Adopt a wild horse or burro

Wisconsin State Farmer

MILWAUKEE – If there’s a place in your heart for a mustang and you are ready to adopt, come to the Bureau of Land Management-Eastern States (BLM-ES) Northeastern States District Wild Horse and Burro adoption June 16 - 17.

Both days are free and open to anyone interested in wild horses and burros, even if you can’t take one home with you.

Wild horses are seen near Little Washoe Lake south of Reno on May 20, 2017.

The BLM-ES will hold an adoption at the Central Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, located at 513 East 17th Street, Marshfield.

A variety of wild horses and burros will be available for adoption on a first come, first serve basis. Adoption applications will be accepted on site beginning Friday at 12 p.m. and may be submitted through Saturday.

The horses and burros may be previewed on Friday from 8 a.m. to noon. Adoptions will take place on Friday from 12 - 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

C.J. Clibborn, a horse trainer experienced in gentling wild mustangs, will be on site demonstrating gentling and training techniques on Friday and Saturday. He is a member of the Trainer Incentive Program and has trained wild horses for Extreme Mustang Makeover competitions sponsored by the Mustang Heritage Foundation, BLM’s partner in managing America’s Living Legends.

To learn more about the Mustang Heritage Foundation and their work with wild horses and burros please visit

The BLM manages wild horse and burro populations to ensure that healthy herds thrive on healthy rangelands. Wild horses and burros from public rangelands are placed into private care through the Adoption and Sales Programs and other successful partnerships with organizations across the nation.

Many individuals have found it personally challenging and rewarding to adopt a wild animal. It is a chance to care for, and then own, a part of America’s heritage.

The BLM has placed more than 235,000 wild horses and burros into private care since 1971. Many of those animals have become excellent pleasure, show, or work horses.

To learn more about the BLM Wild Horse and Burro program, call 866-468-7826 or visit: