BLM hosts wild horse and burro adoption and sale March 13-15

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Sonoita event will feature horse and burro training demonstrations

PHOENIX – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking good homes for wild horses and burros during its adoption and sale event planned for March 13-15 at Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, 3142 State Highway 83, in Sonoita.

The event will run from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day. Trained animals will be up for competitive bid Friday at 11 a.m.; then all animals are available on a first come, first served basis, through the weekend.  

Additionally, training demonstrations will be held on Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The Florence Inmate Training Program, a collaboration between the BLM and the Arizona Department of Corrections, will conduct the demonstrations.

To qualify to adopt/purchase, you must be 18 years of age, have approved facilities to keep the animal(s), and proper transportation home for the animal(s) from the event site. BLM staff will load each animal, with the new owner’s halter and lead rope, into a BLM-approved trailer provided by the adopter.

Through the Adoption Incentive Program (AIP) qualified adopters are eligible to receive $500 within 60 days of the adoption date and an additional $500 within 60 days of titling for each UNTRAINED animal. ALL UNTRAINED animals are now $25.The incentive is available for all UNTRAINED animals that are eligible for adoption at BLM facilities, off-site events or on the agency’s Online Corral website. Trained animals are a minimum of $325 for trained burros and $825 for trained horses.

The BLM offers wild horses and burros gathered from public lands in the west to qualified individuals who must demonstrate humane care for the animal. Wild horses are known for their sure-footedness, strength, intelligence and endurance. With kindness and patience, these animals can be trained for many uses. All animals available have been examined by a veterinarian, vaccinated, de-wormed, and have a current negative Coggins test.

For more information and adoption/purchase qualifications, call the BLM at 1-866-4MUSTANGS (1-866-468-7826) or visit