ADOPT-A-HORSE PROGRAM TO BE HELD TODAY IN VERONA

CATEGORY: Lee County

AUTHOR: STAFF

ADOPT-A-HORSE PROGRAM TO BE HELD TODAY IN VERONA

VERONA – The Adopt-A-Horse Program will be at the Lee County Agri-Center in Verona today from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. As part of the program, the Bureau of Land Management will offer about 50 horses for adoption at $125 each.

The wild horses were brought to the Southeast because there is an overpopulation of them in the West.

Bill James of the Bureau of Land Management’s Jackson district office said the horses, which range in age from two to eight years, are quite trainable.

“They make really good horses,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of horses that people are riding in the area right now.”

Anyone interested in adopting a horse must fill out an application agreeing to take care of the horse for at least one year. The application takes about 15 minutes to fill out, James said.

Turnout was low at Saturday’s event, with only about 50 of the 118 people preapproved to adopt horses showing up.

Last year when the Adopt-A-Horse Program came to the Agri-Center, 199 horses were adopted in one day.

“That was the largest single-day adoption we’ve ever had,” James said.

Anyone planning to adopt a horse should bring a trailer, halter and lead rope to today’s event.

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