Sand Wash wild horses up for adoption in Fruita Friday and Saturday


— Sand Wash Basin wild horses will be up for adoption through a silent auction in Fruita this weekend.

Adoption information:

Where: Rimrock Adventures Arena located at 927 Highway 340 in Fruita

When: Public viewing: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 21

Public viewing: 9 to 10:30 a.m. on April 22

Silent Auction/Adoption: 10:30 to 11 a.m. on April 22

Twenty-four wild horses will be available, of those, 21 were gathered from the Sand Wash Basin Herd Management Area about 45 miles west of Craig. And three are halter-trained horses from the Canon City Wild Horse Inmate Program.

The Sand Wash horses were gathered from the range last fall and winter as part of an effort to manage the herd’s growth.

BLM worked with the Sand Wash Advocate Team to gather wild horses by baiting them into corrals.

A total of 43 wild horses were removed for adoption. Fifteen of the horses were adopted earlier this month at an event at the Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary in Deer Trail, Colorado.

For more information about the event contact BLM Public Affairs Specialist David Boyd at 970-876-9008. For more information about adopting wild horses, visit:


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