Saddle Training BLM Mustangs for Adoption

The BLM partners with entities to train mustangs gathered from public lands to prepare them for use as riding horses.
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This is a synopsis of a presentation to veterinarians during The American Mustang session at the 2014 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, held Dec. 6-10 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) partners with private and public entities to train mustangs gathered from public lands to prepare them for adoption and use as saddle horses. Trained mustangs bring higher purchase prices, which help support training programs, and enjoy a better quality of life after adoption, said Francis Ackley, BLM Colorado Wild Horse and Burro Program lead.

Ackley presented efforts in his state and others to train and offer mustangs for public adoption at the 2014 American Association of Equine Practitioners’ Convention, held Dec. 6-10 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Michelle Anderson is the former digital managing editor at The Horse. A lifelong horse owner, Anderson competes in dressage and enjoys trail riding. She’s a Washington State University graduate and holds a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in business administration and extensive coursework in animal sciences. She has worked in equine publishing since 1998. She currently lives with her husband on a small horse property in Central Oregon.

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