“The Bureau of Land Management protects, manages, and controls wild horses and burros under the authority of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 to ensure that healthy herds thrive on healthy rangelands. The BLM manages these living symbols of the Western spirit as part of its multiple-use mission under the 1976 Federal Land Policy and Management Act .”
One of the BLM’s key responsibilities under the 1971 law is to determine the “appropriate management level” (AML) of wild horses and burros on the public rangelands. These animals have virtually no natural predators and their herd sizes can double about every four years. As a result, about 31,000 wild horses and burros roam BLM-managed lands in 10 Western states, a population that exceeds by about 3,500 the number that can exist in balance with other public rangeland resources and uses.
On May 3rd, 2014 you can see some of these wild horses up for adoption, and maybe even take one home from the Santa Clara County Horsemen’s Association. 20350 McKean Road, San Jose, Ca. 95120. The SCCHA Juniors will be holding a flea market sale on the same day, in case you need some new tack for that adopted horse!
If you can’t make it to the adoption at the SCCHA, you can see a list of adoption events here, or visit the Litchfield or Ridgecrest Corrals Monday through Friday during business hours. It’s a good idea to download and fill out your adoption application prior to arrival. You can also fill out the adoption form at the SCCHA adoption event.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Adoptions are open from 8 am to 5 pm on the day of the adoption. For all adoptions, after the silent bidding has concluded, any remaining animals will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.