The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will hold a wild horse adoption in Robstown from Feb. 25-27. The three-day event at the R.M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds will feature over 75 spectacular mustangs.
Preview of the horses is Thursday, Feb. 25, from 4-6 p.m. Gates reopen on Friday, Feb. 26, at 8 a.m., with adoptions starting at 10 a.m., and ending at 6 p.m. Adoptions continue Saturday, Feb. 27, from 8 a.m.- noon.
Application approval is required and can be done on site. To qualify to adopt, one must be at least 18 years with no record of animal abuse. Adopters must have at a minimum a 20'x 20' corral 5-6' high. Four horses may be adopted with the required corral for each one.
All horses must be loaded in covered stock-type trailers with swing gates and sturdy walls and floors. BLM staff will be on hand to assist adopters through the short application process, to answer any questions, and load horses.
The adoption fee is $125. We accept cash, check, and all major credit cards. An oral competitive bid adoption will be held Friday at 10 a.m. to determine adoption fees for any horses sought by more than one person. Horses not selected during the oral bid process Friday morning will be offered for adoption on a first-come-first-served basis for the flat fee of $125.
$500 Adoption Incentive
Robstown will serve as a test site for a new adoption incentive program in which BLM pays a $500 care and feeding allowance to adopters of horses 4 years and older. Younger and trained horses are not eligible for this incentive. The allowance is paid in full after one year when adopters receive official ownership title for their horse(s). All standard adoption conditions and fees apply. A limited number of eligible horses will be available for this incentive in Robstown.
Wild horses - iconic symbols of America's western heritage - are renowned for their strength, endurance, agility and intelligence, characteristics bred into them in the wild make them ideal for work or recreation.