How to Adopt

Three Points Center works with the Bureau of Land Management in their "Wild Horse and Burro" adoption program.

From the BLM website:

"The Bureau of Land Management created the Wild Horse and Burro Program to implement the Wild-Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act, passed by Congress in 1971. Broadly, the law declares wild horses and burros to be “living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West” and stipulates that the BLM and the U.S. Forest Service have the responsibility to manage and protect herds in their respective jurisdictions within areas where wild horses and burros were found roaming in 1971."

Did you know... Wild, free-roaming wild horses can be found on public lands across 10 western states.

About Wild Horses

Wild horses are defined by federal law as unbranded, unclaimed, free-roaming horses found on public lands in the United States. Most wild horses living today are descendants of animals that were released or escaped from Spanish explorers, ranchers, miners, the U.S. Cavalry and Native Americans. Wild horses are diverse in their coloring, ranging from solid brown and black to colorful paints and palominos. Most wild horses stand 13 to 15 hands high (52-60 inches) and weigh from 700 to 1,000 pounds.

Adoption Requirements

1) Applicant must be at least 18 years old.

2) Adopted animal must remain in the United States until titled. (Eligibility occurs on its 1 year anniversary.)

3) Applicant must have no convictions of inhumane treatment of animals or violation of the Wild Free - Roaming Horses & Burros Act.

4) Applicant must provide a facility with access to feed, water, and shelter. NOTE: Facility refers to enclosed area such as corral, barn, stall, etc. Approval is not based on pasture fence height, but the height of the enclosed area.

5) Applicant must have a facility that meets:

  • Minimum of 400 sq. feet of corral space per animal, i.e. 20’ X 20’ (untrained animals)
  • Minimum of 144 sq. feet per animal, 12’ X 12’ (trained animals that are exercised daily)
  • Suitable materials: pipe panels, wood post, planks (min. 1.5” thick), horse fence ( V Mesh or 2” X 4” square)
  • 5’ High for yearling or gentled horse of any age
  • 6’ High for an ungentled horse two years or older
  • 4.5’ High for a burro of any age
  • Shelter that meets the minimum requirements chart for wild horses and burros based on the state or region in which the animal resides

6) Applicant must provide a stock or horse trailer with a rear swing gate and covered top. Provided the dividers are removed or folded back, slant trailers are acceptable. Drop-ramps are acceptable if there is an additional back gate to the trailer. Two-horse trailers approved on case-by-case basis. No one-horse trailers are approved.

Adoption Application