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Folks come from all over for wild horse, burro adoption

MARSHALL, TX (KLTV) -

By Courtney Lane - bio | email
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MARSHALL, TX (KLTV) - Wild horses and little burros are literally waiting on you to come take them home. The Bureau of Land Management is hosting an adoption through Saturday in Marshall. You can go to the city arena, pick out a horse or burro, and pay a $125 adoption fee to take them home.

The horses are very green, fresh off public lands in the western states where they were rounded-up.

"It's kind of desert-like out there and so there's not enough forage to support the herds so the BLM gathers off a certain number each year and offers to the general public in adoptions like this," explained Crystal Cowan with the Wild Horse and Burro Program.

They will need some training and a good cleaning but Cowan says they do have vaccinations.

As a new incentive this year the Bureau of Land Management will give you a $500 reimbursement if you adopt a horse that is four years or older.

"It's to help out with the first year's feed and expenses," said Cowan.

You will get the payment along with a title after one year of ownership. Then, of course, there are the burros. Crystal says the adorable donkeys can actually be pretty intimidating.

"A lot of people use them for herd animals for their cattle...to help keep coyotes and wild dogs away," she said. 

Bob Rodocker is interested in a younger horse, but is shopping for just the right one.

"Like this guy here," said Rodocker. "He's probably trainable because he's not afraid. He's a little curious and wants to come up and see what you're doing."

"I trained my own when I was eight," said Michelle Deden.

Her family has adopted many horses through the program and drove in from the Houston area.

"We already did the online adoption and adopted four," explained Deden.

They may even be going home with one more, if the girls get their way.

This adoption runs through Saturday at the Marshall City Arena. For more information, click here or call 866-4-MUSTANGS (866-468-7826).

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