CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A federal program is offering dozens of wild horses and burros for sale this week in West Virginia.
About 40 animals will be available Friday and Saturday at the Good Evening Ranch in the Nicholas County community of Canvas, the Charleston Daily Mail reported.
The animals are up to 5 years old and are available through the Bureau of Land Management's Wild Horse and Burro Program. All animals have had health screenings, including vaccinations.
Animals younger than 3 years old are available for a minimum of $125, and those 3 and older are available for $25.
Prospective buyers must be at least 18 years old and have corrals, shelters and trailers. Buyers must have no prior convictions for inhumane treatment of animals or for violations of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, and demonstrate adequate feed, water and facilities to care for the animals.
More than 230,000 animals have been adopted nationwide since the federal program began in 1971. The program gathers excess wild horses and burros each year from areas where water and vegetation could become scarce if too many animals use the area.
According to the program's brochure, wild horses have become champions in dressage, jumping and barrel racing and are of no particular breed.
"Because the BLM only recently removed them from public lands, wild horses and burros put up for adoption are not accustomed to people,'' the brochure says. "As an adopter, your challenge will be to develop a trusting relationship with your wild horse or burro.''Adoptions will be done on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications, which may be submitted until Saturday, can be found online at www.blm.gov/adoptahorse/howtoadopt.php.