An adoption event in Carthage is giving local riders a chance to expand their stables at bargain prices. It’s a federal effort to find good homes for horses and burros from public lands.
Cheyenne Horton of Avilla said, “I’m a city girl with a country background so i’m new to all of this kind of but it’s in my blood.” Horton is looking for a horse for 4H. “I’m going to do barrels, barrel racing – so i’m looking for a nice horse that will cooperate under the saddle. One that I can actually bond with.”
And at $25, the price is right. The 13 year old is just one of the potential owners looking over the animals up for adoption at Civil War Ranch. The Bureau of Land Management, or BLM, is offering 40 this weekend, a small fraction of the number under federal management. Kristen Fountaine works with the BLM; she said, “There’s 48,000 in holding facilities out west they are looking for homes.”
The BLM hosts adoptions around the country, looking for areas with a high level of interest. Fountaine added, “We found that this side of Missouri there’s a strong population – a lot of equine interested people.” The horses and burros comes from ten western states. Fountaine pointed out, “It’s public land. These are animals actually yours, they are the public’s animals.”
Sale neighbor Doug Aldridge wanted to see that firsthand – and maybe adopt a horse himself. “You know, you’re kind of have a chance to work with and own a piece of American heritage. I think that’s cool part for everyone.”
To adopt, you must first qualify – things like having enough pen space, shelter and fencing. The adoptions kicked off today and continue Saturday morning at 8:00 A.M. at Civil War Ranch on the north side of Carthage.