The BLM Cheyenne Frontier Days Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program will be at Frontier Park during the week of festivities. Every day from 10am-12pm and 4pm-6pm there will be BLM wild horse and burro demonstrations.
On Friday, July 28 at 5p.m., there will be a live auction with horses starting at $125. Anyone interested must be approved for adoption beforehand. They are able to see if they qualify by meeting with one of the BLM members at the stand in the Western Experience area.
Nick Mantle, a BLM contractor from Wheatland, says the program’s goal is to help save wild horses that are struggling to survive. Sometimes the population gets too dense and some of the horses have more of a challenge to stay alive. Mantle and his family got into the business to help train these wild horses and put them up for adoption.
Mantle said his dad started the business back in 1998 and have helped train wild horses ever since. He said, “When you take a horse and you get him in the pin and he’s so terrified of everything that he’s just bouncing off the walls. And then 2-4 weeks later, he’s just sitting there. You’re petting and scratching him…” Mantle added, “I’ve convinced this wild animal that we can be buddies and that’s always pretty cool.”
Mantle says this is the second year they’ve done the live auction during CFD. He says last year they saw a diversity of visitors and had one of the largest BLM adoption events. He said, “It was one of the most popular exhibits outside of the park, and I think it’s really drawn a lot of people out here.”
The schedule of events is included:
July 21-27 (10am-noon and 4-6pm: Daily training demonstrations)
July 28 (4-5pm: Preview wild horses and burros) (5pm: Live auction and bidding; approved adoptions only)
July 29 (7am-3pm: Get to know your new horse and burro, load out)