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4-H handled wild horses available for adoption Monday at EISF

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) invites you to a wild horse adoption event at the Eastern Idaho State Fair on Monday, Sept. 2 at 3 p.m.

Since the first part of June, 4-H Clubs from Bear Lake to Lemhi Counties have trained their yearling mustangs to lead, load in a horse trailer and pick up their feet. They will demonstrate these trained skills during a trail challenge on Sept. 1 at 3 p.m.

There will be 11 horses available for viewing/adoption in the Light Horse Barn on Aug. 30 – 31 and Sept. 1 – 2.

Since the beginning of the partnership between the BLM and the University of Idaho’s 4-H Extension program in 2009, more than 300 wild horses have been trained and adopted. Additionally, more than 500 4-H members have developed wild horse handling skills and more than $43,000 has been raised for Idaho 4-H Clubs.

This year’s participating 4-H Clubs are Trail Blazers (Fremont), Country Kids (Bonneville), Chuck Wagon Chasers (Bonneville), Trails Dusters (Bingham), Mustang Wranglers (Oneida), Round Valley Stockmen (Custer), Horse Whisperers (Bear Lake) and Bits and Boots (Lemhi).

To adopt a wild horse or burro, you must be 18 years of age, have never been convicted of animal abuse or cruelty, and have the proper facilities and transportation.

No animal will be loaded in an unsafe trailer.

All individuals must be pre-approved before they can bid on a horse. Applications may be filled out at the BLM table in the Light Horse Barn and approved onsite.

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