There will be 14 Sand Wash Basin and SWB surrounding area geldings offered in this online auction.. Be sure to fill out your application before the date of the adoption. https://wildhorsesonline.blm.gov/Animals...
Welcome to our Sand Wash Basin Wild Horse Adoption page!
In September of 2021, Sand Wash Basin had a large gather. This album has been created, with the help of several Sand Wash Basin Wild Horse followers, in the effort to engage the public in the search for forever homes for our wild horses.
We are not professional photographers, this page is not to promote our photography. It is simply a page to share our photos and show off our amazing wild horses.
Please follow the link below for more information and many more photos of the Sand Wash Basin Wild Horses that will be offered for adoption.
Adoption Update By Sand Wash Basin Wild Horse Advocates (SWAT) Please Share!
We know many of you are waiting to adopt a Sand Wash Basin horse and want information. Your wait is almost over! The adoption will be an online event, and will run from October 24-31, starting and ending at 4:00 pm MT. Here is the link which will take you to the Wild Horse and Burro Online Corral, https://wildhorsesonline.blm.gov/ . The Online Corral photo gallery will be updated mid-October or before with available horses, and features photos and videos taken by SWAT volunteers . This event features all Sand Wash Basin geldings, approximately 250 in total, no mares will be offered at this time. Pickup location and dates will be confirmed,
Current Pickup Location Options:
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY January 23, 2023 Canon City, CO
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY November 28-29 Canon City, CO
February 10, 2023 Okeechobee County AGRI-Civic Center
January 20, 2023 Elm Grove, LA
We have been able to identify many of the horses from the Herd Management Area, the greys can be challenging but we continue to work through our photos. There were horses gathered from outside the Basin which we do not know, and we will simply list them as Off Range Unknown. If you are looking for a specific horse, you will need to decide for yourself if our identification of that horse is correct, we have done our best and we believe we are accurate.
The adoption includes geldings aged a year and older. It is difficult to estimate the age of a wild horse in captivity, it requires a good look into the horse’s mouth while it is contained in a chute. We have noticed some horses have been aged older than their actual age, their freeze brand and signalment key will reflect their inaccurate age. Our age for horses born in 2008 and later is the accurate age of the horse.
Here is a link to the BLM How to Guide, https://wildhorsesonline.blm.gov/.../OLC_Public_User... .
Please familiarize yourself with the process and requirements, and get your application submitted. Applications must be submitted by the Sunday prior to the adoption at the very latest, but you may want to go ahead and get that taken care of.
Qualified adopters must meet standard requirements for owning and caring for a wild horse and burro, including specific facility parameters and shelters to ensure the safety and health of the animals. In general, when adopting or purchasing an animal at an internet event, prospective adopters or purchasers should follow the steps outlined below.
1. Apply: Create an Online Corral Profile, complete an application, and submit on-line.
2. Bid: Once the BLM approves your application, you are eligible to adopt or purchase your very own wild horse or burro. You may bid on the number of animals you are approved to adopt or purchase. The individual animal page from the gallery will display purchase methods and the current bid information. You can increase the current bid from $5 to $250 with each new bid. You may raise your own bid at any time. Proxy bidding allows the system to bid for you. Proxy bidding will automatically raise your bid (by $5) up to your maximum, every time your high bid is challenged. Bidders can raise their maximum bid throughout the bidding process.
3. Finalize: Submit payment, select your preferred pick-up option, and finalize all Private Care and Maintenance Agreements or Bills of Sales within 4 calendar days.
4. Pick up: Pick up of your newly adopted or purchased wild horse or burro from the designated BLM location. Bring a valid photo identification card, such as a driver's license to the event. You do NOT have to accept the animal if the animal does not meet your expectations. There is no penalty for not taking the animal. If you decline the animal in person, you may request a credit towards a future adoption. The BLM will load your animal into an approved trailer, please bring a halter if you wish to have your animal haltered prior to bringing them home. We suggest you have the neck tag removed prior to taking your horse home.
5. Bring Home your Wild Horses and Burros: Unload your animal directly into your corral and shelter. Give your horse or burro time to adjust and become accustomed to their new surroundings.
Here is a link to a more comprehensive guide: https://wildhorsesonline.blm.gov/.../OLC_Public_User...
If you have questions for the BLM, you can contact the Online Corral by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions for us, let us know.
We look forward to a successful adoption event, we are hopeful all horses will be adopted into good homes.
UPDATE 10-13-22 The BLM has added horses from other HMA's to their website. To see Sand Wash Basin horses only, go to Location and select Sand Wash Basin HMA.
For photos of on-range horses from SWB, go to Sand Wash Basin Adoption ID Photos, compiled by Wild Horse Warriors for SWB and followers. https://www.facebook.com/groups/742020060526901
Updated horse lists, both Alpha and Numerical - few changes only a couple including the correction of a typo for Char from tag 8574 to 8575.
The BLM has resumed posting our SWAT photos and videos to their website, https://wildhorsesonline.blm.gov/animals.
As we have already spoken about, some ages are incorrect. This was not done purposefully. It was not possible for us to photograph, identify horses and provide correct YOB prior to them being branded. The BLM has put a link on their webpage to our FB page, hopefully adopters will check our information.
We support any qualified individual or organization in adopting a wild horse. If you have the ability, facility and financial resources to give a horse a home, please consider doing so. You will make a world of difference for that horse! We encourage organizations to communicate and avoid bidding against each other.
BY Sand Wash Basin Wild Horse Advocate Team (SWAT)
Ages of Horses: Be sure and check our horse lists for accurate ages of horses. The BLM has aged a few horses as significantly older than their actual age. We have documentation going back to 2008, our ages are correct except for a few older horses which are estimates but we feel fairly accurate. See our post "Update 10-13-2022" for the horse lists.
BLM Online Corral: There are additional horses added the BLM Online Corral from other states, to see Sand Wash Basin horses exclusively you will need to run a search using Location, Animal Origin, Sand Wash Basin HMA. Here is the link to the BLM webpage https://wildhorsesonline.blm.gov/Animals...
BLM Online Corral Photos: Not all horses have been added, the BLM tells us the remaining horses will be added by start of auction on Monday at 4 pm!
Horse Pickup Dates: The pickup dates for adopted horses are November 28th or 29th or January 23rd between 8 am and 2 pm MT. The pickup location is Florence, Colorado. Please email Amanda Opdyke at BLM_CO_WHB@blm.gov to schedule your pickup appointment. Once your appointment has been confirmed you will receive confirmation of your scheduled appointment. Alternative pickup dates will not be available. If you are in an Eastern state there is the possibility a horse can be transported to a BLM pickup point, as horses on occasion are shipped east from Colorado for adoption. No horses can be shipped by the BLM to the west.
Photos of horses on the range: Wild Horse Warriors for Sand Wash Basin have compiled photos of most horses, go to Sand Wash Basin Adoption ID Photos https://www.facebook.com/groups/742020060526901. You can also do a search on our page to find photos and information. If you have any questions about specific horses message us.
After you adopt your horse, please join our FB group Sand Wash Basin Mustang Adopters, https://www.facebook.com/groups/1357142191066107 to share photos and collaborate with other adopters.
The horses will be AIP eligible, meaning after successfully caring for your horse for 1 year you are eligible for the Adoption Incentive Program and a monetary award from the BLM. Unfortunately, some people have unscrupulously abused this program, and horses are dumped after they receive the money, which is $1,000 per horse. Our SWB horses are well known and photographed, and we hope to never see one in a kill pen or auction house.
Thank you to everyone who has followed and loved these horses as we have. This has been a long journey, and it’s not over yet. We want the best for the horses. Please adopt thoughtfully. These horses deserve homes where they will be treated with respect, kindness, and love.
The first adoption of the Sand Wash Basin Wild Horses will be held in Florence, Colorado on March 4th and 5th, 2022. This adoption was a huge success with all the wild horses at the adoption finding homes.
The next scheduled adoption will be held in Hayden, Colorado, May 20th and 21st, 2022. The wild horses will be available to view on Friday, May 20th from noon to 6:00pm at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden, Colorado. The silent auction will begin Saturday May 21, 2022 at 10:00am-11:00am.
Any wild horses that have not had any bids will then be offered as Sale Authority. At 11:00 the auction may also become a normal auction if there are bidders who would like to add more bids to an individual wild horse.
Routt County Fairgrounds 398 Poplar St. Hayden CO, 81639
Please watch the BLM site for updates.
The third adoption event will be held June 17, 2022 and June 18, 2022 at the Rimrock Adventures Area in Fruita, Colorado. More details will be posted when available.
Rimrock Adventures 927 Highway 340 Fruita, CO 81521
There are still plans to hold an adoption in the Fort Collins, Colorado area, The date and time are not yet determined.
Please be aware that Covid and weather may change date, times and locations.
For more information about the adoptions and more photos click on the link below.