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Wild, wild horses

Gus Warr of the BLM gets a horse ready for auction.

The Bureau of Land Management brought 33 wild horses and seven burros to the wild horse adoption held recently at the Carbon County fairgrounds on July 29-30.

On this day, 17 wild horses and three burros were adopted. Most of the horses were adopted for $125. The highest bid was a three-year old blue roan mare $230. Four halter broke horses were offered: three went for $125 and one for $200. There were more than 300 spectators over the two day event. "We are very pleased with the adoption results. Emery County is always good to the Wild Horse & Burro Program," says Mike Tweddell, Wild Horse and Burro Specialist for the Price BLM Office. "We usually come to Emery County about once every three years. So, if someone wasn't able to make it to this adoption but is interested in adopting, then they can call one of our Wild Horse and Burro Facilities located here in the State" notes Tweddell. Facility information: Salt Lake Wild Horse and Burro Center, 1-877-224-3956, hours- 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Friday, Delta Wild Horse and Burro Facility, 1- 435-743-3100, hours- 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Upcoming adoptions: Aug. 27-Sanpete County Fairgrounds, Manti on Sept. 10 - Salt Lake Wild Horse and Burro Center-Herriman, Sept. 17 - Cedar City Field Office-Cedar City, Sept. 24-Davis County Fairpark-Farmington.

Tweddell said, "These auctions are wonderful opportunities to bring the family to see a wild horse, and if possible, adopt one and take it home with you. BLM is always looking for good homes for these animals. They respond to genuine caring and gentling techniques, and for those willing to take the time to work with them, they become great companions."

Cliff Tipton, Utah's own wild horse trainer demonstrated gentling techniques for wild horses at the Price event. Tipton lives in Erda, and is known for his wild horse gentling techniques

"BLM brings a trainer to the adoptions to demonstrate techniques in gentling wild horses," said Tweddell.

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