Adopt a Mustang
There are many ways you can help mustangs. One way is to open your home to one or more! There are several national programs and agencies you can go through if you are interested in adopting a mustang. There are also quite a few private organizations that specialize in mustang adoption as well. The following directory begins with national groups and then is broken up by state. This page is a work in progress!
You can adopt a mustang or burro directly through the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. There are holding facilities/adoption sites in several states. These animals are still wild, untrained, and often unapproachable -- so you'll have your work cut out for you! There are some strict requirements to adopt, but adoption fees can be as low as $125.
Not close to a holding facility? You can still adopt through the Bureau of Land Management's Internet Adoption Program. Same rules apply as in person, and bidding begins at $125. The BLM also periodically brings their mustangs on the road to eastern states for adoption.
Home of the famous Extreme Mustang Makeover and Trainer Incentive Program! The Mustang Heritage Foundation is dedicated to facilitating successful mustang adoptions around the country. They have also created the National Wild Horse Adoption Day, which coordinates events throughout the county.
This prison program pairs inmates and wild horses and burros for gentling and various levels of training. Adopters can find halter trained, pack trained, or saddle trained horses and burros, with prices that go up to $825.
This bi-annual event promotes adoption of wild horses and burros gathered off public lands. The three-day event features training seminars and demos, vendors, performances and competitions, and the popular model horse show! You can also adopt one of dozens of mustangs and burros, all with various levels of training! Plan your trip to the next Napa Mustang Days!
Consider this site the google of wild horses! It contains information and resources on mustang history, training, and adoption! It also features detailed information on Herd Management Areas by state -- useful for finding out more about the mustang you've adopted! If you have a question about wild horses you can find the information somewhere on this site!
This non-profit rescues and rehabilitates wild mustangs, as well as estrays and domestics. They have hundreds of horses available for adoption between their multiple facilities, and they also offer a permanent home for horses that are unadoptable. Adopters must reside in California. They also hold educational clinics and seminars, and even an equine health and safety fair!
Hundreds of horses and burros on this 5,000 acre ranch near Shingleton, CA. The public is invited to come watch the horse herds in a natural environment, take a pack trip or trail ride, and of course, you can also adopt a horse or burro from their herd for yourself!
This program takes mustangs from holding facilities and places them in a 120 day training program with inmates, where they are ridden in a variety of environments and desensitization clinics for up to 8 hours a day. Bidding starts at $150, but has gone as high as $8,500!
The Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund is instrumental in the rescue of wild horses from in and around Reno that are rounded up by the Nevada Department of Agriculture and sold at slaughter auctions. They have 100+ beautiful horses available for adoption into private homes.
This annual event in Douglas County allows people to get up close and personal with trained mustangs and see what they can do. Mustangs compete in Western and English events -- everything from halter, driving, equitation, trail/pleasure, cutting, reigning, barrel racing, and pole bending classes. Visitors can also adopt at the expo!
Least Resistance Training Concepts has the line on dozens of NV and CA mustangs in need of homes. Once you do adopt, LRTC will hook you up with a mentor to help you out! Got a question about training a mustang? LRTC can help with that too! Their website is chock full of detailed tips on gentling and desensitizing newly adopted wild horses, and it's got tons of pictures to help.
Canon City, Colorado Wild Horse Inmate Program
Similar to the program in Nevada, you can adopt through the prison. However, this prison offers untrained and halter trained horses for a fixed price of $125. Saddle trained horses are sold through competitive bidding which starts at $1,025. They also offer free delivery within 150 miles of Canon City, and an additional cost for further distance.
Located in Mims, Florida, this non-profit rescues and rehabilitates mustangs and adopts them out into better homes. They also hold workshops, clinics, and lectures that focus on wild horse education and training. They're also very involved in the community and with youth organizations.
Kansas Dep. of Corrections Wild Horse Program
Another prison inmate training program for mustangs. At the Hutchison Correctional Facility, adopters can find saddle-trained mustang mares and geldings. Prices range from $746 - $796. Untrained horses are also available. Horses are for sale once a month.
Ever After Mustang Rescue
Proof that mustangs can thrive in every corner of the U.S.! This licensed rescue facility is home to more than a dozen mustangs that are available for adoption. They vary in age, gender, and training level -- but all are beautiful! They also offer clinics and workshops for new adopters and beginner horsepeople!
This private training ranch works exclusively with mustangs to make them more suitable for adoption. They work with mustangs of all ages and genders, and then offer them for adoption for the standard BLM rate of $125. Horses adopted through Mustang Camp all have the minimum training to: be caught and haltered, brushed, lead, stand tied, allow feet to be cleaned, and load into a trailer.
Shaking Wind Ranch
This Santa Fe ranch is the place to go to learn everything you'll need to know to have a successful relationship with your new mustang. The ranch doubles as a sanctuary for wild horses. They offer many workshops focused specifically on mustangs. Classes include natural & holistic horse-keeping, basic care and feeding, herd dynamics, and even a class to help evaluate horse personality before you adopt! Their team will then guide you along the adoption process!
New Mexico Mustang & Burro Association
The Association supports increasing natural habit and range access to wild horses and burros. In addition to information about mustang and burro management issues, they also have lots of localized information for adopting in New Mexico.
This organization helps to protect the Colonial Spanish Mustangs of the Outer Banks. They operate a sanctuary and museum, conduct tours of the herds, and help to adopt horses that cannot be in the wild any longer.
Adoptable wild horses from the 47,000-acre Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Various training levels. Adoption fee minimum is $350.
This Central Oregon non-profit adopts out horses of all breeds, but they tend to have a lot of mustangs.
This 12,000 acre ranch has been focused on mustangs since 1988! The founder - Dayton O. Hyde - was featured in the 2013 documentary Running Wild. The public came come tour the facility and see the herds. They also offer foals up for adoption to approved adopters. Horses have varying level of training.
Carr's Wild Horse & Burro Center
This ranch is one of Robertson County's oldest and best known tourist attractions. It has been drawing visitors and potential adopters for more than two decades! The ranch is also home to horse shows, the annual Wild Horse and Burro Days celebration, and a veterinary clinic for horses! Dozens of wild horses are available for adoption.
Wild Horse Foundation
This non-profit organization's mission is to prevent suffering, abuse, neglect, and slaughter of wild horses. They also rescue abandoned or neglected wild horses. The Foundation maintains a training facility where they rehabilitate, gentle, and adopt out into private homes. They also connect new mustang owners with mentors.