Wild Horse and Burro Adoption

The Bureau of Land Management manages wild horses and burros to oversee that they thrive on the rangelands.   The BLM manages a vast area of Heard Management Areas, they strive to maintain a healthy herd population on these lands and when they exceed the appropriate management level they are removed and sent for adoption or to off-range pasture.  The herd can double in size every 4 years.  This adoption was held in Salina, there are adoption site all around the country.  Along with the adoption, there was a wild horse show.

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All wild horses and burros are branded with a freeze mark.  The left side of the neck is shaved and the symbols are applied with an iron chilled in liquid nitrogen.  The mark uses a series of angles and alpha-symbols that can not be altered.   The hair on the neck will grow back white.

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No, I didn’t adopt anyone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14 thoughts on “Wild Horse and Burro Adoption

  1. Miriam

    Hi Debra, the removal and culling of wild horses from certain mountain areas is a controversial hot topic in Australia. And if my passionate daughter could she’d adopt the lot of them!

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    1. Debra Farmer Post author

      There are a lot of wild horses on some of the big ranches in the Flint Hills in Kansas. Love seeing them!! I certainly would of adopted if I had some vast acreage and kept them wild, instead of trying to tame them!

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  2. Cattie's World

    Sadly in India, only the Rich take care of their horses well. Other unfortunate horses have fallen into the hands of the Tonga Drivers, who uses the horses for joy rides. The poor horses have to work hard for their hay.

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  3. thedaintyfarmstead

    I have such a love for horses and soon I will be in the market for another one as my horse is becoming to old to ride. Some people don’t understand that every horse has their own personality and they make amazing loyal friends…if you put the time and effort into them.

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    1. Debra Farmer Post author

      Thank you so much for stopping by! Horses are such wonderful companions. Most animals are!!!! I especially love it when they are used for therapy. Amazing things happen with animals❤️

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  4. shoreacres

    I’m visiting the area, staying at Matfield Station. I was out at Teter Rock, and the open range nearby, and saw horses in both places. They were too far away for really god photos, but the pics I got are good enough to recall the thrill of seeing them.

    I even made a trip back to Teter Rock to see if I could get better photos in the later afternoon. I did, but I had to promise my car a nice wash, wax, and suspension job if she needed it after that trip!

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    1. Debra Farmer Post author

      Welcome to Kansas! My sister-in-law has been wanting to stay at Matfield Station. Let me know how your stay was! You have some fabulous weather to be exploring the Flint Hills. I so wished I was with you!! I had recently visited Teter Rock and posted about it. I have a Jeep, jacked up and with big tires, perfect for backroads, and it’s always a trip to the car wash. Please keep me posted on your trip thru Kansas! Thank you for stopping by Farmer Days!
      You have a wonderful blog, I will enjoy following your adventures!!
      Safe Travels

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      1. shoreacres

        Thanks so much! This is my second stay at Matfield Station, and I just can’t say enough good things about the place. For one thing, they have the buildings surrounded with prairie that’s wonderful to explore.

        I’m actually on my way west today, to Pawnee Rock, Monument Rocks, the Comanche Graslands, and then home through the Panhandle. Once I get home and can process some photos, I’ll start posting about it all. One thing’s for sure — I’ll be back this coming spring or summer if I can. I want to see all these wildflowers in bloom — what I recognize from seedheads would be fantastic while flowering.

        One note about Chase County — since the Strong City grocery closed, there isn’t a single grocery store around. You have to go to Emporia, Council Grove, El Dorado, etc. There are good kitchen facilities available at Matfield Station, including a fridge, freezer, so I just planned to bring in veggies, meat, etc. from “outside”!

        And I certainly am looking forward to exploring your blog. Before I come back, I may have read it all!

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      2. Debra Farmer Post author

        You have a wonderful route home!! Expect some wind today as there is a front coming thru. I haven’t been out to Monument Rocks….bucket list. I did a post on Castle Rock which is the same formations as Monument Rocks. Everyplace in nature touches my soul, but that place especially. When I am in the area, I stay at Cottonwood Falls, a place called Lark Inn, which are houses that are so nice and homey. I eat at Ad Astra, Strong City or Grand Central Hotel, Cottonwood Falls, or Hays House in Council. Love the food and drinks😃
        Looking forward to seeing your post on your trip to Kansas. Keep me posted as to when you are returning!!

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