BURNS - The Burns Wild Horse Corrals near Hines will have restricted visiting hours beginning Sept. 9. The restricted hours will allow visitors on Fridays from noon-4 p.m. and on Mondays from 8 a.m.-noon.
Bureau of Land Management District Wild Horse Specialist Tom Seley says, "We have decided to adjust the visiting hours during the listed period to allow our limited staff to concentrate on receiving and preparing animals for upcoming adoptions, including the Kiger Mustang Adoption slated for Oct. 23-25."
Preparation of the wild horses for adoption includes inoculations for a variety of equine diseases (including West Nile Virus), worming, freeze marking, treating any health needs, and preparing a comprehensive health and identification record on each animal.
The upcoming Kiger adoption will be held in conjunction with the 2003 Mustang-A-Fair, a community event that will be held at the Harney County Fairgrounds on Oct. 23-25 and will feature a variety of wild horse training demonstrations, presentations on equine topics, and horse-related vendor booths. Among the presentation topics are health and nutrition, preparing horses for its first hoof trim, and preparing for the first ride. Demonstrations will include techniques of shooting from a mounted horse and a variety of wild horse gentling techniques. Trainers and presenters will include Lesley Neuman, Rick and Kitty Lauman, Matt Fournier, Dr. Leon Pielstick, Todd Titus and John Sharp.
For more information, call (541) 573-4400, log on to www.or.blm.gov/Burns, or stop in at the BLM Burns district office at 28910 Hwy. 20 West of Hines.