Wild Horses Featured at State Fair in Douglas
Photo Courtesy of the Bureau of Land Management
This week’s Wyoming State Fair in Douglas will get a little wild as the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) hosts Wyoming Mustang Days, a wild horse and burro adoption event featuring up to a dozen animals from the Mantle Ranch.
At the Mantle Adoption and Training Facility, Steve, Bryan, and Nick Mantle gentle and train wild horses using pressure and release techniques.
The BLM offers the horses for adoption by silent competitive bid from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, through Friday, Aug. 16 at 5 p.m.
Any horses not adopted during the event will still be available for adoption, by appointment, at the Mantle Ranch.
The State Fair will also feature an All Mustang Horse Show Saturday, Aug. 17 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., in which riders from multiple disciplines, such as trail riding, English, and Western Pleasure will show off their mustangs and their abilities.
In 1971, Congress passed the Wild-Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act, declaring wild horses and burros to be “living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West.” The BLM and U.S. Forest Service were given the responsibility to protect and manage the herds. Click here to learn more about the BLM’s wild horse and burrow programs.