Adopt A Horse Or Burro

You Can Adopt a BLM Wild Horse or Burro in Arizona Year Round
Wild horses and burros are offered for adoption by appointment only at the Florence Wild Horse and Burro Training and Holding Facility. You can usually choose from hundreds of horses and burros. Minimum adoption fee is $125 for an untrained animal.

Adoption Fee Schedule Training Fee Adoption Fee

Total Fee
Untrained BLM animal n/a $125 $125
Halter-trained burro $100 $125 $225
Pack-trained burro $200 $125 $325
Halter-trained horse $200 $125 $325
Saddle-trained horse $700 $125 $825

The $125 adoption fee is payable to “BLM.” All training fees are separately payable to “ACI.”

You must be a pre-approved adopter in order to make an appointment. Please schedule your appointment in advance to allow staff time to prepare.
Adoption form

To request an adoption application or directions to the facility, call the BLM office at 602-417-9421 or download an Adoption Application.

Individuals interested in adopting a wild horse or burro may obtain information from the Bureau of Land Management by:

  • Writing: BLM Arizona State Office, One North Central Ave., Suite 800, Phoenix, AZ 85004, Attention: Roger Oyler
  • or Calling the Arizona State Office at 602-417-9421

All animals adopted must be picked up in an approved trailer (see below). Adopters provide transportation, halter, and lead rope for each animal adopted.
Visit the BLM National Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Schedule for dates and locations nationwide.

For application, adoption procedures or more information call our toll-free number 1-866-4MUSTANGS (866-468-7826), in Phoenix (623) 580-5500, or visit the National website.

National Wild Horse and Burro (WH&B) Program Adoption requirements:

  • Adopters must be 18 years or older. Parents can adopt for children.
  • Have no prior violations of adoption regulations or convictions of inhumane treatment to animals.
  • Will have no more than 4 untitled animals in the same location unless an additional screening form and employment statement are completed.
  • Adopters must be present to select their animal.

Facilities:

  • Corral fence: 6 feet high for untrained, adult horses, 4 1/2 feet for burros; 5 feet high for trained horses and horses less than 18 months of age.
  • Fencing material should be rounded pipes, poles, or wooden planks. Small mesh woven wire (2″ X 4″ or smaller) fencing with a board along the top and in the middle is acceptable.
  • Minimum size for an animal is 400 square feet (i.e., 20′ X 20′). Shelter must be a minimum of two-sided with a roof.
  • No barbed or electric wire is allowed in the corrals.

Transportation:

  • Covered stock trailers.
  • Four-horse trailers completely enclosed. (No two-horse trailers, except for burros)
  • No drop tailgates on trailers.
  • Halters of nylon webbing are best, and lead ropes at least 1″ in diameter are recommended. (These must be provided by the adopter.)

Regulations:

  • Until titled by the BLM, animals cannot be sold or traded.
  • Animals cannot be neglected, abandoned, inhumanely treated, used as bucking stock, or for other commercial purposes.
  • The nearest BLM office must be notified, within 7 days:
    1. If an animal dies. A veterinarian’s statement must follow.
    2. If an animal is moved to a new location for more than 30 days.
  • The adopter is responsible for all expenses; there are no refunds or reimbursements.

Health Care:

  • Adopters will receive a copy of current Coggins test (for Equine Infectious Anemia) and a health certificate with a record of vaccinations and worming.

Payment:

  • Payment may be cash, money order, cashier’s check, personal check, or credit card.

See also:
National WH&B Home
National WH&B Adoption Schedule
Adoption Brochure
Adoption Application