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- The Bureau of Land Management and Mantle Ranch Wild Horse Adoption and Training Facility successfully adopted 14 wild horses at the 2023 Cheyenne Frontier Days.
- Gomer, a 2-year-old saddle-started horse, fetched the highest bid of $2,100.
- This marks the eighth consecutive year of complete adoptions at Cheyenne Frontier Days.
A Remarkable Wild Horse Adoption Achievement
In a heartwarming success story, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Mantle Ranch Wild Horse Adoption and Training Facility secured permanent homes for 14 wild horses during the prestigious 2023 Cheyenne Frontier Days event. With an average bid of $1,100 per horse, the star of the show, a 2-year-old saddle-started horse named Gomer, received the highest bid of $2,100. The adoption event marked an impressive milestone, as BLM and its partners celebrated the eighth consecutive year of achieving full adoptions at Cheyenne Frontier Days.
Empowering Wild Horse Adoptions
The Mantle Ranch Adoption and Training Facility, serving as a contract wild horse training facility for BLM since 1998, brought their over 30 years of professional experience to the event. Throughout the festivities, visitors were captivated by horse gentling demonstrations, showcasing the ranch’s expertise in using pressure and release techniques to gently tame wild horses. These demonstrations provided prospective adopters with a glimpse of the rewarding process, encouraging more individuals to open their hearts and homes to these majestic creatures.
Sustaining Wild Horse Adoption Efforts
The resounding success of the 2023 Cheyenne Frontier Days adoption event reinforces the commitment of BLM and its partners to preserve and protect wild horse populations. With each horse finding a caring and permanent home, the importance of wild horse adoption is underscored. As the Mantle Ranch continues to play a pivotal role in promoting adoption through their training facility, prospective adopters are encouraged to explore this rewarding opportunity. To learn more about upcoming wild horse adoptions and get involved in this vital initiative, visit the BLM’s wild horse page.
Wyoming Wild Horse Management Areas
Since 1971, the BLM has removed around 37,000 animals from public rangelands in Wyoming to maintain healthy horse and burro populations. These animals are made available for public adoption, and any unadopted ones receive lifelong care on open pastures. See below for ongoing and recently completed gathers, organized by HMA.
BLM Wyoming manages 16 wild horse herd management areas on nearly 5 million acres. The combined appropriate management level for all HMAs in the state is 3,725 animals. Click on the links to learn more.