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Wild horses from Sand Wash Basin roundup to be auctioned at online adoption event


Last updated 10/19/2022 at 1:14pm | View PDF

Karen AuBuchon Johnson

Tango a wild pinto stallion and son of the legendary stallion Picasso, still runs free in the Sand Wash Basin HMA. This photo was taken two weeks ago. He was one of almost 700 wild horses gathered from Sand Wash Basin and the surrounding area last September. Tango was one of 24 fortunate stallions that were released back into the wild along with 25 mares at the end of the gather.

Wild Horse and Burro Online Corral adoption event set for wild horses from Sand Wash Basin

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is hosting an online wild horse adoption event of approximately 265 of the stallions (now geldings) gathered last fall from Sand Wash Basin and the surrounding area. The Wild Horse and Burro Online Corral adoption runs from October 24-31 starting and ending at 4 p.m. The event can be accessed at The horses are currently located at the Canon City prison grounds.

Karen AuBuchon Johnson

Pictured above, Waylon (right) an athletic 8-year-old bay, Tag 8515, running across the sagebrush in 2021. He will be up for adoption along with Wrangler (far left), a 6-year-old red dun, Tag number 8499.

Adopters will need to be approved prior to bidding. You must first create an account, submit an online application, and review all the requirements for care and maintenance, including fencing requirements before bidding on the horses.

According to the Sand Wash Advocate Team (SWAT) who keeps track of the horses on the range, some of the horses listed on the BLM website are aged older than they actually are. For photos of the horses, the horses names used on the range, accurate ages (a few older horses born prior to 2008 ages will be estimated) and their BLM ID Number, visit the Sand Wash Basin Wild Horse Advocate Team Facebook page

Untrained horses start at $125 and can be enrolled in the Adoption Incentive Program (AIP).

There are several pick up locations - by appointment only. The Canon City pick up location dates are November 28-29 and January 23, 2023. Horses will also be able to be picked up next year in Elm Grove, LA and Okeechobee, FL.


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