Nearly 36,000 wild horses and burros roam the open land of roughly 10 states. The problem is there's too many animals for the amount of land available.
That's why you can find them in places like the Grimes County Fairgrounds. The Bureau of Land Management is adopting out wild horses and burros at the fairgrounds over the weekend.
Richmond resident, Patty Miller is a second-time adopter, she already has three mustangs.
"Within a few days they were eating out of my hand, following me in the barn, it's been great," said Miller.
Miller said she prefers wild horses and burros because she can be the first human they bond with.
"I'd rather have these horses because they don't have a place to go and if they're not adopted, where are they going to go," said Miller.
Congress recently passed a bill asking the Bureau of Land Management to sell wild horses and burros older than ten years of age and those which have failed three times to be adopted. Some feel they could be sold to slaughter houses.
The Bureau of Land Management has protected wild horses and burros since the '70s and will continue to try to find homes or alternative long-term care for the animals. But, once they are sold to an individual, the buyer has a right to do what they want with them.
"Horse lovers are very special people, they're people with big hearts and I think for an animal that doesn't have any other protection than an act that was passed back in 1971 and that was their only protection, for that to be seen kind of amended is heartbreaking," said wild horse and burro specialist Holle Hooks.
The bureau is in the process of implementing the new legislation.
The adoption is Friday and Saturday at the Grimes County Fairgrounds. Competitive bid is Friday at 10 a.m. Walkup adoptions last until noon on Saturday.
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