, and sorrel.

Their size typically ranges from 14 to 15 hands at maturity.

To view pictures of the animals offered in this adoption, visit http://www.coloradoci.com. For more information about the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program, visit http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/wild_horse_and_burro.html.