Then there are things you can do during that year
How it works: We tame and train horses for the BLM and the USFS. Our horses are available for an adoption fee of $125. For the first year of your adoption, the government retains title to the horse. At the end of that time, with evidence that the horse has been adequately taken care of, you receive title to your horse.
You must be approved by the government and sign a contract that says you will not abuse, neglect, or sell the horse during the year-long adoption period. You can train, ride, or simply enjoy having a horse, but you cannot use it for bucking stock, wild horse racing, or sell it into the slaughter system. You can arrange for someone else to adopt it, but you cannot give it away.
The USFS and BLM use different application forms. Generally we collect your information over the phone and submit it to the government for you. You pay the adoption fee and any transportation charges when the horse is delivered.
We deliver: We will deliver your horse. The charges are generally less than $1 per mile, but vary if we can arrange to deliver multiple horses on a single trip. Our facility is in northwestern New Mexico. You can also come pick up your horse here. We have guest accommodations for overnight stays for people coming from a distance. You must have a covered stock trailer to haul your mustang if you pick it up yourself.
In most cases, although we are not required to, we will take horses back that are not fitting into their new home. We will ask the adopter for the expenses of transportation. We are happy to help you with training questions.
We will not allow anyone to adopt more than 2 horses. Ninety percent of bigger adoptions fail. We will not allow people to adopt a mare and a stallion with the intention to breed mustangs. If you would like a mustang foal, we can get you one.
What you get: A horse adopted from Mustang Camp has received extensive gentling and training in the basics of how to live with humans.
Your horse will know:
Mustang Camp, PO Box 620, Blanco, NM 87412
There are some things you must do during that year
If you have trouble with the forms, we can help. Give John a call at 505-419-9754
If the horse you want is 10 years old or older, it is not an adoption. You are actually buying the horse for $25 and it is yours from the moment you give the paper work to the government official. You have to agree not to resell it into the slaughter network or treat it inhumanely.
If the horse is younger, the process is adoption. The horse will remain the property of the US government for the first year. Someone from the program will call you occasionally to check that you and your horse are doing alright. They will try to hook you up with help if you need it. After the year is up, you will receive some papers in the mail that get filled out and signed off by a government official or veterinarian. This might be the livestock inspector or a local BLM or Forest Service person. They check that your animal looks like it is being cared for appropriately and that its hooves are not being neglected. When you return the form, the government sends you the title and the horse is yours.
There are some things you can't do during that year.