Wild horse sale comes to Meeker
September 5, 1999
A good deal on a new horse may only be a short drive away.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will hold wild horse adoptions in Grand Junction Sept. 18 and near Meeker on Oct. 9. Animals will be adopted by the highest bidder using a competitive, silent bid system. There will be a minimum bid of $125 per animal. A horse or burro pair is $250 minimum bid. The first bid on an animal is unlimited and thereafter the maximum bid increment is $100 and the minimum is $10.
The Grand Junction adoption is at the Mesa County Sheriff Posse Grounds. There will be 60 horses from the Little Brook Cliffs and a few burros sold. Horses from the Little Book Cliffs wild horse range are known for their hardy disposition and wide variety of colors.
Registration and bidding will start at 8 a.m. and go to 10 a.m. Applications for adoption are available at any BLM office, but must be received and approved at the CaCity office by close of business Sept. 15. For more information, call Gerald Thygerson at (970) 224-3007.
The Meeker adoption will be held at the Yellow Creek Corrals about 20 miles southwest of Meeker. About 50 horses gathered from the Piceance Basin area will be sold. Horses from this area are known for their sound confirmation, even temperament and train into pack or saddle animals.
The public is invited to view the horses at the Yellow Creek Corrals the week before the adoption. Registration and bidding will start at 8 a.m. and continue until 10 a.m. Oct. 9. Applications will be available at any BLM office, but must be received and approved by the office in CaCity by close of business Oct. 6. For more information, call Valerie Dobrich at (970) 878-3601.
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People adopting horses may contract with the Colorado Department of Corrections to have their horses trained for a fee. For more information about this option, call the Royal Gorge Field Office at (719) 296-8500.