Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will offer approximately 40 wild horses to include possibly a few yearling and burros for adoption, ranging to five years-old, August 19-20, 2016, at Cheshire Fair, 247 Monadnock Highway, Swanzey, New Hampshire. Yearling and burros may not always be available for adoption. The animals will be available for preview and adoption on Friday, from 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on a first come, first served basis. The adoption rate is $125 for animals less than three years of age. A second animal may be adopted for $25, which is the same rate for animals older than three years. All animals available for adoption have been examined by a veterinarian, vaccinated, de-wormed, and blood-tested.

Adopters must be at least 18 years old, and provide an enclosed facility with access to feed, water and shelter. Prospective adopters must have sturdy corrals that are at least 20’ x 20’ and 6’ high for an adult horse, or no less than 5’ high for horses younger than 18 months. The BLM is committed to the safety and health of the nation’s wild horses and burros, and requires that adopted animals be transported in a stock-type, step up trailer.

The BLM manages, protects, and controls wild horses and burros under the authority of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. This law authorizes the BLM to remove excess wild horses and burros from the range to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands.

Applications to adopt may be submitted at the adoption site until the close of the adoption on Saturday. For more information about adopting one of America’s Living Legends, call 1-866-4MUSTANGS (1-866-468-7826) or visit www.wildhorseandburro.blm.gov.

Directions: From Route 9 in Keene, NH, take Route 12 south approximately 3.5 miles. The Cheshire Fair will be on the right.

Note to media:

If you would like to be put in contact with a previous adopter in your area, please contact public affairs specialist, Martha Malik, Northeastern States District, phone: 414-297-1236, or e-mail: mmalik@blm.gov. High quality still photos and B-roll footage may be downloaded at http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/whbprogram.html.


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.


BLM Northeastern States District 626 E. Wisconsin Ave., Suite 200 Milwaukee, WI 53202-4617