BLM holding wild horse and burro sale
Last updated 10/1/2022 at 12:41pm
The Bureau of Land Management is holding a Wild Horse and Burro Adoption sale on Friday and Saturday October 14 and 15 at the Curry County Fairgrounds and Events Center.
The sale starts at 10 am on Friday and 8 am on Saturday, concluding at noon. The fairgrounds are located at 1900 E. Brady Ave. in Clovis.
"It's been awhile since the event was held," said K.C. Messick, general manager of the events center and fairgrounds.
Crystal Cowan, wild horse and burro specialist for the BLM, said about 120 horses and burros will be offered for sale.
The BLM collects the horses and burros from the public lands in 10 Western states as a way of controlling the population of animals in certain areas, Cowan said.
"Animals in the wild have a baby every year, so if we didn't do something to control the population numbers, they would double in numbers every four years and triple every six years," she said. "They would overrun the land and there would not be enough water and forage to support them."
These adoptions are a nationwide program and take place in all 48 states, she said. "We haven't been to New Mexico (with a sale) since 2019 because of COVID. We're excited to go back to New Mexico."
"We hope these animals find a good home," she said. The people who adopt them take them home and "gentle them and train them for whatever discipline they want."
People adopt the animals for a variety of reasons, including trail riding, ranch work or as just companion animals – "whatever the adopter is looking for," she said.
This is a federal program so Congress sets the minimum fee for each animal at $125, she said. If two people want the same animal, they will compete in bidding, but that doesn't happen a lot.
All animals come with a negative coggins blood test, are up-to-date on all vaccinations and have been de-wormed, she said.
The animals are a variety of ages from yearlings to adult mares and geldings, and the burros are different ages, too, she said.
Asked who buys these animals, she said: "Usually it's anyone who wants to adopt and has the time to (put) effort into the gentling process and training."
The event is free and open to the public.