HOME AT LAST!|
(With a Wild Horse or Burro)
Information and graphics courtesy of BLM,
from their Getting
which is available at your area BLM Field
You and your adopted horse or burro made it! The facilities you so carefully
prepared to qualify for adoption are ready and waiting for their new occupant
Now you must get the animal inside them.
You should have a small corral (approximately 400 square feet) of sturdy
construction to house your wild horse or burro until he is gentle. Do not turn
your wild horse or burro loose in a large pasture immediately as you may have
great difficulty catching him again. At the other extreme, placing him in an
enclosed stall of less than 144 square feet before he is gentled is dangerous
both to the animal and to you.
To unload your animal, back the trailer all the way up to the corral gate.
Make certain the horse or burro can only go into the corral, and that he
cannot escape around the side of the vehicle. Also be careful you do not stand
in his path as he backs out of the trailer. If he is hesitant to leave the
vehicle, stand at the front and gently motion toward him. He will probably
move backwards simply to escape you. Immediately close the gate after he
enters the corral.
Provide him with good quality hay and plenty of water soon after arrival. Make
certain the containers are safe - no sharp corners please! Try to keep
flapping articles (such as laundry, loose newspapers, balloons), barking dogs,
children at play, machinery and motorized vehicles, and other loud signs of
civilization away from your horse or burro at first. Let him rest quietly and
adjust to his new home for several days.
This is not a BLM operated or BLM sponsored site. It
is run by private wild horse and burro enthusiasts. We are thankful to the
BLM for providing the information which is presented here.