Not Just Horsing Around

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The Bureau of Land Management is having the first-ever emergency adopt-a-wild horse program to be held in Lauderdale County Mar. 6-7.

The purpose of the program is to find homes for the animals, because their habitats are in danger due to drought and wildfires throughout the western U.S.

"We need people to adopt these horses, and nationwide there are about 45,000 wild horses in the U.S., but the land where they roam can only sustain about 27,000, so it is very necessary to round up wild horses for adoption," said Shayne Banks, public relations director for the Bureau of Land Management.

Nationwide, the program takes in 7,000 to 8,000 wild horses and burros each year. About 150 animals will be available for adoption at the Agricenter over the weekend.

"If you have ever been interested in this program, it is not to miss. I have owned several wild horses myself and I really enjoy being part of this program," Banks said.

Organizers say that although it takes time to train the horses, it is well worth it. For those interested in adopting a wild horse or donkey, organizers will be available through the weekend from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

There will be an adoption application process and the animals will be adopted thorough a competitive bid process. Potential owners must prove they have the necessary land resources to support the horses.