10 Wild Horses Auditioning for Dressage Homes

Only a few days left to apply to bid on your next dressage champion for the ghastly starting bid of $125!

The BLM now conducts year-round online adoptions for the horses that have been removed from public lands, and every adoption always seems to have a handful of horses who can put on quite a show. Of the 100+ horses and burros on the online adoption, here were a few who got darn good marks from our “experts”. With a little TLC and some training, just imagine these guys coming down center line!

4 year-old mare from Callaghan, NV herd

4 year-old mare from Callaghan, NV herd

A 9 for impulsion: We would deem this quite elastic and supple. Well played, Darwin.

 

6 year-old mare from Jackie's Butte, OR herd. Burns Facility.

6 year-old mare from Jackie’s Butte, OR herd. Burns Facility.

Even with the extra chub she’s packing, this gal is getting some swell air time!

 

4 year-old mare Born in Facility. Fallon NV facility.

4 year-old mare Born in Facility. Fallon NV facility.

I would say that hind end looks rather engaged.

 

3 year-old gelding from Three Fingers, OR. Burns Facility

3 year-old gelding from Three Fingers, OR. Burns Facility

What this gelding lacks in breeding, he makes up for in bobby socks. He’ll clean up nice!

 

2 year-old filly from Paisley Desert, OR. Burns Facility.

2 year-old filly from Paisley Desert, OR. Burns Facility.

This 2 year-old wins the anti-gravity award. In Wild West Dressage, that’s definitely a thing.

 

2 year-old filly Born in Facility. Ridgecrest CA facility.

2 year-old filly Born in Facility. Ridgecrest CA facility.

Turn on the haunches, anyone?

 

8 year-old mare from Paisley Desert, OR herd. Burns Facility. (15.2 hands!)

8 year-old mare from Paisley Desert, OR herd. Burns Facility. (15.2 hands!)

Never be confused with 200 other bay warmbloods at a dressage show ever again! Good or bad, the judges won’t be able to look away from this one, and at a healthy 15.2 hands, this pretty lady is ready to cover some ground!

 

4 year-old mare from Twin Peaks, CA herd. Fallon, NV Facility.

4 year-old mare from Twin Peaks, CA herd. Fallon, NV Facility.

I know knee action is a passing dressage fad, but why not have some fun with it while it’s here? The experts give this gal four enthusiastic hooves up!

 

2 year-old gelding from Diamond Hills South, NV. Palomino Valley Facility.

2 year-old gelding from Diamond Hills South, NV. Palomino Valley Facility.

Let’s you and me do some half-passing together. Please and thank you.

 

Gelded 4 year-old Jack from Chemehuevi, CA. Fallon, NV Facility.

Gelded 4 year-old Jack from Chemehuevi, CA. Fallon, NV Facility.

Did you know that you can compete with a burro in almost all recognized USDF events except for team selection trials? And I’ll add that this little guy clearly has a solid overtrack at the extended walk. #justsayin

 

If any of these critters interests you, you have until August 12 to fill out an adoption application and place an online bid. Horses and burros can be shipped to various facilities around the country, and there are a few groups on Facebook where you can often find east coast/southern BLM enthusiasts who pool their funds to get their horses shipped home. For more information, visit the BLM’s online adoption page and call the field office of the horse you’re interested in, and they’ll be happy to help.

Go Riding.

Note: The author of this post is also a volunteer information officer for the BLM, so if you have any questions about adopting, getting help with the gentling process, or what to expect, feel free to email her at [email protected]

 

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