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BLM Holds Wild Horse and Burro Celebration

September 7 - 8, 2007 at 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days.

Ewing, Illinois, 22451 Sheep Farm Rd.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) invites you to a Wild Horse and Burro Celebration at the Ewing, Illinois Holding Facility on September 7 - 8, 2007, where you can take home your very own horse or burro from America's public range lands in the west. There will be 150 animals available for adoption including: yearlings, mares, mare-foal pairs, studs, geldings and burros offered to qualified adopters on a first-come first served basis, from Friday through Saturday, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

On both days you can adopt an animal at the regular full fee of $125, and select a buddy horse for just for $25. Mare-foal pairs will also be available for an adoption fee of $125. Each adopter will receive a FREE red, white and blue halter with "American Mustang" embroidered on the noseband. This special celebration will also include 4 halter trained yearlings for adoption. On Saturday, there will be free live entertainment and a horse training demonstration. Food will be available on site.

Photos of the animals available for adoption can be viewed on-line at -- https://www.blm.gov/adoptahorse/.

"While the adoption process is simple and straightforward, anyone considering adoption of a wild horse or burro should remember that the animals are wild and require gentling and training," said BLM-ES Acting State Director Barron Bail. Gentled wild horses in the eastern United States are being used for trail riding, dressage, western events, and other disciplines. "Burros are great companion animals and are sometimes used by farmers to protect other stock from wild dogs and coyotes, or they can be trained to pull a cart," he said.

"You can help preserve America's past by adopting a 'Living Legend' -- an American wild horse or burro. There are just too many of them on public range lands out west, and we know folks from Illinois and surrounding states will help out by giving these animals good homes," Bail said.

For more information on the application process, call 1-866-4MUSTANGS or visit http://www.wildhorseandburro.blm.gov to download an application, or call Martha Malik, Public Affairs Specialist at (414) 297-1236.


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