Going Wild for Horses

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For the second year in a row, the Bureau of Land Management hosted a wild horse adoption at the Lauderdale County Agricenter. Horses of all shapes, sizes and colors were available.

"The horses that are in the wild in Nevada are overpopulated and the only way to really lower their population is to adopt out the horses," said Lauren Ritchie, a program specialist for the Bureau of Land Management.

The Jackson office of the BLM covers eleven different states throughout the southeast U.S., giving people who are not close to places like Nevada the chance to own a wild horse.

"People in the east don't have a chance to get them unless we do this," Ritchie said.

"I think it's a real important program and it is for a good cause, so people really get excited when we bring the horses out," she said.

"When you see them, something in you has this longing to take care of them," said Sarah Sullivan, who adopted a horse. "And if that doesn't happen, you have people that want to kill them."

The adoption fee is $125.00. Older horses can be acquired for as little as $25.00. The Bureau of Land Management conducts the sales periodically in Lauderdale County and other sites around Mississippi and the southeast region of the country.