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Adopt a wild horse or burro Aug. 17-19

Randy Helm shows potential wild horse and burro owners how to gently train a horse.<br>
Courtesy of BLM

Randy Helm shows potential wild horse and burro owners how to gently train a horse.<br> Courtesy of BLM

The public is invited to adopt one of the living legends of the American West - the wild horse and wild burros - at a Flagstaff adoption event Friday through Sunday, Aug. 17-19.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will bring 25 wild horses and 10 wild burros to Flagstaff from its Gunnison, Utah, facility.

The animals range in age from 1 to 3 years and are available for $125 on a first-come, first-served basis.

The horses and burros can be seen from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17, with adoption beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, and running through 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19.

Those who adopt a horse may also adopt a "buddy horse" for only $25, BLM Range Technician Mary Pyles said.

People interested in this or future adoptions should watch the gentling demonstrations that take place Friday and Saturday, Pyles added.

"By watching our volunteer work with a wild horse, adopters can get a feeling for the type of work and patience involved with gentling and eventually taming the horse or burro," Pyles said.

Volunteer Randy Helm will conduct gentling demonstrations at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Aug. 17 and at 3 p.m. on Aug. 18.

The Wild Horse and Burro Adoption takes place at Olsen's Grain at 11705 N. State Highway 89 in Flagstaff.

For more information, call 866-4MUSTANGS or go online to www.BLM.gov and Facebook: BLMWildHorseAndBurro.

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