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FRANKLIN FURNACE — Ohio wild horses will be available for adoption during an event scheduled for Sept. 14-15 at the Ohio Horse Park, 400 Bobcat Lane, Franklin Furnace, Ohio.

The wild horse adoption events are held nationwide, and are sponsored by the U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management.

The BLM protects, manages, and controls wild horses and burros under the authority of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 to ensure that healthy herds thrive on healthy rangelands.

Steve Meyer, the Supervisory Wild Horse Advisory Specialist for BLM, said the agency’s goal is to ensure that the horses are taken care of in a proper manner.

“Its wild horses that we gather out of the ranges out west,” Meyer said. “We try to do the best we can for the animals. Basically, the only thing that we can do with them is to house them indefinitely, or find adoptors to adopt them and take them home, and give them good homes, train them and use them as a domestic horse.”

The age requirement to adopt a horse is 18, which is federal mandate.

The horses, ranging from yearlings to five years old, have been rounded up and will be delivered by the U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management to help with population control on the free ranges in western states.

All animals available for adoption have been examined by a veterinarian, vaccinated, de-wormed, and blood-tested.

“While the adoption process is simple and straightforward, anyone considering adoption of a wild horse should remember that the animals are wild and require gentling and training,” BLM-Eastern States State Director John Lyon said in a press release.

Prospective adopters must have sturdy corrals that are a minimum of 20-by-20 feet and at least six feet high for an adult horse and at least five feet high for horses younger than 18 months, and have a shelter directly attached to the corral. Adopters must provide a stock-type, step-up trailer (ramps and side-by-side two-horse type trailers are not allowed).

The Saturday adoption will be on a first come, first served basis. The animals can be previewed from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14. Adoption hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. The adoption fee is $125 for animals younger than three, and $25 for animals three years and older. Adopters can take home a buddy animal for $25 when adopting any animal at the full fee of $125.

Applications to adopt will be reviewed starting on Friday and may be submitted until Saturday. For more information, call 1-866-4MUSTANGS (1-866-468-7826) or visit the BLM web site at www.wildhorseandburro.blm.gov.

Portia Williams may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext 234 or portiawilliams@heartlandpublications.com

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