Wife of T. Boone Pickens gives lifeline to wild horses

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Mustangs in a federally maintained herd in Nevada
(Washington Post)

I just read an interesting story in the Washington Post about a herd of 2,000 wild mustangs due to be euthanized by the Bureau of Land Management.

According to the article:

[Y]esterday, at a public hearing in Reno, Nev., to discuss the issue, a solution arrived on a white horse, so to speak.

Madeleine Pickens, wife of billionaire T. Boone Pickens,
made known her intentions to adopt not just the doomed wild horses but
most or all of the 30,000 horses and burros kept in federal holding
pens. Lifelong animal lovers, the Pickenses just a few years ago led
the fight to close the last horse slaughterhouse in the United States.

Until now, I’d only known of T. Boone Pickens as a super-rich advocate of energy independence. How nice to hear that he and his wife are not only animal lovers, but people who use their wealth to quite literally save animals’ lives.

But a little Internet digging revealed that, in fact, any qualified person can adopt a wild horse or burro. Find out how after the jump.

According to the Bureau of Land Management’s Web site, you can adopt a wild horse or burro at one of the agency’s adoption events (see the schedule here).

It takes a little digging, but here’s how you can adopt. You need to complete an application and prove that you’re able to provide the horse with adequate care.

This topic is actually quite controversial, as these horses are wild animals (the BLM even runs an Extreme Mustang Makeover event in which trainers work with the horses, then compete in an obstacle course and encourage their adoption), and the government spends a lot of money to corral and care for them. Just read the comments on the Washington Post article and you’ll see what I mean.

Of course, you can also adopt a horse on Petfinder (more than 2,500 are waiting for their forever homes right now!).

UPDATE: Mrs. Pickens to buy land to create refuge for wild horses