The Bureau of Land Management will hold an open house event at the Pauls Valley Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Facility in Pauls Valley on May 18-19.  The event will feature 50 wild horses and burros, including several flashy mares. There will also be a horse trainer onsite giving wild horse gentling demonstrations.  The open house event will take place from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. on May 18, and 8 a.m. - noon on May 19, with the adoption beginning at noon on Friday. The BLM will offer animals for an adoption fee of $125 (set by law).  In addition to the open house, the facility is open the second Tuesday of every month.
Pat Hofmann, manager of the Pauls Valley facility for the BLM, said the wild, feral horses they care for come from western states. The facilities are part of the Bureau’s proposed solution to the wild horse and burro issues across the country. The Wild Horse and Burro Act of 1971 sets provisions for the animals to be moved and adopted out in order to reduce roaming wild horse numbers.
“There are no natural predators for these animals,” Hofmann said.
He said there are an estimated 80,000 wild horses roaming the west, though the BLM’s goal is to reduce the numbers to around 27,000.
The Pauls Valley facility houses about 400 wild horses and 5-10 burros at any given time, Hofmann said. Several years ago, he said they averaged about 3,000-4,000 adoptions annually. “Now, we’re lucky to get 400-500,” Hofmann said.
Horses housed at BLM facilities are checked by veterinarians regularly and care is provided to make sure they’re as healthy as possible.
To get to the Pauls Valley Adoption Center from I-35, take Exit 74 (Kimberlin Road) west about one-quarter mile to the facility.  For more information, call 866-468-7826 or visit www.blm.gov.