Wild horses and burros roam free in 10 U.S. states and are managed by the Bureau of Land Management. National Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Day returns Saturday September 26.
National Wild Horse and Burros Adoption Day is September 26 in the U.S. With the passing of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, the Bureau of Land Management was made to protect, manage, and control the wild roaming horses and burros across the nation.
Horses, contrary to popular belief, are not indigenous to America. In fact, the Spanish brought the horse to America; then as time transpired many got away and some abandoned to be cultivated by Indian tribes giving rise to the misconception that horses are indigenous.
Since horses have no natural predators the 37,000 wild horses and burros are managed in ten states on BLM land. But that number is much higher than the recommended carrying capacity of 10,350, and without constant supervision and direct management that number can double every four years.
That is why the BLM rounds up thousands of wild horses and burros every year and offers them for sale or adoption to those willing to provide humane and long-term care to these majestic animals.
Senator Harry Reid, through an email to Jay David Murphy of Digital Journal, issued this statement following the passage of his resolution in support of National Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Day.
“Through adoption of a wild horse or burro, Nevadans have the opportunity to experience and become a part of our Western legacy. These amazing animals can be trained to work stock, to ride trails in the back country, and even to serve our communities as police horses,” Reid said. “Activities on September 26th will include not only adoptions, but also educational events and wild horse expositions. In fact, more than 65 events will take place across the country. I urge all Nevadans who are interested to take part in one of these events on this exciting day.”
A similar resolution was passed on Tuesday by the U.S. House of Representatives at the request of Congresswoman Dina Titus of Nevada.
Over a third of the wild horse and burro population managed by the BLM reside in Nevada with 13,655 wild horses and 998 wild burros.