About 40 wild horses will be up for adoption on May 18 at the American Sales & Ag Supply in Decorah, Iowa.
The U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM) says it's putting the horses up for adoption because they have too many at its range and they need to move some to "sustain the health and productivity of the public lands."
"While the adoption process is simple and straightforward, anyone considering adoption of a wild horse should remember that the animals are wild and require gentling and training," said BLM-Eastern States State Director, John Lyon.
The BLM says people who want to adopt a wild horse must have sturdy corrals that are 20 feet by 20 feet, at least six feet high for an adult horse and at least 5 feet high for horses younger than 18 months. Potential adopters must also have a shelter attached to the corral. In addition, BLM says adopters have to provide a stock-type, step-up trailer.
The animals can be previewed on Friday, May 17 from 2-7 p.m. at the American Sales & Ag Supply, 1668 Jordan West Rd. in Decorah, Iowa. Adoption hours are Saturday, May 18 from 8 a.m -5 p.m. For animals less than three years-old, there is a minimum adoption fee of $125. There's a $25 fee for animals three years and older.
For more information on adopting a wild horse from the BLM, call 1-866-468-7826 or go to the U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management's website.