Mustangs Needing Homes, Sept. 26th is Adoption Day

Click here for BLM Adoption Information

It is our goal to get the older horses released and for younger horses to be adopted by the best homes possible. We have told the BLM that we felt secure in finding homes for 20 young horses (1-3 year olds). With the massive removal complete and 54 horses (3 of those mares with foals at their sides) up for adoption and possible sale, more good homes are necessary. Many people are not pleased that the Cloud Foundation is not attempting to keep all 57 together but with the thousands of horses around the country needing rescued and 33,000+ wild horses in long and short-term holding (numbers vary greatly), we do not feel that the younger horses who go to good homes are in need of rescue. There will be an open bid adoption on September 26th at the Britton Springs corrals just outside of Lovell, WY (less than 2 hours from Billings, MT). 

It is a horrific thing to see family bands splintered, but the young horses whose families are now back in the wild without them do make very suitable adoption horses and life partners. With mountain lion hunting continuing in the Pryors and no legal range expansion, the natural management of this herd at 200+ animals cannot be accomplished and it is necessary for BLM to remove a limited number of YOUNG horses from time to time. We do not agree with this non-selective removal of the four bands living on Commissary Ridge (Conquistador, Bo, Shane and Trigger with their families plus the blue roan bachelor stallion Floyd who never should have been removed). 

If you are interested, please fill out an application today. With all our work trying to stop this unnecessary roundup from moving forward and then trying to stop it when young foals were coming in lame and older horses being removed, we are behind. Your patience and understanding and support is valued beyond belief and we’re running as fast as we can to get things together to rescue the 13 older horses and others if necessary. BLM’s National Adoption Day is September 26th and that is part of the reasoning that BLM gave for rounding up these horses when the foals are so young. We fully support the adoption of wild horses removed to manage populations at suitable levels of genetic viability and to sustain their ranges…. the Pryors case does not fall in that category but we are now in the position of needing to find good homes for a lot more animals. The market is flooded with horses and rescues are overloaded. This is not the time to remove wild horses, especially with over 8,000 in short-term holding who would be great adoption candidates. But the BLM is trying to adopt 1000 horses on National Adoption Day and due to the uniqueness of these very Spanish wild horses and the popularity of this herd, these horses have a higher likelihood of being adopted. 

You can find out more about adopting a wild horse via the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program by clicking here. You can fill out an online application or print one off to mail or fax in.

Ichilay- September 2008 filly. Taken away from the wild with her entire band

Ichilay- September 2008 filly. Taken away from the wild with her entire band


15 Responses to “Mustangs Needing Homes, Sept. 26th is Adoption Day”

  1. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    This is one beautiful face; Ichilay. We would love to adopt but have to be realistic. Roger’s work is not secure enough and our landlords horses are loose as I write, along a busy road. His fences are not adequate. So this is not the time and place for it. It makes me sad only because I want to have horses in my life again. Not other peoples horses. Having had a mustang when I was young and then a filly I raised was stolen from me and likely slaughtered, what becomes of the older horses is very important. This filly will find love, and learn a new life that may be able to make up for her losses. Conquistador and the stallions need freedom with their bands. I know you are doing all you can and this may be done
    as you so want. Mar

  2. Kari Says:

    Do you know whether anyone is planning to transport horses out west? I can take on one older horse with a low chance of adoption, but I do not have a way to bring the horse to Washingon from Wyoming. If anyone is planning to trailer this way please let me know, I already own one BLM mustang and am approved for adoption.

  3. jan eaker Says:

    i cannot be present in Wyoming on the 26th, what can i do to help besides donating an adoption fee?
    Do I have to be present that day to adopt/purchase an older horse?
    please let me know,

  4. Elizabeth Turton Weston Says:

    I am so glad that Conquistador & Co are a priority to get released but what of plan ‘B’?
    I just don’t know how scared to be for him. I feel pretty sick every time I allow myself to think of what might happen. I also feel powerless as I live in Wales,Great Britain. Even if one of these lottery tickets comes up (ha!) the most I could do would be to wizz over there and get someone qualified to adopt to adopt him and acouple of his mares to then release on some safe area.
    Rest assured, despite being a foreigner I’m doing all the phoning and emailing I can. not to mention getting friends, acquaintances,local shop-keepers ect to do likewise.
    Very best of luck with everything and would be very grateful to hear of a plan ‘B’ asap, especially if it’s one I can help with.

  5. Karen L. Says:

    Ginger and All at TCF, Your efforts on behalf of the Pryor Herd are extraordinary. Keeping the older Forest Service horses together is a wonderful, worthy goal and accomplishment in and of itself! We will continue to give to your Freedom Fund in the days ahead in hope that you can prevail with holding them until they can be set free again on the range. Again, Godspeed!

  6. cindy Says:

    can the older horses be adopted and then turned back in to the wild? Is that legally allowed? Just wondered what the rules were…

  7. Janet Ferguson Says:

    Please post about how Rain is doing. I am very worried.

  8. RJ Daum RPLS Says:

    National Public Lands Day- September 26th
    They are hunger to know about wild horses and can adopt a refuge.

  9. CJ Says:

    Be careful about adopting to certain cultures that eat horses, such as in Florida and I imagine in other places unreported, where they are being killed and stolen from their pastures for their meat.

  10. CJ Says:

    To those who harm horses, know it is a felony in every state of the union and there will be security cameras.

  11. Lyn McCormick Says:

    I have 4 adopted mustangs on my farm in Fort Collins and I can’t pasture anymore at this time, but we have 160 acres available in Grover, CO. if anyone is interested in managing a small rescue acreage. It is not what I consider horse safe at this time but the grass is good and it is very secluded. We used to pasture buffalo there. Why couldn’t the BLM consider an adoption program where the adopter could pay the adoption fee and then a monthly fee to keep the horse in the wild ? If the cattle people only pay $1.35/cow/calf pair/per mo., why couldn’t the appropriate horses be adopted back out onto the range for the cost of keeping them wild. Why couldn’t they be fed weed free grass hay if the range gets poor. The cattle need to be kept in feedlots, not the horses !

  12. Morgan Williams Says:

    Okay, I used the link to access the BLM’s activity map. I tried to find a phone number for more information on National Adoption day. No matter what state you are trying to attend an event at on Sept 26th, the BLM number is 1-866-4MUSTANGS. Hate to tell the BLM, but that is too many digits for a real phone number. I used the ‘contact’ us button. Found another number. No one answers. You have to leave a voice mail. 817-559-5650. A person can use the ‘email us’ link but I don’t think anyone is monitoring incoming emails!

  13. RJ Daum RPLS Says:

    Submit written statement by September 23rd if not able to attend in Arlington,Virginia September 28th
    Bureau of Land Management National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board
    WO-260 Attention: Ramona Delorme 1340 Financial Boulevard Reno, Nevada 89502
    Re: Comments for meeting
    “WH&B” in subject of message

  14. CStone Says:

    Ford lends hand to wild mustangs
    Ford Motor Company, that makes the famous Mustang car, is giving its support to a program to help older wild horses being held in captivity.

    Ford is offering up to $200,000 in a program to help increase the number of older wild horses being adopted into new homes.

    The company will pay approved horse rescue groups $100 for each older horse bought through the US Bureau of Land Management.

    The BLM oversees the wild horses that still roam the West.

    It has an adoption scheme for horses aged under 10, having found that few people are interested in taking on horses over that age.

    The BLM has more than 8000 older wild horses for sale, each costing about $500 a year to care for.

    Ford is want the money to persuade some sanctuaries already considering buying some of the wild horses, but they acknowledge the money will go only a small way towards the cost of caring for a horse.

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