Your Wild Horse is Waiting for You in Ronceverte, W.Va.
On September 10 and 11, the Bureau of Land Management-Eastern States (BLM-ES) will offer more than 80 young horses for adoption at the Organ Cave Arena just outside Ronceverte, West Virginia. “We are bringing some exceptional young horses from the Western states, and you can adopt one for a minimum fee of $125,” said BLM-ES State Director Mike Nedd.
The animals will arrive on Friday, September 9, with viewing hours Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The scheduled hours for the adoption are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 10, and 8 a.m. to noon, Sunday, September 11.
Once gentled, wild horses are used for trail riding, dressage, hunter/jumper, and western events by people who have adopted them. Mustangs are noted for their endurance, sure-footedness and intelligence.
All animals available for adoption have been examined by a veterinarian, vaccinated, de-wormed, and blood-tested. Since the Adopt-A-Wild Horse & Burro Program began in 1973, more than 204,000 animals have been adopted.
Prospective adopters must have sturdy corrals, 20’ x 20’, at least 6 feet high, shelter, transportation, and the means of caring for the animals. The adoption will be by auction, with the starting adoption fee of $125 per animal. Adopters must provide their own stock-type, step up trailer (ramps or split two-horse type trailers are not allowed). BLM-ES staff will sort, halter and load animals onto the adopters’ trailers.
Applications to adopt will be reviewed Friday afternoon and Saturday. Adopters are encouraged to be pre-qualified by calling the toll free number 1-800-293-1781 before the adoption for information. Animals not adopted during the Saturday morning auction will be offered for the $125 adoption fee on a first-come basis.
Directions: Take exit 175 off I-64 and proceed west on US 60 to Caldwell and turn left on Route 63 West to Organ Cave. This route has an underpass with a 9’ clearance. Vehicles requiring more than a 9’ clearance must use exit 169 (Lewisburg) off I-64 and proceed south on US 219 through Lewisburg, Fairlea and Ronceverte to the community of Organ Cave and turn onto Route 63 East.
For applications or other information contact the Bureau of Land Management at 1-800-293-1781 or 1-866-4MUSTANGS, or visit the BLM web site at http://www.es.blm.gov/programs/whb.
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