Adopt Directly From a BLM Facility
2. Adopt at a BLM Traveling Weekend Adoption
3. Adopt a gentled horse from from the Mantle Ranch or other Contractor Program
4. Adopt from the Quarterly Internet Adoption
5. Purchase an Already Titled Mustang - Private Party Sale
6. Adopt from a Rescue or Volunteer Group
7. Adopt from a Non-BLM wild horse or burro: Click here to learn about Comstock, & Sheldon USFWS horses & burros
8. There are several Prison Programs in the US. Carson City, NV, Riverton, WY, Crabtree in OK, Canon City, CO, Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison, UT, and perhaps others, that saddle train wild horses for adoption to the public.
BLM ADOPTIONS COMING UP SOON:
Gunnison, Utah Internet Adoption (with some shipping to other states)
BLM Adoption Requirements (Requirements to adopt from Rescue Groups are usually similar)
1. Go to a BLM Facility (Be sure to make an appointment first!)
Photo: Janet Tipton, of weanlings at the Butterfield BLM Corral in Utah
The largest is Palomino Valley Center, outside Reno/Sparks, Nevada. There are also 2 facilities in California, and one each in Oregon, Colorado, Utah, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Wyoming, & Illinois.
This is the best way if you want one NOW, or if you have a particular color, size, etc. in mind - or if you just want to choose from the largest selection. The disadvantage is that you may not be able to get up very close to the animals, so it is hard to get a feel for each one's personality or the fine details of an individual's conformation.
Periodically, the BLM brings a weekend Adoption Event to locations, such as a county fairgrounds, or in conjunction with another event.
This is probably the most popular way to get a mustang (or burro or wild mule). You can watch them at close range, and adopters often report that they really "connected" with their adoptee. Many people report that their mustang "picked them" by making eye contact, coming toward them, or in some other way appealing to their hearts.
The disadvantage is that many others may want the same horse you want, and you can end up in a bidding war. Paying high prices is good for the Wild Horse & Burro Program, but may not be good for you.
|This uniquely-patterned Carter Reservoir colt was the subject of a bidding "war" at an Adoption Event. While the rest of his pen-mates either went unadopted or for minimum $125 bid, he went for $1000!|
such as the Mantle Ranch or one of the Prison Gentling Programs (See National Adoption Schedule for BLM for info), or another mustang rescue agency, (see below). In the Eastern States, the CARR RANCH in Ternnessee has horses and occasionally burros for adoption.
Silver State Industries, a project of the Nevada State Department of Corrections, gentles and adopts out BLM wild horses, as well as wild horses that are not protected by the Wild Horse & Burro Freedom Act (horses roaming on private or other non-BLM lands, the so-called "Comstock" horses)|
The Mustang Mavericks Drill Team's horses are primarily "graduates" of the Carson City, Nevada, prison's wild horse training program.
Click here for: Current Carson City Prison Offerings
during one of the BLM's regularly scheduled Internet Adoptions. The Internet Adoptions allow people to adopt no matter where they live (in the USA, that is)
Good places to look:
Ginny Freeman of "Hole In The Head Gang" horse & burro rescue,
with a group of Sheldon burros
7. Adopt a "Comstock," Sheldon, or other Non-BLM Wild Horse or Burro
See SHELDON USFWS page
See also: for more in-depth coverage of each topic