4-H youth and Bureau of Land Management host horse adoption auction
Extension’s 4-H Program and the Bureau work together to give wild horses homes
4-H members Patrea S. (left) and Sara S. show off their horses “Mala” and “Winnie,” who were up for adoption July 30 as part of the Halter-started Wild Horse & Burro Event and Adoption Auction.
Youth in Extension’s 4-H Youth Development Program dedicated 100-120 days this spring and summer preparing six wild horses for adoption. The youth received the horses, either weanlings or yearlings, from the Bureau of Land Management as part of a collaboration between the College’s Extension unit and the Bureau to place wild horses with adoptive families.
At the Halter-started Wild Horse & Burro Event and Adoption Auction July 30, the youth showed the animals. They were judged on their showmanship, ground handling, animal health and presentations about their work with their animals. Bidding for adoption began following the youth demonstrations.
All the horses up for auction were adopted, and the proceeds for the event were split among the Bureau, Extension’s Washoe County 4-H Horse Program and the youth who raised the horses.